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
**spoiler alert** I love this book! I read it in the course of more than a year because I had to read so many other books in between. Now that I've ju**spoiler alert** I love this book! I read it in the course of more than a year because I had to read so many other books in between. Now that I've just finished it, I really miss the characters - and I ask myself: After having read Anna Karenina, what else is there left to read?
Since reviewing a book as complex as this is quite a challenge, I'll only address few points - otherwise I'd be writing for hours:
I truly enjoyed being confronted with the Russian zeitgeist of that age and how the characters of different backgrounds and with different attitudes situated themselves and their thoughts within the society. I understand that some people think that some parts of the book are dragging and too detailed, especially Lewin's inner philosophical monologues etc. However, I really liked these parts!
Since there are so many major characters, I didn't particularly identify with one of them but felt more like a voyeur, which was nice. This way I didn't choose sides or had the feeling that I liked some characters more than others. To me, they all seemed very real as in that they all had flaws as well as charm, even Karenin. However, I guess Vronsky is my favorite character (it's almost a tie with Lewin) and I would have liked if the last part had included a somewhat bigger focus on Vronsky and his dealing with Anna's suicide. The short passage at the railway station on his way to the war and his comments on his life and body only being useful as a tool within war almost broke my heart. I also would have liked to read a little bit more about Karenin and how Anna's death affected him. But on the other hand, not telling the reader Vronsky's and Karenin's reactions and whether Vronsky even made it back from the war has its own, very impressive effect.
There is so much more to say, maybe I'll add to this review later on. I just really felt like I had so say something right away!
The beautiful and interesting illustrations in this book already make it worth the read. I wasn't sure about the story at first, though. It seemed a lThe beautiful and interesting illustrations in this book already make it worth the read. I wasn't sure about the story at first, though. It seemed a little plain to me, even for young children, and I found the happy ending a little abrupt. But then I realized that while obviously telling the story from the rabbit's perspective, in the background also Ray's search for his bunny was told. And that just did it for me and suddenly the story truly moved me. Love it!...more
Eine tolle Lektüre - besonders für Leser in den mittelfrühen Zwanzigern bis zu den späten Dreißigern. Melle beschreibt einen Teil des Lebens von MagnuEine tolle Lektüre - besonders für Leser in den mittelfrühen Zwanzigern bis zu den späten Dreißigern. Melle beschreibt einen Teil des Lebens von Magnus, Thorsten und Laura, deren zu Beginn mehr oder weniger getrennte Handlungsstränge sich immer mehr miteinander verzweigen, bis sie zum Ende des Buches zusammen agieren. Sie ringen mit den Luxusproblemen der modernen Gesellschaft, die Individuen manchmal zu viel Möglichkeiten und Freiheit bietet und so die Grundlage für Selbstzweifel und Neurosen bildet, die sich zu bedrückender Selbstzerstörung entwicklen können. Melle bedient sich in Sickster unterschiedlicher Erzähltechniken und -perspektiven, erhebt sich mal auktorial über das Geschehen, spricht aber auch als das Bewusstsein der einzelnen Figuren. Er spielt seine literaturtechnischen Karten gut aus, so dass die Atmosphäre des Romans nicht ins Erdrückende und zu Wuchtige umschlägt, sondern ehrlich und bewegend bleibt und auch einen gewissen Witz nicht verliert. ...more