Más que un libro es un pequeño ensayo, sobre dos distintas maneras en que para Wharton se puede leer. Menciona a los lectores intuitivos, que tienen uMás que un libro es un pequeño ensayo, sobre dos distintas maneras en que para Wharton se puede leer. Menciona a los lectores intuitivos, que tienen una intuición y un don para leer que si no se nace con el, no se puede inventar. Habla de los lectores mecánicos, quienes leen porque se tiene que leer, lo que leen los demás, y que necesitan decir que algo les gusta, si a los demás les gusta. Que en realidad se fijan en los libros que están de moda, y no tienen una opinión realmente personal sobre lo que se lee.
"Si el libro penetra en la mente del lector tal como ha salido del escritor-sin ninguna de las adiciones y modificaciones que inevitablemente produce el contacto con un nuevo cuerpo de pensamiento -se ha leído en vano."
Me sorprendió la voz de Tabarovski. Se mueve en un terreno difícil, con poca historia y más bien ideas que se mueven de un lado a otro, algo como declMe sorprendió la voz de Tabarovski. Se mueve en un terreno difícil, con poca historia y más bien ideas que se mueven de un lado a otro, algo como declaraciones sobre el mundo, sobre el arte, la política, la literatura. Habla con convicción sobre todo tipo de temas, empezando con Fogwill, Charlie Parker, pj harvey, pasando por Musil, Borges, también sobre la banalidad, sobre el lenguaje, sobre la crítica.
Es un libro un poco anárquico, por no haber una historia lineal, pero tiene otra cosa que me hace pensar en Clarice Lispector, (quizás su mención de la neutralidad) pero en otro tono más aterrizado, pero el que no tenga una historia clara no lo hace perder nada, al contrario, tiene algo distinto en su voz, y me pareció buenísimo, en ningún momento te pierde. Buscaré más libros suyos, tiene personalidad y me intriga leer otras cosas suyas....more
A truly enjoyable read. Kim walks you through what Asperger looks from the inside. It's very helpful for anyone who wants to understand what a personA truly enjoyable read. Kim walks you through what Asperger looks from the inside. It's very helpful for anyone who wants to understand what a person with Asperger feels, or thinks. She clears a few misunderstandings about Asperger and explains how each term related to this condition looks like. I was looking for the point a view of a woman, because Asperger look very different in boys or men compared to women. She explains theory of mind, empathy, all from the eyes of an insider. I loved it....more
In the anecdote that gave this book its title, A condescending Rich Man is speaking to Solnit, and when she mentions publishing a book he goes to mentIn the anecdote that gave this book its title, A condescending Rich Man is speaking to Solnit, and when she mentions publishing a book he goes to mention someone had published a really important book on the same subject. When he finally realizes she's the writer he sort of crumples up, since he hadn't even read the book himself. And because she was out of his explanation of how things work. That's basically something that happens to women so much, we seem to live with a bunch of expectations society seem to have about the way to live our lives, and the way we understand the world.
I loved Solnit and her creative way of approaching what she wants to write about, and violence against women is a big deal, so her way of approaching it is straightforward and thoughtful.
This books centers on gender issues, on feminism, and the need for it, on violence perpetrated against women, and how this has brought the problem to the table. She speaks of rape culture, of how rape is a man wanting to control someone completely, it is a need of absolute power over another person.
Something I really like about her approach is the fact the she sees that even though there is so much territory still to go to when it comes to genre issues, there have been notable changes in the way women, violence against women, an abortion are now seen differently than some years ago. That can only give us hope, that all the discussing, even if sometimes it is brought on by violent acts made public, does make things be seen from a different point of view, it makes people discuss the problems related to this violence.
There is still a long way to go, in the way gender issues are treated, not only in media, but also in relationships, and in our own minds. Changes do come eventually, and as she says, you can't put the genie back in the box.
In my favorite essay, "Woolf's darkness" she writes: "To me, the grounds for hope are simply that we don't know what will happen next, and that the unlikely and the unimaginable transpire quite regularly."
So, things can always turn around and change. And that also goes for things which we think will never, ever change....more
A little pretentious and a little corny at the same time. And the story is kind of impossibly predictable. And Max, when you consider him a character,A little pretentious and a little corny at the same time. And the story is kind of impossibly predictable. And Max, when you consider him a character, is terribly selfish. The only character I kind of liked was Alice. I guess ASG was still developing his style or something, I would say story of a marriage is a better place to go if you want to read him. ...more
I ran into this book in the best possible way. I was on a trip and ran out of books, so I went looking for something to read, and there it was.
