I read this back in November, and then forgot about it, which should give you an idea of how this review is going to be.
To be honest, I did like this...moreI read this back in November, and then forgot about it, which should give you an idea of how this review is going to be.
To be honest, I did like this book while i was reading it. Christopher's quest to do all the snazzy things he does and the narration in the quirkily autistic way makes a charming reading. The numbering of the chapters in prime numbers was innovative. The drawings, not so much. From what I've read/heard about autism and reviews on this book so far, it apparently does give a pretty accurate account of what dealing with an autistic kid would be like, and that should make this a good book.
But a great book? errmmm No.
An award winning book? I wouldn't think so.
The language was easy flowing and simple and hence made me think this would make a good read as a text book in 5th grade. In fact, my Sis had been asked to review this one as part of her college projects. Ok, now I'm not sure how that helps explain my point, but, well, never mind.
I guess what I'm trying to say is I was maybe expecting too much out of it and it delivered something completely different and unexpected. Not bad unexpected but was-hoping-for-much-more unexpected
Guess that's a lesson for me. A book doesn't have to be 300+ pages, have intricate plots or lots of things happening on many different levels and all those other things. A thin volume from a childs point of view might also do (typing it out didn't help. I still don't believe it. this book won an award!)
Another lesson for me is to try and find a library so I can borrow books like this and not spend money on a book just cause it has a fancy jacket or (lately) 'Winner or ___ Award' written on the jacket cover. (Yes, yes. I admit it, I'm a sucker for fancy and/or weird jacket covers - not always a happy ending to that story but I'll never learn)(less)
I cannot write a review for the Lord of the Rings. I mean, it ISThe Lord of the Rings, nothing needs to be said about this book. It was totally worth...moreI cannot write a review for the Lord of the Rings. I mean, it ISThe Lord of the Rings, nothing needs to be said about this book. It was totally worth the whole weekend i spent completely enjoying every page of it. I start writing anything about it now and i'll still be writing till the day after tomorrow. Can you tell i completely loved it?(less)
I carried this book along to read on the plane to India. That seemed liked the only time i would ever willingly pick this book to read. When a book ha...moreI carried this book along to read on the plane to India. That seemed liked the only time i would ever willingly pick this book to read. When a book has a lotta hype attached to it and everyone's telling you how it CHANGED THEIR LIVES I know I'm not going to like it. So yeah, it didn't begin well before it began.
I only managed to finish reading it because i absolutely have to have something to read when I'm eating and there wasn't much to choose from at home in India (my fault, i bought all the books to Singapore with me when i moved)
I'm going to try and be positive on this review:
The Good Stuff: You have to give Albom credit for imagination - you meet 5 people after you die who try to help you make sense of your life.
(cue crickets chirping please)
Personally, just send me to heaven (ok ok, hell) straight away. If you cannot make sense of your life when you're alive, well, doing that once your dead is a lil too late. And pointless.
One good thing about this book = it was short. The writing is simple, but i think a bit too simple. It's also completely preachy. And about what? In the end we're all connected? (Phew!!! needed 5 people to tell me this after i died for me to realise this beauty of a thought) If books are going to have morals, the morals hould atleast be nice and a lil more than common sense. Earth Shattering this was not.
hmm.. what else was good? OK, so the first couple of pages were good. I was kindly interested in knowing where this was all going. I was also just getting comfortable in my seat on the plane and i didn't know that very soon i was gonna whoop for joy after finding Hellboy 2 among the in-flight entertainment (woohoo, go Jet Airlines!! and Thank you)
The Bad Stuff: I can't think of any more to say(less)
I don't know what to put down in this review. I'm not even sure what I feel about this book - This isn't one that is going to make any lasting impact...moreI don't know what to put down in this review. I'm not even sure what I feel about this book - This isn't one that is going to make any lasting impact or that I'm going to be remembering for long Its different when you see things from a kids point of view. When you're too young to be expected to understand what is going on and so only get half the information and then with a child's innocence start looking around for your own experiences to fill in the missing blanks. Which is what this story is about. Then again, if this story is for the YA category, then it doesn't begin doing the Holocaust justice and I'm not sure you want to leave a kid with this version of a tragic history. A lot of the reviews that I've read slam this book. I find I cannot find any emotion at all. If the author intended for this to be from a different POV and childs' at that, then yes, he did but it could have been so much more. The writing was simple, which it had to be since it was from a kid's point of view. I'm not sure what there was so much emphasis on Bruno not getting the pronunciations right. Despite being corrected throughout the book, he kept calling Auschwitz as "Out-With" and Der Führer as "The Fury". Even for a kid, that was just plain annoying. And then for a kid who speaks German to think Heil Hitler means "Goodbye for now, have a pleasant afternoon"!! It's a short 224 pages. Read the book and make your own opinion. (less)
