I must admit that I liked Frost a lot more when I thought his poems were all similar to "The Road not Taken". You know, nice understandable poems abouI must admit that I liked Frost a lot more when I thought his poems were all similar to "The Road not Taken". You know, nice understandable poems about human nature and life's choices with lots of rural settings. But I guess I was wrong, Frost can get into deep philosophical poems and make you sound pretty stupid trying to analyse whatever the hell he was trying to say.
BUT. BUT I still love him deeply for he is an extraordinary poet especially when he writes simply. I do find myself close to his simple poems; they are filled with self-discovery and beautiful images. I highlighted lots of lines and put heart stickers all over them, because I guess after all, I am still that little girl who read Frost's poems and thought of him as her long-time dead friend; one that she takes walks with and talks about life... and silly stuff.
There are lots of things that have been assumed of Shakespeare the Person. All of which we are not sure of; his iconic face, might be a face of anotheThere are lots of things that have been assumed of Shakespeare the Person. All of which we are not sure of; his iconic face, might be a face of another person, his plays and poems might be a work of some highly educated nobleman who used Shakespeare as a pen name. Rumors and theories are basically all what we know of him, as a person. Bryson takes this subject and writes about it, though as much as we have already read, in such a pleasant entertaining way. The fact that Bryson is able to write about Shakespeare without making another scholarly treatise book, is by itself a literary privilege on so many levels.
Those, like me, who are not into biographies, this book won't trouble you at all. It's easy to read, funny, and so rich of information. Historical information on geography, politics, and the impact of Shakespeare's writings. What I loved the most here is that Bryson does not glorify Shakespeare at all; he actually quotes different people's criticisms of Shakespeare writing style. Take this for example:
"Shakespeare was capable of prolixity, unnecessary obscurity, awkwardness of expression, pedestrian versifying and verbal inelegance," writes Stanley Wells. "Even in his greatest plays we sometimes sense him struggling with plot at the expense of language, or allowing his pen to run away with him in speeches of greater length than the situation warrants." Or as Charles Lamb put it much earlier, Shakespeare "runs line into line, embarrasses sentences and metaphors; before one idea has burst its shell, another is hatched out and clamorous for disclosure."
In very few pages, the book may not offer a lot of new information, but rather succeeds in collecting what have been said and presenting them in such an entertaining way. ...more
I love Gibran; he's romantic and wise and his poems are the best thing ever. Although I think I have read for a lot of poets, but I still have this teI love Gibran; he's romantic and wise and his poems are the best thing ever. Although I think I have read for a lot of poets, but I still have this tender spot in my heart for Gibran. His language is just too romantic, too Lebanese, too beautiful.
This is a semi-poetic collection of views on certain things in life like; love, crime, and giving..etc. They are told by a prophet who gives his lecture before departing. Well, not the kind of lecture that you can takes notes from, it's a long semi poem about life and how, according to the prophet, we should deal with it. Reading it made me wonder what kind of experiences did Gibran go through to make him such a thorough person. I don't know how can anyone be that wise. ...more
Although, Green is currently insanely famous for The Fault in our Stars, I am one of few readers who find Looking for Alaska way, way, better than TFIAlthough, Green is currently insanely famous for The Fault in our Stars, I am one of few readers who find Looking for Alaska way, way, better than TFIOS, not only because I like to spend ages arguing about books neither because I hate anything that's mainstream-although I do, BUT because I believe, strongly, that in literary themes\ideas\characters and events developments, Looking for Alaska surpasses TFIOS in many ways.
I don't want to make this into A Looking for Alaska VS TFIOS kind of review, but let's get it done while I started it. TFIOS is great and painful and we all freaking get it, but I was not satisfied. I was looking for a book that describes cancer without having the characters falling in love and making them experience pain\life through love and love only, I wanted an ugly, needy, average intelligence girl (or boy whatever but since it's Hazel so..) who's sick of cancer and experiences life through her OWN struggle and get through the endless pointless pain alone, a girl who chooses to wake up everyday and continue living because she sees life more clearly when she's in pain, or maybe because she doesn't want to hurt the people she loves and rather to live in pain than vanish into nothingness leaving a chaos behind her, I wanted self-loathing, body changings, beauty standards cursed, and dark humor. I am not trying to be harsh, but I wanted a real illness book, I wanted reasons why we, human, choose to fight back. But writers insist on sending the cheesy Love Heals Everything message.
