A very touching tragic love story. The love Gatsy feels for Daisy can only be termed as crazy especially in a very out-of-sight-out-of-mind world. TomA very touching tragic love story. The love Gatsy feels for Daisy can only be termed as crazy especially in a very out-of-sight-out-of-mind world. Tom's character makes your blood boil with his double standards and Nick's narration is indeed funny, detailed and good. Finally, what Nick feel for Gatsby after his death can be termed as friendship, in a way. Loved reading and am glad I gave it a second chance....more
Awesome love story. Am so glad I still love it as I used to love it.
Each of the characters in this book are well-etched, so well that you will remembeAwesome love story. Am so glad I still love it as I used to love it.
Each of the characters in this book are well-etched, so well that you will remember them as real people long after the book is finished. This book is about love, closures, patience and about a teenaged boy, as he plows through the life and love's ups and downs. What goes through your loved ones' hearts when you leave them without an explanation, and how they deal with it to arrive at a closure, this book is an example to all this and much more. What I will continue to be in awe about this book is the language, the tone and the impeccable translation from Japanese to English. As I read somewhere, Murakami wanted to write a love story, and so he did. And what a book he wrote!...more
I dilli-dallied between giving this book 3.5 or 4 stars, and am sticking to my 3 stars. Don't get me wrong, Llosa is a brilliant writer and an authorI dilli-dallied between giving this book 3.5 or 4 stars, and am sticking to my 3 stars. Don't get me wrong, Llosa is a brilliant writer and an author whose books I am going to continue reading, it was this book that ticked me off slightly.
This book is about the author's romance with his Aunt Julia and nuggets about his friendship with a maniacal scriptwriter, Pedro Camocha and other friends. The romance with Julia and his relationship with his friends are dealt in alternate chapters, and the stories Pedro , the scriptwriter writes form the other half of the book. It is this part that I have a problem with. They are interesting , no doubt, but are highly irrelevant. I was waiting for some connection between these stories and the author's story, but it didn't appear, and then finally resorted to skipping these entire chapters in order to not lose my interest for the book.
Plotwise, this is a simple love story interspersed with some soap opera stories, with a simple ending. But what I loved the most is the style of story telling. Llosa is a master at that, and I am fan for life! If I had to rate only the author's style, I'd give it a 4.5/5 anyday!
If you have to read this book, go ahead and read the alternate chapters, the ones which talk about Llosa's romance, which also is kinda semi-autobiographical....more
One of my all-time favorite books. Marquez's free-flowing words on how Florentina Ariza feels every minute in his love and the things he does in his loOne of my all-time favorite books. Marquez's free-flowing words on how Florentina Ariza feels every minute in his love and the things he does in his love for Fermina Daza is soemthing everyone should read to feel. Even the love story between Fermina and her husband , Urbino is so endearing and well written.
What I love the best about this book is that, within the first 40 pages, you know the entire plot. But you will still continue reading it. Such is the power of words and flow of language Marquez uses.
This is my comfort book, I can pick it up, and read any page and still feel better.
It also happens to be one of the first books I read on my first Kindle, a Kindle 2.
As I was listening to the OST of this movie, I can almost feel a deep pain in my heart, for Florentina Ariza, who could never fall out of love with Fermina. For Urbino and the kind of love he had for his wife, and his last dying words......more
It is better to have loved and lost than to not have loved at all, they say. But those who have loved and lost will tell you a different story, and moIt is better to have loved and lost than to not have loved at all, they say. But those who have loved and lost will tell you a different story, and more often than not , it will be that its better to not love at all than to lose a loved one. Losing a loved one to death would probably be much easier in one angle. You at least know that they were yours in living. But losing a loved one due to circumstances and situations, well.. that could be painful. You know the other person is living, and is not yours, and you will be in a quagmire of 'what-ifs'. But then, if you ask me, I’d say the person rather be living somewhere than be mine and dead. He/She is at least alive, but that’s a purely personal opinion.
