My (personal?) review, in chronological order of edits.
~7:00pm, finishing part 4. Outstanding, kinda brilliant but at times insufferable. Very hard tMy (personal?) review, in chronological order of edits.
~7:00pm, finishing part 4. Outstanding, kinda brilliant but at times insufferable. Very hard to stay interested in the Liars because God, how entitled and privileged and annoying-about-it they are. Stop it with the "why can't we just get along" thing already. :(
Like ten pages later, when part five starts I am not exactly shocked, I feel like I don't understand a thing or that at least I can't make conjectures properly.
~9:00pm, through part 5. I have a knot on on my throat and I honestly don't know how to go through with this book. I don't know if I want it to end. Or not.
~finishing part 5. I was wondering if I should've left it on hold like on a real shelf and let it get dusty and wrinkled and only think about it when I wasn't annoyed by the idea of it. But damn, reading through was rewarding, more or less. It made me think a lot, and it was all around pleasant to read, esp. the dreamy, impossible romance. Now it was hard to come to the realization that the book ended. I have so many mixed feelings. My throat is still on a knot, tight and uncomfortable....more
"I have my mother's mouth and my father's eyes; on my face they're still together."
FAVORITE poetry book, ever. I've gone through it like 10 times or more? I keep it by my pillow. I read it again if I'm feeling down, it's the best company.
"No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark."
Warsan has an unique way of writing; I don't say this because of punctuation marks, drifts between stanzas or heavy, loaded, complex words used to tell a story, this is not the case at ALL. In fact, her words are subtle, lightweight but so powerful; she includes Arabic and Somali words that just blend in right, that aren't adorns or fancy words, they fit the purpose just perfectly.
It's unique to me because it's not like anything I've ever read, it's her way of pairing words next to each other that awaken very strong feels, who knew that her words would resonate with my life so much, leaving me in awe at 3am, wondering how is it possible that we could be sharing and carrying the same troubles, similar experiences while growing into black women in a foreign city with bodies that not always feel our own. It's the way the words never fail to evoke all the scents of tamarind, cardamom, honey, cinnamon.. It's the way how it brings all the people in flesh and bones and doesn't make me feel like it's talking about someone else's family but mine, too. That incredible way to relate to someone/their writing.
Even if I like the entire collection, my favorites are Ugly, Grandfather's Hands, Bone, You Were Conceived, Conversations About Home, Tea With Our Grandmothers, The Kitchen....more
When you get to the half of the book you're used to the way the autor shifts between one character and the other. At the beginning it's super confusinWhen you get to the half of the book you're used to the way the autor shifts between one character and the other. At the beginning it's super confusing but by the second half you're used to it and probably would predict who talks next (unless you reach the surprises!). The plotline is more or less simple but it continues to thicken from page to page, until the last word. The characters are interesting, there are tons but it's easy to get the hang, again, after the first part.
Erica Falck is a writer with great curiosity, current dealing with a loss in her family and to top it off, she discovers a childhood friend's dead body, in an awful manner. Erica does some of the investigation on her own, sometimes she's kind of childish in her ways but most of the things she goes through ring true and I really liked reading her, her mind and "watching" her from afar.
By far the person I liked the most is Patrik Hedstrom. A guy with joyful, youthful personality and funny features, but with a good heart for police work. Reading Anna's parts, Erica's sister and Lucas's wife, in the story was almost physically painful, I had to retreat from reading or read cautiously, it was hard and difficult for me to keep reading, Even if violence and domestic abuse are topics spread through crime novels like nothing I still don't get used to it, nor I think I will.
At times I found myself laughing and feeling happy with the silly circumstances in which Erica and Patrik met and talked; also I got my eyes open like never before whenever the author deliberately left some leads untold and mentioned them in such a casual way like 10-20 pages later.. Dayum. That's a weird way to keep me interested but it definitely works because 360 pages later I want to read the rest but I don't want the book to end. I know it has a second part but the idea that its ending is sad. :/
~Update, when I finished it. The ending was very pleasant, surprising and unexpected, but very well for an ending on such tragedies within this book. I wish I had more details about what happened with other characters but I'm okay. Again, it was hard and unbelievable sometimes, some scenes where frankly painful to read I'm incredibly glad I started and ended the year (the review was made by December 11, 2014) with Swedish and Finnish female authors of crime. I'll definitely continue reading Camilla Lackberg and intend to read the next book of the series.
What I disliked: the shifting from character to character, the lack of numbers/chapters(is it a continuum?).
What I liked: getting totally blown away with the leads and facts the author kept hiding from me until later, getting to know in 3D the characters, they weren't plain and similar/bleak and or lacking personality like regular crime books where they focus on the gorey details of murders, rape and violence. Instead, the author gave you a glimpse and a particular feel through your spine with some mind games, another thing: it's a page turner. The digital edition I own has 400 pages and I actually had to stop myself a few times from reading it entirely (mainly cause' I wanted to savour the end), me, who takes like a month to read +400 pages, took like two weeks of slow paced reading. ...more
Just finished it and I have to say it's been a pleasant surprise. I picked the book while searching for nordic/scandinavian authors 'for begginers', IJust finished it and I have to say it's been a pleasant surprise. I picked the book while searching for nordic/scandinavian authors 'for begginers', I guess, and ended up craving more pages. I'm bummed it's over.
I loved the detail, the landscapes, the suspense.. It's such an engrossing story. The characters had enough depth, I got to feel like a spectactor on the corner of the house. Such mystery and the way it goes back and forth in time and perspectives.. I had trouble picturing Estonia in those years and I'm still considering whether it's historical fic or not (I have to double check the facts) but it was a great story I might read again.
Again, I loved the detail. The flies, the scents, the woods, the horseradish, everything. I think that's exactly what makes it so great. (SPOILERS, maybe?) I had absolutely no idea the impact World Wars had on nordic countries and even if fiction, this book describes a bit of the raw and the intense of keeping a "normal" family together while these circumstances. The trust. The feelings. The infinite lies. Damn.
The Bound Between Sisters could be an alternative title, too....more