Looking for Alaska felt more dangerous, way less depressing, more REAL, and the characters here are much interesting and complex. Take Alaska for example, probably the most independent teen girl character that I have ever come across; she speaks with such confidence, she's attractive, a feminist, and pretty much a lunatic. Miles, the narrator who falls HARD for Alaska, who is a modern version of Holden Caulfield; as cynical as he is, as silly, as funny and as awkward, he falls for her and somehow it becomes hard telling her and harder to live without her. See? A Self Struggle, an addiction; he knows she's bad for him but chooses to be around her all the same. The weird choices we make. Alaska is as said before a lunatic, a complete MPDG example, and guess who's the best at writing about MPDG and one side love stories? Your man, John Green. (I don't want to swear but he has been there; a victim of some MPDG, they are all over his books in a way or another). Green is so good at writing about one side obsession\love; he knows how painful it is, how sickly, how aching it is, and he writes about it so well. So freaking well.
"I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together, in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane"
Love isn't everything in here. The characters are interesting because they are who they are; Miles has a strange interest of memorizing famous people's last words, so the book is filled with so many great quotes. Alaska has a lot of feminist opinions and you'll love her, she also has a darker side showed whenever someone gets close to her, opinions of life, of memory and of pain.
“You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”
Green did a great job in making Alaska the person she is, he creates this whole air of mystery around her, he covers her reasons of being unhappy so well and yet he makes you think that you actually get her. You don't. She's the consuming girl that nobody will ever get. Most likely. The other characters are as interesting, as well and since John Green has a quite good religious information, he puts a lot of that in this book...... which is AWESOME.
One important reason why I love this book is because it has actually helped to go through certain things. Not in a big deal, but it had some effects. The book is edgy, funny and has all the element of a great YA Novel though I'm pretty sure I'd still enjoy it even when I am 40 years old.
A personal opinion, but for me, this is John Green Best Book. ...more
I have no idea how I should review poetry, let alone Whitman's poetry, but I'm trying my best here.
I first got to know Whitman in Dead Poets SocietyI have no idea how I should review poetry, let alone Whitman's poetry, but I'm trying my best here.
I first got to know Whitman in Dead Poets Society film. I remember when Robin Williams gathers his students and starts reading O ME! O LIFE to them, that scene has deeply touched me even though I was little and knew nothing of poetry. I have, ever since, been searching for Whitman's poetry online, reading one or two of his poems and thinking myself a devoted fan. How silly of me. On late 2013 October, as I was in Paris, I went to Shakespeare and Company and there found Whitman; Leaves of Grass copy hiding between books. Well, you can imagine how clumsily I tried to grab it. (I remember pushing off a little innocent girl on my way). ANYHOW. When I first started reading Leaves of Grass, my first impression was; " God, some poems of this man are hard to read!" but the more I read, the more I started to understand him or thought myself doing so.
In more than 700 pages, Whitman writes about pretty much every.thing. He's long winded, an admirer of nature and humanity, and he is an absolute optimist person (if you read poetry to fulfill your emo-feelings-and-no-one-understands-me needs, then Pessoa is your man). Whitman is a nice person who keeps telling you it's gonna be okay, you have to be yourself and yourself only. His language is wild, he may, however, seem to have a laid back attitude toward many things; he's okay with death, he's okay with life's changing circumstances, but he has his views and he doesn't fail to pull you into his world. Reading him in the morning in a garden or a cafe, will make you stare at people with such big smile they might think you crazy. You have been warned. Whitman is great poet, for sure, and Leaves of Grass is a book that you read more than once, each time new experiences, new questions and new answers. ...more
Sylvia Plath; a writer that I have been trying to figure out my feelings toward this summer. I started with her most famous novel couple of weeks ago;Sylvia Plath; a writer that I have been trying to figure out my feelings toward this summer. I started with her most famous novel couple of weeks ago; The Bell Jar which only succeeded in making me more uncertain of how I truly feel about her; The Bell Jar, for me at least, was a bit monotonous; although its theme is mental illness, it was not filled (enough) with toxic, sick, darky ideas, nor was it pure or childish. It was not gloomy neither hopeful, not personal enough to get me associated neither it was out of my understanding. It was just is. I am not sure how I can exactly describe how I felt for Sylvia during the Bell Jar, but it certainly was not closeness, just complete apathy. Sylvia, along with many other women, was out my reach; long time way dead and hopeless not only physically but also mentally. I couldn't get her. Yes, she had her reasons, but I was not able to fully sympathize with her in any possible way.
