Libby Day lived through the moment that changed her existence for the rest of her life. At seven years old, her fifteen year olA Gone Bookserk Review
Libby Day lived through the moment that changed her existence for the rest of her life. At seven years old, her fifteen year old brother, Ben, took an ax to her mother and two older sisters. Twenty four years later, still "the Love Survivor of the Prairie Massacre," Libby Day begins to delve deeper into the past to re-examine more closely what truly happened.
I love Gillian Flynn for keeping true to the theme that nothing is ever as it appears from a distance. Convicted for the murders of his family members and jailed for life, Ben happens to be misunderstood by his family, a willing victim to his sociopath vixen, and best of all braver than any of Day family members. While this is Libby Day's journey to make sense of that day in the past, the novel is indirectly a journey of redemption for Ben.
Some people just come with a natural darkness within themselves, some resort to dark matters as a reaction of their circumstances, some resort to dark matters to be martyrs, and others just happen to be right dab in the middle of the former clashing together. These are the dark places Gillian Flynn unravels slowly through the novel.
Gillian Flynn seems to have a flare for the darkness in communities, not just in individuals. Deadening poverty. Failed tourist town. Self-deprecating lifestyles. Fearful injustices. Drugs. Animal sacrifices. Mindless hysteria. Characters in the novel have reactionary dysfunctions to their community dynamics, all of which leads the story to its tipping point.
What will shock you the most is when the novel reveals what truly happened that day when Libby lost her mother and siblings, and her brother Ben was jailed for it. You come to learn and understand each and every one of the characters, their malfunctions, and their deepest reasons for all their actions. At some point the novel even makes it possible to come to terms of their actions, only to find out the one character you learn least about influences the rest of the characters the most.
Something supposedly for the best intentions turns accidentally disastrous leaving only tragedy behind....more
To flourish. To grow vigorously. To gain wealth. To progress forward. To realize a goal. To come into fruition due to theA Gone Bookserk Perspective
To flourish. To grow vigorously. To gain wealth. To progress forward. To realize a goal. To come into fruition due to the best of circumstances. To thrive, not just succeed for the mere purpose of money and power. To become someone of well-rounded wealth: in well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving, as much as money and power. Ingeniously, Arianna Huffington has dared us to into a realm we don't speak of when it comes to success. Success has become a two dimensional platform. Our world has globalized, and as individuals we choose to still remain limited. Arianna Huffington illustrates a multi-dimentional world to success, that betters us as individuals, that betters our business world, and more so betters all of our interactions with one another.
I bought the audio version of this book on the day it was released. The arrival of this book is quite 'coincidental' for me personally, or possibly for many others due to the current and future status of our business and economic world. Before reading this book I had already been aware of three things. First, that for the most part our corporate world exploits its workers to the fullest, with the exception of a few companies that have begun to think in more elevated fashions to incorporate stress-free environments and wellness initiatives. Secondly, is that most of us, if not all of us, are saturated with the influence of technology in our daily relationships. Lastly, that a great majority of the work force is overworked, underpaid, and highly unappreciated or unrewarded.
"For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life."- FR. ALFRED D'SOUZA
This quote greatly exemplifies the sentiment that accumulates from the three things mentioned above. It all just seems like one great big obstacle, your life. For me, as for many others, this book is breath of fresh air, telling the story of how you make your own story of sucess, rather than a story of obstacles, or even failure. "Darling, your change the channel. You are in control of the cliker. Don't replay the bad, scary movie."
Arianna Huffington, daringly, advocates for the following: Quality versus Quantity - know how much time you're willing to spend on something and what you meaningfully want to do in that time. Reconnecting the stressed and overworked self - create some rules to remain grounded and wise More sleep - less social media - knowing when to put down the technological influence that you have created over your life For corporations to put wellness initiatives place - seek out companies you know are aware and practical about the well-being of their employees Creating a mindfulness of how we interact with one another and the impact we have on another on an internal and human connection. Despite the popular belief among some reviews, that Thrive is simplistic in style, the beauty of the book is the interconnectedness of its content. The Third Metric comprises of four pillars: well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving. Far from simplistic, it's a well-rounded and gracious context for living life. This book is meant to challenge our perspectives of sucess beyond money and power. It's mean to open our eyes to the quality of our lives. It's not just about what happens to us and the path that we take in life. More so, it's about quality of that path from an individual perspective to larger point of view of community, corporations, and global changes.
I have listened, and relisted to this book for a month now. I go back to certain chapters because this book is great reminder of how much more progress we have to make as individuals but also as a society. It's inspiring to listen to the knowledge, wisdom, and sources in this book.
