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Of all the books I’ve read lately, this one sticks out by a mile.In fact I am so in love with this book that I think it deserves a post in itself.Any other book sharing space would just sound very ‘meh..’.

The lead character, Howard Roark, is like no other.If there is one thing I love more than the book (OK, almost), it is him:

‘Both men disliked Roark.He was usually disliked, from the first sight of his face, anywhere he went.His face was closed like the door of a safety vault; things locked in safety vaults are valuable; men did not care to feel that.He was a cold, disquieting presence in the room; his presence had a strange quality; it made itself felt and yet it made them feel that he wasn’t there; or perhaps it was that he was and they weren’t.’

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Another excerpt, this from the antagonist-in-chief, Ellsworth Toohey  (Perhaps ‘The man who could never be’ , as the author intended to portray him would be a better description?) :

” Have you ever thought of the style of a soul, Kiki?”

” The ..what ? “

” The style of a soul.Do you remember the famous philosopher who spoke of the style of a civilization? He called it ‘style’.He said it was the nearest word he could find for it.He said that every civilization has a basic principle, one single, supreme, determining conception, and every endeavor of men within that civilization is true, unconsciously and irrevocably, to that one principle…I think, Kiki, that every human soul has a style of its own, also.Its one basic theme.You’ll see it reflected in every thought, every act, every wish of that person.The one absolute, the one imperative in that living creature. Years of studying a man won’t show it to you. His face will. You’d have to write volumes to describe a person. Think of his face. You need nothing else.”

And Howard Roark is every inch that man who knows his ‘style’, and finds an outlet for it in architecture.‘The man who was as man should be.”

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” Howard Roark built a temple to the human spirit. He saw man as strong, proud, clean, wise and fearless. He saw man as a heroic being. And he built a temple to that. A temple is a place where man is to experience exaltation. He thought that exaltation comes from the consciousness of being guiltless, of seeing the truth and achieving it, of living up to one’s highest possibility, of knowing no shame and having no cause for shame, of being able to stand naked in full sunlight. He thought that exaltation means joy and that joy is man’s birthright. He thought that a place built as a setting for man is a sacred place. That is what Howard Roark thought of man and of exaltation. But Ellsworth Toohey said that this temple was a monument to a profound hatred of humanity. Ellsworth Toohey said that the essence of exaltation was to be scared out of your wits, to fall down and to grovel. Ellsworth Toohey said that man’s highest act was to realize his own worthlessness and to beg forgiveness. Ellsworth Toohey said it was depraved not to take for granted that man is something which needs to be forgiven. . . . To glorify man, said Ellsworth Toohey, was to glorify the gross pleasure of the flesh, for the realm of the spirit is beyond the grasp of man. To enter that realm, said Ellsworth Toohey, man must come as a beggar, on his knees. Ellsworth Toohey is a lover of mankind.” – Dominique Francon.

The woman for a man like Roark, Dominique Francon is an idealist who loves Roark for his impassioned work, and hates him because the general public will never see beauty in it.She pronounces him guilty of the crime of building structures fit for no man.While it is generally taken for an agreement with public sentiment, she believes that they are not a worthy audience and that his structures must be saved from the world, not the other way around.

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“Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.” ( Part of Roark’s stunning defence at his last trial. I wish I could put all of it here but 1) It’s the best part of the story, and something you should read for yourself and 2) We have too few readers as-is, ’nuff said.)

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Genre : It’s a book on a man and his work and the formidable combination they make.Roark’s buildings are described as seeming to grow out of the very earth- so natural and true as they are.It might seem strange that one man’s ego give birth to that , but Roark’s personality accounts for everything.There is also a contrasting character in Peter Keating- the architect seemingly at the head of it all, with recognition in toxic quantities.Mr.Wynand, the man who could have been , for the part that he is ( is this all sounding too much like something from a legal document what with all the repetition?) is another absolutely brilliant character.

Bottom line? Must.Read.Book.NOW.

