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 shall have to believe even though I cannot understand.”
At the moment I have read the first book of Edgar Rice Burrough's Barsoom-series, and I'm“I shall have to believe even though I cannot understand.”
At the moment I have read the first book of Edgar Rice Burrough's Barsoom-series, and I'm currently reading the second novel. They are not perfect, but I do like them although many of the characters are one-dimensional, meaning that they are either perfectly good or perfectly evil. When I the first half of "A Princess of Mars" I felt like I was reading a non-fiction book about space and its living creatures. Nothing was left to my imagination, as John Carter is a man of numbers; he measures everything; body parts, length, days, you name it and he does it all the time. I couldn't help but think of hims as Charles Darwin going to space with superhuman powers...
Yet I cannot help but continue the series. It guess it is a guilty pleasure of some sort to me. I like the simple writing, the outer space and its life. I like the world Edgar Rice Burroughs has created and I like to discover more about pulp-fiction. I do not particularly like John Carter as he is somewhat a male chauvinist, but I do not dislike him either. He is a product of the the time in which he was written, and I very much enjoy his many epic battles and the green men of mars. I will probably follow them to the end of the universe.
“I do not believe that I am made of the stuff which constitutes heroes, because, in all of the hundreds of instances that my voluntary acts have placed me face to face with death, I cannot recall a single one where any alternative step to that I took occurred to me until many hours later.” ...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