really moving insights into the life of palestinians in gaza's refugee camps and their struggle to obtain a somewhat ordinary life. sometimes it was areally moving insights into the life of palestinians in gaza's refugee camps and their struggle to obtain a somewhat ordinary life. sometimes it was a little dragging, though, especially the parts of the book that happened before the author was born. got better and better towards the end, as the author could tell the happenings mostly from his own memory. can recommend it to all who are interested in understanding the palestian view of the conflict. ...more
Really great and quite scary book. One of my favourite aspects is how the book depicts how language can form reality. The reason why didn't rate it 5Really great and quite scary book. One of my favourite aspects is how the book depicts how language can form reality. The reason why didn't rate it 5 stars is that I didn't like the partly very straight explanations of the Party's ideology. I considered them repetitive since the reader already got that from the context. ...more
When I read a book that I like, I'm usually kind of sad when I turn the last page. That was definitely not the case with On the Road. Finishing it gavWhen I read a book that I like, I'm usually kind of sad when I turn the last page. That was definitely not the case with On the Road. Finishing it gave me a weird kind of satisfaction, like when you finally cleaned your basement.
I'd like to divide my review into two parts. First, On the Road as a piece of literature: I really didn't like it. I truly disliked the characters. I didn't care what happened to them; I didn't care how the plot might develop. No later than the second time Sal indicated the "amazing" events that would happen during a drive or in a town, which never seemed to me so very amazing, I was already annoyed by how hip Sal and Co felt, even though, in my eyes, they were pathetic losers.
I know it's a crucial part of the book that the plot doesn't have an actual strand it follows, mirroring the disorderly life (and minds) of the characters. From the beginning, I was almost absolutely sure that this book will have a random ending (which it did). This put my motivation to read on on a low point. While the first part (Sal's first road trip through the country) was still a little bit interesting and fun to read, the rest wasn't. It just all happened over and over again. So, from a literary point of view: didn't like it!
I gave On the Road two stars because it was interesting for me as a mean to gain some insight into the culture of the beat generation and the minds of those beaten young men who are torn between the conservative traditions and expectations they were socialised with (Dean's and Sal's dream of living in houses on the same street - married, with kids and all) and their thirst for rebellion and adventure. I wouldn't have minded if Kerouac would have described all this on fewer pages, even though On the Road isn't very long (and I usually don't mind reading books with 400+ pages). But I feel like half of the length would have sufficed to form the same impression of that part of American cultural, and I wouldn't have felt like wasting my time so much, wishing to continue my other readings....more
Amazing book! I already liked the movie, but as in most (or all?) cases, the book is way better than the film. Inman's journey home is about way moreAmazing book! I already liked the movie, but as in most (or all?) cases, the book is way better than the film. Inman's journey home is about way more than returning to Ada. It is about his love for his home, his yearning for peace of mind and escaping the haunting thoughts about the civil war and his participation in it while fearing that his soul will forever be corrupted. I found the description of his internal struggles with his past and future very intense. One of the books which are only disappointing in the one aspect that they have a last page. ...more