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About time! The ‘special’ classes ( through which they eat up our hols)? Are finally done.I think I feel the tears of joy brimming oer.Ok,no.Anyhow, I’m practically singing this post out; I’m happy.So much so that I’m willing to forgo the perfectly tempting opportunity to tell you of the Bus Conspiracy, of School ( God forbid), and all of the books I’ve read ( these probably will make an appearance sometime later this week so, you know, don’t get your hopes up..).To celebrate the occasion of my Liberation from Hell ( yep, ‘Melodrama’ is my middle name.Er, alongside Revenge..), I got home and worked on this:

It’s off of the cover of The Sweet Far Thing ( Not the Sweet,Sour Thing as I originally thought- ” Remind me why you’re reading that cookery-book again? “, I ask LucidInsanity.).With modifications, of course.

*Through gritted teeth* It also falls to me ( my being the only one blogging today) to announce to the world that it is our  only regular reader generalno1 ‘s Birthday ( you’re ageing, your ageing!).So, yeah.

Catch you next post.

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Hey ppl, long time!!

My avatar’s on the right cuz I got bored of the avatar on the left alwayz. What have I been doing these holz??

  1. Go to school for spl class
  2. Rot in school
  3. Complain about school
  4. Eat
  5. Went to CCD for LucidInsanity’s and Zonkt’s combined B’day treat.. (Was FUN!!)
  6. Read, Read And more Read

So, 2 books i wanna mention Princess and Brisingr

PRINCESS – By Jean Sasson:

Jean Sasson

This book is just amazing. It recounts the hardships Princess “Sultana” (name changed in the book to protect her identity) has to face as a Saudi royal woman. Written by Jean Sasson as if narrated by Princess “Sultana”, this book is a must-read. You don’t feel, even once,  like someone else has written the story in 1st person. It starts with “Sultana’s” childhooh and how she grows up into a woman surrounded by the men who “twist the Prophet’s (Muhammed) words for their needs” ,the horrors faced by Saudi women, and the “Male Dominance” beginning right with her brother.”Sultana” is a bold character who tried to defy the male-dominated society right from delaying the wearing of her Abaya. She is at the mercy of the men who surround her life – father, husband, brother etc.  It makes you feel very lucky to have not had to face such things.

This book is well written, and is not exactly what you would call on feminism. It is basically that “Sultana” wants people of the world to realize their plight. And there is this one line from the book that I like:

“If no-one knows of my existence, does that mean I do not exist?” – Princess Sultana

BRISINGR – a book that I’ve been waiting for, ever since I finished eldest.*Spoiler alert*

I have heard of many negative reviews about this book saying that this book is just a filler to drag time and stuff, but I feel it was a good book on the whole, I mean not as brilliant as Eragon/Eldest but ok, quite good. It wasn’t a disappointment for me, mainly cuz i didn’t read too many fan fics and theories online.

This book basically deals with Eragon’s promises to the different people he has made and how he tries to fulfill them. Eragon’s loyalty toward Roran makes him determined to bring Katrina back. He also marries them both. (It’s kinda weird to imagine the younger brother performing the marriage thingy for the older one!) I found Roran’s story quite annoying. He was just kinda very annoying with his “leading the troop” and great battles and everything.Then there’s Eragon, who as an elf-human hybrid is weird to picture and I would have preferred him to stay human. The truth about Brom being his father was kinda expected and wasn’t much of a shock to me. I loved the whole forging of the swords chapter. It was brilliantly written, very picturesque. And I love the sword and the idea that it bursts into flames when u say “Brisingr” The stuff about Eldunari was also also quite good. Though, I did feel a little sad when Oromis dies. There wasn’t much of action (ok there was, but not as much as i expected) but the revelations of Galbatorix’s and Shruikan’s power, Eragon’s mother, Solembum’s words and all were interesting. Saphira, my fave character, was, as always, brilliant. I have nothing to complain about her. Her character’s so strong and beautiful. You can’t help but love her!

I would say u HAVE to read, even if it isn’t as amazing as the previous two. I’m waiting for the last one now which hopefully, will be as good as I want it to.

P.S. I made that pic that sez Brisingr 😉

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