Ova knjiga za sada još uvijek nije prevedena na Engleski ali ja sam je našao na Zagrebačkom "Interliber" sajmu knjiga i odmah kupio zbog uspomena na aOva knjiga za sada još uvijek nije prevedena na Engleski ali ja sam je našao na Zagrebačkom "Interliber" sajmu knjiga i odmah kupio zbog uspomena na autora koji je u mom djetinjstvu bio jedan od najvećih fenomena u izdavačkom svijetu i garantirani hit sa svakim novim naslovom. Däniken danas možda više ne znači isto što i nekad, ali činjenica je da svi kasniji pisci sličnih knjiga prate put koji je on prvi svojevremeno prokrčio - sve kritike kojima su ga naučnici obasuli samo svjedoče da je uzvitlao prašinu svojim teorijama i ako ništa drugo, potaknuo milione širom svijeta na razmišljanje.
Novi, mladi pisci poput Graham Hancock-a i David Rohl-a usavršili su ovaj žanr i njihove su knjige možda napisane daleko vještije i sofisticiranije. Däniken se ponekad ponavlja i poseže za ranije prepričanim teorijama, tako da imam svojevrsni déjà vu osjećaj kad ovo čitam ali moram priznati da još uvijek postavlja zanimljiva pitanja i nije izgubio talent da čitatelja zaintrigira, dapače neke od njegovih pretpostavki čine mi se posve logične. Sinoć sam dovršio ovu knjigu i već se spremam proučiti nastavak. Volim kad su ljudi strastveni u tome što rade....more
Ni prva a vjerojatno ni zadnja knjiga koja se obračunava sa pokojnim predsjednikom i uperuje prstom na sve njegove nedostatke.
Žarko Petan njeguje gorčNi prva a vjerojatno ni zadnja knjiga koja se obračunava sa pokojnim predsjednikom i uperuje prstom na sve njegove nedostatke.
Žarko Petan njeguje gorčinu prema Titu vec pola stoljeća jer je svojevremeno (1959) bio uhapšen zbog toga što ga je u razgovoru nazvao našepurenim puranom. Na stranu strašna činjenica da vas je nešto spomenuto u privatnom razgovoru moglo dovesti do zatvora i da je bilo ljudi spremnih to prijaviti policiji, osobno mi je neobično da ljudi u sebi drže takvu jednu mržnju čitav život jer ja nisam sposoban za tako nešto - ako mi se netko zamjeri, obično to zaboravim kroz neko vrijeme i jednostavno živim dalje.
Budući da je Tita vidio samo jednom u prolazećem vlaku, autor se sluzi dokumentacijom i razgovorima s ljudima koji su imali svoje privatne razloge za obračun s vlašću. Što znači da on čeprka po skandalima, tračevima i pretpostavkama. Zamislite, Tito je bio ženskar! I volio je plesati! I pio je Cinkuš vino! I pušio cigare! Suprotno autorovoj namjeri meni je sve to zapravo simpatično i čak mi je bilo zabavno čitati kako je plesom iscrpio Englesku kraljicu, ženu je izvrtio po plesnom podiju toliko da vjerojatno više nije znala gdje se nalazi. Sve te insinuacije o njegovom porijeklu, navodnom identitetu i SF idejama o tome kako je zaboga znao svirati klavir a bio je tek bravar sa sela samo svjedoče o tome kako Tito fascinira 34 godine nakon svoje smrti. Ja sam prvi koji bi vjerojatno završio u zatvoru u to doba zbog dugog jezika ali koliko se sjećam, milioni ljudi su šutjeli i imali koristi od toga. ...more
Nastavak "Prokletih Hrvatica" je zapravo bolji i interesantniji od prvog dijela jer autorica poseže za nekim potpuno zaboravljenim likovima - svi znamNastavak "Prokletih Hrvatica" je zapravo bolji i interesantniji od prvog dijela jer autorica poseže za nekim potpuno zaboravljenim likovima - svi znamo za Zagorku i Ivanu Brlić Mažuranić, ali tko je od nas ikada čuo za Josipu Vancaš ili Milu Gojsalić? Istražujući kroz stare dokumente, fotografije, portrete i pisma Vuković Runjić analizira njihove živote, pokušava povezati konce i ponekad jednostavno pogađa što se zapravo desilo (često s dozom iskrene znatiželje) da bi na svijetlo dana iznijela poneke zabavne i skandalozne detalje (Ilirkinja Dragojla Jarnević koja nije završila oslikana na platnu HNK jer u slikar nije smatrao dovoljno lijepom i koja je umrla kao usidjelica ali si je znala priuštiti pokoje skriveno zadovoljstvo).
