Little Ralphie and the Creature
Little Ralphie: Acute schizophrenic reaction–catatonic type.
Ralphie hides in alternate realities to escape his unbearable pain.
I find Little Ralphie and the Creature the least interesting of the three because reading it was quite difficult. The author placed the reader in the minds of Little Ralphie (who had created multiple worlds) and Dr. Izzabella (who had too many concerns regarding her patient and her personal life). Continue reading
Jordi: Schizophrenic, with autistic tendencies. He’s afraid of garbage cans, all garbage cans, because he believes them to be ears. Ears that will hear him. Only his “jiggler”–a doorknob tied to a long string–can offer him an comfort or protection.
We are all afraid of something. But we can never eliminate fear. We can only manipulate it. But what if your fear is alive that can follow, hurt and even devour you. What would you feel? What will you do? That is Jordi.
David and Lisa
David: Extremely intelligent, with extraordinary abilities in math, physics, and chess. He is passionately interested in clocks. he cannot bear to be touched, in petrified of germs and human contact. Suffers overwhelming panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive behavior.
Lisa: Schizophrenic who must constantly speak in singsong rhymes to avoid losing herself to Muriel–her moody, brooding, scowling, silent other self.
Man is by nature a social animal
Aristotle believed and so as many of us, but how about those who are socially awkward, autistic or schizophrenic, would that make them less human?
I found David and Lisa at Cagnaan Booksales. It is one of those stores that sell multiple kinds of books in a much affordable price. You won’t find a “bestseller” book but stay longer and look closely, one would definitely find a treasure. Continue reading
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill A Mockingbird has always been in my “to read” list however I was hesitant at first thinking that it might be a heavy book for me to understand. But I was happy that I bought the book when I saw it in a store. Much of what attracted me was the cover – it has a mysterious and eerie feel that I failed to resist.
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee tells of Scout and Jem’s childhood in Alabama and how a series of events shook their innocence, shaped their character and taught them about human nature. Lee examines racism and other prejudices through a page turning story told in a wonderful, Southern voice. And if you want to know more.
I know a good book when I read the first few pages. And this one is more than good. I finished it in a day. Not a lot of pages (376 pages) but definitely a good story.
The first conversation (or see below) was interesting already. The conversation between Scout and Jem suggests life as a series of causes. It also raises the question regarding the existence of some ultimate point in the chain of causes, perhaps the beginning where the cause of everything is found. Is there a first cause in all that had happened? – is the main question. Continue reading