Lovely, goofy as always. Of course Moore is insane and that's why we love him. I liked the characters, the humour, the utterly ridiculous plot. It was...moreLovely, goofy as always. Of course Moore is insane and that's why we love him. I liked the characters, the humour, the utterly ridiculous plot. It was really quite fun. (less)
Right. Umm... it was ... nice, easy read after which you can get a bit ill. Especially if you're diabetic. OK I know it's fiction and therefore a plac...moreRight. Umm... it was ... nice, easy read after which you can get a bit ill. Especially if you're diabetic. OK I know it's fiction and therefore a place where everything is possible but I constantly had a feeling that I'm actually reading one of those self-help books, In this case to help you awake your divine you. And this is (I guess) book for young adults which is quite unsettling: way too much religion and God for a young brain. I'd like to think "never give up", "don't loose hope" etc is the message but it could have been delivered differently. Free of indoctrination (sorry but that's how I feel).(less)
Of course i know who is Richard Dawkins. Every now and then I'm stumbling upon quoted part of one of his books which always thrills me. Every now and...moreOf course i know who is Richard Dawkins. Every now and then I'm stumbling upon quoted part of one of his books which always thrills me. Every now and then I use those quotes when discussing or having argument (mostly) about religious topics. He's very important and I think everyone should read his books. Saying that I'm shamefully admitting this one is actually the first one I have read. And I love it. His style is ... well I'll quote John Maynard Smith's review of "The Selfish Gene" and "The Extended Phenotype": "... he [Dawkins] apparently thinks in prose..." and based on this book I cannot agree more.
This is quite interesting story of how he became who he is now and how he might have been someone utterly different if particular someone had sneezed at a different particular hypothetical moment. Just like we all could have been someone completely different.
He covers his childhood in Africa, early education in different schools and how "The Selfish Gene" started to germinate. And it ends after his most famous book has been published. Therefore I do believe (and hope) this is only the first part of his autobiography. This is indeed a small gem of a book. Dawkins is a brilliant scientist but also very witty man who can bring close to anyone, topic that might sound quite boring and impossible to understand.
This was very interesting and very inspiring read. (needless to say that few of his books that I own skyrocketed to the top of my to-be-read mountain) (less)
This book is beautifully written but I'm afraid I read it in not quite right time. I'm not sure what was wrong: all characters are fantastically drawn...moreThis book is beautifully written but I'm afraid I read it in not quite right time. I'm not sure what was wrong: all characters are fantastically drawn. I LOVE usage of Spanish (my copy doesn't have translations though I do speak Spanish so it was OK but I wonder what about those who don't. There are quite a few dialogs in Spanish). I think I have a bit problem with Western genre (in film as well) so I don't think I was absorbed in the tale as I should have been or (which is worse) I hoped I would be. And love story ingredient didn't help. I found it rather melodramatic and quite impossible.(less)
I've read this when I was traveling through Argentina in March (which is 6 months ago) and just noticed I never marked as "read". Umm indeed this was n...moreI've read this when I was traveling through Argentina in March (which is 6 months ago) and just noticed I never marked as "read". Umm indeed this was not perfect stuff for traveling. Utterly bleak (of course) but very well written. It's post-apocalyptic (we don't know what exactly happened) world but without hope. At least I didn't see it: two (unnamed) characters have hope but then looking how the world looks I found it completely irrational. I mean everything is either dead or dying. When I say everything I mean "nature" (in the way "everything except humans"). Therefore without nature quite literally what kind of hope one can have. While it's a strong message for everyone (in environmental issues way) not very realistic because, for me the world reached the point beyond repair. And then I had the problem I almost always have when one of the characters is a child. I'm always so irritated and here "boy" is one of two characters. It is good read though. (less)
First thing I saw about this novel is the warning "Do not read this book when you're alone" and "Don't read this book after sun goes down" so logicall...moreFirst thing I saw about this novel is the warning "Do not read this book when you're alone" and "Don't read this book after sun goes down" so logically I've read it exclusively alone during the night. Horror is totally not my genre but from time to time I can lay my hands on something that someone recommends which I did with "I Remember You". It was the author that was recommended to me, not this novel but after learning about her I checked other books and since this one is not part of the series I decided to read this one. Other reviewers said how the pattern is like in majority of horror books and that's the main flaw (otherwise it's quite good, scary and all that). In my case repetitive pattern is not a flaw simply because me, not reading the genre am completely unfamiliar with the pattern.
