I have been for a while an avid reader of books in which characters argue or a character just randomly expresses his world view, in a very aggressive...moreI have been for a while an avid reader of books in which characters argue or a character just randomly expresses his world view, in a very aggressive manner in front of random people. Some examples are Rayuela, books by Piglia, Michel Houellebecq. In this conversations the characters will often admit the most incredible and dreadful beliefs. I found a similar ranty style in The Idiot (the fancy name for this type of rant would be ideological rant).
Prince Minchkin, Nastasia Filipovna and Hyppolite are probably the most self-conscious characters ever. Sometimes you just want to punch them in the face. They seem at times non-human characters that are there just to prove a point. But then Doestoeivski has them interact with other characters affecting them greatly or not at all. I mean their stories are fantastic: an impoverished prince who suffers from epilepsy at times extremely naïve and at times extremely foreseeing, a beautiful vengeful woman with a very complex case of Stockholm syndrome, and hyppolite is an obnoxious brat who is always bitching about everything. But I’m over symplifing. Ultimately the book shook me. And it was not because of the great characters but because of the lesser ones.
Aglaya Ivanovna, Rogozhin, Lizaveta Prokofievna, and even annoying Lebedev were the endearing characters, and also source of comic relief. While the other three are the ones I listened to, this were the ones I cared about. That is not to say that I didn’t sympathize with Michkin at times, but I don’t think I was supposed to feel sympathy for him at the extreme, neither with N.F. I feel more like you could see their arguments for acting like they did and point out the flaws, and that traduced to a very visceral desire to punch them, at least for me.
All in all the book was very engaging, I read it through a whole month, but I almost always wanted to dismiss other activities to go back and read The Idiot. I will definitely read more from Dostoievsky. Probably The Demons. (less)
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)
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)
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)
Este libro me recordó a un par de libros de Jorge Ibarguengoitia.
El personaje principal es una parodia de figuras públicas de la política argentina d...moreEste libro me recordó a un par de libros de Jorge Ibarguengoitia.
El personaje principal es una parodia de figuras públicas de la política argentina de su época (1900s), Mauricio Herrera es un diputado que va ascendiendo poco a poco en la vida política, estas son sus memorias. Sin embargo la trama se va volviendo interesante por sus propios méritos, el personaje es atrayente con todos sus fallos.
------------------------------------------------------------------------- This book reminded me of Ibarguengoitia's books.
The main charachter is a parody of 1900s argentinian public figures, a congressman and his ascension in the political ladder, and these are his memoirs. Eventually the plot stands for itself and one is drawn to the character with all his flaws. (less)
No es nuevo, ni sorprendete que haya coincidencias en la vida. El mundo es pequeño, pero el mundo literario es más pequeño. Y hace referencias y alusi...moreNo es nuevo, ni sorprendete que haya coincidencias en la vida. El mundo es pequeño, pero el mundo literario es más pequeño. Y hace referencias y alusiones a sí mismo una y otra vez. Alguna vez me preguntaré de que sirve ver las referencias. Pero por lo pronto, las veo.
Un país asiatico, lejano, compuesto por islas, tiene mucho en común con éste. Un país que alguna vez perteneció al Imperio Español, no le pusieron "La Nueva españa" pero le pusieron "las islas Filipinas" en honor a Felipe II. Noli me tangere es un libro de José Rizal, en un estilo que podríamos comparar con el de Henry Fielding, sólo que en vez de burlarse de otros escritores, Rizal satiriza al clero y a la guardia civil. Pero lo hace muy bien, lo hace en medio de una trama super enganchante que empieza típicamente pero tiene unas escenas tan desoladoras que uno no puede evitar notar. Es muy posible que éstas escenas corresponden con el estado de ánimo de Rizal en esa época, sus pensamientos de rebelión más la convicción de que el pueblo Filipino iba a sufrir mucho si la rebelión realmente ocurría.
Lo comparo con fielding porque Rizal pone tantas teorias y argumentos en bocas de sus personajes como aquél en sus capítulos introductorios, y la historia sigue siendo interesante y con buen ritmo.
- Si tuviera una moneda por cada vez que Rizal dice la palabra progreso, nada se puede hacer, escribia en el siglo XIX. -Cualquier razón en pro de la existencia de la guardia civil tiene que superar esta gran frase de Elías, "si el gobierno necesita un brazo armado, pues que escoja bien ese brazo, de entre los mejores, no como ahora". -A mi ya saben me encantan las lecturas donde hay alguna conversación de sobremesa, apasionada y a veces poco ortodoxa. Pues aquí no faltan conversaciones interesantes. - ¿soy yo o tiene su encanto el idioma tagalo? sobre todo la modificacion en los nombres: Andong, Mariang, Iday
Ah, y la coincidencia es que mientras leía esto, en la escuela vimos el poema de wyatt: "who so list to hunt?"
There is written her fair neck round about ; ' Noli me tangere ; for Cæsar's I am, And wild for to hold, though I seem tame.'
Las colonias como un venado marcado para el Cesar, salvajes aunque parezcan mansas.(less)
The character of Hunger reminded me so much to another character in a novel by an Irish writer. I think it helped for me to sympathize with him that 1...moreThe character of Hunger reminded me so much to another character in a novel by an Irish writer. I think it helped for me to sympathize with him that 1) I was writing some midterm essays 2) There was not much on the fridge. I have a weakness for arrogants and solitary ch. who over. think things. (less)