I tend to find stream of consciousness-novels hard to overcome as the human mind is one big puzzle labyrinth with no beginning or end. Hunger by NorweI tend to find stream of consciousness-novels hard to overcome as the human mind is one big puzzle labyrinth with no beginning or end. Hunger by Norwegian Knut Hamsun is also a stream of consciousness-novel, but it appears to be much more simple and is easily overcome; when I turned the first page I simply could not stop before the last was turned as well. Even though the story is rather short, it seems much longer because there are lots of things going on on these few hundred pages.
I am very impressed by the author, and only a bit disappointed in myself for not having read Hunger until now, however, I do believe this is an almost forgotten classic read. The story is rather simple, yet very much important. It shows a psychological study of how basic food is to the human. This statement might seem too obvious, but very few in the modern world starve on daily basis, but to the main character of this novel constant hunger is fact. Most people take food for granted because the modern world offers so much to a very low price, but when you first get bitten by the hunger and has no money in your pocket, the hunger-monster strikes and tears you apart slowly but surely. ...more
I have been looking at this "what did you think?" box for quite some time now, and I am still not sure exactly what I thought of Nicholas And AlexandrI have been looking at this "what did you think?" box for quite some time now, and I am still not sure exactly what I thought of Nicholas And Alexandra by Robert K. Massie. I think it might have been one of best best reads I have experienced for a very long time. I usually do not do well with non-fiction which this novel is, however, Robert K. Massie must be a wizard of something supernatural because he somehow managed to make this non-fiction and historical event fiction like; the novel contains so many detailed details about the Romanov's whereabouts, emotions and even their looks, but also the story of each member of the family.
I have always been fascinated by the last Russian tsar and its tragic end, but Nicholas And Alexandra by Robert K. Massie took my fascination to a brand new level, leaving me crying for Alexandra's fights, gasping when the tsar was shot and shouting when Anastasia refused to die. I yelled at Rasputin the minute he was introduced, and my hear broke each time Alexei had to put up with hemophilia, but most of all this novel made me wonder. What if Alexandra had not been from German? What if she did not pass on hemophilia to her only son? What if her and Nicholas did not have a son at all, that would have left Rasputin out of the picture, but would that have made the tsar of Russia live till today? I wonder, it aches but I want more. ...more
Autobiographies are always hard to rate because that means you will also have to rate the life of the person which the book is about, however, to readAutobiographies are always hard to rate because that means you will also have to rate the life of the person which the book is about, however, to read about Pushkin, who is my all time favourite Russian writer and poet there can be no doubt that he lived an interesting life with an evil mother who preferred his sister and once let him starve for a day as a punishment.
The only problem with the book is that Pushkin did not write it himself, yet the references are many makes this read more reliable even though Pushkin did not write it himself. Another thing I got extremely annoyed by was the the stories of many less or even non interesting characters that, in my opinion, could have been left out, because they did not do any good for Pushkin.
At last I'm pleased I have read this book and I will probably read it again sometime. He is, after all, a very interesting man with a very interesting talent that ended far too early. ...more