Umm... it wasn't scary at all. And I really, really wanted to be. There were one or two goosebumpish moments but no more than that. It's fast read, a bit exotic (I guess if you place story on Iceland you can't avoid that, right?), nicely written. Two stories that are slowly approaching one to another. What I did like is that things are not revealed before the right moment and she never reveals more than it should so you can imagine what might be at the end of the road but you don't have enough material to be be sure. I'll avoid commenting paranormal elements but putting psychiatrist and police officer in that environment was really good move because their rational thinking is what gives the balance.
It was as if I was watching the film and not quite reading the book but I think that might be the case of the genre and the way I'm seeing it more than the novel itself.
What baffles me is the line "partly based on a true story". I can assume which part could be true and that's indeed the scariest thing here. (less)
Koliko često dok čitate knjigu vam na pamet pada prevodilac? A koliko često jer ste oduševljeni prevodom? E ovo je jedan od tih malobrojnih primera. P...moreKoliko često dok čitate knjigu vam na pamet pada prevodilac? A koliko često jer ste oduševljeni prevodom? E ovo je jedan od tih malobrojnih primera. Prevod je fantastičan. A posao nije bio ni malo lak. Naime "Lični čudesnik" je priča o jeziku (već zvuči kao velik izazov) i to priča o neologozmima! (za neupućene: "neologizam - nova reč napravljena po uzoru na strane reći, kovanica,..." (Vujaklija)). Dakle trebalo je prevesti reči koje je sam autor izmislio. Na korici knjige stoji "Roman koji oduševljava i vraća veru u lepotu i moć pripovedanja". Ta vera je ostala očuvana i u prevodu.
Na momente suluda priča o jeziku ptica iz afričkih šuma čije su se reči polako ušunjavale u portugalski jezik, isprepletana malim, ličnim istorijama zaboravljenih heroja, bandita Angole i Brazila.
"- Da li si čula za pamćenje vode? - Ne. - Homeopate tvrde da voda zadržava sećanje na hemijske supstance koje se u nju stave. Homeopate veruju da je moguće razrediti određeni lek u vodi toliko da od njega ne ostane nikakav trag, i zatim koristiti nekoliko kapi te vode umesto aktivne supstance... ... Sada slušaj: zamisli da umesto vode imaš jezik. Možda jezici čuvaju pamćenje na reči ili zvuke s kojima su živeli, iako su možda te reči ili zvuci u međuvremenu nestali. - Molim? - U naglasku, na primer. Mogu da sačuvaju melodiju tih reči. Melodiju jezika ptica doktora? ... Kako to da vas ljudi shvataju ozbiljno sve ove godine? Zar niko nije primetio da ste ludi?"
Kad već spomenuh korice sad se ne mogu otrgnuti od utiska toga šta (još) na njima piše: "Lični čudesnik" je priča koja se bavi muzikom reči od davnih vremena do danas, putujući kroz različite zemlje i običaje. .. Puna boja i impresija neobičnih reči, ovo je knjiga u kojoj se živopisno prepliću ljubav, strast i sećanje na prošlost. Apologija verandi, dvorišta i portugalskog jezika, propraćena kratkim suprostavljanjem smrti."
Ja stvarno ne znam šta bih ovome dodao. Obeležavao sam delove koje sam imao nameru da citiram u prikazu knjige ali shvatam da bih je citirao skoro celu a to baš ne bi imalo previše smisla.
