The Awakening (#18/50)

This is a short book so, naturally, I thought it would be a quick, easy read.

Nope.

The word choice and style of speaking make it deceptively difficult. It seems to be a character study which, for me, is always harder to follow. But the intrigue of delving into our main character’s personality made up for the lack of entertainment and escapism you might find in a more traditional plot-based novel.

(CW: The main people in this book are wealthy, white, and from the Old South. Be aware that while they never use the n-word, they use some…less-than-respectful names for racial minorities.)

Title – The Awakening

Author – Kate Chopin

Page count – 116

As far as a description goes, I’ll let the back of the book speak for itself: “First published in 1899, this novel shocked readers with its open sensuality and uninhibited treatment of marital infidelity…It tells the story of a New Orleans wife [named Edna Pontellier] who attempts to find love outside a stifling marriage.” You can definitely see some of Chopin’s own experiences come out in her writing, namely her marriage into a wealthy Louisiana family and her self-sufficiency after her husband’s death. Continue reading “The Awakening (#18/50)”

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The Omnivore’s Dilemma (#17/50)

As the title suggests, the main aim of this book is to take a look at the so-called “Omnivore’s Dilemma.” A koala that eats only eucalyptus leaves, or a bee that strictly looks for nectar, doesn’t have any decision to make when it’s time for dinner. When an animal is an omnivore – like humans are – it faces a dilemma every time it eats. We face both a blessing of options and a curse of choices. The book gets very philosophical, and I swear this isn’t a cover for trying to convince you all to become vegetarians, but it is a good book if you’re interested in looking at the true costs of what you eat – costs that go beyond the number on a grocery store label.

Title – The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Author – Michael Pollan

Page count – 411

This book is divided into three parts. Our first stop is the cornfields of Iowa (!!) and the “Industrial” Food Complex to which corn has become both a catalyst and a dependent. Continue reading “The Omnivore’s Dilemma (#17/50)”