Normally, I don't buy first hand books often. I don't have that much money. And also, I always wanted to read a new Novel and discover it's greatnessNormally, I don't buy first hand books often. I don't have that much money. And also, I always wanted to read a new Novel and discover it's greatness all by myself before any other person told me or I read it in the internet. To make my wish come true, One fine day, I went to the book depot and decided to buy some new book. My mood was fairly good, and I have rather enough money in my pocket. And a lot of books immediately greeted me. Out of the lot, I chose this book first, may be because it has 'discovery' and 'witches' on front cover. I took this book and read the first chapter. Am fascinated by it. Thought I discovered something great. Also, I noticed that it's the first part of a trilogy. So, I just took one hour to decide that I'll buy it.
I brought the book home, and continued reading from the second chapter. And it took me a fifty more pages and a good Goodreads single star review to understand that I brought a very very very boring book. I just can't bear to read anymore Mathew and his friend discuss things. And the, crappy abvious romance. The most boring, fightless heroine. oh my God, this book is so boring. Almost nothing interesting happens here. What the hell about that Ashmole some number? Why doesn't Diana at least go to get that book back and read what it is in it? Why doesn't Clairmont push her to get it? Isn't that book the basic reason why he developed a relationship with her? And to my utter dismay I also realized that this is another Twlight kind of a love story. I tried my best to avoid Twilight, but I failed. It haunted me in the guise of 'A Discovery of Witches'. These two boring characters, have fallen in love with each other and I have to watch them love each other? Most part of what I read, I was saying to myself, this is not true love. These two are just immatured. Whatever. Those thoughts were when I tried to force myself to care for the Characters. Now, I don't at all care for the Characters. I closed the book forever.
I know that I gave away my money for nothing. I got so irritated, I don't know what to do with the book. Now, I'm trying to keep the book's shape just the way it was when I bought it, so that I can sell it away for some good price....more
What a creation. What a creation. Stunning. Hilarious. Superb to the core. I am just so delighted to read all these books of Calvin and Hobbes. It isWhat a creation. What a creation. Stunning. Hilarious. Superb to the core. I am just so delighted to read all these books of Calvin and Hobbes. It is just great great great work....more
I found this book with an Ok plot accompanied with narration that is very very detailed. Very very detailed, believe me. The details are what that madI found this book with an Ok plot accompanied with narration that is very very detailed. Very very detailed, believe me. The details are what that made this book a great one. But the plot is not that strong. The narration is simple and good. You won't have many jokes in here. The prose is not of an extraordinary quality, but it just makes your reading very smooth all through the pages. According to me, this is a well narrated murder mystery rather than a great murder mystery plot. We've seen such plots in many Novels. The narration is detailed, and though the prose is very simple, it made a great difference....more
I read Eragon and thought it was good. I went through Eldest and couldn't decided if I really liked the book. The things which have to be elevated welI read Eragon and thought it was good. I went through Eldest and couldn't decided if I really liked the book. The things which have to be elevated well, Paolini just narrated them raw. He's just lucky to be so widely published and read. The book is torturously too dragging. There's a long long wedding scene too. They were sewing, talking, observing lame stuff, sewing, laughing at a distance, talking lame stuff and washing and such things. It felt like I'm at a real wedding. And I hate it when I'm at a real wedding. Things go so slow and people boast about themselves and you need to nod and not answer against. I would like to see some counter dialogues against such people at least in Novels. But the same aweful formalities so boringly repeated through such a long book is very very frustrating....more
There was once a one star review here, but you won't see it here anymore. After a recent realization, I thought I would better give it five Stars. OrThere was once a one star review here, but you won't see it here anymore. After a recent realization, I thought I would better give it five Stars. Or rather, should.
I hated this book as long as I looked at it as a beautiful all enchanting Love Story. But once I started looking at it as a perfect capturing of an important emotional era of a woman's life, I understood the book's importance. And then I'm a bit angry with myself for not getting it before. Or may be, it's better this way.
I've read stories about women who craved for a better life than what they can find in life gave them. Madame Bovary, Anna Karenina. They destroyed themselves. Wo, wo, I stress here that I'm not against the liberation of women. I believe they can be liberated in a better way if they are throughtful about how to be liberated. But this book is not about liberation or about any other idealism. This book is a representation, much like the Catcher in the Rye, of an age group of a particular gender. A perfect capture of those moments they generally go through. And that, this book accomplished very well. What this book failed to accomplish is something very sad to notice.
Bridges of Madison County is not a Love Story, but unfortunately it goes with that tag name. This is what exactly drew towards it a lot of single star reviews, including mine. Even more sadly, and strangely, even the Writer, Robert James Waller, didn't know what this book is about. Which is why he couldn't write another such masterpiece. This one just came by to him. You need great mastery and excellent idea about your Writing to repeat such master works. Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Dickens have that mastery over their Works. Not James Waller. No disrespect meant to him, it's always tough to be compared to such great men, but still, this man didn't have a clear idea about what he wrote. He accomplished what Salinger accomplished through his Classic 'Catcher in the Rye' (I'm sure Salinger knew what he was doing, no doubts about it), but plain as simple he meant it to be a Love Story. Fortunately, this is not a Love Story. It's a portrait. Waller's Novel excellently captured what women generally are going through at a particular age in their married lives, whereas Salinger captured what teenagers go through at that particular age.
There are many married women who clearly aren't satisfied with what their marriage brought them to. And yet, most of them aren't leaving their families, but are repressing their desires and playing an important role in bringing a family to fruition. It's not an easy task, it takes years to accomplish, and they are displaying all the patience the tough task is demanding from them. And this 'Bridges' so perfectly captured it. It showed us, how much our wives, mothers and sisters are losing after they are married, and are still continuing what they are doing so that we can peacefully continue with our lives. It really takes patience and a lot of sacrifice.
There are many Stories praising Men leaving their comforts and fighting wars at the border so that we can live peacefully in our homes. Many have praised the great scientists who stayed nerds to make others's lives easier and beautiful. And it's really nice to see that this is a Novel that praised the sacrifice of women, that almost nobody is noticing. The sacrifice of women has always been unnoticed in the world history, not a new thing at all. How many of us have noticed what disappointments our women are going through. This book is an ode to them. But not completely so, rightfully. This is also a lesson to every woman about what she is missing just because she won't open up to her husband about what she exactly wants.
Well, not every woman from our families is going through an affair with other men, but still, I believe 'Bridges' couldn't have made the point clear without showing that illegal affair during which the woman was really happy. Without showing that, it's almost impossible to show how much the women are losing for us. I don't say the correct way to solve their problems is to let them have their affairs. If we do that, that beats the whole purpose. The right thing to do, 'Bridges' is so passionately suggesting to us, is to care for our women and make sure that they get enough care and love for us for what the love they are giving us daily.
The woman, in Bridges, was a martyr. She sacrificed her love for her husband and kids. She had sex once, but that's all. Or may be twice, but that's all. She's a martyr. Really, it's because of her that their family went well without troubles. Or may be she could've confronted her husband and asked him to be more lively with her at least, but she, in a martyr like fashion, like a dumb opposition party in the parliament, sat and wept, which is what is going on with many women. They can confront their men, but they won't. I guess they like whining in silence.
This is not a great Love Story, but just like Catcher in the Rye is the perfect representation of teenage angst, this Novel is the representation of what so many married women are going through all over the world, so that we can continue with our lives depending on them peacefully....more