Auf ironische und nüchterne Weise berichtet Herr Lehmann von seinem täglichen Leben.
Herr Lehmann schafft es aber immer wieder eine Situation auf so tr...moreAuf ironische und nüchterne Weise berichtet Herr Lehmann von seinem täglichen Leben.
Herr Lehmann schafft es aber immer wieder eine Situation auf so trockene aber dennoch unglaublich witzige Art und Weise darzustellen, dass das Lesen über alltägliche Dinge zum reinsten Vergnügen werden.
Meine Lieblingsstellen sind die Busfahrt am Ku’Damm und sein Ausflug in den Osten. Er gerät immer wieder an Menschen die ihm das Leben schwer machen wollen. Und das schon bei den kleinsten und harmlosesten Dingen wie einer Busfahrt. Diese Szenen erinnern wirklich an tägliche Situationen denen wir sicherlich alle immer wieder begegnen. Menschen halten sich übertrieben streng an die Vorschriften auch wenn diese Vorschriften in den entsprechenden Situationen einfach nur komplett sinnlos erscheinen. Vorschrift ist Vorschrift und daran muss man sich halten. Auch wenn es zu Lasten des Kunden geht.
Während der Szene in der Herr Lehmanns Eltern zu Besuch in Berlin sind musste ich erstaunlich oft daran denken wie es war als ich für längere Zeit in Berlin gewohnt habe und meine Eltern zu Besuch waren. Mein Vater spricht heutzutage noch von der “Grenze” als wären West- und Ostdeutschland immer noch zwei verschiedene Länder. Ausserdem sind sie die Grossstadt nicht gewöhnt und kommen mit den vielen Eindrücken nicht zurecht.
Wenn man selbst schon einmal in Berlin gewohnt hat oder dauerhaft dort lebt wird man viele Szenen sehr leicht nachvollziehen können und den Ärger mit Herrn Lehmann teilen können weil man sicherlich schon einmal in der gleichen oder einer ähnlichen Lage war. Ich liebe Geschichten über die Teilung Deutschlands und darüber wie es für die Menschen war in West Berlin zu leben und quasi von einer Mauer umgeben zu sein obwohl es ihnen erlaubt war die ganze Welt zu bereisen. Ich war erst 5 Jahre alt als die Mauer fiel und habe deshalb nicht wirklich viel Erinnerung daran. Alles was danach kam und wie beide Teile Deutschlands wieder zusammengewachsen sind habe ich aber genau mitbekommen und finde es heute noch spannend über meine eigene Geschichte zu lernen und Dinge aus verschiedenen Perspektiven zu sehen. Es ist zum Beispiel interessant zu sehen, dass es für West-Berliner gar nicht schlimm war von einer Mauer umgeben zu sein. Ich stelle mir diese Situation schrecklich vor aber alle West Berliner und auch dieses Buch haben mir eindeutig gezeigt, dass auch diese Menschen ein ganz normales Leben in vollkommener Freiheit geführt haben und vom Leben ausserhalb West Berlins nicht viel mitbekommen haben.
Das Kapitel in dem Herr Lehmann einen Ausflug nach Ost Berlin macht zeigt auf gleichzeitig erschreckende aber auch nüchterne und lustige Weise wie die Beamten der DDR Menschen das Wort im Munde umgedreht haben und wie Menschen andere verwirren konnten um dann alles nach ihren eigenen Bedürfnissen auszulegen und im Recht zu sein.
Herr Lehmann ist ein witziges Buch welches sich hervorragend zum entspannen eignet. Es ist so hervorragend trocken geschrieben dass es schon wieder lustig ist. Man muss sich nicht großartig konzentrieren aber es wird einem auch nicht langweilig. Ich kann es kaum erwarten den zweiten Teil der Serie zu lesen und den entsprechenden Film zu schauen.
I bought this book for my holiday in Italy. I was going to do a road trip through Tuscany and then spend 4 days in Rome at the end of my trip. I read...moreI bought this book for my holiday in Italy. I was going to do a road trip through Tuscany and then spend 4 days in Rome at the end of my trip. I read another book by Gemma Townley before and really liked Little White Lies. Thus, I thought that this book would be the perfect travel companion. The book‘s format was also perfect for traveling because it is really small and light and the text on the back sounded promising.