Ova dva tanka dijela zapravo bi se mogla objaviti u jednom izdanju (zašto ovako bombastičan naslov, kad bi "Tragicne Hrvatice" bio daleko prikladnije ime?) i po mom mišljenju autorica bi mogla nastaviti s jos nekoliko nastavaka jer joj ovakva tema odlično leži i pokazuje iskreni talent za biografije....more
Odlična ideja - osvrnuti se na biografije ličnosti koje poput starih obiteljskih fotografija polako postaju tek povijesna činjenica ili imena ulica aOdlična ideja - osvrnuti se na biografije ličnosti koje poput starih obiteljskih fotografija polako postaju tek povijesna činjenica ili imena ulica a zapravo malo znamo o njihovim životima, tugama i radostima, što ih je činilo sretnima i što ih je svakodnevno okruživalo. Skidam kapu autorici Vuković Runjić zbog nevjerojatno ozbiljnog posla kojeg se prihvatila, jer je kao kakav arheolog prišla proučavanju davno zaboravljenih priča (kako se toga nitko ranije nije sjetio?) i iskopala podatke koji su me zaintrigirali i iznenadili. Vješto je povezala sve ove likove međusobno i postavila zanimljivu teoriju o mogućem susretu nekih od njih? Naravno najviše znamo o Zagorki i strašno je čitati o napadima na nju, koji se sigurno ne bi dešavali da je imala privilegirano plemićko porijeklo poput Brlić Mazuranić.
Jedino što me malo zasmetalo je činjenica da je ova knjižica ipak objavljena kao svojevrsna literarna razbibriga u mekom izdanju dnevnih novina a zapravo je napisana prilično ambicioznim stilom, pa sam se u nekoliko navrata (Dora Pejačević) zatekao kako zapravo ne shvaćam o čemu se tu radi - samo povremeno autorica kao da je izgubila perspektivu kome je ova knjiga namijenjena, jer je možda ovo ipak preozbiljna analiza za nešto što bi imalo daleko veću publiku uz drugačiji, jednostavniji pristup. Moj je utisak da je ovo zapravo trebala biti "ozbiljna knjiga" pa je nekako završila pod krinkom lake publicistike, što je medvjeđa usluga podjednako autorici i čitateljima. Rekao bih da Vuković Runjić zaslužuje daleko ozbiljniji tretman a široka publika bi ovo bolje prihvatila da je stil pisanja manje akademski. ...more
Memories of movie are so strong that I was convinced that I read the novel - apparently I did not - even though King's style was later polished and peMemories of movie are so strong that I was convinced that I read the novel - apparently I did not - even though King's style was later polished and perfected, this is something like embryo of what we learned to love and enjoy. Character of mother is classic Stephen King, talking to herself and sinking into madness. Sheer terror....more
I don't remember when was the last time I felt such a strong spiritual connection with a writer. "The House of Asterion" had only three pages and it sI don't remember when was the last time I felt such a strong spiritual connection with a writer. "The House of Asterion" had only three pages and it shook me like an earthquake. I always suspected that "monsters" must have been very sad, lonely beings. Nobody told me so, its just something I felt & knew inside and to my biggest surprise this Argentinian writer knew it as well.
