This book is fine, it's fairly easy to read and it's well explained, however it's slightly outdated in some places, plus I don't really like AdministrThis book is fine, it's fairly easy to read and it's well explained, however it's slightly outdated in some places, plus I don't really like Administrative Law... But I had to read it anyway.
Freitas do Amaral is, however, very straightforward and the language he uses is incredibly accessible for someone who doesn't like (or understand much) on the subject (in which I'll have to include myself)....more
Adding this to the 2012 challenge because I only finished it this semester. This book is awesome if you want to get some basics on Obligations Law, butAdding this to the 2012 challenge because I only finished it this semester. This book is awesome if you want to get some basics on Obligations Law, but you will eventually need other manuals. Professor Romano Martinez only gives hints of the stuff and are mainly for his students. Basically, the book is a really short synopsis of the classes. However, he giver major bibliography tips that are very useful....more
Similar to my Pride and Prejudice review, this was cute, the drawings were pretty and the story seemed accurate enought to the 1981 series I watched.Similar to my Pride and Prejudice review, this was cute, the drawings were pretty and the story seemed accurate enought to the 1981 series I watched. Somehow, I just wished I could read all Jane Austen's novels in comic style. It's light and fluffy and enought to remind you a bit of the story if you wish to....more
There isn't much to say about this. Obviously, as a play, the descriptions are almost non-existant and I really miss that, but that is also part of thThere isn't much to say about this. Obviously, as a play, the descriptions are almost non-existant and I really miss that, but that is also part of the fun: imagining all the settings, faces, clothes, everything. Still, I do have to say that now I really want to read this in english. Since I read it in portuguese, some of the poetry originally inherent to the words is lost, basically because some of the old english words cannot be translated into portuguese (how are we supposed to translate "thee" or "thou"? it will basically be the same thing when translated. People that can speak portuguese can understand what I am talking about very well. For the others that do not speak portuguese, notice this: in english you have "I, you, he/she/it, we, you, they". In portuguese we have "Eu, tu, ele/ela/-, nós, vós, eles". As you can see 1) we have a different way to say the informal "you" and the formal "you" and 2) since we don't have a literal translation to "thee" or "thou" (not one that sounds incredible old and erudite, anyway...), we will just have to use "vós" which will sound as the common formal "you". Not cool.). Anyway, it is basically what you expect: a classic with a story written with the lack of emotion typical of nowadays books (or maybe nowadays books are just.. "overreacting"?), the tragic famous story of Romeo and Juliet capable of breaking everybody's heart and since it's so small (my book only has 96 pages and the last 2 are a biographic note), it's a great way to relax and visit a diferent age for a few hours. Just to finish, BIG ADVICE: If you can, read it in english. If your english is okay, read in portuguese and re-read in english. Believe me, it will be a lot better, I know...
A Game of Thrones is a work written by George R.R. Martin that surprised me a lot. I've heard good things about this book (and thePart of the boxset.
A Game of Thrones is a work written by George R.R. Martin that surprised me a lot. I've heard good things about this book (and the series) e, as soon as I could, I bought the four books together (since the fifth came out recently), expecting to like them. But, for some reason, this expectation disappeared with time and I began to fear I had made a huge mistake. I'm glad I thought so, thus I had the possibility of being amazed with the Stark family and all the other characters, that ended up to be all intertwined.
A Game of Thrones won't fit everybody's literary tastes, however. It focuses a lot in political and strategic aspects, which I'm interested in, but aren't always appreciated by all. Besides, I had the feeling that in the middle of the book the story was extremely slow (maybe because, one way or another, the story had came to a stop), fact, when combined with a fondness (for me, excessive), from the author, to use sexual references and the several character's as narrators, made me believe I wouldn't give 5 stars to it (believe me, in the exact moment you have a very interesting chapter with a character who is in the middle of the action, Martin will give you another chapter with a character who's doing as much as I am right now while writing this and that you won't probably like - or then it's just kinda random). But, in fact, the book starts is a very interesting way and after the middle of the book many things start to happen, leading to sweeping events (some more than others, since I was able to guess some of them because they were obvious or because I thought too much of them), that will hold us to the last page.
George Martin's writing is also accessible and descriptive enough to imagine in a relatively reliable way the several moments and places of the book. It's not boring but I think that at certain moments the voices of the several characters blend together. I thought Eddard, Robb and Jon were very much alike in several moments. It didn't bothered me too much, since the first one is father of the last two, but due to the age differences - and experiences - I wished they were more distinct.
