Reading Wharton can be so painful. More so when you feel a tie w/ the story. I almost gave up in the middle. Better not re-reading it sometime soon. N...moreReading Wharton can be so painful. More so when you feel a tie w/ the story. I almost gave up in the middle. Better not re-reading it sometime soon. Not saying that her writing is not good, it is, it's just too tough for me.(less)
This book depressed me at so many different level it's a wonder I could finish it. No fault of the book,just my own private bag of garbage and thousan...moreThis book depressed me at so many different level it's a wonder I could finish it. No fault of the book,just my own private bag of garbage and thousands association I got reading it. (less)
clunky & awkward, unlike other nesbit's I've read. A tad preachy as well. Maybe it's juet because I haven't read children book for some time and n...moreclunky & awkward, unlike other nesbit's I've read. A tad preachy as well. Maybe it's juet because I haven't read children book for some time and not used to it anymore.(less)
well,yeah…this book taught me not to judge by its cover or genre. i was that close not to read it,but then thought well why not, just browsing. and he...morewell,yeah…this book taught me not to judge by its cover or genre. i was that close not to read it,but then thought well why not, just browsing. and here i am 1am in the morning after another marathon reading and i'm totally screwed up tomorrow at the office, but never mind that.
a nice easy fluffy reading yet it still reads better than its similar compatriot. i understand how a lot of girls are raving on it on the review page. if i was some (a bit much) years younger than i do now i'd do the same thing. i'd fall in love w/ st.clair.
i love how it describes anna's feeling in her first days at school. the loneliness, homesickness, feeling of not belonging. extra points for somehow managed to read my doubt on the story and to explain from their point of view and made it more or less understandable/acceptable.
well, except about the school… i mean, what's up about that school anyway? i did google and found one the possible model for it. still don't get the point of sending or establishing that sort of school. first i thought it was a school for ex-pat's children which is of course i understand though i can't really totally endorse. but it's a boarding school, so what's the point. though there's one in australia i think that provide boarding but it was because most of the parents are living miles away in a farm somewhere. unlike this school which is located in the heart of paris… so i guess i just don't get what some rich parents thinking of. sure, sending your child for some international exposure. but why does it need to be american school? it defeats the purpose, me think. let your child knows other culture but make sure they don't learn too much, surround them in a pure american environment. it feels like half baked gesture to me.
please understand that it's not a rant about the book or the story, i only question why not a common french boarding school, because of the language problem i suppose. i just don't understand the need of that kind insulated school. but it's there in real life so it's just because i'm not rich enough nor a citizen of the great united states of america that this model looks unappetizing to me.
oh, just because i'm in the middle of ranting,there was an odd thing mentioned that only american can join the SOAP? is that really common? i'd have thought naturally nobody besides indonesian would like to join indonesian international school, but a private english speaking school such as this? would they really barr the door for a rich young sheikh? last gripe on the school, no curfews for seniors…really? seriously?
well never mind that. don't let that bothers you. seriously, if you want to have that warm fuzzy feeling, it's recommended to read it. and it's not too sweet either. light nice young love like a perfect fruit salad.
wait, last rant. perkins didn't do any justice to ellie. she's so downtrodden and she didn't even get enough show time to show her character. just a girl friend being pushed out of scene by the new girl who happen to be the heroine. life sure is sucks for her(less)
Maybe I've became cynical... I noticed I can't enjoy those philosophical full-of-meaning yet so straightforward kind of book anymore. Once upon a time...moreMaybe I've became cynical... I noticed I can't enjoy those philosophical full-of-meaning yet so straightforward kind of book anymore. Once upon a time I've loved Coelho's The Alchemist. I found it so profound and it enriched my life to the point of overflowing. Now I cringe each time I read deep-meaningful sentences. I run away from books that were marketed as insightful, life changing, etc. I bought Laskar Pelangi series for my mother and refused to touch it despite her being wax poetic about it. I'm afraid to re-read Seno's short stories collection that used to be my anchor in life, afraid of ruining what it meant for me.
The thing is... I suppose all those books are so keen on being sincere and earnest I can't trust it anymore. They practically spelled out their belief on good way of living your life as if me as a reader is incapable of reading between the lines; incapable of learning from something bad as much as from something good. Perhaps I found that a bit insulting as well. What about being subtle? What about letting me find out what I want to learn from it by myself? What about crediting me with some brain? I never did like being lectured or reading books with an obvious lesson in it.
Hector... was ok I suppose. I read it at a wrong time. I should've read it years ago when I saw it first filling bookstore's and library's shelves in Germany. When I still liked to read Jostein Gaarder.
Not to say that this book is completely bad. The list itself is fairly valid for me. It's just wrapping story that sucks so bad. You know what, if he had published only the list in coffe table format with some wonderful illustration, I might've enjoyed it more. As it is, I needed to force myself to read through it just because I'm so near the end and the book is so thin I don't think I can forgive myself to abandon it.
Goodbye Hector, don't expect to meet me again. Perhaps I'll continue reading the book on history of marriage which feels so dry yet authorative. Give me some statistic or technical elaboration. Give me acidic words, burnt bridges; I'm swearing off cotton candy for a while. Give me some Greene; Greene is always good; Greene is a nice piece of medium raw steak.
Btw, had I known being a psychiater meant having the capability to talk yourself out of brigand's clutch or to make friends with practically everyone or made yourself being loved by all women you met, I'd have chosen your career long time ago. Tough luck for me!(less)
2nd reading i wonder if people would get tired of me praising Greene; still I can't help it. If a person can such a powerful story in such a short leng...more2nd reading i wonder if people would get tired of me praising Greene; still I can't help it. If a person can such a powerful story in such a short length, then he deserves all the praises.
