Winter Poetry

By Martina - Saturday, March 31, 2018

This month I didn't read as much as I wanted to, but apparently my life is way busier than I always picture it. I work approximately nine hours a day, five days a week and only commute for about thirty minutes each day, so I don't really have much time left to read. I always try to read on the tube and when I'm on my own on lunch break, but that doesn't happen that often.

Anyway, this month I read a really curious book by Karl Ove Knausgaard called Winter. Lorenzo got it for me as a Christmas present. I would define its genre as poetry, it's part of a quartet of books that the author has been writing and dedicating to his youngest daughter. It's sort of an autobiographical vocabulary of the common things that belong to the life of the author, each explained through his eyes and in the way he experienced them as he was growing up and how his point of view has changed now. I know that sounds a bit cryptic, I'm sorry - I am really struggling with words here.

I believe my favourite bit is the part where he describes the brain. The author starts from an actual visual description with scientific details and then moves on to describe how the brain reminds him of a jellyfish, then builds an alternate universe in which the brain is an ocean creature. He describes how the life of these jellyfish-brains would be and ends on a deeper note, stating that if the human brain mutated into something that's independent from the rest of the human body it would gradually go from being the most complex and "clever" organ to an empty shell devoid of thoughts. Again, my description of this part of the book doesn't make justice to the beauty of the original words, so if you fancy reading some curious book this year, please pick up Winter.

The other book I finished is Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher. You know I am a big fan of Gi and her books, I am trying to keep up with all her stories and buy them as soon as they get published. I even managed to get a signed copy of this one, yay! The only book I'm missing so far is Dream a Little Christmas Dream. If anyone finds a copy please let me know, as it was only published around Christmas 2015 and it seems to have disappeared ever since.

Martina x

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