Still, A Game of Thrones is a work that deserves to be read with time. You won't be able to put it down and you will get excited with it, sharpening your strategic and logical knowledge, giving a little taste of Tolkien, with a small but nice taste of fantasy, that will suit you very well. ...more
After taking like AGES to read the first book (one day), I decided to start reading Catching FirIt is part of the boxset.
Review em português em breve.
After taking like AGES to read the first book (one day), I decided to start reading Catching Fire right after. It took ages as well (one day, again... LOL).
This book is, IMO, a good sequel to the first and it becomes interesting for something that is not so clear in the first one: what really is the Capitol, its opression, its terrible actions and so on. And, in fact, the title of this book is perfect and says it all: Catching Fire. This is the book where everything starts burning, where uprisings begin, where we see how a war could begin. After that, it just becomes more interesting, as the love triangle exists as a background strong enough to fill the parts where isn't possible to talk about uprisings. Again, that is the main reason why this series is so good. More than that, I dare disagree with some people that say the characters are one-dimensional. I mean, it is true there isn't much space for you to get truly connected with them, you need to use your imagination for that, but who really cares when you have twelve districts being inspired by Katniss, who suddenly became the symbol of a revolution everybody desired for so long?
Plus, the book ends in a very interesting way, making you curious about what will happen next. I don't want to get very repetitive, so, since most of the things I said in the first book review fits in here, it would be nice for you to give it a look, if you feel like it....more
After reading Catching Fire in one day, I ran to my Mockingjay copy (the name makes a LOT more sIt is part of the boxset.
Review em português em breve.
After reading Catching Fire in one day, I ran to my Mockingjay copy (the name makes a LOT more sense and it fits perfectly, but not as good as the #2, I think). I was a beast reading this series and it has been a LONG time since the last time I read one book so fast, not talking about a serie...
Anyway, you may wonder the reason why The Hunger Games and Catching Fire had 5 stars and this one only has 4. Easy enough: I wanted a different ending. This is the final book of the trilogy and it is also the most depressive one. And I mean depressive, not exactly sad. Of course you get sad, but being sad means something like watching Titanic, crying like it's the end of the world, look at Kate W. and yell "HOW DID YOU DARE TO LET HIM GO, YOU B*TCH?!" That is not exactly what happens. This is depressive. Depressive as omg-the-world-sucks-and-I-want-to-die. When I finished I felt... destroyed. That does make sense? It does to me. I don't a book ever affected me in this particular way. I didn't want to cry, I just felt like there was nothing left to do but stare at emptiness. Lots of people talk about how Katniss became a complete annoying victim in this book. I don't think so. How does a real person who has been on war feel after coming home? Does he forget about it? Is there some turning back? Is happiness ahead?
Even though this is only answered in the end, what you realize in the last chapters, how everything is concealed and how a war never really ends, is the real reason why it destroyed me so bad. (view spoiler)[ Happy ending? For me is a total "forget about it", but I gess you could argue otherwise. It would really depend how you figure happiness, I guess.
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Memórias de um Vampiro (Memoirs of a Vampire), by Rafael Loureiro, was a light read that begun "well" and ended up badly. TheReview em português aqui.
Memórias de um Vampiro (Memoirs of a Vampire), by Rafael Loureiro, was a light read that begun "well" and ended up badly. The author gives us a concept of vampires that are way more close to the original ones (thus, I like it a lot more than any other vampire story) and explains us why, how and when vampires showed up, which is not only interesting, as it shows the author planned everything. The thing is, after the first 20 pages or so, doesn't matter how loyal these vampires are to the original or how cool is the "how-vampires-showed-up-on-Earth-story", because Daimon DelMoona, the main character, does nothing else than telling his memoirs. Literally. Like I would tell you how fun was my summer holidays. After a while it gets a little annoying. Plus, Rafael Loureiro's writing isn't that good (not horrible, though), the story and twists are cliche, some things make no sense/are way over the top and the book ends boring. This is a trilogy but if I didn't know that, by the ending, I would think it would be a stand alone book. Maybe people that like vampires will like it a little bit more than I do, but I didn't like it that much....more
Se as opiniões contidas neste volume estão ou não correctas é algo, efectivamente, discutível (e, atrevo-me a dizer, bastante subjectivo); no entanto,Se as opiniões contidas neste volume estão ou não correctas é algo, efectivamente, discutível (e, atrevo-me a dizer, bastante subjectivo); no entanto, Prélot e Lescuyer escreveram uma obra bastante coerente, clara, bem organizada e simples. A leitura é bastante agradável e consegue abranger bastante matéria das Ideias Políticas....more
The Prince, written by Niccolò Machiavelli (know, in portuguese, as Nicolau Maquiavel), it's a book dedicated and addressed tReview em português aqui.
