I wouldn't have picked this book if not for school, and I'm not sure yet if I'm glad or not I read this. That's why I'm leaving the rating open.
Over-aI wouldn't have picked this book if not for school, and I'm not sure yet if I'm glad or not I read this. That's why I'm leaving the rating open.
Over-analyzing sort of it killed it for me.
I did think Hardy was a genius for coming up with a rich plot so masterfully woven, and an irony we readers find in every corner. It made me wonder about life's full cycle and how things come back to point zero at the end.
The characters, as I was reading the book, felt like little stereotypical figures while they probably weren't at the time of publication. We've got the tortured typical protagonist, who fate seems to be hating and everything's going all wrong for him. There's the antagonist who can't hurt a fly but ruins a whole man's life and leaves him in shambles without even knowing it. Maybe the fact that they're so real and deep gives me a vibe that I've met and known these people somewhere, sometime.
Hardy has written layers after layers of references to Biblical figures and foreshadowing and I can't remember what else. Just when you think you got the hang of the story and you know what's going on, you get shocked and blown away at how every sentence and every page seems to carry an alternative, almost hidden for the non-observant eye meaning.
The Mayor of Casterbridge is awesome, once the whole drama of life unfolds--and you can't help but think, "Thank God that's not me there" and feel sympathy for everyone; even the ones you're supposed to hate.
For me, that is the ultimate weapon in literature: to make a reader feel sympathy for villain-like characters that may or may not deserve it. ...more
سحبني الكتاب (و اختفيت مثل ليلى) إلى قصص خرافية تختلف كل الإختلاف عن تلك التي يقرأها الأطفال مع أن شخصياتها واحدة, و لكن بين يدي بثينة تحولت ليلى و السحبني الكتاب (و اختفيت مثل ليلى) إلى قصص خرافية تختلف كل الإختلاف عن تلك التي يقرأها الأطفال مع أن شخصياتها واحدة, و لكن بين يدي بثينة تحولت ليلى و الجميلة و الوحش و سندريلا و الأمير و الضفضع و الأميرة إلى أناس نستطيع أن نرى أنفسنا فيهم و نستطيع القول بأن: "نعم, هذا ما كان سيحدث في الواقع". تحمل كلمات الكاتبة بين سطورها نوعاً من المعاتبة و السخرية من المجتمع الذي يأسر نفسه بنفسه و يجعل جميع من فيه في دائرة من الإحباط و إحساس قوي بالغبن, و فحوى كلامها بأن هذا هو ما صنعناه لأنفسنا و أن بيد كل واحدٍ منا مفتاح قيده. ...more
So I finally got to read the over-hyped up book. The Da Vinci Code. You know how I feel now? Utter disappointment.
That's the thing with hyped-up booksSo I finally got to read the over-hyped up book. The Da Vinci Code. You know how I feel now? Utter disappointment.
That's the thing with hyped-up books. You get too excited or at least have high expectations to find that the quality of the book was below average. Now that's annoying.
Brown's writing style is extremely simple and down-to-earth. He does know how to keep a reader hanging on every word (I'll give him credit for that) but still, I didn't feel nice reading them.
I was annoyed from page 1 of how Brown just kept pouring a huge amount of info (he had done well-very- in not making me sleep when reading the book so I guess it's a big thumbs-up) and writing in a way that makes the reader feel dumb. Yes, you might've heard the term in many reviews talking about TDVC but it's true: it feels like he's dumbing down the info.
Another thing is the character development. His main character was extremely shallow and steroetypical. Langdon is one-dimensional, so yeah, he's a historian and he loves history. He teaches at Harvard's Symbology 101. Anything else? No. Nothing at all, his actions even are too formulaic, not leaving anything to analyze. Langdon does not and could never exist in my mind.
Sophie was better characterized than Langdon, I felt like she was a real person. Maybe because of Sophie's shows of emotion. I dunno but whatever it was, I liked Sophie.
Now to Fache. I love the guy--am I too crazy? He's like the semi-villian throughout almost all of the book but still I loved him more than all the characters. Fache was the best sketched character in the book. There was depth to his character and I don't think Brown did that on purpose. I think Brown just got lucky with Fache. Oh and I loved Fache's "slick black hair", and he's French. Hot.
I'm not even going to discuss the religious themes and messages the author had discussed in the book. I don't trust Brown's FACTS. I took them as possible, just not for granted. And I'm not going to talk about Opus Dei and their controversial ways of practicing Christianity--or Mary Magdelene or the grail.
Read the book if you want to know for yourself. Just don't expect much from it though it would open your eyes to some stuff. ...more