Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Book Review - The Book Of Disquiet - Fernando Pessoa

“I wasn’t meant for reality, but life came and found me.”

It took me many attempts to get through this book. It isn't the kind of book that enthralls you into reading it all in one sitting, rather it is a book that I kept around me most of the time and dipped in and out of when the mood struck me. 

If I am honest, I found it quite hard work to read - which seems strange. It is a emotionally draining experience. 

The Book of Disquiet is the musings of Fernando Pessoa, a bookkeeper in Portugal. There is no story here, no plot to follow, just the thoughts and feelings of Pessoa in his everyday life. Therefore if you like your reading to follow a plot, this isn't for you.

The Book of Disquiet can come across pretty self-indulgent at times, an essay of miserable tedium; tedium seeming to be the main theme of his life, It can be repetitive, he sleeps, he wakes, he feels bored, but it also includes some amazing passages that you will want to highlight to read back later.

I don't really know if I enjoyed this book or not. I think it vastly depended on the mood I was in when I read through some chapters. Overall I would probably give it a 3 out of 5, I am glad I finally read it, but I wouldn't want to read through it again.

If you enjoy emotion filled essays, if you like to see the deeper side of people's thoughts, then I would recommend this book to you. However, if you like your books to have a story, to have a purpose really, then I would say skip this for now.

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