I read it due to my interest in midwifery (I'm a student midwife) and the descriptions of the many dramatic and com...moreA quickly read and forgotten book.
I read it due to my interest in midwifery (I'm a student midwife) and the descriptions of the many dramatic and complicated births were OK. Unfortunately, I think that the rest of midwife "Patience Murphy"'s life was filled with cliches, shallow surface-scratches into e.g. the 1929-1930 Depression, too obvious encounters with racial issues, and far too many repetitions of Murphy's worrying voice, that tells us too little and yet too often about "something that happened in Blair Mountain" - the reason why she jumps up in fright every time someone drives/rides/walks up Wild Rose Road where she lives. Maybe then, if so easily scared, she should not have chosen to become a midwife, 'cause pretty often that someone who comes unannounced to her door is not the sheriff, but in fact someone who needs a - yes, you guessed correctly - midwife!!
Well, those things really annoyed me, but I was entertained by the birth stories while laughing my a.. off (probably not what the author intended)at a very erotic-short-story-housewife-read-under-the-blanket-kind-of-passage that includes a Veterinarian, a wet scarf and a lot of rain.
But well, read it and get an impression of the challenging work midwifes went through without modern knowledge and technology. Maybe there is something to learn?(less)
Just finished my first encounter with Dostojevskij.
What an extremely well written and interesting novel! Dostojevskij's incomparable ability to show t...moreJust finished my first encounter with Dostojevskij.
What an extremely well written and interesting novel! Dostojevskij's incomparable ability to show the interchangeable human mind blew me away already at the first page. His rich descriptions of the filthy and horrific Skt. Petersborg made my nostrils flare with disgust and my brain dissolve in literary bliss.
Raskolnikov, a depressed, isolated and poor former student plays with the thoughts of murder and robbery. An elderly pawn shop owner who embodies all the disgusting characteristics of the human race evokes his anger and hunger for fairness in the world. Hence, he plans the perfect murder - both to rid the world of a nuisance, but also to rob her shop and get the financial means to restore a reasonable lifestyle. As the murder is no secret and is implied from the very first page, this crime novel is not about the mystery of revealing the murderer, but a mystery of the nature of crime and murder and the mystery of the human mind and mankinds ability to commit horrible deeds.
What keeps the reader ever intrigued and on his toes are the lively and dramatic dialogues, dense descriptions of the question of guilt and sanity and naturally the question: Will he be caught?
Dostojevskij does not try to separate good from evil, nor does he try to condemn Raskolnikov's actions. He merely describes the nature of humanity when put to the ultimate test. And he does it so well.
Throughout the novel, you can easily feel that Dotojevskij himself has had to explore his own relationship with crime and its effects on man. As a young man he was due to illegal political ideas sentenced to death. Only in the very last moment, when some of his friends already had the noose around their necks, they were pardoned and sent to Siberia for years. In his work you detect comments on the inhumane toying with others' lives that in some instances caused insanity for members of his group. In Siberia, Dostojevskij befriended criminals of all sorts and his great insight in their minds and reasoning, enriches his take on Raskolnikov's inner battle.
Crime and Punishment has been a great introduction to Dostojevskij's work and will not be the only of his novels that I will enjoy hours reading. Get reading!(less)
reading this book, due to my fascination of Ghosh's other novels The Glass Palace and The Calcutta Chromosome, I found it disappointing. Unfortunately...morereading this book, due to my fascination of Ghosh's other novels The Glass Palace and The Calcutta Chromosome, I found it disappointing. Unfortunately, I thought that the characters were lacking in substance and they didn't intrigue me as much as I had hoped for.
The narrator is an Indian born boy, who traces back past events through his cousin Tridib's experiences and stories. The family relationships in the narrator's surroundings are divided into a triangular shape; His own Indian family, an English family, friends of his ancestors, and another Indian family whose excessive travelling has formed strong bonds with both the Indian and English family.
I think it is a novel about storytelling, but also about interracial relationships and finding an identity, coloured by a history of oriental origin and also by globaslisation.
I wished to give it three stars, however, the flatness of the characters meant that the errand of the novel did not take me in, which I expect of a good book. Please make me feel the novel I'm reading.
Still, a thourough analysis of the novel might uncover more details that could give another dimension and beauty to the novel. (less)