Aftab , the main protagonist of this book is an example of this. The pain a person goes through at having lost a loved one due to circumstances. Most of them created by himself because of his weak character. And as he is making the long train journey from Delhi to Haridwar, he is letting his mind do the inevitable, dreadful journey into the land of what-ifs. And dwells in it. Thinking about all the times he spent with his love, and wondering how she lived after him, poring into the smallest of the details and killing himself bit by bit in that process.
I have read great reviews about this book, by some of my friends on GoodReads, whose reviews on genres I read I highly trust, which is the reason why I picked up this book after the initial hesitation of reading an Indian author. The past few outings with Indian authors haven't been really pleasant, and I have been lamenting on the death of Indian literature in English, what with every writer trying to get his movie in the hit-list and thus sell it for a huge sum of money to one of the Bollywood production houses. I can blame Chetan Bhagat for this downfall of quality Indian English literature, its even easy because I hate him, his books and his writing. But then, lets face it, the talent is not really there. That's what I told myself.
Atleast till I read this book. I loved Navtej Sarna's style of writing. Really elaborate, flowery, beautiful and a yet a lot of room for imagination. It was a pleasure to read the chapters he wrote about Aftab mulling about his lost love, and recounting those beautiful days. It filled my heart with a wonderful flowery feeling, which does not happen often. And I loved it. But then, that was about it. I am not a great fan of this book. A fan of the author, yes, but not the book, and it doesn't have anything to do with the author or the book or the plot itself.
I detest books which have weak characters as main protagonists, and that's just me. I know it takes people of all kinds to make a world, and so it is within the book world too. But for some reason, Aftab came across as really a loser. A helpless, pathetic, passive aggressive kinda person, who did nothing all his life but live per others' wishes. And I hate such characters. But then again, it is a testimony to the good job the author did in portraying a regular person as a weakling and still retaining the flavour of a love story.
One thing is for sure, if you have loved, or lost a loved one, then you will love the particular chapters where Aftab is talking about his Ro. If you have not fallen in love yet, you will want to read this and imagine this is how you would feel if you were in love.
Pick up this book by all means if you love reading a nice romantic story. Pick it up if you love to read a beautiful, flowery , free flowing elegy of someone's love. Read this for the pure joy of reading. That's all. Do not pick it up if you judge the book or the author by its characters, or if you are looking for a strong protagonist.
My Rating – 3.5 out of 5. But I’ll make it a 4, purely for the joy of reading, and the two nights it sailed me through....more
A classic Marquez story translated ,I believe to be closest to how it was written. The flow of the story, the lilt in the language even as u read it isA classic Marquez story translated ,I believe to be closest to how it was written. The flow of the story, the lilt in the language even as u read it is brilliant.
The story by itself is kinda depressing like most love stories you read, but this one particularly reminded me of the tone in One hundred years of solitude, also by Marquez....more
The description of the book says its a love shared between Rumi and Shams of Tabriz, and of a housewife in US called Ella with a writer called Aziz. AnThe description of the book says its a love shared between Rumi and Shams of Tabriz, and of a housewife in US called Ella with a writer called Aziz. And that this is on Sufi-ism, which is what made me pick up the book in the first place.
Well, the writing certainly could've been better, I found the style too amateurish. Everytime Shams attempts to the rule of love, he quotes the number and says the rule. I wonder why the editors didnt let Elif Shafak know about the different methods of introducing the rules. :) And then, what seems unclear throughout the book is , how can two men be so much in love with each other - Rumi and Shams? Yes, they both are Sufis, and Sufi means love, but why that depth in love. This whole topic could've been dealt differently by the author. And for all the description of Shams that they give, him being the noble, the wise, the kind and the embodiment of love, how did he marry Rumi's daughter and not consummate their marriage, and also insult her causing her to die? That doesnt sound logical at all.
As for the housewife's love story with the writer, Aziz - even that storyline needs a lot of refinement. There are a ton of questions about Ella's estrangement with her husband, and Aziz's story could've been more detailed , if the book was all about Sufi.
