Sunday, June 5

Going Postal and By The River Piedra...

I'm not into bike but I happened to read a book about bike travels. I must have seen it featured somewhere. Well, I liked it very much. I've read so many books but only few etched in my mind. One have to be compelling, have tragic ending or sort of un-happy ending. I can't really categorise the Going Postal.

It's adventure with a spice of love story that didn't really end happily. The adventure though was quite successful. The bike used was a used Australian Post bike which for some may sound quite ordinary but what it attracts me is the way the story was told. It is full of emotion and varied views and perspective. I can say that at some point, it can be very influential especially to those who aspires the same type of adventure. It is also very inspirational. One can see that the adventurer didnt use hgh in his travels. The transformation is quite strong - from boyish to matured person physically.. he aged due to the harsh weather. But I hope, his travels has aid him personally in all aspects.

The love story was quite intriguing but I won't delve into it as there are some points that I don't really understand and not quite make out why they didn't end up together. It's beyond me - a person who sees the world as black and white. I do wish a happy ending for both of them separately or together. I'm a sucker for happy endings.

After reading this book, I read Paulo Coelho's another masterpiece. A spiritual love story. It's about the feminine side God, the Virgin Mary. Christians know about her but in this book, she is viewed quite differently. It doesn't matter really how you view her.. as long as you give her the same importance. I like the part where the lead character decided to play the life of Joseph. It is quite true that in the bible, his role was down-played.. but we should not ever forget that he played a very important role in Jesus' life here on earth. This one has a happy ending.

I can't help but compare the two books. They're written in almost the same manner. In first person. No highfalutin words. Very simple, straightforward.