When I read the title When in Rome - A novel of piazzas and passion I was sure that this book would mainly take place in Rome and would be talking a lot about places in Rome. But after I finished the first 100 pages, the main characters were still in London and not even close to Rome. Of course, a little part of the story then took place in Rome but only for a really short time until the happenings of the story ended up back in London. The story itself also has nothing to do with Rome or Italy for that matter. The main characters could have easily traveled to a different city without changing much of the story. I was really disappointed because I was expecting to get into an italian mood but nothing like that happened. In my opinion, the title for this book has been chosen completely wrong because it promises something that the book is not able to deliver in the end.
Not taking this into consideration and only focusing on the story itself, it is an ok story. Nothing special and nothing totally compelling. It has some funny bits and bobs but many times I really had to force myself to go on reading. It can be considered as a light read for the holidays if you do not want to concentrate on a heavy and complex story. It is something you can read on the beach and get distracted once in a while. Many people might like that but I usually expect something more meaningful and a deeper background when I am reading a book. I need to be forced to concentrate because only then I can truly enjoy a story. If I would not have been in Italy with no possibility to read another book, I would probably not have finished it. The whole time I was waiting for something that would make this story different, unique or just something that would give me a reason to go on reading. I think this story really could have been better.
It is not the worst story I ever read and this book might be the right one for many other people who are just searching for something different in a book then I do but for me it was not really the right read. Also, no matter if the story is good or bad, the title is surely wrong and should not be focused on Rome since that is not reflected in the story of the book.
I am not going to give up on Gemma Townley just because of this since I really liked Little White Lies but I can certainly not recommend this book - especially not for an Italian holiday or if you just want to try out a new author. I hope that her other books will make up for this...
I read this novel years ago but it is one of my most favourite novels written by Stephen King. I have this problem with Stephen King novels that his s...moreI read this novel years ago but it is one of my most favourite novels written by Stephen King. I have this problem with Stephen King novels that his stories are really compelling but on the other hand I am disgusted and scared. Thus, I am always on the edge between continuing and not going on reading the book.
The story of pet sematary is written in such a great way that you are really afraid that this might be real. It does not seem to be supernatural even though it is. It is scary to imagine the once dead cat that comes back to the family and behaves not as it used to before its death. Every time I was reading by night I was so scared that I did not want to turn off the light afterwards.
But this book is not just about the story of something supernatural. It talks a lot about human feelings and the way we humans deal with dead. When Louis’ son dies, Louis is willing to sacrifice everything just to get him back. Who would not feel like that after the loss of a close family member? I think, in this situation we would all wish for a way to bring the dead person back to life and would take the chance when it would arise. Even though, Louis was aware of the fact that animals and people buried in the pet sematary come back differently and are strange and dangerous, he cannot stop himself from burying his son there just to get him back. Even when he sees the consequences of doing so, he doesn’t really seem to understand and reacts in the same way when his wife is killed by his revived son.
The novel outlines in a great way how helpless we are in situations of death. We turn into complete strangers and start acting in new strange ways that just make sense for us but for nobody else. As a reader, we can totally understand why Louis is acting like that. We can feel his desperation and wish for him that he’ll get his son back the way he was before his death.
Pet Sematary is a great novel demonstrating how difficult it is to deal with feelings about the loss of a close person. This is also embedded in a great plot and written in such an exciting and compelling way that you cannot stop reading even though you do not want more than escape from this cruel world. A real page turner that I can recommend to all horror and Stephen King fans. Especially with regard to the upcoming halloween season, this is a great book to read!!!
Brilliant story with many twists and turns and a very unexpected ending! This book is also available in English! Can't wait to read all of Fitzek's ot...moreBrilliant story with many twists and turns and a very unexpected ending! This book is also available in English! Can't wait to read all of Fitzek's other novels hoping they are as compelling as this one!!!(less)
This was actually the first book I‘ve ever read written by Gemma Townley. I did not even know about her existence before I stumbled over a blog post b...moreThis was actually the first book I‘ve ever read written by Gemma Townley. I did not even know about her existence before I stumbled over a blog post by A Woman Reading who wrote about her. Gemma Townley is the sister of Sophie Kinsella and also writes Chick Lit. Since I love Sophie Kinsella books I definitely wanted to try out a book written by her sister. I chose Little White Lies because it is about a girl moving from a smaller city to London and tries to find her way through life. I liked the idea because I also just moved to London.