The Prince, written by Niccolò Machiavelli (know, in portuguese, as Nicolau Maquiavel), it's a book dedicated and addressed to Lorenzo de' Medici (Lourenço de Médicis, in portuguese), in which the author lectures about various aspects he considers important to the creation of a solid principality.
Machiavelli is a controversial author (which explains the emergence of the expression "machiavellian"), many times seen as cruel. The main reason? In my opinion, that happens because Machiavelli gives Lourenzo de' Medici suggestions based only in what would be more or less rational, in other words, it seems he puts the human element aside. Though he mentions the people a lot (for the prince must avoid at all costs to be hated by them, because they could easily beat him), I don't think he looks at them as a group of human beings in the complete sense of the word. As a consequence, we have a very interesting dissertation of how the prince should make his decisions.
The most curious thing is that many times while reading this I had the feeling that what Niccolò was saying wasn't completely foolish: we have to understand this was written when the way to control a country went through force and not through legislation (many times scarce, dispersed and inaccessible to laypeople), and while existing the necessity of avoid to lose the kingdom to other princes. Supposedly, it would be of the general interest to maintain it as it was, following a certain group of rules that would allow the prince to maintain his position: he shouldn't be hated by the people, he shouldn't be despised by the army, he should be feared, but not oppressive, he should be able to choose his counsellors, but be clever enough to maintain his independence, etc., etc.. Hereupon, I ended up being surprised by the amount of aspects in which I agreed with Machiavelli (this having in count his time, not mine, obviously). I ended up concluding, with this first read, that there's a big probability Machiavelli has been misinterpreted during all these years and has been used as an excuse of many to their madness, but the truth is we will only be machiavellian if we actually want to be so.
Still, my opinion is not as solid as I wished it would be. I have to confess I find myself curious about the opinion I will have when I reread this book: will I keep this perspective? Will it change drastically?
As a conclusion, it is important to note the only "negative" (attention to the quotation marks!) aspect of the book, which is the writing: Machiavelli does not write badly or in a boring way, but he does write in the way typical of his time which can, sometimes, difficult the flow of reading (something that a bit of concentration can easily beat!). It will be a very interesting read to everyone interested by politics and/or philosophy, for there is a bit of both, independently of agreeing or not with his opinions and, besides, the small volume of the book (my edition has 126 pages but it's half of an A4 sheet), ends up encouraging the reading....more
And that was basically what I know about this. University got into the way, I forgot to listen for a few days and now some of the parts are not online anymore - it's not worth listening half the story now....more
Contains spoilers from previous books. Some parts of this review might give hints of the story, specially if you read many theories.
Inheritance was aContains spoilers from previous books. Some parts of this review might give hints of the story, specially if you read many theories.
Inheritance was a book I anxiously waited, more because I was sick of waiting for the end rather than being curious about the story (although I have to admit I was a bit curious...).
This book revealed itself to be more interesting than what I thought, but, simultaneously, it was the ridicule of predictability. Maybe I was guilty, since I read so many theories in so many forums that turned out to be true, or simply because there was no other path to the characters, but most of the things weren't exactly a surprise. And for me this is always a down in a book: it's not fun when you read something you can guess before the book was even written. Because after the inicial moment of euphoria ("O M G, this being that I am is SO clever"), comes the moment of... disappointment ("well, I guess I already know the rest...").
Nonetheless, Inheritance is one of the best books in the Inheritante Cycle - I say "one of" 'cause the third book still remains to be my favourite, even if I feel the urge to re-read all of them together to firmly state this.
This is the book where (almost!!) all the things fit, where all the characters reveal all that is left to reveal (or almost, again), where Galbatorix (finally!) shows up for the party and the faith of all Alagaësia will be decided. The reading felt more fluid than the previous volumes and the story development was better too. I felt there were less moments of despair due to different points of view and Paolini was more straight forward: this is the story and this is what he is going to talk about. There were no random extras. In fact, the loose ends that remained to be explained (because such things happened - and apparently Paolini might write something about those loose ends... I bet it will be published by the time Humanity is coming to an end) came from the previous books and, according to the author himself, had no time to be explained in this book. Although I disagree, some things that happened or some characters are way too peculiar or mysterious for a quick explanation that will fit the book, meaning Paolini was actually clever.
