I think this book is incredibly well written, that the whole context is gut gripping and that the prose is gorgeous. I'm specially fond of this book b...moreI think this book is incredibly well written, that the whole context is gut gripping and that the prose is gorgeous. I'm specially fond of this book because, having spent four years in agricultural landscapes am extremely glad to find out that coetzee uses gardening and plants as metaphors for complex situations. Plus it provides that Wordworthian feeling of bonding with the land in a whole new level. I gave me chills and I want to visit Sudafrica someday, the desert and plains and Wynberg park.(less)
This is the first I read from Dürrenmatt, in both spanish and german. It's kind of a thriller with many absurd eleme...moreSome Blasts and some touching bits
This is the first I read from Dürrenmatt, in both spanish and german. It's kind of a thriller with many absurd elements in it. It has some pretty amusing dialogue. Personally I would love to watch it performed. I understand Dürrenmatt wrote some detective novels. (less)
But first comes first, I studied the second law of termodynamics one time. And while the professor was writi...moreI want to write my tesina about Stoppard.
But first comes first, I studied the second law of termodynamics one time. And while the professor was writing the formula of Entropy, My friend and I couldn't help but to grin at the catchphrase that he used to remind us how to use it. He said "El calor no vuelve atrás" or Heat doesn't go back. Well, Stoppard made a play about that. A brilliant, long, multilayered, wink-to-academics, engaging play.
Mathematics and Literary intrigue are here the background for a brief story where big matter mix with domestic matter that mix with literary matter.
I read Fever Pitch while watching EURO 2012. I want to disclaim that I'm not a Football fan myself, while as a child I followed eagerly the story of O...moreI read Fever Pitch while watching EURO 2012. I want to disclaim that I'm not a Football fan myself, while as a child I followed eagerly the story of Oliver Atton (spanish name of Captain Tsubasa), that was a far as my hooliganism went. So while watching EURO 2012, I became surprinsingly interested in how the Polish National team did (not brilliantly) and I submerged myself in this Nick Hornby's view of his lifelong fanatism for the Arsenal team.
I really like the voice in Hornby's books, the three books of him I've read are in first person. You just kind of have to submerge in this other's person narrative. The obssesion about football, but most important the devotion to a football team. There's one person in my family that suffers from this condition and I can say that Mr. Hornby nails many of the reactions and behaviors that fans have. Moods being conditioned by how the team is doing, watching the games on tv or in person become top priorities and the season calendar is the only one used to measure life.
Passion comes from the latin word for suffering, and as Mr. Hornby puts it, football as a passion for a team that doesn't always win is precisaly that: constant suffering. But is also a process out of one's control, you cannot choose the team that you are passionate about, you can admire Barca or some great players but that kind of hopeless dispair that concentrates on the guts when the game is almost lost can only come from passion. I had a taste of that this summer.(less)
I was very curious about Tristan and Iseut the whole semester, since most of the readings were medieval. But there was no time for it until after the...moreI was very curious about Tristan and Iseut the whole semester, since most of the readings were medieval. But there was no time for it until after the finals.
The tale of Tristan & Iseut is very attractive. Perhaps it is the adultery, perhaps it is my penchant for tortured ill starred love. Denis de Rougemont makes a better explanation about the qualities of this "Myth" as he calls it. The one from one all our preconceptions about love might stem from. ALso the place which originated many commonplaces in every speech of lovers in litrature and t.v. since. (less)
'The years shall run like rabbits, For in my arms I hold The Flower of the Ages, And the first love of the world.'
When I was reading Momo I thought a l...more'The years shall run like rabbits, For in my arms I hold The Flower of the Ages, And the first love of the world.'
