Book: The House in the Sand

The last Neruda book for a while. This is a little different as they aren’t poetry per se, but more of prose poems. It’s full of descriptions of the different things that Neruda has collected in his house at Isla Negara over the years. Absolutely beautiful and poignant. It’s the closest I have ever felt … Continue reading

Book: Winter Garden

Long story short, this probably the least memorable poetry collection by Pablo Neruda that I’ve read so far. Don’t get me wrong, his writing is still beautiful, but the words and poems didn’t jump out at me like before. There were still a few amazing phrases that linger, but as an entire collection I didn’t … Continue reading

Book: The Book of Questions

Tell me, is the rose naked or is that her only dress? Why do trees conceal the splendor of their roots? Who hears the regrets of the thieving automobile? Is there anything in the world sadder than a train standing in the rain? Pablo Neruda’s The Book of Questions consists of 320 questions with no answer. These … Continue reading

Book: The Separate Rose

To Easter Island and the presences I set out, fed up with doorways and streets, to search for something I never lost there. The Separate Rose is a collection of poems by Pablo Neruda on Easter Island. Written in two voices – Men and The Island, it invokes such imagery of the island. It feels … Continue reading

Book: Still Another Day

So long, visitor. Good day. My poem happened for you, for nobody, for everyone. Still Another Day is a collection of poems written by Pablo Neurda nearing the end of his life. It was written in the short span of two days and contains various themes present in his earlier work as well. Some of … Continue reading

Book: Love

Remember when I mentioned my current infatuation with Pablo Neruda? I’m sorta, kinda, really obsessed with him. And this has translated to borrowing almost every book I’ve been able to find that contain his poetry. Yes, this means that you’ll be seeing a lot of reviews of his books in the coming days and weeks. … Continue reading

Book: The Sea and the Bells

So after The Postman, I had to taste some of Pablo Neruda’s works first hand. I chance upon this particular collection which comes from the last year of his life. It coincides perfectly with The Postman, as it deals with his return back to the Isla Negra, his love for his home and the sea, … Continue reading

Book: The Postman

I love this book. I adore it. Also, there’s this strange new-found infatuation with Pablo Neruda. Originally titled ‘Burning Patience’, this novel by Antonio Skarmeta was an inspiration for the film II Postino. I feel that the original title fits the book better, since it is a story with a lot of passion and overflowing … Continue reading