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The Silver Linings Playbook
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Sometimes I wonder if I read the same book as other people. That's usually when I hate something that other people love. It's rarer when we both like the same book, but for vastly different reasons and have vastly different interpretations. But of course, the power of literature is interpretation, so it's to be expected.
For some reason, people keep calling this book "fun" and "entertaining." I'm sure someone probably called it a "ligh ...more
Warning: This book will spoil some classics if you have yet to read them.
1. The Scarlet Letter
2. The Great Gatsby
3. A Farewell to Arms
4. The Catcher in the Rye
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
6. The Bell Jar
Alright, consider yourselves warned, now onward to my short review.
Silver Linings is one of those books that I wouldn't normally pick up and probably wouldn't if not for wanting to read it before I watch the movie. From the trailer, I expected a pretty light he ...more
The next day, after reading the book...
Well, I'm a little disappointed in the book. The movie was excellent. I loved the chemistry between the actors, their wonderful performances and the story.
I found myself skipping pages in the book whenever Pat talked about football. I didn't find Pat and Tiffany's romantic relationship credible because the book lacked the proper detailed descriptions of their heated encounters.
I'm going to compare the book ...more
Our narrator, Pat Peoples, is pretty crazy by society’s standards. He’s been in “the bad place” for years, and once out, with the help of his sweet mother, he’s trying to get his life back on track so he can reunite with ...more
Pat Peoples has been in "the bad place" for years. He is, by anyone's definition, crazy. He's violent, he has forgotten years of his life, and his arch nemesis is jazz musician Kenny G... but he's endlessly and relentlessly hopeful. He believes in silver linings above anything else... and he believes that by trying to become the best man he can, he will eventually reach his own silver lining. His father seems to have his own iss ...more
Pat likes being home, but his moody father refuses to talk to him unless the Philadelphia Eagles win. Plus, his mother and ...more
There are good books and there are bad books, period, that's the distinction.
It appears that this book was structured, not around a plot but around a shamelessly badly rendered character. This idea could have been surprisingly successful, if in the hands of a author who knows his craft. 2d characters. You can almost hear the echo of their cries as they wither in a lack of creativity and the weight of their soul crush monotony.
The main character is a narcissistic, obsessed, chil ...more
Anyway, The Silver Linings Playbook is an engaging, poignant novel that touched a lot of things: mental health, silver linings (obviously), brotherhood, parentage, lies, friendship, love, betterment of oneself, etc. It also touched my heart, my soul, my kidney, my liver, my pancreas and ten of my vital organs lol. (Here's me doing my best to give justice on why this book is worth a read.) See, I can't articu ...more
The movie got nominated in the 2013 Oscars for Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Leading Role (won), Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Directing, Film Editing and Writing.
I finished reading the book yesterday and so I bought a pirated DVD copy and watched it today. The movie people made the dull book somewhat better. Dull because it is all a rehash. I've seen ...more
Here are seven weird "bestselling writing tips" suggested by this playbook to line writers' pockets with silver:
1. Use short chapters, with chapter titles consisting of a phrase taken from the end of each chapter
We like short chapters because we like easily achievable goals (ie, I'm gonna read five more pages before I turn off the light and go to sleep -- OK, one more chapter -- OK, one more quick chapter -- and suddenly you've read fifty more pages and stayed up a while longer than expected). ...more
The story has already been made into a successful film it's therefore not surprising that the book very much has a film script feel. I suppose it’s also an ok hol ...more
Pat Peoples, the offbeat hero of The Silver Linings Playbook.
When in a difficult situation where retaliating through violence or similar abuse is probable, he runs away, literally, from the situation, until he can feel his tears mixing with his sweat. Yes, Pat is a man who cries when he's being unkind.
He's special that way.
So everyday he improves his mind by reading books and everyday he improves his body by running and lif ...more
You might think that a book about a guy who has lost so much--his wife, his home, his job, and many years of his life in a mental health facility--would be depressing. ...more
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
I will confess to being a bi ...more
Equally blown away by Quick's novel. I had peeked in after it arrived in the mail yesterday and I put it by the bed. Figured to dip in at night. Woke up this morning and blew t ...more
1. Loved Pat's narrative voice. He's observant and very straightforward, which made him very (unintentionally) funny.
2. Tiffany didn't have a big presence in the book which surprised me. She was quite the character though, and her story was engaging.
3. Surprisingly, loved the football element in the story. I related with this a lot, and found the characters that were connected/affected by it realistic. It was a really fun aspect of the book!
4. My favourite chapter was 'My Movie' ...more
Re-read: October 23rd-November 2nd 2016 via audiobook
“The world will break your heart ten ways to Sunday, that’s guaranteed.
And I can’t begin to explain that- or the craziness inside myself and everybody else,but guess what? Sunday is my favorite day again”
“If clouds are blocking the sun, there will always be a silver lining that reminds me to keep on trying.”
Story and characters: 5 stars
Narrator: 5 stars (Wasn't sure of him at first but he grew on me fairly quickly an ...more
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