I am reading a new book. It was a gift I received from Miss Cassidy Freeman for my birthday, and I love it! It’s called “The Unbearable Lightness of Being.” I am enthralled! Well, not totally enthralled yet, it usually takes me about 50 pages to get completely enthralled in a book. But this one has definite enthralling potential!

I just know that in a few days I will be so enveloped in this story, I wont be able to communicate with anyone around me. Ok, so that is a total lie… I never find myself that immersed in anything… I am way to interested in what the person next to me is reading/eating/enjoying to ever lose myself completely in something.

I would like to learn how to do that thought. It sounds like fun. Kind of like Bjork’s character in Dancer in the Dark. Good movie.

Woah! Sorry for the random post!

I’ll be back on track tomorrow! I promise! It’s been a strange strange day!

xo
Allison

Add yours Comments – 36

  • The Friday Philosopher

    on August 9, 2008 at 1:13 am

    How are you enjoying Czechoslovakian life in 1968?

    I picked the book up when it was first published in English; I liked the cover, that’s what first drew me to it. I don’t know if you have the same one, it’s got a bowler hat floating across a bridge with the city of Prague in the background.

    Believe it or not though, I have had that book for sixteen years, but I have not yet read it! Terrible I know! I can’t honestly think why not, I am always pleasantly surprised when I read about how some people, when caught in the darkest times still manage to see the light!

    I hope you enjoy it. I’m reading a book by a Brazilian author called Paulo Coelho, the covers not as good but the story is ok. (Depending on what frame of mind you’re in!) It’s called Veronika decides to Die, it about a twenty-four year-old woman who seeming has everything going for her in life, but suddenly decides to commit suicide. As if that wasn’t bad enough, she fails to kill herself only to find out that she has damaged her body so much that she only has a short time left to live. It may sound gloomy, but it is very enlightening as you follow Veronika through the last days of her life! I won’t say any more just in case you might want to read it.

    Enjoy!

    Friday

  • paul

    on August 9, 2008 at 3:29 am

    “Unbearable Lightness” is a great, great book! Very deep, very philosophical. I was absolutely engrossed as the characters’ intertwined lives play out.

    I’m interested to hear what you think of this novel; the main character’s behavior towards women is problematic to say the least. It is an honest novel, a hard-edged work where ethics are neither clear nor simple.

    Enjoy!

  • Lydia

    on August 9, 2008 at 3:43 am

    Thank you for suggesting this book (and movie). Enjoy your read.

  • Elizabeth M

    on August 9, 2008 at 4:16 am

    I love being emerssed in a book.
    I am one of those people who don’t like to miss out on the life outside my room, but sometimes I like nothing more than to be swept away for an hour or two into another world, to learn from other’s experiences and life.
    I was a total bookworm as a kid. I remember spending my pocket money on a new book every week and I would be finished it by the Monday.
    Even now I can spend hours walking around Borders, which is why I try to avoid it or I’d never get anything done! lol
    Enjoy the book and the weekend Allison
    Liz xx

  • David Hayes

    on August 9, 2008 at 5:41 am

    I’ll have to see if I can find that book on tape. But that will have to wait until I finish “The Unbearable Heaviness of Beans.” It’s a real gas.

  • Gaia

    on August 9, 2008 at 6:13 am

    I get involved too in them when I like the story too! What is it about? Mmh please I’ll be glad if you’d tell me your opinion in something…. According to you it’s ok if someone that is almost adult sometimes cry, without showing it, because wants to free himself from a stress or a sadness What do you think? I’m that kind of person…

  • Jennifer

    on August 9, 2008 at 7:29 am

    I’ll have to see if I can get that book at the library. I love it when people talk about new books their reading. It makes me want to run to the library and read them too.

  • Vegas911

    on August 9, 2008 at 7:49 am

    MUST LOVE BOOKS!!! I am a person that does get so involved that I tune EVERYTHING else out. But I like it like that, I can see what I’m reading, its great……enjoy the read and let us know what you thought of the book after your finished.

  • jennygirl

    on August 9, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Your blogs should be random. Otherwise it’s too much like work!

  • jennygirl

    on August 9, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Oh my gosh…after reading other people’s descriptions..I know this book is not for me. Hard edged…ethics not clear…I have enough fog in my life than to volunteer for more. I hope it’s not depressing for you!

  • Taty

    on August 9, 2008 at 10:10 am

    OMG… I love to read!!! Right now I am reading a book called “A life with purpose”…. Great book and inspires me a lot.
    So, enjoy your read!!! 🙂
    xoxo

  • taylor nikole

    on August 9, 2008 at 10:19 am

    “I am way to interested in what the person next to me is reading/eating/enjoying to ever lose myself completely in something.”

    hahah I do the same thing…
    and when im in my room or something… I can’t stay in there for long without wanting to listen to conversations through the door… or just wander out side into the living room and see whats happening…
    hahah and that is my … randomish reply 🙂

  • arash

    on August 9, 2008 at 10:25 am

    I love it when you find so many possitive angles of looking at one person. I noticed cassidy made you blush for a sec in comic-con. So far she is fun, daring, very artistic, deep and friendly and she has the best publicist in the world 😉

    I know what you mean. There are always a million things I want to do, each of which is an area I want to explore to the bone but at the end of my day I am just a kid with A.D.D

  • Darwin

    on August 9, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    I agree with jennygirl.

    Hard edged with unclear ethics…distrust stronger than trust…envy stronger than adulation, respect and admiration…negatives and uncertainty
    over postives and clarity and understanding.

