Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Practical truths in Nostromo

I've been reading books again, everyone watch out. I just finished Nostromo which is a classic listed as number one on somebody's top 100 list. Its by Joseph Conrad. If you are looking for a sea-adventure, this is not it. In fact, I don't even know how to categorize it. It is mostly NOT about the character Nostromo. But it is at the end. Yeah, after you have read the first 18 hours of it.
So here are the practical truths I have gleaned from the book:
1. If you are a woman, don't make the man you love decide between you and a treasure. He just is not going to make the right choice. He will want both, and you will never really be able to tear him away from the treasure, even if he says he will chose your love.
2. If you are going to stick someone on a deserted island with a treasure, make sure he is not an extrovert. That's just cruel. Particularly if you have to leave for a while. Make sure the person you leave with the treasure can be alone for more than five days without going insane, or give him someone to talk to.
3. If your husband is married to his work, especially if it is a 'cause', you are going to be lonely. Best find a cause of your own.
4. If you are basically an honest person, doing a dishonest act will eat at you the rest of your life, even if you can justify it with your rightous anger. Better to come clean and take your lumps.

And there you have it.