في الطبيعي.. لو أنت عندك مجتمع في قراء بيقدروا الكتابة كويس.. و في نقاد في المطلق و لو وجد مايبقش غرضهم الوحيد إنهم يطلعوا السبوبة. و عندك أنواع مختلف...moreفي الطبيعي.. لو أنت عندك مجتمع في قراء بيقدروا الكتابة كويس.. و في نقاد في المطلق و لو وجد مايبقش غرضهم الوحيد إنهم يطلعوا السبوبة. و عندك أنواع مختلفة من الكتابة رواية زي دي حتبقى موجودة لكن حتبقى حبيسة ركن صغير من القراء اللي لقوها صدفة أو من محبي النوع اللي بيقروا فيه كل حاجة بإختلاف الجودة.
لكن مش حتلاقيها أبداً عاملة الضجة دي.. و لا محققة المبيعات دي.. و لا واخدة الإحتفاء ده من الجمهور و النقاد.
مبدأياً أنا مش حاتكلم على الرواية بلاغياً لأن المستوى تحت الحضيض.
لكن حتى على مستوى الحبكة الموضوع مهتريء و طفح بالكليشيهات كان الموضوع بدأ بخط أمراض نفسية دخل في جن و عفاريت (ناهيك عن إن الرواية تبدأ بعلم و تخلص بشعوذة دي حاجة الواحد مشفهاش من سنين بصراحة) كل النساء في الرواية دي طالعة للنكاح بس تقريباً... ده غير إن في الحقيقة مفيش رابط بين الفيل الأزرق و خط القصة لكنه أوجد علاقة بالعافية و بناها على لاشيء. ده غير إنه حب يضرب شوية حاجات في الخلاط و يتفرج على الكوكتيل اللي طلع شوية The Mentalist على شوية Rosemary's Baby على شوية Assassin's Creed
لكن الرواية بتجري و طالما بتجري تبقى حلوة و في الحقيقة مفيش رواية محترمة بتجري.. لأنها لو جرت يبقى أنت ماوقفتش تفكر فيها لحظة حتى.
و عادي .. الناس بتقرا و بيعجبها و بتسقف في الآخر
و هنا أقول باي باي أحمد مراد.. مكنتش فرصة سعيدة الحقيقة. (less)
I don't know where to begin, there are many topics to cover. But I regard this review as not just of a Game of Thrones, but of the whole...moreSPOILERS ALERT
I don't know where to begin, there are many topics to cover. But I regard this review as not just of a Game of Thrones, but of the whole series, A Song of Ice and Fire.
First of all, I want to state my disregard, or rather hate for this kind of novels. I don't have to wait 20 years till you end your fuckin' story!
Your series is long and big and epic enough, then spend 20 years writing it and then publish it. and G. R. R. Martin is notorious for taking so long and not conforming to the release schedules. This is against the genre/type generally not exclusively game of thrones.
Secondly, It. Is . So. Damn. Slow.
I came from the series and not vice versa, I've seen them all three seasons. And I had a problem with the series, is that Winter never comes, and that the threat of The White Walkers that seem so ominous and obliterating till the end of season three is never really a threat. They are barely a fairytale with some individuals sighting them.
I thought, and I was wrong, that this won't be the case for the novel. I read approximately 900 pages that ended with Robert Baratheon dying, and Eddard Stark beheaded. which to me is nothing but the inciting incident. I find that reading 900 pages just to reach an inciting incident is not just ridiculous, it's too absurd I'd consider it an insult.
I should say here, that ending A Game of Thrones with almost nothing I had to read the summary of the other novels to see where the plot is going and to which extent it has developed. Apparently, not much that Martins is planning to write another 3000 pages which are near equal to what he wrote in approximately 20 years.
errmmm.. What The Fuck?!
Third of all, apparently Martin is so emotionally involved in bloating the series he keeps throwing sub-plots and overlapping characters' lines. What I might say may sound absurd, but It convinces me. and it also contains Spoilers.
Why Arya meets Tywin and serve him without being able to see him again, at least make him know that she is the daughter of Ned Start, let alone have revenge. she won't be able to do any of this because Tywin is killed by Tyrion his son.
What is it with the whole Arc of Renly Baratheon?
I won't claim that I am a writer but I read a lot of books, a good sum of them are on writing, things happen for a reason!! And don't give me that crap of these things happen in real life, he's not that kind of writer, he's no Avant-garde, he's no Samuel Beckett. It's not that kind of story and it's intended not to be.
My impression when I read about them is that I was wasting my time with unnecessary subplots that aren't at all helping with the main plot actually quite the opposite, it's stalling the narrative.
