I really really loved this book. The darkness of the "fairytale" was well written and in a sci-fi sort of way, believable. I was drawn to Door as a ch...moreI really really loved this book. The darkness of the "fairytale" was well written and in a sci-fi sort of way, believable. I was drawn to Door as a character, not so much Richard, though. I did feel bad for him but that's about it. He seemed like the sniveling type. I liked him just a little bit, not as much as I had liked to. On the whole, I thought this was a great book- I don't read much sci-fi, but I will read Gaiman. Loved this book. Didn't want to put it down.(less)
I enjoyed the book but was looking for more...I don't know exactly what I expected. I think I liked Lenny as a character more than anyone in this book...moreI enjoyed the book but was looking for more...I don't know exactly what I expected. I think I liked Lenny as a character more than anyone in this book. His slowness really appealed to me as I've known some people like that. Maybe my opinion is biased based on this, but it really was a good book, very sad. It was a breeze to read and a little too light to me, considering the plot of the book. The ending was the saddest part. I'd recommend this book for someone looking for a quick, light, heartbreaking read.(less)
If you aren't a realist or a writer, or if you haven't suffered major atrocities in your life then sure, these stories are depressing and it is more o...moreIf you aren't a realist or a writer, or if you haven't suffered major atrocities in your life then sure, these stories are depressing and it is more or less like, "So what?". I find that most people, when reading are reading to escape the mundane and heavy existence reality brings. You're not going to escape into any of these stories. You're not going to smile or get physically excited or swoon from the sheer romance of these stories. The prose is sparse, the ends are open and if you're a reader who can appreciate a bit of dense tightly written not TOLD to you fiction then you WILL NOT put this book down. It is wry humor in some. In other stories it is a heavy burden to carry the message of it because these stories are not meant to brighten your day. They are meant to inform, enlighten, enrich but in no uncertain way are they meant to entertain, not by today's standards. So pass on this collection if you want a light hearted read.(less)
I liked this book. I could relate to the diagnosis of "Borderline Personality Disorder" because I HAVE Borderline Personality Disorder. I related to t...moreI liked this book. I could relate to the diagnosis of "Borderline Personality Disorder" because I HAVE Borderline Personality Disorder. I related to the diagnosis in this book, rather than with Susanna Kaysen. I felt that she had a valid reason to contrast and compare her situation with the diagnosis of her therapist. I don't condemn her for that. I know of my own struggle and I was COMPLETELY all those things. I was diagnosed when I was 17 (a point to be made about when the diagnosis is given, usually, in the late teens.) Susanna Kaysen really SHOULD have questioned the diagnosis, though more is known about it in the world of psychology today and even when the book was written. She had the right to question it because her struggle didn't seem as severe as mine and the fact that it isn't necessarily a chemical imbalance means that there are environmental factors that sort of trigger this kind of thing. I know what triggered mine and her life didn't seem as bad as mine did, or, for that matter, any of the Borderline's I knew. The movie was filmed in the Harrisburg State Hospital- I got there two weeks after it stopped filming. I was sent because I was in the throes of the illness. Susanna never seemed that bad off to be sent to a state hospital for two years, about as long as I stayed. Just as she said, crazy people line the walls of those places and her depiction is fantastic. But what I didn't like is how fast it moves; little background on her parents (a lot of times the disorder will be triggered by the emotional distance, physical abuse, sexual abuse, or vicious threats done by one or the other parent or both). I wanted to see more into her life before the hospital stay. I'm Borderline, have been for 13 years and I would have liked the book more if she gave me some history, as I know every Borderline has a history, whether they deny ever being one or not.(less)
Gritty, in your face photos. Pieces of people, an arm, a leg, an ear, all shot from the hip. The one photo I had to look at over and over wasn't so mu...moreGritty, in your face photos. Pieces of people, an arm, a leg, an ear, all shot from the hip. The one photo I had to look at over and over wasn't so much the subject but the title and the subject: breasts, lips, and hair from 1973. He got in so close, chopped off her head above the lips, capturing her lips and breasts. It was sensual-- she seemed attractive-- and invasive. It unnerved me. These photos are raw and moving. Great book.(less)
This book isn't for everyone. It moves in clips and broken pieces that thread together haphazardly but in a beautiful way. Some of the clips are just...moreThis book isn't for everyone. It moves in clips and broken pieces that thread together haphazardly but in a beautiful way. Some of the clips are just heartbreakingly beautiful, some made me laugh, others I had to reread because they were so profound. Because of the repetition of certain sentence elements or words, because of the switching between 1st and 3rd person (there is even some second person in there), a lot of readers will be thinking "wtf?". I'd urge those readers to stick it out. There are real gems hidden in those clips, just need the time and space and freedom to think about each, digest them separately, then piece them all together, like a delicate patchwork of beautifully domestic ideas.(less)
I don't give a lot of five stars. But this one deserved it, if only for the poetic flow of her prose, the imagery. I fell madly in love with the metap...moreI don't give a lot of five stars. But this one deserved it, if only for the poetic flow of her prose, the imagery. I fell madly in love with the metaphors- the blue eyes for a universal beauty that the ugly black girl Pecola Breedlove could never have, clean/white things for white people, beauty. In one passage she writes the character Claudia been cleaned, scrubbing "the ink" (blackness) off of her. There were other metaphors as well but these are the ones that stood out.
