I started this with the best of intentions. We decided to read this for our next meeting of our Bookclub, and I was really up for it. I studied IslamiI started this with the best of intentions. We decided to read this for our next meeting of our Bookclub, and I was really up for it. I studied Islamic History for a year at Uni, and have visited a mosque and have been a liberal defender of Muslims and Islam based on these experiences.
However,I found The Qur'an a difficult read, and so utterly bleak and depressing. I started off making notes, but then realised there was no need as the same motifs get repeated again and again and again; namely that all unbelievers will go to hell; that God's message had been delivered before, but that people had ignored the message, and that there are violent repercussions for anyone who strays from the dictates thus outlined.
Reading it became a struggle and a chore and I only got about 50% of the way through it. I needed to stop for the sake of my mental health. I hardly ever abandon books, especially if there's an educational reason to be reading them, so I feel as though I've let myself down, but really, I couldn't go on with it.
So there we have it. I'm not an apologist any more. Until there is reformation, The Qur'an, in my opinion, is not a text of peace....more
I nearly finished reading this last night, and to be honest, I wish I had. I think it was mainly this fantastic exploration of the Establishment thatI nearly finished reading this last night, and to be honest, I wish I had. I think it was mainly this fantastic exploration of the Establishment that gave me hope for yesterday's election. It made me see how and why Ed Milliband had been elected as leader of the Labour party and also how and why Murdoch and the business elites that run this country used every item in their arsenal to ensure he didn't get into power.
It is a well-constructed journey explaining the work of outriders, (something, Owen Jones is attempting to be himself), the Overton Window and then examining different elements of the elite, demonstrating how they are all interlinked and interdependent: such as the media, the police, bankers and politicians themselves. I am surprised there isn't a chapter about the Child Sex Abuse scandal, but perhaps that would have been too precarious, litigiously speaking, to be included.
Anyway. Hopes are dashed now. Those wealthy 1% look to get richer over the next five years. I'll do my bit to support my community and fight for greater equality for the people of Britain. ...more
Some books are a slog, but turn out to be worth it in the end, not with this one. I found this one enjoyable from the start and lapped it up. It readSome books are a slog, but turn out to be worth it in the end, not with this one. I found this one enjoyable from the start and lapped it up. It read like a cross between JG Ballard and Chuck Palahniuk.
The obvious themes are genetic modification and Big Pharma, but also the dichotomy between the arts and the sciences and the worth of the former. I loved the string of archaic words at the end of the novel including: fungible, pullulate, pistil, cerements, opsimath, windlestraw.
I loved how the Crakers were beginning to use art towards the end of the book.
My friend recommended this to me but I was wary. It is a large book, and it has received mixed reviews (despite winning the Pulizer) and I've not readMy friend recommended this to me but I was wary. It is a large book, and it has received mixed reviews (despite winning the Pulizer) and I've not read Donna Tartt before. I was put-off Donna Tartt after reading 'Special Topics in Calamity Physics' by Marisha Pessl, (which apparently is akin to 'The Secret History') and which I hated. Therefore I have given Ms Tartt a wide berth.
So I start reading 'The Goldfinch' and it is written exquisitely. The story nearly veers into SPiCP territory when our hero is staying with the Barbours, but Tartt is skillful and brave enough to move the story on and takes it on its own path and a different atmosphere develops as soon as Boris is introduced.
The detail of the book is Dickensian (in a good way) and more than once I thought of 'Great Expectations'.
I love Boris and Hobie and Pippa and Welty.
I love the twists of conscience and the only time I think "Yes, you've got you're act together: you are doing the right thing", it turns out I'm wrong. I love it. I like the way she wrote a sentence during a scene at the parking lot in Amsterdam that makes the reader think the worst. Until you get past the full stop and read the next sentence. Lovely and playful at a VERY tense part of the book. Love it.
Another great thing about this book are its references to reading and literature, especially Russian literature. I love a bit of Dostoyevsky, Grossman and Solzhenitsyn, and it was so refreshing to have a clever book alluding to other clever books. So rarely do the main characters in modern novels read, it always strikes me as odd, (just as in soaps, the characters don't watch soap operas themselves).
Sadly this book wasn't well-written, so I've abandoned it. I'm surprised Carina let this one slip through in the state I found it, as it was displayinSadly this book wasn't well-written, so I've abandoned it. I'm surprised Carina let this one slip through in the state I found it, as it was displaying poor grammar on the first page. Am getting fed-up with e-publishers who don't seem to proof-read. ...more