Well, well, well. The Harry Potters are lilke no other books. To me they are special and shouldn't be rated like other books, s...more[Written in July 2005:]
Well, well, well. The Harry Potters are lilke no other books. To me they are special and shouldn't be rated like other books, so I can't give any of them anything else than the top gtade. Rowling just is an awsome writer, and the world of Harry Potter is aworld of ut's own, and still it feels very real. To me it's real in a way. The characters are so familiar, as well as the places. And this isn't because of the films, but because of all thye time I've spent in the world of HP through reading. The Harry Potters are the kind of books of which it's hard to let go. Off course they are pageturners, but I can't even let go after heving finnished the book. Mentally that is. I kept thinking of HP atleast a whole day after haveing finished it.
OBS! SPOILER ALERT.PLOT IS GOING TO BE RELIEVED IN DISCUSSION.
Coming soon, cos I can't keep writing now, cos I keep being disturbed.
OK. Now: What Harry Potter basically is about, is the battle between good and evil. Harry represents the ultimate good and Voldemort the ultimate evil. Harry is throughout good and Voldemort throughout evil. About this there is no doubt. None of the other characters are as strictly either good or evil as they. It's not like I would ever dream of not trusting Ron and Hermione, althou they aren't as heroic as Harry or as powerful. And after the Half-Blood Prince I'm quite sertain that Snape is the most evil character in the book next to Voldemort. But take for example the Malfoys. They are on the evil side, but in the H-BP it turns out that they and especialy Draco, are actually quite human. Draco Malfory isn't troughout evil. Actually he isn't really very evil at. He isn't able to kill. So basically in the HBP it turns out that good-evil thing isn't as simple as it seamed in ex the Philosophers Stone. Nothing is very simple in the Harry Potter world, just like it isn't in the real world.
More proof for this is Snape. In the earlier books he was supposed to be good, and now it turns out he is the most evil character next to Voldemort. He is a trator. I don't think there's any doubt about that, even thou people speculate about Snape's killing Dumbledore being some kind of clever plot from Dumledore's side.
Snape coundn't possibly be good, cos he is so much like Voldemort. They have similiar backgrounds. Backgrouns that make them evil. In the HBP Dumbledore shows Harry things about Voldermort's (Tom Riddle's) background. Rowling attempts to explain the evil, why they are evil. Why people become evil. The answer is basically that they weren't loved from the begining. They were neglected. They were lonely and friendless. They became bitter and never learn howe to be good. These are Voldemort's problems. He was actually quite human in his younth, and had human feelings. But he couldn't be rescued (not even by Dumbledore), and so he became throughout evil.
Well, but the real chock in the HBP was the death of Dumbledore. I had never expected anything like that. Especialy not in such a brutal way. Not Dumbledore killed by Snape. Dumbledore trusted Snape and he was wrong. I was under the impression that Dumbledore cound never be wrong. I quite trusted Snape despite the scence in the begining of the book where Snape promised to help Malfoy... But Dumbledore was human too. And human make mistakes. Terrible mistakes. The most powerful wich in the Harry Potter world was actually very very human. But then again, I think it was his extreme humanity that made him as great as he was.
But howe is Rowling going to work things out without Dumbledore? Is Harry really going to save the world all by himself? I doubt that, cos according to Dumledore his power lays in his ability to love, to care, to have friends. That is howe things are going to work out in the end. Allthou at the end of HBP Harry has forgotton all this, and thinks he's going to do it all by himself. He acts quite typicaly heroic breaking up with Ginny and thinking he won't return to Hogwarts, the place dearest to him. A bit too Spiderman-like. And that's not the way. Spiderman is a crappy movie and shoudn't be mention on the same day as Harry Potter.
Well, well. But I do believe that all is going to end well in the last Harry Potter book. After all the Harry Potter -books are supposed to be chidrens books, and Rowling coundn't possibly rob us of all hope, cos if things don't work out in the Harry Potter world, they aren't likely to do so in the real world.
Dying to know! Now I guess there's an other two years wait ahead of me...(less)
I had been planning to read Anna Karenina and this summer I finally got around to it. I was totally wrong in putting of reading it, because it wasn't...moreI had been planning to read Anna Karenina and this summer I finally got around to it. I was totally wrong in putting of reading it, because it wasn't boring at all. Quite the contrary. What I liked the most was that all the characters were so realistic and sympathetic. In this kind of story you would expect there to be the goodies and the badies, but that wasn't the case, just like in real life. Since you get all the main characters' point of view, non of them seem bad, just human. All have their reasons for their actions. A great portrait of upperclass life in 19th century Russia!(less)
My sister said that this was one of the best books she had ever read, one of the few special ones that stayed with her. Basically it's about drug addi...moreMy sister said that this was one of the best books she had ever read, one of the few special ones that stayed with her. Basically it's about drug addict James Frey and his stay at a rehabilitation center. It's a true story. Except apparently it isn't entirely true. According to the note to the reader at the beginning of my soft cover edition Frey changed some details "for the greater purpose of the book". I don't really care if the whole book or parts of it were fiction or not. It certainly worked as good fiction. A good and touching story. Because of the honest way Frey writes in you can't but feel for him and love him as a character in the book. So it's a touching story about a lost person finding himself. It's also a funny story written with frankness and humor, which is always a good approach. Come to think of it, all the rehab stories I have read have been humorous in one way or an other, starting from One Flew Out from the Cuckoo's Nest (which I haven't read, only seen the movie) to Rachel's Holiday (by Marian Keyes)and Poppy Shakespeare (by Clare Allen). Humor is a way to deal with the serious subject.
Well, I'm looking forward to reading the follow up My Friend Leonard, because I really want to know what happened to James, even thou strictly speaking I already know he was fine because he wrote this book and apparently he is married. I just wonder, did he really survive without doing the Twelve Steps and AA? Was the point to prove that that is actually not the only way? Throughout the book I expected him to accept that stuff in the end, but no, this was not that story.(less)
The Jane Austen Book Club is one of the books i bought from Canada, and it's off course a New York Times bestseller...! The reason why I bought it wit...moreThe Jane Austen Book Club is one of the books i bought from Canada, and it's off course a New York Times bestseller...! The reason why I bought it without actually knowing what it really was about, was that the titel sounded interesting and I love Jane Austen.
Well, the book IS about a Jane Austen book club. You find out about 6 different peoples lifes while Austens six novels are discussed. I suppose there are some parallells between the lifestories and the novels, but I think they aren't clear enough.
And I would also have wanted some more discussion about the Austen novels... Off course there was some points new to me about them, but I would have wanted more and deeper discussion. And other obvious parallells than the Austen like happy ending.
But I do indeed recomend this book especially for all Austen lovers. Or at least people who have read all Austen's novels. Off course the book is compitely readable without knowing Austen, but u probaby miss a lot then, since u don't know what the characters are talking about.(less)
I thought I oughta read this one since it's a classic, and I thought I might like it too, the subject being interesting. Well, it turned out not to be...moreI thought I oughta read this one since it's a classic, and I thought I might like it too, the subject being interesting. Well, it turned out not to be just a book I oughta read, but a book I love! Perfect. Sympathetic. Thought provoking. And I love the child's perspective!(less)