I have seen many reviews of this book that only give it 3 out of 5 stars so I have to admit going into the novel I did not expect much because usuallyI have seen many reviews of this book that only give it 3 out of 5 stars so I have to admit going into the novel I did not expect much because usually the majority is right about a novel. In the case of The Rule of Four the majority underestimates the novel. Now admittedly none of the action actually takes place in the novel but outside the novel. We never actually see Paul and Tom find the missing art that the Hypnerotomachia hints at. It is an interesting approach to have the action take place outside the novel and most likely would not work in many stories. But in The Rule of Four it works. The language of the novel is fantastic and approachable for many audiences. Perhaps the best thing about this novel is that it at times reads like a thesis on Hypnerotomachia, even going to the lengths of placing photos from the book into the novel that we are reading. As a lit major I appreciate this aspect of the book and it is the main reason that gave this book a 5 out 5. I prefer a reading of the novel that is at the center of all the scandal as opposed to unbelievable action that the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons are notorious for.
Do not get me wrong I am not claiming that there is not an interesting plot or character construction. There is. The plot is just like all the other historical fiction, book adventure novels out there. People study this one book or time period and all of a sudden find themselves in some sort of adventure trying to discover the secrets that the book holds. The characters are just as round as those found in the same novels. Although I have to say that Tom in the end seems to have more of an epiphany in the end than Robert Langdon at the end of both the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.
If you have not read this novel yet, do. It is well worth it if you are like me and appreciate a little story and a little literary exploration. ...more
Kitchen Confidential is a book about "the dark recesses of the restaurant underbelly- a subculture whose centuries old militaristic hierarchy, and ethKitchen Confidential is a book about "the dark recesses of the restaurant underbelly- a subculture whose centuries old militaristic hierarchy, and ethos of 'rum buggery and the lash' make for a mix of unwavering order and nerve shattering chaos." Indeed from sex in the kitchen to drugs this book is a metaphor and simile drown piece of chaos.
I am not one to romance food, but occasionally I do like read about someone who does. Bourdain's book is well... sort of gross. Food sounds disgusting when paired with drugs, sex and other illicit behavior and a whole book of it is not that great to read. His dark humor and snarky commentary that many of us enjoy on his television show are there, there is just a lot more of it. I understand why people enjoy this book I am just not one of those people. I prefer my food and adventures much more boring than he likes his. ...more
BORING! And Bridget Jones while she was funny in the first one, and somewhat enduring, was completely obnoxious in this book. Did not get past the firBORING! And Bridget Jones while she was funny in the first one, and somewhat enduring, was completely obnoxious in this book. Did not get past the first few chapters. ...more
This book is beautifully written. It is formatted in a question answer way (Wilama asks the questions then offers a personal story as an illustrationThis book is beautifully written. It is formatted in a question answer way (Wilama asks the questions then offers a personal story as an illustration of the answer). It is sincere as well as informative. The only reason that I did not give it 5 out of 5 is because not all the subjects in the book were as compelling as some (the section on cohabitating with the environment was less sincere and more of a lecture). I talk more about it on my blog Amanda’s Weekly Zen....more