Hunting seals

WARNING:
This clip contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing, Viewer discretion is highly advised.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDRz15Wsqzg

I cant start to explain how much I am disgusted by this, imagine the cruelty of beating one seal to death, but in the Novel A World Elsewhere by Wayne Johnston , no mater if fiction or reality, One million seals are captured and skinned. I thought this could explain the brutality of that scenario. Again I do apologize for the disturbing graphic content of the video, but unfortunately this is not fiction this is actually happening, I am not sure about any of the rules put against seal hunting, or even if such rules exist, but I wish this could stop.

 

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Whats in a name ?

Upon reading the novel A World Elsewhere by Wayne Johnston I have come across a few observations regarding the names of the characters in the actual book.

 

Landish

– Landish: A name given to Landish (special name) meaning land or native which shows that he is a foil of his father captain Druken the notorious sailor known for catching one million seals it is also similar to the word outlandish, which means weird or unfamiliar which is the opposite of Landish’s life were he has the same old predictable routine that he tries to change but ultimately gets back to it. Landish is also similar to Laddish the slang British word meaning Macho or youth and he was both young and big according to the book’s description

 

 

 

eve

 

– Gen of eve: is Her real name is Genevieve, Landish’s biological mother, she is or was the only real connection that Landish has. Her name real name is Genevieve that’s kind of self-explanatory. She believes that she is Eve’s daughter and that all of us are descendants from Eve; She never really mentions Adam.

 

 

 

 

 

beacon

 

– Deacon: (in Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox churches) an ordained minister of an order ranking below that of priest. Also sounds like beacon, traditionally a fire lit on a hill to attract attention. He is the fire that catches Landish’s attention and heads him in to the right direction.

 

 

van

– Van: when first hearing or reading the name van you automatically think about the actual motor vehicle, well van was a motor vehicle in the novel or at, least a means of transportation form a university, Preston, education to no education and abandonment; also transporting both Landish and Deacon in to a better life than the one they had in st. Peter’s, Newfoundland

 

 

gur– Gertrude: Gertrude is usually associated with strength; in the story Gertrude is strong enough to put up with van for the better part of her life which is to me unfathomably difficult the difficulty is simply ineffable. Gertrude is also the wife of Van that we can call the king of the castle, therefore Gertrude is the queen of the castle just like in Hamlet.

 

 

 

 

that

– Esse: is the natural essentials which may be the feminine side of a man’s world, it also means “that” like “that car” and it helped me realize “that” she’s the one, and “that” she’s all that.

 

 

 

Thank you 

B logx…. A literal Blogarithmic interpretation

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When examining any text, much like math, you are always searching and interpreting the text for the missing variable, in other word you are trying to solve the equation for X, the unknown. When reading Wayne Johnston’s A World Elsewhere, series of information about the book or a certain chapter, like in any other equation, are given in order to help you analyze and deconstruct that mathematical statement.

The author starts the first chapter with the sentence “Landish Druken lived in a two-room attic of a house near the end of Dark March Road that was no way remindful of any other place he’d ever lived.”, after contemplating that sentence for a short while I realized that it is very similar to any word equation that I have ever come across. My thoughts were being showered with a plethora of random questions that suffocated me such as, Why is his name Landish? , what kind of name is Landish? Why did he live in a two bedroom attic? Is there someone living with him? Is he about to meet someone? When attempting to interpret that same sentence from a literary lens, for example a Marxist lens, I continue to drown in my own thoughts and I start to wonder about his financial state, is he rich? Maybe that’s why it’s a two bedroom attic, but why did he say that it was in no way remindful of any other place he’d ever lived. Then is he poor? is that why he can’t afford a separate house? is he being oppressed by some form bourgeoisie system? I suppose by this point it is reasonable to assume that Landish Druking is the variable in this equation or as I like to call him LandishX. I eventually start to form a visual of the problem but as the difficulty of the problem increases and more variables are introduced, they accumulate and add some complexity to the equation. The answer seems so far from reach, but instead of giving up on seeking that answer, I keep getting pulled in to a whirlpool of miner yet mind-boggling anomalies.

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I continue reading, with my questions and thoughts slowly building up, growing and feeding on the information given, like a “Loch Ness Monster” of mathematical and literal uncertainty buried under a sea of thoughts ready to unleash himself at any moment but instead he calmly continues to feed. I continue until that certain point were the flow of the nurturing information is cut off, it is finally time to solve the equation.

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My deep contemplation leads me to a bottomless ocean of alternatively possible solutions… The book ends and the mathematical enigma starts to unfold my mind is drifted to shore. I can finally breathe again.

Picture this:

Cover of Wayne Johnston's book, A World Elsewhere.

Cover of Wayne Johnston’s book, A World Elsewhere.

I have started reading a new novel by the name of A World Elsewhere, by Wayne Johnston. After countless and constantly interrupted sessions of moaning, sighing and eventually a bit of reading, I was able to finish the book. In the first chapter of the book, a character by the name of Landish Druken is introduced; the witty son of a notorious sailor who is pursuing his dream of becoming a famous writer, and who is studying at Princeton for a four year degree, meats Van Vanderloyden who eventually becomes his best friend.

