Well, this book is actually a strange one. It takes you "out" of the story, but you can feel for the whole reading the hot summer in which it is set.Well, this book is actually a strange one. It takes you "out" of the story, but you can feel for the whole reading the hot summer in which it is set. Gatsby, who should be the empty character made only of external appearance, is actually the deepest of the characters. His life is built and shaped around the love he has for Daisy, and he is so passionate to buy a house on the other side of the bay just to see the lights of Daisy's life. Daisy and Tom are perfectly described from Nick: they are destroyers, not caring much of what is left behind, but just taking care of their own. The ending is bitter and unfair, but maybe the right one for the book. ...more
OK, what I must tell is I loved this book. I started reading without remembering much the plot, and just after a few pages, I was already both angry aOK, what I must tell is I loved this book. I started reading without remembering much the plot, and just after a few pages, I was already both angry and sad. David Henry, such an unresolved man, with loads of unspoken problems inside, that in the attempt to save tho his wife a troubled life, prefers to deliver her baby girl and pretend she is not anymore on planet earth. It is so touching, if you think that he, in this istant of madness, thought that death would have been better accepted, and maybe forgot. I can't tell you I felt anger for David, but a lot of pity, yes. Pity for not being able to "accept" himself, but on being so stubborn to claim Norah's acceptation of death, whatever. Then there's Caroline, so sweet and strongat the same time. And Pheobe, determined to live the life his father would never dream about. What we should really understand, is that we'll never know what life is bringing, and we are not able to foresee what is best for us and our beloved ones. We just have to try. And fail, sometimes. ...more
While it obviously is a reconstruction of the events by the author, in the end I liked this book. It is not sticking to the adventure itself, but moreWhile it obviously is a reconstruction of the events by the author, in the end I liked this book. It is not sticking to the adventure itself, but more going into Chris McCandless thoughts and emotions. What has driven Chris/Alex to leave everything and think about living in such a remote place as Alaska, wandering to the West of USA before has been seen, from many, as an selfish and arrogant behavior. But the author explains quite well how, when you are around 20, death seems such a remote event and thinking strongly you can do a thing, makes you believe it is practically done, you just have to go there and take it. Chris was no idiot to what I could understand. It was also an enjoyable company for all those he met on his path. He took a few thing lightly, a think we all have done but mainly in situations that could be fixed. After all, if you think about it, at one point he wanted to come back. He achieved his goal, he even thought about having a family. If only he had a map. If only. The sad outcome has actually been decided, as it often is, by an "if only". It's only a small solace to believe he could have take death peacefully when it came.
--------- Pur essendo, ovviamente, un riscostruzione degli eventi da parte dell'autore, alla fine il libro mi è piaciuto. Non è troppo legato all'avventura stessa, ma analizza i pensieri e le emozioni di Chris McCandless. Quello che ha spinto Chris/Alex a a lasciare tutto e pensare di vivere in un posto solitario come l'Alaska, vagando prima per l'ovest degli Usa è stato visto, da molti, come un comportamento egoista ed arrogante. Ma l'autore spiega bene come a 20 anni, la morte sembri un'eventualità remota, e il solo pensiero di poter fare una cosa ci porta a credere che quella cosa sia ormai fatta, dobbiamo solo andare a prenderla. Da quel che ho potuto capire, Chris non era un idiota. E' stato anche una compagnia piacevole per coloro che l'hanno incontrato nel suo cammino. Ha sicuramente preso delle decisioni alla leggera, cosa che abbiamo fatto tutti ma in situazioni in cui risolvere era più semplice. Dopotutto, c'è stato un momento in cui Chris era deciso a tornare . Quando finalmente ha raggiunto il suo obiettivo, ha addirittura pensato di farsi una famiglia. Se solo avesse avuto una mappa. Se solo. Il triste epilogo è stato deciso, come spesso capita, da un "se solo". E' una magra consolazione pensare che, alla fine, ha accettato pacificamente l'arrivo della morte. ...more
**spoiler alert** I must admit that I haven't been fascinated by this saga for a long while. I heard about it, but I guess it's a book that you must r**spoiler alert** I must admit that I haven't been fascinated by this saga for a long while. I heard about it, but I guess it's a book that you must read only if it 'calls' you while trying to decide what to read next. So, I bought it mostly because of curiosity :P So, let's see what I should say... in the beginning, I regretted buying and reading this book: it was sooooo boring! Luckily this lasted only for a few pages, and then the characters started to take a shape. I started liking it, and finished loving both Bella and Edward :P What I must say is that I found it a bit of repetitive on vocabulary (that is not bad for a non-mothertongue as I am but can be a bit annoying after reading the same words for at least 30 times...), and is not a masterpiece in literature ;) I liked the idea of the vampire seen in this new way, and the fact that Bella really seems such a normal teenager who doesn't excel at everything she does. Plus, she must be really clever to understand that, with all the idiots you can find in your life, having a vampire boyfriend should not be so bad ;) It's quite clear that they will end up together, and that -no- she won't die because of James. But that is something a reader need to know sometimes, just how things will end up ;) I am not a teenager anymore, and I guess that reading it as a teenager must be a bit different. But I must confess that finding an Edward out there for me too wouldn't be that bad, actually ;)...more
Despite having seen the movie many times, this has little to share with the movie itself. I actually was surprised to know knowing the plot did not afDespite having seen the movie many times, this has little to share with the movie itself. I actually was surprised to know knowing the plot did not affect my reading, as the book gave so many interesting details that I was captured by it from beginning to the end. The first thing I loved is a glimpse of the past of both Ellen and Gerald. Ellen, at the very beginning of her life, reminded me a bit of Scarlett, even if she clearly takes all of her nature from Gerald. I couldn't but like Scarlett, even with her malice and defects, as I believe she is a modern woman, the architect not only of her own life, but also the architect of the lives of some who are close to her. She was able to get up after a terrible downfall and able to overstep the model of the women at that time. Melany is the other character I loved: she is described as frail and little and shy, but she is everything but those adjectives. Melany is another strong woman, devote both to Scarlett and Ashley, incapable of blame against those who she loves best. I believe the book highlights how the bond between Scarlett and Melany is something built up step by step by both, even if Scarlett seems not interested in her friendship. Ashley was probably the most surprising of the characters, such a dull man! One who can't do anything but live in the past, where he was set into a dream life at Twelwe Oaks in which things just would flew without nothing really disappointing would happen! And to think Scarlett lost Rhett for this idiot! What to say about Rhett? The most hated character is also the less hypocrite, always able to stand in different situations, always straightforward in his statements! Ah Scarlett, I hope tomorrow you will really able to regain his love ;)
ps. I didn't quite know a thing about the US secession war, and knowing things through this reading made me curious. I think this is another good point to the book: it never bores you to death with long and tedious descriptions, but gave you some links to enjoy even the history part :)...more