Unnecessary storytelling is a major turnoff to me, and I saw these kind of events as unnecessary. And if it means anything to me, it means this, Martin is writing without knowing where he's going! When I read about Martin's process later, I found out that I was right, he's still thinking about how to end it.
For me, I just can't believe this. I really can't believe how can you keep going without knowing where to go. With a story that's written on the span of 20 years, it will prove more problematic than anything else, if you've already written nearly 4000 pages of events and plots and don't know where to go, I dare you that whatever the ending is, in retrospect, you would be able to tear maybe a 1000 pages and the main narrative will not be effected. We shall see.
Fourth of all, SEXISM. That's all what I'm going to say!
A few good points:
A good point is unlike his plotting Martins is concise in his telling, he doesn't overwhelm you with description, although you'll get to meet cliches from time to another and the prose isn't the most creative, he sticks with he wants to says.
Another good point (I am not really sure if it is) dividing the novel in chapters with the POV character as a title, helps a lot not getting confused, plus the multiple POV characters, add intrigue to the story.
Other than that. I see no greatness here, if and only if, This book had the whole story, or maybe it along with another book or two. things would've been different for me. And again, this is against any work of literature written in the same sense.
I am not sure if I'll ever read any other book from the series, maybe I will, but surely wouldn't be for the sake of knowing what's going to happen. And that's catastrophic for a novel because it should be read for more than critic/academic reasons.(less)
I am quite disappointed, I held high expectations for this book. There's lots of dialogue, events and description that could easil...moreTwo and a half stars.
I am quite disappointed, I held high expectations for this book. There's lots of dialogue, events and description that could easily just vanish and wouldn't make it worse at all, actually would make it better, something like 100 pages or so.
I have something against bloated novels, I really do, and when I come to feel it's bloated I focus on everything I read more and start questioning how exactly is this affecting the main narrative. And when I did that with American Gods, I found that I've been reading about characters, events, and so much babble that didn't not affect the narrative positively in anyway, maybe hindered it only.
And then characters, point at one interesting character but Wednesday (which is not greatly interesting too) characters needs a lot more than being gods to be interesting.
I will try more Neil Gaiman as I am a big fan of Sandman, I hope it's the same thing all over.(less)
Here are some random thoughts about the themes and the meaning of the metamorphosis
Gregor Semsa wakes up...moreANALYSIS OF THE METAMORPHOSIS BY FRANZ KAFKA.
Here are some random thoughts about the themes and the meaning of the metamorphosis
Gregor Semsa wakes up to find himself transformed into an insect, which is a very unlikely thing to happen, a rather supernatural occurence, but the absurdity of this world lies in that there’s nothing certain at all, that there’s a possibility that Gregor Semsa really could change into an insect, or anybody else.
Gregor Semsa, and his family show little surprise or a rather negligible one at the transformation of Gergor, more than that, they never try to cure him (they even dismiss the idea of calling a doctor which occurred to them before they knew what happened.), and they never wonder why and how this happened in the first place, including Gregor, they all try to adapt to the situation which gives startle a range of thoughts:
The Metamorphosis of Gregor was not surprising, meaning that it was possible and anticipated and there were indications for it prior to its happening, and the metaphor of the metamorphosis here is the key to understanding how the family reacted in that sense.
- Maybe the metaphor here is the automated, alienated life that Gregor led, which is void of any humane appreciation, cold emotion and failed communication and which had turned him already into an insect, a working vermin to satisfy basic and material needs to him and his family, disregarding important emotional sides of his life. I quote his mother at the earliest page of the novel giving excuses to his boss for him being late at work “ He’s not well sir, believe me. Why else would Gregor miss a train! All that boy think about is work. It almost makes me mad the way he never goes out in the evening.
- A very important observations is how Gregor keeps denying his metamorphosis in the beginning, again I will repeat, Gregor almost never wonders why that happened to him trying relentlessly to adapt to this mishap. Which may suggest that the metaphor that he was already a vermin, or rather an android, inhumane person from way before the metamorphosis, the metamorphosis here is psychological, is that he started to notice the failure of communication (the failure of communication is another motif repeated in a variety of situation) and the rather purposeless life he’s leading, only then everything began to fall apart.
An important motif and essential to the shaping of the story is money and the way the family is – including Gregor – horrified at the possibility that he would lose his work, and after they find out about his transformation, money still the main issue they take into account while making decisions. Another reason it suggests that we are mere toys trying to satisfy materialistic needs in a materialistic and absurd world. Another motif is how they glorify their employers, the way they deal with clerk from the beginning, the boarders from near the end of the story, the way the father never gets out of his uniform!
