The Inexplicable Logic of My Life Paperback – 20 December 2017
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- Item Weight : 318 g
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1471171031
- Product dimensions : 13 x 2.76 x 19.8 cm
- Publisher : Simon and Schuster (20 December 2017)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 14 - 16 years
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The writing itself is very simple and comfortable. This is my first book from the author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It made me emotional - funny at times and my eyes were moist at times.
The story is about a teenage boy who's trying find out what he wants to do in his life and try to understand how the world works and loss he has endured. It's set in new Mexico and has homosexual notes to it. It deals about the family , loss and mainly father-son relationship and friendship.
The most surprising thing about this book I felt was, the protagonist and his girl bestfriend, remain friends eventually becoming brother and sister. The usual book troupe of the protagonist falling on love with his bestfriend is not there and that was interesting to read as the protagonist has both a girl and boy as his bestfriend.
It's a very nice read and totally recommend it.
Also if you are someone who loves plot driven , then you might feel a bit dragged. This book is a character driven book . Not that, it doesn't have a plot, it does have a plot but the roles of character and the relationships between them is vital. It also deals with homo sexuality.
Do give it a read!
This book took me to a journey of life and feeling and what they really are.
The author has done a wonderful job!
I think, personally every teen should read this book.
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It is striking that 'Perfect' is a word that crops up quite often in the text. And there is a central theme of concern with relationships that are less than perfect - parents and children who fail each other, and the struggle to find a way of not just tolerating, but discovering the puzzle of love for the person in the failed relationship.
The challenge of realizing (literally: 'making real') the identity that is in potential for each of us is a lifetime task. But it is one that appears particularly clearly exemplified in gay literature, and in the adolescent or young adult difficulties with meeting parental and internalised parental expectations and hopes. Sexuality, with its many possible differences, presents a clear frontier to the individual, as well as to those others who surround us. 'Do I dare to reveal to others who I feel I am? Can I even acknowledge to myself who I feel myself to be? Will my difference be acceptable to others?' In these books the sexual identity is a clear and apt symbolic representation of the deeper inquiry about Selfhood. In this book, the dimension of sexuality is there, implicit in unanswered questions about Salvador's relationship with Samantha and with Fito, but it seems that the author wants to blur the edges of that particular debate by his choice of names for the characters. So Sam is a girl, and, the central charactrer, Sally, is a boy.
No. More important is the problem of the parents who are dead to their children, either from depression, drug abuse, prejudice or actual mortality. Their absence is nonetheless a presence in the life of the child that has to be dealt with. Avoidance and denial play their part, but are rather temporary solutions until the child is strong enough to face the reality. The letter that Salvador takes the whole novel to be able to read, finds its counterpart in the journal Fito keeps, in which he holds the hidden Self that would be destroyed were it to fall into the hands of his abusive family. The mulberry leaves have a similar but much more subtle and nuanced role to play for Salvador. The mulberry leaves take the story out of the merely episodic, and encompass a level of meaning that is beyond logic; they hold the axis of the story that is beyond words.
Words are so important. Their function of naming brings the uncertain into the manageable real world - brings a sense of control. Yet they also have the destructive function of limiting the symbolic to the merely rational. They need careful handling, and the characters in this story are masters of word play. I am reminded of a passage from an essay by Idris Parry (Stream and Rock, in: Speak Silence, [Pub. Carcanet, Manchester, 1988]) describing his French teacher: 'He made room for the absurd and he invited the marvellous, but his control of what he knew was as accurate as he could make it. Precision is the only sure base for fantasy.'
Both the known and the unknown need to be held in tension, neither encroaching on the other. This is a kind of love relationship. And how often is love presented as a kind of madness that defies logic. This book can be read as an exploration of what it is to love and be loved, and how love is central to becoming one's Self.
And now I'm reading about Zach's life (Last Night I Sang to the Monster). There it is again: words that live inside one, or don't; the tyranny of perfection; the ineffable logic of a trumpet tune.
Shut up, and let me read!
Defenaly raccomand this book- it will not disappoint you!