Ova knjiga je (ovde završavam) nežno putovanje ka "mestu gde spavaju reči pre nego što uđu u upotrebu".(less)
I'm Satrapi's fan but not quite sure how to rate children's book. Apparently I'm not targeted reader so I an only say the book is cute and I hope my n...moreI'm Satrapi's fan but not quite sure how to rate children's book. Apparently I'm not targeted reader so I an only say the book is cute and I hope my niece will like it. Later I'll introduce her [my niece] with other Satrapi's work that are one of my favourite reads.(less)
Puškin ponovo posle toliko godina ali "Kapetanova kći" prvi put. Nisam čak imao nameru da ga pročitam kad ga uzeh u ruke ali kad sam počeo, pročitao s...morePuškin ponovo posle toliko godina ali "Kapetanova kći" prvi put. Nisam čak imao nameru da ga pročitam kad ga uzeh u ruke ali kad sam počeo, pročitao sam ga u jednom "sedenju" (istini za volju, u pitanju je novela). Jako lepo napisano delo, bez onog razvlačenja (koje sam očekivao), poprilično naivan (pogotovo na kraju) mada "mu je oprošteno". U pitanju je ljubavna priča ali ono što je "glavna tema" (meni) je istorijski dogadjaj: Pugačovljeva buna protiv carske vlasti. Opisuje borbu seljaka i običnog, prostog naroda protiv feudalne vlasti (što je, s'obzirom na to kad je roman napisan bio vrlo hrabar potez). (less)
This is one really, really good debut. I didn't expect much when I started to read this and got nice mystery (something I don't read that much) settle...moreThis is one really, really good debut. I didn't expect much when I started to read this and got nice mystery (something I don't read that much) settled in 18th century London based on true premise. I was really impressed to learn that author actually wrote this book because he couldn't find adequate literature for his research: "After years in the archives, reading pamphlets, poems, plays, periodical essays, and long-forgotten novels, I failed to find the source that told me precisely what I wanted to know about the new finance. So I wrote one..." Really good historical novel.(less)
"Veliki Getsbi" je jedan od onih romana za koje se uvek iznenadim kad shvatim da ga nisam pročitao. Verovatno sam se ovoliko dugo libio da ga uzmem zb...more"Veliki Getsbi" je jedan od onih romana za koje se uvek iznenadim kad shvatim da ga nisam pročitao. Verovatno sam se ovoliko dugo libio da ga uzmem zbog iskustva sa drugim klasikom američke književnosti "Lovcem u žitu" koji sam hteo da integrišem sa zidom. I sad kad ga konačno uzeh, pročitah ga u jednom dahu. Lepo napisana (i lepo prevedena) priča o američkom snu kao ideji (dobro, uz ljubavnu priču). Iako je verovatno film bio motiv da ga da konacno pročitam jer nisam želeo da ga odgledam pre no što pročitam roman, sada ću ga svakako preskočiti da ne pokvarim utisak.(less)
Kad sam razgledajući Rad-ovu biblioteku "Reč i misao" video Henrija Džejmsa i shvatio da sam čitao o njemu ali ne i nešto od njega "Okretaj zavrtnja"...moreKad sam razgledajući Rad-ovu biblioteku "Reč i misao" video Henrija Džejmsa i shvatio da sam čitao o njemu ali ne i nešto od njega "Okretaj zavrtnja" je bilo sledeće na redu za čitanje. Gotik priča (sasvim neočekivana) ispričana jednim krajnje arhaičnim jezikom. Puna nobles postupaka i bolne uviđavnosti ali verovatno upravo zbog toga i krajnje dopadljiva. Bez odgovora da li je po sredi mašta psihopate ili već nešto drugo ali svejedno, lepo noćno (obavezno, nočno!) čitalačko iskustvo. (less)
After finishing (and well, during the reading as well) this novel I was thinking about what Frank McCourt said about McCann's "Let the Great World Spi...moreAfter finishing (and well, during the reading as well) this novel I was thinking about what Frank McCourt said about McCann's "Let the Great World Spin":"I worry about Colum McCann. What is he going to do after this blockbuster groundbreaking heartbreaking symphony of a novel?”. I'm afraid McCorut was right. I loved "Let the Great World Spin" and I would probably love (or better to say like more) "TransAtlantic" if I haven't read his previous book. He used the same pattern: It's a patchwork novel composed of several very different stories that more or less loosely linked. He writes about things that actually happened and the characters are figures who played their role in those events (curiously one of the character is still alive and was helping McCann in the chapter about him. (just don't forget this is a fiction)). Beautifully written though I did found vocabulary a bit odd (meaning too contemporary) in the chapters from the past but then, since English is not my mother tongue I might be easily wrong.
