Yet another post by Sampurna Majumder, depicting her eccentricities! Yes Sam, we know that you love books!
Reading. I have always been passionate about this physically torpid activity. However, I pledge to make myself clear, that it is reading, reading for pleasure am talking about and not studying. I hate the later while I love the former. Just as I derive pleasure from writing, I experience similar emotions while reading. It’s my goal to read up as many books as possible in my entire life, until and unless I lose my eyesight. Even then, I can continue, because am sure I will be able to convince someone to read out a bestseller or a classic to me. However, let’s now ponder over the later part of the paragraph and concentrate on some of books which influenced me largely.
Crime and Punishment – Raskolnikov! What a persona and Dosteovsky’s insight in to the human mind; can give Freud a run for his money.
Far from the Madding Crowd, Tess of D’Urbervilles, A Pair of Blue Eyes, Return of the Native – Fate and chance; only Thomas Hardy can.
Count of Monte Cristo – Still long to attend the wedding of Mercedes and visit Chateau’df.
Treasure Island – I still read it and the couplet ‘Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest! Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!’ ( it was adapted in one the trilogies of Pirates of the Carribeans, featuring Johnny Depp in the lead role) continues to linger in my mind.
Jane Eyre – Bronte’s silent rebel who emerges as the winner in the end.
Wuthering Heights – Heathcliff. Wish I could have him! Emily Bronte’s masterpiece.
The Second Sex – Landmark work in the history of French feminism by Simone de Boueveir!
Around the World in Eighty Days, Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, A Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne, a seer and an absolute genius. Submarines were not even thought of and yes I am Captain Nemo.
Robinson Crusoe – Defoe’s hero or made the hero by Man Friday.
Frankenstein – A rare combination of gothic and science fiction. Mary Shelley is an absolute genius.
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, Memories of My Melancholy Whores – Political history marvelously weaved with some of the best love stories. Marquez, the prodigy of Latin American history.
Heart of Darkness – Conrad’s portrayal of Kurtz and the way he describes the dense forest, Congo basin comes alive in my mind. Long live Conrad.
Importance of Being Earnest – Hilarious play ever. Amazing work by Wilde!
Gone With the Wind – Frankly my Dear, I don’t give a Damn!
g and books. Books can be a person’s best friend. No complains no demands!