Ghostwritten is a tapestry that requires attention to detail, an eye for pattern, and a good ear. Throughout, the apocalyptic rhetoric is woven in sta...moreGhostwritten is a tapestry that requires attention to detail, an eye for pattern, and a good ear. Throughout, the apocalyptic rhetoric is woven in staging the debate between fate and chance, as well as between science, technology and nature.
The book has many interconnected, interacting components, chapters or individual characters. The overall organization must be a result not simply of the agents’ behavior or plot movements, but also of their interactions. Last, there is, within the text, no central controlling agent. Instead of following a main protagonist through the narrative and experiencing the story line as a result of his or her actions, the action is undertaken by a group of characters.
The most interesting of the stories was "Mongolia" which involved perhaps the most striking narrator, the non-corpum. If I were asked to choose one from the nine stories, this would be my selection. It acts as a sort-of-climactic ending (surprisingly) towards the middle of the book.
The book uses the cliché that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Again,the emphasis on wholeness and global pattern discernment,is key here, given the increasing interdependence of nations and communities in the world.
But, I have to confess. I found Cloud Atlas much more compelling than Ghostwritten, partly, due to the fact that it was my first David Mitchell novel. The storyline follows a similar pattern. Nine people from different walks of life have their lives altered, in the most minute ways, without their own volition, through a loosely woven network of interconnections. Some characters from Cloud Atlas make their mark, such as Timothy Cavendish (the publisher) and Luisa Rey (the journalist).
If you haven't read David Mitchell yet, I suggest you start doing so. You can start off with any one of his amazing novels, and I bet, that the one you begin with will always remain your most favourite Mitchell novel.
Ghostwritten definitely requires a re-read. I have read the book only once and once is not enough. If you really want to understand what's going on and if you want to notice the subtler hints that the author provides throughout the book, then a reread is essential. So I advice anyone with the time and patience - to read this wonderful book again.(less)
The book has its moments. The descriptions (Wayne) Rooney provides on the background workings of the club and its players in general are fun to read,...moreThe book has its moments. The descriptions (Wayne) Rooney provides on the background workings of the club and its players in general are fun to read, especially the training scenarios at Carrington. It sheds light into the life of an everyday football superstar's life, although there's nothing original or fresh about it. At many points, I felt "Seen this, read that".
Now to get to the cons:-
Rooney repeats on every single page of this book of his desire to score goals and win matches (for Everton and Manchester United). After a while, I got really tired and it started getting under my skin. I shouted out in my head, to nobody in particular - "OK, I get it. Now quit this non-sense."
The same is the case with him repeating infinitely about his passion for football and the fact that he needs a football to bide away time.You get the gist.
Also he discusses in great detail about his temperament and he manages to bring justification to each and every controversy he has made with a ref. It felt to me as if he wanted to portray this image of "the angry young man" to his audience and gain some sympathy, because after some background checks, I understood that the book was released a few months after his infamous transfer request.
He refers to Sir Alex as "The Manager". Never once in his book is Sir Alex's name mentioned. Show of respect or something else?
PS: Another thing which really pissed me off was him saying indirectly of Messi being better than Ronaldo. I admit. This,last one is a personal vengeance from an avid Ronaldo fan. (less)
Certainly, one of the most famous Sherlock Holmes' novels. Yet it didn't carry that punch which the other Holmes novels have. Well, at least in my opi...moreCertainly, one of the most famous Sherlock Holmes' novels. Yet it didn't carry that punch which the other Holmes novels have. Well, at least in my opinion it didn't. In any case, a good read for any Holmes fan.(less)
A highly thought-provoking novel...These are the kind of books that make me love Goodreads. Scour enough through its vast collections, and you are bou...moreA highly thought-provoking novel...These are the kind of books that make me love Goodreads. Scour enough through its vast collections, and you are bound to stumble upon a gem of a book like this.(less)