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  • Book review

  • doki-doki

  • Hello everybody. I'm back. Did you think I forgot?

  • No, I didn't.

  • I just been not doing my homework.

  • すみません Sumi Masen (excuse me in japanese)

  • I am sorry. When I was in Japan last month,

  • i didn't really have much chance to read I

  • I knew my time there was limited. So I really just wanted to focus on

  • Being in Japan. There's been a lot of news articles about book club.

  • I don't know if you read them. But so- some of them are great.

  • Just praising the idea that

  • uhhhh..

  • Obviously getting more people into reading a British bookstore a very very big British bookstore

  • they had a select table of books and there were all books that I had reviewed and

  • It made me think wow, it

  • definitely had an influence on sales if they

  • feature these books in in a specific way

  • It's not like they'd said Pewdiepie Isle

  • or anything like that,

  • but it's cool. Should I force anything else positive into this before

  • I begin? I don't think we need to do that. Thank you.

  • ??

  • Now, first book I read was the "Dice Man."

  • Written by Luke Rhinehart this was suggestion by Brad

  • Hooray for Brad Thank You Brad for suggesting

  • A lot of you guys suggested this book as well and I can definitely see why. I think Brad told me that he read it

  • when he was younger and I

  • Think it's the kind of book I would probably appreciate

  • If I was younger as well not saying that it's stupid or anything like that

  • It's just it has a lot of flaws that I thought was a bit hard to

  • Over- oversee is that how they say it (overlook) doesn't matter. The book is written by Luke Rhinehart who is also

  • Conveniently the protagonist. Mmm how strange. It follows a story of Luke who is a

  • Psychiatrist he's very successful. He earns a lot of money. He has his wife

  • He has his kids, but he just doesn't feel happy where he is in life

  • His best friend is advancing before him even though he's not as clever as he is

  • He just feels stuck in a rut basically so in a drunken idea

  • Late at night. He decides that he's going to roll a dice and if it lands on a six

  • I think it was a six. It doesn't matter

  • he is going to rape his best friend's wife who has been sort of flirting with him a little bit and

  • Here it sort of shows how amateurish the writer is or maybe just needs a better editor. I don't know

  • There's really no reason for him to want to rape his

  • Best friend's wife. I understand that he needs to undergo this drastic change of character, but they justify it as "Oh well

  • "she- she liked it more than I did" *weird noise*

  • I feel weird i've been talking about it and it's not like I'm prude or anything like that

  • But nevertheless this event has such a drastic change of his character that he becomes the dice man

  • And he decides to live his life by the roll of the dice

  • he will write down a couple things that he wants to do and a couple of things that he doesn't want to do and he

  • place them on the number of the dice

  • So if it rolls a 1 or a 2, he'll do this two to three or four he'll do this

  • five or six he'll do this, so that determines his life and it's interesting in a way how that makes him break free from his

  • Rut essentially his character that's just too comfortable. A lot of times

  • it's obvious what you want to do and you always go for the obvious choice and

  • he explains that the dice man as

  • You there's so many things that you miss out on by not doing and

  • that never gets to live because you always go with the obvious choice and by

  • Constantly going with the obvious choice you may end up too comfortable and in the way that Luke was in the beginning of the novel

  • Luke really decides that he's going to push this for

  • Scientific purposes or for his studies. He's going to push the limit of the dice and

  • Following the dice as a godly figure to its very limits. It's not like the whole idea of flipping a coin is anything new

  • it's not like there's anything that

  • Special about it, but it becomes a cult and he becomes a cult leader of that of the dice. It's an interesting concept of

  • self-control also letting go of that control to something else and while reading it I was feeling

  • Like I want to try this out when I was in Japan, for example

  • Me and Marzia a lot of times the things that we enjoyed the most were not the we had planned for

  • but things that we just happened to stumble upon which I think is why what it's trying to get at. The book very

  • Confidently says on the cover. This book will change your life

  • It won't. I really enjoyed it at the first half but the second half was just

  • Unnecessary, I think it tried too hard to be commercialized

  • The story takes almost like a movie like plot

  • The FBI is after him and there's just so many sex scenes in this book

  • I think there's like 30 sex scenes in it and it just became cringe-worthy after a while

  • I'm like, this is just ridiculous. At the end of it

  • it sort of made me question the

  • the skill of the author and if the concept of the dice was even that great to begin with. It just seems so like some sort

  • of pseudo-psychiatry and

  • who knows? maybe that's what it was trying to mock anyway. Next! I read "Stoner" by John Williams.

  • This was a book that when he came out it barely sold anything, but then later- fifty years later

  • It got translated and it picked up in popularity. Now,

  • it's very highly regarded.

