If I had to use one word to describe this book it would be "opening". If I had two words it would be "eye-opening" and that would make a lot more sen If I had to use one word to describe this book it would be "opening". If I had two words it would be "eye-opening" and that would make a lot more sense. This is my first Malcolm Gladwell book and I loved it! This book takes the modern classic stories of success and demystifies them. For instance, everyone knows that Bill Gates is a ba-gillioneer success. What must people don't know is that he was also a geek with incredible resources, who happened to be in the right place at the right time. Am I talking a little trash about Bill Gates? Maybe.
What Gladwell effectively does with this book shows how just about any of us are capable of great things, provided that there are enough lucky circumstances which proceeded our birth. Things completely out our control such as: family economic status, technological advantages, cultural revolutions, race, origin of birth, month off birth, and other crazy crap. After reading this book, life as we know it, really reminds me of the game of "Life". Like we're all little pink or blue pieces, and our outcomes are determined by a spin of a stupid plastic wheel. A wheel probably manufactured in china.
As you read through this book, you may find yourself having several "ah-ha" moments as I did. I love a book that makes me feel smarter than I really am, and that's what this is. So the next time you feel like an under-achiever, just remember, it's not your fault. It's most likely your grand parents fault!...more
Finished! What a thoroughly exhausting book this was. I can't say that that I disliked this book, but it definitely tread on my patience. I'm not sureFinished! What a thoroughly exhausting book this was. I can't say that that I disliked this book, but it definitely tread on my patience. I'm not sure what it was that compelled me to finish this book, but I'm glad I did. By finishing the book, I feel as though, I too, have been a part of this westward militaristic expedition, yet if only in my mind. I feel like I've come to know these characters, although completely despicable in nature, are a reflection of mankind's instinctual sense of self-preservation. Each of these characters, like "The Kid", Judge Holden, Captain Glanton, and the ex-priest, are all a representation of humanity in a lawless, consequence free environment. This story, is SO thoroughly detailed, one can't help but feel guilty reading it. It's as you simply stood by and watched, whilst the senseless slaughter of thousands washes over your soul and lands squarely at your feet. Did I mention how this book is almost poetically beautiful in an abhorrently graphic nature? Does this mean I like the book? I'm not sure I liked it, but I feel like this manuscript of adventure, deplorable acts, graphic nature, and senseless violence somehow commands a great deal of respect.
McCarthy's gifts as a writer are abundant through out this book. His philosophies toward war and the value of human life are honest and unapologetic, and the depth of his attention to detail is unparalleled by any writer I have come across in recent memory. What this author does unique to any other I have read: he waxes poetically about the macabre, while splaying his gifted-penchant for dragging a reader, emotionally, across the hell-scape which is his minds eye. As one other reviewer pointed out, 'I never thought it to be possible to write ten-thousand plus ways that a desert could be "hot". While I resented the journey this book represents, the way distastefully horrific images of savagery are now seared in my brain, I thoroughly disliked McCarthy's "too cool for school" attitude toward punctuating dialog, I am somehow, better for the experience. Maybe none of this makes any sense to you as you read this, it certainly didn't while I read it.
Even now, as I recap the thoughts of my experience, I cannot determine reasons why I would recommend this book to another reader, save for the fact the story is drenched in thought provoking calamity. Love him or hate him, Cormac McCarthy as a writer, provides an inescapable landscape of experience, quite unlike many of his contemporaries. Just make sure you have a strong stomach, and the fortitude to finish a laboriously intensive, soul twisting, gut wrenching quest. ...more
What an amazingly good book series! So incredibly sad to see the series over with. Reading these books has become an important part of my daily regimeWhat an amazingly good book series! So incredibly sad to see the series over with. Reading these books has become an important part of my daily regime over the last few weeks. It feels kind of like I'm saying goodbye to a good friend right now. Suzanne Collins is such a great writer! She creates such fantastically realistic fantasy worlds. It's so easy to absorb yourself and feel like you have become a part of it's reality. I never would have imagined myself falling in love with creatures of such strange ilk: Humans with iridescent skin and purple eyes, giant cockroaches that talk, bats you can ride like horses, irritating lightning bugs that you wish stopped talking, or a mutant giant rat/killing machine that you could curl up with at the end of the day, just like a family dog. These books are astoundingly lovable! If you loved hunger games, and I know that you probably did if you're reading this, pick up these books and get ready for the ride. Oh, and get all five books too. Because the first book will definitely not be enough. Collins' books and Lay's Potato Chips: Can't read/eat just one! ...more
Amazing! What superlative writing! I definitely recommend this book to anybody who likes the supernatural. Also, get ready to learn about the life andAmazing! What superlative writing! I definitely recommend this book to anybody who likes the supernatural. Also, get ready to learn about the life and times of arguably the greatest American President....more