There's no use posting updates for this reader, as I won't be reading the entire thing (nowhere close to it, I'm afraid). It's full of excerpts of 121...moreThere's no use posting updates for this reader, as I won't be reading the entire thing (nowhere close to it, I'm afraid). It's full of excerpts of 121 of the more important texts related to post-colonial studies. As judged by the page numbers, each text only gets a few pages to itself. As such, the book is very good for orientation, but mostly leaves out a good part of the original argumentation.
Then again, you simply can't put everything into one single reader. It is what it is, a very good organised reader: you can find excerpts per topic, which is extremely handy and gives you most relevant texts within seconds. Definitely can be put to good use when you're studying about post-colonial theory.(less)
This book was so typically Murakami. That's the first thought I had upon finishing reading this novel. But what does that mean, how is it typically Mu...moreThis book was so typically Murakami. That's the first thought I had upon finishing reading this novel. But what does that mean, how is it typically Murakami? It's in the similarities of the characters, it's in the type of plot. Somehow Murakami recycles a lot, the constant emphasis on music, the disappearing wives or girlfriends. In many ways, his books are far too similar. And yet, and yet, none of his books become boring to read. At least, not to me.
This book was a sequel to A Wild Sheep Chase, which means that we once again become reacquianted with those gorgeous ears of his previous girlfriend's, and the Sheep Man makes another appearance again as well. But overall, this book definitely stands on his own, and is by far the most fun of Murakami's book that I've read. Any book that makes me laugh out loud on a bus is a good, fun book.
It was also full of interesting characters. Gotanda especially is one of Murakami's richer characters, I think, a highly talented guy who is trapped in the web of life. I thought Murakami caught him brilliantly. Yuki, a younger, remarkable girl was also fascinating to read about. Interesting female characters, Murakami has a certain rule book for them. And yet they're still interesting to read about.
Overall, the book was just a lot of fun. Despite all the oddness of everything that happens, there are some wise lessons you can take home from the book:
1) You need to keep dancing through life. 2) Everyone has a talent. The main character of this book was particularly good at making coffee, for instance. Basically: everyone has a talent. You just need to find yours. 3) Feeling guilt about things you should've done while someone was still alive is useless and insincere. 4) Clint Eastwood really, really should smile more in his movies.
This book and I didn't get off to a good start. In the end, I still didn't like the book very much, but at least I don't hate it as much as most of my...moreThis book and I didn't get off to a good start. In the end, I still didn't like the book very much, but at least I don't hate it as much as most of my fellow students seem to do.
This book is supposed to be an overview of the history of anthropology, and other fields of study that have influenced it (like linguistics, sociology, etc.). Agar mentions interesting studies, but overall the book is hardly scientific (e.g. no sources mentioned). It puzzles me that one of the supposedly most difficult courses in my university prescribes this book. It doesn't seem like a book aimed at a student audience.. I got the feeling Agar wrote this to get random people interested in anthropology. Without extensive side material and good classes, I feel this book fails as a scientific effort.
Agar has definitely had some nice experiences in his life, however. As a story teller he's not half bad (though he still has some issues there, as well). I do enjoy reading about his experiences, particularly because he's lived in Vienna for quite a while, so I expected to be able to relate to that. Maybe it's the time difference, but he and I had very different experiences. Still, I liked reading about Agar's experiences in getting used to other cultures, even if at times he really seemed overly American (and ignorant).
What I did not like was his attitude at times, mostly in the beginning. For instance his criticism on the Sie/du-issue in German. This is mostly fueled by the fact that English doesn't use this distinction, I do think. To say that most people would be happier if this distinction were to disappear altogether? Well, I seriously doubt it. I've encountered difficulties with Sie/du as well, but taking them out of the language would just create a myriad of other problems in a culture where this system is embedded, and used as a means to show, amongst other things, respect. It's a throwaway comment of Agar's, but at times it seriously made me wonder to which extent I should trust this guy as a narrator. Sometimes he's just an ass, too. When talking about De Saussure for instance, he mentions that the guy's work was published by his students, and that it was based on their notes. This is common knowledge, but his comment saying that he hopes his students wouldn't do that, because he'd seen the kind of notes they make.. well, that's both unnecessary and disrespectful. These little things bothered me while reading.
The book is also written in 1996, and quite dated in some aspects by now. The most obvious issue being that the Yugoslavian war has ended, but you do wonder what else we would question in the light of the other newfound knowledge from the past 15 years.
In short: some personal anecdotes were interesting, but on the whole.. don't bother. There are surely better introductions out there.(less)
Oh, what a brilliant end to the dream arc. I can't say much besides that I just loved loved loved it. And Usa and...moreStarlight Honeymoon Therapy Kiss????
Oh, what a brilliant end to the dream arc. I can't say much besides that I just loved loved loved it. And Usa and Mamoru are so perfect.. and they save the world with the power of love. Seriously, what's not to like??(less)
(view spoiler)[Oh, this was so good! The pace was less frantic, and we actually got to spend some time with all of the Inner Senshi for a change. I lo...more(view spoiler)[Oh, this was so good! The pace was less frantic, and we actually got to spend some time with all of the Inner Senshi for a change. I love how all of these ~dreams were so clearly personalized, it actually gave great insight into these characters. And you go Rei, for not being interested in men! Four for you! You're awesome!
Although wtf at Artemis staring at Minako in the shower and actually becoming sort of human to save her.. say what?? Didn't he and Luna have Diana as a kid?? I'm confused.
And poor Chibi Usa, with her inferiority complex :( But whaa whaa she and Helios are too adorable.
What was also too cool was the return of the Outer Senshi! Well, sort of. They haven't actually seen Sailor Moon yet. But just that little bit of screentime was enough to remind me that ohmygosh they are all too awesome for words. I would love to be Setsuna. And I kind of envy Michiru because Haruka is too cool and I can't deal.
But the ending was cruel and I don't want both Mamoru and Usa to die. :(( The ending was just painful to see, also when Mamoru threw Usa out. *sniffles* I just have a lot of OTP feels, okay, and this just feels wrong. ;__; (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** - Too many new characters, but I do like these Sailor Starlights (especially Seiya - he seems tragic and somehow I like that?). - Fi...more**spoiler alert** - Too many new characters, but I do like these Sailor Starlights (especially Seiya - he seems tragic and somehow I like that?). - Finally an appearance from Chibi Chibi!! I've been wanting a backstory on her since forever (I always loved her design, but somehow never really looked into the character). Said backstory didn't appear in this volume yet, but I'm hopeful. - The Starlights' princess looks so prettyyyy. - Naoko's drawing style for Usagi has really become so gorgeous that it makes me want to cry with happiness when reading these volumes. - I must say the battles are kinda monotone, though? There seems to be no strategy or whatever, the only way to win battles is new moves or new sailors. Little progress on that part, though I don't actually care. - NO WHY DID YOU HAVE TO DO THAT TO MAMORU THOUGH - AND HOW DARE YOU SAY THAT ALL THE SAILOR FIGHTERS ARE DEAD - *sobs*(less)