Daredevil Reborn is an action packed and a beautifully crafted comic book. Though I enjoyed reading this comic book, I didn't find it very intriguing or revolutionary or radical. The main theme in here is that of fate. A man, devastated and battered, walks away from his everyday life and leaves behind everything. And, then fate pins him under and forces him to fight back and to confront the demons on the inside and the demons on the outside.
The book starts off beautifully wherein a solitary figure cuts through a desolate, stark desert. Alone with his pain and misery, he walks on. Soon, he walks into a crazy town and gets caught up in the whirlpool of their sins and madness. He refuses to fight back when beaten and threatened.
A man broken by life, A man with a heavy burden: he does not want to wreak any mayhem but simply wants to walk away from bloodshed and turmoil. As it turns out, life and the crazy town had other plans for this stranger.
At its crux, the story is very old school but that's whats best about Daredevil. It takes us back to the wondrous era of the 80's and 90's. As it turns out, the cops in a small town in Mexico supply guns and weapons to a terrifying villain in exchange for drugs. To protect their secret, they try to kill Daredevil several times and never succeed.
Forced to protect himself, Daredevil fights back and wins the day. Its exceptionally amazing to see Daredevil throwing kicks in the air, deflecting bullets and fighting violence with a vengeance, given that he is blind. Its very inspiring and it challenges the nature of reality and the boundaries of human nature.
There is a surprise element in the plot. The main villain is some kind of evil sorcerer with black pits for eyes. The image is spooky and unnerving as hell though the villain himself looks more like a band member from a punk band of 60's or 70's. What is cool and scary about his superpower is that he is able to make your soul writhe with agony as he makes you relive your worst fears and your guilt.
I am used to seeing Daredevil as the man with a light in his eyes and a spunk that cant be broken. Seeing him battered, empty, brooding, lost and dark was quite unusual. And, I suppose that was my main problem with this book.
All in all, I am glad I got the chance to read it.
An Unquiet Mind is a profound and heartbreaking book. I read it in two sittings and it enthralled and engrossed me with its exquisite writing style and disquieting, groundbreaking story.
This book is an autobiographical account of the author's mental illness: manic depressive illness/bipolar disorder. This illness is frequently referred to as madness, and as you read through the pages, you get to glimpse the horror of being afflicted with a mental illness as deadly as manic depressive illness.
What is particularly impressive and a strange quirk of fate is that the author herself is a top notch psychologist and is one of the leading experts on manic depressive illness. Throughout the book, you get to see how vulnerable and helpless the patient truly is, how powerful and annihilating manic depressive illness is and how societal prejudice and stigma still prevails, and how hard it is psychologically to accept and confront the illness. You get to see how manic depressive illness turns a person into zombie mode with no energy and how it plunges a person into a manic frenzy of high energy. Hallucinations, suicide attempts, depression, desperation - as you read about the madness wreaked by this disease, you are left with a sense of how crippling and formidable manic depressive illness is.
You learn a lot. That keeping the illness under control is a full time job in itself. That the illness can only be controlled by a combination of medications and psychotherapy. That the highly charged and hyperactive state is something out of the ordinary like being a superman and the debilitating depression that follows is morbid, dark and psychotic. That thoughts fly at lightening speed and the frenzied bout of ideas and energy turns a person into a prolific, manic machine. That an unquiet mind, a mad mind is capable of genius. That manic depressive illness can trigger and accelerate cerebral and creative pursuits by leaps and bounds.
In the end, the author does acknowledge that though this illness was a dreadful monster, a lot of her personal drive, energy, passion and career endeavors bloomed as a result of the hyper charged state from the illness.
I absolutely recommend reading this fascinating book.
This book is an intense roller coaster through the intricately intertwined complex lives of radical minds. A gripping, poignant book that I could not put down. A wonderful gateway into the volatile and dramatic existence of some of the most revered, reviled and controversial philosophers of their time. This book makes you wonder and think, fills you with awe and makes you cringe with revulsion. It stirs emotions and thoughts and leaves you reeling with questions and ideas about human psychology, nature of reality, creativity and evolution of human society.
