Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Read Your Bookshelf: Book #1

So, I decided to start a challenge for myself. To read all the books on my bookshelf all the way through. There are plenty of books that I have purchase in hopes of reading, some are unopened, some are started, and there are some that I have read. For the ones I have read I will be skipping (excepts for my favorites). Throughout  my reading the books I will post excerpts from them. As I am a writer and has always found something interesting about the way in which other writers write. I will also post any words I didn't know.

 I started reading Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer today. This is what the front of the book says, "In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christoper Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter..." It is a small book not too terrible long, 203 pages. I am already on page 89 and counting.

Here are some excerpts from the book which I highlighted throughout my read thus far:
  • Muskeg: swamp (pg. 4)
  • The bush is an unforgiving place, however, that cares nothing for hope or longing (pg. 4)
  • Amalgam: mixture (pg.10)
  • Ore: mineral (pg. 10)
  • Perafrost: frozen water (pg. 10)
  • Cordillera: mountain system (pg. 11)
  • Contumacious: rebellious (pg. 11)
  • Convivial: friendly (pg. 18)
  • ...odyssey in the fullest sense of the word, an epic journey that would change everything (pg. 22)
  • Tamarisk: ornamental trees/shrubs (pg. 27)
  • Allowing his life to be shaped  by circumstance (pg. 29)
  • It is the experiences, the memories, the great triumphant joy of living to the fullest extent in which real meaning is found (pg. 37)
  • Garrulous: talkative (pg. 40)
  • Rheumy: unhealthy (pg. 42)
  • Calisthenics: muscle toning exercise (pg. 45)
  • No man ever followed his genius till it misled him. Though the result were bodily weakness, yet perhaps no one can say that the consequences were to be regretted, for these were a life in conformity to higher principles. If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal,-that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest reality. . . . The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched. -Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Or Life In The Woods (pg. 47)
  • Hegira:  an emigration escape/flight (pg. 48)
  • ...a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yest will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. (pgs. 56-57)
  • Don't settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. (pg. 57)
  • You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships.God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living. (pg. 57)
  • The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances (pg. 57)
  • Don't hesitate or allow yourself to make excuses. Just get out and do it. Just get out and do it. You will be very, very glad that you did. (pg. 58)
  • Conjecture: speculation (pg. 64)
  • Rapport: understanding (pg. 65)
  • Chastity is the flowering of man; and what are called Genius, Heroism, Holiness, and the like, are but various fruits which succeed it. -Thoreau's Walden, "Higher Law" (pg. 66)
  • Succor: help (pg. 66)
  • Opprobrium: the disgrace incurred by conduct considered outrageously shameful (pg. 71)
  • Hubris: arrogance (pg. 72)
  • Hovel: hut (pg. 74)
  • Posit: assume (pg. 77)
Alright! So, it took me 2 days to finish it! This book is really good. Can't wait to see the movie.

1 comment:

  1. OMG. The movie was sooooooooooo insanely delicious. It was one of those movies where at the end you couldn't stop thinking about it. The next day you were still thinking about it. And you wished, wished, wished he knew more about what he was doing (with the wild meat). And you're so glad he had a camera...So his parents had that last picture of him.

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