My only and big problem with this book (besides the so known predictability) is actually the end. I don't wish to tell you much about the story, so this explanation might sound a little bit incomprehensible, but, basically, the end that was given was necessary, makes sense and it's logic was created since Eragon, but for several moments I - truly - wished it was different (maybe less logical). In fact, the end left me a bit depressed (and I had to use a night of sleep to recover, of course).
Basically, it's not that different from the previous three books in the Inheritance Cycle, but the predictability didn't work in it's favour and the ending wasn't quite to my taste.
Certo, não o li de uma ponta à outra da maneira mais calma possível, mas eu já conheço o Prof. Paulo Otero daqui, por isso não seria não haveria nadaCerto, não o li de uma ponta à outra da maneira mais calma possível, mas eu já conheço o Prof. Paulo Otero daqui, por isso não seria não haveria nada de extraordinário (excepto a matéria versada). Independentemente de concordar com ele ou não, gosto bastante da forma de escrever do prof. (ideal para quem está a estudar) e do encadeamento das matérias....more
This man is a pure genius at argumentation. I mean, sweet baby Jesus, even if I didn't agree with them, his examples were so well made and so well expThis man is a pure genius at argumentation. I mean, sweet baby Jesus, even if I didn't agree with them, his examples were so well made and so well exposed and explained I actually began to feel like the most ignorant person ever - specially because they were always simple example, the kind of examples you don't remember (god damn it, why not?!) but when you read them you have that kind of "what is wrong with you" reaction. I mean, how could I possibly NOT to think about those arguments? And still, I didn't. And still they are awesome.
This is definitely one of the best books I read so far. 4 stars instead of 5 because sometimes the writing is not so accessible (because it's not written today and we are pretty much stupidified (?) by today's writing), but mostly because I don't agree with everything he says. I think he trusts humanity waaay too much - I'm a Thomas Hobbes kind of person: we are all bad and we need to be controlled. But besides that, his ideas are quite interesting....more
Vou escrever aqui uma review rápida, pois aprofundei-a um pouco mais no blog. John Lennon Nunca Morreu e Outros Contos Fantásticos consiste num livro com sete contos, todos eles de alguma forma ligados ao fantástico. Sendo eu uma pessoa que não consegue amar, verdadeiramente, um livro de contos, fiquei surpreendida por alguns deles, sendo os meus favoritos Pequenos Demónios, Espelhos e Espírito da Natureza. Alguns dos contos eram relativamente previsíveis e, inclusive, o conto John Lennon Nunca Morreu acabou por colocar, na minha mente, a própria Catarina Coelho como narradora (quando, na verdade, o narrador é um homem), por se tornar óbvia a sua adoração pelos Beatles. A escrita, na minha opinião, poderia, em certos pontos, ser um pouco mais elaborada. Sendo os contos tipicamente pouco extensos e não ser usual terem uma continuação, penso que a autora teria beneficiado muito mais em utilizar descrições mais ricas ou uma linguagem um pouco mais elaborada: acabaria por colocar os contos num outro nível. Por fim, basta dizer que este livro é pequenino mas é muito agradável de ler. Foi o companheiro ideal em momentos pós-exames, em que precisava de me distrair com algo, mas não tinha necessariamente vontade de ler algo demasiado grande.
**spoiler alert** UPDATE: Review mais detalhada aqui.
Não que as minhas expectativas fossem muito altas em relação a este livro final, até porque esta**spoiler alert** UPDATE: Review mais detalhada aqui.