Other writers would write books out of what Borges uses as a short stories. His ideas are what echoes around my head in a moments between sleep and awakening, just written down with far greater style and elegance. ...more
True masterpiece of literature and I am so glad I had re-visited it now at this point of my life. Whatever memories and impressions of Herman Hesse I hTrue masterpiece of literature and I am so glad I had re-visited it now at this point of my life. Whatever memories and impressions of Herman Hesse I had from decades ago, when I was young and impatient teenager were completely erased and reconsidered now in my mid 40es when I see world & life differently. In fact, the book had such a strong impact on me today that I wonder have I actually ever read it before in the first place. Its a profoundly spiritual, moving novel full of philosophical insights, ideas and understandings of human psychology that I rarely encountered elsewhere. Obviously I was completely different person long ago, when I searched for a "page turner" - this is what I find page turner today. I have actually wept a few times, it moved me so deeply....more
Fascinating story, no matter from which perspective you approach it. What I find very intriguing here (and elsewhere) is a nod towards shadowy - and dFascinating story, no matter from which perspective you approach it. What I find very intriguing here (and elsewhere) is a nod towards shadowy - and deliberately obscured - figure of John the Baptist who might have been very important historical predecessor and teacher of man we know as Jesus Christ. It has been all already well-known and told by Hugh J. Schonfield in his 1960s best-seller "Passover plot" (curiously not even mentioned in bibliography of this book) but its good to see it again and so widely read. Because it goes against dogma, it probably won't get attention from people who accept Bible literary, which is pity because Aslan is not disrespectful or disparaging, he skillfully waves a story about (now forgotten) social and political circumstances in Middle East under Roman occupation, what it meant for locals and how the one man's teaching probably ended up completely misunderstood....more
Dan Brown treading the water again. It is by no means a bad novel - there is enough fast-paced action for another Tom Hanks movie - however, we have alDan Brown treading the water again. It is by no means a bad novel - there is enough fast-paced action for another Tom Hanks movie - however, we have all been there before and it does feel predictable, helicopters flying above Robert Langdon's head as he rushes trough the streets & tunnels, uncovering more secrets, plots and dangers. For the first time I became conscious about Brown's insistence on detailed description of locations, it felt encyclopedic and slowed down the action. Although I have nothing against the author and find the novel mildly enjoyable, it is clear that he won't repeat that phenomenal success again - its time to change the gear. ...more
Fascinating, one of the best biographies that I can remember. It gives not just a portrait of famous sibling's "double singleness" but a perspective ofFascinating, one of the best biographies that I can remember. It gives not just a portrait of famous sibling's "double singleness" but a perspective of London's literary scene some 200 years ago, publishing trends and fashions, moral codes that ruled behavior and along the way we get a glimpse at mental institutions of the time. In all, Mary Lamb was saved from life of misery by her kind and loving brother who took her under his protection, even if this burden cost him his own family life (apparently no one was willing to marry him and take care of bi-polar sister). Very well written with a lot of research, best of all, it does not appear dry or academic but its truly interesting read. I can still visualize Mary Lamb hauling coal and water five flights of stairs to their attic lodgings. ...more
Read it on a second attempt and must admit it is a darn masterpiece. What was I thinking the first time around, I don't know but it helped that I returRead it on a second attempt and must admit it is a darn masterpiece. What was I thinking the first time around, I don't know but it helped that I returned to this right after "The Prague Cemetery" so I am obviously still in Umberto Eco frame of mind and this will stay with me long after lot of other easy digestive best-selling titles will be forgotten. Umberto Eco is literary genius of the first order, perhaps Cervantes of our days - he is also extremely demanding writer who loves meandering, flowery prose with long chapters that completely sideline the story - in fact, sometimes it seems story is here just as necessity and before you know it, off he goes into another philosophical aspect of cosmic questioning and wonders what stone thinks and does it think at all. The more I think about it, the more I love it. And I absolutely adore the supporting characters, including father Casper and everything about him. It is kind of writing I had encountered many years ago with Italo Calvino but even zanier and crazier than that, like Eco had topped and surpassed him with his own imagination. What a strange, brilliant world he had created here! Hat of to a translation by William Weaver....more
