I feel too lazy to be arsed to write a proper review, so I'll just note here a few things that comes to my mind at the moment:
- The two main characterI feel too lazy to be arsed to write a proper review, so I'll just note here a few things that comes to my mind at the moment:
- The two main characters, Skinner and Kibby, continuously made me consider and reconsider my own self, both in their attitude towards life and in their relationships (or in the latter's case, rather lack of it) with women. I find bits and pieces of myself, familiar feelings and concerns, in certain passages both belongs to Skinner and Kibby. Which was interesting and surprising at times, because they are so utterly different from each other so that you'd assume you only can relate to one, and worrying and upsetting at others, because neither is a particularly enviable character —though I admit, I felt that Skinner is a cruel douchebag in possession of some great qualities yet lacks the better judgment and the better heart to use them to make a better person from himself, whereas Brian simply was a stupid lame kid who wasn't even up to being one thing he believed he is good at (being a nice, kind, good person), for through his belief in his own goodness he grew uncritical of himself and judgmental of others, which eventually made him an even bigger douchebag, an unworthy character of reader's sympathy.
- The only nice characters in the books, the ones that you may find yourself actually liking, are women: Kay, Beverly, Shannon, Dorothy, Caroline... (Not all of the women were likable though, Joyce Kibby certainly didn't evoke any sympathy in me) I cannot think of any men in the book that I liked. Maybe that chef that blew his own manly bits accidentally, but even then, he is pathetic in his heavy alcoholism and you just feel sorry for him, not like him. I don't think there is something of importance in this observation, but I thought that, maybe, just maybe, Welsh has the feeling that women are nicer than men in general. If so, I guess I'd share his feeling :)
- It was not the easiest read, but wasn't a difficult one either, especially after things started to heat up a bit with the fantastical elements entering into the story (which was something I didn't expect at all and I liked to be taken by surprise). The story was not a top notch one, yet I found it entertaining enough. Also, the twists in it were far from being obvious. When I saw them coming, I saw them, say, for about 20-30 pages earlier or so, but that is nothing. At that point, Welsh probably wanted me to see them coming anyway.
It was an okay read, I guess. But honestly, to me, the whole story did nothing but to show such a stupid notion honour is. Shitloads of suffering, famIt was an okay read, I guess. But honestly, to me, the whole story did nothing but to show such a stupid notion honour is. Shitloads of suffering, families left behind, loves unfulfilled and all those miseries for what? To avenge? Pffft. ...more
Kabaca söyleyeyim: Fikir güzel, işleniş berbat. Sürekli karman çorman bir üslubun/anlatımın perdesini aralayıp da yazarın ne kastetmiş olabileceğini tKabaca söyleyeyim: Fikir güzel, işleniş berbat. Sürekli karman çorman bir üslubun/anlatımın perdesini aralayıp da yazarın ne kastetmiş olabileceğini tahmin etmeye çalışmak gerekiyor. Kitabın etrafında döndüğü temalar çok umut vadedici olmasa (bir de tabi, kitap kısacık bir şey olmasa) yarıda bırakırdım muhtemelen.
Gerçi yine de siz bana bakmayın, okuyacaksanız okuyun. Nitekim ben çok benzer şeyleri Heidegger, Hegel falan gibi adamların metinlerini okumaya çalıştığımda da söylüyorum :)...more