This book was mentioned on Brainpickings. To be honest, I expected something different and more details on what it is like to live a bohemian life. IThis book was mentioned on Brainpickings. To be honest, I expected something different and more details on what it is like to live a bohemian life. I noticed later that that's part of Harriet's diaries Abroad: An Expatriate's Diaries 1950-1959 (which I will pick up next month when I can get the next Kindle Unlimited book).
The stories are very different. This woman surely doesn't fit into the world that I know - and who am I to judge her. The first half felt somehow distant and cold, which was in stark contrast to the enthusiastic foreword, but nevertheless interesting. A bit too much random sex and drugs. I liked the matured, self confident woman of the second half more where she acted like someone who understood what to expect from the world and choose what's best for her.
An amusing piece was the "Millennium Party" in which her 30 year old lover at the end asks about her age, not recognizing that they were almost 2 generations apart.
I am looking forward to the episodes in her diaries! ...more
Was passiert wenn man mit zu großen Erwartungen an ein Buch geht? Man wird enttäuscht. Dabei ist die Grundidee faszinierend: es gibt Hinweise auf einWas passiert wenn man mit zu großen Erwartungen an ein Buch geht? Man wird enttäuscht. Dabei ist die Grundidee faszinierend: es gibt Hinweise auf ein Video, auf dem eventuell Jesus zu sehen ist. Wie ist das möglich und was genau wurde gefilmt?
Eine große Stärke von Andreas Eschbach sind die sehr gut ausgearbeiteten Charaktere. Dadurch wirken die Ereignisse sehr lebendig und glaubwürdig. Keiner ist perfekt und jeder schleppt seine Geheimnisse mit sich herum.
Leider enden hier schon die positiven Punkte. Stilistisch hat mir das Buch nicht gefallen, insbesondere das schnelle Hin-und-Herspringen zwischen den Perspektiven wirkte auf mich wie ein billiger Trick und nervte. Hinzu kommt, das die Handlung sehr dünn ist und nicht viel passiert. Wenn man z.B. an den Da Vinci Code von Dan Brown denkt, wo eine Verschwörungstheorie nach der anderen zu Tage kommt, dann ist das Jesus Video regelrecht blutleer. Erst zum Ende hin gibt es mehr Spekulationen, die allerdings nur wenig Raum bekommen.
Eigentlich wäre ich nach 2/3 bereit gewesen, das Buch in die Ecke zu werfen, wenn mir die Charaktere nicht so ans Herz gewachsen wären. Ich kann verstehen wieso es ein Bestseller geworden ist, nur für mich hat es einfach zu wenig Substanz.
This book was a birthday present and while I usually don't read crime stories it came highly recommended and everyone loved it.
The story takes place iThis book was a birthday present and while I usually don't read crime stories it came highly recommended and everyone loved it.
The story takes place in the small town Aurora where the remains of Nola are found, 33 years after she has disappeared. When the circumstances all point to Harry Quebert as the possible murderer, his former student Marcus Goldman starts with his own investigations to prove Harry's innocence...
This is not only a crime story, it's also about love and what it means to be a writer. Things are not as they seem at first and hideous twists make the book a true page-turner. I especially enjoyed the atmosphere. The people in Aurora came to life in a very colorful way and everyone has his own dreams and problems. There are quiet moments where the characters are faced with their own flaws and it was interesting to see how they deal with them.
Why only 4 stars? At times I felt manipulated by the author, e.g. when he writes about sex or overdoes characters like the publisher or the lawyer.
While it's not high literature, it's the perfect book for the beach or for rainy weekends. ...more
Ich habe das Buch von meinem Sohn zum Vatertag geschenkt bekommen und ich muss sagen, dass ihn die Verkäuferin sehr gut beraten hat. Der Knochenmann iIch habe das Buch von meinem Sohn zum Vatertag geschenkt bekommen und ich muss sagen, dass ihn die Verkäuferin sehr gut beraten hat. Der Knochenmann ist ein sehr witziger Kriminalroman, der bei uns in Österreich in der Steiermark spielt. Der Autor schreibt wie er redet und man hat den Eindruck, als ob jemand in seiner Stammkneipe sitzt und die Geschichte bei ein paar Bier erzählt. Aberwitzige Ereignisse wechseln sich ab mit scharfsinnig beobachteten, ganz alltäglichen Kleinigkeiten, und die Personen haben häufig eine zweite Seite, die erst später zum Vorschein kommt.
