Ficção, LaPoma, Review

Understanding the Alacrán by Jonathan LaPoma

Plot summary:
Trying to escape the oppression leading him to drinking, drugs, and despair, 22-year-old William James rejects a teaching position offer at a prestigious Buffalo high school and moves to Mexico to find freedom in its beaches, mountains, and culture.
But soon, this freedom becomes oppressive as well as William finds himself unable to avoid the pull of the wild party scene in the small town of Lila where he lives. He continues a downward spiral until he meets a complex and compassionate Mexican woman whose love inspires him to face the question he’s been avoiding: Is this trip a desperate search for life or a slow death?

Review:
Will, the lead character, rejected a good job to escape from himself and the problems that surround him. He moves to Mexico, but at some point, he notice that nothing is changing. For me, this is the most important message from this book, he realizes the solution was not to run away from his problems because the problems go with you wherever you decide to go.

This history is pretty crazy with all the partying, but I liked Will and I understand that he was just trying to find his place in the world. But as I expected, he falls into a bad life (drinking, girls, and drugs).

One of the things I liked about this book was the descriptions of the places, it really puts you there. The author illustrates and captures the essence of Mexico, we can experience and have a mental image of everything. 

To be sincere, it took me a while to finish this book. Initially, I was thinking that I was in a kind of book slump, but it turns to be something else. This history is so slow paced, in every chapter I was expecting something more, but always continues on the same level. In my mind, at some point, something big was going to happen.

However, I really enjoy the type of writing, it seemed that the author speaks directly to us. So, I rated 3 stars.

This is the second book I have read by Jonathan LaPoma and I will continue to follow his work.
My sincere thanks to the author for sending me the book.

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Não-ficção, Review, Saúde Mental

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Plot summary:
Reasons to Stay Alive is about making the most of your time on earth. In the western world the suicide rate is highest amongst men under the age of 35. Matt Haig could have added to that statistic when, aged 24, he found himself staring at a cliff-edge about to jump off. This is the story of why he didn’t, how he recovered and learned to live with anxiety and depression. It’s also an upbeat, joyous and very funny exploration of how live better, love better, read better and feel more.

Review:
Acho que nunca li um livro tão cru como este, é a melhor perspetiva que já li sobre a depressão. Esta é mesmo a visão/experiência de uma pessoa real e este autor não hesita ao contar todos os pormenores e momentos que passou.
Estamos muito habituados a ler coisas mais técnicas sobre o tema, mas devíamos mesmo ler livros como este, ficamos mesmo a experienciar a depressão.

Quotes

LaPoma, Jonathan

“Nothing is nothing, not poetry.”
“Just because you don’t commit to something doesn’t mean you’re doing nothing.”

LaPoma, Jonathan, Understanding the Alacrán

Fantasia, Ficção, Martin, Review

A Guerra dos Tronos (As crónicas de Gelo e Fogo #1) de George R. R. Martin

Plot summary:
Quando Eddard Stark, lorde do castelo de Winterfell, recebe a visita do velho amigo, o rei Robert Baratheon, está longe de adivinhar que a sua vida, e a da sua família, está prestes a entrar numa espiral de tragédia, conspiração e morte. Durante a estadia, o rei convida Eddard a mudar-se para a corte e a assumir a prestigiada posição de Mão do Rei. Este aceita, mas apenas porque desconfia que o anterior detentor desse título foi envenenado pela própria rainha: uma cruel manipuladora do clã Lannister. Assim, perto do rei, Eddard tem esperança de o proteger da rainha. Mas ter os Lannister como inimigos é fatal: a ambição dessa família não tem limites e o rei corre um perigo muito maior do que Eddard temia! Sozinho na corte, Eddard também se apercebe que a sua vida nada vale. E até a sua família, longe no norte, pode estar em perigo.

Review:
Bem, depois de muito pensar e de ler muitas críticas positivas a esta história decidi ler o primeiro livro.

Neste livro não conhecemos apenas a família Stark e os dramas que estão a enfrentar, mas também conhecemos os Lannister, os Arryn, os Tully, etc… e logo começamos a apercebermos de quem gostamos mais e, para mim, foram mesmo os Stark. A família Lannister irritou-me bastante durante a leitura, ganhei logo um ódio de estimação por eles.