Suzie was murdered and she narrates her story from Heaven as she watches the livings on Earth.
A touching story about, love and lust to get into life,...moreSuzie was murdered and she narrates her story from Heaven as she watches the livings on Earth.
A touching story about, love and lust to get into life, a 13-year-girl who her science curiosity got her rapped and killed in a hole down in the Earth in the cornfield. She is telling the story of how she got murdered and also walking us through her life before and after the accident. How happy she was on Earth; how much she misses her family and friends; how much did she want to help the living by watching them from up above. Lots of people are taking life for granted - Suzie missed her life - she is not growing up, not getting older, not able to talk to her loved ones and actually nothing to do. She also conveys the message that when someone die, their spirit still floating around walking between the living trying to help or warn them - they simply cannot. And also life goes on - whether you dead or not, life will go on after you.
I personally enjoyed her descriptive way of writing. How she pictures every single detail, as if I'm there. What I didn't like about her story is that she is not talking about her killer that much like what he will do, will he kill again? The killer is one of the elements of they story, yet, the end doesn't include him that much.
"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure." Ever since I knew about Coelho, The Alchemist was his best be...more"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure." Ever since I knew about Coelho, The Alchemist was his best best, as far as I thoguht! Now, after reading it.. It's not that different from other books of his.. He used to focus on a trait on each book.. This books was about wisdom, enthusiasm, optimism - having the courage to follow your dream.. Know the language of the world through signs, omens.. "Listen to your heart, it knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there."
The book is about a young Santiago who had a dream and he set off traveling in search for his treasure. Not knowingly, he found other treasures that he thought are worth much more than the real one, instead of hanging on those, he continued his journey following the old say of "a project cannot be done unless it achieves its main objective" It is an exciting novel that bursts with optimism. It is the kind of novel that tells you that everything is possible as long as you really want it to happen.. "When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream" It's a must!(less)
Rivetingly astonishing book that is accurately portraying Afghanistan’s culture, politics, language and other aspects of it. Even though it's his debu...moreRivetingly astonishing book that is accurately portraying Afghanistan’s culture, politics, language and other aspects of it. Even though it's his debut, an immensely satisfying debut, yet, Hosseini accomplished what his contemporary authors couldn't achieve.
A story about redemption, forgiveness, love, friendship, and sacrifice. Really interesting it’s not like those books that you can predict what will happen when turn the page – totally unpredictable! It features different interpretations: political, emotional, and social attributes.
The story is about Amir, a wealthy boy, and Hassan, the servant, that grew together to be more than friends. From monarchy to Russian occupation to coups to Taliban, The Kite Runner depicting the life of Afghans through the eyes of Amir and Hassan. As the book reach its climate in the winter of 1975 the friendship starts to fall apart. Amir goes America, he thinks of his past and ways to redeem what he discovers when his father dies and he finds himself back to Kabul in search for redemption!(less)
Editors and authors of this book believe that the planners of the US-led 2003 invasion of Iraq were not simply grossly negligent in allowing Iraq to d...moreEditors and authors of this book believe that the planners of the US-led 2003 invasion of Iraq were not simply grossly negligent in allowing Iraq to descend into this hell. Their argument is that the planners consciously facilitated the dismantling of Iraq's intellectual, academic and cultural apparatus in order to wipe the slate clean as a prelude to the rebirth of the country as a neo-capitalist secular democracy that would serve as a model for change across the Middle East. "To be remade, a state must be rendered malleable", as the editors of this volume observe. A great book to study the current events and condition beset Iraq and its people. It's immensely full with facts and statistics to back up the argument!(less)
I feel sleepy and not feel want to write. However, I found this review over the internet that was exactly what I wanted to say:
"Based on extraordinary...moreI feel sleepy and not feel want to write. However, I found this review over the internet that was exactly what I wanted to say:
"Based on extraordinary research and more than thirty years of professional experience as Professor of History and Founding Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago, Dr. Polk has definitely produced an excellent read to educate us the intrinsic nuances of insurgency and the cost of occupancy through brilliant comparative analysis.
