Trigger warnings for mentions of death and suicide.
I Have the Right to Destroy Myself is a short book about two women and two brothers, and how theirTrigger warnings for mentions of death and suicide.
I Have the Right to Destroy Myself is a short book about two women and two brothers, and how their life is intertwined, between them and with death. Death, not only being the fact, act or thought but Death, the persona. What would you do if someone helps you understand that that you've been meaning to or that you want to die? And what if they help you create the scenario in which you'll have your last breath?
This is my opinion. Some spoilers ahead, so continue with caution.
(view spoiler)[I think that, the fact that I read the person who enticed others to kill themselves as feminine made the novella pleasant. It was only after Mimi mentioned them as "he" that I understood it, since there's never a pronoun for them, besides "I". Nevertheless I finished the book still picturing them as feminine, it made it even more exciting.
Also, the regular musical and art references were.. peculiar. You try to imagine them as these depictions, you try to look at Marat's eyes with a new outlook (maybe not everybody, but I did). Yet, you really can't. The descriptions go overboard on the details, but they don't really tell you a lot about what's going on everyones's minds. That's why I understand that some people might find these references as mere name-dropping. (hide spoiler)]
I still feel like all of us who read it on English probably got lost in translation. The setting, the writer's background, the NUANCES.. There's a lot to be said about it, but unless you've dipped your toes on a bit of history and modern Korean society, you'll miss it. On this note, what amazed me the most is how edgy the book as a whole really is. How dare you write about suicide and lust in the form of cheap sex scenes in such a way for the ajummas to read on their commute.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Great advice about what kind of things you have to strenghten to have a good kick-start in grad/postgrad life, even though the book itself is orientedGreat advice about what kind of things you have to strenghten to have a good kick-start in grad/postgrad life, even though the book itself is oriented to people who already finished or are finishing their MSc.
Fon non-grads (from a non-grad pov): you'll be able to get to know some of things that are part of your early career: writing for journals, conferences, peer reviewed papers, what is tenure, getting involved in projects and the difference between postdoc careers and academic careers (plus their pros and cons!). Very insightful information even more than 20 years since the original book release, there might be a couple terms you'll probably search in Google but the more informed you get, the merrier.
For grads: all the kind of stuff you should know before getting involved in PhD studies.
For PhDs: it's all advice: What skills you could use to get the most out of academia: proper paper redaction, giving a conference and writing grant proposals. This will help you get experience and eventually could help you land whichever job you'd like. The kind of stuff you wish you knew in the beginning of your career, I guess....more
Time travel, from 1976 to the 1700's? Damn you have it. Black shero, not willing to take everybody's shit but still human, inPotential spoilers ahead.
Time travel, from 1976 to the 1700's? Damn you have it. Black shero, not willing to take everybody's shit but still human, in love, hurt, with her own ideas and opinions? You have it too. I could've finished it earlier (definitely a page turner). Some parts made me gasp and put the book away because it wasn't as if Butler did pages on the descriptions of the treatment of slaves but to me it was graphic, and in general it's a difficult topic for me to read about. Yet the book was AN experience. I really really enjoyed the way Octavia Butler writes, it's very likely I'll look up more of her books, and would recommend the book to almost everybody. I had to remind myself several times that Kindred was published on 1979, it's unbelievable.
The only reason why I didn't give it 5 stars is because I don't think I'd read again completely, maybe excerpts....more
Removing one star because I had to read Chapter 2 like three times and I still don't feel like I understood completely. I see this is a recurring thinRemoving one star because I had to read Chapter 2 like three times and I still don't feel like I understood completely. I see this is a recurring thing???
But overall, I really really liked the book and definitely would read again. I like how this book is almost as old as me (it was first published in 1993) and most of the ideas and the references Scott uses are pretty much timeless. Eisner, Hernandez, Kirby, even Spiegelman.. Any comic reader probably has at least heard about these last names or their work. And I think that any comic aficionado interested in understanding comics (valga la redundancia, since there isn't a phrase in English to encompass the meaning of this) should definitely read this book. The insight it gives and how it extends you an invitation to not just look at how colorful comics are or how attractive the story is, but to go deeper, to the gutter, the lines, the pages, the things that are invisible and the IMPLICIT things. I really enjoyed that, no other book about comics I've read has done this to me. Now I appreciate more both comics and manga, and all the work behind the scenes.
A note: I shouldn't be so surprised but seeing how McCloud managed to make the book diverse (women creators being recognized!!! non white people!!!!), you get the idea that it's only natural comics are this amazing multiverse where everybody could dedicate their lives to it and have fun. If you decided at age 13 that you seriously want to draw comics for a living and everybody laughs at you because of it, pay no mind and study/enjoy your thing however you can. There's room for you, and if people tell you otherwise, you can always create your own. I like him a little bit more because of this....more
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