Here's the thing. Avid reader can be really snobbish. They want to make sure they've read all the "in" books (including the pretentious ones I supposeHere's the thing. Avid reader can be really snobbish. They want to make sure they've read all the "in" books (including the pretentious ones I suppose) but they also want to be seen as discerning reader, the one that read the marvelous book that nobody else is smart enough to find. Is that why I was reading this? To find some forgotten jewel of a book, read it and stick my nose up on the air? maybe..........softly i whisper my answer..
3stars... some of them couldn't be defined as lost in any interpretation. most are interesting not because the book itself is interesting but the way the writer told it....more
Even if we ignore the content and just see the art, I'd still be flabbergasted. This guy created another person art history! From a child doodling thrEven if we ignore the content and just see the art, I'd still be flabbergasted. This guy created another person art history! From a child doodling through a lifetime of style development. Who would've set themself such challenge? Amazing.
Granted, there are some part I don't care so much but there are some comics that I wished were real and could really read.
The story itself, man... I'm really glad it only got its grant retracted. In a way it was even a surefire publicity. Go get it when it's available again. Mine is second print which was sold out after 1 week. Best souvenir from my life in Singapore.
4.5 stars just because I'm feeling stingy and not liking kancil so much. Best part is the first spread, this is what it means to start with a bang!...more
I started reading thinking that it would balance my mental nutrition from the drive of exterior exploration to interior. In the end I'm not really conI started reading thinking that it would balance my mental nutrition from the drive of exterior exploration to interior. In the end I'm not really convinced, not by the subject but by Pico Iyer's way of presenting it. The worst flaw? That for him, to travel inside he needed to go away from his usual life, staying in monastery, etc. I understand that walking away from your usual life is awfully helpful for it, it is so much easier to forget other distractions when it's far away, far from sight far from mind and all that stuff. But then, he's not really going nowhere.... Of course at the end he added that going away is not necessary, not eveyone can afford to do it, that it needs to be integrated to daily life, etc. Unfortunately the harm has been done for me. Funnily, even from the beginning I've already been on their camp. I do believe the importance of inner journey, even though practising it is still a challenge (excuses.. excuses..) In the end I should be grateful that reading the book only made me scoff on Iyer instead of turning me off of the subject completely.
Burning hot continent, swept by waves of revolution, war, man slaughter but also of unbearable beauty. AAfrica and Kapuscinski. Kapuscinski's Africa.
Burning hot continent, swept by waves of revolution, war, man slaughter but also of unbearable beauty. A place of utmost complex diversity there's no generalization can capture it.
Honestly, Africa had been outside my radar before reading this. But the gift and curse of Kapuscinski's writing is that it drew me in, dragged me to the unknown and made me pause to think. My world is getting larger, vaster and richer. I am a bit relieved that he had written only a score of books; he'd made me a full time traveler otherwise.
**spoiler alert** It's one of Greene's book I liked the least.
Mostly it's because of the casual dismissal of Henry's past life. I'm a fan of story abo**spoiler alert** It's one of Greene's book I liked the least.
Mostly it's because of the casual dismissal of Henry's past life. I'm a fan of story about people changing their life, but never by making light of the one they had before. I can't accept the premise that a life led quietly meant less than those lived "adventurously". Change a life when a life doesn't fit a person anymore, but it should only mean different, not less or more.
Henry readily think that his past was happy but boring, that his "stepmother" is not his mother, her ash doesn't mean anything more, her urn shouldn't be put amongst his dahlias... But who is he in the end? Still the same old guy who bend down to the next strong person who will dominate him. Still boring old Henry going with flow thinking he's a big shot now running a smuggling business, going to marry a Custom officer daughter to smooth the path. What has he done by himself to change his life? If this is the tragedy that Greene's trying to portray, then it's one of the saddest.
It just grate me to read it... A mother is a mother. She didn't turn into stepmother just because she's not a biological mother... Henry is not entitled to blame her for the boring way he led his life. Once a person reaches certain age, he can't really blame parents for something he is or isn't, and Henry has passed that age by decades. Aunt Augusta doesn't become a mother by showing up so late in life. Where was she when she could really be a mother? What is she now that she has found Mr. Visconty again? She wouldn't have told Henry to come if she hadn't needed his courier service. And poor poor Wordsworth....
It was said that Greene wrote it just for fun, and it was fun to read. It's just that with Greene fun doesn't usually be just that. It usually come with a hook ripping your heart out... Well, I guess in a way these are really the people deserving pity. Poor poor Wordsworth...
I was thinking of three stars, but writing this review made me realize it's 2.5...more
One of the best book I've read this year. Made me want to read E.M. Forster's A Passage to India, maybe because of the doctor character. Perhaps alsoOne of the best book I've read this year. Made me want to read E.M. Forster's A Passage to India, maybe because of the doctor character. Perhaps also because both explore the implication of being tied in pukka sahib code of conducts. I've only watched Passage's movie and looking forward to comparing both.
Orwell's take on it is heartbreaking for sure. Humans are beastly and he didn't hesitate to highlight our weaknesses and petty ambitions. I love it that Orwell didn't get tempted to show any of them as too much of a devil.
The ending was also just right, I couldn't really imagine other ending for them that'll suit me better.