Even the writing style is not easy. Its not breezy, and there is no motivation to finish reading the book, because what happens to Shams and Rumi, Ella and Aziz are told in the first few chapters itself. Also the whole style of each chapter narrated from the character's pespective , which could've made the book interesting, instead made it extremely tough to read. With each of the chapters being just a page or two long, there is a break in the reading and thought process every couple of minutes.
In short, if you have picked up this book thinking it talks about Sufi-ism , then you can give it a miss. If you are considering this as a casual read, then by all means, go ahead and read. And do not expect that this book will make you think or grow wiser. ...more
Wandering , I was lost in the big almost-bad , never-ending world of books, YA novels and some dumb series , fluttering from book to book, wondering wWandering , I was lost in the big almost-bad , never-ending world of books, YA novels and some dumb series , fluttering from book to book, wondering where in my book-journey I lost a purpose and where I had forgotten all about my favourite style of writing and the worlds I'd live to get lost in and worrying about what my next book would be like and telling myself that quantity is never better than quality but still piling on the number of books I read per month and questioning my own attention span ... And that is when Murakami happened. Almost every time he happened, he managed to fill my head with unimaginable worlds and beautiful paired sentences and aptly used words... Thus showing me what the joy of reading is all about!
Like how they say that when you are in love, every step you take in your life is so that it might take you closer to your love (am refraining to use a reference from the book here, something which Aomame does towards the end of the book), every book I read this year so far was to get me closer to this book – Murakami’s 1Q84.
It was to read this long a book with complete dedication that I spent weekends and weekdays maniacally reading all other books in my To-Read list. The sheer size of this book was deterring me, and I was questioning myself if I would persist enough to finish this book at all and if my restlessness take a upper hand from the love I have for Murakami. Well, turns out my love for Murakami , his words and the worlds he creates for me is greater than anything else!
At the core of 1Q84 is a beautiful hopeful love story, something very deep and soul-touching, taking course over an year, 1984. Well, Murakami has his way with words for sure, can do a great job with love stories and his translator does a good job too, but what is better than the love story in this book is the way it shapes up. The characters that are introduced in the midst of all the action in Aomame’s and Tengo’s lives, the worlds they exist in, the individual characteristics of each of these characters , their purpose in the book, and the sheer world he created in this story… each of these are brilliant. Murakami sure did give a lot of thought on how he would develop each character, where he would end them, how they would play according to his wishes in 1Q84 and what impressions they will leave in our minds.
I will rate this book as one of the best books of this century. I’ll even go ahead and say, this can be a Must-Read for any fan of the Magic Realism genre.
No, don’t attribute this to my undying love for Murakami . Read this book for yourself, get lost in the world he created, try to find your way back to reality like how Aomame does and then sit back in wonder and recount all the happenings of this book, and the time you lost in reading it, which gives its 900 odd pages is nothing. Yes, time just flies when you are reading this book. You’ll feel like you’ve lived through an entire year yourselves, lived both Aomame and Tengo’s lives, been to the world of The Little People by yourself, and even wish for your own Air Chrysalis.
There is an obvious Orwell reference, and something to do with pasts and remembering it as well, but this book is not dystopian. Its magic realism with tonnes of learning embedded in it. If not anything else, you’ll come back richer with knowledge reading up on all the references he gives for a varied set of music, movies and books. And yes, you’ll listen to Janáček's Sinfonietta a zillion times to understand the different undertones to it! And not to forget the haunting feeling you’ll get every time you make a decision in your life, leaving behind another world… its like being opened to a whole new world of What-ifs.
Word of caution though, if you have never read Murakami, or do not like his style of writing, you MUST not read this book. It will only turn you against him, something my poor heart cannot bear! ;-)
[Note - This review will not contain names of any of the characters, because I don't trust myself to not reveal the plot of the story, and I want anyo[Note - This review will not contain names of any of the characters, because I don't trust myself to not reveal the plot of the story, and I want anyone who reads this review to actually read this book]
A tale of passionate love, till the end of time friendship, ruthless hatred and extreme sorrow, the words in Shadow of the Wind wove a beautiful world of the early nineties in my mind in Barcelona.