We should no longer seek to succeed. We should seek to Thrive!...more
This is the story of two people who barely know each other, then again do people really know each other? It is also the caseA GoneBookserk Perspective
This is the story of two people who barely know each other, then again do people really know each other? It is also the case of two people who possibly know each other well enough to become angered and bitter with each other's presence. At times, their circumstances has forced them to come at their wits ends with each other's presence and character. But are there real and significant psychologies worthy of worry for these characters? Is Amy an almost psychopath? A Sociopath? Can Nick really be a murderer?
"A seemingly perfectly married couple." What does that even mean? It turns out for Amy and Nick it meant they had both found their complimentary half. Both Amy and Nick are writers. They find in each other something absolutely stimulating and enthralling. Amy offers Nick excitement. Nick offers Amy... well, I'm not quite sure if Nick had anything to offer Amy except a sense of normalcy that Amy lacks in her fame infected world. And even so, to Amy that ends up as a suffocating, cage-like demise.
The description you most often hear about Gillian Flynn's novels is dark and twisted. But I am more inclined to describe Gone Girl as psychological account of unexpected and riveting madness. What Gillian Flynn does best is to unravel her characters to their innermost psychopathy and then reassemble them in their absolutely humanity. The bittersweet effects of these developments lie within the cracks of imperfection that Nick and Amy carry deep within their disturbed souls.
What I love most about this novel is its multiple perspective narratives. I believe that when you have one narrator with one perspective it is much easier to carry an opinion about what goes on in the novel throughout its entirety. When you're bombarded with multiple viewpoints, and all of which paint a larger, more intricate image of what actually goes on between two individuals, your opinion of what sums up the dynamic between Nick and Amy becomes absolutely more and more intricate and complex as the novel develops.
The novels opens and continues to almost half way with the story and background of Nick's life. Some of Amy's life is dropped here and there. For the most part, though, it's Nick's character development that you most get attached to uncovering. Amy is the softer side of things, and Nick is the quite brute. He's an introvert and internalizes most of their life events. He looses his job and forces Amy to make a decision that causes her more psychological disturbia than pain. Ultimately, Nick becomes the foe of the novel and all your sympathy is directed towards Amy.
You often hear about how novelists create a sympathy, and even empathy for their anti-heroes, one such clear example is Humbert Humbert from Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov. Gillian Flynn's genius lies in this exact place. Just when I had fully formulated a sympathetic inclination towards Amy, she turns Amy into the unexpected sociopath. I laughed several times from the shock of Flynn's creativity. It was humorously disturbing, to be sure.
The lengths Amy will go to, to avenge herself from Nick and his actions upon her life is no longer riverting, but exciting. At times it is also redundant to the point that you just have to say "alright, I get it, Amy!" As a result, I lost a bit of momentum for Amy's character development. Until, Nick and Amy find their own ending, which will surprise you yet again.
I found this book supremely psychological, refreshingly creative, intelligently intricate, and definitely human in so many ways. I am now a fan of Gillian Flynn. ...more
A striking widow intent on proving the military lied about her husband's death lures a Washington journalist into the invA Gone Bookserk Perspective
A striking widow intent on proving the military lied about her husband's death lures a Washington journalist into the investigation. Working together, they discover the power of temptation, the futility of revenge, and the consequences of yielding to either.
This is definitely one of those stories you'll find it is more impressionable than at first seems. While not as glorious as some of the book covers you'll see out there, and they have gotten to be more eye candy than good content, this book leads the example for that. I was incredibly surprised by this book, not at all what I expected. At first, I had the impression that it was going to be more of an action story with some kind of theme carrying through to the end. In many ways it was, but it was also truly a mystery novel as well as a psychological debate of fate. Throughout the novel there are many angles to be wondered about and hypothesized. The layout of one man's consequences to his many dark and self destructive actions is absolutely well constructed.
The writing is also effortless. I love that I could read this book so fluidly without any struggle to the language. Some writers try so hard to put out a novel that they forget that sometimes is just about telling the story rather than fiddling with the language. Bella is one of those novels where you'll forget get about the delivery of the language and will focus more so on the story, if not completely.
There are a mix of emotions through this novel. It's seductive. It's tragic. It's compelling. It's sophisticated and philosophical. It's action - packed and suspenseful. I absolutely loved it. There is so much more to say, absolutely so much more. ...more
A book definitely for pet lovers, absolutely, no doubt. If you are a pet owner, pet lover,A Gone Bookserk Perspective (also check out Q/A and Excerpt)
A book definitely for pet lovers, absolutely, no doubt. If you are a pet owner, pet lover, or pet adorer you MUST read this book. It is filled with wisdom, spirit, and best of all humor. I was smiling beginning to end about this book.
