...on Books



Reading is a big part of my life. From a creative perspective I see reading as a way to broaden my creative palette. I feel that all types of literature are beneficial, in fact as a designer, I believe it is almost better to read outside one's own subject. This is why the majority of the books seen here will probaböy not be specifically design related.

I decided to start compiling a list of books as I read them. More as a personal log, but also as a good way to solidify the key elements in my own mind. These will be presented reverse chronological order and not by merit or content. Each book will be accompanied by a 500 word (approx) long text, outlining my thoughts, take aways or just a description of the plot.






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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Olga Tokarczuk
Fiction

Finished on 31.03.2021



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Under the Volcano

Malcolm Lowry
Fiction

Finished on 15.05.2021



...A glass of Anis on the rocks on a hot humid day in the mountains. A deep and fascinating read, at times confusing and disorientating but never anything less than gripping. A warning to people who think they know better and who meddle in the affairs of others. Needs to be re-read to be fully understood, like taking a second shot of Mezcal to clear the head.


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Persuasion

Jane Austen
Fiction

Finished on 09.06.2021



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Venice

Jan Morris
Non-fiction

Finished on 02.08.2021



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Victory

Joseph Conrad
Fiction

Finished on 05.08.2021



...At first Glance this book may appear to be a familiar story about a colonial gentleman searching for adventure in the tropics. The reverse is in fact true, saturated in an unnerving atmosphere of one being where one shouldn’t be, the lush tropical setting quickly turns hostile. This book dissects the civilised world, its preconceptions, arrogance and its inability to process emotion. The portrayal of women is lacking, and the view of “native” or “savage” people can be jarring, however these opinions are set firmly into the mouths of the characters and as such reflect them and their thoughts rather than being the subject of the book. The protagonist Heyst is reserved and disillusioned but with an ember of hope calmly smouldering inside him, much like the distant volcano seen on the horizon from his little island.





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