Não que as minhas expectativas fossem muito altas em relação a este livro final, até porque esta saga não era das minhas favoritas e tem, para mim, vários problemas desde o primeiro livro, mas este deixou-me desiludida por diversas razões, tais como o facto de 2/3 do livro parecem uma introdução de uma saga e só o ultimo bocado é que parecia começar a contar a história; depois, o fim dá início a um novo ciclo e a ideia que temos é que acabamos de ler sete livros e que faltam ler mais sete; nenhuma das personagens me interessava, excepto, talvez o Quesnestil, pelo simples facto de este contar a história do Deadan, esse sim a única personagem que me interessava (e ele aparece pouquíssimas vezes, comparados com os outros); por fim (e não falando de diversos aspectos), a capa, que é algo que eu NUNCA costumo criticar porque, apesar de esta influenciar a nossa vontade de pegar no livro, não torna a história boa ou má. O problema com esta capa não é que seja feia, pelo contrário, penso que os trabalhos mais recentes do Samuel Santos (?) são lindíssimos; o problema é que mostra-nos logo o que vai acontecer numa das mais importantes batalhas do livro (certo, todos sabíamos que de alguma forma ou de outra alguém teria de lutar contra o Aewyre/Seltor, mas ninguém sabia quem iria resolver essa situação. A capa diz logo: o Quenestil). Enfim, não percebo muito bem porque razão esta saga é tão falada, em termos positivos, não só pela internet fora, como também entre as pessoas, mas a minha obcessão em comprar livros é demasiado grande e eventualmente comprarei todos os outros volumes também.
Uma review mais detalhada surgirá mais tarde no meu blog, cujo link colocarei aqui....more
I was really interested to read this book because it's a compilation of several medieval portuguese poems/stories/sonUPDATE: review em português aqui.
I was really interested to read this book because it's a compilation of several medieval portuguese poems/stories/songs that endured several decades through oral tradition. Plus, one thing I noticed when I first looked at it, is that several poems are not only written in portuguese, but also in castilian and english (some of them were late translations (?), others were the same story but in a diferent language). Now, this is probably the reason why I don't give 5stars to this book: when you read the first 15 poems and the translations you feel really cool and clever (specially if you actually understand what they are saying). But after that, it starts being annoying reading a poem in the portuguese version, then the same thing in castilian and, finally, in english - specially because almost all (almost, notice!) are equal and the only thing that actually differs is the language it's written in. This smooths a lot when you get to the 2nd part of the book, where those translations/versions are rare. But excluding that, this book was really nice to read. I found some good jewels here and I even surprised myself: I liked some castilian versions better than the portuguese ones (and I don't like spanish or any variation of it - sorry!). Also, Almeida Garrett does an introduction to every poem/story/song, sometimes explaining what is the most probable origin of the text, others criticising the changes some "genious" made to it, ... So, if you are really considering if you should or not read this, in my opinion you should. Not only is amusing, as it gives you a little insight about the development of portuguese literature.
- Não tomeis, filho, pesar, Pois claramente sabeis Que pelo muito chorar Não cobrais o que perdeis. Deveis, filho, de cuidar Que nossa vida é um vento Tão ligeiro de passar, Que passa em um momento Por nós assim como o ar. "O Marquês de Mântua" in Romanceiro de Almeida Garret, pag. 341-342 (excerto)...more
Maria Verde looks to me as an unknown poetess, since I can't literally find a thing about this woman. But, oh, well, it's not needed to the review butMaria Verde looks to me as an unknown poetess, since I can't literally find a thing about this woman. But, oh, well, it's not needed to the review but I'm just simply curious. So, if anyone knows anything about this author, specially my portuguese friends, I would be glad if you pass it to me. Thanks.
Now, the review.
I don't read much poetry. Indeed, it's not my favourite type of literature. I'm always reluctant on starting a poem book because, most likely, I will grow tired of it and will never finish it - not cool. Still, since this book is so small, I decided to give it a chance. As you can see, it was just okay. I felt Maria Verde was a woman that spent a lot of her time in the countryside, which may have contributed to the simple writing and subject of the poems but gave her a passion for nature and human beings. But somehow that wasn't enough. I think my favourite poet(ess) is Florbela Espanca, who has so much more emotion in her poems that can physically hurt you. The same happens with Fernando Pessoa, also a great poet - and whose poems I loved to study. So, I cannot help but to compare these last two poets with Maria Verde and, suddenly, she sounds way too... simple.
