Horrible. Not because I wasn't into Pessoa at the moment but because I am not into Tabucchi's style of writing. I can't enjoy it. Pretentious would be...moreHorrible. Not because I wasn't into Pessoa at the moment but because I am not into Tabucchi's style of writing. I can't enjoy it. Pretentious would be the word? I don't even know. Not meant to hurt any fan but, it's not my style at all.(less)
**spoiler alert** For me it was enjoyable, perfectly disorganized in a way, and a very good approach to her mentality as a writer.
This book is not a...more**spoiler alert** For me it was enjoyable, perfectly disorganized in a way, and a very good approach to her mentality as a writer.
This book is not a kind of lecture everyone will enjoy. Not even those who are used to Plath's work. It has the same darkness than her poetry but even more raw and with the feet on the ground, closer to everyday's life.
A strange insight in the life of a troubled universitary student. Her whole familiar scene is broken, her hopes are shattered one by one.The ironic comments and her natural cynism about the world and the persons that surround her were something I could relate to, even laugh... with this kind of "sad laugh", because it hurts but at the same time it's true, you are amazed at how well she can put it. It's true that some minds are just misunderstood, it's true that we all search for forgiveness in one way or another, it's true that the pressures from society concerning what to do with your private and academic life can destroy you, it's true that there's pain you never are able to heal..
Plath wasn't playing the depressed person, she was extremely depressed, she was suicidal.
Most of people tend to forget this, the reader shouldn't even expect a happy narration after getting the meaning of the title. Esther's ~bell jar~ was her prison. The prison society put her into for thinking differently, for wanting to be different, for wanting to be herself. And even worse, tagging her as a living failure that never would be able to get out from her misery. Her bell jar is the prison she had to build to protect herself and that sometimes failed.
Do not expect a realistic, chronologically paced novel. Expect madness, expect disorder, expect sudden memories coming at you like flashing lights. (less)
Wish I could have understood it more but I lack the theological knowledge. However I have to say that the Divine Comedy is one of the best things I ev...moreWish I could have understood it more but I lack the theological knowledge. However I have to say that the Divine Comedy is one of the best things I ever read. I loved the chant about Saint Francis of Assisi's though.(less)
Excellent. Trying to describe the atmosphere of such visual and enchanting poems is a challenge that I don't feel in conditions to resunme in a few wo...moreExcellent. Trying to describe the atmosphere of such visual and enchanting poems is a challenge that I don't feel in conditions to resunme in a few words. It's one of those things that's better reading than expecting a good explanation about them.(less)
**spoiler alert** Ángel Battistessa's work is absolutely remarkable and worth of all the praise it gets.This edition is particularly good, since it ha...more**spoiler alert** Ángel Battistessa's work is absolutely remarkable and worth of all the praise it gets.This edition is particularly good, since it has the original language and a good translation for readers to compare, Something I'll definitely do when I learn italian. And the presence of detailed notes to get deeper into the context. I'm not looking forward to see pictures in a book in most of the cases, but you can't refuse to admire even those details when those are some part of Doré's work.
I recommend getting into Vita Nuova first, so you won't be surprised of the high idolization Dante has for Beatrice, his love. The heavy usage of numbers, complicated metaphors astronomy related information, and other things to justify certain circumstances, are present as it was usual during medieval age.
When it comes to the work, I want to be as fair as I can, but my english level and the obvious subjectivity won't help much. There's some overly political content. Sometimes it can come out as prententious, since Dante declares himself as a future literary legend (in the fourth chant already, when he meets most of his literary idols).
The imagery is quite fascinating once you get into it. A must read, because it's an absolute classic that paved the way for many authors to come, Rimbaud, Borges, and couple of others.
Surprisingly all his enemies (or almost all of them) are in hell, while his lover(?) Beatrice is in Heaven right next to Virgin Mary and acts as his guide in the way to salvation.
There's some things that might be seen as inaccuracy as Dante talks about Odysseus without having the original book in his hands as the Iliad and the Odyssey haven't been discovered until many years after of his death. Of course, he didn't know greek either, and his only sources were the latin ones.
It's perfect for non initiated people since it's an introductory book to the symbols of religion that still have influnce in our lives despite our act...moreIt's perfect for non initiated people since it's an introductory book to the symbols of religion that still have influnce in our lives despite our actual "atheism". Maybe you'll have to look up some words at first, but it really gets better and you get the ideas across when reading so I'd recommend it to anyone interested in this topic. It reminded me a bit of Jung's work with less psychological analysis and complexity indeed. But I could pretty much say that the conclusion is the same even if Eliade's intention is not to prove the existence of the unconscious collective imagination like Jung does, but it clearly defines a common pattern besides religious symbols that explain the nature of myth compared to some asian religions and the Judeo-Christian tradition and reveals it in a completely non pretentious accesible way. (less)