- Have I failed you as a mother, Sylvester? - It's Sebastian, Mother.
Do you remember that 80s movie – Sid and Nancy? Watching it is a bitter-sweet expe- Have I failed you as a mother, Sylvester? - It's Sebastian, Mother.
Do you remember that 80s movie – Sid and Nancy? Watching it is a bitter-sweet experience. You try to sympathize with the characters and you do for a fragment of a second there until they do the most shockingly repulsive thing, far beyond anyone’s expectation, leaving you all confused and in disgust. Well, “Dandy in the Underworld” puts you through a similar whirlpool of emotions.
As far as the style of writing is concerned, most of the book consists of aphoristic expressions in the manner of Oscar Wilde - sharp, controversial, entertaining and some of which stolen. Furthermore, Sebastian Horsley designed a similar end for himself to the ending of Dorian from “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. After all a dandy does not enjoy art, he lives it. ... http://slpssm.blogspot.com/2012/12/da......more
A prerequisite to fully grasp an enjoy this book is either to be an American, or to have some background on this country's history. It is compulsorilyA prerequisite to fully grasp an enjoy this book is either to be an American, or to have some background on this country's history. It is compulsorily so that it would enable you to figure not the particularly revolutionary stuff but the contradictory. The facts hidden from contemporary education, politics and overall consciousness that Vidal is willing to share. I say “facts” because Vidal is one of those people which I accept with no criticism at all. His views for me are not opinions but truths.
.... One day later Mr. Vidal passed away... ...more
For someone who has at least some affinity towards art, “An Object of Beauty” will reveal many of the ambiguities in the art world. And it seems to meFor someone who has at least some affinity towards art, “An Object of Beauty” will reveal many of the ambiguities in the art world. And it seems to me the form of the novel is the most befitting means for this to be delivered. "Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?" is a documentary which brings some light on how the market works but is a sad and uninspiring story as a whole. Here the world of art is communicated on several levels. First, it shows how the auction houses work, then the collector’s fever, then the pure appreciation of art for its sake but also how the price of it distorts its aesthetics. It shows how artificial this world is and simultaneously how important. It shows the business side and at the same time how art influences people and steers their conversations. It captures NYC in the height of this trade, during 9/11 and in the current times of financial crisis.
The protagonist, Lacey Yeager, is overall luring despite of her actions. Opportunism is evermore justifiable and in that context I don’t find her really appalling. Her character made me reflect on something from a Philip Roth’s novella - The Dying Animal - when he wonders what a woman could actually do with her beauty, what is she supposed to do. ...more
Книга, в която спомените все още „връхлитат“, при това „брутално, безмилостно и унищожително“, мъжете мислят „сред блато от болезнена възбуда“ и спермКнига, в която спомените все още „връхлитат“, при това „брутално, безмилостно и унищожително“, мъжете мислят „сред блато от болезнена възбуда“ и спермата им изплува на повърхността на ваната като „лига на водно божество“. Разговорите им са като „планинска река, в която стрелкат пъстърви в блестящи цветове“, а „времето спи като сита, щастливо гледана котка“. Книга, в която „страха и разума танцуват в танго“, „мозъка се разпуква като нар“, а „слънцето се разлага като октопод, хвърлен в небето“. Слънчевите очила „създават илюзия за дълбоководна капсула, в която през кошмарния натиск на ежедневната вода“ героят се спуска към дъното. „Въздухът тича с черна, свличаща се на парцали кожа“.
The reason I am not particularly fond of Utopias, Dystopias and others of the kind is that in those ideal societies one (or few) aspects of human natuThe reason I am not particularly fond of Utopias, Dystopias and others of the kind is that in those ideal societies one (or few) aspects of human nature are taken and exploited to the extreme where others are totally neglected, thus laying out the conditions for devastating unsatisfaction. The formula is predictable like in a crime story. May be that is why I wasn't struck by Orwell's 1984, nor by Rand's Anthem... I get the point. And I got it not from reading voluminous novels. It was just there in the collective consciousness.
So in that sense, what does Brave New World have to offer?
Same old shit happening to me again. I get hooked on a book, an album or a movie, so hooked I have to share my excitement, and somebody tells me in reSame old shit happening to me again. I get hooked on a book, an album or a movie, so hooked I have to share my excitement, and somebody tells me in response: “Yeah, I know this one. It’s soooo depressing…” Is it?, really? I haven’t noticed. OK, I admit - too many deaths for a book of this size. Most of them self-inflicted. But it is not much more depressing than life. It’s just beautiful.
Anyway. It's a great feeling to enjoy a book so much (no matter how depressing) and to struggle to put it down. However it’s not the best thing when you have a bunch of other stuff to do in the real world. Or maybe precisely because I had so much to do, I appreciated every moment with it. I guess we’ll never know.
Here is another cause-and-consequence confusion I got myself into. When I first read Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman I made this mental parallel between Murakami and J.D. Salinger but figured I would keep it to myself not to get embarrassed in front of some virtual literary connoisseur. Then, in Norwegian Wood, Murakami himself mentions Salinger and the characters make allusions to the Catcher in the Rye. I thought however the link was the other way around – the similarities between the two came out of Salinger's fascination with the East, not out of Murakami’s with him.
People talk about the lack of the metaphysical in this novel, nothing surreal (no talking cats or monkeys for example) and nearly autobiographical. And at some point I also couldn’t help but wonder what kind of a man is capable of creating this world and characters, both male and female, with equal psychological depth. Then I thought of the secretive personality and the elusive image of Murakami and his refusal to turn himself into a product. And I salute that. The books are magical enough, so as we as readers don't need to be sold an idea of the man behind them. He doesn't need to be humanized nor explained. Again Salinger-like. I could go further and say that revealing more about the authors can cheapen and damage the books but I am not sure I really believe that.
There is another thing people say. When reading Murakami something changes in their brains, it’s almost physical. And this I believe. You can change your brain (shape, size, I would guess curliness) by changing your habits, by doing yoga, by eating specific foods. Why not by reading Murakami?
My favourite characters in this one are Nagasawa and Midori Kobayashi. It was love at first sight. Now as I reflect though, after reading the whole thing, they come out to be two of the few characters that don’t kill themselves (an accomplishment by itself) and the two with the most exceptional way of dealing with life. I am curious to see how they are all portrayed in the movie. And I am ready to be disappointed. ...more
You dive into Rabbit’s world and if you don’t get out for a breath of air for a certain while, you’ll have to learn to communicate with other people aYou dive into Rabbit’s world and if you don’t get out for a breath of air for a certain while, you’ll have to learn to communicate with other people anew. That’s a warning. ...more
The jokes are not terribly funny but that is not the point, right? I have this iPhone app for intelligent jokes and they are a lot similar. Somebody vThe jokes are not terribly funny but that is not the point, right? I have this iPhone app for intelligent jokes and they are a lot similar. Somebody very amply made another parallel - between this book and Woody Allen's gags. The benefit here is that they are put in some kind of context. ...more