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)
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'.