What I love about Nicholas Sparks stories is that you never know in advance if there will be a happy ending or not! With other love stories, you alway...moreWhat I love about Nicholas Sparks stories is that you never know in advance if there will be a happy ending or not! With other love stories, you always expect a happy ending but as Nicholas Sparks has proven several times, stories can also end with a sad ending... If this one has a happy or a sad ending, I'll let you find out for yourself!!!(less)
Once upon a time in England is a story about racism and the acceptance of differences within the british society in the 70s and 80s. The whole story...more Once upon a time in England is a story about racism and the acceptance of differences within the british society in the 70s and 80s. The whole story is about a family living in Warrington in the north of England. All family members are different from the "normal" person living in the british society at that point in time. Robbie, the father, is a musician who cannot read and who works in a factory to feed his family. Sheila, his wife, is originally from Kuala Lumpur but immigrated to Britain because of her marriage. She does not look European and is still trying to enjoy some traditions from her home country. Together, Sheila and Robbie have two children - Ellie and Vincent. Vincent is the older one and he is different than other kids as well because of his skin colour and his interest in literature. He is also gay and thus, he is not accepted in his school and is always hiding somewhere. Ellie, the second child always tries to make everything right for everyone in the family and even though her skin colour is much lighter than Vincent's and she has less problems in school than him.
Basically, all happenings in the story are based on the rape that happens in the beginning. Sheila gets raped and does not tell Robbie about it but, of course, Robbie can recognise a difference in his wife and does not know where this is coming from. Vincent knows about the rape but is not talking to anyone either. All of them are living together, keeping secrets from each other and having their own explanations for each other's behaviour without talking about these thoughts and feelings once.
All these misunderstandings and secrets lead to actions with which they hurt each other even more in the end. The situation of the family gets worse every year and they all veer away from each other even more throughout the years passing by even though they are all constantly trying to make it right for everybody else sacrificing their own wishes to reach this goal.
In the beginning I really did not like the book and if it would not have been for my book club meeting I would probably have stopped reading the book after 100 pages. But I forced myself to go on reading for the book club meeting and after a few more pages, the story suddenly grabbed my attention. Perhaps it was because I just accepted that it is a really intense and sad story. It was not what I was expecting to read because of the nice sounding title. It sounds like a fairy tale but in reality it is a really sad and depressing one.
I liked it so much in the end because Helen Walsh is writing really well and the language she uses suits the context of her story perfectly. As a reader for whom English is the second language, it is sometimes hard to understand certain parts. Especially the conversations that sometimes use the strong northern accent were barely understandable for a non native speaker. The language really made up for the sadness of the story and the feelings of all characters are described in such great detail that the reader is able to understand their feelings and actions. I also liked the choice of scenery which is really suitable for the story. The northern part of England is more industrial and thus, fits well into the story.
Nevertheless, what I did not really like is that some parts of the story are missing because twice, Helen Walsh skips a few years and goes on with the story from that point in time not explaining what has happened in the meantime. Thus some information that is needed, in my opinion, is missing and makes the story a bit incomplete.
Overall, I can really recommend this book but have to give a warning that it is intense and very negative. It makes you sad but still, it is interesting to follow the developments of the characters. In the end, I couldn't stop reading and wanted to know how the story ends. I am not giving that away to you right now because I hope that at least some of you are going to read it. Whoever has read it already, your comments and thoughts are more than welcome!
Dies ist nun der dritte Teil der Hans Rath Reihe über Paul. Nach den ersten beiden erfolgreichen Romanen habe ich mich tierisch auf dieses neue Leseve...moreDies ist nun der dritte Teil der Hans Rath Reihe über Paul. Nach den ersten beiden erfolgreichen Romanen habe ich mich tierisch auf dieses neue Lesevergnügen gefreut und wurde von Was will man mehr nicht enttäuscht! Auch wenn die Situationen in denen sich Paul wiederfindet meistens doch sehr unrealistisch sind, ist die Story doch wahnsinnig spannend und witzig. Man fühlt sich ein bisschen wie bei einer gute Kommödie à la Hangover oder Keinohrhasen – man kommt aus dem Lachen nicht mehr raus. Während der erste Paul Roman ja noch recht realistisch gehalten war übertrifft dieser Teil nun alles bisher Geschehene durch seine Absurdität. Trotzdem schafft es Hans Rath aber die Geschichte mit so viel Witz und Charme zu erzählen, dass man das Buch nur sehr ungern aus der Hand legen möchte.
