a book in the mail!

This came in the mail today:

The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller, in hardbound! Weee! 😀

The blurb about this book in Goodreads says:

The legendary love story, the bestselling hardcover novel of all time, and the major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. This is the story of Robert Kincaid, the photographer and free spirit searching for the covered bridges of Madison County, and Francesca Johnson, the farm wife waiting for fulfillment of a girlhood dream. It shows readers what it is to love and be loved so intensely that life is never the same again.

I have not watched the movie yet. But I already have the sequel, A Thousand Country Roads, in paperback which I bought frfom Booksale for just Php5.00. Can’t wait to have a reading marathon of these two books. Maybe, one weekend. Soon! 😀

Thanks KD, for this very surprising and early birthday gift. 🙂

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CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BABOON/Paul Zindel

image from Goodreads

First off, a baboon is defined as “any of several large African and Asian monkeys having long squarish muzzles and usually short tails” (quoted from here). This is what a baboon looks like:

image from Wikipedia

I first encountered Paul Zindel in his famous novelette, The Pigman, and though I have a faint recollection about the story, I strongly remember how I liked it then. So, seeing a copy of this book at Booksale, I cannot pass up the opportunity to read another one of his novels.

Confessions of a Teenage Baboon is a coming-of-age story of sixteen year-old Christopher Boyd who has to live with his nurse/caregiver mother caring for a demented old lady named Carmelita Dipardi. Carmelita has a 30-year old son, Lloyd, who is a drunk and has taken an interest on teaching Chris a thing or two about life.

 Confessions of a Teenage Baboon is a dark, melancholic story, with dark, melancholic characters but I like how it ended – deeply moving and hopeful. Paul Zindel writes both with humor and wit and his analogies aren’t the clichés I often get to read in some other books. At first, Chris seems to be a normal boy but his troubles and struggles are slowly revealed one by one as the story progressed. It was not until I have finished reading when I finally understood who the “teenage baboon” in the title is being referred to in the story.

A very good read, short but pregnant with thoughts worthy of discussion. What does it really mean to be a man?

4 stars.

30/50 2011 Goodreads Reading Goal.

i’m back!

Yes, I’m back. For the meantime. You see, my own domain has been down for over a week already, (I have ranted and dismayed about it for as long and have been wanting to blog for as long as well), so I am returning to this little corner for the time being, before my brain gets clouded or scattered, whichever comes first, with all the things I want to write about.

It’s a good thing I still kept this account for sentimental reasons, despite acquiring my own domain, and I felt a rush of nostalgia as I went through my previous posts here.

So, for the meantime friends, this will be my own little corner for as long as my lousy webhost does not activate my account over at the other blog.

Happy reading! 🙂