• Current Reads

      Life after Life Jill McCorkle
      This Is Your Captain Speaking Jon Methven
      The Starboard Sea Amber Dermont
      Snark David Denby
      Bring Up the Bodies Hilary Mantel
  • Popular Tags

  • Recent Reflections

  • Categories

  • Moleskine’s All-Time Favorites

  • Echoes

    The HKIA brings Hong… on [788] Island and Peninsula 島與半…
    Adamos on The Master and Margarita:…
    sumithra MAE on D.H. Lawrence’s Why the…
    To Kill a Mockingbir… on [35] To Kill A Mockingbird…
    Deanna Friel on [841] The Price of Salt (Carol…
    Minnie on [367] The Rouge of the North 怨…
  • Reminiscences

  • Blog Stats

    • 1,081,858 hits
  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 1,710 other followers

Reading Notes and Vacation’s End

[My reading spot by Waikiki] I am having the feeling that readers might not be familiar with Learning to Lose by David Trueba, which I reviewed yesterday. Trueba has been successful both as a novelist and screenwriter. He has published two previous novels but Learning to Lose is the first to be translated into English. His being a screenwriter explains the cinematographic nature of a story that affords insight into the complexities of lives in a family across three generations. It’s very satisfying to see how these ordinary people, succumbed to illness, lost dreams and illusions, go off the tangents beyond their controls and yet at the point of no return have been enlightened and brought together, closer and stronger than ever. Learning to Lose is easily one of the best novel I have read this year, along with several others. (Push, push!)

After Learning to Lose, I embark on reading a book that at first didn’t interest me: Purge by Sofi Oksanen. It’s the kind of books that has to be read at the right moment. In my first attempt I couldn’t read beyond that myopic chapter on an annoying fly with fluttering wings that prowl on this old woman’s meat in the kitchen. The right moment has finally arrived thanks to Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Played with Fire because both books saturate on the issue of sex trade in Europe. A disheveled Russian-Estonian girl seeks shelter at the home of an old woman living alone in Finland. The suspense reveals tragic family drama played out during the worst years of Estonia’s Soviet occupation. I consider this book out of my comfort zone.

Meanwhile, I’m reading what remains of The Angel’s Game on my Kindle 3G+Wifi. I find the last third wound up in so many different tangents and violence. The book is good but the threads just don’t bundle up like those in his previous book. The Kindle has proven to be an excellent choice for travel. E-ink and non back-lit screen work fairly well even to read in the sun. I’ll have a more complete review of the eReader. It’s always difficult to leave Hawaii every time when vacation is winding down. I try not to look at the watch and take it easy. Mahalo Hawaii, you’re always therapeutic to my soul.

12 Responses

  1. What a beautiful view! Hope you had a great vacation!

    • I had a very relaxing time reading, sun bathing, snorkeling, and enjoying the sunset over live Hawaiian music. I don’t want to come home!

  2. Matthew:

    Glad you enjoyed your vacation.

    I still enjoy buying hard copies. One of these days, I will try Kindle and other similar hand-held devices.

  3. That is the most wonderful reading spot! Hope you have a great vacation Matthew!

  4. Thank you for yet again pointing out a book and an author that I was not familiar with. Lately I’ve been working too much to have much time to read. I’m hoping this coming weekend to have some good reading time. Sorry to hear your vacation is coming to and end. I always hate leaving Hawaii and the wonderful feeling I have every time I spend my holiday there.

    • I know David Trueba has been a film director, but am not aware that he is a published author. Learning to Lose is his debut in the English debut, translated from Spanish.

      I was planning my next getaway in Hawaii when I hopped on the plane homeward bound!

  5. That photo is awesome and I would not want to leave hawaii either!!!!

  6. Poor you! Fancy having to read there! Have a good trip home.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: