Review 2012: It has been a year since I last spend time with Charlie in The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky but in the meantime I haveReview 2012: It has been a year since I last spend time with Charlie in The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky but in the meantime I have been thinking a lot about him and his story. It is without doubt one of those rare stories that stays with you in a long time after you have finished it, maybe even forever. Even though it only contains two-hundred-and-something pages the stories reaches so far beyond these few pages, and it really shows that less is better if you know how to use it perfectly. Not a single letter of Charlie's holds waste or nonsense.
Review 2011: My fingers have been on the keyboard for minutes now, but still I haven managed to write anything, which is why I'm writing this instead. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky might seem like a classic young adult book about being a teenager and how difficult high school and growing up can be, but it's really not. It's like opening the doors to your wardrobe, expecting to see the usual stuff; but then it's like when the Pevensies kids found Narnia; it's so much more.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky made me cry just as much as the main character, Charlie, does. It made me stay up all night because it made me wonder about so many things which all made me so sad that I cried. But all in a good way. I do believe more young adult books should be like The Perks of Being a Wallflower . It teaches you so much more about life and identity than regular teen books which is all about love and getting your heart broken.
Please, Dead as a Doornail wasn't my cup of tea at all. I find it hard to connect to the story and it gets even harder to stand Sookie Stackhouse. FroPlease, Dead as a Doornail wasn't my cup of tea at all. I find it hard to connect to the story and it gets even harder to stand Sookie Stackhouse. From the very beginning Sookie has always felt sort of innocent whihc is a totally different story now. we don't get to see either Bill or Eric so much in this book and I thought too many characters were involved in the plot. ...more
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
The Casual Vancancy is probably the most hyped book of the year, and many, including myself, will only read it because the empress of wand wavering wrThe Casual Vancancy is probably the most hyped book of the year, and many, including myself, will only read it because the empress of wand wavering wrote it, and I do think it is a shame. This book has nothing to do with spells, magical beats or sorting hat songs. This is all about the world as we know it, where the poor deal with the community, where every housewife gossip to each other, where beatings behind closed doors are as likely to happen as sitting down for dinner with the family.
This is true side of a community in crisis, where people struggle privatle as well as in public. The Casual Vancancy shows what happens when people stop caring for one another, and the consequences of when no one takes care of those in need.
My personal troubles with reading this was the fact that I do not normally do well with several main characters because I lose track of each character's situation fairly fast, which also did happened while reading The Casual Vancancy, but not in a way that made me shop reading the five-hundred pages long novel. I honestly think almost every character has a personality of his or hers own. Another problem was the cover which pretty much looked like something made in Paint during a boring school lesson, but these are trifles.
I over all think this is a very adult novel in every possible way. Also, people including the newspaper critics, need to get over the fact that our beloved Harry Potter, the boy with the lighting scar on his forehead that had the greatest impact on most of our lives, has ended. The Casual Vancancy has nothing whatsoever to do with Harry and the Golden Trio, and people need to get over that and read this novel for what it is. ...more
Despise the fact that The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare is not one of my favourite works of the author, the language, monologues and dDespise the fact that The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare is not one of my favourite works of the author, the language, monologues and dialogues are still magnificent. That said I do not think any book, play or poem can manage on the writing style alone.
Instead of getting into details about what I disliked about this specific play, I would rather write about the things which I think worked. For example there are strong characters, especially the ones with French of Welsh accents. Even thought these dialogues were hard to read they were still quite funny and the characters traits grew strong, however, I do think there is too many characters involved in this play.
Another thing I did like about this play was the overall plot: a man with financial troubles plans to woo (married) women in order to get money from them while three different men are chasing after the same daughter that somehow climaxes in a lot of cross-dressing. I think cross-dressing must have been a good laugh during Shakespeare's time. ...more
Dear F. Scott Fitzgerald, what in the name of great literature are you doing to me? You Tender Is the Night is nothing like our The Great Gatsby, andDear F. Scott Fitzgerald, what in the name of great literature are you doing to me? You Tender Is the Night is nothing like our The Great Gatsby, and yet it held some of the same themes. While I read this novel, I kept wandering between 'like' and 'really like' so I have decided to stay with like seeing there were also parts I did not like very much.
I very much like how this novel deals with loss, loneliness, and isolation as well as desolation, and at least also how every individual handle these aspects of life. I like how the characters seemed flat all the way through the story and because of the way Fitzgerald tells his story, and yet you can really feel the pains of the characters' tragedies. If that does not make an enjoyable read I do not know what does. THe only thing that annoyed me a little was the thought of how the reader can read the chapters in random order and probably not feel like you have missed much. ...more
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri is a great novel about culture clashes and the difficulties you might have if you're a child of immigrated parents. TheThe Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri is a great novel about culture clashes and the difficulties you might have if you're a child of immigrated parents. The writing style is simple and easy to read, still you get to feel the main character's, Gogol Ganguli, pain about his name and his struggles to go to an American school and live in a home with Indian traditions. I think this part is the most important part of the book, and I've a theory that many of those who disliked this novel, didn't really understand or at least try to understand what it most feel like to be divided between two cultures which are both your own.
For me the book could have ended after Mr. Ganguli tells his son his secret, and even though I wasn't as hooked about second part of the novel as I was about part one, I believe second part is important to show the process of acceptances. I added this book to my favourite shelf because it's definitely worth a reread, but also because it deals with some very relevant themes you can't read too much about. ...more
"Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman is a wonderfully written story which proves that fantasy can easily be written for and read by adults. The author, Neil Ga"Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman is a wonderfully written story which proves that fantasy can easily be written for and read by adults. The author, Neil Gaiman, waves his magical pen and creates a secondary universe to the world of the ordinary, leaving the reader with two very different Londons even though they both share the same street names, London Above and London Below.
Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London when he one day comes across a girl laying on the pavement. Richard has an ordinary life with an ordinary job and a snobbish girlfriend. The moment he decides to help the girl, Door, he could never have imagine what a world he was about to enter. Imagine, a world underneath your feet where Giants as well as tiny rats walk, where animals terrorize and hunters must do everything in their power to put them down, where you can buy nightmares, lost objects and trash at the market to a very fair price, but also where danger lurks in the corners of this strange place. Door is running from someone who killed her family, and somehow Richard ends up in this dangerous world of hers which is nothing compared to the ordinary.
This is a story so well written and well composed that I do not have the right words or the same magic to even put them together the way Neil Gaiman manages to do so well. The only thing that irritated me a bit, was the slowly moving plot, but when this first starts moving, oh, how fast it moves then!...more
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess many seems to love and since it was recommend by my book club, I decided to give it a shot. I've never been thisA Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess many seems to love and since it was recommend by my book club, I decided to give it a shot. I've never been this wrong about a book before; everything I thought about it was smashed to the grown on the very first page where I first meet the very different writing style which caused me a little trouble reading, yes I am very embarrassed to admit this. That said, it doesn't mean the writing style was a mess, because I believe it's the most characteristic about it and I also grew fond on it after getting used to it.
The main character, Alex, likes ultra-violence, rape, drugs and Beethoven's Ninth. That description alone should make the reading experience exciting but for me I just didn't work. I didn't feel like i could relate to Alex in any ways nor could I feel his pain and reasons for his actions. I just felt old listening to him.
The book holds 3 sections, each containing 7 chapters, for a total of 21 chapters so it's an easy read when you get use to the writing style. If you're interested in modern literature or like to widen your horizon when it comes to genres of books this might be a place to start. Just because it didn't work for me doesn't mean it won't work for you....more