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About a Boy
About a Boy
von Nick Hornby
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,99

4.0 von 5 Sternen Better, more mature than High Fidelity, 6. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: About a Boy (Taschenbuch)
Even though About a Boy sometimes moves in circles, and the ending seems like a beginning and therefore I WANT MORE (so goes life), I loved it! Since Will doesn't work and can afford anything he wants, all of the feelings he finds himself surprised to be feeling are shockingly intimate and purely interpersonal (I visited a lecture on the English novel at Columbia, and the professor was saying that the characters are often upper-crust people so that the steamy emotional problems they get mixed up in are unadulterated by more elementary worries, and Hornby seems to adopt this framework for his novel so that he can delve more deeply into Will than, say, the main character in High Fidelity). Marcus is a graceful character, and Hornby has the writer's imagination required to tell a story from a child's purer point of view. Will and Marcus balance each other perfectly, and About a Boy was a refreshing read, surprisingly optimistic.


Enduring Love: A Novel
Enduring Love: A Novel
von Ian McEwan
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,99

4.0 von 5 Sternen Endure a Night Without Sleep, 19. August 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Enduring Love: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
I spent an entire night (darkness to bluish-pale-just-before) finishing Enduring Love and felt somehow disappointed at the end, reading the appendix, some kind of psychological crime report that reiterated the entire novel without the science and evolution and letters. I was highly engrossed, though, and the book was, as someone else said, refreshingly challenging (McEwan, the person said, doesn't underestimate the reader). Resent I felt when I read Clarissa's letter...I thought he developed her character not as fully as he could have and without much perspective, the narrator's voice was sometimes a little pompous. A generous character makes a better narrator, but I suppose Joe Rose was supposed to be hopelessly involved in himself and his stalker. I blame him, too!


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
von Anita Loos
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 16,38

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Undercover Brains, 21. April 1999
My brother gifted me a copy of GPB and BGMB for Christmas, and I was laughing until Valentine's Day. It's one of the smartest books I've ever read with one of the ditsiest narrators, but that's debatable -- there's certainly method to Lorelei's materialistic madness! I wish I could also read a Dorothy's journal, she's a stand-out character and (of course) my favorite. Read the book if you're curious about the 20's and those notorious rich ladies, but would rather hear it from a rebel's perspective.


Caucasia: A Novel
Caucasia: A Novel
von Danzy Senna
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,00

5.0 von 5 Sternen I have an autographed copy and you don't, 21. April 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Caucasia: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
I don't like the title, but everything else about Caucasia makes me feel deep feelings of YES YES YES. It was an ontological affirmation! Birdie has a clear, expressive voice and one of those gritty coming-of-age stories that can only be told honestly from the perspective of a young person. I cried in various parts of the book, which is always a positive sign. Even though Danzy Senna repeats some images, and some parts are a bit redundant, there's so much juicy stuff in here, about women, about race, about feelings and people -- she connected to this reader! Birdie reminds me of Bone from Russell Banks' Rule of the Bone, which is another one of my favorite books. Read it too!


The Picture of Dorian Gray (Modern Library Classics)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Modern Library Classics)
von Oscar Wilde
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 8,49

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Glad to be finished writing a research paper about this book, 30. März 1999
First of all: I wish people would stop deconstructing Oscar Wilde before they deconstruct his message. He should be free to contradict himself, because "the way of paradoxes is the way of truth" (Dorian Gray). Secondly: I liked it, but didn't relate to the Victorian art scene and the "choose-life-before-art" message. It's worth reading, but I'd say Wilde's plays and poetry are more fun.


High Fidelity
High Fidelity
von Nick Hornby
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,49

4.0 von 5 Sternen DEEPLY SHALLOW, 5. März 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: High Fidelity (Taschenbuch)
But I liked it. It's worth reading, well written, gritty and depressing, funny sometimes, full of mental conflict and music I've never heard of... maybe Hornby tried a little to hard to be kool (and I no how to spell it the write way) and I hate the main character so much I cringe and spit on the pages. Sometimes the most enjoyable books have the most annoying narrators, but praising Hornby is probably just encouraging him to stay on the limiting guy-writing train that is so shallow you feel deeply about it. Everytime I finish books like these I make a new vow of celibacy, but I don't know how long that'll last. It's a big paradox. The narrator's whining is highly attractive (KICK MYSELF NOW!)


Rule of the Bone: A Novel
Rule of the Bone: A Novel
von Russell Banks
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,40

5.0 von 5 Sternen Bone is my Fleshy Favorite, 17. Januar 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Rule of the Bone: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
I read Rule of the Bone about a year ago, when I was Bone's age, and it kept my attention like no other. Especially since I am so different from Chappie, who has wisdom and guts rare in teenagers. Banks' narrative is funny and desperately sad at the same time, and his portrayal of Bone as a neglected kid with more life experience than many adults and a stronger sense of self is biblically meaningful. And FUN FUN FUN.


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