When I was reading Momo I thought a lot of this verses from W.H. Auden. I though it was a great use of imagery that has been around for some time. The flowers to someow represent a moment in time, since they are ephemeral and all. I think this is a great children's book. About why I'm reading it now, well i was curious about it, since I had read "Neverending story" and quite liked. Something that those two books have in common is a character that is a story teller. In Momo, the story about Princess Momo and her magic mirror is one of the most splendid I've come accross. (less)
Recomiendo este libro en función de varias cosas, no está mal la novela. Tiene una estructura episodica en la que desde el punto de vista de Martín ve...moreRecomiendo este libro en función de varias cosas, no está mal la novela. Tiene una estructura episodica en la que desde el punto de vista de Martín vemos el pueblo del Molino y los sucesos de algunos meses. Y en cada uno de los episodios el autor decide enfocarse en algun detalle, como la matanza de un borrego para la fiesta de los trabajadores que va describiendo como si observara un ritual; despues la narración puede regresar o seguir adelante. Este manejo libre del tiempo y estas largas narraciones crean una atmosfera misteriosa. El personaje principal también determina nuestras expectativas acerca de del Molino.
Desde siempre me ha sido muy fácil simpatizar con personajes que para los demás pueden ser un poco patanes. Por ejemplo, me encanta seguir los pensamientos de Stephen Dedalus o el chico de Hambre, de Hamsum; su inherente carácter de personas bastante aparte de la sociedad de los rodea, y los conflictos que esto acarrea. Martín es un personaje así, aunque en menor medida, y su mirada entre escéptica y ajena, colorea nuestro acercamiento a la historia. Lo que es mucho más atractivo que entrar a la historia desde el punto de vista de alguien establecido o con sentimiento de pertenencia. En cierta medida es una perspectiva muy parecida a la de un detective que se acerca a los eventos ignorante de todo, y empieza a conocer otros personajes y en cierto modo tiene que descifrarlos. Martin pertence al pueblo pero una ausencia de varios años lo hace desconocer mucho de lo que ha pasado en el pueblo.Me atrapó el tono desencantado de sus análisis y pensamientos.
Personajes que también llegan mucho, através de Martin, claro, son Glorio y Elenita. Mucho más interesante el primero que la segunda. El primero un profesor que prácticamente les voló la mente a sus alumnos en la primera clase. La segunda, el autor mismo la llama una fuerza natural del pueblo.
Finalmente la atmósfera del pueblo, es genuina. Para ponerlo claro, eres parte del pueblo, pero al pueblo le importas muy poco y hay unas fuerzas enormes de inercia que hay que tener cuidado si van en dirección contraria a ti.
This is the first book of Houellebecq that I read, as a twitter recomendation. While I think Houellebecq style is a bit pretentious and unfortunately...moreThis is the first book of Houellebecq that I read, as a twitter recomendation. While I think Houellebecq style is a bit pretentious and unfortunately the book has that omnipresent narrator that throws the occasional comment on futures events (like "they didn't know but that would be the last time they'd see each other"), a narrator that gets tiresome pretty quick; the story and arguments themselves develop quite interestingly.
Of course the tone is bitter and the sex functions as scenery as much as a part of the plot itself, I remember being particularly aware of this when I was reading in the subway and some curious passenger glanced at my copy. It's no surprise this train of thoughs to come from the 40-something character Bruno.
The book makes an interesting point when developing the weakness of a whole's generation ideas. Anabelle particularly is a very sad character, allways unaware of the possibility of a bad outcome. Perhaps her story is summed up in the phrase, (i'm paraphrasing here) "she thougth love mattered much."
Themes: Passage of time, beauty, decay, attachment, dettachment, science, religion, liberation. (less)
I enjoyed this book in the same way I enjoyed Midnight in Paris, a relativly lot of name dropping, literary references and science fiction. I though i...moreI enjoyed this book in the same way I enjoyed Midnight in Paris, a relativly lot of name dropping, literary references and science fiction. I though it was the perfect combination. The first part was a lot of fun, to see this alternate universe where literary works have such importance that a division of special officers to deal with literary issues is nedeed. Isn't the job of a litera tec like a dream job for many of us?
But it started to go sour (view spoiler)[ at the staging of Richard III's play, I didn't specially liked how popularity afeccted the stagings in Thursday Next's Universe (hide spoiler)]. I change my choice of words, books are not so much important in her world as they are popular. Literature there is everywhere, but in a somewhat shallow way.
One last remark is that I think Fforde watched Back to the future many times, got a little obsessed with time continuum,(view spoiler)[ and the Marty McFly thing playing Johnny Be good in the 50's (how dare he make Shakespeare the Chuck Berry of the book) (hide spoiler)]. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)