I love this book, not solely because of its content, but for the memories it brings back. This book was a gift by my dad and I read it during a summer...moreI love this book, not solely because of its content, but for the memories it brings back. This book was a gift by my dad and I read it during a summer that our family was vacationing - and I remember it all so clearly, even though several years have gone by.
As for the content...well, for those of us who grew up with Eugene Trivizas' children's stories, this isn't his best work for sure. But it's his work and you can tell because of his quirky and unique way or writing and inviting you to worlds you never thought existed. It's a smart story with a strong metaphorical message and great illustration.
Not for very young children and the faint-of-heart though; terrible things happen to cats in this book!(less)
This book is very dear to me in many ways, because the man who read it to me is also very dear to me. As I drifted away with the stories included here...moreThis book is very dear to me in many ways, because the man who read it to me is also very dear to me. As I drifted away with the stories included here, that summer of 2009, I didn't fully realize just how much I love this book. My most favorite story from it is Help Me Find My Spaceman Lover (in memory of which I always smile), followed by Titanic Victim Speaks Through Water-bed
Butler writes thoughtfully and dips his pen in the surreal so gracefully, with just enough humor dust and a bite of sarcastic realism to spin you round and round.
Maybe by this point, I'm not entirely sure I make sense, but that's how I feel when I think of this book: elated. It's that kind of book you always carry at the back of your head, and always reminisce fondly.(less)
Alan Bennett created a book that is ultimately a self-reflection. I'm sure many of the people who have read this book know exactly what it's talking a...moreAlan Bennett created a book that is ultimately a self-reflection. I'm sure many of the people who have read this book know exactly what it's talking about - and I'm referring to emotional comprehension, not just mental one. The love for books is expressed so overwhelmingly beautiful here - how they travel you and change who you are, even turning you into a pariah, quite like the queen in the book was. It may not be extraordinarily masterful, it may not become a classic, it may not be written complexly, but it is a book that says, "here's to the uncommon readers - here's to those in whose minds our words obtain meaning..."(less)
This is the fist Yalom book I ever read, and it was done completely by random choice, because of its short length. Truth is, I really am not a fan of...moreThis is the fist Yalom book I ever read, and it was done completely by random choice, because of its short length. Truth is, I really am not a fan of neither Psychology books nor of Yalom, and so I do not plan on reading any more of his books. When it comes to this one, it is pertinent to say that it's co-written by Yalom and a friend of his who is a heart surgeon. The two write the actual account of their meeting after 50 years of finishing school, during which the friend decides to tell his story to Yalom - his story of how he almost escaped his execution, having been a Jew during the Third Reich. Truth is, this book would be good if it was a 4-minute short movie and O Fortuna was playing in the background. But as a 50-paged book it really is uninteresting. Because if it wasn't for Yalom's name in it, it could have been a conversation between two friends anywhere in the world at any time - provided that one of them was a Holocaust survivor. (less)
I got this book from a rather large bookstore in Levent, Istanbul, and embarrassed myself in the process of doing so. The bookstore people didn't unde...moreI got this book from a rather large bookstore in Levent, Istanbul, and embarrassed myself in the process of doing so. The bookstore people didn't understand English (and I don't know Turkish!), and I didn't have enough money to buy this book and another one I had picked (Kerouac's The Sea is My Brother.) So, I was forced to leave one of the two behind, and paid 30 Turkish liras for this one (some 16 USD.)
Anyway. To the point now.
I really enjoyed reading this book - it's a speedy read, despite its use of a highbrow vocabulary that contains lots of jargon. The book is well-researched. I don't often think of fictional books having bibliographical references, but this one definitely does. And maybe that's one of its minor issues - it tries too hard.
But the story is very engaging. I loved the two main characters (Erskine and Sinner), even though they're supposed to be loathsome and nasty. The sex scenes (or the hints of them at times) were hot and I'm glad Beauman was bold enough to include them.
Overall, I quite enjoyed this book. It's been over-praised and all the technical talk in it can be wearisome, but I still consider this a great and original debut of a novel.(less)
"She was the book thief without the words. Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands l...more"She was the book thief without the words. Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out like rain."
I usually have a bad opinion on best-selling novels - the fuss surrounding them doesn't always entail quality reading. But I utterly believe that this is one of the most brilliant best-selling novels that have been recently published. A tragic, funny, powerful, engrossing journey of life through the eyes of a child. Original and thought provoking, with simple and yet dynamic language - a story about the hidden power of words - the hurt they can cause and the remedy they can offer. Humanity studied at its highest and lowest ends. A definite must-read from my point of view.(less)
I would never pick up a Picoult book by choice, but the subject matter moved me instinctively since I've studied school shootings - Columbine more spe...moreI would never pick up a Picoult book by choice, but the subject matter moved me instinctively since I've studied school shootings - Columbine more specifically. And as it seems, so has Jodi Picoult. Because this book felt like she copied everything that happened in Columbine - maybe with the exception of one killer instead of two. This book made me angry in the sense that she wrote something that has been written and made into movies millions of times before and yet she still got published. The characters are shallow and uninteresting, the emotions aren't strong enough to make you "feel" it, the writing is so simplistic it's laughable, the audiences it's referring to are obviously not very cultivated and overall, just a disappointment. Not that I expected anything different. (less)
Because this book was a gift by one of my best friends, I don't want to write a bad review and disappoint her. But I felt like this book was kind of t...moreBecause this book was a gift by one of my best friends, I don't want to write a bad review and disappoint her. But I felt like this book was kind of tedious, under-whelming and uninspired. The pessimist's side is much more fun (and not because I'm a pessimist by nature!) and you get to learn quite a few things due to all the "info boxes" it has - even though they are sort of depressing. The "About The Authors" was incredibly funny to read on both sides! And the book provides many website addresses and if feels like an ad campaign at some point. But it's not a book you can just begin reading and feel like continue reading after a while. You just sorta want to "get through it." My favorite quotes from it were:
Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly. ~Robert Kennedy
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. ~Andre Gide
Live all you can. It's a mistake not to. ~Henry James
Hitch your wagon to a star.~Emerson
It is better to be careful a hundred times than to be killed once.~Proverb
If you see light at the end of the tunnel, it's the light of the incoming train.~Robert Lowell
Cat, n: a soft, indestructible automaton provided by nature to be kicked when things go wrong.~Ambrose Bierce
You teach a child to read and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.~George W. Bush(less)