I'd heard before I started reading this book that it was rather harrowing, and so had put it of for a long while. But I personally didn't find it tooI'd heard before I started reading this book that it was rather harrowing, and so had put it of for a long while. But I personally didn't find it too hard to take (though maybe my earlier in the year exposure to Iain Banks has just slightly nulled my senses!)
We Need To Talk About Kevin is a highly emotive book, not necessarily because of the actions of 'thursday', but more to do with Eva's (Kevin's mother) personal emotional ride through conception, to child-birth and mothering, and her blatant honesty throughout. The book looks at the possibility of innately bad children, the question of nature over nurture and the reality of how much a parent can really be held responsible for their children's or teenagers actions?
Very thoughtful and with a twist at the end, that I have no doubt most people will have foreseen coming, but I totally got carried away, sustaining my disbelief to the point that the ending of the book came as a real shock to me.
Really enjoyed this book, and think it would make a great book to discuss at a book group! ...more
This was superb. I borrowed this book from my dad in law, as I finished my book before leaving theirs to travel home on the train that would take eighThis was superb. I borrowed this book from my dad in law, as I finished my book before leaving theirs to travel home on the train that would take eight hours. Because each chapter is a complete independent story it worked great for concentration and for dipping in and out of in between train connections. I think you also get more of a feel for how Sherlock Holmes thinking works from short, snippet cases than you do in longer stories like the Hound of the Baskerville's (the only other Sherlock Holmes I've read to date). Really enjoyed it, especially as it was bite sized....more
I'd heard great things about this book, and bought it off the cuff ages ago and have only just got round to reading it over a long weekend. The generalI'd heard great things about this book, and bought it off the cuff ages ago and have only just got round to reading it over a long weekend. The general premise of the story is lowly servant class Indian working his way up through the servant roles and disregarding class to eventually run his own business. But alongside enthusiasm and entrepreneurial traits, his life, heart and mind are corrupted by what is referred to as Enlightened Delhi and it's new standards and morales. The book gives a tiny slither of the reality of the poor of Indian, but focusses more on the singular story of poor peasant to rich businessman. The narrative is written as an on-going dictated dialogue with a member of foreign government as a portrayal of genuine Indian business. Easy going and a good long weekend or holiday read....more
The heart of darkness is known as a modern classic, and I think I actually find it much easier to read and engage with actual Victorian era classics tThe heart of darkness is known as a modern classic, and I think I actually find it much easier to read and engage with actual Victorian era classics than I did with this one! I struggled to get into the story and actually had to break for a stint after the fist 50-odd pages, but thereafter got into the flow of the book.
In essence I feel the book's narrative (which is written as an elongated spoken story - though in reality I don't think this was needed - the story in itself works fine, without having to put it in the context of a group of old sailors speaking, as no-one actually interacts with his dialogue anyway) works in very much the same way as George Orwell's do in really aiming to provoke reaction from the reader.
The basis of the book is to comment on the dangers and potential immorality of imperialism - and throws up the questions, what are we willing to do to invoke power and respect from others, and how much are we willing to give up for advancements in business and work.
I think the book challenges workaholics, and comments on the importance of recognising importance in the world around us as well as successes based on achievements.
I was a bit of a sucker for the setting of the novel too, as it's based in Africa, and reminded me a lot of the novel "The African Queen" which I throughly enjoyed.
The heart of darkness is worth ploughing through the first half to get to the heart of the book, and actually in the end I enjoyed reading it, and the though provoking insight it gave me into imperialism and today's work obsessed, achievement driven society. Definitely one to reflect one! ...more
I rather liked the look of the title of this book, as i think there are some Christians who can appear to over spiritualise all of life's decisions whI rather liked the look of the title of this book, as i think there are some Christians who can appear to over spiritualise all of life's decisions whether they be big or small. So I was intrigued to see just how this author (whom I haven't come across before) would marry up the importance of seeking guidance in life decisions from God, Father, Son and Spirit, whilst also suggesting that a specific God breathed answer may not always be forthcoming, or in fact necessary for some deins to be made.
I think the author makes his point that not all experiences need to be God approved, through signs and wonders and miracles, before we embrace them, but I did feel that he was perhaps a little too blasé when it came to questions of whom to marry, and other major life choices.
I understand that he is saying that there shouldn't be a get out clause used by Christians for our actions of 'God told me to', or 'It was my calling', and that we should take responsibility for our own actions, even if God has spoken to us about them - ultimately a decision to act and change something about ourselves or our circumstances is ours - whether that be led by God or not. But I think to deny the Spirit substantial input into any decision is almost denying part of our closeness to the God given counsellor, who is innately God himself, and lives inside us.
I didn't wholly agree with everything the author wrote, though I do get where he was coming from. But I think maybe the book wasn't as clear or well structured as it could of been to get his point across. ...more