最近家庭生活和工作让自己繁忙得眼花缭乱——周末活得比平常还要累。最遗憾的一点就是腾不出时间来学习，看书，充电。想要发展的项能很多，有plan却缺少action items。不外乎看到一年半以前的上一篇日志内容也述如此... 因此真心希望下一次来这里敲字形势能够逆转。
Mark, that this book is no Tolstoy, and this ramble nothing but mere ramble.
Cloud Atlas strings together various pieces of historical and fictional political oppression, economic materialism, and unavoidable discussions of "human nature", to eventually present the reader a post-apocalyptic landscape (eight pages weighed down by painfully difficult-to-decipher language) that lightly touches subjects of faith and belief.
This is, however, the chronological reversal point, and the book regresses back towards keywords so flashed across the trailer of the film adaption: LOVE, COURAGE, DEATH. (If there were other keywords, they did not make enough impressions to appear in this ramble).
Then, suddenly through the final pages of The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing, it was as if Mitchell finally realizes his book does not present much food for thought and the reader is bombarded by heavy sermons as below:
Why? Because of this; - one fine day, a purely predatory world shall consume itself. Yes, the Devil shall take the hindmost until the foremost is the hindmost. In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species, selfishness is extinction.
If we believe that humanity may transcend tooth & claw, if we believe divers races & creeds can share this world as peaceably as the orphans share their candlenut tree, if we believe leaders must be just, violence muzzled, power accountable & the riches of the Earth & its Oceans shared equitably, such a world will come to pass.
Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?
And with these preachy last words, the reader reaches the end of the Cloud Atlas experience. As the book was overall entertaining and enjoyable, I would hate to bash on it - but really? "Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops" sounds like something I submitted for my university applicaton essays, circa age 16.
To be fair with regards to the rest of the book, I did become emotional after stumbling into An Orison of Sonmi-451. The ever-controversial clones versus humans topic is explored more extensively in surprisingly consistent future-speak (sonys, disneys, fords, ha!). Of course, who could ever miss the striking similarities to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep / Bladerunner (a favourite movie, no less)? The fate of the replicants intertwined in political intrigue would make this section a powerful standalone short-story.
Frobisher's Letters from Zedelghem, and The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish were well-written, delightful tales complete with hints of noir fiction. It was disappointing to not see these stories venture into realms of absurdity and the meaning of life, or the existential condemnation of men to be free. No catchy "Man is responsible for everything he does" or "one must imagine Sisyphus happy" here.
虽然已经太久没有清理 Evernote 里搜集文章的本子，但是一览内容还是可以看出主人的人生阶段与生活状态，颇有意思：
- The 10 Reasons Why No One Knows What They're Doing in Their 20s - Knowledge for Men
- 20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don't Get - Forbes
- Life Advice: How should a 22-year-old invest time? - Quora
- 纸书信读 - 传统纸板图书在数字时代的阅读新方法 - 畅享博客
- Stanford MBA School Professor Explains How To Get Promotions and Raises - Business Insider
- 半天之内报告 - 女人要为理想而奋斗
- 10 Killer Presentation Tips - Career Savvy
- 到底如何看待民间借贷？ - 新浪博客
貌似好久没有更新 reading list 了。不知道这是不是一种避免面对自己新买的书的数量总是大于有空坐下来读的书的数量。总之，接触到了几本好作品：
- The Singularity is Near - 真是重新激起了我对科技发展的热情与信心
- Information Wants to be Shared - 我深信——信息终究会获得自由
- The Happiness Hypothesis - 比《沉思录》与佛经还使生活心态受益非凡的书
正在 Kobo 里读 Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis （我是想向着与农业/医学/环保有关的经济发展这一类阅读的，有意写一篇 agrinomy 农业经济学的研究报告；下一本想要看 Dr. Peter Singer 的 The Grandest Challenge: Taking Life-Saving Science from Lab to Village)。