September 20th, 2014

Dracula - Finished

I have finally finished Dracula, as so did Harker and Quincy Morris - whoops, no spoilers. Verdict - convoluted and dragged in places, though the beginning was very much like the Hammer Horror of old, with Harker having crucifixes pressed upon him by fearful villagers. Must admit to skimming some of it, but I am confused as to how Madam Mina managed to still be alive years later, when earlier she was showing all of the signs of vampirism.  The likes of Van Helsing would have only been too pleased to brandish the garlic/stake and despatch her into the next world.

I may read Frankenstein at some point to balance things up a bit. Next is the rest of Moby Dick - I don't want to tackle tomes like Middlemarch or Massive Dorrit unless I have to. Hard Times,Great Expectations and Dracula have been done - I will chip away at the rest another time.

The Gift of Isolation



“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”

― Charles Bukowski, Factotum

Originally posted as - Go All The Way

by Liberian Me - link ------>
http://simontocclo.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/go-all-the-way/ 
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