To kick off my review I must admit had it not been for the HBO adaptation of this wonderful series I would have perhaps not even had a chance to come...more To kick off my review I must admit had it not been for the HBO adaptation of this wonderful series I would have perhaps not even had a chance to come across this lovely piece of work by George R.R. Martin at all so I do owe them the thanks for introducing me to this fantastic tale, though the TV adaptation is brilliant completely I simply had to read the inspiration behind it and hence began my journey too.
I believe for any book of any genre the most essential thing that can win over a reader or kill the enthusiasm of one is the characters etched and the narration of the writer which is where Martin scores in this first installment of his epic series - A Song of Ice & Fire: A Game of Thrones- his rich characters ranging from the noble Lord Eddard Stark to the sinister Cersei Lannister to the wily Tyrion Lannister are simply amazing and instantly connect to you, they engage you so completely you are compelled to get curious about their journey, and eventually their fate - which can help a lot especially in cases of Series thought stand alone novels do need em too however if the first book of a series falls flat - the characters fail to connect then no reader bothers to read what the heck happens to them up ahead.
Cersei Lannister states in the book "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground." in one line it can be simply said to be the crux of the whole series in itself and not just essentially this book by itself - its a bloody battle to win the Iron Throne - a battle which consumes the noble house of Eddard Stark and you find yourself drawn to the various characters that suffer the effects of it along the way as you follow the journey of the Starks, the Lannisters and off course Daenerys the last of the Targaryen house.
The characters which stood out for me amongst these were Arya, Tyrion and Dany. I loved it when I got to read the chapters with their POVs- a little gal who refuses to be a LADY - since she simply doesn't wanna be the future wife of some Lord or the mother of a would be King but wants to have an identity of her own - a complete contrast to her elder sister whose naivete doesn't let her grow beyond fairytales and dreams until its too late and you do kinda feel sorry for her then but you cant even forget that she was simply too DUMB for TOO long (at least that's how it was to me..) she simply grew on me. With Tyrion you dont only find an engaging situation at hand but also some witty lines that truly are gems in their own rights, a short man who stands tall with his wit - Tyrion Lannister easily is one of the loveliest characters I have had a chance to come across - he's the sort of guy who always bounces back no matter whats thrown at him and somehow that's what is the best part - someone who is so unpredictable that you know when he is on the scene you can expect the unexpected which instantly makes him appealing and lastly though Dany started out as a character who is one of the most oppressed ones - a girl to timid to stand up for herself - she evolves into a woman who you know has just began her true journey... all in all Martin has delivered a winner which keeps you on the edge and wanting for more for sure.
I have come to recognize, flawed protagonists are the most beautiful ones. There is no dearth of the seemingly perfect creatures. But unfortunately, t...moreI have come to recognize, flawed protagonists are the most beautiful ones. There is no dearth of the seemingly perfect creatures. But unfortunately, there isn't a lack of pretense as well.
But everyone once a while you come across a story, read a book and discover a protagonist who in all glory is a flawed character. That flaw is what draws you in. These stories said the least and deserved hearing the most.
Hanna and Michael' story is one of them.
Set against the backdrop of Germany Michael' perspective forms the narrative of the book.
The book transcends across the three phases of Michael' life beginning with his teens, where an aging Michael recalls first meeting Hanna and their relationship which takes place over the summer. To how he next meets her while studying law who learns that Hanna is one of the defendants of a trial, he has to study. And lastly wherein before her death, Michael has his last meeting with her.
Set post World War II in a Germany that is to put it mildly - lost and rather confused - the book draws parallels between the lives of its two central characters and that of the country. A past full of mistakes and shame that is laden with disappointment and a future that truly has no idea of what's next, that has all these questions but not a way to get an answer that will be satisfactory in any means whatsoever.
This book has me in knots somewhat there are so many things running through my head, so much I have going on that it is all jumbled up. I have been trying to put into words all my thoughts but that just doesn't happen. A book that is hard to review is a book worth reading sometimes as I have experienced.
I cannot sum up the words to actually narrate how I feel so I will give it a rest for this one. All I can say is, it has to be read to be known and experienced.