At the start this book reminded me a lot of a Paul Auster book named Travels in the Scriptorium. But it was just at the start, the narration has a goo...moreAt the start this book reminded me a lot of a Paul Auster book named Travels in the Scriptorium. But it was just at the start, the narration has a good pace, the topic is interesting even when similar situations had been treated in other sci-fi books. I must say that it didn't catch my attention fully, there was always suspense, yes, but there was some spirit lacking. (less)
I really liked this book. I'm not gonna say "I relate to this woman" because I certainly not, I haven't been through a divorce, nor had a terrible rel...moreI really liked this book. I'm not gonna say "I relate to this woman" because I certainly not, I haven't been through a divorce, nor had a terrible relationship, or had to find a spiritual path to be happy or find myself. On one thing I relate to her, and it is that we do anything to find what's missing in our lives and try to get that balance she talks about in the Bali chapters.
This is not a book about touristic places, nor a self-helping guide or a yoga guide for dummies. It's just a book of memoirs of a woman travelling three countries for a year and three stages from the most physical to the most spiritual one. The India chapter was the one I didn't enjoy the most, probably because she talks about so much on her meditation and metaphysics that get to bore people when they don't know too much about it. In spite of that I think she got to a good point on describing the main purpose on that part of her journey.
It is not "beautifully written" but it is readable and you get to hear the author's voice when reading it, because she speaks to you directly, almost as a close friend. At least it doesn't sound like an entry of those old journals of XVIII century travelers or an emo girl diary.
Elizabeth Gilbert described her personal journey throughout several states of her soul in this book, so I don't see the point in wich many people differ and complain about this being a self-help book. Books based on journal entries, a personal journey or certain stages of life are not meant, mostly for us to follow that path and do the same unless the author states so at the beginning.
One thing I know for sure, and it is that books encourage you to find other ways in life, open your eyes and change your living, but it doesn't mean you have what the author says. (less)
I'm not a fan of memories, I like them but they seem a little bit complicated for me in case I didn't read big part of the work of the author I'm read...moreI'm not a fan of memories, I like them but they seem a little bit complicated for me in case I didn't read big part of the work of the author I'm reading about. With this book wasn't difficult, I love Saramago and I find his writing and literature amazing, also I've read big part of his work, so it was more than a pleasure for me to bump into this book in the bookshelves of my father this january.
In this book Saramago explores and gives us a select collection of childhood memories, from the games, scolds and adventures every child has, to the influences and facts that change and shape men's lives and makes them who they are. It is a beautiful book, wonderfully written, not with many details but with enough to figure out what was like to be him. I got carried away reading it and I hope he keeps on writing his memories, probably as a mature man, would be wonderful to know more about him.(less)
Once again H.G. Wells let us dwell in futuristic landscapes with our feet still in the present. It is amazing how this author manages to bring actual...moreOnce again H.G. Wells let us dwell in futuristic landscapes with our feet still in the present. It is amazing how this author manages to bring actual and current topics to fiction and future and mixes them to make you think about reality, it all with the perfect touch of entertainment, good narration, incredible stories and amazing characters you can relate to.
I like the way he tells the story in this book, that first person telling us what he's seeing and how he deals with the situation he find himself into. in my opinion a good piece of science fiction has foundations in reality and Wells is a master on that. I can't give a proper opinion on this book without giving spoilers, so I'll limit myself to say: this is one of the best books you could ever read if you're in love with fantasy, science and philosophical traits that leave a seed on your brain and generate incredible and new ideas on your possible future. He was a visionary.
This is the first Auster book I read. I must admit I had high expectations about it and the book didn't fill them. I'm not saying it wasn't good, it w...moreThis is the first Auster book I read. I must admit I had high expectations about it and the book didn't fill them. I'm not saying it wasn't good, it was but I don't know what to think, maybe I got carried away by all the good comments i've heard about it. So, trying to be sensible and leaving aside all frustration, I can say that this was a good story.
Mr Blank puzzles you from the first paragraph to the last one. It is a fascinating character, the fact that he doesn't even know who he is leaves it all open to any possibility and gives all kinds of chances to the imagination to make up a story on his past and his present. I relly liked the ending, but I think there were some things that missed, I'd like to know more about Anna or some other characters that appear.(less)