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The Death of Ivan Ilych

“The Death of Ivan Ilych” is short story by Leo Tolstoy, as mentioned in title it is the story of Ivan Ilych. He is a member of court of justice, leading a normal life. Story starts with the announcement of his death and people reactions towards it. Gradually it moves forward with the flashback of his life, starting with happy moments meeting his wife, getting good job then few challenges comes up and when everything was getting back on track suddenly fatal illness entered in his life.

What a great writer Leo Tolstoy is ! While reading the book I can feel everything going on Ivan’s life. I can feel the hatred towards his wife which is symbolic for his pain. You have those people present in your life who are suffering from these kind of pain, who can see their end but we never understand what is going on their mind. Ivan know he is dying. His wife and family trying to help him but he is not getting better, it make him irritable and difficult to bear. He is analysing his whole life and choosing the moments which make him really happy but it is becoming difficult as he find his perfectly happy life worthless. 

These lines touched my heart :
“Their daughter came in full evening dress, her fresh young flesh exposed strong, healthy, evidently in love and impatient with illness, suffering and death, because they interfered with her happiness.”

Tina Fey’s Bossypants

Tina Fey is a big name in American Television industry. For the people who don’t know her she worked in ‘Saturday Night Live’ and created the show named 30 rock, writer of movie “Mean Girls”. This is one of those books where author’s name is printed in much bigger letter than book’s name (you know because she is so famous).

This is the most funny book I have ever read. Best thing is that she talked about feminism in most entertaining way which is like she said “it’s like Jessica Seinfeld puts spinach in kids brownies.” The chapter about her father is also good one, specially these lines :

“How can I give my daughter what Don Fey gave me? The gift of anxiety. The fear of getting in trouble. The knowledge that while you are loved, you are not above the law”

I love the word she created Teat Nazis. All the women suffered from breast feeding issues can surely relate with it.

She talked about her SNL days when she has done the impersonation of senator ‘Sarah Palin’ which is unknown to me because I know her from 30 rock. After reading this book I saw her Sarah Palin sketch which is commendable.

I like the book very much and will surely recommend it. When everything around us is emanating negative energy this book will bring smile to our faces.

Jane Eyre

In my opinion this book is far much better than those Jane Austen’s novel. Jane Eyre novel was much ahead of its time. It is not a love story but journey of a girl.

I like the character of Jane, her boldness is really admirable. You feel connected to this character which is very rare in case of classics. She is plain (as writer describe her in book) not heavenly beautiful just like any ordinary girl. She is strong woman and fight for her rights, unlike ordinary women of that time (in old days it was considered as bad manners when a girl take a stand for herself). Mr. Rochester’s character portrayed differently.  As described in wiki he is a Byronic hero, a bit self centred.

I feel some part of the book is hard to understand and few paragraphs are bit descriptive apart from this everything in this book is exceptional.

Anandmath

Anandmath was written by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay and was released in 1882, during the British rule in India. Vande Mataram, national song of India was introduced in this book and it is one of the reasons I picked this book.

It is loosely based on Sanyasis rebellion against Britishers in 18th century. The primary cause of rebellion was lives of people of Bengal became miserable because of paying heavy taxes to Britishers during famine. Many people lost their lives during famine.

It was hard to think that how much our ancestors has suffered to get the freedom. The book’s characters are fictional but incidents are real.

The book was banned by Britishers as they fear it will inspire Indians to fight for their rights. The ban was removed by Govt of India post independence.

Books that made me fall in love with reading

I spent my childhood reading Pran’s comics and champak. Champak is a children’s magazine printed fortnightly. It contains short stories with social message. I still
remember some of the stories and social message hidden inside them which helped me to become a better person. At that point of time I had no idea that these small cute
books are precious to me so I have not preserved them

Champak

Then J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter came to my life. First time I saw this book, a thought came to the mind “Why a person spend time to read these heavy book when movie
based on it is there?”. After sometime I got the chance to read “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone” for the first time I got hooked and then understand difference between the movie and book. I can read it again and again.

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These books made me fall in love with reading because I am in a different world while I am reading them. This post is written for Indispire Edition 245