I am still reading the book drive Your plow Over The Bones Of The Dead by Olga Tokarkczuk. I am further into the book, past chapter 5 and the book is escalating and getting more interesting. In Chapter 5, gunfire can be heard outside when Janina awakens. She firmly gets into her car and heads out to the area where hunters have elevated raised wooden blinds known as pulpits so they can fire at wild wildlife. She is aware of what this is. At least 20 men with firearms are present. They are reassured that their pheasant hunt is legitimate when Janina confronts them furiously. One of their group includes the police commander. This is the same person who dismissed her past grievances over Big Foot. She swings fiercely at a few of the hunters before walking away.
“The Prison is not outside, but inside each of us. Perhaps we simply don’t know how to live without it.” -Olga Tokarkczuk
I am currently reading the book Drive Your Plow Over the Bones Of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk. At the Beginning of the story, Janina’s neighbour, whom she has given the moniker Big Foot, passes away. He is a vile person who abuses his pet dog and takes wild wildlife illegally. Janina is a vegetarian and abhors any form of animal abuse. Several hunters pass away or go missing not long after Big Foot is killed. I find this book very interesting, mysterious and thrilling so far.
With undisguised astonishment he cast a glance at my linen suit (I sleep in something the Professor and his wife wanted to throw away last summer, which reminds me of a fashion from the past and the days of my youth–thus I combine the Practical and the Sentimental) and without a by-your-leave he came inside.
“Please get dressed. Big Foot is dead.”
I am reading The handmaids tale which is a book set in a disastrous environment which led many women to become infertile, so only a small handful of women are able to reproduce. The fertile women are referred to as “handmaids” who are “owned” and raped in order to have children.
“You can’t help what you feel, but you can help how you behave”
― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
I like this quote because controlling how we feel is difficult, but controlling what we do is easy.
I was unable to fully complete my unit one final Essay ( War in Literature ), i did not manage my time well and was only able to state the similarities. The feedback i was given tells me that i showed promise and efforts to engage in literary analysis. However, the key things i need to work on is practising my writing and reviewing “Essay Writing document” on Managebac. One thing i will do differently for my next Essay is the thoroughly review the Essay Writing Document, plan my Essay before i start writing and mange my time wisely.
Before i migrated to Canada, i lived in Singapore for my whole life. I was in the Singapore Sports School for 2 years before i joined Brookes Westshore. I specialised in the 10 meter air pistol category while i was in the Singapore Sports School. My Mother represented Singapore for the National team for shooting also when she was in her late teens and early twenties, so i had gotten introduced to shooting from a young age as i would be in the stands right behind watching her as she shot. I attended shooting lessons twice a week since i was 11 coached by a ranked 7 in Asia, he was a true professional and i had learnt so much and gained wisdom through the hundreds of lessons he taught me. When i was 12, i attended my first Singapore cup, i had gotten the details mixed and only started my first shot thirty minutes later then everyone, this meant that i only had forty-five minutes remaining in my first competition. The anxiety was overwhelming, but this aided to my adrenaline to help me focus better than the average shooter, i thrived on my anxiety and had won my first Singapore cup ( open category ) at twelve years old. I had achieved a score of 536 out of 600, this was an average score of a proficient high school athlete. My coaches were as shocked as the older shooters i had scored higher than. Many great coaches had noticed me in that competition, including the coach at the Sports School. This helped me greatly in applications and it was an effortless enrolment into the prestigious ranked 2 School in Singapore.
The book that i am reading now is titled “The Handmaids Tale” I have finished the first chapter of this book and i have found the book interesting to read.
The book is about Offred, the narrator of the story whom describes sleeping on army cots in a gymnasium with other women. Aunt Sara and Aunt Elizabeth patrol with electric cattle prods slung around their waists, and the women are forbidden from speaking aloud, whisper to avoid drawing attention. The women walk in the former football field twice a day, which is surrounded by a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire. Angels, armed guards, patrol the perimeter. The Angels stand outside the fence with their backs to the women while the women go for their walks. The women yearn for the Angels to notice them. They believe that if the men look at them or talk to them, they will be able to use their bodies to make a statement.
I like that the book is nicely paced with words that i find slightly challenging but i learn new words from it.
“Think of it this way: There are two kinds of failure. The first comes from never trying out your ideas because you are afraid, or because you are waiting for the perfect time. This kind of failure you can never learn from, and such timidity will destroy you. The second kind comes from a bold and venturesome spirit. If you fail in this way, the hit that you take to your reputation is greatly outweighed by what you learn. Repeated failure will toughen your spirit and show you with absolute clarity how things must be done.”
― Robert Greene, Mastery
This quote is from Robert Greene’s “Mastery”. This quote stands out to me out of all the many other well written quotes in the book. In my opinion, failure is great. By failing, you have everything to gain.
Sadly, we punish or disregard failure in our environment today. Success is the basis for self-worth. Remove the stigma from failure and accept it. Since the most successful people are those who frequently failed, you rapidly discover this when you enter the real world. They merely benefited from suffering and failure. Learning to fail is the secret to mastery.
In the novel All Quiet on the Western Front, a group of young Germans enrol in the war after being inspired by patriotic and honourable eloquence. Paul Baumer, the 20-year-old protagonist, tells the story. The young soldiers quickly become aware that the battlefields they see are nothing like the romanticised vision of combat and war that was described to them.
The book is well set in an angry, gloomy, but honest tone by Remarque. Remarque set the book to almost make me perceive that it is Paul’s story and it causes me to lay more attention on Paul. This makes me feel empathy for all the violence he is going through as a kind and shy soldier.
Harold Krebs who is the heroine of the novel, is a young soldier who finds it challenging to calibrate to his life at home after the World War. Harold at first felt unable to communicate about his time in the war, however, when he does decide to talk about the war, he realises that no one is interested in hearing what he has to say about the war.
Paul Baumer is an innocent and an inexperienced soldier when he was recruited, he was a kind and empathetic person, but the effects of war taught himself to detach his own feelings. After the war, Paul believed that all of the inquiries and compliments are devoid of any understanding of what life is truly like on the front lines of battle. He no longer perceives life as it once was. The past of his youth and his present selves are separated by an unseen wall.
Both of the soldiers were similar as they experienced a detachment from reality when they came back home after the war and could no longer go back to their previous lives. Yet both are different, Paul felt pitiful for the french and german soldiers that were getting harmed and killed while Harold gained a liking for the war.
My name is Elijah, I am from Singapore and have been under its education system up until my eighth grade. My family and I quite recently moved to Victoria in December to explore the different education(IB) and opportunities here. In my free time, i like watching movies and playing sports.
My hopes for this year is to see improvement in my English grades.