Jessa Jessa's Comments


Jessa's comments from the Literary Exploration group.

Note: Jessa is no longer a member of this group.

(showing 1-20 of 66)
« previous 1 3 4

Apr 06, 2012 09:59AM

35919 Just finished the book and thank you everyone who provided links. I too felt a bit of reticence about reading his story. His interactions with Ernst seemed legitimate and there is proof in the story, and honestly, it was my favorite part. But sneaking into Auschwitz twice does seem unimaginable, especially because all of the details can be glimpsed from any Holocaust account. When you add how strong and all the amazing things he did, I think this is a case of the man is ninety and he has changed history in his mind in order to live with it better.

I think it would be easier to deal with atrocities of the Holocaust if you had attempted to do something about it. My other issue was, didn't anyone say anything about him shaving his head? I think that would have been odd and caused people to say something.

But still a great story.
Mar 09, 2012 07:44PM

35919 Lea wrote: "Othello in church was pretty darn awesome, you're right. And the scene where Zora is talking to the other flock and the other flock's ram tries to explain they are fodder was just brilliant- how s..."

Lea, I loved that part! I think it was only second to the part where the priest is talking to Othello in confession until he realizes it isn't a person but a sheep on the other end!
Mar 09, 2012 12:10PM

35919 Sandie wrote: "I was thrown for a loop too on whodunnit and I'm sure it was because the sheep were also thrown for a loop. I was as confused as they were when I realized what happened. The sheeps' perspective on ..."

Sandie,

They are making more? This is exciting!
Mar 09, 2012 08:34AM

35919 I loved this. It was whimsical, silly, and complicated at once. What a bizarre perspective! It made me smile and I was excited that I did not know whodunnit. I love that.

I really enjoyed Zora, I'm not sure why, but she was one of my favorite sheep.
Introduce Yourself (675 new)
Mar 02, 2012 12:48PM

35919 Welcome, Alan. Hope you enjoy your first read!
Feb 27, 2012 05:54PM

35919 Debbie wrote: "I am a little surprised at how many people did not enjoy this book. It was a great escape, who doesn't want to run away with the circus? For me the scenes were so vivid, it was the best Circus I ha..."

Plot was a big issue for me too but I also really could not stand how passive Celia and Marco were. I really disliked them as characters and it was pretty extreme my dislike.
Your TBR list (41 new)
Feb 20, 2012 02:34PM

35919 Mine is a mix. It is a dumping ground but I do try and pick books from there when I read something. Unfortunately, it seems to get longer by the minute though...
Suggest A Theme (262 new)
Feb 16, 2012 08:29PM

35919 Kim wrote: "Jessa wrote: "Sorry, I was being nosy. I was wondering if you're not fan of books about the wars translated to books about 9/11 since they are tangentially related. "

All good. To be honest I've n..."


No it makes perfect sense. I was especially curious because I just finished reading a book about 9/11 from a French writer and it was an interesting perspective and I've read some poetry on the topic from international writers so I was curious if your disinterest in the topic extended to 9/11.

You made complete sense and actually were extremely eloquent in your explanation.
Suggest A Theme (262 new)
Feb 16, 2012 07:21PM

35919 Kim wrote: "Jessa wrote: "Kim, out of curiosity, what is your feeling on literature dealing with 9/11? "

I've not read any actually."


Sorry, I was being nosy. I was wondering if you're not fan of books about the wars translated to books about 9/11 since they are tangentially related.
Suggest A Theme (262 new)
Feb 16, 2012 05:50PM

35919 Kim wrote: "I'm not sure why but I'm not a fan of books, movies, etc. set during the Gulf War, Iraq War or War in Afghanistan."

Kim, out of curiosity, what is your feeling on literature dealing with 9/11?
Feb 16, 2012 05:49PM

35919 Here is a link from a different article at CNN but I thought this one was more telling, but if you google any interview they started thinking about them movie before the book even came out. In this article they mention the book hadn't yet published but production had started on the movie. But what is really telling is that she mentions that it started as a series of vignettes. I think maybe this explains even better why there might be a lack of plot, if it wasn't originally written like that. This an interview between CNN and the author.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/12/living/...

Also, Marlene, that is so amazing you got a peptalk from here. While I'm not the biggest fan of the book, I think that has to be an amazing feeling to get to speak to the author. I'm officially jealous.
Feb 16, 2012 10:01AM

35919 ♥Xeni♥ wrote: "Link to article?"

Will link when I got home. Also my friend works at a bookstore and their advanced reader copy came with a letter talking about how it was being made into a movie and this was the arc before it published. I wonder...
Feb 16, 2012 07:09AM

35919 Pigletto wrote: "For me this book is all style and no substance. Plot was dull and went nowhere. Characterisation was mostly lacking. I didn't believe in the love story between the lead characters and didn't care w..."

You know, I don't how truthful this is; however, I was reading an article about this book and apparently this book might have received a movie deal before it was even finished in the editing process. I wonder if this affected the book. Was making a good movie more important than finishing the book? I don't even know how true this article was but it made me think if it is true than I think it might have affected how the book turned out.
Feb 11, 2012 07:41AM

35919 Debbie wrote: "Deborah wrote: "Flash Beagle wrote: "I read it a couple months ago, it felt dramatic and theatrical kind of like haute couture/Vanity Fair type parties, good imagery, but didn't go below the surfac..."

I think it is because it is so beautiful and enchanting. The scenes where they describe the different attractions? The cloud room or the jars of memories are spell-bounding, but what do they do for the plot? That said, I understand they're making this into a movie and you know that could be mesmerizing!
Feb 07, 2012 12:01PM

35919 I was looking at some of the comments and was wondering, does anyone think Celia and Marco actually had minds of their own? It just seems like the scenery acted upon them rather then them having their own personalities and identities and I think this might be why I can't stand the book. I think protagonists are supposed to act and these two just kind of wait for something to happen to them. But that's just my theory.
Feb 06, 2012 09:08AM

35919 Flash Beagle wrote: "I read it a couple months ago, it felt dramatic and theatrical kind of like haute couture/Vanity Fair type parties, good imagery, but didn't go below the surface for me."

I feel the exact same away. It's beautiful, the prose and the imagery are spectacular but there is not much substance. The characters seem as empty the magic they practice.
Suggest A Theme (262 new)
Feb 05, 2012 05:00PM

35919 Lisa wrote: "Jessa wrote: "Earth Day is in April, maybe environmental novels or books where the plot occurs all over the world?

A really great environmental book that I read was

[book:The World Without Us|24..."


I heard about this just today! What a bizarre coincidence
Suggest A Theme (262 new)
Feb 02, 2012 06:31PM

35919 Earth Day is in April, maybe environmental novels or books where the plot occurs all over the world?

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
Freedom
The Road
Prodigal Summer

Just to name a few...
Jan 27, 2012 02:03PM

35919 Maree ♫ Light's Shadow ♪ wrote: "That's a great point, Mary, especially if you take a wider view of it. They all just seem to go along with whatever anyone tells them. They do what they're told and don't struggle against it, not..."

I was reading something Philippa said and they're passive but I wonder how many could wander off. It is said many times that Hailsham is different and treats its students like humans, or at least tries too, and other schools are nightmares. What if at other schools they aren't even taught and just raised as cattle? That would make more sense why no one ever stands up for themselves, there are few who have even been raised to have that capability. Just a thought
Jan 13, 2012 07:29PM

35919 Philippa wrote: "I've heard good things about the movie too.

Pupukat [spoilers removed]"


Philippa, this was so well put. I definitely agree with you. (view spoiler)
« previous 1 3 4


topics created by Jessa