To be honest I only read two chapters of the book, I think there are ten chapters in total. But I think two are enough because the format of the book
To be honest I only read two chapters of the book, I think there are ten chapters in total. But I think two are enough because the format of the book is very unusual, it's a highly experimental text. All the sentences in each edition of the book are shifted randomly, so each copy is unique. I think what Balestrini did was to treat the novel objectively, meaning it could be an object or a separate entity with a life of its own, it can be different to each reader, and each reader would react differently to its different manifestations. Also, I think reading it is meant to be an experience enjoyed regardless of the text, to experience emotions provoked by the novel as a thing rather than a literal piece. It reminded me of surréalist poetry, I still can't decide if the book is good or bad but it's an interesting experience. ...more
The book is relatively big, so I think it's difficult to write a review without spoilers. I decided to focus on a section of the book which I liked, t
The book is relatively big, so I think it's difficult to write a review without spoilers. I decided to focus on a section of the book which I liked, the story takes place at the turn of the 19th century, so back then Japan was a secluded country, Christianity supposedly didn't exist in it back then. But there's this part about a really old Japanese female herbalist (which I found beautifully poetic, not religious) who is a hidden Christian. I won't spoil the story, but she decides to pray to Virgin Mary whom she calls "Holy Maria-sama", Empress of Heaven and mother of Adnan and Ewa, probably referring to Adam and Eve, Mother of Iesu-sama, probably referring to Jesus. She has this wooden icon of Virginia Mary, which she keeps hidden and prays to. The statue is carved to resemble Kannon, goddess of mercy, whom I think is a Buddhist deity, so it was probably carved in Japan. Anyways the statue is said to be given to Otane's (the herbalist) grandfather's grandfather by a Holy Saint named Xavier who sailed to Japan from paradise on a magical flying boat pulled by golden swans. Ofcourse back then foreigners and anything forgiven were forbidden from entering Japan, and no Japanese was permitted to leave it. By my own estimation I'd say maybe this was a symbolic story about first Christian missionaries in Japan, let's say in the 16th century. Also there's the very final part of the story which I found very touching, which shows that sometimes you can carry a single happy moment in your heart for the rest of your life, and then when life meets death it will be there to make your passage easy. ...more
It's a scientific adventure inside the human body on a bacterium scale, never read anything like it before. I'm not sure about the accuracy of the inf It's a scientific adventure inside the human body on a bacterium scale, never read anything like it before. I'm not sure about the accuracy of the information, this was written in 1966 but still it's very fascinating. I'm definitely thinking about new concepts and contemplating things I've never considered before. I'm so glad this is the first book I picked from Asimov's library, won't be my last. Just to think of life's seeming simplicity on the surface and how inwardly it's ultra complicated, a world within a world, mind blowing. ...more
I really enjoyed reading this book, takes a bit of effort to read it, specially the ones set during 19th century and the far pre-civilizatiCloud Atlas
I really enjoyed reading this book, takes a bit of effort to read it, specially the ones set during 19th century and the far pre-civilization époque. I think Mitchell managed to write something different and new, the structure of the book and narrative are something new to me, novel's structure is symmetrical and it's probably one of the few puzzle novels written. His language is beautiful, reminds me of Anthony Burges, There are borrowed themes from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. You feel a bit uneasy and disturbed with the narrative at the first part of the book, you might feel unsatisfied with the course of the events. But then when you start with the second part things start to fold easily and it makes you feel comfortable. Reading the book felt like reading a mirror, with events and novel structure paralleling themselves, even your emotions are reversed. ...more
I liked it, wish if it was a little longer though. Gives the feeling of reading a vintage manga, of course it's not vintage only styled that's way, II liked it, wish if it was a little longer though. Gives the feeling of reading a vintage manga, of course it's not vintage only styled that's way, I think it's what you might describe as a black comedy. Artwork is amazing, gives a weird feeling but still I enjoyed it. ...more
This comic is proof that art is a powerful medium, I was deeply affected by it. I never thought about what happened to young people in other parts ofThis comic is proof that art is a powerful medium, I was deeply affected by it. I never thought about what happened to young people in other parts of the world, that some had to fight for their right to exist. Very informative with rich details, superb artwork which reminded me of Persian miniature painting. ...more
What a touching human story only a master like Tezuka can write and illustrate such a masterpiece, I'm way too emotionally involved in the story, Ludw What a touching human story only a master like Tezuka can write and illustrate such a masterpiece, I'm way too emotionally involved in the story, Ludwig's life was a tragedy and he passed away two centuries ago but you still Feel bad for him. It's just beyond me how can Tezuka do this every time, every title he makes does the same thing to you and you get too attached. He was able to convey such an array of emotions to his readers with a few words and simple illustrations, Decades after his death people are still reading his books although they're "manga" a form of literature snobishly looked down at. One more thing about Ludwig B, It's one of the few remaining unfinished works of Tezuka so this was written while he battled cancer, That's probably why you can feel those strong feelings but there's also this will to fight and live. It's a little weird to read an incomplete work by one of my most favorite writers but I enjoyed this volume and I'm sure I'll enjoy the second even more. ...more
The book is very abstract, gives you an odd feeling, if there ever could be an abstract novel then this is one, along with being dystopian (my favorit
The book is very abstract, gives you an odd feeling, if there ever could be an abstract novel then this is one, along with being dystopian (my favorite genre). Also, the plot (if there is any) develops very slowly. I realized why Zamyatin picked the title "We" for his novel, the idea in this novel that in the future personal identity and individuality will disappear, humans will act like one whole harmonious body, of course metaphorically speaking, everything is over calculated and predictable and must have a known reason and effect so naturally as a result there's no such thing as "I", every human is a "We", part of a greater bigger machine so to speak. There's also the very odd characters naming system used in the novel, giving them letters with digits as names, I think there's a purpose for that. Of course the main apparent purpose is to help readers imagine how insignificant an individual is, that to the state you're just an "Integral" as people are referred to in the novel.