Sure, Mailer sounds obsessed - but how can one otherwise be inspired if not obsessed? Is it not in a heat of the inspiration that we write trough sleeSure, Mailer sounds obsessed - but how can one otherwise be inspired if not obsessed? Is it not in a heat of the inspiration that we write trough sleepless nights while little wheels are turning inside our head, with a steam floating above opened lid? Mailer was a hot blooded male, for sure, not just a little bit jealous on her husbands and lovers, fantasizing about Monroe in the darkness of the cinema, just like thousands of other guys. In fact, just today one of my work colleagues grunted with audible approval upon seeing Monroe's face on some advertisement, her sex appeal frozen in time forever, like a mosquito in Amber. Just as we think we know everything about her - and who actually knows anything at all about anybody? - here is a writer who is not just a gossip collector or a amateur psychiatrist but a very talented author taking me by surprise with phrases like "When the wings of insanity beat so near, one pays attention to a feather" (talking about life coincidences that make perfect sense from a future perspective) . Oh man, this is so much different that one's run-of-the-mill paperback biographers, this is actually someone who has a gift and something to say (no matter how unusual it does sound sometimes). I am very impressed with Mailer's writing....more
It is very hard to enjoy a novel where the main protagonist is so immensely negative. "Negative" is an understatement here - Eco did everything to makIt is very hard to enjoy a novel where the main protagonist is so immensely negative. "Negative" is an understatement here - Eco did everything to make his main character one of the worst people anybody has ever encountered in a literature. His Simonini hates the whole world, is disgusted of women, bursts with prejudices of all sorts and loves himself only. The sheer venom, malice and hatred this man has in his veins initially put me off reading - I had to set a book aside for a good month, before I could continue and than suddenly I got caught up in a story and in fact finished it with a greatest interest. Which still doesn't mean it was enjoyable, pleasurable experience because once I had finished the last page, I felt simultaneous overload of historical informations AND a disgust about what I have just read. There is not a single person, country or government that Simonini does not hiss at, out of some long-standing imaginative phobia or prejudice. If Umberto Eco wanted to explain how 19th century public opinions could have been swayed and various secret plots made trough manipulation of public and media, he had definitely succeeded - the novel is loaded with historical facts and real-life people, author's knowledge of history is almost intimidating, but at the heart of the story there is slow-brewing, dangerous hatred that was strong, powerful force back than and today. I sighed out with relief once I finished the last page. ...more
"Hey, what is this" I said to myself "Dr.Doolitle?". I yelled to my friend "on the cover it says that British "Times" claimed this is book of the mill"Hey, what is this" I said to myself "Dr.Doolitle?". I yelled to my friend "on the cover it says that British "Times" claimed this is book of the millennium!" She responded with laughter "and cover of my book says its a New York Times Nr.1 bestseller, so what!" We both roared, amused with this bombastic descriptions that unwittingly brought more damage than good - I understand that products needs to be marketed and sold but come on, the book of millennium should overshadow centuries worth of Shakespeare, Cervantes, Dickens and Dostoyevsky - even if we talk only about the genre of detective novels, Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K.Chesterton, Agatha Christie and Georges Simenon left some pretty big shoes to be filled. Not that anything is wrong with this little book - had I not known about the hype, it could have been pleasant, unpretentious read on a train, but this was just mildly amusing. Contrary to its title, its not so much about detectives and crimes but about simple people living simple life in Botswana - the fact that these novels (which I will not follow) are so popular around the world shows there are many readers who find this kind if "simple philosophy" very appealing ("don't worry too much and eat your pumpkin") - it is cute and heart-warming, but personally I found it too slight. Not because of its volume - Willa Carther was deeply moving and her book was just as slim, or Josephine Tey for example - I constantly had a gnawing feeling this is a children's book. ...more
"Hello, Gorgeous" is by far the most serious and meticulously researched biography of Streisand I have read so far, surpassing both James Spada and Sh"Hello, Gorgeous" is by far the most serious and meticulously researched biography of Streisand I have read so far, surpassing both James Spada and Shaun Considine in depth, understanding and even style - William J. Mann is a joy to read, specially as he has different perspective: he focuses exclusively on first few years of Streisand struggle upwards, up to her "Funny girl" triumph on Broadway, so the whole book is basically only a chapter in her long career, but a immensely important since these formative years defined her work and personality. This "early years" aspect had already been used in similar effect in biography of Shirley Bassey by John L. Williams (published two years before this one).