Dr. Polk compares a dozen or more insurgencies and guerrilla wars of the past three centuries ( from the American Revolution to struggles in Ireland to Algeria to Spain and finally to Afghanistan and Iraq), and concludes that they share a universal characteristic --opposition to foreign rulers.
The conclusion of Polk's study is scary.
He lays out the enormous human and financial costs of trying to impose a foreign solution on people who do not want to be controlled by outsiders. It's just devastating when you look at the Iraq numbers alone. The monetary costs of running the Iraq war is $10 million an hour - and rising more than 20% a year. What about the precious lives?
Dr. Polk's historical knowledge of this subject makes him probably the best person on this planet to advice our future policy makers on starting a war (if they are willing to listen.)
"Violent Politics" is a must read, not only for those who make the decisions, but also for those who vote for them."
Very good read. So informative, full with evidence and fairly unbiased.
Trita Parsi introduces the argument that Iran has a rational strategy that is/...moreVery good read. So informative, full with evidence and fairly unbiased.
Trita Parsi introduces the argument that Iran has a rational strategy that is/was consistent throughout the years of Shah, the revolution, and the current regime that it aspired domination and hegemony in the Middle East. That, in essence, collides with the very same aspiration of Israel, which fears the acquired, but before that the would-be, weaponization of any country - in the region - that contests Israel over the hegemony in the Middle East.
Whether the weaponization is militarily or conventional, Israel has to outgrow its immediate and far neighboring states militarily to secure itself and its interests in the region. This tells us that the whole issue between Israel and Iran is rather strategic, than ideological - and that's Parsi's argument.
The book is rich with references and numerous interviews conducted with a number of high rank Israeli, American and Iranian officials.(less)
mesmerizing.. i never thought it's going to be as good as the kite runner. in fact, i, to certain extent, enjoyed reading this book more than the kite...moremesmerizing.. i never thought it's going to be as good as the kite runner. in fact, i, to certain extent, enjoyed reading this book more than the kite runner.... the plot is amazingly written. this is the first time i have came across a book like this one..(less)
I know I didn't comprehend it all, but the one thing that I know for sure is Marquez uses great way of writing that keeps you enchanted to it! His sen...moreI know I didn't comprehend it all, but the one thing that I know for sure is Marquez uses great way of writing that keeps you enchanted to it! His sense of imaginary is good and the complicity of characters is also a point is his side... A good read!(less)
Unlike many other historians who tell the history in a page or so, William Polk, takes you through the Iraqi history in an interestingly and excitingl...moreUnlike many other historians who tell the history in a page or so, William Polk, takes you through the Iraqi history in an interestingly and excitingly approach! First he divides the book into substantial chapters: ancient Iraq, Islamic Iraq, British Iraq, Revolutionary Iraq, and American Iraq and he dedicated the last chapter to 'whose Iraq?' Indeed he opens the books with the people who inhabited the Mesopotamia and takes you all the way to civilizations, wars, coups, to modern Iraq. As you go in reading the book, you will see the connection between Iraq back in the 1920s, under the British occupation, and Iraq now, under the American occupation, and seemingly the American administration has not read the Iraqi history pretty well!
For those who wonder what's going on in Iraq now, I recommend this book to read. For those who want to excel the American and British greedy politics, I recommend this book. For those who want to know how Iraqi people think, I recommend this book!