Beautifully written book about one of the saddest topic, civil war. I don't think I would've read it if I hadn't read his other book and fell in loveBeautifully written book about one of the saddest topic, civil war. I don't think I would've read it if I hadn't read his other book and fell in love with his writing. As it was, I know that the thing that caught me first was his story of being a journalist deep inside Confusão. He's right, it is a really good word. Of course I got immersed in Angola too, but it's his Angola. Angola seen through his eyes and translated by his words. Full with his sympathies.
**spoiler alert** It's one of the best 7RM I've ever spent. I love it when I found a book just like this, by chance, not looking for it and finding ou**spoiler alert** It's one of the best 7RM I've ever spent. I love it when I found a book just like this, by chance, not looking for it and finding out that it's a great read. Not that I had really doubt it. The first Robertson Davies trilogy read was just brilliant so I know that I'd be in a good hand. And although it couldn't beat Deptford it's still a riot.
I think my favorite will be the first part, Tempest Tost. It's so light, so funny, but you have some sentences that just punch you in the stomach.
I was rather wary about Leaven of Malice. There's that character, Bevill Higgin that's just too comical, too conveniently malicious that he became cartoonish. I know that it's not only about him. The whole mess was made possible by the combination of all these characters coming together. But everybody can smell Higgin from miles away. He stood out too much amongst all the other fleshed out people. I didn't like this part so much also because it tried rather too hard to be serious and heavier. Why couldn't it be as light as Tempest but still knock me out from time to time?
Third part, A Mixture of Frailties was the one I like the least. It's pity, I love the title & the epigraph. I was expecting so much from it. But there's this bedevilment of Mrs. Bridgetower and I hate that. I suppose there are really people with that kind of "hatred" who would act this way towards their son. And her portrayal on previous parts are along that line. But her will and the act of spirit vanquishing at the end was too much. I suppose I did enjoy reading about Monica although she took me too far away from Salterton. She's the kind of girl who did things I can imagine myself doing. Because of it, just like I sometime feels I want to bash myself for being stupid, sometimes I wanted to do the same thing to her too. Anyway, everything was more or else fine by the end, which I rather suspected would be from beginning.
It really can't catch up with Deptford trilogy... a pity.. Now the book itself will continue its journey separately. I just love second hand book. It's nice to meet them when they've already have bruises from life. Which goes the same way with the kind of people I like to meet.
Was thinking 4 stars but maybe nearer to 3.5
PS. Could it be that Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce family was somehow inspired by Webster's family? Further and differently developed but I was reminded so strongly of Flavia while reading it.
My path crossed for a while with a man who is George Bowling personified so it was hilarious to read his "could have been" story. I think he'd behaveMy path crossed for a while with a man who is George Bowling personified so it was hilarious to read his "could have been" story. I think he'd behave just like our George here though it is a bit difficult imagining him picking up flowers on roadside...
That aside, I am rather surprised by Orwell. I think I might misremembered that I've read any of his novels. His writing is so different from what I imagined remembered. Perhaps I'd read his famous stuffs for real soon. I love the part of George reminiscing about his boyhood and fishing as well as the rumination on the approaching WWII. That's a fine balance of lightness and heavy stuff he managed to pull through. I'd have liked it better if Orwell wasn't so heavy handed with the irony/comedy at the end.
I have no idea what posessed me to read this book. A black depressing book on a country you might visit soon? Not the brightest idea I have to say. ThI have no idea what posessed me to read this book. A black depressing book on a country you might visit soon? Not the brightest idea I have to say. The wise would stick to Lonely Planet.
Only, somehow I can't regret reading it. Eventhough it might give me horrible images on every places in Myanmar... The thing I don't understand is Larkin's naivety or unbelieveable faith on justice... Having seen all that, seeing how both nature and human devour each other, how could she still expect "reckoning"?
I don't know.. 3 or 4 stars... might tinker with the review later.....more
Looks like I'm sliding down into self-help jungle again... though this one might not be a full fledged one.
Fulfilling work, or life, or whatever. It'Looks like I'm sliding down into self-help jungle again... though this one might not be a full fledged one.
Fulfilling work, or life, or whatever. It's good at least to know that so many other people are also plagued by this worry. Even down to the same of having the luxury of it in a world where so many can't even have one let alone a fulfilling one.
In the end, the main bulk of the content is how to conquer the fear, things to consider, broad strategy of how to go about it and of course the unavoidable success stories.
I like it that he seems to be saying everyone can try to achieve this. Even those with responsibilities beyond to their own selves. Would it be wishful thinking that even they will strife for it? I hope not.
I'm still thinking about it, anyway. Regardless if it's actually a question I'm having or not.
I read only a part of the travel, Sri Lanka to Vietnam. I think I made the right decision of reading this instead of the one written by his younger seI read only a part of the travel, Sri Lanka to Vietnam. I think I made the right decision of reading this instead of the one written by his younger self although he was around my age on that book. I guess I lack the patience of off-hand comments the youngs can make; give me aged mind any time of the day.
Great read, perfect warm up for my upcoming whatever-for-slightly-long-wandering-around-SEA. Train. That's definitely what I'm going to do. I'm rather sick of airplane right now.
It has woken up my interest on the area and now I doubt that 1month will be enough. But hey, maybe the next trip will just be an appetizer as well. Who knows how it'll go, I know I'm the least person to know what's going to happen with my life.
Recommended if you're not looking for travel guide. ...more