Monday, November 9, 2015

Book Reviews: The Year of Magical Thinking & Stargazing Dog

The Year of Magical ThinkingThe Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Didion tries to make sense of loss in the midst of her privileged and entitled lifestyle. Her lucid writing shines through illuminating the truth that death is the great equalizer.

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Stargazing DogStargazing Dog by Takashi Murakami

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The quote, "A dog is a man's best friend", very much applies to this melancholy story. A man's downward spiral to isolation is narrated in a matter of fact style. It is a statement of reality on the human condition.

Illustrated in black white, the whole experience of reading the novel is sentimental and avoids the sappy drama that goes with the usual broken heart-rejected formula of many life drama stories like this. While the dog is the true hero of the story and its presence in the whole narrative is the redeeming value of the main character's journey, the end shows a bit of hope for people who've loved and lost.

Read it when you're emotionally stable.

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