This is one of those books, which change the molecules of the world around in tiny imperceptible ways. The words are magic, the stories of this incredThis is one of those books, which change the molecules of the world around in tiny imperceptible ways. The words are magic, the stories of this incredible family interwoven so brilliantly. Maybe the magic realism or maybe it is the emotional investment one makes in these bizarre timelines, but the book does make you go through surreal experiences, you turn the last page expecting an actual earthquake, or insomnia and unending rainfall. You look around hoping to find Melquíades trodding along hallways, looking for ancient rooms where you can drown in solitude reading ancient parchments, if you gaze just long enough, Ursula materializes in the spring of her youth with her candies, and also as a resourceful old women hiding her blindness. Remedios the beauty is rising to heaven in your courtyard, while Aurliano and Petra Cotes’s groans can be heard from the room next door. This was one of the most powerful books I have read in a while, and it is not fading from my memory any time soon. ...more
Very very funny and David reading these stories himself was just the icing of the cake. Lots of lol moments, especially precious memories.
Read againVery very funny and David reading these stories himself was just the icing of the cake. Lots of lol moments, especially precious memories.
Read again on 22 January, 2012 ,
Recently a goodread friend asked me whether he should read David Sedaris. I said yes, of course, but at the same time, I started rummaging around my place, turning my house upside down looking for my audiobook CD. Reading Margaret Atwood got me in a really gloomy mood recently, but David Sedaris has successfully cheered me up again.
The best essays in the book are about David’s struggle to learn French. His problem with the gender associated to French words for example: vagina is masculine and masculinity is feminine. Try as he might, he can’t find connection there. His thoughts:
“I find it ridiculous to assign a gender to an inanimate object incapable of disrobing and making an occasional fool of itself. Why refer to lady crack pipe or good sir dishrag when these things could never live up to all that their sex implied?”
Impeccable logic there, don’t you think?
His French teacher is not very kind either. This time for instance:
“I hate you' she said to me one afternoon. 'I really, really hate you.' Call me sensitive, but I couldn't help but take it personally.”
David also has some interesting remarks about Americans he meets in Paris. Like that time when a couple thought he was a French pick pocket. Ahh, you would think that I won’t laugh at all those jokes again. But I did, I so did! I laughed and laughed as if some one was tickling me. David Sedaris! Gosh, he is funny…
Please, please listen to the audio book. I know many people hate this book, but please just try it in his voice. The way he says it, his intonations. He is a smartass, is hilariously self-debasing.
Highly recommended but only in the audio format. ...more
You know, I feel bad giving the book 2 stars. I am sure the author did a very hard job researching this stuff and all and the writing sure wasn’t bad.You know, I feel bad giving the book 2 stars. I am sure the author did a very hard job researching this stuff and all and the writing sure wasn’t bad. The narrative style and the simplicity of the book were okay. But, every moment I have spent reading this book, has annoyed me. So sorry Arthur Golden, 2 stars it is.
Sayuri, the titular geisha, the oh-so charming girl, the narrator, was damn irritating. There is a literal bombardment of similes. One simple statement, which can be expressed just as simply has to be explained by comparing it to the hills or the sunset or the breeze blowing by or the river flowing by (you get the point). It felt very pretentious to me. Not a river really, more like an ocean, with its waves continuously crashing on the shore, destroying the sand castles of peace of mind (oooops! I caught the Sayuri syndrome). Also, major problem, CHAIRMAN, my dearest chairman, what does Sayuri see in you? I totally don’t get it. To devote one’s life to a man like him, eeks! He has set new standards of edwardishness (check out the ending of the book, you will know what I mean). That is not the way to treat a girl, as if she was a kind of birthday present. Nobu is just behind the chairman in the irritating character list. He is the biggest hypocrite in the book actually, because he pretends to not to be a hypocrite. In fact the only honest characters in the book were mother, Hatsumomo and pumpkin. They were bitches and they knew it.