This book is a haunting biography of legendary philosophers, acclaimed writers and pioneering intellectuals of their generation: Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley (the author of Frankenstein), and their iconoclastic lives and radical romanticism amid a blitz of tragedies. Condemned to a life of turmoil, and loss, depression and despair, and taking financial responsibility for others - the two women were betrayed and often let down by the men of their lives.
At its heart, this book is about the greatest misfits of their time. About the annihilating passions of artistic and iconoclastic souls. About madness and genius. About suffering and misery. About death and pain. About strong ideals and independence. About being fierce and vulnerable. About complex relationships and debauchery. About love and loneliness. And most importantly, this book is about women who fought for their rights in the perversely male dominated society of the 18th century.
This book makes a profound point from the perspective of psychology. Even though Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley were against marriage and the mistreatment of women by men, they let themselves be taken for granted and be subjected to despicable behavior by the men of their lives. Mary Wollstonecraft twice tried to commit suicide because of a heartbreak while Mary Shelley eloped with an already married man and eventually let her husband have multiple affairs. Human psychology cannot rid itself of the innate need to latch onto another soul, for better or worse. There are many shocking, disturbing and terrifying facts and notorious villains in this book.
Its also disquieting to note how frail and fragile human affairs were during the 18th century. Women and infants frequently died in childbirth and diseases like dysentery, cholera, tuberculosis killed countless.
In the end, Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley paid a steep price for being way ahead of their times and their genius was never credited duly in their own time. Here are some of the core principles of the Wollstonecraft school of thought:
Marriage is an evil practice that condemns women to domestic slavery and curtails individual freedom.
Women are not sensual centerpieces but intelligent and worthy of an education.
Materialistic pursuits should be replaced with the pursuit of passion.
Women must become independent and assert their individuality.
A passionate style of writing is better than a logical style of writing
Nature heals and inspires.
I am amazed by Mary Wollstonecraft's originality and the fierce independence and the formidable literary prowess of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley. This book is inspiring and heartbreaking. A radical voyage into a bygone era and a disquieting and riveting plot with strange, inexplicable and sometimes evil characters.
Mary Wollstonecraft was born with the soul of a romanticist, a philosopher, a revolutionary and a reformer. A genius of her generation, her earliest stance of fighting against injustice against women was her standing guard outside her mother's door, trying to fight off her father from abusing her mother while her siblings lurked in the shadows. A passionate reader and writer, she wrote pioneering books about politics, travel, equality, social reform, appalling treatment of women, the wicked ways of the rich and the intellectual collapse of society. She ran a school, wrote for magazines and published literary masterpieces, took care of her sisters in an era where women had no rights and no independence and their only role was to gratify and to follow the men of their lives. The sad part is that Mary had a difficult life and her accomplishments were not celebrated, hailed, or even understood by society at large. In fact, except for a few liberals and publishers, the 18th century society was scandalized by Mary's boldness and many critics judged her books harshly. She dies ten days after giving birth to her daughter, Mary. And, in death, she is betrayed by her husband of eighteen months, who in his misplaced enthusiasm, publishes a memoir of Mary Wollstonecraft, portraying in explicit detail Mary's love affairs and destroying her reputation for two whole centuries.
Mary Shelley never knew her mother, adored her father and eloped with Percy Shelley at a young age. She published several novels and articles, and was haunted by the suicides of her sister, her husband's first wife and the death of her children. An obedient daughter and a loyal wife, she does her best to posthumously publish her husband's and her father's literary works. She dies of brain tumor at fifty three.
I don't understand why William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft's husband, destroyed her reputation and why was he perpetually asking for money from his daughter when he had cast her out. I absolutely could not wrap my mind around what kind of strange creatures were Byron, Claire, Percy Shelley, and several others.
Read this book.
The love for books & a hunger for stories was programmed into my DNA. And, sooner than later, life experiences sealed the deal. Books have saved me, transformed my life, enlightened me and have shown me the path I must walk. In a way, far too many books have played the role of kindred spirits and guides, leading the seeker in me to answers and paving a way for a new way of life. Books have helped me keep my wits, my sense of wonder, my sense of mystery and curiosity & my sanity in a life that has been anything but predictable and normal.