Before I have actually started reading the book, I started doing a bit research, browsing online for reviews about the book, none of which had real insight on the book  because as it turns out to be, it wasn’t one of the most famous books out there.  I eventually found a piece of information that heightened my interest in this book, which explained that the Vanderloyn’s and the great mansion in Vanderland were actually based on the Vanderbilts and the Vanderbilt’s mansion on the Hudson River. This got me excite for the book because I am a history lover and i would like to know what happened.

The Vanderbilt mansion

The Vanderbilt mansion

Never the less, I continued browsing through the reviews, and of the ones that I have found, a few mentioned that it was one of the funniest book that they have ever read in their lives, and that even made me more excited for the book because when it comes to the witty and comedic side of any text no one takes it a seriously as much as I do. Finally with all that in mind I rushed to the nearest book store and I bought a copy of the book and immediately started reading, and after reading an amazing first chapter my expectations and enthusiasm even grew more one. Week later I was holding in my hand, which was to me, one of the most disappointing books that I have ever read. It was because I read this book with very high expectations  that I was disappointed, I approached this book with the stubbornness and close-mindedness thinking that it should be one of the most interesting and funnies books that I have ever read, unfortunately it wasn’t. I also was not a fan of the book’s sequence of events and ending because of its anticlimactic structure; however, I can’t deny that the book was well written, well worded, and contained a bit of wittiness and a twisted plot that was enjoyable to read, it also. Unintentionally, had some dark humor that I found particularly funny which, to others, may seem as an unfortunate indecent.

Overall I think I failed my self with my high expectations, its like eating Oreo’s and not being able to reach the milk.

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Death much like the ENG4U, is mandatory in order for life to continue in its natural course.
Now that I have had a small taste from the cup of grief I can relate more to hamlet ‘s thinking process where he was blinded by grief and acted out of pure hatred and revenge.

To those of you who don’t know The tragic end.

I was surprised and slightly disappointed by the tragic end of the play which, to me, was very similar to the end of Macbeth, however it did have some differences such as the plotting and such, but overall, to me, they were very similar.

Good Mourning Hamlet!

As many of us may know, mourning is the process in which a person shows grief  towards a certain loss, usually expressed by wearing black clothing.

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But, what if i told you :

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On another related note, I have noticed that the juxtaposition between white and black, bright and dark, good and bad in Hamlet is not a person would usually expect or interpret, the words contain several meanings; For example, some words that were used in the wedding scene had double meaning that would alter the meaning of the whole sentence.

Hamlet

Hamet and Ophelia, still a better story than Twilight.

Seeing the BIGGER PICTURE

A quick note about the illustration on the actual book. The Namesake By Jhumpa Lahiri.

When looking at the illustration of the book it is obvious you see a small colorful stem that seems to be branching out to grow, eventually, in to something bigger more beautiful “The Bigger Picture “, just like Gogol the baby in the book.

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Just like Gogol the stem goes through a process of maturation and eventually grows in to the big White flower in the back of the book, however what maybe not so obvious is the fact that white is the color that is associated with death in the Bengali culture, and the fact that the stem loses all its color and turns out to be this flower, to me, symbolizes the endings in this book , the end of Ashok’s life, the end of Ashima’s marriage, the end of Gogol’s marriage and a big part of his life and finally the end of this book .

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Overall it creates The Bigger Picture.

 

Picture This

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Picture this:

I have started reading a novel by Jhumpa Lahiri and after reading only a few pages of that novel I started picturing myself in that novel in which I related to it from the beginning.

“Now she is alone cut off by curtains from the three other women in the room … a gentle twitch from her baby reminds that she is, technically speaking, not alone. Ashima thinks that it’s strange that her child would be born in a place that most people enter either to suffer or to die. “

not that I know what it feels like to be pregnant or to have contractions but the feeling that you are alone in an unfamiliar place with nothing but time, a bit of anxiety and a feeling in your guts that foreshadows a better tomorrow, however for Ashima, the mother in the story, it was her son which foreshadows a new life a new beginning for her and her baby. However in my case I don’t know what that feeling was it could have been a bad tuna salad.

Earlier in the book they flashback to Ashoke, Ashima’s husband later on in the book, and his experience with the train crash, and how his favourite book The Overcoat by his favourite author Nicolai Gogol, saved his life.

“But the lantern’s light lingered, just long enough for Ashoke to raise his hand, gesture that he believed would consume the small fragment of life left in him. He was still clutching a single page of “The Overcoat,” crumbled tightly in his fist, and when he raised his hand wad of paper dropped from his fingers.”

That was how Ashoke was found and saved. If it wasn’t for the piece of paper that fell from his hand he wouldn’t have been found and saved. That shows the importance of that book to the family, the baby doesn’t know it yet; which ultimately sets the whole idea of that name’s importance.

Later on in the Ashima and her husband Ashoke have some trouble with naming the baby, because of Bengali tradition and what not, so they decided to give him the pet name “Gogol”, which refers to Nicolai Gogol the author of “The Overcoat” that saved Ahoke’s life, until they can decide what his real name would be. This basically introduces the whole idea of a namesake and what it means to the father and the rest of the family.

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