Honestly, I don't why this book is getting so much "hate" and the only reason I can think of is that the people who hate it are the 'right' white peopHonestly, I don't why this book is getting so much "hate" and the only reason I can think of is that the people who hate it are the 'right' white people who have lots of love for Obama and dinner parties, which is what this book is about.
I've never read Lander's blog, so this entire book was all new material for me. Simple to read, I got through it in less than twenty four hours and was a good break from the just as politically incorrect book: Woe To Live On by Daniel Woodrell (ironically, a book that the white population would probably enjoy because it isn't 'mainstream') I love all humor, but honest humor has got to be one of the best, Lander essentially, outs the white population and their undying love for Apple products and their perfect children. Each section reminded me of the white friends that I have and even myself, though, I'm not full white, being one of those hybrid mixed raced kids that white people want to have (and my white mother has accomplished this with my Asian father).
Nothing screamingly memorable, but a good laugh and worth a read on a boring afternoon.
This is my third book by Jon Krakauer that I've read so far and I've always liked his style of writinWell, this was a pure mind fuck to say the least.
This is my third book by Jon Krakauer that I've read so far and I've always liked his style of writing which is like a big journal article. 'Under The Banner of Heaven' is no exception.
Krakauer investigates the murder of Brenda and her baby girl Erica Lafferty's murder by her brother in laws Ron and Dan Lafferty in the name of God. In true Krakauer style, he goes straight to he horses mouth to get information, interviewing the killers and why and how they did it. It's horrifying, Especially, as the brothers have zero remorse to what they did and believe they will be welcomed by God with open arms in to the Kingdom of Heaven when the world comes to an end. Their going to get a nasty surprise.
Under The Banner of Heaven really opened my eyes about the Mormon religion, the main stream Mormons who are generally good Christan's, while the FLDS are another breed of its own that scares the crap out of me. Reading stories about those who 'got out' was truly awful. What makes it more awful is the fact that all the abuse and brainwashing still goes on, their current prophet is a fame whore who is currently in prison for various charges regarding child abuse, like Ron and Dan, he feels no remorse. Yet, people still follow him. For the life of me, I cannot comprehend this.
In the middle was the history of Mormonism, dry in parts, but full of interesting facts, from what I read, it sounds like Joseph Smith made The Book of Mormon up, sure, in all religions there is some aspect of 'fantasy' in it. I'm a Buddhist, but I doubt the Buddha was born walking and talking with lotus flowers appearing at his feet. The Book of Mormon takes it a step further. (Black people are black because they are wicked and God cursed them with black skin).
The end of book closes with Ron's retrial and and future of the Mormons and honestly, I'm scared. Very scared. ...more
The main reason I read this book was because the author was a guest lecture in my creative writing class, especially after I found out that not only wThe main reason I read this book was because the author was a guest lecture in my creative writing class, especially after I found out that not only was he gay, but he was Asian, which, just validated me to read it even more!
Laugh out loud funny and relate-able in a sense, as I'm an Asian in Australia as well, even though I didn't grow up here like the author, but most importantly, it was a heart warming book about family and growing up in a multicultural society. Since Law actually went to uni (mine, in fact) to learn how to write, the book was well structured, well written and easy to read.
I've had this book as long as I can remember. My mother bought for me a child and I've just read it now as a twenty one year old, due to the fact I haI've had this book as long as I can remember. My mother bought for me a child and I've just read it now as a twenty one year old, due to the fact I have a friend who was born and grew up in Sarajevo before arriving in Australia after the war finally was over. She say's she can't really remember what happened as she was so young, but I got a some what glimpse from reading this book how it would of been like for her and most notably her parents who are Muslim.
Though, it is not as amazing as the likes of Anne Frank's infamous diary of the Holocaust, it was still non the less a good read that every person in a comfortable life style such as myself should read to see how even getting bread is a miserable task, while I can simply just walk down to the local shop with out worrying about if I'm going to be gunned down.
