Thursday, January 31, 2008

Book 22: Black Eyeliner (黑眼線)

Title: 黑眼線 (Black Eyeliner)

Who wrote it: 李碧華 (Bi Hua Li)

Whom I borrowed it from: Queens Library (Forest Hills)

What is it about:
A Collection of essays she writes for a news column,
mostly her personal social/economical observations & reflections.

What went through my mind:
- Li's writing style is very easygoing.
It almost feels like she's making casual talks
with the readers.
- It was an easy read. I breezed through the book --
although, i much prefer Li's other books,
esp. the fiction / short stories.
- Reading this book right after Lin Xi's,
makes an interesting contrast.
Her style is not as distinct as Lin's,
but the way her words flow is also smoother,
less edgy and fewer crticisms towards everything.

Favorite Quote:
- 世上所有創作行業都是孤寂的......
本來可以蒙混過關,你不肯,偏要作對...... (Pg. 96)
[All careers that are Creativity-related,
are inevitably lonesome...
Being creative is to battle against yourself.
Originally, you could have let it go easy,
but you can't let yourself do that...]

- 父母永遠原諒不值得原諒的孩子。(Pg. 101)
[Parents will always forgive their kids,
even if they don't deserve to be forgiven.]

What came out of this:
* Bear in mind the quotes above.

Why Should you read it, too?
If you have free time : ) Why not?

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