It is offensive to be the particle of a nation, who was an object for discrimination for hundreds of years, unless you are really powerful. Ceiling YoIt is offensive to be the particle of a nation, who was an object for discrimination for hundreds of years, unless you are really powerful. Ceiling Young is a powerful Chinese, who could analyze and judge her own nation from different perspectives with insider and outsider’s view points. Her writing style is very interesting, talking to the hero from different time; seems like she reflects her own feeling experienced while writing this novel. In general, I got the feeling that the author, through her novel, explodes her own feelings and thoughts about Chinese immigrants in US and the people, who discriminate them and main stories of the novel is just background to this. ...more
Bosnian immigrant Jozef does not find his own place in US. He is an intelligent, sensitive and cool guy, but he feels empty inside. The mouse which coBosnian immigrant Jozef does not find his own place in US. He is an intelligent, sensitive and cool guy, but he feels empty inside. The mouse which comes into Jozef's dream in the beginning of novel is similar to Josef himself.
Hemon mentions mouse three times in association with Jozef (guy of 1990s) and Russian immigrant (of much earlier time). He tries to expose deep down suffers - psychological insecurities of people (at least these 2 people), who left their countries because of war. Hemon seems wants to tell that, regardless of their intelligence or power, people in such condition always have deep down worries or insecurities and he compares it with the feelings of mouse who has no place to go and no one to help.
The book gives impression of reading a work of psychologist. From the beginning to the end of the book, Diana could perfectly describe Nureyev's complThe book gives impression of reading a work of psychologist. From the beginning to the end of the book, Diana could perfectly describe Nureyev's complex personality: disadvantaged childhood in Russia and aspiration for exposing a new world, warm Tatar blood and rudeness, egoism and ambition, brilliant talent and hard work, subtle sensibility and perfectionism, amazing beauty and extreme sexuality, the factors which contributed him becoming a great dancer of the century. Metaphors she used are funny and sharp as well. Finally, book gives very good information about the history of ballet, the culture that formed the background of the ballet etc. ...more
It is a piece of surrealist art, kind of Dali paintings. You will sense full of sub-consciousness, omen, prophesies and instinctual energies. CharacteIt is a piece of surrealist art, kind of Dali paintings. You will sense full of sub-consciousness, omen, prophesies and instinctual energies. Characters are genuine and natural. Murakami is powerful and has an incredibly vast imagination. ...more
I guess, full understanding of this book is a hard task for the most of readers. But seems it makes book even more entertaining. Murakami entertains hI guess, full understanding of this book is a hard task for the most of readers. But seems it makes book even more entertaining. Murakami entertains his readers exposing a world of subconsciousness, which is managed by an invisible hand - an invisible energy that we generate. In the book, many characters are subconsciously connected to each other and take actions subconsciously. I guess, it is the reason why Murakami left them unexplained, leaving many readers unsatisfied.
The main plot of the book is the resentment between two individualists with good and evil morals: Toru Okada and Naboru Wataya (or likewise Lieutenant Mamyia and Boris Manskinner). Other characters and plots are supportive. The main purpose of Corporal Honda sending empty box to Toru Okada through Lieutenant Mamyia was to connect these two people in similar situation, psychologically fighting with evil. By connecting them, Corporal Honda helps Lieutenant Mamyia relieve his long time suffering, letting him to open his secrets to Toru Okada. It adds Toru's hatred to Naboru Wataya and gives strength to defeat him. From the book I sense Toru Okada is a Lieutenant Mamaya, living in different time. He is similar to the reincarnation of Mamiya (or other people who suffered in WWII), takes actions, to fulfill Mamyia's dream: defeating evil like people and being loved by someone or having sex with woman (Creta Kano) in both real and dreamlike world. This book tells that evil and poisonous people, like Naboru Wataya always exist and succeed far. They exist in the context of different situations and the impact of their negative, powerful energy is fatal. Book gives impression that Murakami explodes his own personal hatred to evil like people and dislike to the dominant social psychology (people's confusion) through his book. I feel like I see Murakami in different characters of his book.