Something Amy L. Peterson and I have in common is a BS in biology and so I found it refreshing to see such a natural way of storytelling, more so than other books I have read by non-biology majors. The adventures of this book will tingle your senses if you are a biology major or if you come from some kind of science background.
That's also a given for everyone else. You'll find this book to be refreshingly creative and clever, but also very clean and grounded. When I have a pet someday I will remember to re-read this book. I will also remember the interesting tips: when you marry someone who had pets growing up, chances are, you have pets in the future; she who takes on one pet successfully often ends up taking on more; fleas jump more than rabbits; some animals are on their best behavior when being inspected by a potential owner; big guys can get all mushy about small critters; and some animals don't live as long as they should. These are just a few of Peterson's tips, all of which I found to be thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening.
This is a very special book about pets, really, very special. I think you'll have to read it to know what I mean. Ultimately, it will make you want to have a pet. All the adventures of all the different animals that Peterson covers in this book makes you yearn for just as one with as much adventure and as much fun.
I have a fish aquarium right now, and I used to have a rabbit when I was little. I was thoroughly attached to my white rabbit when I was small, and I love my fish just as much now as I did the rabbit then. If you are an animal person, you'll find this book enjoyable, humorous, and definitely one of those book you'll come back to just to have a smile or to find some interesting fact about animals or just to live through one of the adventures in the book. ...more
This book will ultimately blog your mind! I was absolutely shocked at how clever this book turns outA Gone Bookserk Perspective with Q/A and Excerpt
This book will ultimately blog your mind! I was absolutely shocked at how clever this book turns out to be once you start reading it. Talk about having some real skill for creativity and humour.
I am not even sure I can fully describe what goes on in this book. Half the time you're just baffled at the plot of the story and the way it's put together. The other half of the time, I think was pulling at many subtextual metaphors.
To help with this review, it's best to read the quick Q/A from the author, and the excerpt from the book. I absolutely loved this book. I loved the creativity in this book. It's pretty inspiring. I love that there's so much to learn from all the things that hide behind the text and the plot....more
Amory Blaine is utterly an idealist. He indulges in every sense of his dreams, to the point that it becomes detrimental toA Gone Bookserk Perspective
Amory Blaine is utterly an idealist. He indulges in every sense of his dreams, to the point that it becomes detrimental to the state of his status in life. I was waiting for something in the novel to really excite me about this character. I felt like as I turned the page I could possibly find an event that would change Amory Blaine from a very hopeless character to a triumphant hero of the story. But the novel just become more and more tragic as it developed.
Amory is a tragic idealist, I'll say it again. I felt utterly sorry for this character, from a very personal nature, too. I could feel for Amory's struggle to be dedicated to his studies and academics, but the world he was living in had already predetermined what was acceptable and what wasn't. That was having money, lots and lots of money, in order to reap the rewards of the 1920s.
You can absolutely feel the young spirit in the novel, as Fitzgerald was in his twenties when he wrote this novel. This ambitious, brave spirit, being brought down by the norms of society, and slowly, too. It was painful to read it, maybe even more painful than The Great Gatsby, which I absolutely loved. The Great Gatsby was an epic kind of tragedy, This Side of Paradise is just tragic.
Fitzgerald no doubt even at such a young age was a mastermind of storytelling. I love his writing.
What really did me in was the relationship between Amory and Rosalind. It was a perfect mix between The Great Gatsby and Wuthering Heights. Full of passionate, tragic, foolish, wreckless heartache. When I read Wuthering Heights I was so angry with the with the romance dynamic between the characters, it drove me crazy. In This Side of Paradise I just wanted to give each of them a piece of my mind. Both of them so alike, and yet so different. They should have never had anything between each other, it was some kind of ripple in time in the novel, and it gave the novel such a bitter taste.
If you have read "This Side of Paradise," I would like to know what you thought of Amory as the novel approached in ending?...more
Wow! Quite a dense book. When you first start this book, it almost seems like it's going to be an easy read. If you haveA Gone Bookserk Perspective
Wow! Quite a dense book. When you first start this book, it almost seems like it's going to be an easy read. If you have a background in the sciences or biology, you'll notice even more how easy of a read it is. Boy does it turn out to be otherwise. I kept reading through this book for months. I have finally finished it, truthfully by skimming the last twenty pages or so. I'm entering a quick review of it, but I intend to go back to it this year and read it one chapter at a time again. Really, there are at least five great reasons to read this book.
1. You'll learn how the spirals in the head of a sunflower grow at an exact rotation of a specific degree and angle.
2. You'll find out how petal and leaves of specific flowers and plants form at specific number combinations and alternate patterns.
