Almost more than a year after reading the previous volume, I finally decided to read this first part of A Feast for Crows. I knew that the author coul...moreAlmost more than a year after reading the previous volume, I finally decided to read this first part of A Feast for Crows. I knew that the author could hardly surpass the grandeur of what happened before and therefore I was already prepared for something less exciting.
New characters appear in this book and others are given a greater prominence that they didn't yet had. We also travel to other points of Westeros and meet new realities. However, there are not many things happening in this book. Admittedly this is only half of the original volume and the story does not end here. But I still miss the fast paced narrative and the frantic succession of twists of the previous volume.
However, it is a good book. Martin is a great storyteller with a wonderful imagination and that's what ultimately draw us into his writing. The way he tells the story of Westeros and of those who inhabit it is what makes us turn the pages and enter that world so easily. Again, Martin is an expert in the building of characters, playing with our preconceived notions of what they are and destroying them in the next moment.
In conclusion: it's a a good book with a captivating writing, with good characters, but still it was not enough to keep me immersed in the book, because it lacked a fast paced narrative and some stronger events.(less)
I have been wanting to read this book since the movie came out. But now I ask myself: WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG TO READ THIS???
I'm not going to be too spec...moreI have been wanting to read this book since the movie came out. But now I ask myself: WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG TO READ THIS???
I'm not going to be too specific about the plot or themes because there is too much even in the things that seem so simple. Let's just say that Pi is an Indian boy and his childhood is spent in close familiarity with wild animals in captivity, because his father is the owner of the Zoo in Pondicherry. Afterwards, they all have to leave India and, in the middle of their travel to Canada, through sea, the ship drowns and Pi finds himself in a lifeboat with some wild animals. Among them the tiger Richard Parker.
There is religious discussion which I loved, because Pi is such a sensitive, naive and humble kid and can only see the good in things and wonders why he can not profess the three religions - Christianity, Hinduism and Islamism - if they all preach the same: love. There are also parts which revolted me because of their cruelty and the description of suffering and despair, but it also adds realism to the situation of being at high sea, alone in a boat with wild animals.
The writing is amazing because the writer can transmit these emotions that Pi goes through and we feel everything with him. The little joys, the little blessings become our own, but we also feel the blistered skin and the neverending thirst and the constant fear of having a tiger for companion in a small space.
The tiger is amazing. Pi is amazing. The story, the journey is amazing. But the end of the book it's just... Oh my God!! There couldn't be a more amazing ending! I absolutely loved the book and it's already one of my favourites.(less)
Last year I read Oryx and Crake and absolutely loved it. So this year I wanted to try another book by Margaret Atwood and I chose this one. The Handmai...moreLast year I read Oryx and Crake and absolutely loved it. So this year I wanted to try another book by Margaret Atwood and I chose this one. The Handmaid's Tale presents us a distopic and teocratic society in which the reproduction of the human race is vital and women are viewed only as bodies capable of creating life. Well, at least some women, the Handmaids. They dress all in red and their fuction is to give birth to babies, since women (and men) have become sterile and a fertile woman is always a rare thing. I'm not going into details about the plot of the book because there are so many things to talk about!
This book is a meditation on women: their bodies as instruments, their repressed feelings, their sexuality and their place in society. Also, this is a book about how scary we can be manipulated almost in a imperceptible way, about religious fundamentalism, about the lack of displays of affection, of fellings, and how an illusion can be presented to you as a reality. There is so much in this book! I really liked the themes and motifs presented to us, the ability that the author has to makes us think about our own reality, the biblical symbolism that is present in certain things and moments, and the end was a complete surprise. It was not at all what I expected. This book is so good! It can be a bit complex, especially when Offred, the main character, is talking about something and all of a sudden changes to a different subject, usually flashbacks of her life before all that. But it is totally worth your time and effort because the story is good and Atwood writes in a marvellous way. (less)