Meet Pat Peoples, a guy that believes that life is a movie, he also believes in Silver Linings. Something he learned in his stay in neurology hospital...moreMeet Pat Peoples, a guy that believes that life is a movie, he also believes in Silver Linings. Something he learned in his stay in neurology hospital, he thinks that via silver linings the world would be a better place and that good things would happend to him. During his time in the hospital, Pat longs to be reunited with his wife Nikki, who has set a restraining order against him.
In a dinner Pat is introduced to Tiffany, a young widow that's mentally unstable. Soon they befriend, in a very strange way. Pat tells Tiffany everything about his stay in the bad place,as he calls it,his wife Nikki and how his silver lining to be reunited with her. During this journey, he has ups and downs but Pat learns notions of true love, friendship and family.
I really liked this book, just as much as I liked the movie. I felt bad for Pat in several moments, because I think that his bipolarity is something he inherited from his father, someone who regularly treats his family like rubbish if his favourite team loses a game. His mother is a pacient and very kind woman that does everything for him. I think that Pat would had never moved on without his mom.
In the end, this book helped me see the different ways people deal with mourning and how someone disease doesn't rule their hearts. I don't think Nikki is a bitch, like many people say(because I can understand why she was scared), but I do believe she should have been there for Pat, at least go to visit him or something.
It was really entertaining to read the dynamics between Pat and Tiffany. They were pretty comical together. If you liked the movie, you'll like the book, but I warn you that not everything is the same. (less)
Fuck you is the first line of Savages. A catching line, that makes you curious about what is about to happend next. It is also the beginning of a ad...more Fuck you is the first line of Savages. A catching line, that makes you curious about what is about to happend next. It is also the beginning of a adventurous ride. Savages is a novel that fuels you with adrenaline and a sense of dread, you know bad things are coming, but you are still rooting that the novels takes on a cliché ending. It doesn't.
Savages revolves around Chon,Ben and Ophelia(O), three very different individuals that have one thing in common, they love each other. They also run one of the most successful marijuana business in Cali. Everything is running smoothly for the trio until the Baja Cartel from Mexico wants in on their business.
Things turn sour when Chon, an ex- navy seal and Ben, a botanist try to evade the Baja Cartel. The rest is (pun-intended), savage.
Savages is a great read, fueled with an amazing narrative that combines different styles in a masterful way. It deals with nowadays problems in a unique angle, without giving us the usual suspects, nor the same heroic characters. The people in this book are deeply flawed, and that makes them even more human.
I had to read this for one of my classes, and I was glad I get to read this journalistic piece. Vargas Llosa is a great author, and I got to read this...moreI had to read this for one of my classes, and I was glad I get to read this journalistic piece. Vargas Llosa is a great author, and I got to read this in spanish, which makes it even better. In this journey Vargas Llosa travels for seven days to Irak, to interview the people that survived both the Baaz regime and the Anglo-Saxon invation in 2003.
This piece of work was published in spanish newspaper, El País, and it showcases a different amount of opinions. All of the people that Vargas Llosa interviewed are happy that Hussein fell, but, most of them are also dissapointed at how the US handled things. Some are pessimistic and some, very optimistic about the future.
At the end, the question Mario Vargas Llosa askes us all is: Will it be possible for Irak to grow as a peaceful nation after all it has been through? Will the EU support them? Can so many religions live in peace? I'd personally want to think that they can, it would be amazing to see this country rise from the ashes and fly, like a Phoenix. (less)