I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this - And I use the word 'enjoyed' in the loosest sense because how much 'enjoyment' can you get out of reading aI'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this - And I use the word 'enjoyed' in the loosest sense because how much 'enjoyment' can you get out of reading about the destruction of a human being's life?
I already knew about the WM3 case and have seen Echols interviewed about his life over the years so wasn't really expecting to learn anything new in this book.
I was wrong.
Not only is Echols an incredibly poetic writer but there's something even more heartbreaking about reading first hand accounts of what those teenage boys were put through. How Echols managed to survive is a testament to the willpower, determination, and strength he has inside him (not to mention the loved ones who continued to fight his case).
This book covers the first 37 years of Echols' life and is remarkably well-written in that, as the years pass, even the narrator's tone alters to give you a sense of how life is shaping and changing this man.
I couldn't recommend this book enough. It'll make you rage at the big boys in charge and it'll make you weep over the horrific injustice that's still going on....more
Such an important book that reflects so much on Korean society - especially in the role that women play. Quite dark throughout so definitely not for tSuch an important book that reflects so much on Korean society - especially in the role that women play. Quite dark throughout so definitely not for the faint of heart but still a must-read. Will definitely be checking out more of Han Kang's writing....more
I can appreciate that the fantasy genre is hugely popular but I struggle with it at the best of timeI'm still not entirely sure what to make of this.
I can appreciate that the fantasy genre is hugely popular but I struggle with it at the best of times. I need my stories to be steeped in reality and find it hard to keep up with what's happening in a lot of fantasy fiction. I figured that as I'm a huge fan of King's horror novels, this might be the one journey into fantasy I can get along with.
Hmmm ... It wasn't exactly.
A lot of this book left me feeling so confused and, just as I thought I was beginning to grasp what was going on and what the Dark Tower/Roland/The Man in Black symbolise, something would happen that would lose me again.
There seemed to be so much going on all at once and yet I kept feeling like I was missing something.
Having said that, I know that many people were left with similar feelings over this first book but have said that the 2nd and 3rd in the series are a huge improvement and everything starts to become clear.
We'll see. I haven't decided whether I'll continue yet but nothing's ruled out....more
I'm about 95 pages away from the end of this book but I'm not entirely sure I can finish it.
To be honest, I'm disappointed with how little I'm enjoyinI'm about 95 pages away from the end of this book but I'm not entirely sure I can finish it.
To be honest, I'm disappointed with how little I'm enjoying it. I was recommended this book by a friend after struggling with my own bout of depression. I suppose my expectations were too great because I really did think I'd be reading something I could relate to.
That hasn't been the case. Okay, there are some aspects of her mental illness I understand and have experienced too but, overall, this book doesn't seem to be about mental illness at all. In fact, it doesn't seem to have any focus. Her humour starts off as mildly amusing but, after a while, it just gets old and feels forced.
Considering the tagline is "A funny book about horrible things", I was quite surprised at how little of it I found funny. Maybe I just have a different sense of humour. Maybe it's just her style of writing - I've tried reading the author's blog a number of times but it's never managed to hold my interest.
I hate to leave a book unread, especially when I'm so close to the end, but it's getting to the point where reading (one of my favourite hobbies) feels like a chore so I'm not sure I want to waste any more time on it....more
A phenomenal read. Bayard Rustin was the man who taught Martin Luther King how to use nonviolent resistance and also organised the historic 1963 MarchA phenomenal read. Bayard Rustin was the man who taught Martin Luther King how to use nonviolent resistance and also organised the historic 1963 March on Washington. Rustin was a committed pacifist who was part of practically every campaign for peace & civil rights between the 1930s-1970s.
So why has history tried to erase his name?
Because he was gay. His homosexuality branded him a "pervert" & forced him to take a back seat, allowing others to use his ideas, words, and strategies to make a difference instead.
An incredible book about an incredibly inspiring man. The last few chapters got a little long-winded and heavy with a lot of focus on American politics that I didn't understand much of (as an ignorant Brit) but, overall, a recommended read for all....more