Another absurd theme is the “metamorphosis” that happened to the family after Gregor’s transformation, Although Gregor was providing them and he was successful to the degree that they ceased to be surprised by his success and started dealing with it as a normality (adaptability again), they never showed how grateful they were to Gregor as if they were never aware of it. And when Gregor was unable to do anything every one of them started to get out of his hibernating situation and find work, only then they didn’t only care less about Gregor but it seemed that they were transformed into an earlier Gregor, alienated and cold, clouded by materialistic and absurd endeavours, and only then they started finding the existence of Gregor as a great burden that must be ended.
Investigating further the almost unconditional adaptability of humans and their very little effort of questioning how their world shape up let alone change it. Gergor denies his transformation at first then try to find the best way to walk, the best place to sit and sleep, the best food to devour. Not once he wonders why he became what he is now. The family does not seek by any means to cure Gregor or find a solution to what happened to him and again, almost never question how did this happen as it makes sense. And they start looking for work. And actually start degrading themselves to an almost unexplainable level. They rent a room to boarders who took control of almost all the household for some money, but the day Gregor dies the father drove them out immediately. What did exactly change? Nothing! Does this suggest that we humans, only deal with suffering with embedding more suffering in our lives? How absurd could that be?
I am sure there are a lot more than that to it, maybe after another reading I will be changing this or adding more to it, but one sure thing is that the metamorphosis is a very cruel and harsh critique of human existence and how we run our lives meaninglessly.Albeit the story’s premise may seem supernatural, the extreme handling of the topic that Kafka chose only helps more dissecting our lives. I look everywhere and see Gregor and his family. Even in my life(less)
Although this novel is a short one, I found it boring and the main thing that kept me going, is how short it was and the reputation of Ayn Rand, anoth...moreAlthough this novel is a short one, I found it boring and the main thing that kept me going, is how short it was and the reputation of Ayn Rand, another thing that kept me from being engaged is Rand's cold, blunt and simple to naivety prose, even when she tried hard to be emotional, she will strike you with her coldness
I can't imagine myself reading the 1000 pages Atlas shrugged if was like that.
I read this with my distorted biases and background that didn't shape up yet, I knew beforehand Rand's capitalist, individualist and often ultra anti collectivist philosophy, but again I was strike by how naive is the symbolism for the collective dystopia the hero was trying to survive how extreme she was in opposing the left as a culture and regime might drive some laughs out of you. (I am not leftist)
In order to criticize Rand's philosophy I have to be aware of my own and as I already mentioned, it didn't shape up yet, but I know enough that individualism and capitalism can bring their own family of troubles so portraying them as the absolute happiness and the ultimate solution without a deeper comparison between her philosophy and the other opposing ones and without citing the shortcomings of her philosophy it's just bullshit.
Aside from all ideologies, Rand's Anthem is not a literally set-piece in my opinion, I wouldn't say that it's not groundbreaking because it's actually it's far worse than that, the characters are not well developed when, for this special story they should be more developed than any other one. The story, the events, the symbolism and the development is so superficial in every sense of the word!
However I will try Ayn Rand again and this won't be the last time, but only because of her reputation.
لم أقابل رواية شبيهة في البنية و لا في عمق النظرة و قوة وصف الحال برغم الإيجاز الشديد لكل شخصية مشكلتي الوحيدة مع هذة الرواية هو إنك أحياناً تقراً قصص...moreلم أقابل رواية شبيهة في البنية و لا في عمق النظرة و قوة وصف الحال برغم الإيجاز الشديد لكل شخصية مشكلتي الوحيدة مع هذة الرواية هو إنك أحياناً تقراً قصص شخصيات لا تعرف لمن تنتمي بالضبط
هذا الكتاب من الأفضل أن يقرأ دقعة واحدة و ليس بتقطع(less)
you find yourself at different ends from the shore, between the conscious and unconscious, the still and the dynamic, the finite and the...moreAmazing read,
you find yourself at different ends from the shore, between the conscious and unconscious, the still and the dynamic, the finite and the infinite.
Besides, with the all the metaphysical and magical story that at times hard to grasp, you are never bored from reading.
The only pitfall is that Murakami is sometimes repetitive, and that a problem every one who writes have from times to times, but the problem is that he can get repetitive at certain times you can not tolerate it at all. It's my first time with Murakami, and It did really exceed my expectations!!
I gave it first 4 stars, because of the repetitiveness that catches it at some points, and how sometimes it feels that the riddles are too complicated and missing details so you would always wonder about them.
But, I'd give it 5 starts for Nakata only, a character I'd never forget! and to how "Mr Hoschino? Mr Kawamura?" sounds when I read his dialogue.
Yes, Nakata might not be very bright, but purity got it's name from him!(less)