"Brighton Rock" by Graham Greene is a crime novel but very different from typical crime novels. Instead of following the detective trying to solve the...more"Brighton Rock" by Graham Greene is a crime novel but very different from typical crime novels. Instead of following the detective trying to solve the murder case, we follow several characters including the murder and his many conflicts - also those which are not related to his crime. He is also only seventeen years old which gives a new perspective to the genre.
"I know one thing you don't. I know the difference between Right and Wrong. They didn't teach you that at school."
There were times when it reminded me of "The Outsiders" byS. E. Hinton which I enjoyed, but I just did not feel any connection to this book whatsoever. I tried really hard to let the words take me on a ride, but they did not, even though I tried to imagine how it would feel like if they did. I got bored and did not relate to any of the characters. Even though I can see why this is loved, this book just was not for me, sadly. (less)
This is one of those rare moments where I must confess that I prefer the film to the book. "Bridget Jones's Diary" by Helen Fielding is a film a can w...moreThis is one of those rare moments where I must confess that I prefer the film to the book. "Bridget Jones's Diary" by Helen Fielding is a film a can watch over and over and still get the tingling feeling in my stomach every time Darcy enters the screen, and the laughs keeps coming whenever Bridget gets all tangled up in her own head.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces.”
The book, however, I somewhat different; Bridget is hysterical beyond comprehension, and her outbursts about graining a few pounds became annoying within a few chapters. Whenever Bridget weights 54 kilos she is utter perfection (but living very unhealthy), and when she weights 58 kilos she is a whale (but living more realistic). I know it is suppose to be happy that she is so dramatic about food, alcohol and cigarettes, but I did not find her to be so.
““But if you are single the last thing you want is your best friend forming a functional relationship with somebody else.”
Bridget is the mother of hypocrites, and even though she is funny, she is also hysterical, extreme and naive. Perhaps the extreme proves the points of Helen Fielding, at least it did not work for me. The ending, which is somewhat different from the film version annoyed me as well: the fact that Bridget was away by the right man instead of the one pleased me, but it annoyed me to no end that she seemed so passively about it. Despite that however, it is a funny, light read.(less)
I first discovered Bo Burnham back in 2008, and I have been following him faithfully ever since, coursing me to laugh myself silly and light-headed, a...moreI first discovered Bo Burnham back in 2008, and I have been following him faithfully ever since, coursing me to laugh myself silly and light-headed, and it is also the case with "Egghead: Or, You Can't Survive on Ideas Alone", but it did a lot more than just making me smile wide; it made me question humanity, and light up the hope for modern poetry in its most modern sense of the word as well as the finest.
“I love you just the way you are but you don't see you like I do. You shouldn't try so hard to be perfect. Trust me, perfect should try to be you.”
This piece of poetry is absolutely mind blowing and admirable for the hard work behind it, shining bright between the lines like tiny little suns. On stage Burnham is known for skilfully playing around with words like a child with Lego; building new sentences and tearing old ones apart. With its many tongue twisters "Egghead" made it to my list of favourite books, as I could not keep myself from starting all over as soon as I had finished the last word in the last poem. (less)