I reallI ran into this book in the best possible way. I was on a trip and ran out of books, so I went looking for something to read, and there it was.
I really enjoy these kind of surprises, since I had no expectations on what I would find. I just let myself go because of the title, I am always looking for someone who may have something to say on gender, and this sounded like a good place to go. And I was surprised to learn it was about a lot of things, the essays she writes are more than just gender.
Her opinion on the many themes she touches in essays, gender, race, popular culture especially, hit the spot, she makes her point in a very good way, and she makes you understand her points showing also much of what she is in what she writes. With her opinions on matters of gender for example, and the state of things in the us, she makes me think comparatively about how things are in my own country (think many, many years behind)
But having her opinion as a guideline, and how things stand in her situation (as a woman, as a woman of color, as a daughter of immigrants) also make me think of how things are in my own. Maybe that's the reason why I didn't mind reading about tv shows I might never watch (I don't have the patience for tv, but I can see the importance in what she points out about popular culture reflecting and needing diversity)
Also, in matters of race, it would seem Mexico is completely different. Front the outside it seems we do not have as many different races as there are in the US. But that only means that the complexities of our diverse country are different, we are all peoples from the same country, but it would seem we are many countries in one, with so many indigenous races, religions, and yes, also many immigrants that have come to Mexico running away from different forms of political prosecution, dictatorships, or maybe a better life.
There is plenty of room for racism, for people being perceived in a prejudiced way because of the color of their skin, or for their class. So from a very different angle I can understand all that she talks about when talking of race.
We are more and more living in a globalized world. Gay is very much in touch with that world, and what better than her smart, compassionate and well thought opinion of what she sees, to make others not just see things in a superficial light, but to truly analyze what happens around us, and to recognize the signs of things that need to be pointed out and discussed, and those that need to change.
Qué buena es la Shweblin! Tiene un centro de tensión en todo el libro que no te suelta. Su manera de narrar esta historia, en algún lugar entre el susQué buena es la Shweblin! Tiene un centro de tensión en todo el libro que no te suelta. Su manera de narrar esta historia, en algún lugar entre el suspenso, el miedo, el terror, es más que nada porque la estructura que maneja es muy buena! Desde el principio estás escuchando a todos los personajes, y todo el tiempo sabes que algo va a pasar. Muy bueno! ...more
This book was a challenge. The story jumps around a lot, you never follow just one character, but many. There are some great thoughts though, and at sThis book was a challenge. The story jumps around a lot, you never follow just one character, but many. There are some great thoughts though, and at some parts humor. But in general it's all very grim, although I knew I would get that, the thing is, the story is too cut up and hard to follow. I was really looking forward to reading it, Serge actually lived in Mexico by the end of his life, (like Trosky) and he had an influence on Octavio paz. This book basically gives you his thoughts on Stalinism, but as a novel it was not my favorite to start reading him. I will be giving him another try though. ...more
Este hombre es un maestro contador de historias. Maneja el tiempo como si nada, no se siente como brinca de un lugar a otro, sus personajes tienen comEste hombre es un maestro contador de historias. Maneja el tiempo como si nada, no se siente como brinca de un lugar a otro, sus personajes tienen complejidad, y es muy cinematográfico. Hacía mucho que no lo leía, y en este reencuentro lo disfruté mucho. Lo sentí como si estuviera viendo una peli. Maestro! ...more
Me gusta mucho leer a mexicanos jóvenes y ver que hay una una generación muy buena por descubrir. Jufresa tiene un estilo muy lindo y con detalles intMe gusta mucho leer a mexicanos jóvenes y ver que hay una una generación muy buena por descubrir. Jufresa tiene un estilo muy lindo y con detalles interesantes. Su lenguaje me gusta, aunque me parece que le falta un poco de desarrollo a la historia en su totalidad. Pero son como fragmentos bonitos, por su ritmo, algunas anécdotas lindas, me gustan mucho una de las parejas, los doctores, y me gusta su manejo de la pérdida y la ausencia. Pero por alguna razón sus personajes infantiles no me encantaron, me pareció medio efectista y fashion, como medio hipster, jeje no sé si se pueda hablar así de personajes, pero como demasiado cool para creerlos. Pero sí tiene cosas lindas por descubrir, y me gustaría leer lo que hará más adelante. ...more