When you first move to London, you have all these great expectations about how life in this metropolis would be like. You feel sophisticated and cosmopolitan. But as it turns out, even people living in London are just normal people like you and me. Living in the city is different from living in the country but both have their positive and negative sides.
This is basically what happens to Natalie, the main character of the book. She moves to London and expects a fabulous life. She quit her job in advertising in her home town but the only job she can find in London is a working in a cloth store being bullied by her boss all the time. In the beginning she is not even going out. She spends her evenings alone in her tiny Notting Hill apartment dreaming of a better life. She told all her friends and family back home how great life in London is going to be and now they start asking about it. Feeling too proud to tell the truth, Natalie makes up stories about her great new job and her fantastic social and party life. While telling all these lies she forgets about the possibility that the people from home might come to London to be a part of this gorgeous new life she supposedly has. This leads to Natalie making up new lies trying to support her old ones. And it gets even worse when she falls in love with Simon while pretending to be someone else.
But as the saying goes, lies don‘t travel far: First there is just one lie, then another one based on the first one and in the end it is a whole bunch of lies and a complete new story arises. It can become pretty hard to keep up with all the lies that are being told. Natalie has to remember all of them and everything new she tells has to fit into the whole imagined story.
Even though I could not really understand why she was lying in several situations when it was so obvious to the reader that telling the truth would have been the less painful choice, I could still feel with her and it really made me laugh how she always found her way out of one lie through creating an even more absurd story…
Throughout the whole book I was asking myself how Natalie would ever get out of the story she created. I do not want to give away the details for people who are interested in reading the book but I can say that I liked her way of dealing with things. What can be learned from this story is “that you have to make things happen, not wait for them to happen to you.”
For this novel, Gemma Townley seemed to be inspired by the movie “Notting Hill” even though it is a complete different story. I could sense some similarities like the scene in the end when Natalie talks to Simon in his classroom in front of all his pupils as if she was one of them. This reminded me of the last scene in Notting Hill in which William Thacker pretends to be a journalists asking questions to movie star Anna Scott. The movie is one of my most favourite movies. I‘ve seen it so many times and it was nice being reminded of it by this great book. In the end I felt like going to Notting Hill and enjoying the little streets with the nice little houses and the cute little shops, maybe stopping by in the Travel Bookstore and at Tina T‘s…
I really enjoyed reading Little White Lies and I don‘t quite understand why Gemma Townley isn‘t more popular. In my opinion she can definitely compete with her sister! I am going to read more of her books for sure…
I have this rule about reading a book: I usually give every book a chance of 100 pages. If I still don‘t like it by then I stop reading it. This is wh...moreI have this rule about reading a book: I usually give every book a chance of 100 pages. If I still don‘t like it by then I stop reading it. This is what happened with The Tales of the City. I was supposed to read it for my book club meeting but I found out about the book club only a few days before the meeting so I never managed to read the whole book. I managed to read around 80 pages. Nevertheless, I went to the meeting anyway. It was a great evening with lovely people but all they said was confirming my first impression of the book. There were not many people around who really liked it. After the meeting, I really wanted to go on reading because I wanted to find out why a few people loved it so much.
But I never made it. I was just bored and after a bit over 100 pages I thought that it is a waste of time and it is not worth wasting my precious time forcing myself through a book that I do not like when there are so many others out there that I probably love! I cannot even say what I did not like exactly. It is the overall story that bored me quite quickly. Perhaps it was also the writing style that did not grab my attention. It is actually harder to explain why I did not like this particular book than to tell why I love so many others. The story was just boring. Nothing special happened on the first 100 pages. The style of writing was pretty monotonous like a song that is always playing the same boring melody without any highs and lows in it.
In school we learn that there has to be a tension curve in every story. But I had the impression that the curve in this case was more a straight line than an actual curve. Even though I did not like the book at all, there must be many people who loved it since it is the first book in a series and the author would not write more if there wouldn‘t be people reading these books. So, if anyone of you loved the book, please tell me what made it so special because I really want to understand it. Perhaps I am missing out on something important here.
If I would be asked whether I could recommend The Tales of the City or not, I would probably say that it depends on the reader. Everybody should try it on his or her own to get an own idea and opinion about it. I would definitely not put it on any list of recommended books because there are just way too many others that I would recommend first.
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.