--------- I couldn't settle down to a reading, fleeting from one short stories collection to another, then come this nugget, this bomb exploding in my mouth. Bravo Greene, you've done it again!(less)
Shall I praise Kay for being a great story teller? Or curse him as manipulative suspense junkies? because what he did, didn't really impress me much....moreShall I praise Kay for being a great story teller? Or curse him as manipulative suspense junkies? because what he did, didn't really impress me much. I wonder if he has problem w/ people dying, which is funny for a war story writer…Two things that led me to wonder; first, he made such a production of it, carving the story so purposefully to fool you (yes, you, dear reader) blurring the identity of the deceased (save that broken heart for later); made you weep then laugh at your face, ha ha… And I wouldn't mind it so much if it's done only once in a book. After all we all love our suspense & emotions, and those hormones need a bit of work-out as well. But twice, it can even be considered thrice? The device is getting rusty and the joke is getting old.
Second, is how he would bend over backward to make sure someone survives a deadly peril; actually it's not even peril, they actually were quasy dead. It made me want to shout to him letting him know that people do die, you know… Which is again ironic since people are dying left and right since the beginning of the story.And this made it even stranger. what made them so special? Why did you survive? Why aren't you dead? Is it because that family ties with that hot shot superstar hero? To think of it this was also something that happened in Tigana and was something truly annoying that I can't forget about the book. Honestly it made me a bit wary of reading another Kay's book.
So why do I still read his books? I don't know… It's about manly man hero in a colosal war; my standard favorite book is about underdog being scared by pigeons. I sympathy more with the skinny flawed desperate people, maybe because I took comfort on their flaws. If they, with flaw more numerous than mine still hang on, still make a living out of it, maybe I too can hope. So his stories are aberration on my staple. Well, as long as it's a fun one, why not.
Last piece of nag from me. What is it with him and the word "dissemble"? It sticks out like a sore thumb and I truly would like to scratch it out if only I could, but then it would only look more prominent.(less)
It's ok... maybe a bit more than just ok... it's funny and amusing the way british radio drama are. But somehow I don't feel like giving it 3 stars. M...moreIt's ok... maybe a bit more than just ok... it's funny and amusing the way british radio drama are. But somehow I don't feel like giving it 3 stars. Maybe because some part of it was predictable and funnily I was hoping the book to end around 3/4 of the story. I mean, really wishing it to just end already. And the end, Charles' speech was a bit over the top. Like he wanted to shock the reader by showing Charles' hidden personality and role; only somehow it just made me feel meh... so what... (less)
Leave it to Graham Greene to write about something I don't particularly care in a place beyond my eyesight and still made me hooked. Perhaps this is b...moreLeave it to Graham Greene to write about something I don't particularly care in a place beyond my eyesight and still made me hooked. Perhaps this is because no matter what the setting or who the character is, there's always the underlying love stretching through the whole story. Not necessarily romantic one nor is it always shown clearly, it's just there even under the most depressingly hopeless conditions. I suppose this is what makes me hooked with his stories, his love for humankind.
Another thing is how his stories can be enjoyed on different levels. It's interesting for people with the least knowledge of Catholicism or Politic though I bet those who understand those subjects will get more out of it than I do.
To close this meandering thought, his own words are the best: The Mayor didn't speak again before they reached Orense; an idea quite strange to him had lodged in his brain. Why is it that the hate of man -- even of a man like Franco -- dies with his death, and yet love, the love which he had begun to feel for Father Quixote, seemed now to live and grow in spite of the final separation and the final silence -- for how long, he wondered with a kind of fear, was it possible for that love of his to continue? And to what end? (less)
**spoiler alert** well what do you know, my copy was missing the last chapter and idiot me hadn't realized it at all. i don't know if it changes much...more**spoiler alert** well what do you know, my copy was missing the last chapter and idiot me hadn't realized it at all. i don't know if it changes much of what i thought though. What she did, what she allowed still happen on the same conviction. perhaps she's more humbled at the end, but still...
I don't like Miss Pym. She's a smug know-it-all who acts as if she's humble. I also don't like how Josephine Tey treated her villains. She doesn't mind letting murderer free on the base that she's young, pretty, didn't mean to kill anyone, brilliant student and have a nice family. Well tough luck on you. She still meant to hurt someone. Even if her victim will only suffer fractured head, isn't it reason enough to punish the perpetrator? Saying that she was so sorry and feeling guilty of what she has done, is it good enough? Just because the victim doesn't have any family to press the matter, just because it was thought as accident by people, is it reason enough to let it lie down?
I'm feeling like I'm writing as an angel of revenge or something. That I expect justice with capital J. Well, maybe I do expect it from my reading stuff. Heaven knows real world has too less of it. Probably people will say it made the story more realistic and compassionate. But I don't think so. Kindness can also kill. Perhaps this book is meant to show how full of flaw Miss Pym is and we should love her more, but it didn't work for me as well. I actually like Henrietta more, she seems to be a woman who can read person character better without having to have written a bestseller psychology book beforehand. She is shrewd and uninfluenced by people's appearance. Anyway, I've rambled too much for a book I didn't enjoy....(less)
Wow, I started then couldn't stop until it's finished. Music for torching indeed… I was glued to it reading each thing explode like watching a chain r...moreWow, I started then couldn't stop until it's finished. Music for torching indeed… I was glued to it reading each thing explode like watching a chain reaction. The only thing that bothered me a bit is the ending. It felt like a ruse used as an excuse not to tie loose ends properly. I wonder why so many endings bothered me lately. Have I became extra picky about it?(less)