  • When I explain my favorite novel to people, or at least a novel that I really enjoyed, a lot of times I met with

  • a skeptic look like:

  • "That doesn't sound interesting at all!" What are you talking about? A good testimony of a good writer is that if you can tell a

  • seemingly uninteresting story and captivate your your reader

  • That's a great way to test it

  • And I think Stoner is exactly that. Now I was reading this and I kept thinking

  • "When is the punchline coming?" "When is the weed joke coming?"

  • I was on page

  • 420 and I realized, "I've just spent hours reading a boring book about a boring man's life!"

  • It has nothing to do with weed. Not a single weed reference. I'm just kidding. Obviously. It's actually a really great book

  • I really enjoyed reading it

  • It follows a story a William Stoner, which can be summarized as "Life sucks, and then you die."

  • "So fuck the world and let's get high! 420 everybody!" It's so cringe-worthy jokes. I'm sorry.

  • William Stoner grows up on a farm. He goes to study agriculture and

  • a part of his study

  • he- it's obligatory to study English literature and he completely falls in love with it and he loves- and he switch

  • his studies completely to literature instead of agriculture and

  • At the day of his graduation, he very selfishly

  • Tells his parents, "I'm not coming back to help at the farm. I'm going to keep studying to become a teacher."

  • I can't relate to that at all.

  • I escaped to Italy to become a youtuber and abandon my studies

  • so maybe I can't fault Stoner too much in this. It sets the swing of

  • The story in of Stoner's life whenever something positive happens to Stoner so- it's met with something negative.

  • he falls in love with literature, but at the cost of

  • Disappointing his parents. He falls in love with a woman and they get married very quickly

  • But then he discovers that she's actually very horrible to him and they don't match at all.

  • So anytime something positive happens to Stoner, it's met with something negative.

  • He loves teaching his students at school, but it becomes very hard for him to do so

  • because of the department. He gets a daughter that he loves very much and care for but the daughter

  • After a while sort of turns against him because of his wife

  • It just keeps on rocking back and forth for Stoner and you just have to, when reading it, you can't help but appreciate his immense

  • stoicism and

  • How much he endures of

  • bad behavior from other people that just

  • brings him down. You just want to pat Stoner on the back and say "It's okay you did your best, man".

  • I always try and find some sort of

  • ideas in there. I don't know if I'm right or wrong

  • But the way I saw it is that there's two sides of the coin in life.

  • You're gonna be happy sometime and you're gonna be

  • unhappy sometime and you can

  • just hope that you end up on one side more than the other just because you endure a lot of pain and a lot of

  • Bad behavior and just because you're a good person and work really hard for the things you love that doesn't necessarily mean

  • Happiness is some sort of reward or something that's owed to you. It just- doesn't work like that.

  • That's just a state of life

  • And that's the balance that we all have to go through. Stoner dusted in such grace and the way he endures it all

  • You just- you can't help but look up to him and his character. In a lot of ways

  • he's a hero and I think that's how the author described him as, as an angel in the end.

  • It's a fantastic read. I really enjoyed it. From start to finish,

  • I think this was a novel that I found the easiest to read and

  • flow through so if it sounded interesting give it a go. Next up, we have "Crime and Punishment."

  • It's a classic, you've definitely heard about this... Have you heard about this? It's written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in 1866.

  • It was the longest one I read, and I- I mean that.

  • Sometimes this book was very hard to get through, but the parts that

  • shines in this novel

  • truly shines. And I do

  • Understand why it's a classic and I want to just focus on the bits that I really really enjoyed which is the bits

  • revolving around the main character, Raskolnikov.

  • Raskolnikov is a young man who lives in St. Petersburg. He is, like I said, young,

  • attractive, intelligent and since his father died, his mother and sister had focused on him a lot more

  • which led him to come up with the

  • Insane idea that he is going to murder and rob an elderly

  • pawn-broker named Ivanovna. He sees

  • Ivanovna as a lesser human, a bad human, and she has the only thing that Raskolnikov doesn't have which is wealth.

  • Raskolnikov is very poor and he sees it almost as an injustice

  • following

  • Raskolnikov's ideas around why he wants to commit this murder is the bits where I really really enjoyed.

  • I don't know what it is about following someone's internal thoughts about something

  • that's just bizarre and insane, the truest honest thoughts about someone. And I think that's why I really like Japanese literature as well

  • nevertheless

  • Raskolnikov doesn't see anything wrong with murdering this woman. He thinks is it's justified and

  • He almost sees it as a practice of: Can he commit this crime?

