When I marked this book as to-read, there was a lot of talk about how this is a story that is being told from Voldemort's point of view. While that piWhen I marked this book as to-read, there was a lot of talk about how this is a story that is being told from Voldemort's point of view. While that piqued my curiosity, as I was reading the book, this parallel only succeeded to irk me. I liked Rowling's work and I thoroughly enjoyed the Harry Potter series. There is a very clear demarcation between these two works. This book can't be called young adult fantasy fiction, there is enough blood and gore to negate that. It is more mature and there is no "sparkly" magic and I see that my tastes have evolved from young adult fiction and that is why I was so annoyed to even see such a parallel between the two.
This book grips you. It is quite dark to begin with and the story heats up as you push through it. The lovely thing about is that, the author lets you know that you have to read all three books to finish the story. So, when I came to the end of this book I was only eager to read the next one and felt only that slight tinge of disappointment that this book came to an end. It is a nice feeling that one gets, to look forward to the entire series.
I am not going to reveal any part of the storyline in this "review". I am only going to say how much I liked the book, which is a lot. It would be nice if other readers did not go into the series with the opinion I had. That just spoils the reading experience. Hopefully, Rothfuss comes up with the third part soon enough! ...more
I clearly don't remember what I was thinking when I shelved this book to read on Goodreads. May be I should go and revise all the books I have markedI clearly don't remember what I was thinking when I shelved this book to read on Goodreads. May be I should go and revise all the books I have marked there. I picked it up simply because it was available to borrow from my local library on my Kindle. The only good thing I am taking away from this book is that I saw it through. As much as I hated reading every page of it I am glad I saw the end of it.
The plot as the title and pretty much the first paragraph of the book will tell you is that five sisters take their life. It is told with the voice of boys their age who live in the same neighborhood and see the story unfold and how it affects them. As tragic as whatever happens to the girls, these prying and very creepy boys dedicate most of their lives in gathering evidence and trying to figure out why the girls did what they did. Ultimately, no one finds out. Not them and not the reader who spent hours on the book thinking it will lead somewhere.
I need to move on from this rubbish. I need a nap or ten and some really good book just to take this edge off me....more
Any book that can move me to tears is precious to me. Considering I am not a fan of young adult fiction, this book impressed me with its simple charm.Any book that can move me to tears is precious to me. Considering I am not a fan of young adult fiction, this book impressed me with its simple charm. The language Zusak has used is quite flowery, which I hadn't expected at all. The Holocaust has always been an area of interest for me. The human side of that debacle touched me. This book, after all, is all about humanity and it's little victories in the face of such adversity. It has no value in the historical point of view, but it does make an impact as a story set in that time.
Set in 19th century rural China, this book took me to a different world altogether. I had heard about the foot-binding ritual before, but the the grapSet in 19th century rural China, this book took me to a different world altogether. I had heard about the foot-binding ritual before, but the the graphic description in this book painted the true picture of that atrocious practice. The way women accepted their fate is not that surprising to someone who comes from an equally patriarchal culture. I found a lot of similarities between the rural Chinese and Indian way of life. It did not affect me in a way the author probably intended to.
The language and the elaborate way of describing ordinary things is expected of a "Chinese" story, I suppose. It neither impressed me, nor did it irritate me. The story starts off and proceeds in a good pace only to end quite abruptly. That didn't sit too well with me. However, the protagonist is portrayed as human being with all her flaws exposed, which I liked. This book is worth a read just for the wonderful insight into life in a different time and a different place. ...more