The problem I have with this book is the massive lack of originality. It's continuation of previous novel with few small, aesthetic changes. It's a decent work but if you have read (and liked) "Let the Great World Spin" I'm not sure how satisfying you'll find "TransAtlantic" (less)
If we imagine this is a first novel; if we imagine the author of this manuscript is someone who wanted to become a writer and this is his/her attempt...moreIf we imagine this is a first novel; if we imagine the author of this manuscript is someone who wanted to become a writer and this is his/her attempt toward that goal it would be quite painful experience cause I'm convinced every single (decent) publishing house would refuse to publish this (I'm struggling not to use word “rubbish”).
I didn't enjoy in Hosseini's previous two novels. Both are one enormous monument to banality, yes they are emotional but on utterly (offensively?) primordial level: child is raped, woman is stoned; hello! Of course it will hit you emotionally but that has NOTHING to do with literary virtuosity of the author. Emotional kick fully relies on presumption that the readers are in fact human beings. WOW what a risky move! But in spite of that ridiculousness, of being so enormously banal I can see why those two novels were so popular (besides being so obviously pushed by publishing industry): world needed to have someone in Afghanistan to feel empathy to. The fact that someone is fictional is irrelevant. Also it worked at the same level as Latin American “telenovelas”; at the exactly same emotional level: superficial, banal, predictable, black/white, with one-dimensional characters... etc. It was a novel for masses with the goal to make author rich (which is 100% fine, legitimate and I don't have anything against. Though I'm quite against presenting that as art and literature because that is last what it is).
Anyway, I took this latest novel with zero positive expectations. I needed something shallow and I was convinced Hosseini will not let me down. But oh how he did! This book is so awful! It failed even on that miserable level to be miserable. Bunch of … nothingness. It's +400 pages of nothing. Literally nothing. Storyline absolutely non-existing; events and characters as well, without clear idea why they are here; why we are reading about it/them, writing style … oh gosh as is if you're speaking with (but more listening than speaking) a stranger in the train constantly regretting why you didn't take the next one. Style is like a rumbling, like a very bad textbook on a first level of creative writing course (possible as an example “this is how you shouldn't write”).
Novel starts with moronic fairytale of a div that I had to read twice because I couldn't believe what I'm reading. We all have someone who is not with us anymore. Would you consider as a gift that all memories of that person just vanish from your mind and release you from the pain of missing that beloved one? Me neither. I'm grateful to the author that one of the character at the end of the novel did not recognize something (I'm avoiding spoilers) otherwise I would literally throw up (I'm not joking).
I'm reading reviews and I'm utterly shocked. I mean If Khaled Hossini wrote … whatever, people would raving. If he wrote something like “My life is a gloomy morning of the day that will never come” (this is famous opening sentence of one high-school student's work here so it's not mine) we would see how people are stricken by profoundity of the wisdom that radiates from this sentence; they would be so emotionally touched it would left them paralyzed, in tears, they would feel unstoppable urge to give a hug to their cat and stare into the horizon.
Mr Hosseini fantastically summed his book in words of Nila Wahdati: ”I wrote […] long, scandalous poems dripping with adolescent passion. Rather melodramatic and histrionic as well, I fear. Caged birds and shackled lovers, that sort of thing. I am not proud of them.”
And indeed you shouldn't be!
ETA: And Greece is not at the ocean! You cannot stare at the ocean from the shore of Tinos! There. (normally I wouldn't mind too much this error; normally it would have only eyebrow-rising effect but here, it made me furious) (less)