There are so many reviews online already for The Slap that I won't go into a detailed synopsis.
I'll simply say that I enjoyed this book, and found my...moreThere are so many reviews online already for The Slap that I won't go into a detailed synopsis.
I'll simply say that I enjoyed this book, and found myself sitting down to read it almost in one go. The only niggle I had with it was that ALL the characters seemed to think and speak using the same four letter adjectives.
This is such a strange niggle for me to have because swearing wouldn't usually bother me, and at first I was intrigued to be in the mind of a middle age Greek-Australian man. But by the end of the book I was screaming for one character (male, female, old, young - just one!) that wasn't gagging for it so badly that they couldn't think up a new word for C*** and F***.
(Though my British colleagues would probably point out that us Australians aren't renowned for our creativity or vocabulary!) (less)
The Collaborator is a chilling tale of life on the India - Pakistan border in 1990s Kashmir.
Being immersed in this devastating conflict for only the f...moreThe Collaborator is a chilling tale of life on the India - Pakistan border in 1990s Kashmir.
Being immersed in this devastating conflict for only the few days I spent reading this book, I can't imagine how the author maintained any sense of normality during what must have been a lengthy research and writing period. Let alone how Kashmiris who lived through such horrid events ever managed to get back on with their lives.
If I had thought about it while reading, I probably would have made a mental note that the book was well written and rather poetic. But the truth is that like most well-written books you don't think about the writing whilst reading it. I was however continually struck by how real the lead character felt to me. Here I am a 30 something female living in the UK and never having thought of this part of the world let alone travelled to it, and yet this boy feels and thinks and talks in a way that could be me feeling and thinking and talking.
It is hardly a radical thought, but when we don't hide behind barriers of geography, economy, culture and language, then we really are all very similar.
I have to be honest and say I didn't enjoy reading this book. But then I doubt enjoyment was the goal that the author had in mind. In many ways it was like watching a horror movie... you know that you don't want to see it, but you still can't bring yourself to look away or change the channel. The only problem is that unlike most horror movies this story feels way too close to the truth.
The premise of the book is very simple. Success isn't something that happens without a lot of hard work, because if everyone could do it then there is...moreThe premise of the book is very simple. Success isn't something that happens without a lot of hard work, because if everyone could do it then there is no value in it. Scarcity = value = success.
Seth advice could be summarised as:
1. Identify whether an opportunity is actually going to lead to the success you desire.
2. Be honest with yourself about whether you have the determination to push through the hard stuff in order to make a success of the oppportunity.
3. If the opportunity isn't going to lead to the success you desire, or you don't have the determination to push through the hard stuff, quit while you are ahead.
As Seth admits a third of the way into the book, none of this is really new. "You know it... But you aren't doing anything about it." The book itself is a good, light read for someone that either needs to focus the mind or to justify a decision.
For my part, I'm still trying to figure out whether Seth's advice means I should buckle down and drive through the hard stuff or quit while I'm ahead.(less)