I thought maybe reading her journals will get me closer to her head, I mean after all, it’s her own personal journals. As I began reading, the feelings I got in The Bell Jar were, fortunately, absent here; Sylvia in her diaries is more brave, more her, more unclear and uncertain of who she is and what she wants. She would sound, for once, like a hopeful little girl, and another like a desperate woman with so many broken dreams. She, most often, expresses her desire to be pretty much..everything, out of space and time, she wants to be more than one person and have all the experiences one could ever have, all the virtues and the imperfections, but she always finds herself haunted with these ugly notions of how limited she may be. Her long years of mental suffering are quite constant; the dissonance between her bright, successful persona and her isolated, struggled one keep on switching all along her diaries. You could feel her inner struggle, her combats, self-loathing, and discontent at once, and then all of the sudden, she would write about her nice walks, her dreams to build a family, and her detailed conversations with her friends. Just all of the sudden, I must admit I can’t remember the last time I read a book where I had to switch moods that quick. I guess I learned how to read Sylvia, freely and openly.
The journals collection start from 1950 until 1962, the older Sylvia gets, the more engaging her writing becomes. The book starts with endless paragraphs of endlessly silly boys datings on cheesy parties and, somehow, slowly develops into an exposed diary of identity disturbance and emptiness. Sometimes she adds few beautiful poems-both sad and happy ones-. Her poems, I must say, were kind of my type. I’d usually skip few pages and jump into the poems parts. The poems she wrote didn't have an intelligible pattern, just like her diaries, they changed pretty often which of course I loved.
Getting this book done was really a challenge. It's HUGE, I know Goodreads says it’s only 700 pages, but it’s A Huge Seven Hundred Pages Book. If the edition was smaller, it would probably be around one thousands pages. It contains few of her drawings, and some rare pictures of her, as well. That all helped to get Sylvia better and made her diaries even more personal and real.
I want to quote some stuff, but there are truly so many beautiful words and poems and I am sure if I started, I won't stop. Yeah! There's also LOTS of Sylvia Talking about Ted Hugh here which is something I have always dreamt of reading, I mean their relationship was sort of weird and mysterious and I wanted to know more of that. It was fun. REALLY FUN.
At last, I think this book in precise isn't for anyone. If you are into getting to know Sylvia’s head, and can handle reading hundreds of pages of her daily life-with full details, God, this woman is full of details-and have no problem with her mood swings, then fine go ahead, it’s your best way to know the true Sylvia. But if you only want to add her name to your books, then you should probably consider her poems or novel; The Bell Jar. ...more
**spoiler alert** The play tells the story of the execution of John the Baptist the prophet (يحيئ بن زكريا) in one act and how he was beheaded at the**spoiler alert** The play tells the story of the execution of John the Baptist the prophet (يحيئ بن زكريا) in one act and how he was beheaded at the request of Salome, a Jewish dancer as it is mentioned in the Bible. The story is pretty familiar for the Muslims too though the Biblical version is a bit different. For those who don't know the story, it started when John the Baptist stood against the marriage of Salome and Herod Antipas, the ruler of some parts of Palestine and Salome's uncle, John described it as an unlawful marriage which made Salome bore a grudge against him for she was interested in her uncle's wealth and later she decides to seduce her uncle in order to make him swear to give her whatsoever she would ask of him, now that he can't break his oath she would demand the head of John the Baptist. That's the story the Muslims (I) know, others might say that Salome was in love with John, but he didn't fall for her and that's why she decided to get a revenge. Or it also may be true that Salome's mother was the one who wants to get married to Herod and when she felt that John was threatening her she used her daughter to seduce Herod and then to ask him to obtain the head of John the Baptist.. so nobody really knows which one is the true story. History of full of mystery!
So according to my book's introduction, Wilde had thought of the subject since he was first introduced to "Herodias" one of Gustave Flaubert's works, which was first published in France in the 19th century. His interest in Salome's image stimulated by Gustave Moreau's painting (the one in the cover) have inspired Wilde to write the play. Later, when the rehearsals of the play were first preformed in London the licensor of plays banned it because it was illegal to depict Biblical characters on the stage and blah blah, later on it was premiered in London after SIX years. Anyhow, the play is like nothing I have ever read for Wilde! when I first read couple of pages I thought I was reading something for Shakespeare!
I think because the story is already fixed Wilde couldn't put so many imagination in the play neither his philosophical thoughts in criticizing the society ->(which is my favorite). The play shows Wilde's poetic skills more than his skills as a novelist. Although Salome is a tragedy you'll read some humour in the most unexpected places, because Wilde.
So generally, the play was enjoyable, but I still prefer Wilde to be Wilde! We've got Shakespeare if we want some historical-tragic plays. ...more
Poe is a weirdo writer and I am all over weirdos, specially brilliant ones. His poetic gothic writing is so hunting and beautiful, the way he describePoe is a weirdo writer and I am all over weirdos, specially brilliant ones. His poetic gothic writing is so hunting and beautiful, the way he describes things and people is just amazing, although he has this thing where he loves to challenge the readers not to use a dictionary pretty often, but you'd never hate him for that because his words are all sentimental and idealistic and somehow you will feel smart reading them..
