Books that Inspire Human Spirit (A Discussion) – Guest Post #2

A guest post by literati Sandy Chin 🙂

I know I had been absent for sometime now due to my academics, so here I am with my next guest post by Sandy Chin. She runs an amazingly informative and extremely vibrant blog – The Olive Beetle. Do stop by her blog to get adrenaline kicking. Now, off you go and read this inspiring article she submitted 🙂

There are many books that remain with us. They live in our memories for different reasons. Often, we recall Roald Dahl with warm feelings of childhood, and recall J.R.R. Tolkien with feelings of other worlds. But today, I am going to talk about books that inspire our human spirit. So, I shall be mentioning two of those books.

The first is The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee. In this book, readers are led through the history of cancer and witness human struggles and triumphs against this pervasive disease. With the humanness of narration, one can’t help but be drawn into this “war against cancer”. One is constantly delighted to find a vaccine alongside the researchers. One celebrates as the vaccine eventually gains success in human trials, albeit only ten years later. Two, one sighs as patients hold on dearly to their lives. Through these centuries of sheer perseverance of researchers, doctors and patients, we gain hope. We learn that hope is borne not out of blind faith, but out of effort – of continuous struggle, perseverance and unity. We may regard such a grave subject with apprehension; yet we must remember that human spirit is formed only through struggle.

The second is Awakenings by late Dr. Oliver Sacks. In this book, readers are led into lives that have been thwarted by the sleeping-sickness epidemic after World War I. Of the millions that fell ill to this encephalitis lethargica, only a small number survived. These patients were admitted to total palliative care institutions, where they lived in frozen states – unmoving, unmotivated – as non-persons. In 1960s, the drug, L-Dopa was introduced and these patients awakened. Finally, after decades, they were able to move, speak and write. They became persons again. However, the miracle was short-lived as many began to suffer side effects such as manic episodes of uncontrollable urges and temper. A few patients decided to be taken off L-Dopa, and receded back into their frozen states. Dr. Sacks recounted these individual experiences with deep reflective intelligence, honesty and compassion. The reader cannot help but be moved by their struggle, triumph and loss. Also, one gains wisdom through Dr. Sacks, in his determination to accommodate the sea of troubles. One learns that human spirit is borne not only through individual struggle, but also through having deep compassion for others.

Okay! So, if, you have any books that you wanna add to this list, then plz do. Also, you are welcome to comment the list of books that left a deep impact on you, in any special way 🙂

Cheers xoxo!

True Blue – David Baldacci

Phew! Done with birthday hangover and now back on track with reading and reviewing novels.

So, as I was going across my book stack, I decided to choose to finish my half read novel, which I started last year, back in December, but dropped it off in between because of some other important stuffs and also of book’s slow pace!

it’s my first Baldacci book and I would say, I liked the adventures it propounded. It’s about a “Blue” trying hard to be “Blue” again. By “Blue”, I mean a cop, so, here we are, with our protagonist being an ex DC cop, Mace Perry, whose blue badge was snatched and she was incarcerated into prison for doing wrong stuffs. But, the twist is, she didn’t do a wrong thing herself, instead she was drugged, kidnapped and was framed into a crime scene.

Mace’s sister, Beth is a chief police officer and even Beth couldn’t save her sister’s reputation. So, the novel opens with Mace being released on parole and as determined as she is to get her blue badge back, she tries to find out who framed her!

Meanwhile, in the novel, we see the entry of a DC lawyer,Roy Kingman, whose colleague, Maria Rollover has been raped and murdered. Thus, this case comes as a chance for Mace, to prove how much ” True Blue” she is. Though, she is off duty and is not allowed to solve the case, but still she does that.

Along with this, when solving the case, Mace partner’s up with Kingman and they go through a lot of adventure (by adventure, I mean, a lot of face-to-face with goons, police, mafia) and it turns out, it’s not a simple case but rather it’s more of a coated in danger, with all kinds of high criminals and authority, linked with.

And, Mace also finds out, that Mona Danforth was the one who sent Mace to jail and still, doesn’t wants her to come back and become a blue again.

Lots of political angles, local goons ,terrorists and corrupted authorities will be seen in this novel. It is a woman empowering novel, but it gets a little snoozy in between, you start getting tired of murders, police, mafia and goon fights!

For me, I would rate it so-so. Good time pass, if you are into police and murders!

Books- My knowledgeable bliss!!

You’re immersed in the thick batter of savory knowledge;
Spreading a palatable fragrance all around, and seducing everyone with some magical haulage,
The moment that luscious fragrance enters my nostrils, it widely opens all my senses,
Every cell in my body gets filled with curiosity, like a pious place is surrounded with incenses.

Your consumption, for me, becomes a delightful honor;
Mystery, romantic, gothic or scientific, I love you in every form and genre,
You’re my guide, friend and best preacher,
You stay loyal to me, without any condition or being a mean creature.

I find in you, my perfect soul-thirst quencher;
You and only you, can make my existence a utopic one,
Providing me a knowledgeable bliss and being my gratifying drencher;
You’re one in a million but, “my only one” in tons!