Not a bad book, but not good enough either....more
The book is interesting and it does make you wonder about many things. However, I have a really hard time reading short stories, for I feel I'm constaThe book is interesting and it does make you wonder about many things. However, I have a really hard time reading short stories, for I feel I'm constantly starting and finishing books, without actually finishing them. Also, I own this in e-book style, which creates two problems: 1) I don't have a specific technology to read this and, even though I could upload it to my BlackBerry, it would not be an easy read for me; 2) I don't like and very rarely read while in the computer. And now I just got annoyed to see the book on my currently-reading list, I'm tired of having this pending and somehow I can't stand continue reading it. Not because the book is bad or anything (even though some stories are more amusing than others), but because I'm tired of it. I do recommend people to read it if it's their type of book or if they feel intrigued by it, for it is a very funny (and sometimes sad) way of discouvering what people think it might happen if there was an actual machine able to tell us how we would die - and it is also funny to know what we think....more
The Age of Fable, by Thomas Bulfinch, is a work that aims to, in the authors words (translated from the portuguese by me), "pReview em português aqui.
The Age of Fable, by Thomas Bulfinch, is a work that aims to, in the authors words (translated from the portuguese by me), "popularize mythology and expand the pleasure of reading". If he succeeds in this, I don't know, but I believe it's possible to extend the pleasure of reading. Bulfinch explains, in a very succinct and direct way, the story of many entities (such as Jupiter, Achilles, Odysseus, Aeneas, and others) and relevant events (such as the Trojan War, for example), allowing us to discover the existing connections in other works (such as Paradise Lost, by Milton) and making easier our comprehension of what is shown to us. This is what the author intends to do and, in some way, he accomplishes it. Many times, while reading The Lusiads, I would come across some connections to greco-roman mythology I wouldn't fully understand, due, in part, to nowadays education. It's unusual to study mythology intensively and most of what I know about it was obtained through studying Camões work. This makes it harder for us to understand and analyse various classic works and, ultimately, helps us running away from them: why would we read something we will not understand? Thus, this book turned out a very pleasant reading: I understand some parts of the story a little bit better, my mental image of the various gods is more solid and I even discovered additional information that turned to be quite useful (after reading the Trojan War chapter I saw the Troy film, with Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom, and I understood it two times better than I would, had I not read the book before; same thing happened with the Clash of the Titans film).
But there are, for me, two serious problems in this book. It's true Bulfinch tells everything in the most succinct way possible (and I appreciate it!), but it always ends up looking like a mere account of the events: Mr. Bulfinch is right there telling us a story in a way any of us would tell somebody else. At a certain point this becomes boring and I almost started to wish he would tell those events as an actual story and not a simple summary. Initially, I blamed the gods (how cliché is that?): there are too many of them, too many names, always angry with each other (and I mean always) or with other mortals and it turns out to be a little bit confused. But the truth is Bulfinch is the responsible one for the writing, so my problem is with his writing, not with the gods. But speaking about gods, this reminds me of two aspects that bothered me a lot: in the first place, more than two thirds of the book is about greco-roman poets, gods, mortals or events; is known that mythology is not limited to that region or time. In second place, very likely due to the first point, there were too many gods and their stories, at a certain point, were too much alike: Jupiter would provoke some nymph, or mortal, or goddess, and Juno would show up all angry and punish all of them in a very cruel manner. Or, instead, Minerva would have been challenged by god-know-who and would turn them into gods-know-what. This became dull, eventually, and the notes I started to leave in the book prove it. Only the final part of the book turns up to be a little bit lighter, talking about some nordic, egipcian or modern mythology, but there so few things about it that I didn't even took notes.
Concluding: it's a nice book if you are interested in mythology and want some things clarified, but have in mind it focuses more on greco-roman mythology. It's also relevant to mention the portuguese translator, Odilom Cabrita de Sousa, whose notes are very convenient to complete the author's notes and work.
Note: please, feel free to correct any mistake I may have made. Thank you!...more
I was so disappointed by this. The only reason why I gave this 2 stars was actually because I liked two of the short stories. Besides those (and evenI was so disappointed by this. The only reason why I gave this 2 stars was actually because I liked two of the short stories. Besides those (and even those aren't perfect), I didn't like most of this book. It felt way to unrealistic, way too fantastical (and, come on, I love fantasy) and I felt stupid all the time. Was there a metaphor or meaning I wasn't getting while reading it? Was there supposed to be a meaning?
I honestly feel so disappointed at this I grew angry at the book.
Anyway, "The Weird Case of Benjamin Button" is very interesting and was obviously my favourite. Apparently the film shows a different story, since in it there is a baby with a grown up mind and in the book we have a baby with a baby mind (after an old man with a grown up mind).
It might still be interesting and, apparently, a lot of people enjoy Fitzgerald and this book. His writing is good and enjoyable, actually. But the story... not to my taste....more