Wow. This was an amazing read. There are just so many layers to this story; it really does affect you on some level. It leaves you thinking about the...moreWow. This was an amazing read. There are just so many layers to this story; it really does affect you on some level. It leaves you thinking about the book long after it is over. Dina Dalal, the widow is trying to make ends meet. Manek Kohlah is leaving a peaceful loving life in the mountains to come to the ‘City by the Sea’ so he can study and survive in this world. Uncle and nephew, Ishvar and Omprakash Darji, tailors now, leave behind the cloak of untouchability to earn a living in the city, hoping they’ll make enough to go back and live comfortably at their village. Four different lives join together – find family in each other and connect with you in such a way that you hope it will turn out well for all of them. In a backdrop of Indira Gandhi’s emergency, dreams and hopes get shattered. Despite knowing how futile it is, you still continue reading till the end, you still wish for a happy ending for all in this story
My favourite lines:
(But he went so far away) When you go so far away, you change. Distance is a difficult thing
(The secret to survival) is to maintain a balance between hope and despair (less)
this was the first book i read about women in saudi arabia, and made a very powerful read simply because i hadn't read books like these before. It did...morethis was the first book i read about women in saudi arabia, and made a very powerful read simply because i hadn't read books like these before. It did not glorify the pain and suffering but seemed to simply tell it like it is - and thats what i liked the most(less)
ok, So.. twins are born. From 2 different eggs. They have twin-ly tendencies. They behave like children and accidents and other things happen. Around t...moreok, So.. twins are born. From 2 different eggs. They have twin-ly tendencies. They behave like children and accidents and other things happen. Around them other events unfold. Family, love - Forbidden Love, Politics, tradition...all come together centred around the arrival (and then) departure of Our Sophie Mol.
This is the basic gist of this book. but the way the story is written really makes it a very good read. I first tried reading this one ages ago and had quickly put in down then. Those initial pages didn't make a lotta sense then to want to continue.
So when I picked it up again this time (mostly for lack of anything else to read at home in India) I wasn't expecting much. I don't think I've read anything with this style of writing before, and that's what makes this an awesome read. The parts where the children make observations on the things around them and the way things are learned by rote and not understood and hence the emphasis on Prer NUN sea ayshun was awesome and also relatable in many ways.
The capitalizing Significant Words and runningtogether other words did the trick. Like the parts about the Bar Nowl and when Ammu tells Rahel to Stop-it and so she Stopiteds. The story goes back and forth in a very easy manner, and its only the style of writing and flashbacks that make this story a remarkable account of how the small things build up to a tragedy that changes lives forever. I can see why this book won a Booker Prize.(less)
The best part about any Clive Cussler book you pick up is that the initial intrigue you start off with will go on until the last page. He keeps you gu...moreThe best part about any Clive Cussler book you pick up is that the initial intrigue you start off with will go on until the last page. He keeps you guessing and as always when reading a clive cussler book, i find it very hard to put the book down and go off to work the next day..I keep wondering whats going to come next the whole day through. I've resorted to reading him only on the weekends - the whole book at one go.
This is my first Oregon book, and i quite like Chairman Juan. The Oregon's crew were a lil more out there than Dirk or Kurt. Cussler's portryal of Juan makes his ego shine through but thats something i've come to love and accept in the Cussler novels. In this one, you learn a bit about the african coast, about all things maritime and enjoy a thrilling if sometimes unbelievable action and dare-devilry. But the Dirk Pitt novels will still be my first choice(less)
Its amazing that Cussler comes up with these plots, but i have to say, this isnt as good as the other ones.. and i think i like the Dirk Pitt ones bet...moreIts amazing that Cussler comes up with these plots, but i have to say, this isnt as good as the other ones.. and i think i like the Dirk Pitt ones better than the others... Still reading tho.. almost at the end, and its only now that its getting interesting - which is weird for a Clive Cussler book where you're hooked in the first 30 pages itself --updated-- ok so the last few pages completely made up for the lackluster beginning of the book.. reminded me again why i read and love Cussler so much - the completely out of this world plots... fantasy movies have nothing on this man(less)
This is the first of this kind of book for me. So far there's been a narrative from an Englishwoman who has travelled to the West Indies in the early...moreThis is the first of this kind of book for me. So far there's been a narrative from an Englishwoman who has travelled to the West Indies in the early 1800s to look at her fathers Sugar Estate. The Estate is cultivated by slaves and the book provides quite a bit of insight into the ongoing debate at that time on whether slavery was good or not. The second part of the book is a short commentary by one of the 'slaves' Cambridge - this was the part i liked the most Overall, quite a good book Larger review at: http://mindnumbinglysomething.blogspo... (less)