How To Read a Book

Write me a blog post about the topic ‘How To Read a Book’ by Mortimer Adler. This will include a summary of part 2 of the book ‘Analytical Reading ‘ and a summary of ‘Syntopical Reading ‘

Reading a book can be a rewarding and enriching experience, but it can also be intimidating if you don’t know where to start. In “How To Read a Book,” Mortimer Adler provides a comprehensive guide to reading and understanding any type of book, from fiction to non-fiction.

In part 2 of the book, Adler focuses on “Analytical Reading,” which is the process of breaking down a book into its component parts and analyzing each one in order to understand the overall message and purpose of the work. This type of reading is particularly useful for non-fiction books, where the author is trying to convey information or make an argument.

To begin the process of analytical reading, Adler suggests starting by identifying the author’s main point or thesis, as well as any subpoints or supporting evidence. This can be done by reading the introduction, conclusion, and any other section of the book that provides an overview of the main ideas.

Next, Adler recommends taking notes on the book as you read, highlighting key passages, and writing down any questions or thoughts you may have. This will help you to keep track of the author’s ideas and arguments and make it easier to refer back to specific parts of the book later on.

Another important aspect of analytical reading is evaluating the quality and reliability of the information presented in the book. Adler advises readers to consider the author’s credentials, the sources they used, and any biases they may have. By critically examining the evidence, readers can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the book and form their own opinions about the ideas presented.

In addition to analytical reading, Adler also discusses “Syntopical Reading,” which involves comparing and contrasting different books on a similar topic. This type of reading is useful for gaining a deeper understanding of a subject by looking at it from multiple perspectives and considering different viewpoints.

To do syntopical reading, Adler suggests first selecting a group of books on the same topic and then creating an outline of the main points and arguments made by each author. From there, you can compare and contrast the ideas presented in each book, looking for areas of agreement and disagreement and considering how each author approaches the topic.

Overall, “How To Read a Book” provides a wealth of guidance for anyone looking to get more out of their reading experiences. By following Adler’s recommendations for analytical and syntopical reading, you can gain a deeper understanding of any book and enrich your own knowledge and understanding of the world.

What do you make of this summary?

Having been feeling a little under the weather so I thought I would get some help from Chat GPT. The hype in the AI space currently. Honestly, I was surprised that it could pull information from a specific book and put together an article in about 4-5 seconds once I had written the instruction.

Paradox of Duality

Life & Death!

Love & Hate!

Fire & Ice!

Night & Day!

Light & Darkness!

Bliss & Suffering!

Pain & Pleasure!

Providence or coincidence? Cause & Effect! Divine Will or Construct of man’s design!

You reap what you sow- this may be true for a responsible adult, but what about a child born into chaos?

What about the burdens gifted to us by the generations before us?

What about the technology and evolution as our tools?

Personally, I do not believe in coincidences. I believe in the Providence. We are in good hands, only if we keep firm faith. Why be afraid of death, when it is a certainty in life? Why be afraid of losing everything, when what’s promised and Willed cannot be withheld?

Despite this fact, the paradox of duality in my view then, is a question of manifestation. Manifestation of Divine Will, manifestation of the Divine Attributes.

Everything happens for a reason we cannot comprehend in its entirety. Our reason is limited by time, experiences and our imagination. It is limited by our limited knowledge.

The Divinity can keep illuminating even if all the oceans dry up. The man is a mere drop in the oceans.

We all have a purpose in life, what is yours? Hope & Despair, it is through belief in Providence that hope, struggle, suffering are designed to strengthen us.

My thoughts lately have been reduced. Reduced perhaps because of clarity, reduced perhaps due to my lack of reading and listening. It may be both!

No soul is burdened beyond what it can bear. The greater the test in life, the greater the suffering and trials, the greater the chance that a dancing star can emerge. The chaos within will come to cessation. The air above will get lighter, the summit is reached and reward is gained. The scenic beauty and proclamation of success & happiness. There are many paths that lead to the top of the mountain. You have the tools to forge forth.

Unicorns- A novel review

What do I know about unicorns? This is meant to be a review of Hard Boiled Wonderland And The End of the World. In Japanese, Sekai no owari to hādo-boirudo wandārando.

Achtung ⚠️  Es gibt viele spoilern für den Novel.

What stood out to me in the novel?

No names. All characters were referred to either by description or job title. The chubby girl, the librarian, Calcutec. There are more but I am not planning on telling the whole story here. Du magst, du liest. Don’t know why I am including a bit of German hier und da.

I guess because of a recent funny video or maybe because I watched Monster again. Every time I watch it, it’s like watching it all over again, mainly because my memory with animes is poor to the point that I enjoy what I watch but don’t retain most of it. Maybe because I binge through most of the series.

Anyhow, in this novel, the protagonist is a calcutec. Calcutecs work for The System. The novel contains two stories, each narrated in an alternative chapter. The two stories merge near the end like two rivers meeting at the meeting point. The calcutec is being pursued by Samiatecs whose job is to steal the information from the calcutecs. Cyber warfare.

It’s a strange, bizarre and out of this world novel. It wouldn’t be a stretch to call it Kafkaesque. Many of Haruki Murakami’s work take inspiration from Franz Kafka.

What can I write that you wouldn’t find on Wikipedia or Google about this piece of art. While a lot of the story is still fresh in my head as I recently listened to it. I took my time listening to it. I want to review it so that it makes you want to pick up this book.

If you’re one for creativity, imagination. If you’re into surrealism, science fiction then this would definitely be a good read for you. What’s more, the novel explores the concept of death. The end of the world is a theme for the science fiction story that is taking place in the protagonists world. What he doesn’t know is that this world has been embedded into his subconscious with the help of the old scientist who worked for the system. Shuffling, sound editing and examining the subconscious is the theme here.

What caught my attention is the relationship of dream world and real life. How the subconscious influences it. While not apparently made clear. I came to my conclusion listening to the book that the characters between the two stories are somewhat related. The relationship isn’t hard to figure out, especially the librarian in the two worlds and the protagonist in both worlds.

The intricate relationship of how the protagonist finds a way to not lose his mind, memories and identity is hinted at, him getting into a relationship with the librarian who is as empty as him inside, after some traumatic life experiences and previous personal relationships.

Then what is further hinted at, are the attributes and qualities that the protagonist possesses that make him the only survivor of the System’s experiment. Here what I understood was the resilience and it’s connection with the subconscious which is near a breaking point that either helps him retain his mind and memories or come to an end like the rest of the subjects who went through the experiment.

Well as you see from my review of the novel that a lot of the story is left open for debate. Each reader can make their own conclusions. Perhaps, this is also a point of critique. When you read or listen to the story you will find many other nuances within the two stories that are open for interpretation. Nevertheless, the story is still complete. The ideas and nuances left open for interpretation and debate act as a hook to get the readers involved.

Another point of critique perhaps is that the start of the story is bizarre, also a little slow paced. However, if you continue reading you will be absorbed by the story after a couple of chapters.

Hard Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World easily goes in my top list of Haruki Murakami’s novels. My other favourite novels by Murakami are The Wind-up Bird Chronicles, 1Q84 and Kafka On The Shore.

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