There are also the main characters and some other characters names, first there is
D-503 who is an engineer and a mathematician, I think Zamyatin gave him the letter D as a reference to decimal numbers.
I-330 she is part of the revolutionaries, I think she was named I as a reference for individuality which disappears from the novel futuristic setting.
O-90 she's D's lover, very simple and innocent, I think she was named O because it's like a zero, a nothingness.
S-4711 double agent, maybe S refers to snake, with its sneaky ways.
R-13 is a poet and D's friend, couldn't think of any reason for his name, maybe R just sounds musical.
What I write over here is not a proper book review, it's more of a monologue, so here's what I think about this one.
When you start reading the book, y What I write over here is not a proper book review, it's more of a monologue, so here's what I think about this one.
When you start reading the book, you get he impression it's a little boring, but you continue reading it just to make sure and because it's an easy read and the language is kind of nice. But then things change and the knot starts tightening, you're already emotionally involved and you immediately panic with Watney as he realizes his dire situation.
There are so many technical details I think this is the most throughly researched Sci-Fi book I read, the details get boring at some point but you'll understand what an organized complex mind Weir has. The plot's progress is very slow, you'll probably appreciate the sarcasm in it.
There's this interesting thing I went through while reading the book, well, because Mars is a red planet I always had this idea the weather is hot over there, of course it's not, and I know it's freezing over there but still. psychologically I'd refuse to accept that fact, anyways, one of the issues Mark's facing on mars is the extreme cold, so it's very interesting that he keeps talking about it and you're mentally shocked because you expect it to be hot.
There's this part where ASCII code is mentioned, it's a programming language, software programmers and computer engineers know it. Andy Weir did his homework so well he just mentions hardcore scientific facts, if I didn't have an engineering background I wouldn't know what ASCII code was. I'm so impressed really, book is very well written, easy beautiful language, really good plot, a new idea and the best researched scientifically accurate Sci-Fi book I read, slow plot but I can see why now.The suspense has to be built very gradually, you have to live it thoroughly to be able to absorb the book well.
Just one more thing, I think Weir such a good observer of human behavior and personality, probably the silent type because you need to be very quiet to observe. I think it's very essential for a writer to be a keen observer, Weir manages to give very distinct characteristics to everyone in his book, it's almost as if they're copied from real life, again that's not an easy task, but he manages to do it well. That's probably why the book was immediately adapted to film, everything is there and ready. ...more
This H.G.Wells book talks about a certain food invented by two scientists that makes every living thing that consumes it gigantic. So you can imagine
This H.G.Wells book talks about a certain food invented by two scientists that makes every living thing that consumes it gigantic. So you can imagine all the bizarre weird events of the book, even at the beginning and it freaked me out. It mentions gigantic hens, wasps and even rats that eat a horse with all sort of grotesque details no wonder I was so scared. It did take some nerves to finish reading it. From a Sci-Fi point of view and considering it was written more than a century ago the novel is outdated, But of course Wells's language is classical and fine, I enjoyed it like poetry. One shouldn't forget he was a highly profiling author with a degree (with honors) in biology, no wonder this knowledge is invested in this book. Sometimes while you're reading you feel like it's a pamphlet authored by Darwin, reminded me a little of Origin of Species. Anyway in "The Food of the Gods" Wells just like most (possibly all) early Sci-Fi writers debates the ethical aspect of science. You can feel that like a true man of science he felt the great responsibility of educating the masses through his writings. Of course considering how limited late 19th and early 20th century technology was don't expect a wild imagination and bizzare occurrences, Most of the things mentioned are possible if they didn't already happen if the last century. Also don't miss the subtle remarks and hidden commentary on society back then. ...more
The book was a bit unsettling for me, not because it's dystopian like Brave New World, on the contrary, it's a Utopian novel, well, I think it's unnat
The book was a bit unsettling for me, not because it's dystopian like Brave New World, on the contrary, it's a Utopian novel, well, I think it's unnatural, I mean Utopias exist only in literature, if the the idea was possible in the least someone would've succeeded in implementing it, also I noticed one thing, when you read a dystopian novel you're a bit sad but this hope of a better tomorrow grows inside you, it's very emotionally moving, it makes you want to be a better human, but I think a Utopia numbs your emotions and stiffen you, you have this distance between you and the body of work. Huxley's Island is also a philosophical novel, a very dense one, with very complex ideas and themes, I won't mention them because I don't want to spoil it for you, but you can see the novel was constructed merely for the sake of throwing all of Huxley's ideas in one place. I'll just say this about it, Huxley greatly admires eastern philosophy and also doesn't deny the benefits of western science.
There's this bit that I also liked in the novel (probably because I'm a painter) is that pelanese people hang landscape paintings in their mediation rooms, it's mentioned in the novel that enormous landscape paintings help them while mediating to realize their true place in the world. There's also a fictional pelanese famous painter mentioned in the novel, he's named Gobind Singh who is a historical character, a 17th century Sikh Guru, I have no idea if the Guru was also a painter but I think painting is highly reverend in eastern religion and philosophy and was a way to mediate.
Well it's a difficult book to read, you can't just read it for amusement, you have to set time aside for it. Still I couldn't leave it without finishing it, partly because of the bizarre concepts (purely theoretical I don't think you can apply them) and for the most part Huxley's beautiful poetic language, no wonder he wrote verse. It's a very beautifully written philosophical novel, if you have the time read it. ...more