As I kept reading, I could almost sense as if Zlata matures (which one would in a war situation) her first few entries are simple things that I have in my early diaries as an eleven year old, her entries soon (of course) become war related and concerns for her family and those around her.
Well, my dream of wanting to do Everest base camp is now officially shattered, as I'm pretty sure I would die. And plus, I'm "skinny fat" though thin,Well, my dream of wanting to do Everest base camp is now officially shattered, as I'm pretty sure I would die. And plus, I'm "skinny fat" though thin, I'm unfit. (The last time I went trekking in Nepal, I was 8 years old and doing ballet, with an active life style as a kid can have)
Anywho, this is my second book written by Jon Krakauer that I've read and like 'Into The Wild' its written in the way as if he's talking to you personally. Which is good, and is easy to understand, especially for those of us who have no knowledge of climbing what so ever. I picked this copy up at random while I was staying in a youth hostel in Sydney one night, while bored and recalled that its one of my mum's favorite books. Boring to start, but gets intriguing as the teams and personalities come together and reach the summit. It's after the summit when its just down right horrifying, one mistake after the next, you just think it can't get any worse, but it does and keeps you feeling like you're at the edge of you're seat/lounge/couch/bed and so on.
Miracle that Beck Weathers though, he just wouldn't freaking die! while others just dropped like flies in the most painful way possible.
Not a screamingly awesome book, but a good read and I enjoyed it....more
Such an adorable little book! I know the basics of his holiness The Dalai Lama's life already but I bought this while at a Tibet festival at the BrisbSuch an adorable little book! I know the basics of his holiness The Dalai Lama's life already but I bought this while at a Tibet festival at the Brisbane Power House, as I love books in general and graphic novels (or, a manga, in this case) are easy to understand for younger readers. (like my future children perhaps)
Most of the story had the basis of the Martin Scorsese movie and a few other sources and I just read it on this lazy Sunday afternoon. Nice way to spend an afternoon I say. Cute little book, I liked it :)...more
Read this for university in rather quick haste, like most of my uni text's that's required for me to read. Will re-read again one day at a relaxationRead this for university in rather quick haste, like most of my uni text's that's required for me to read. Will re-read again one day at a relaxation paste. ...more
I didn't know much about Anna Leonowens, except the movie and musical of Anna and The King or The King and I, the lateExcellent, excellent, excellent!
I didn't know much about Anna Leonowens, except the movie and musical of Anna and The King or The King and I, the later being written by someone else. The former being based off of Anna's memoirs during her time in the Siam court, a book which I have read some time ago now and at the time thinking it was totally non fiction. Wow, was I wrong.
Anna was born and grew up in India and was a quarter Indian on her mothers side, unlike the portrait she painted about her self of how she was an English lady born in England who later on went to India along with the many other stories she told people. At first I didn't understand why she would do this, but now that I think of it, Victorian society is unforgiving and Anna lying about her past and up bringing would seem a better image for her self and children.
Most of the book is about her time in the Siamese court, which is of course, the time the reader would like to know about the most. I'm Thai myself and of course, took Thai history in school, but I learned so much more about King Mongkut's court in this little book more than any other Thai source I ever read in school. Fascinating to me. It also of course shows the king being human who is treated with a God like status. (like the modern monarchy of Thailand today)
Anna was a woman truly ahead of her time, while Victorian woman stayed home, she ventured the world and got stuff done! a real inspiration to me and (hopefully) other woman out there.
I found it interesting that the author used "I" refering to herself in parts of the book. A big "no no" as my history lecturer says. But I liked it, it gave it more of a story feeling to it, even though it was non fiction.
If you want to know about the real governess of The King and I, this is the book to go to....more
A good book. Everyone always has their focus on the girl herself: Anne Frank, and it was nice to have a book on her father, Otto.