What William J. Mann does very successfully here is presenting a theatre life in New York some fifty years ago, weaving seemingly a cast of hundreds into a story behind the rise of new singing phenomenon who secretly considered her nightclub engagements as "job for floozies" and saw herself as a serious actress. Of course, Streisand could not have done it all by herself and this is where author spotlights old friends, colleagues, lovers, producers, managers and agents who were all there along the way - and countless cabarets of Manhattan that were all never ending auditions one way or the other before recording deal and Broadway finally recognized what a marketable product this young, unusual and eccentric girl might be. A final matter of profit was all that mattered here and this is why all these people were using promotion gimmicks of all sorts to build a media hype around this strong-willed 20 years old who went from being eccentric and "kookie" to a fashion trend setter.
Streisand's story was told so many times before that its a wonder Mann came up with anything new at all, but he writes with a spark instead of just listing dry facts. Occasionally he might have gone overboard with weather descriptions back in 1962 but personally I didn't mind, it became a cute after a while. For everybody who is dead set against Streisand's success and drive, I would like to point that this young girl had to swallow a lot herself on the way to where she is now - contrary to accepted belief that she was ruthless and ambitious, she was for example blackmailed into four-movies contract with producer Ray Stark - and after making four movies for him, in 1974. she gave him antique mirror with description "paid in full". ...more
"I have never seen the bay of Naples, I can therefore make no comparison, but my imagination is incapable of conceiving any thing of the kind more bea"I have never seen the bay of Naples, I can therefore make no comparison, but my imagination is incapable of conceiving any thing of the kind more beautiful than the harbour of New York. New york, indeed, appeared to us, even when we saw it by soberer light, a lovely and noble city. situated on an island, which I think it will one day cover, it rises like Venice from the sea and like that fairest of the cities, receives into its lap tributes of all the riches of the world."
Thus writes Frances Trollope in her 1832. travelogue, notorious for its alleged criticism of all things American. It was a sensation of literary world on both sides of Atlantic for completely opposite reasons - Englishmen read it with a glee, Americans were insulted and infuriated. Not that she was the first in this - world traveller Basil Hall had already ruffled some feathers with his "Travels in North America" but this little gentlewoman cut even deeper in her clear-eyed descriptions of what she had found during her three years there. I have purposely quoted her first impression of New York to point to the facts - to all who actually bother to read the book - that Mrs.Trollope had not arrived full of malice and venom but her impressions were mixture of delight and disappointment, and the undisputed truth that she could write very well.
I had good luck to find 1960. print with excellent, lengthy introduction of professor Donald Smalley who explains in detail circumstances and background behind this book, how & why Mrs.Trollope came in North America and how she unsuccessfully tried a new start in life there, the travelogue being just a side note and hobby during the times when of all her assembled family she was the only one who actually pushed forward constantly. There was just so much she could do as a woman with limited finances and husband being more or less absent. It is a paradox that all her business dreams in North America came to nothing, but the travelogue was the true start of her life and career.
Was she really so nasty and offensive? Not at all - Mrs.Trollope was a visitor from another society and she would probably have written similar descriptions had she been placed in Tibet, Sahara or Antarctic. She records with the greatest enthusiasm plants, flowers, fruits and nature around her - being true Englishwoman she loved roaming in the wilderness and took long walks constantly (to amazement of her hosts who find it odd for a woman). She scrutinized architecture of these new, young cities and complimented when inspired. But she also noted pigs roaming the streets, people spitting and chewing Tobacco, women being locked away and the question of slavery - coming from class-conscious old world, she was annoyed with informality that surrounded her and what she perceived as lack of refinement (pointing simultaneously to the fact she was not really predisposed for a business success). I honestly think she was a sweetheart who wrote these notes out from occasional frustration (probably inspired by above mentioned Basil Hall) and as for the facts that so irritated Americans, here is what many years later Mark Twain wrote: " Of all these tourists, I like Dame Trollope the best. Yet she was merely telling the truth and this indignant nation knew it. She was painting the state of things which did not disappear at once. It lasted well enough in my youth and I remember it. She found a "civilization" here which you, reader, could not have endured and which you would not have regarded as civilization at all. She did not gild us and neither did she whitewashed us." ...more