September 30, 2023


Make Some Fun

Books – I Discovered ‘The Professor’ at Discount Basement and gave it a Go

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I had a mud/fur allergic response after we went again from Raub final weekend. It was fairly dangerous, each my ears and throat had been itchy, I used to be sneezing, delicate headache and my nostril had been watery the entire day. Then I can not sleep at night time, perhaps because of the new espresso I drank that morning or perhaps as a result of it was the primary day of my interval (hormonal modifications). Not precisely certain.

I wakened once more at 2 am, determined to take an antihistamine capsule, and waited for the sleepy impact. I managed to learn one other 2 chapters from the guide that I discovered at Discount Basement, IOI final week. It’s The Professor by Faizal Tehrani, now my present learn. That is my first try to learn his work (or perhaps second, I believe I in all probability learn certainly one of his different books round 10 years again).

I’ve no downside along with his selection of matter, as a reader, I learn any books that I can probably devour, however I’ve some issues with the studying expertise itself. I do not often share books that I am not a fan of, however I suppose I need to bear in mind this one (for my very own future be aware).

A number of points with the guide :

  • It felt like studying his travelogue. I often discover particulars like names, locations, transits, transportation names, flight/bus codes, and costs of every meals/drink – fairly distracting. I am extra of a visible learner, so I somewhat have issues defined visually than in names (as a result of I can not think about it, so it changed into white noise whereas studying). This is among the examples :

I believe there are quite a lot of pointless particulars that may be omitted for a greater studying expertise. There are a lot of extra pages like this. I used to be principally misplaced within the particulars and forgot what was occurring on this scene :

  • Additionally, assuming the explanation I felt like studying tutorial writing is as a result of Suliza is a professor? It’s a bit prolonged and boring, at occasions it might probably take paragraphs and paragraphs a couple of matter/situation that’s written like in tutorial writing. 
  • Right here he writes from a feminine ‘lesbian’ scholar’s POV and the primary character is sexually energetic. As a lady kan, I do not suppose we consider intercourse as a lot as a person does and we do not often go searching and really feel turned on simply by imagining. We do not actually operate the identical manner as males. We aren’t attractive more often than not, so it irritated me a bit. Or perhaps it’s only for me. 
  • Suppose he desires to put in writing that many intercourse scenes & sexual creativeness, additionally as a illustration of one of many minority teams in Malaysia. In that case, I want he wrote it from a homosexual Muslim dwelling in Malaysia as a substitute as a result of I do not suppose there’s a lot of a voice from Suliza as a lesbian Muslim scholar right here. Do they actually really feel represented right here? 

I did not just like the studying expertise as a result of there have been too many names and particulars that didn’t assist with the story-telling aside from a distraction for me, and in addition with the academic-writing model – I imply, I’m no academician, do they naturally speak that manner amongst one another? The point out of which regulation, which nations, which tutorial writings, which speaker, which activists, which talks, it bores me :F Severely, too many names and pointless particulars.

I have been studying quite a lot of classics for the previous 2 months and so they do not bore me as a lot as this :F The problems had been legitimate although, I simply want it was written in another way.

    “My function is to put in writing. As tales and concepts are everlasting, I select literature. Others should become involved too. All of us. Those that learn my writing, as an example, should inform others about them.”

So right here I am sharing about my new present learn whereas resting from the Herman Hesse project. My grogginess from the antihistamine final night time stayed in me for the remainder of the day. I felt groggy and mellow the entire day, and needed to nap within the afternoon. Not a fan of the aftermath.

Anyway, right here is my updates on the journey with Hermann Hesse. His works that I’ve consumed to this point :

  • Siddhartha (1922)
  • Steppenwolf (1927)
  • Journey to the East (1932) 
  • Narcissus & Goldmund (1930)
  • Knulp (1915)
  • Demian (1919)
  • Unusual Information from One other Star (1919) – a compilation of brief tales 
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