I don’t want to criticize this book so much and would like to stop here, but, I wasted my money on this book and it has made me regret it, so revenge time. THE CLIMAX ABSOLUTELY, ROYALLY SUCKED. One doesn’t just suffer from all that Sayuri went through and live happily ever after. This isn’t a Disney princess tale. It’s a tale of a geisha, and as Mameha puts it, one doesn’t become a geisha for fun, they do because they have no choice. The author absolutely ruined the book with the unrealistic ending. And no, it doesn’t end here, there is more. The book totally contradicts itself, it chants through out that a geisha is an artist not a prostitute, but Sayuri’s virginity is literally auctioned of. What’s more, this book is freaking historically inaccurate. I did some research and it turns out, mizuage was supposed to be more of a sweet 16 party, a change of hairstyle thing. And the geisha who was interviewed for this book even told the author so. So the changing of fact to make the story juicy was really slimy.
Still, I guess many people might like it, so I am not really going to advice people against it(so what if I said all the things above), read at your own risk, it might change your life and you may end up thinking that this is the Japanese form of Titanic(sob, awwww, sob) and chairman is the dream come true. ...more
“Emotions, in my experience, aren't covered by single words. I don't believe in "sadness," "joy," or "regret." Maybe the best proof that the language“Emotions, in my experience, aren't covered by single words. I don't believe in "sadness," "joy," or "regret." Maybe the best proof that the language is patriarchal is that it oversimplifies feeling. I'd like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic train-car constructions like, say, "the happiness that attends disaster." Or: "the disappointment of sleeping with one's fantasy." I'd like to show how "intimations of mortality brought on by aging family members" connects with "the hatred of mirrors that begins in middle age." I'd like to have a word for "the sadness inspired by failing restaurants" as well as for "the excitement of getting a room with a minibar." I've never had the right words to describe my life, and now that I've entered my story, I need them more than ever. ”
Eugenides is an amazing author and he has done a marvelous job with this story. It’s poignant, humorous, and ironic and I love the narrative style. The only reason for not giving it 5 stars is because it marginally fell short of the huge expectations I had about Middlesex. Somewhere along the journey of the 3 generations, the main narrative which is Callie’s story intrigued me far less than Desdemona and her experiences. ...more
This book was an utter failure for me in respect of a horror novel.
Didn’t scare me, nah, not at all, didn’t even make me wince. And I am just 17 andThis book was an utter failure for me in respect of a horror novel.
Didn’t scare me, nah, not at all, didn’t even make me wince. And I am just 17 and finished this novel around midnight, in my bed, where I sleep alone, with windows in my room which makes strange creaking noises.
Now, if I mentally remove the horror tag from the novel, then I might give it a 3.5 star.
Reasons: Nice plot, nice insight into an alcoholic’s mind, Jack and Wendy’s back story, the chilling detail of Jack’s father (only parts which made me a teeny bit uneasy).
Also, I thought the novel was exhaustingly lengthy, and I repeatedly felt the urge to just quit reading.
Overall, an okay-okay novel and my first by Stephen King. I would say that he is overrated, but then I don't think I would be a fair judge. Ghost and other supernatural stuff never spooks me, violent human behaviors does.
“There's only one rule you need to remember: laugh at everything and foget everybody else! It sound egotistical, but it's actually the only cure for “There's only one rule you need to remember: laugh at everything and foget everybody else! It sound egotistical, but it's actually the only cure for those suffering from self-pity.”
The amount of companionship, inspiration and comfort this book has provided me over the years is truly amazing. This is the reason why I am not surprised to find myself with puffy eyes, a red nose and my insides feeling like jelly once again, after reading this book for the fourth time now. Every time as the book approaches its end, I feel like a wound has been opened. Yet, I also end up discovering new reserves of strength in me and a new outlook towards life. ...more
DOUBLE PLUS GOOD This is the scariest book ever written. From the starting sentence to the ending line, it was just spectacular and really creepy. Wh DOUBLE PLUS GOOD This is the scariest book ever written. From the starting sentence to the ending line, it was just spectacular and really creepy. What also really impressed me was the skillful way in which, Orwell had not only devised a completely credible society, but had also developed the language, the politics, the motives, and all of it in the very same book. I am also in awe of Orwell himself. Such a great thinker, only he could have written such a story. This one will stay with me for a very long time. ...more