Monday, August 21, 2006

Ok shlemazl....... Here it is!

  1. One book that changed your life?

    I don’t know, there were many books that slowly changed my life in small fractions; you know what it’s like. But if there is a book that was particularly important in my life, unfortunately it was a book borrowed from my Philosophy teacher when I was 17, it was an Arabic translation of a non-Arabic book and it was titled “how to love myself” (if I am not mistaking); the original writer was a priest. It was important because it took me out of that awful irrational guilt cycle that I was suffering from. And ever since I totally loved the little, adorable, cute Pazuzu.

  2. One book you have read more than once?

    I have to admit I am not the kind of people that reads anything more than once, I can’t even watch a movie more than once, the first time is good, the second time I can’t help but to criticize and make it look really really stupid! My brother kicks me out of the room when he wants to watch something that I have already seen.

    As for books, well when I read a certain book I don’t even open it anymore. It becomes so damn boring! Even when I was so extra religious freak I couldn’t read the new testament of the bible more than once, I was ashamed to admit that it became boring after reading it the first time.

  3. One book you would want on a desert island?

    Maybe some book about how to survive on a desert island.

    Ok ok, seriously. Don’t make fun of me, but it would be a long and good erotic book, seriously, no matter how long a book would be I’ll eventually finish it, and I’ll probably lose interest in it. But a good erotic book is always recyclable.

  4. One book that made you laugh?

    Hehe… my own writings. You see, when I was a kid (8-9 years old) I used to try to write stuff, and even now when I reopen those books I read it word by word, it’s funny, and my French was disastrous but I am shocked sometimes of the fact that I have written it in all by myself! I was such a freak.

    Whenever I read it I can’t stop giggling and laughing, and all the grammatical mistake… Oh God! I was so funny.

    I didn’t write anything ever since, except for once when I was 14, and it was part of a school competition. But I burnt that in one of my dark days.

  5. One book that made you cry?

    Now you are trying so hard to embarrass me. Ok I’ll admit to another secret about me, I am hyper sensitive and I cry a lot when I am reading books, I also cry for more stupid reasons and all that, but the trick is in hiding it. As long as no one sees me crying then it’s safe anyway, the books that I have read and made me cry the most were actually 2 books. And both in Arabic and written by Lebanese writers.

    The first was the book was “Akabr” for Mikhael N’aymeh a Lebanese writer who has lived in America for a while (same as almost all the talented Lebanese writers at the dawn of this century. It’s a group of small narrative stories and they denounce the feudal system in the Lebanon of that time. I cried the most while reading the stories that evolved during the First World War effects in Lebanon (by far the greatest humanitarian tragedy that ever took place in my country).
    Akabr is a Lebanese term for the “noble” classes in Lebanon.

    The second book was الصبي الأعرج it means the limping boy, the story’s about a handicapped street boy of Beirut, during the story a man teaches this kid how to defend himself and eventually the kid kills the man he was living with by starting a fire in their small cabinet, and when the man wakes up and tries to run, the kid slams the door on the man’s fingers and even bites his fingers so hard that he tasted the blood in his mouth. I don’t remember what happened after that, I didn’t care, what mattered is that he had to kill the guy he was living with in order to have a life, and he had to bite his hand in order to make sure he’d die. Until that point I believed that you can always choose to live without resorting to violence.

  6. One book you wish had been written?

    Ah…. I never thought about this. This is stupid but I wish someone would write a book grouping what every person that ever met me think of me. I always wondered what people think of me, especially the negative things that they think of me. I really wonder what’s the thing that people hate about me?

  7. One book you wish had never been written.

    Moby Dick! My God how I hate this book. Hate it! Hate it! Hate it! It’s so stupid. Nya’

    I apologise in advance to all those that like this movie. Oh and I wouldn’t mind if people would erase the Romeo and Juliet book too.

  8. One book you're currently reading.

    To be honest I have started many books and haven’t managed to exactly to keep on reading, I am obviously not in the mood for reading, I am reading a small book about dinausors in the Collection: Que sais-je? It’s cute.

  9. One book you have been meaning to read.

    Les Petits Oiseaux……… Don’t you just Love Anais nin?!

  10. Now tag five people.
    I hate tagging people, to be perfectly I feel a burning desire to tag each and every IP address that has ever visited my blog at least once! And maybe some people that don’t even know me. And besides, there are people that stopped updating that I feel that I wish I could tag, but that wouldn’t take us anywhere. So here it is without any more bullshit introductions, here’s the list of five people I hope will accept this invitation:
    1. My soup is

    2. Kareem

    3. Jokerman

    4. Maxxed out

    5. Mando

    Oh have I ever mentioned how I hate tagging? I just like being tagged.


Maxxed`ouT said...

Really sorry , i'm not into tags !

Nomad said...

que veux-tu dire ?

shlemazl said...

Thank you! It was fun reading your summary.

I'll see whether I can get my hands on "Akabr" in English.

Pazuzu said...

no problem

ca veut dir que j'aimerais entendre tes reponses sur ces questions

I don't know about any translation but it should be available the writer had lived in America, but I don't know