It was interesting toA good book. Everyone always has their focus on the girl herself: Anne Frank, and it was nice to have a book on her father, Otto.
It was interesting to know about Otto's early life and his sojourn in New York, his relationship with Anne and Margot's mother, Edith. His life after the Holocaust (who knew the man liked travel? now I do) and of course, the editing and publishing of the diary. The details about the man who betrayed the people in the Annex and so on so fourth.
It was informative, but it was also quite 'dry' in my option and I found myself going "sorry...what?" though, that was only towards the end of the book. The first 180 or so pages were interesting.
If you want a book beyond Anne Frank, this is the prefect choice....more
Does this book ring a bell to Moas Last Dancer or what? excluding the fact that Moa's Last Dancer is the better book.
Shanghai Tango is not a bad book,Does this book ring a bell to Moas Last Dancer or what? excluding the fact that Moa's Last Dancer is the better book.
Shanghai Tango is not a bad book, it's a good one and an interesting story, I love a good ballet/dance story and if it's true I love it even more.
Jin Xing was born a boy who wanted to be a woman, this is quiet a challenge in Communist China. after traveling over sea's he learns that he can have a sex change operation. The story before and after that though is what makes her story so interesting, about how people saw her or 'judged' her and even how she saw her self. Plus the fact that she is dancer makes me more interested to read it.
It's inspiring and a good story, simply told and written, but still a good book....more
This has got to be the most exciting non-fiction book I have ever read!
The book itself only takes place during the sinking of the Titanic (which tookThis has got to be the most exciting non-fiction book I have ever read!
The book itself only takes place during the sinking of the Titanic (which took about 3 or so hours) and the rescue effort of the Carphatia to the Titanic's small amount of survivors.
While reading this I felt like I was on board getting in to a life boat or drowning in the water that 'felt like millions of knives' or even part of the crew, it was that exciting! and I got through it very fast.
I also felt that man kind will never again dare to claim that we can triumph over nature. The sinking of the "unsinkable" Titanic made sure of that. Things happen for a reason.
I also enjoyed the fact of how disasters like this can bring out the best and worst in people, some fought like maniacs to survive, while some refused to leave and went down with the ship in a "gentlemanly" fashion. It reminded me a lot of the 2004 Tsunami disaster.
Excellent, excellent book! I highly recommended it, especially if your interested in the Titanic but its also just a good read in general, its easy to read and like I said: Very exciting and hard to put down!...more
This was quick brief read for me, I found a copy in my favorite second hand book store in Phuket town and I read it last night when I finished my otheThis was quick brief read for me, I found a copy in my favorite second hand book store in Phuket town and I read it last night when I finished my other book and couldn't go to sleep.
I was of course interested because of the title, I flipped through the pages in the book store and found that some of the stories were in fact historical, being a history fan I bought it straight away and read parts of it in the car on the way home.
Nice book, but mal-researched on the historical side, it was like reading the two authors pipe dreams in a way. On the more modern love stories it was fine, but hey its modern, not so hard to research. A quick trip to google.com and you've got your story.
Not a keeper, in fact its going to dance teacher who wants to read it tomorrow. Not a 'bad' book, but if you want the facts on the history side, I suggest you give this book an absolute miss and try something else that a historian wrote....more
Ironically, I was reading this book when the movie 'Australia' came to town.
This is a non fiction book, and it read like a non fiction book, and feltIronically, I was reading this book when the movie 'Australia' came to town.
This is a non fiction book, and it read like a non fiction book, and felt rather 'heavy' to read, as small as it was it took me longer then usual because of the Aboriginal language in it, if it wasn't for the glossary in the back, I might of just got 'lost'.
However, it was a very good and interesting story and like it says on the the cover 'one of the greatest escapes of all time' and I must agree it is, the human spirit is an incredible thing indeed. If your interested in the subject then this is a great read, but if not you won't miss this book.
Good book, hard to read a wee bit, but a good book....more