    Not something that people trying to make the world a better place need to fill their heads with.

  • The Great Ymmij

    on August 9, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Cassidy just met you and already got you a gift! That’s a sign of a great friendship blossoming. I wonder what Kristin and Erica got you if they got you anything.

  • Kathy

    on August 9, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    I think sometimes seeing someone elses’s reaction to something is as important as our own reaction to things.

  • shinefloyd / luigi

    on August 9, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    in spanish… this book is (and the movie too):
    “La insoportable levedad del ser”
    by Milan Kundera..
    and the Director of the movie: Philip Kaufman

  • David Hayes

    on August 9, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    For once, I have to disagree with Jennygirl and Darwin. “The Unbearable Heaviness of Beans” is nothing like they described. “Beans” is full of high moral fiber … high fiber anyway.

  • Vegas911

    on August 9, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Or gas Mr. Hayes.

  • SmallvilleRulz

    on August 9, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    i luv strabge day!!!!unless there sad…

    SMALLVILLE ROX!!!!

  • Brittany

    on August 9, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Hey Allison, I love to be in my own little world when I read books. I’m currently reading the Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer. Whenever I get out of my trans, I’m like Whoa! It’s already that time? And everyone else around be seems to be ahead and on regular track. And then I either miss supper or a television show and then I just keep reading. Happy that you and Cassidy are getting closer! Hmm, Bjork, I recall watching oen of her videos on youtube called the hunter. Cool special effects. Well, I got to go eat supper! Happy reading! Love Brittany

  • arash

    on August 9, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    I told you david hayes, you shouldn’t have gone crazy with your food diet.
    You have turned to mr bean.
    I know you find it funny but there are elderlies and childeren in this chat room, can you pop a few peptos or something?

  • me Rachel

    on August 9, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I love strange days.

  • arash

    on August 9, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    I have to tell you david,
    first when allison said she can not concentrate on the book, she is to aware of other people in the room and it is a strange strange day, I didn’t know that was you.
    Then I heard jennygirl screaming;
    O my gosh…
    followed by taty;
    OMG…
    then I thought it was probably taylor nikole because she was laughing and she said she can not stay in the room for long.
    But thank you for coming clean.

  • David Hayes

    on August 9, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Arash,

    Alas, Mr. Bean is far better looking than I am.

    On a serious note. I hope all of you who have enjoyed the work of another Mac — Bernie Mac, take some time to remember him. Bernie, thanks for letting me see the world through your eyes!

  • Aubrey

    on August 9, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    That sounds like an interesting book. Cassidy is so sweet! I’m happy to see that both of you are getting closer! I cannot wait for season 8!

    I love randomness — this blog was refreshing, like your entries always are!

    xoxo
    Aubrey

  • The Friday Philosopher

    on August 9, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    I hope you don’t mind Allison, but I agree with David. I was shocked when I learned of Mr Mac’s untimly demise. I take my hat of to him, and my best wishes go out to Bernie’s loved ones.

    Friday

  • Ian

    on August 9, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    I find myself VERY into a story sometimes when I watch some of my favourite movie’s. Only about 5 movie’s have done that to me, and 4 of them are from Stanley Kubrick.

    It’s weird/fantastic/addictive, I keep feeling the movie’s mood for like 4 days in a row after watching it and everything arround me seems very different in that time.

    Very strange, but I have this EVERYTIME I watch those 5 movies. Now I wanna watch A Clockwork Orange again haha. Viddy well.

  • Gilles Belanger

    on August 9, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    hey allison. i hope u enjoy ur new book. never heard of the book or movie but if the movie is ever on tv i’ll check it out. i usually only read stephen king books. my fave author ever. im like that too with reading. one time i believe it was the shining i was reading i really got into it. i started reading it at 10 or 11 at night and time flew cause it was almost 4 am no jokes lol so im like that too i get into books alot. i actually keep looking to see if there r any interesting books i may buy. no such luck. but anyways again enjoy ur book

    Gilles 🙂 xo

  • Robin Hebert

    on August 9, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    I remember when the movie came out back in the 80’s. I never read the book, when I did a search on Wikipedia, it told me all I wanted to know about it….sounds like a take on existentialism…..the whole concept of nothing mattering in this world….the waiting for Godot complex.

  • Daisy

    on August 9, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    I haven’t heard of this book but maybe I should go check it out. It sounds like an interesting book by what your saying.

  • BaronMango

    on August 9, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Tricks to be consumed by a book:
    – Make sure, when you pick up the book, that your mind is either quiet, or filled with the book.
    – Be excited about reading more of it.
    – Be someplace cozy, with sounds & music that match the book.

    Another way I highly recommend, but one that doesn’t tend to get you enthralled with the text, is to read it to someone or have someone read it to you.

  • Neil

    on August 9, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Hey, Allison on!! When do you think you might be near the Cincinnati area again? I missed out on the Comic-con held just a little while ago. I would love the chance to meet you someday.

  • christa link

    on August 10, 2008 at 12:00 am

    hi allison! the book sounds interesting. i just got done reading postoffice by charles bukowski its a really good read. right now i am trying to read kurt vonneguts breakfast of champions, it is my husbands book. iwould like to read the book you talked about , but i have to wait until my child goes to bed to read anything.

  • George

    on August 10, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Cassidy Freeman WHOO.

  • SteveK

    on August 16, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Great Book!

    You have a friend to discuss the book with. Nicki Clyne has it listed on her web page. None of my friends have my literary tastes so I usually never have anyone to discuss a book with.
    SteveK