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Talk of the Town 20 May 2006

Posted by Sasha in Books, Films, The Rambler.

davinciIt’s the movie, The Da Vinci Code.

They started showing it in theatres a couple of days ago and several people have already come up to me saying that they’re interested to see the movie. Heh. I can’t help but wonder why.

I wonder how many have indeed read the book? Ah, well. Anyway, my mom just informed me that it earned around PhP 11 Million on its first day of showing. Gah. People seem to have responded out of curiosity due to all the controversies surrounding its release in my country. Hahaha. I really wouldn’t be surprised. Filipinos are known to be highly curious about anything — even about things that doesn’t concern them. 😉

ruleAnyway, I’ve read the book and had found it wanting. Friends who’ve also read it, echoed my sentiments and referred Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons for a better read. Hmmm. Okay. I’ll probably give him another chance since I do enjoy reading. But honestly, I enjoyed the book, “The Rule of Four” more. That one has a similar feel to the Da Vinci book but it’s a lot more informative. What makes it better, I guess, is the actual existence of the book by Francesco Colonna, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, which is the center of the story. They wrote that it was only in the year 2005 that the book was first published in the English language and after reading the book, I did see a copy being sold in a bookshop for a friggin PhP 1500! Ack. Crazy.

Via Matt’s blog, I discovered that they have a quaint webquest for it. Go try it. It’s easy. You can finish it in less than 10 minutes. Hahaha.

Oh, yea. If things work out, I am scheduled to see the said movie tonight. Bleh.


Memoirs of a Geisha 4 April 2006

Posted by Sasha in Books, Quotes, The Brooder, The Rambler.

We lead our lives like water flowing down a hill, going more or less in one direction until we splash into something that forces us to find a new course.

This is why dreams can be such dangerous things; they smolder on like a fire does, and sometimes consume us completely.

Grief is a most peculiar thing; we’re so helpless in the face of it. It’s like a window that will simply open of its own accord. The room grows cold, and we can do nothing but shiver. But it opens a little less each time, and a little less; and one day we wonder what has become of it.

Adversity is like a strong wind. I don’t mean just that it holds us back from places we might otherwise go. It also tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be.

memoirsI just finished reading the book, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I’m amazed by what it gave me. Passages from the book just keep jumping out and creating a huge impression on me. These 4 quotes are just a few of what I’ve written down some have an even more personal effect on me, which I feel is much too vulnerable to share. It’s been said that it’s a flirting 101 book, Japanese-style, however, I don’t see it that way. Sure, you can pick up a trick or two but I see the book differently. It’s rich with dreams, passion, patience and love. It’s difficult to admit but it made me tear up bigtime. It was because of what the novel represents and it really touched a raw nerve. I wouldn’t be surprised if I decide to read it again. Hahaha.