Jamilia is truly a beautiful book. There cannot be any doubt about that. Aitmatov's description is like nothing I've read before, he makes me feel likJamilia is truly a beautiful book. There cannot be any doubt about that. Aitmatov's description is like nothing I've read before, he makes me feel like I could understand what an artist sees when they see a canvas. His narrative gifts stretch that far, which sounds as if I'm overselling him but trust me I'm not.
The setting of this novel, which was of course well crafted, is intriguing to anyone who hasn't come across a book so focused on agricultural village life. I am one such person and found it strangely fascinating to read about a village so run by tradition that no one breaks this certainty of their future.
But that all changes when Daniyar arrives. The typical wounded soldier who, rather moodily, never talks about what happened in the war but then again rarely talks so there's not a whole lot of change. He's a multi-layered cipher which you just want to unravel as soon as possible. His hidden secrets and feelings are so cleverly laid bare and yet concealed until Aitmatov lifts the cover on the man behind the poverty sticken man.
So the love story is cast and Jamilia herself was.......well, I'm not entirely sure I liked her. I don't think really you're entirely meant to, merely respect her as you do a thoroughbred. Her spirit and complete comittal to her tasks in hand which she decides is to be respected. She isn't really portrayed as a person for you to like mostly due to her complete independence and willfulness. Then again I suppose it was necessary to have a driving force between the two otherwise they would never elope!
I can't bring myself to say that it was the greatest love story of all time because as a romantic I need a neat happy ending. However this book is so beautiful it needs to be found by more people so they can fully appreciate Aitmatov's gift for bringing a country to life.
It's so beautiful. Ever so ever so beautiful and a must have for any enthusiast of tattoo art and it's world. The cover is an embossed white creationIt's so beautiful. Ever so ever so beautiful and a must have for any enthusiast of tattoo art and it's world. The cover is an embossed white creation which just hooks you in, with more tatto designs on the tracing paper like label stating it's contents. Once you crack open this beautiful thing (much excitement was felt during this) you encounter page after page, each different and yet all startingly brilliant.
If you haven't been able to tell whether I loved it or not I'll sum up I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH IT HURTS!!!! It has everything I love about art AND the tattoo world in one collection of sculptures, drawings, paintings and glitter art. Though not entirely sure how he did that I'm still likin it. Each medium has a new point therefore something new to offer.
The Ostrich eggs! Oh the ostrich eggs! They were so good! The fragility of the casing perfectly encaptured the object inside whether it be flowers or the human skull each is perfectly captured in graphite (I beleive) drawings. However this isn't the only piece of his art that this is present in many of his pieces. The stacks of dollar notes which we has oh so carfeully peeled away to reveal various clever incorperations of tradtional religeous imagery with traditional tattoo art. They work very well, funnily enough they both use strong black outline and simple shapes and lines to create images as opposed to the blurred realism of Impressionists (yeah I'm a bit of an art geek). I have no idea how long it took to create these but the abosolute dedication to this venture is impressive.
He doesn't stop at fragility though he takes on the idea of ownership and what is worth more to different people. He took "weapons" from various state prisons and coated them in gold, perhaps stating that for these prisoners thats what these weapons are worth. They are the line between life and death for them and are priceless, whereas we see a scredriver or a broken bottle and therefore not worth anything until covered in gold. This says a lot about our culture and our inability to view things from anothers perspective, this of course is me writing aloud as it were but thats what interesting. Thats what art is all about, artists create something mayby they'll be trying to make a point, maybe they want to create something beautiful but each person takes something different from that same object. But first and foremost Campbell is a tattoo artist and that is what he does. He's tattooed anyone whose famous and wants tattoos to be honest, I mean he's even tattooed Marc Jacobs! Great loss to the female world that, then again he makes up for it with gorgeous perfumes and bags etc. Plus he has a spongebob tattoo and I'm a big supporter of all lovers of spongebob (I have a t-shirt). The book also shows many designs that are just drawings, whether they've been used or not they are now immortalised in this book, whatever your taste (if spongebob isn't your thing) he's got something for you. The book also includes some history of the tatto, where they come from and why they came about which pulls you in. It sounds deathly boring but each culture has a different origin and different reason for wanting to mark their bodies so that they remember certain incidents, people or life-changing decisions. http://theteenagebookworms.blogspot.c......more