In the first chapter he talks about Ubaidans and how they brought about to what was known as 'The Fertile Crescent' and how they developed the world's first agricultural society and how they brought about the more complex form of society among Arab and, later, non-Arab people. Also brings the notions of different invaders: Mongols, Ottomans and so forth. The second chapter is about the First World War, the Arab revolt, and the British mandate. By reading the lines of this chapter you get the sense of what was really going on. How British, Iraqis, the government and Arabs thought. The third chapter is the revolutionary Iraq: coups! The many coups Iraq had during the short period of time. From a monarchy to a republican government, Qasim, the Arif brothers, AlBakir and Saddam. He illustrates, in details, the Iraqi streets at that time – especially the evolving of pan-Arab parties and ideologies. The fourth is called The American Iraq: basically the period of 1990 up to 2005. 1990 because obviously, unfortunately, America was controlling Iraq and neighboring countries along with its allies – so Iraq wasn’t free, economically and politically. And then, he dedicates the last chapter to give his opinion on what is going on and what will happen in the future and talks about the pros and cons of the two choices that America has to make.
It's a comprehensive, thorough reference to Iraq. As he, himself, William Polk, lived in Baghdad 50 years ago, and went back and forth up till February, 2003, he knows exactly in details the secret dealings between Americans, the British and the Arab world. It’s a must read.(less)
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Partially, a true story, the book revolves around the power of lov...more"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Partially, a true story, the book revolves around the power of love, friendship, and loyalty and living full-out!
When Dr. McCarthy decides to treat a war vet of Iraq who is disabled and hopeless. For Dr. McCarthy is disabled himself, he knows exactly what it means to be disabled and how to cope with this condition by participating in life, work, doing sports, workouts.
An inspiring story, neat, with a sense of humor that keeps the reader tied with the book. A must reading - I recommend it!(less)
Two books in one! Her way of writing it is interestingly beautiful.. So intense that you just want to turn on pages to know what will happen! Suberaca...moreTwo books in one! Her way of writing it is interestingly beautiful.. So intense that you just want to turn on pages to know what will happen! Suberacaseaux is telling a story of a husband that is reading his wife's journal. As he reads, he finds new things that he didn't know before about his wife. His wife, Clara, a dying woman of cancer, is submerged with the sense of hopelessness that her writings didn't make sense to her husband, Clemante. She was depressed, frustrated, and yet, a person who after many years if marry doesn't really know what she feels about her Clemante. An interesting story.. A new of a kind and A MUST READ!(less)
a great novel. it demonstrates the importance of living a good life by forgetting personal history and try to move on and continue living it with the...morea great novel. it demonstrates the importance of living a good life by forgetting personal history and try to move on and continue living it with the love flowing inside out and outside in throughout you and the environment you're living in! in his search for his wife, he discovers things far more important than just to go and figure out why, the woman he was waking up to every morning, left him without a single word! he discovers what went wrong in their relationship and his past life, learns the secret of the acomodador! by all that, and only by that, now, he is ready to find the zahir!
"despite being married all those years, i had never really known my wife. i had created a love story like the ones i'd seen in the movies, read about in books and magazines, watched on tv. in my story, love was something that grew until it reached a certain size and, from then on, it was just a matter of keeping it alive, like a plant, watering it now and again and removing any dead leaves. love was also a synonym for tenderness, security, prestige, comfort, success. love could be translated into smiles, into words like 'i love you' or 'i feel so happy when you come home.'"(less)
Well, if I wanna write a review I need another one or two books to do so. The book is thorough, includes almost every single thing that happened durin...moreWell, if I wanna write a review I need another one or two books to do so. The book is thorough, includes almost every single thing that happened during the past thirty years. It also recorded historical events and stuff to back it up! Although Mr. Henry used fancy vocabs and various types of structures of sentences, but it was easy to understand, to learn a particular concept such as why some contries are using foreign policy as a reflect to their domestic policies...(less)
The book has me totally confounded. When i was about finishing it, I came to the conclusion that the concept of religion - portrayed by Coelho - was r...moreThe book has me totally confounded. When i was about finishing it, I came to the conclusion that the concept of religion - portrayed by Coelho - was really just what i had thought it was: a library of different sets of writings to choose from them in order to suit your own needs and chase your dream no matter how hard, far it is.... Free yourself from the 'other' that tries to control your way of living and block your way from achieving your precious goals in life! A good book(less)