Einen Stern Abzug gibt es weil der Stil teilweise etwas anstrengend ist und weil mir die Auflösung zu schnell war. Ein bisschen mehr Hinweise für den Leser zum Mitraten wären nicht schlecht gewesen. Trotz dieser leichten Kritik bekommt diese unterhaltsame, kurzweilige Lektüre meine volle Empfehlung. ...more
At its core "Code Name Verity" is a book about the friendship of two women during World War II. Along the way the reader learns a lot about pilots andAt its core "Code Name Verity" is a book about the friendship of two women during World War II. Along the way the reader learns a lot about pilots and secret british operations in the occupied France and also some nasty details about the Germans. The strongest parts though were the characters and every heartbreaking moment had me at the edge. I was reliving them and it felt very real.
It took me some time to get into the book, the first 70 pages with all the background information were not so interesting but when the weeks in 1943 are finally covered and after some unexpected revelations I couldn't put it down.
A typical Vonnegut. The plot meanders on and on to the inevitable final and similar to Cat's Cradle I had to think about it for a while to realize howA typical Vonnegut. The plot meanders on and on to the inevitable final and similar to Cat's Cradle I had to think about it for a while to realize how good it is. A tells a lot about humans and the way they tick, how they try to find someone else to blame instead of facing the truth. It's so much easier to ignore the obvious and to pretend it's not there, to accept something different as true. You are a mass murderer? "I was only following orders." A spy helping to imprison people? "I don't really care, I am an artist and this is what counts."
The book is full of such contraditions in people's lifes and it tries to understand why this is the case, the big difference between your self picture and the way other people see you. In addition there is one exception: Howard Campbell, the protagonist, is fully aware of all the evil he did and can deal with it. Surprisingly this doesn't mean that his fate is much different from that of other people.
A very strong book with a deep message. It requires some cooperation from the reader but this is a small price to pay. Highly recommended!
P.S. The title Mother Night is a reference to Goethe's Faust. Mephistopheles (the personification of Evil) explains that he is part of the darkness that existed first. The light was born and fights with Mother Night for the highest rank and for room they both occupy. But the light won't win because it's tied to the body and when the body dies it will go away as well. ...more
It took me some time to fully appreciate the book. Directly after reading I thought "nice and funny but not enough depth". I couldn't have been furtheIt took me some time to fully appreciate the book. Directly after reading I thought "nice and funny but not enough depth". I couldn't have been further from the truth! This wild tale has left seeds in my brain, and the ideas started to grow. Kurt Vonnegut has not only shown great imagination, he has carefully observed the human society and made insightful comments. I love his new religion (bokononism) and the way how he thinks about groups (karass, granfalloon). Or how the main character accepts to be driven by fate because everything is connected. There are some extremely absurd and funny events that reminded me of old computer adventure games from the 90s.
A brilliant book that I need to re-read in future. Highly recommended....more
Depressing little book about a woman who is completely trapped: in her marriage, in a foreign country, in the society. And the fever birds ask who areDepressing little book about a woman who is completely trapped: in her marriage, in a foreign country, in the society. And the fever birds ask who are you? There is hope though...
The plot has parallels to Anna Kavan's own life and her first marriage which brought her to Burma. ...more
The overwhelming positive critics convinced me to read this book. However, I cannot share the enthusiasm. It's well written with likeable characters,The overwhelming positive critics convinced me to read this book. However, I cannot share the enthusiasm. It's well written with likeable characters, each one having a unique style and personality. The female characters were a little bit weak though, I interpreted their behaviour as common for the time (1920 - 1950) but this might be wrong. I also liked the mystery around the book Shadow of the Wind and the Barcelona after World War II.
After finishing roughly half of the book I began to ask myself what it's all about. The nice surface couldn't hide the missing depth and the plot started to become trivial. Still, I kept on reading. Then the last quarter started and I felt annoyed. The whole mystery turned into a kitschy, mediocre something turning into a big-bang final with a lot of action. Oh my gosh!
I am pretty sure that people will like the novel but don't let other convince you that this is high literature. It is not. ...more
Much has been said about this book so I keep it short. I was suprised how well I liked the book. It features a good combination of highly interestingMuch has been said about this book so I keep it short. I was suprised how well I liked the book. It features a good combination of highly interesting topics - and the whole story happens within one day. It's not high literature but very entertaining. You could do much worse with other books......more