3. You'll learn about viruses from a fourth dimention.
4. Darwin is going to be described in whole new light.
5. Variety of mathematical approaches from sequences, networks, cellular and topological theories, as well as multi-dimentional geometries.
If you're a scientist, of someone who has been surrounded by the field of science and biology, this is definitely one of those books you HAVE to read. I am absolutely intrigued by how mathematics integrates in every aspect of our lives, to the very cellular level of our existence. This book not only covers our own world, but the whole sets of worlds on our planet. It connects every realm of existence through mathematics.
As I mentioned before, though. I will be reading it again. I think you'll either read this book once and that's it, or you'll read it once and you'll crave to go back and revisit some concepts that didn't quite settle with you.
How do you feel about mathematical theories being part of every aspect of our lives? ...more
"On good days, when my conscious did not trouble me, it was often delightful to play with them, to be good and decent as they weA GoneBookserk Review
"On good days, when my conscious did not trouble me, it was often delightful to play with them, to be good and decent as they were and to see myself in a noble light. That's what it must have been like to be an angel! It was the highest state one could think of. But how infrequent such days were! Often at play, at some harmless activity, I became so fervent and headstrong that I was too much for my sister; the quarrels and unhappiness this led to threw me into such a rage that I became horrible, did and said things so awful they seared my heart even as I said them. Then followed harsh hours of gloomy regret and contrition, the painful moment when I begged forgiveness, to be followed again by beams of light, a quiet, thankful, undivided gladness."
Emil Sinclair is the main character in this struggle to self-hood written so poetically by Herman Hesse. Sinclair finds himself in the personal ambiguity of his conventional family lifestyle and being drawn to a life of crime and revolt against convention. His meeting with Demian further stimulates his questions about his inner self and his outside environments constantly battling one another. Demian actually facilitates many of the perspectives that Sinclair finds himself pursuing and further delving into the path of self-realization. Written in the elements of the existential traditions of Nietzsche and Dostoevsky, Herman Hesse is the Freud of his era. This novel debates the story between good and evil character as well as experiments the depths of a one's own destiny and self-fulfillment.
There is no doubt this novel has a philosophical style. It is narrated from Sinclair's perspective, as a sort of reflection of his person and his life. There is much dialogue between Sinclair and his family, between Sinclair and Demian, as well as other additional characters, but what ultimately determines the tone of this novel are the philosophical discussions. It's the story of Cain and Abel; the inner struggle to belong in a world that makes sense and coincides with Sinclair's personal inclinations without guilt or fear of committing sin; the battle of his guilty conscious and coming to terms with who really is and realizing the perspective he's been taught isn't necessarily the only one.
I almost read this book in one sitting because the way it develops is so easy to understand. It begins with Sinclairs battle between the two realms he knows: the good life of his family and the sinister and dangerous involvement with Kromer. He then begins to see a new side of Cain, as told to him by Demian, who by the ways is a genius influence in his growth, teaching to always question and doubt the absolute conventions of life. Demian, in fact, says something really powerful to Sinclair:
"People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest. It was a scandal that a breed of fearless and sinister people ran about freely, so they attached a nickname and a myth to these people to get even with them, to make up for the many time they felt afraid - do you get it?"
Well, and the novel further develops into other angels of the process towards his self-realization. Among Thieves is an improtant chapter that helps him realize that he isn't alone in this kind of path and process, that almost all of us must go through the process of realizing and coming to terms with our true selves.
"Everyone goes through this crisis. For the average person this is the point when the demands of his own life come into the sharpest conflict with his environment, when the way forwards has to be sought with the bitterest means at his command. Many people experience the dying and rebirth - which is our fate - only this once during their entire life. Their childhood becomes hollow and gradually collapses, everything they love abandons them and they suddenly feel surrounded by the loneliness and mortal cold of the universe. Very many are caught forever in this impasse, and for the rest of their lives cling painfully to an irrevocable past, the dream, of the lost paradise - which is the worst and most ruthless of dreams."
The bulk of the book is about his interactions and reflections with the people in his life, and slowly sorting all of his questions to his growth. He becomes aware he has shed his cynic ideals and has attained new convictions about his life. He learns the importance of being aware of one's humanity within himself and in the context of the world around him.
The plot of the novel and the development of Sinclair's development go very much hand in hand, in almost perfect unison. What happens determines how he transforms, and how he transforms later determines the next sequence of events and conversations. Herman Hesse, seems like, painted this novel as if he was creating a painting, every stroke and every color purposely made to create a synchronized perspective of self-realization.
Have you read 'Demian?' Was it as powerful to you? ...more