As I am sitting at my computer, fingers hovering over and tapping different letters, I’m wondering what to write about Slowness. Slowness was an inter...moreAs I am sitting at my computer, fingers hovering over and tapping different letters, I’m wondering what to write about Slowness. Slowness was an interesting read, that’s for sure. It’s my first Milan Kundera book that was given to me by a friend who didn’t want to collect the books she reads -I know, I don’t understand either!!!- anyway, I’m here, propped on my computer chair and wondering...
What did I think of this book? I’m a bit confused on that question. I know it made me think, but I also remember rushing through it... I read it in a little under two hours I believe. So what did I think of the book? This question remains. It was good. Not the best book I ever read, but it had it’s good parts. No noticeable bad parts either. I like the connectivity of the stories, they all blended, in a way at least.
There is a story that the narrator speaks of: No Tomorrow. Which until a couple minutes ago, I didn’t know it was a real story by Vivant Denon. Color me surprised! I may just read it one day, to know more about it and to draw my own conclusions about what happens. The story intertwines with the rest of the story beautifully.
I’m a bit disappointed that we didn’t get a more profound look into the life of the narrator. His wife is kind of funny, for the little we see her and the actions of the narrator that we don’t see much. Of course him being the narrator, we see his thoughts frequently, which is a nice touch... Even if I disliked narrator that have a role in the story -even if just a little- but now I’m growing fond of it, yeah.
The imagery was beautiful by times -God’s window- and the quirkiness of the Czech scientist who I felt needed a bigger place, because he has such mesmerizing pride & melancholy it was beautiful. I haven’t read another book by Kundera, which I already wrote... I’m saying this again because I was reading over some reviews and someone noted that the melancholy wasn’t at its best in this book... Now I must read another book my Kundera to see that for myself.
The idea of ‘Dancers’ was an interesting one and I don’t believe it’s used commonly in the way the book suggests. Vincent may be a sweet character but I didn’t like the story attached to him, at least middle to end. My favorite characters were the narrator and the description we got of Madame de T.
This will now be my conclusion, it was a satisfying novel, going beyond the original purpose of the book which was to entertain. It made me think of enjoying the moment and some stuff of the sort, fidelity/infidelity and also how the world changes and what we are expected to do, act like and accept in vain of. This book deserves a four stars and I’m happy to have read it.(less)
I have so many books at home I could read, but of course my friend asks me to go to the library with her and of course I had to say yes... Why wouldn'...moreI have so many books at home I could read, but of course my friend asks me to go to the library with her and of course I had to say yes... Why wouldn't I, I mean hello -plenty of books! I was in my usual section, the section where I found Lolita, and was browsing, not really searching for something except maybe a future read... Yet I found three books I couldn't put down and ignore until a better time. I had to take them. This is one of the three books and I'm proud of myself for taking it -yes even if I don't need to go to the library because, yes I have that many books to read at home.
On to the review of this book: the 100 tales are not exactly the typical westernized (read Walt Disney) fairy tales and because I had no expectation except having fun reading cute and fun stories: I was in no point disappointed. I had never read full original fairy tales before, those that are not edited by Walt Disney or even retold fairy tales from talented authors. I do have a book of original fairy tales (monstrous actually!) but I still haven't found the time to read it. Because of that, I have no basis of comparison to critic if these were better or not than my other reads on the same subject.
For a first read on original fairy tales, I loved it. I really-really did. Some of them were cute, some a little less so, yet always as good. I don't believe women have as much as a place in those than in our stories, even if there was a full sections on women. Most of them, if correctly remembered, were about men and with a secondary character that was female and sometimes the woman was absent from the story all together. The tales were more like lessons people should learn... Like that section on greed, which was maybe my favorite of them all, maybe. I'm not quite sure because the book was full of great interesting stories. (less)
First time reading a book by Murakami and I'll say this: I'm glad I did.
It started at the library, I was looking for Murakami's book 1Q83 and it was a...moreFirst time reading a book by Murakami and I'll say this: I'm glad I did.
It started at the library, I was looking for Murakami's book 1Q83 and it was already with someone else... I still looked at his other books and found this one, read the cover and said "Yeah, I'll read this!"; so here I am, not a week after I had it between my hands and flash! it's gone... All absorbed in my mind.
At the start, the words used weren't conventional (shuffling...) and I was reading this book in a very noisy place and had to read some things twice or trice before understanding it completely. The start was good and then things got tough (meaning that I didn't always get what was going on, but that may have been because of where I was...) then it got really good. I would love to read this book in a couple years and see what I learned through that reading... This time, I learned to cherish life and to love it as is, with the failures and the success, from the smallest victory of life, this perfection that is so imperfect... Oh well... (: Really good book, buy it right away. C;
I loved the two worlds that are so different. The two point of vues are also a plus. After reading Twilight, I got a repulsion towards reading books with the narrator being a someone and not just being a vague being who doesn't exist in the universe of the book and now this book just convinced me that some books have wonderfully written first person narrator!
That will be all. C: Have a nice time reading this book. (less)
I don't remember the exact moment I discovered this book, I don't remember the exact moment I decided this would be my type of book... I still don't k...moreI don't remember the exact moment I discovered this book, I don't remember the exact moment I decided this would be my type of book... I still don't know what pushed me to take the book at the library, except the knowledge that this book was going to be the most amazing thing I'll read -it was not, but I don't think I have read enough books to decide which one is the most amazing anyway...
What I remember from the acquirement of this book is that I was at the library, browsing through what I believe is the Russian Lit section... I can't really say what exactly the section is, I remember seeing Leo Tolstoy and a couple more authors, but there was also a section on how the world came to be and stuff like that. I find it ironic, but that may just be me.