What entirely captured my attention in the first few pages and let me read the first 20% of the book was the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. The concept. The place. Its description. How little Daniel feels as he enters it. His transformation as he reads. This is what kept me going, and am glad I did.
I can call this a love story and go on to talk about the love friends feel for each other, or what a father feels for his offspring, or what a boy will feel for a girl and how passionate each of these facets of love are, in this book.
I can also call it an almost-horror story, with its deep dark details of haunted mansions and old legends, and the chill in the spine these create as you are reading them.
But then what will I do about the mystery part of this book? Well, this is very much a mystery, thriller kind of a novel as it is a love story or a horror story.
I had not felt these many emotions while reading a single book ever, and I have to thank Zafon and Lucia Graves, the translator for not letting the essence of the book dilute.
I, now have a beautiful image of the little bookstore, the Aldaya mansion, the hospices, and the rest of the casas and the plazas. I also have an image of an entire set of amazingly-woven characters, all cursed because of their own accord and the way they dealt with their lives.
I cannot ever forget how I felt as I went on to discover each of these characters and what emotion each of them evoked in me. Deep hatred towards the main villain in the story, pity at the plight of some characters, anger at how some others have shaped their own lives, and hope that things could be alright for some others. I went through spurts of giggles, smiles, deep pain, sorrow , fear and pity all in the duration of reading this book.
Am not a fan of epilogues, on the contrary, I hate them. Most often than not , the epilogues I have read have shattered the beautiful world the book created in my imagination and have brought me back to the earth with a loud thud. But the last few pages of this book, well, they have made me heave a sigh of relief. I felt for each of the characters, and was glad the things turned out the way they did for them all. Every one of them. Even as I am typing this, I am still coming to terms with the deep sorrow I felt while reading this book, just a while ago.
If you are looking to read a brilliant, even-paced, love-horror-mystery story, then you should pick up this book. If you want to understand how the Spanish lived during or after their Civil war, how affected they were because of it, and the different ways the Spanish people feel about their friends, daughters, and sons, you should read this book. If you want to challenge yourself and see how many emotions you can feel when you read a book, pick up this one.
In short, just read this book. Please, will you? :)
There are clear reasons why I gave this book a 4 star, and not a 3, which it actually deserves. Yes, its an average book. The style of writing is engaThere are clear reasons why I gave this book a 4 star, and not a 3, which it actually deserves. Yes, its an average book. The style of writing is engaging, the pace is fast enough, and the storytelling is decent, something that I already got from my other Lauren Oliver book, Before I Fall. But what I found incredibly brilliant is the premise of the story - a dystopian society which thinks love is a deadly disease, treats emotions as symptoms of the disease and finds a cure for love. Now, that is something novel, really novel.
The way the entire story is woven around a simple concept of love being a disease, and how the characters unfold and grow, that is something really well-done in this book.
Read this book if you want to mess your head for a while , with all the thoughts of how true the whole love is actually amor deliria nervosa... ...more
Though it starts off as being a bookish version of Mean Girls, this book is anything but that, or may be it is. The way you look at it, that is.
I loveThough it starts off as being a bookish version of Mean Girls, this book is anything but that, or may be it is. The way you look at it, that is.
I loved what the author tried doing with this book, by spinning 7 different versions of the same situations, and showing how one small action by Sam can change the course of action of the entire situation, something like The Butterfly Effect. And how one should treasure the people that matter to them and the memories associated with them.
I totally loved how Sam's character evolves with each day, and how her relationship with Kent changes with each day, so much so that, by the end of the book, Kent and Sam left a warm, fuzzy feeling in my heart, something that resembles to seeing two people you really like falling in love, and you being aware of each detail of it.
Another important angle in this book is perspective. We all are right in our stories, and we are the heroes in our stories, but a little perspective, and being aware of it will go a long way.
Well, the book starts off as a bit of a drag in the beginning, and might even make you doubt your decision to read it, but don't give up - for that trip in your head you've never been on, for Sam , Kent and Julie and for your own sake. Trust me, you will not regret reading this book.