We don't get to see much of the sisters, Claudia and Freida who befriend the subject of the story, Pecola Breedlove, the girl who felt so unnoticed and ugly that she wanted Blue eyes. Pecola comes from a poor, broken home, where her dad and mom physically fight each other in one turn and make love the next. Kids pick on Pecola. There was even a girl, a Mulatto girl, who pretends to befriend Pecola after Pecola was picked on in the school yard by several boys. The Mulatto girl is pretty with green eyes. She takes Pecola, Claudia and Freida for ice cream but doesn't treat the two sisters. She treats Pecola, and then sneakily puts in a jab, the same jab the boys had before they left for the ice cream shop, "Pecola seen her daddy nekked" only she did it on the sly.
I felt that Pecola's life was so miserable- there wasn't anything happy about her existence. At all. The catalyst for her was just awful. Her father rapes her and impregnates her. But Morrison handles this with a deftness I don't think any other writer could pull off. It is in the chapter where we get to know about the past of Cholly Breedlove, Pecola's father. There is a section break and the rape happens. Because we know why Cholly is a drunk, violent, nobody, and because Morrison explains Cholly's motives, which aren't good but they make you empathize with him, at least for a moment, the whole rape scene is not as painful as it could have been. Pecola is 11 and has already had her period, which there is a scene of this earlier in the novel. We don't know how old Cholly is.
I really wish there was more, something happier for Pecola other than the prostitutes whose home she hung out in. The whores gave her soda and candy, told her stories. But we were only introduced to them briefly. I would have liked to have seen more interaction between Pecola and the prostitutes.
Also, although I liked the imagery and metaphor, it got a bit heavy handed in the second chapter. I was starting to get weary of it. I don't know. Maybe I was tired but I would read lines and think, "What the fuck is she trying to say?" But I didn't feel that way at all during the rest of the book. 5 stars.(less)
I gave this book 3 stars not because of Kafka's writing or because I thought it was flawed in style. I gave it 3 stars because I found Gregor's family...moreI gave this book 3 stars not because of Kafka's writing or because I thought it was flawed in style. I gave it 3 stars because I found Gregor's family to be the most self-serving insects on earth!!! I felt so bad for Gregor, after the apple in the back. And I really, REALLY couldn't stand his father and after a while his sister made me SICK!!! I know it was necessary to show that Gregor wasn't a part of the family anymore because of some condition (it is said to be the self-inflicted condition of being a writer so I don't feel bad for Kafka- he could have given it up) and isolation and whatever but his family just really, really irked me otherwise I would have given it 5 stars. But even so, Kafka waS a twisted genius.(less)
I bought this book because I really am interested in photography as a hobby and though I'm with a digital point-and-shoot, I'd like to get a digital S...moreI bought this book because I really am interested in photography as a hobby and though I'm with a digital point-and-shoot, I'd like to get a digital SLR. The book was written some time ago (I'm guessing from the pictures) and was instruction for operating a 35mm SLR camera. I just wanted to know the basics of photography in general, so I bought the book. It was, as the two stars indicated, ok. It didn't explain much about composition and technique, not much about anything really. I read it in 20 minutes. I appreciated learning about aperture, depth of field, and shutter speed but other than that, it was...ok. (less)