ما زالت اتعلم الفلسفه، واول درس تعلمته ان قراءة كتب الفلاسفه أنفسهم افضل بكثير و اكثر استمتاعًا من قراءة ما كتب عنهم. رغم ان امل مبروك تمتلك طريقة سردما زالت اتعلم الفلسفه، واول درس تعلمته ان قراءة كتب الفلاسفه أنفسهم افضل بكثير و اكثر استمتاعًا من قراءة ما كتب عنهم. رغم ان امل مبروك تمتلك طريقة سرد جيدة و اعطت كيركجور حقّه الا انني اعترف بالتثاؤب خلال قرائتي للكتاب. ...more
Trying to understand what is the meaning of Existentialism was one of the hardest things to do. I read and read on the internet, but couldn't really gTrying to understand what is the meaning of Existentialism was one of the hardest things to do. I read and read on the internet, but couldn't really get what it could possibly mean. This book didn't only help me get into Existentialism and Sartre, but to love them as well.
My next review is so going to be about this one!...more
This is about the Sarin Attack in Tokyo's Subway back in 1995. Murakami here interviews the survivors of the attack in order to get a closer image ofThis is about the Sarin Attack in Tokyo's Subway back in 1995. Murakami here interviews the survivors of the attack in order to get a closer image of the Japanese society. After he's spent eight years abroad, he here -just like with the Kobe Earthquake- tries to understand Japanese as a form of consciousness. In this book we look at the attack each time with a different person, and although they were all on the same train at the same time, their stories are all told from a different angle providing us with different versions. Some of the survivors were strongly injured and have lost their memories\vision for a couple of days, some went into a coma, others died. What I liked the most about these interviews is that Murakami doesn't only offer us with heroic people, some of the people interviewed were quite safe and sound after the attack, it's not only those whose lives turned up-side down after the attack that we only read about. Murakami made sure to show all people's reactions, this is not a melodramatic documentary, this is about real ordinary people who were close to death.
The people interviews are fascinating. Seeing how such an incident can change humans in tremendous ways gave me goosebumps. A husband tells his wife that he wants a divorce straight away after being attacked, for example. And so many individuals start to question their lives. As if they were comfortably numb before the attack, and somehow the fear of death got them closer to realize that the life they're having is quite worth it. I wondered if I had gone through similar circumstances and survived, what would I change about my life?
The saddest story I have read was the one about Shizuko Akashi. As sad as it was it still have given me some sort of.. hope. I think.
Murakami doesn't only interview these people, he also writes in Where Are We Japanese Going and The Place That was Promised about terrorism and who created the monster\terrorists -he even interviews the Aum- which may as well be the most important article ever; Murakami doesn't not blame religion he rather writes that terrorists are story tellers. He also says we should find an alternative for what the media has created "us" VS. "them".
It's my forth Murakami's book and I can never recall reading him in such a personal way. I have never thought I'd find any book for him where he talks about his life, feelings, and his awkwardness toward other people. Murakami speaks in here in his own voice.
Now, if you think that this book is about an incident that happened long time ago and reading it is a tedious irrelevant thing, look around; ISIS, Charlie Hebdo Attack, you still think we will ever not have terrorist? Very eye-opening read. ...more
I cannot remember at any point in my life wanting to read a contemporary play. My experience with plays revolves around Shakespeare, Wilde, and some GI cannot remember at any point in my life wanting to read a contemporary play. My experience with plays revolves around Shakespeare, Wilde, and some Greek ones. So, I thought I wouldn't take this one seriously, I was wrong. I enjoyed every scene and every dialogue.
Doubt is a story of a nun who suspects her priest of abusing one of the altar boys. Simply put. but carefully reading it, it's more about purity, power, and conviction. The words flow like poetry, every line is quotable. Really well-written.
From the very first scene, the play opens with a sermon about the importance of doubt;
"Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty"
We, ourselves, never get to the point of being sure whether the priest is guilty or not. Actually, the nuns never say of what they are accusing the priest with. The power of the unspoken word, the power of solving the script is all used in here. The scenes are well-put and I loved the sermons given by the priest the most, especially how he compares gossip to feathers. Once they speared, you cannot by any way gather them back.
It's a very interesting play with such memorable characters, and shows a lot of how our predications and judgments can sometimes destroy people's lives. We are left in doubt in the play, but we certainly have seen how doubt can play a major rule. Recommended to anyone.
P.S: just for the record, I don't think he did it.