Okay, "the tales part", well... The Fall of House of Usher is my favorite; I could relate a lot to how the narrator feels toward this creepy, gloomy dark house, which makes me wonder if the House of Usher is not a mere house, but maybe a state of being, like some sort of heavy weight pressing down one's chest. From the very start of the story, the narrator describes the way he feels as well as the things he observes while approaching the house, Poe uses such poetic, complex, deep words to describe this. Take a look;
“During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country, and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher. I know not how it was—but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit. I say insufferable; for the feeling was unrelieved by any of that half-pleasurable, because poetic, sentiment, with which the mind usually receives even the sternest natural images of the desolate or terrible. I looked upon the scene before me—upon the mere house, and the simple landscape features of the domain—upon the bleak walls—upon the vacant eye-like windows—upon a few rank sedges—and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees—with an utter depression of soul which I can compare to no earthly sensation more properly than to the after-dream of the reveller upon opium—the bitter lapse into every-day life—the hideous dropping off of the veil. There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart—an unredeemed dreariness of thought which no goading of the imagination could torture into aught of the sublime."
This whole gothic themes, and the sadness, Poe puts you in is scary. I mean the power of words, people. I could take out that quote and compare it to a five hundreds pages written book and yet Poe would still win with just that quote. Gotta love him.
When it comes to his poems, there are few ones that I genuinely loved, and others that I could not understand. My favorites: A Dream Within A Dream, Tamerlane, Annabel.. and so many more. On a side note, I was REALLY astonished of how Poe was influenced by so many Islamic\Quran themes. Great book....more
When I think about Fight Club, I don't think about the characters or the themes neither its plot or the absolute genius of its sarcastic writing styleWhen I think about Fight Club, I don't think about the characters or the themes neither its plot or the absolute genius of its sarcastic writing style. When someone mentions Fight Club, all I think about is how influential this book has been on our modern capitalist society.
Back when I was younger, I used to waste my days numbly. I wake up, I eat breakfast, I go to school, back home; I eat, lie down, and watch MTV before going back to sleeping again, Repeated that for a quite a while, years. I don't remember what exactly that led me into realizing that life has to be something more than that, all I remember is that I was feeling disgusted all the time. I hated the food I ate, the amount of trash on TV and all the lies around me. So, I went on fasting for days and there was that time where I isolated myself. The moment I read about fight Club I so much wanted to read it, and when I did, I couldn't believe how Chuck was able to write about what I was feeling, back then.
The novel is super graphic and nihilistic, it's very well-written, and the sarcasm of Chuck Palahniuk will make so much sense to you. I do consider Fight Club as one of the most influential books of our century, and if you disagree then you haven't been able to grasp the nihilistic, existentialist ideas the story is offering, or its brilliance to portrait our First World's dilemmas.
P.S: the book ends creepily while the film ends with a hopeful message. I liked the book's ending. ...more
You can do it kind of book. The writing is so easy you could end it in a day, but I wished that successful people would stop writing cliches and focusYou can do it kind of book. The writing is so easy you could end it in a day, but I wished that successful people would stop writing cliches and focus on their real work. Maybe writing isn;t for everyone, after all....more
**spoiler alert** If I could describe this short novel with only one word, it would be painful. The novel follows the story of three Palestinian men w**spoiler alert** If I could describe this short novel with only one word, it would be painful. The novel follows the story of three Palestinian men who try to escape their miserable lives, looking for jobs in Kuwait to enable them to pay their debts or giving their children a better eduction, a better life, but they die from heat in a truck's tank as they were hiding from the last check point. Abu Khaizuran, the truck driver, though as sad as he was, allows himself to search the dead bodies' pockets, takes whatever he finds before throwing their bodies into a pile of refuse hoping someone else will give them a respectful funeral.
The novel is filled with symbolism and metaphors. Abu Khaizuran, for example, can easily be a symbol for government\kings; his coward actions are probably the reason why Ghassan chose to strips his manhood off him. The last part of the story when Abu Khaizuran screams in the middle of the desert:"why didn't they knock on the metal container to save their lives?" and listens to his question being echoed over and over, was pretty hard to read. Whether the three men silence is meant as a hopeless surrender that maybe, for once, life seemed to hard to keep on living, or perhaps to show how isolated they were even at times when they needed help the most, the question is still reflecting many political situations.
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.
Sorry I'm on the side of the 99.9% of the readers who read and liked The Great Gatsby. I am going to say it's not about the book, it's just me to avoiSorry I'm on the side of the 99.9% of the readers who read and liked The Great Gatsby. I am going to say it's not about the book, it's just me to avoid further discussion.