Monday, 3 August 2015

The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa

 “A whole world unfolds before my eyes all because of the regularly irregular dark green edging to a pale green dress worn by the girl in front of me of whom I see only her brown neck.”

As someone who spends the greater part of their life trapped in an office pondering the meaning of life, The Book of Disquiet speaks volumes. It is a book of such exquisite beauty, that any lover of words could not help but fall for its beautiful phrases on tedium, life, solitude and all the other random thoughts that pepper the intellect of the book’s voice, Bernardo Soares.

This is not a linear tale, it consists of fragments and a rudimentary search on the internet points to numerous quibbles between scholars as to the book’s preferred make – up, published, as it was, posthumously. It is strangely insightful in demonstrating the disconnection between the outside world and our inner musings and the prose is amazingly poetic and beautiful.

I loved this book so much that I actually wish to re-read it and will wholeheartedly recommend it to friends.

5 out of 5 restless minds turn to the internet these days.

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