Das Ende der Hauptgeschichte lässt den Leser zunächst auf Mehr hoffen was dann aber durch den Epilog leider wieder abgeschwächt wird da es die Gesamtgeschichte der drei Romane abrundet und zu einem gelungenen Ende bringt. Irgendwie kann ich mir nicht vorstellen, wie man hier dran noch anschließen kann obwohl ich aber als bekennender Paul-Fan sagen muss, dass ich natürlich schon auf weiter Geschichten von ihm hoffe.
Es ist toll, wenn man sich nach einer Weile an einen Protagonisten gewöhnt und das Gefühl hat ihn schon ein wenig zu kennen. Wenn man dann einen neuen Teil der Geschichte anfängt muss man sich nicht erst einlesen um die Situation und die Protagonisten kennenzulernen. In diesem Fall konnte ich das Buch sofort von der ersten Seite an in vollen Zügen genießen.
Eine wirklich gelungene Buchreihe die auf weitere Geschichten von Hans Rath hoffen lässt auch wenn sie sich nicht unbedingt um das Leben von Paul drehen.
I have been waiting for a new Kinsella novel for a while now and then I almost missed it. Only by accident I found out that there was a new book comin...moreI have been waiting for a new Kinsella novel for a while now and then I almost missed it. Only by accident I found out that there was a new book coming out last Thursday. I pre-ordered it a few days before it was released and had it in my mailbox on Friday. I started reading yesterday afternoon and just finished it.
The second I started, I was hooked. Sophie Kinsella has an amazing talent to start in the middle of the story but in a way so that you feel you know the main character after the first few pages as if you would have known her for ages already. This could also have been a Shopaholic novel since Poppy, the main character, resembles Becky Bloomwood extremely in the way she is behaving and reacting. Perhaps that is also the reason why I loved this book so much. The story is totally independent but Poppy also ends up in weird situations that she could have avoided and manages to deal with these situations in an extremely comical and entertaining way – just like Becky.
Sophie Kinsella even makes footnotes, something I usually hate, a real pleasure to read! Those where the best footnotes ever and a fantastic idea that winds through the whole story and even becomes part of the story in the end. Normally, footnotes are extremely annoying because you have to leave the main text in the middle of a sentence just to read something completely different at the bottom of the page and then you are completely lost and have to search for the place within the text where you stopped to initially look at the footnote. But in I‘ve got your number it is totally worth interrupting the main text to have a look.
Another thing I noticed lately is that more and more authors use emails, chat- and text messages as part of their story. This is a really modern way of telling a story but fits into our modern world perfectly. Real life shows that in love stories modern forms of communications play a massive role – especially in times of smartphones. Kinsella adapts to this modern development and creates a great story of two people getting to know each other through emails and text messages to an extend that they know a lot of each other even though they have not met a lot in real life.
Kinsella also tries to explain the female behaviour in different situations of life. While men are usually pretty straight forward and directly say what they think, many women mean something completely different when they say or write something. Women tend to find the deeper meaning in everything a man says or writes and do not get that it might be just what he said. Perhaps it would be helpful for men to read a Kinsella once in order to understand their female counterparts better… on second thoughts… they might also think we are all as crazy as all of Kinsella‘s protagonists so better not…
On the other hand, the dangers and disadvantages of this form of getting to know each other become perfectly clear in this novel. A text message or an email are just what they are. They are shorter than the spoken word and they can be misinterpreted in many different ways. This can make getting to know each other even more complicated as it might already be.
