it may look inconspicuously thin, but the book, i bet, would be something that any lucky reader is sure to want to have...morewhimsical yet packs a punch...
it may look inconspicuously thin, but the book, i bet, would be something that any lucky reader is sure to want to have for keeps. starts off innocently enough...well, okay, maybe not so innocent since the first scene was the finding of a brutally murdered dog. some may already think that that is all the story is going to be about--the finding of the killer. nothing too deep or exciting. heck...maybe not worth the effort at all (hey, don't pelt me--i own a dog and i drown her with hugs and kisses...).
then readers will realize that the protagonist isn't the usual teenager. christopher's frames of argument, logic, judgements are so interesting to muddle through, you'll find yourself at times amused, oftentimes befuddled, and, sometimes still, sympathetic. the way haddon reveals how christopher thinks, feels, and understands the world around him was masterfully done--not too inflated, nor apologetic. there were chapters and chapters where it seems that everything in christopher's life would be untouched by his determination to find the perpetrator of the crime, and then suddenly what seemed so delicate and innocent came crashing down on his shoulders. the focus of the story then hones in mercilessly on christopher and his topsy-turvy world. one can actually feel his overwhelming fear as he is inevitably forced to "confront" the world outside his comfort zone, yet often one has the strangest desire to embrace him for his even stronger will to make things "safe" and "logical" for him again, if only for the sake of his sanity.
though special people like christopher may hardly ever be truly understood by any one person in all their entirety, haddon makes it excruciatingly evident to us that, what for most people is just a simple day, it's a series of endless emotional barrage for autistic people.
i found myself on the verge of tears when his father yearned to "hug" christopher but was unable to do so. you sort of "hurt" with the father and may even be empathetic to how it must be for him to look after a son with special needs, and yet you also can't help but inexplicably cry for christopher and for what he unknowingly needs but is unconsciously having such an enormous difficulty in reaching for -- indeed, there was a part of me that was relieved that the burden of having to know this will never be christopher's.
i immensely enjoyed this novel. it may begin on light, delicate feet but steadily gains ground, and before you know it, you are assailed with conflicting emotions you never thought to feel. a real treasure.(less)
sure, i was pretty cognizant of the buzz and acclaim hossein's book was generating. to tell the truth, i was not at firs...morea force to be reckoned with...
sure, i was pretty cognizant of the buzz and acclaim hossein's book was generating. to tell the truth, i was not at first enthusiastic about picking up the novel--i guess i have never thought to read something from an Afghan writer, it just hasn't occured to me.
this book mocked my obliviousness.
when i finally did start reading it, i was not prepared for the emotional barrage it mercilessly forced upon me. (was it only me, or did i just run through a whole roll of tissues by the time i was through with this?)
even after the last page, i kept on echoing in my mind the words, "for you, a thousand times over..." and then i promptly cried. again.
i ached so much for hassan and his son. for the Afghanistan that was so beautiful but was so unforgivably decimated and crippled. for the victims of a war that may no longer even recognize its reason for being. and for the will of those who experienced and remembered days of innocent kite-flying to never let go of an ideal that hangs so threateningly by a delicate thread.
this wonderful novel subtly teaches us that forgiveness and atonement are preciously given and received however long it may be in coming. that friendship is stronger than the excruciating ravages of many forms of war. that love and acceptance can cost so little and yet mean the world for a person. and that as long as there are those that cling to hopes of a better future, as long as as there is still one more reason to smile--no matter how tentative--amidst the pain of past experiences, a people is deserving of that promise for a tomorrow that would bring back the essence of their lost "innocence". (less)
there were times i felt like an indulgent parent to our protagonist, rebecca, as she runs through her then almost-nonexistent bank account. it was dow...morethere were times i felt like an indulgent parent to our protagonist, rebecca, as she runs through her then almost-nonexistent bank account. it was downright funny to see her muddle through her arguments for the sake of appearing to have initial qualms about spending money, and then just ending up buying more than she has accounted for. you'd somehow want to shake some sense into her and at the same time, want to be arm-in-arm with her as she razes boutiques. she's definitely one of the most unique characters i've ever come across.
some people may take an instant dislike to her, some may be amused, some even sympathetic, others just confused. whatever it may be, kinsella raises the bar on those chick-lits and has introduced us to a quirky, blessedly-oblivious, sadly-misguided, but sincerely adamant woman. and then of course, there's the de-lish luke. everytime he gets mentioned, i just get gooseflesh. there was some serious pondering as to whether he really deserves rebecca (since every time they meet it seems to begin and end in embarrassment), and yet somehow you can sense that he's the yin to her yang, whether rebecca's aware of it (forgive me, i'm being whimsical ^_ ^ ). a feel-good read!(less)
masterfully written story of a family's dramatic saga, with all it's deep, dark secrets, struggles, and complexities. you'd hardly notice that it's a...moremasterfully written story of a family's dramatic saga, with all it's deep, dark secrets, struggles, and complexities. you'd hardly notice that it's a 900-paged work - that's when you'll realize that you barely put it down...(less)
reading well into the novel (but before the doomed shipwreck), i forgot about the fact that the protagonist was supposed to be stranded out in the ope...morereading well into the novel (but before the doomed shipwreck), i forgot about the fact that the protagonist was supposed to be stranded out in the open sea with a tiger...
and then came the part in which Pi was calling and urging for 'richard parker' to swim harder and to join him on the lifeboat amidst the churning waters, and his (pi's) reaction upon realizing what he had just done. god! i never felt that good about a novel for a long time. i laughed right out loud, the person next to me thought i was losing it. suffice to say, i seriously enjoyed yann martel's novel.
there were times i felt like breaking down once i understood parts of the 'real' things that happened to pi, and times i was amused by the interplay between him and the disdainful tiger. when i think about it though, the early parts of their adventure were more engaging to read compared to the near end. but all-in-all, this novel is one i definitely labeled as "for keeps". sure to inspire, provoke, and touch...(less)
Although shorter than most novels, this story nevertheless captures the emotional turmoil brought about by literary oppression in Revolutionary China....moreAlthough shorter than most novels, this story nevertheless captures the emotional turmoil brought about by literary oppression in Revolutionary China. With lyrical insights on adolescent innocence...
I wasn't entirely captivated with it, but I found a sense of wonderment with the characters that loved reading and the things they learned in novels. still a good read ^_^(less)