This book is, for the most part, exceedingly horrible. One star would be more than enough for it. But Sparks earns a second for one or two paragraphsThis book is, for the most part, exceedingly horrible. One star would be more than enough for it. But Sparks earns a second for one or two paragraphs at the very end of the book which redeem him to a minuscule extent, and which really are capable of making the reader feel what the author clearly expects him/her to have felt throughout this otherwise-painful work of literature.
The story is tragically trite and insipid. Boy (Noah) meets girl (Allie), they fall in love, they suffer a grievous separation for 14 years, and then find each other again. But the girl is engaged and now has to choose between her rich fiance and her long-lost love. YAWN. Plus, Sparks peppers the story with phrases like ".. questions danced in his mind like water drops in a frying pan" and Allie's intensely annoying and frequent cries of "Oh, Noah! My sweet Noah! Noaah!"
Even the sex scenes don't hold your attention.
This is the first book by Sparks I've read. It will also be the last. Clearly this book has only worked for him because of how hopelessly melodramatic it is (that appeals to some people, yes?).
That being said, at the very end, he does evoke the sense of loss and loneliness Noah feels when he watches life fading away from himself and from Allie. Can't say more or it'll be a spoiler. Frankly, this book isn't worth your time or money. And not because it's romantic -- plenty of books I've enjoyed have had a strong theme of romance and mush -- but because it's just very badly written. ...more
Let's put it simply. Cosmos is required reading for everyone who lives on this planet. It will give you a sense of perspective that nothing else can -Let's put it simply. Cosmos is required reading for everyone who lives on this planet. It will give you a sense of perspective that nothing else can -- no lofty ideology, no omniscient religion, no inspiring quotations can explain things quite as clearly as Carl Sagan's treatise on science, reality, and the nature of things in this universe. Mind-bending and dazzling, and best of all, uncluttered by confusing scientific terminology. A book worthy of all the positive superlatives I can think of bestowing on it.
We have held the peculiar notion that a person or society that is a little different from us, whoever we are, is somehow strange or bizarre, to be distrusted or loathed. Think of the negative connotations of words like alien or outlandish. And yet the monuments and cultures of each of our civilisations merely represent different ways of being human. An extraterrestrial visitor, looking at the differences among human beings and their societies, would find those differences trivial compared to the similarities. The Cosmos may be densey populated with intelligent beings. But the Darwinian lesson is clear: There will be no humans elsewhere. Only here. Only on this small planet. We are a rare as well as an endangered species. Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.
This is the first Booker-Prize-winning book that I have actually liked, and I must admit to being quite surprised. I could call this "The Catcher in tThis is the first Booker-Prize-winning book that I have actually liked, and I must admit to being quite surprised. I could call this "The Catcher in the Rye of our times," but it would be unnecessary because Vernon God Little manages to hold its own in the world of contemporary literature without needing to be buffered by a comparison to other good books. It has a protagonist who's one of the funniest and most irreverent characters to appear on the literary scene in a long, long time.
Yes, it also involves a school shootout, but it isn't some sort of sociological study of what happens in the heads of teenagers who are finally provoked to kill. It's not sentimental, so don't expect it to be. No euphemisms, no painstaking and annoying efforts at political correctness, no pretensions to being anything other than what it is -- the story of a fifteen-year-old trying to figure out this deal called life and in the process, to keep from being executed for a crime he didn't commit....more