An Autodidact Freedom Searcher – Gorky

For the last couple of years, whenever I gazed over the shelves of the bookcase, this book attracted my attention. Finally I had a chance to read it: True Stories by Maxim Gorky.

Some books are fun and easy to read, while some give a different kind of literary satisfaction. Gorky’s stories are not difficult to read, but they also have that sweet taste of literature. It has been a long time since I read such a literary work and it felt good.

I just finished the book and I wanted to write a post about it. Characters are described quite well, I felt like I already know these people who lived more than a century ago. Some of the stories tell folk stories, some have epic sounds, but all have realistic approach to character descriptions, and they all tell the search for freedom. Many parts have long philosophical parts about freedom, meaning of life, and change in life styles as people move towards cities.

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In this image, two grass-heads accompany the book, True Stories by Maxim Gorky.

One of the parts that loved about this book is the beautiful imagery! Many of the stories have impressive descriptions of sea, wind and the appearance of the characters.

I also made a quick research about Gorky. According Henri Troyat, Gorky, who grew up in poverty and tried to educate himself in absence of formal education, is a total autodidact, a self-learner. Freedom is the main theme in most of his works and maybe that’s why Troyat describes him as a utopian. The stories give insight to the politics of late 19th century, and the lives of working class men. 

I read this book in Turkish, so now I want to see how other languages treat the imageries and other literary tools. I wish I could read all the books in their original languages, because translation is an art itself and some things change when translating.

I just finished the book and now I will make Oyku start reading this book so that we can discuss!

Love,

Ovgu

Kürk Mantolu Madonna – Madonna in a Fur Coat

Lisedeyken okuduğumuz Sabahattin Ali’nin kitabı Kürk Mantolu Madonna hakkında bu kadar haber çıkarken biz de bu kitabı yeniden hatırladık.

Sabahattin Ali kitabı için şunları söylemiş zamanında:

“Dünyanın en basit, en zavallı, hatta en ahmak adamı bile, Continue reading

Revisiting Children’s Books, Where All is Well

I love making lists. Simply writing everything down, categorized by the title, is always helpful and satisfying. Packing List, Things To Do List, Shopping List… Organization is only one of the reasons I keep lists of things. The other reason is to see and remember. Therefore, I have a list I keep every year: “The Books I Read in the Summer of 2015 (the current year)”.

It has been at least 10 years since I first started. I write the name of the book, the writer and the number of pages. Then I compare the list to last year’s to see how the page numbers or the number of the books changed. I know that the quality of the books is more important than the number of pages or the quantity of the books; but let’s be honest, Continue reading

Not a beach-read, but I am not at a beach, so it is not a problem

Being on a break means reading books for me. Probably it is not only me; bookstores make a corner for books to be read on beach, usually light and fun. Nowadays I am reading W.Somerset Maugham’s Collected Short Stories. It is definitely not a beach-read, but I am not at a beach, so it is not a problem.

Maugham's book I am reading

Maugham’s book I am reading nowadays.

I met Maugham’s stories this year, Continue reading