In the end, what I really enjoyed with this book was that it was so extremely well plotted. Every single detail is important for the story and will add up to the whole picture at the end. But when you finally think you got the whole picture with all its little details, it ends up differently again. This ending is in a way predictable but in the same way it is surprising and amusing. I am not going to give it away because I think everybody should find out themselves and I do not want to ruin it for anyone.
Die Buchhändlerin beim Kauf von Gut gegen Nordwind hatte definitiv recht! Es hat nicht lange gedauert bis ich wieder in der Buchhandlung stand nachdem...moreDie Buchhändlerin beim Kauf von Gut gegen Nordwind hatte definitiv recht! Es hat nicht lange gedauert bis ich wieder in der Buchhandlung stand nachdem ich Gut gegen Nordwind innerhalb eines Tages durchgelesen hatte. Nun stand ich also wieder da auf der Suche nach einer passenden Lektüre und prompt viel mir dann der zweite Teil der Geschichte von Emmi und Leo in die Hand: Alle sieben Wellen. Da konnte ich nicht dran vorbeigehen.
Und zum zweiten Mal wurde ich nicht enttäuscht! Wieder einmal habe ich dieses Buch verschlungen und konnte erst aufhören als ich auch wirklich die letzten Worte aus ihm raus gequetscht hatte. Nach dem unerwarten Nicht Happy End des ersten Teils war ich wahnsinnig froh, dass die Geschichte dennoch weiter ging und ich wieder die wortwitzigen und genial formulierten emails der Beiden lesen durfte.
Wieder einmal begeisterte mich die Art wie die eMails geschrieben waren. Daniel Glattauer schafft es die Geschichte so zu erzählen, dass man gar nicht wissen muss was im wirklichen Leben von Emmi und Leo geschieht. Alleine die eMails reichen aus um sich ein genaues Bild machen zu können. Ausserdem hilft dieser Stil dabei die Geschichte spannend zu halten. Man wartet mit den beiden Protagonisten auf Nachrichten des jeweils anderen und da sich die Beiden diesmal nun wirklich auch treffen wartet man immer wieder gespannt darauf was sie über diese Treffen zu sagen haben.
Immer wieder kommt die Geschichte zu einem vermeidlichen Ende nur um dann doch wieder durch eine überraschende Kehrtwende zu überzeugen. Auch wenn ich sagen muss, dass mir Gut gegen Nordwind einen minimalen Hauch besser gefallen hat, war Alle sieben Wellen doch ein voller Erfolg den ich jederzeit weiter empfehlen würde. Dieses Mal sieht es aber leider so aus als wäre die Geschichte wirklich beendet und lässt nicht darauf hoffen eine dritte Fortsetzung zu bekommen.
Alles in Allem wieder einmal ein tolles Buch mit Suchtgefahr!
I am going to write this review in English even though the book I am talking about is not available in English. Yet. I honestly hope, that this will c...moreI am going to write this review in English even though the book I am talking about is not available in English. Yet. I honestly hope, that this will change soon! It would be such a shame if the rest of the world would not be able to enjoy this wonderful piece of literature! The title of the book in its original version is “Il grande scomunicato” by Luca Di Fulvio who is Italian. For all Germans among you, the title is “Der Junge der Träume schenkte” (in English: The boy who gives dreams).
This book, once again, has been a recommendation by a friend of mine. As I am driving to and from work 45 minutes one way every day, I decided to get the audio book instead of reading a hard copy. It is just the perfect way to kill time during a long drive! My way to work turned out to be extremely short. When I arrived, I was so into the story that I felt like being part of it. A really strange feeling…
The story takes place in New York in the beginning of the 20th century and it is about a boy who grows up in the slums of New York at that time. It is amazing to see him grow up over a period of time of around 30 years. The reader is taking part in his adventures and gets to know all the people he meets in an intensive and extremely detailed way.