So, I was there, looking at the books when this displaced book caught my attention. Lolita. I remember talking about this book with someone, saying how I wanted to read it, how I was almost obsessed with finally knowing what actually happened, and there it was, sitting prettily on other books, catching my eyes. I felt my heart race as I took the book, actually excited for a book as I never have been before. I was already wondering, who was playing whom? -Okay, maybe I'm romanticizing the events, but this is my review, so yeah-
I searched for other books and finally got out of there, giddy and almost skipping until I arrived home -and this, I'm not romanticizing it, I actually did get extremely giddy...- and didn't even look at the book more than a couple seconds, telling my mom about it and then placing it on my desk and forgetting it until the next day. And then, my adventure with Lolita actually started until complete, until May, the eleventh.
It took me a long time to finish this book, I had to renew them once so I could finish it, but that doesn't mean it wasn't extremely good. It may not be the best book of all time, but that is very simple to explain... It was only because of the end... The sole reason this didn't get a five stars was because the ending, slowing the pace even more, got boring very quickly and I skimmed a bit of it; I'm sure I'm missing some crucial events -maybe?- but I don't want to read it again, I was under the sun -getting my first sunburn- and I was anxious for the end, wondering how was the conclusion going to bundle everything up... I was a little disappointed -I'm sorry!- by the writing of the last couple chapters, it wasn't as good, for me, as the rest; because the beginning, the middle and also the last past (words from Nabokov himself) were pure gold.
Lolita, one of the main characters, had delicious catchy phrases that made me smile a couple times. H.H was also pure gold in his struggles and his view of the relation he had with Lolita... As I was starting the book, I was excited for their meeting, I wondered, after that, the motivation of Lolita, then I was excited for the conclusion of their relationship; wondering where it'll go... Will he be discovered? Is he going to jail? Are they going to become partners? Every little detail made me think of where it was going...
I'm a bit angry with myself for coming back to the GoodReads page where I read the description again and saw something I didn't want to know at that moment, but it made me anticipated the book even more. I was already on that thought, but to see it written, yet not in the book, made me slightly sad when I got to that part... It was still extremely thrilling!
The book could seem shocking on a superficial level, I believe though that this book is to express something that can happen everyday, that surely happens often. Maybe not the exact situation, but to some degree is very plausible and the thought of it happening makes me angry and sad too. Yet, in this book, it made me think of those people that don't seem to know how to stop themselves and not destroy the life of younger or older or same aged people... Not that I'm thinking about them as 'ah, the poor criminal', but... I believe H.H tried to fight this desire he had and just that little resistance makes this much sadder in a sense. If he had just succumbed to his desire without a bit a resistance, I don't believe this book would have had the same graciously perfect effect it had on me. It wouldn't have become a bad book, or bad literature, but it would have became a two or maybe three stars if it was still written with this amazing hand, this concept of not saying what happened in a very clear format, yet being very clear in a sense too. -Yeah, I know, now I'm not clear!-
This is my first book by Nabokov and it it really a good book that does make you think about how this novel can actually become! How it started twisting in his mind and became such a phenomenon of diversified opinions!
In all, a really good book that I'm happy I finally got to read! C:
This is the first book I read of Chuck Palahniuk, I read one of his short stories beforehand, in Stories: All-new tales which I remember (after lookin...moreThis is the first book I read of Chuck Palahniuk, I read one of his short stories beforehand, in Stories: All-new tales which I remember (after looking at the book) called Loser... I have a faint remembrance of the actual tale, but I remember I found it entertaining... What pushed me to try this particular book? I'm not too sure, actually. I remember a friend telling me, when I was reading Stories: All-new tales, that Chuck had a strange way of seeing the world. That he was a bit crazy and I wondered... Is his crazy compatible with my type of crazy? So a couple weeks after our conversation on Chuck, I decided to give him a real try, as in trying an actual book... I could have tried a classic of his, but first Fight club isn't at the library I go to. (I know, right!! Outrageous, I'll have to buy it... -I just found this small book shop... It may be my first quest, haha) Plus, I really liked the title and everything about it, actually. It sounded promising. It is promising. I just... Something bothered me and I'm not sure what.
I gave it a four stars a couple hours after finishing it, but now that I'm writing this, I'm actually changing it for a three. I liked it, I kind of really liked it... It really is entertaining and funny and I saw myself in Maddy, which I'm no 13 year old, but still. The three stars may be because of the loose ends that the book doesn't cover, but it's a to be continued, so if that's the case; I'm not being very fair. It's an easy read, I like the descriptions and the imagination behind it all. I really enjoyed that part, all the nooks and crannies that made this a light but enjoyable read, -I know, I'm babbling, but I'm still trying to figure out what went "wrong" with the book that it couldn't get a four or a five-. Though, I don't believe this is a book I'd read over and over again.
I'll leave this review as is and I may edit it later on, whenever or if ever I figure out what's 'wrong'.
As I was looking through the sales at Coles, I was immediately pulled towards this book. The cover is interesting with...more//This is my first review ever\\
As I was looking through the sales at Coles, I was immediately pulled towards this book. The cover is interesting with all those colors making the brain. So I read the back and with the title I guessed what it would talk about. Nobody that I personally know when through a stroke recently, but the phrases on the cover spoke to me... So I took the book, it was just 2CAD$ after all!
I found that it was better than I had originally thought. The descriptions were interesting, the process of her stroke going down on her were well written. It was almost like it was a bullet-point book, except it's not. The descriptions flow naturally. It's a very good read if your have an interest in the mechanism of the brain or of strokes...
I liked all the aide on the differences of the left and right brain. It's such a complex idea that I always welcome some more information on it. They're linked in such a way, you think you blend into both, but you have different perceptions of life with one from the other.