  • Is he able to commit the perfect crime even? And he sort of sneers at other people that it hasn't

  • been able to commit the perfect crime. So he sneaks into Ivanovna's apartment and he murders her with an axe.

  • Unfortunately, Ivanovna's stepsister enters the scene of the crime and

  • Raskolnikov is forced to murder her as well

  • Now obviously this wasn't part of the plan and he sort of very clumsily

  • Escapes the the murder scene and he only gets a little bit of gold from the apartment, but still somehow he managed to escape

  • without anyone

  • Seeing him commit the crime. He hides all the gold and the murder weapon and

  • Then we're followed with the second part of the book, The Punishment. We get to follow Raskolnikov's internal struggle

  • with- through conversations with other people of

  • why he committed this crime and

  • What made him want to actually do it. If he didn't take the gold,

  • what was the reason- true reason behind it and the guilt with it?

  • The bits I especially enjoyed was the last third of the book. Raskolnikov wants to confess to his love, Sonya,

  • that he committed this murder and he stumble upon his words and he stumbles upon his reasoning that before was so clear to himself

  • But when explaining it to someone else he just can't get the right

  • Reason and words out and I really enjoyed this bit. I don't know. It's just it's so interesting following these thoughts and

  • The change of Raskolnikov. Eventually, he turns himself in despite the fact that he- there was no real evidence against him.

  • I think he was just so tired of dealing with this internal struggle and conflict and

  • Even though he doesn't necessarily think that what he did was wrong,

  • he compares his- his murder with what other- what other people have done in the past and

  • Not received any punishment for people doing even worse things than him and getting away with it

  • So why should he have to feel bad but he turns himself in because of Sonya, the one he loves, and he wants to

  • serve his punishment and I think the epilogue where they explained this was a bit forced. These

  • classic novels, they always have the a very strict conclusion to them,

  • at least what I read so far, so maybe that's why the reason why. The reason why Raskolnikov struggled so much

  • Maybe he had found logic behind what he but he put himself above society and that was his demise

  • What do you think? Have you read it? What what do you think? Personally,

  • I was extremely bored with the family conflict that was going on throughout this book

  • It didn't interest me at all. But nevertheless, I really enjoyed it. I would love to read more from Dostoevsky in the future

  • I'm told that "The Idiot" is even better. Are you still with me? Next up, we have "No Longer Human" with Osamu Dazai

  • I feel my voice is just different

  • Talking about this. It's just such a sad story. It follows a story of

  • Oba and

  • We follow it through some notebooks that he has left behind. I love Japanese literature. I

  • Really enjoyed reading Murakami, but I love reading

  • Yukio Mishima and now Dazai. They so beautifully

  • describe the internal monologue in it where the protagonist is so extremely self aware of the

  • Interaction and ideas that they have... I'm explaining this really poorly,

  • but essentially, the way Japanese culture are so polite, It's hard to understand the true character behind a person and

  • To then read a Japanese novel by- by these authors so- so brilliantly described,

  • I just feel so immersed into it. Funnily enough, that's exactly- well, there's nothing funny about it, but that's exactly what No Longer

  • Human is all about. The main character, Oba, can't present

  • his true self to other people.

  • He has this facade that

  • he hides behind

  • and he makes jokes to other people to hide his true self and he's extremely self aware of this fact

  • And we don't- we don't get to follow the jokes that he makes other people instead

  • we get to follow his ideas of how he thinks other people perceive his jokes and

  • It doesn't sound interesting at all. I says I just wanted to give you an idea how it's written, basically.

  • Something that I've really grown to appreciate over the years is honesty. If I noticed that someone isn't being

  • really themself or being honest, I

  • always wonder if you're not honest, then who are you? What are you? I don't want to play along with your facade and

  • Sometimes in this novel,

  • someone calls out Oba for not being genuine

  • Maybe he laughed in a way that they didn't think was really

  • Authentic and he recollects on these moments in his life where he did get called out

  • for his facade and he he describes that in such immense pain that

  • Someone is discovering that he isn't actually human. The story of no longer human is an incredibly sad story, especially

  • Afterwards finding out about the author himself

  • Dazai, who shares so much with the main character

  • He was sexually assaulted as a child which is most likely what led to him

  • protect himself behind this facade. The

  • double attempt of suicide with his wife where the wife died

  • but he survived, and the guilt of

  • keep on living, problem with alcoholism and drugs, all these things that the character Oba,

  • Goes through has happened to Dazai at some point in his life as well, the author. At the end of the book

  • There's a very chilling moment

  • where

  • Oba is

  • talking to

  • his friend Hokiki (it's Horiki btw) I think his name was, I don't remember and Hokiki is sort of his character opposite