Early during the story, he meets a girl through some cruel co incidents and falls in love with her the moment he saw her for the first time. Luca Di Fulvio explains both of these main characters and their feelings and switches back and forth between the two of them. He throws in many loose ends that all tie up in the full story at the very end. All parts of the story play an important role and influence each other.
Luca’s style of writing is amazingly beautiful. He pays so much attention to detail and every word seems to be selected with a lot of thoughts! While I was listening to the story, my thoughts never went away from what was happening! I absorbed EVERY SINGLE WORD with so much pleasure that I never wanted the story to end but at the same time I was longing for the end because I desperately wanted to know if Christmas and Ruth (the two main characters) will finally find each other and be happy together. I am not going to tell you how the story ends because I do not want to kill the tension for you!
Just telling you that once in a while, the story gets really emotional as well as cruel and exciting! It is a great mixture of love story, crime and historical fiction! Totally worth reading, not only for women! I can’t wait to read another story of this highly talented author!!! Please go on writing! The boy that you are describing really is a boy who gives dreams and who makes you dream while reading!
I just finished reading The Orange Girl and I have to say that I could not stop myself from crying. This story is so beautiful and sad at the same tim...moreI just finished reading The Orange Girl and I have to say that I could not stop myself from crying. This story is so beautiful and sad at the same time that it just affects you deep down in your heart.
It is a relatively short story, but it is beautifully written. It is a story about love, about death, about the universe and it is questioning all of this. The essential question of this story is if the short period of time each and everyone of us gets to spend on earth is worth it. The book provokes the reader to think about this question and everyone of us should answer this question for ourselves as well as Georg answers the question for himself. In my opinion, he comes up with a beautiful explanation for why even this short period of time on earth is totally worth it.
As I said, this story is about love! It describes the love story of two young people who are lucky to have each other. I am sure most of us dream of a love like this and that is why it makes us sad when we realise that this love is forced to an early end. It made me cry to see that the father of Georg wanted to live so desperately knowing from the beginning that there was not going to be a happy ending. But even though it made me cry, I also felt happy for him because he found what he was searching for – he found his one and only great love and the love of his life, the orange girl, stayed with him until the very last moment and gave him a son through whom he is going to continue living. Through the letter he wrote to his son, he encouraged Georg to see the world differently and to find the guts to talk to a girl he fancies.
Jostein Gaarder finds the right way to combine funny, romantic and sad moments in this novel and even though there is no happy ending for the story of the orange girl, the novel still has a positive ending.
Throughout the whole story, the universe and the Hubble Space Telescope, which enables us to discover more of the universe, are playing an important role. Every once in a while, this topic comes up again between father and son and it is of great importance for their relationship. For me, this part of the story teaches us to look for the greater and to reach for the stars whenever we can. Only people who fight for what they want will be able to reach it. Even if it seems impossible to reach, it is still worth a try.
I loved the story of the orange girl because it is beautifully written, it is romantic, funny, sad and thought provoking. It has all a great novel needs to be successful. Even though, the story is pretty simple, it is certainly not a dull love story.
This story is one of the most amazing love stories I've ever read! Beautifully written and thought provoking. I asked myself a million times, how I wo...moreThis story is one of the most amazing love stories I've ever read! Beautifully written and thought provoking. I asked myself a million times, how I would react if I would have to make the same decisions the characters of this book have to make and I still have no answer. Assisted suicide is still a topic that needs clarification and understanding for the affected human beings. I am glad that Jojo Moyes made a step into the right direction with her story. Maybe this helps people to think about the topic a bit more.(less)
Once again, another brilliant and compelling story by Sebastian Fitzek. Till the very end, you cannot see the truth coming. I listened to the audioboo...moreOnce again, another brilliant and compelling story by Sebastian Fitzek. Till the very end, you cannot see the truth coming. I listened to the audiobook and was so into listening that I completely forgot the world around me! Now starting with the third Fitzek book and I am very sure that it is going to be as great as the first two! It is amazing with what sort of stories, Fitzek comes up with - some of the best crime stories, I've ever read!(less)