This is a story of boy who run away from home in search for his mother and sister and to escape his cold, controlling father. His adventure was both a tragedy and a victory. A great story showing how relationships intertwined with our destiny can make or break us.
“Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.” – Haruki Murakami
The book gives us a good look about WWI. How soldiers go through trauma and affects their reality after war. The characters are complicated which is how the humans are.
“I know. I was there. I saw the great void in your soul, and you saw mine.” – Sebstian Faulks
A love story turned into movie. The story is about finding love when you’re least expecting it. Love doesn’t respect time or even lifeline. When it comes, it strikes hard and nothing would stop it, even death. This was the case of Hazel Grace who is suffering from terminal thyroid cancer. She was almost giving up on life when she met Augustus Waters who turned her life around.
“There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.” – John Green
The story teaches us some wisdom about love and marriage. Back in time, when marriages are based on status and wealth, it’s hard to distinguish whether you are marrying for love or money. It teaches to give second chances and a dashing outfit doesn’t mean he is good man to marry.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” – Jane Austen
I read this book when I was a kid. And I can relate how helpful to have a supporting teacher to guide you in school. And how cruel life can be for a growing child. Matilda’s parents are uninterested about her and busy with their sick little lives that they don’t notice Matilda’s unique abilities. Good thing she got Miss Honey. With her, she found a happy ending.
“It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” – Roald Dahl