Watching the film on telly tonight, I remembered how much I love the book. I think it's by far my favourite Hardy novel (not that there are too many).Watching the film on telly tonight, I remembered how much I love the book. I think it's by far my favourite Hardy novel (not that there are too many). It's depressing and dramatic, but then so are all his novels. And Jude is so painfully human, it hurts. ...more
What I really liked at Vonnegut is that he doesn’t make Pilgrim a hero, in the real sense of the word, as someone might expect. We don’t deal with theWhat I really liked at Vonnegut is that he doesn’t make Pilgrim a hero, in the real sense of the word, as someone might expect. We don’t deal with the great American novel here so we don’t need any heroes. Pilgrim, as a misfit, reminded me of Caulfield and somehow Vonnegut’s style reminded me of Salinger’s’. And so it goes.
*** incerc, cu perseverenta, sa evit tema razboiului in citirile mele. uneori imi reuseste. alteori nu. cu incrincenare evit s.f.-urile. de 9.9 ori imi reuseste. abatorul 5 combina s.f.-ul si razboiul, dind nastere unui roman, dupa cum spun criticii, cu un puternic caracter anti-razboinic. vonnegut se foloseste de date biografice si fapte istorice pentru a pune pe hirtie un lucru care l-a bintuit mult timp: controversata bombardare a dresdei, la care a fost bineinteles prezent.
ce mi-a placut la vonnegut e ca nu face din pilgrim un erou, personaj principal in adevaratul sens al cuvintului, parodiind de fapt marile romane si eroul-tipic al romanelor de razboi. nici nu prea are cum, de altfel, pentru ca el insusi spune: "in aceasta povestire aproape ca nu exista nici personaje principale si nici confruntari dramatice, intrucit toti cei pomeniti aici sint niste amariti, satui de tot si de toate, niste sarmane jucarii apatice, manevrate de forte uriase. la urma urmelor, una dintre principalele consecinte ale razboiului este aceea ca oamenilor li se taie elanul de a mai deveni personaje principale. "
pilgrim, in calitatea lui de neadaptat [dar nu e singurul!] mi-a amintit de caulfield si de parintele lui, cu scriitura caruia i-am gasit niste asemanari lui vonnegut. asa merg lucrurile. ...more
Words are not enough to describe how I feel about this book. Definitely one of the finest pieces of literature I've ever read. I remember memorizing qWords are not enough to describe how I feel about this book. Definitely one of the finest pieces of literature I've ever read. I remember memorizing quotes from it; too bad my memory doesn't serve me as it used to. ...more
A piece of jewelery. Set in sunny California - Salinas, during the Great Depression, "Of Mice and Men" is a story of friendship, dreams and lonelinessA piece of jewelery. Set in sunny California - Salinas, during the Great Depression, "Of Mice and Men" is a story of friendship, dreams and loneliness. I have a long history with it. First I saw the film (excellent, btw), more than 10 years ago, then, a few years later, while writing an essay on Burns, I discovered the connection between "To a Mouse" and "Of Mice...". I was determined to write my final paper based on this, but I eventually gave up.
I felt like re-reading it yesterday and I feel anything but sorry about that. As I said, the strongest feeling I've got while reading it was the utmost admiration for the characters' friendship. There's no reason whatsoever for George to be Lennie's friend, take care of him and get him out of trouble all the time. Because Lennie is mentally disabled and has a weird tendency of petting soft things. He's getting in George's way and somehow prevents him from having a better life. Yet, he sticks to Lennie till the end. They both dream of a better life, George wants to be independent and get to be somebody. Lennie dreams to live on the fatta the lan together with George and tend the rabbits they're going to have. Despite their optimism and dreams, there's a feeling of loneliness throughout the novella. George and Lennie are friends because they're lonely. Candy's lonely since his dog is shot and Crooks is lonely because he's black. He has this line that says everything: "A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you."
Highly recommend it.
*** Interesting fact: in the 90s, the book was banned in some US schools because of "profane language, moral statement, treatment of the retarded, and the violent ending." ...more
A bit slower for my taste, quite lyrical and melancholic, yet interesting. After this first encounter, I didn't think I'd continue reading Woolf, butA bit slower for my taste, quite lyrical and melancholic, yet interesting. After this first encounter, I didn't think I'd continue reading Woolf, but I very much did so....more
One day I'll write a proper review. Or maybe not. ***
OK, I’m pretty confused and ashamed that people “like” this one line review above I’ve had for yeaOne day I'll write a proper review. Or maybe not. ***
OK, I’m pretty confused and ashamed that people “like” this one line review above I’ve had for years on GR, but the truth is, what can you actually tell about a book everyone has read at least once, or if not, they’ve watched a film version of it?
I’ve read it multiple times and I still like it. I wouldn’t consider it my favourite book (you do tend to reread your favourite books, right?), but I have this urge every few years (late spring/summer) to sit down and enjoy it. And, obviously, every time I discover something new about it, because that’s the joy of rereading, I suppose: not be thrilled about the subject - who’s doing what to whom - but the writing, the setting, the narrator’s voice (oh, Nick, I love you so much!) and the small details, like who Belasco was and why the owl-eyed man mentioned him in relation to Gatsby’s surprisingly real library or the comparison with Trimalchio (which was the original name of the novel) a.s.o.
That’s also not a review, but well... (2015)...more