As a non-native French speaker, I'm always intrigued to read about others' experience in learning the language. The common belief is that past a certaAs a non-native French speaker, I'm always intrigued to read about others' experience in learning the language. The common belief is that past a certain age, it is nearly impossible for an individual to attain fluency in a foreign language. Personally, I learned French as a child, and continued with it to the university level and onwards, so I wondered : would my own previous struggles relate in any way to the author's ?
That being said, I am wary of the increasing market of so-called writers who seek to publish books on a variety of seemingly arbitrary topics. I have made a career out of my love for French culture, working as both a translator and a language instructor, and so I understand the effect that French has on an individual. Increasingly, however, I thought while reading : What is the purpose of this book ? I did not think that the author contributed anything of particular value in documenting his own experience, and it became increasingly difficult to motivate myself to finish reading this book. The "delightful" humor that so many other reviews on Goodreads reference was, admittedly, absent in my own reading of the text. The author's attempt to alternate between his personal life and indiscriminate information concerning France became quite jarring, as the latter read like your average Wikipedia articles. Rather than contribute to the cohesion of the text, it gave the impression that the author's own personal experiences were not as engaging as they ultimately should have been to the reader. ...more
Potential for spoilers, I suppose. (view spoiler)[While the series is not worthwhile from a purely literary standpoint, del Toro and Hogan's THE STRAINPotential for spoilers, I suppose. (view spoiler)[While the series is not worthwhile from a purely literary standpoint, del Toro and Hogan's THE STRAIN trilogy is a lot of fun. It's refreshing to see a contribution to the genre which focuses more on the horror aspects of vampire lore, and the end result is a story that's truly terrifying. I enjoyed Ephraim Goodweather's progression from an epidemiologist trying to combat the spreading vampire plague by a purely quantitative approach, to a man increasingly losing control and struggling to preserve his humanity.
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Poorly written, and without proper citation. I found the anecdotes to be quite jarring -- not to mention, dubious. Why is a sports commentator writingPoorly written, and without proper citation. I found the anecdotes to be quite jarring -- not to mention, dubious. Why is a sports commentator writing about Celia Sánchez, anyway? Navigating the literature available on the main figures of the Cuban Revolution can often be frustrating and produce lackluster results. I attribute this to Fidel Castro's genius at controlling his image over the decades, which in part influences idealistic fools such as the author of this book. Save your time, your money -- look elsewhere, i.e. the great Ann Louise Bardach....more