Hello! The ever-present stress of college has been forcing me to focus on school work. Therefore I thought that I would post a compilation of books that I had meant to talk about. I definitely persuade you to consider reading them yourself!
“I Remain in Darkness” by Annie Ernaux
A memoir-journal-esque writing style of a woman’s entries as she lives through her mother’s impending old age. The pains of age and mortality on loved ones, and the painful desire to be selfish and comforting. Heart-wrenching and recommended for reflection on not only our own aging but when we have to say goodbye to people we never thought we’d have to go without.
“When Breathe Becomes Air” By Paul Kalanithi
Another memoir of mortality, written from the perspective of a medical professional as he faces his degrading health as an effect of cancer. Even when you know what’s happening to your body but still cannot do anything to stop it, a venture into illness. It isn’t you until it is you.
“Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande
A personal account of deteriorating health as a result of age from experience with different patients and family. A book that goes out of its way to help the reader to better understand the idea of mortality from years of watching it happen over and over again. This book helps people understand that a doctor’s goal is sometimes not just “disease, diagnosis, prescription, repeat.” What can a doctor do against the disease of mortality that which has no cure? Not giving a cure, but a higher quality of living. “What do you still want to be able to accomplish?”
“1984” by George Orwell
A confusing, helpless-feeling story of a man who tries to survive and feel alive at the same time. A possible future and the alternate universe that may be closer than we think to be a reality. A struggle against something ever present but not emphasized in society, Big Brother is always watching.
“How to Stop Time” by Matt Haig
A man’s condition causes him to age much slower than the average human being. While promising to live, he fights the desire to end his life and continues existing, falling in love, and figuring out what it is he should be living for. How much hardship should a man go through before he knows it’s the worse part of the storm has passed?
“Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World” by Haruki Murakami
An outstanding manipulation of prose to exemplify the unconscious and conscious aspects of the mind in a story that uses every aspect it has access to create a relatable experience. When the main character is you as you make your way through the existence of the mind and the Freudian ideas of id, ego, superego.
“Jane, Unlimited” by Kristin Cashore
An exhilarating tale that exemplifies the butterfly effect, creating a reality depending on the choices she makes. Life is a series of choices that end up somewhere. An omnipresent perspective of reality as we look into parallel mirrors and see an infinity of reflections. Where will you end up? When you come to discover a reality, what information did you have to sacrifice?