Jean-Paul Sartre, Angie Cruz and More: My Books of the Month #8

I have been an obsessive reader for as long as I can remember. Here are the books that I have read this past month – April 2021.

Dominicana
Angie Cruz (2019) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

An intimate portrait of marriage, migration and sexual awakening. The story is seen via the perspective of a 15-year-old Dominican girl, who suddenly finds herself in mid-’60s New York City. A resonating feminist tale with an uplifting finale, updating that Rapunzel tale for the 21st-century reader.

 

Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck (1937) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

So much timeless, universal truth about the violence of friendship and masculinity in such a short, compelling read. Ugly but beautiful.

 

Nausea
Jean-Paul Sartre (1938) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

It might, indeed, be a rather unsatisfactory logical explanation to a world with no meaning. But can the possibility of a world with no meaning ever be satisfactory? On a personal note, I feel Sartre’s depiction of a writer, nomadic and alone, close to my existence. I’ve occasionally felt that nausea and spent many evenings in bars writing, and days in libraries, also writing.

 

Il Cinema Futurista
Giovanni Lista (2010) ⭐⭐⭐

Interesting book about Futurism and cinema. A little inconclusive, though a lot of that comes down to a lack of material. It would be nice to find a book that explores how futurism influenced Italian mainstream cinema. I haven’t found such a book yet.

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