Thursday, 15 November 2012

An Hour Reading

A whole hour of reading without any disturbances - despite the occasional loud conversations of the construction workers outside my window.
For this whole hour, I read the book Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. It is the second book in the series of Delirium (which I have talked about before here and here).

I noticed many things about myself after reading this book today. I realized that I enjoy predicting on what might happen in the next chapter after the previous one ends. I think that this is because the author of this book always leaves a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter. This may be frustrating to some people but I find it quite interesting as we get a chance to hypothesize on what might happen next.

"I read once about a kind of fungus that grows in trees. The fungus begins to encroach on the systems that carry water and nutrients up from the roots to the branches. It disables them one by one - it crowds them out. Soon, the fungus - and only the fungus - is carrying the water, and the chemicals, and everything else the tree needs to survive. At the same time it is decaying the tree slowly from within, turning it minute by minute to rot.
    That is what hatred is. It will feed you and at the same time turn you to rot.
    It is hard and deep and angular, a system of blockades. It is everything and total.
    Hatred is a high tower. In the Wilds, I start to build, and to climb."

This is my favourite passage in the book so far. It was quite engrossing how the author had created such a lingering and descriptive extended metaphor about hatred.


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