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What are you reading these days?
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25 May 2014
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In my English class, we're preparing for the final exam by practicing reading comprehension questions. Usually the passages that go along with these questions aren't anything special. Today, however, I encountered a short story that I'd like to share. It's called "The Hospital Window"; here it is:

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.

 Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside. The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance. As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man could not hear the band, he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days, weeks and months passed. One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone. Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed.

It faced a blank wall.

The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.

She said, “Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.”

—Anonymous

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I have started reading 'Paul McCartney - Behind the scene'. a-hard-days-night-paul-8

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10 July 2014
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Struggling to get through 'On The Road' by Jack Kerouac.

The story itself is alright but of course the library decides to give me an edition of the book where it is entirely in the scroll form Kerouac wrote it in i.e. there is NO paragraphs- just 350 pages of long, long text.

The lack of chapters doesn't bother me but it is so visually unappealing and difficult to get through, it's really turning me off. I don't know if I'll finish it and if I don't, I'll buy a normal edition with bloody paragraphs!

 

Also got some more books off the library (in order I intend to read them in):

Forgotten Voices of the Holocaust- Lyn Smith

The Virgin Suicides- Jeffrey Eugenides 

The Road- Cormac McCarthy

Summer of my German Soldier- Bette Green (don't know anything about this book, I just picked it up read the back and the first paragraph said "what the hell not" and chucked it into the bag. It does have a cool cover though).

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time- Mark Haddon

 

Also bought some books in good ol' Germany (all marked with '*' are in German)

The Catcher in the Rye- J.D Salinger (having checked this out about 7 times over the past 4 years, I finally have my own copy)

The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Felidae*-Akif Pirincci 

The Picture of Dorian Grey- Oscar Wilde

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll (same as Catcher but about 20 times over the last 8 years :P, it sadly got damaged on the flight back so it's a bit crumpled :( )

Anne Frank Tagebuch* (No prizes for what this is)

Lady Chatterly's Lover- D.H Lawrence

The Pleasures of the Damned- Charles Bukowski (my favourite poet)

 

As ye can guess I saw classics going for €4 each, my wallet took a hard hit. Should keep me going for 2 months or so a-hard-days-night-george-10

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I'm still reading that Revolver book by Robert Rodriguez. Like 98% of all books i've ever read i put it down for 10 minutes and returned 2 months later.

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