Appearance of teenager girl, May Kasahara makes Toru Okada's character clearer. She is strong and bright individual and helps Toru to shape his own view. Murakami perfectly exposes deeper feelings of different people, in the context of different circumstances.
Story about Mongolian man who skins people is shocking, because I'm Mongolian and I never heard this kind of things happened during WWII. I'm not really sure whether it is based in historical fact or it is fiction. Anyway, this did not affect at all my feelings towards Murakami and his books. He is great.
Even though the book was excellent, I have to admit that, in most of cases I fell asleep while reading. But it does not mean that the book was bad; may be I felt the same way as Toru Okada was feeling while sitting in the well....more
I was disappointed with the quality of this novel after reading his first brilliant novel "Kite Runner". For sure, the story is tragic, painful and unI was disappointed with the quality of this novel after reading his first brilliant novel "Kite Runner". For sure, the story is tragic, painful and unusual for many people, but I don't see the beauty of a novel here; Khaled Hosseini does not sufficiently open internal worlds of his characters; there are not enough descriptions of senses, feelings, thoughts, perceptions and judgments of characters. Events move forcefully and fast: Mariam marries to older man ...she was scared and shuddering first night of sexual intercourse with her husband ... then "somehow" she liked him and later her husband "somehow" becomes colder to her (no any other explanation, except Mariam being not able to produce a child). How their interpersonal chemistry worked throughout marriage, I have no idea. In case of Laila, it is even worse. There is almost zero description about interaction between Mariam and Rasheed; whether her husband was awful for her or she liked being as a little flower for him, I don't know. Only thing I understand is Laila was liked by her husband. In general I feel like Khaled Hosseini retells the afghan women gossip in better way. Believe me, if you just go to Afghanistan and talk to people (if you can communicate), you would easily hear such story.
But I liked some parts of novel, specifically the part how interaction between Mariam and Laila is developing. Interesting part is enemies (Mariam and Laila) come together for survival; to stand against their common enemy - violent husband Rasheed. For Mariam, discovering the gorgeousness of a small girl Aziza was like finding a beautiful flower in the middle of a mud. Khaled Hosseini tells to his readers how far people (even intelligent and gentle women) can go to survive: being forced to commit actions like cheating, lying and even killing. I hope readers did not get impression that every afghan man is cruel and marry to a girl; gets pleasure out of it and women have to survive this. We see in the book at least one person (Mariam's father) feels guilty because of his sin committed in younger age and another person Tariq, marrying to his beloved woman, despite she was married to another man before. ...more
Kite Runner is a beautifully written story of a childhood friends: Hassan, real "Real Man", whom we hardly understand in the context of modern materiaKite Runner is a beautifully written story of a childhood friends: Hassan, real "Real Man", whom we hardly understand in the context of modern materialistic and competitive world and his friend Amir, who is spiritually struggling to become a "Real Man". Different circumstances test moral values of two friends. Any action of Hassan makes Amir see his own moral flaws clearer and he feels guilty in front of Hassan.
The description of how Afghans, especially Talebans treated to Hazaras is heartbreaking. While reading a novel I felt such sadness, which I cannot describe literally. It is incredible unfairness, but the way how they stand against this is honorable and heroic.
Hassan is the most powerful personality in the book. I don't agree with other's comments like "one dimensional" or "passive". On the contrary, Hassan's personality is very complex and multi-dimensional. He has a natural intelligence and sensitiveness. He is curious and keen to learn. He seeks happiness not in material well being, but in spiritual and intellectual values. He was satisfied with his own modest life, till violence and disruption came up in his life. He is fearless and tolerant in extreme situations and always self reliant.
Hosseini reminds his readers vanishing, in modern days, moral values, like altruism, sincerity and loyalty. He leads us to think of a human essence again. ...more