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People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil
People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil
von M. Scott Peck
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 15,25

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2.0 von 5 Sternen well written, interesting, but not recommended, 3. Mai 2000
The author warns us: this is a dangerous book. "People of the lie" is indeed a dangerous book...but I may be thinking of different reasons than those that Scott Peck had in mind. In this book, Peck (well known from "the road less travelled") formulates a new psychological theory: he tries to prove, through well told case studies, that some people are, as he calls them, "people of the lie", or in other words, evil. He thinks that being evil goes way beyond narcissism personality disorder, or other psychological disorders that psychiatrists / psychotherapists could think of. Scott Peck's point of view therefore transcends scientific thought, and makes a leap into religious thinking. Although he himself knows how dangerous it is to label someone as evil, although he himself warns time and again, in his book,of the thin line between narcissism and an evil personality...he still doesn't manage to prove his point, in my opinion at least.
Because in the end, it IS dangerous, very dangerous, to put these kinds of labels on people. The basic question to be answered is -who will make this judgment? I think that no-one should consider himself able or should be allowed to make this kind of judgment. Plus, most of the cases described by Scott Peck in the book could probably be seen, in another light, as narcissistic personality disorders, and thus, could be dealed with in other ways, and obviously not with exorcism, as the author unbelievably suggests. Of course, this also has to do with somebody's belief system. At least Scott Peck takes his time to explain what he believes in, he uses well thought out arguments and in general he writes very well. Also, in his favour, he never becomes phanatical or preachy: he always expresses his doubts. Nevertheless, I deeply disagree with the basic premise of this book. I believe people are just people, not gods, not devils, and they should be treated, healed, helped as people. And so, even though the writing itself pleased me, even though the book is well organised and at some points interesting, I cannot really recommend it.


The Cider House Rules (Roman)
The Cider House Rules (Roman)
von John Irving
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,60

3.0 von 5 Sternen recommended even though there are some flaws, 29. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Cider House Rules (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
If I had to write down just one phrase,describing John Irving's writing, it would have to be: he's a first rate story-teller. "The cider house rules" is the third book of his that I read, after "The world according to Garp" & "A prayer for Owen Meany". The opinion that I've formed so far, that Irving is a superb writer, hasn't changed. However, there were both good and less than good things about "The Cider house rules" which is the reason for the 3 star rating.
First of all, John Irving has a gift when it comes to character development: he consistently describes interesting, different, strange, very original people: and he does this in such a subtle and sensitive way, that after finishing each of his books, you have the feeling you know each and every character very well. This is one of the good points of the cider house rules: Homer Wells, Melony, Dr Larch are all unique and interesting chararters...but after having read other John Irving books, the reader has come to expect characters like these, so it doesn't come so much as a surprise.
I also liked the handling of the abortion issue: John Irving doesn't preach, he gives both sides of the story, and helps us realise how nothing is ever black or white. However, by the end of the book, his own opinion is clearly stated, but not in a "bossy" way...
What I didn't like about the book was that first, I thought it was very slow paced and at times boring, especially after "Prayer for Owen Meany" which is much funnier & never boring. Also, I thought the end was totally predictable: you could tell, almost from the beginning what the conclusion would be. Finally, I was a little bit disappointed by some of the choices the characters made: John Irving built up an almost hero-like character (Homer Wells), a strong, talented & intelligent person...but he compromised on many levels, especially when it came to his personal life.
Having said all this: I would still whole-heartedly recommend Cider House Rules, but I don't think it's one of the best novels by John Irving. I still haven't seen the movie & I look forward to watching Michael Caine play the part of Dr Larch.


Answer Is Yes: A Novel (Harvest Book)
Answer Is Yes: A Novel (Harvest Book)
von Sara Lewis
  Taschenbuch

3.0 von 5 Sternen an easy to read, light book, 28. April 2000
If you're looking for a self-help book disguised as a novel, your search is over: "The answer is yes" is...the answer for you. It's the second book I read by Sara Lewis (the other one, "But I love you anyway" was slightly better, I think) & I'm convinced now that this must be what the author tries to do- she aims to make the reader feel better about themselves, after finishing the book. And how does she do this? Well, she creates these characters that have all sorts of flaws, & that usually are going through a rough patch in their lives...& then she describes, step by step, how everything changes for the better.
If you're looking for a deep look into relationships, if you're looking for three dimensional characters, if, in other words, you're not looking for a self-help-type, easy to read book...then this is not the book for you. If on the other hand you're taking a day off work & want to curl up in bed with a comforting, light book, this is a good choice. The fact that you'll probably forget about it 10 minutes later doesn't take away its value. Funny, warm books like this one can be very good company. And Sara Lewis is a good writer, in that she does what she sets out to do: she writes books that make the reader feel a little bit better, a little bit more optimistic.


Disgrace
Disgrace
von J. M. Coetzee
  Gebundene Ausgabe

4.0 von 5 Sternen Disgrace deserved the Booker Prize, 26. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Disgrace (Gebundene Ausgabe)
The reason I bought this book, was- as many others before me- because it won the 1999 Booker Prize. I wasn't disappointed: It was a good opportunity to discover a talented writer, whose work I hadn't come across before, & I'll certainly return to his work. Disgrace is the story, or a part of the story of David Lurie, a middle aged, twice divorced, disillusioned, burnt out professor of literature at a university of Cape Town. After an impulsive affair with a student, Lurie loses his job (in a way, willingly) & moves to a farm somewhere in South Africa, to live with his daughter for a while. There, Lurie & his daughter have to deal with the harsh realities of post-apartheid South Africa, on a day to day basis, & also with the harsh reality of their own relationship. More details would spoil the reading of the book! so I'll just go on with my impressions upon finishing it. First of all, Coetzee's writing is precise, sparse and to the point, & that's definitely a good reason to read this book. The reader has to read between the lines to understand & empathize with David Lurie. Feelings & relationships are not described in detail- you just have to use your own thoughts & feelings in order to step into the world of Disgrace. It's a very human story. It's about human frailty, about mistakes, even about sins. There is no easy conclusion, no easy redemption. No rising above the disillusionment. But there is an ending that signifies a letting go of the past, & the hope for a new beginning, at least that's the way I saw it. All in all, it's a book that can be read on many different levels, an interesting book, not only because of the information we get about South Africa, but also because of its honest, almost brutal portrayal of a "fallen" man who's struggling to go on living.


Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia
Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia
von Marya Hornbacher
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 12,34

4.0 von 5 Sternen an honest look on eating disorders, 27. März 2000
Marya Hornbacher's book kept me awake a couple of nights, reading. It's a terrifying book, an honest, brutal, personal account of an eating disorder- her own- an eating disorder that came close to killing her. What I liked was the fact that eating disorders are not seen in a simplistic way in "Wasted". They are seen as the complex & dangerous diseases they are. Reading this book, you'll probably feel disgusted, angry, sad at times, but mostly you'll take a deep look into the image that society makes us strive toward: the image of the perfect, beautiful, succesful, thin at all costs, calm & controlled individual. I think these stereotypes are extremely dangerous, & they make people (such as the author herself) get caught up in their image & forget about their soul & their true needs. Killing yourself, slowly, just to achieve the "perfect" body, the perfect image, is a trap that unfortunately many, many women (and men,too) fall into nowadays. It's probably society's way of keeping women "in their right place". Hornbacher's book is very disturbing because it's very personal. It doesn't hold anything back, it describes the lies, the self-deceit, the ignoring of friends & family that love you, the secret pride in the identity you've achieved, & of course the actual medical danger that comes with eating disorders. I think it's an intelligent look on the subject, useful for anybody who wants to learn more about it. I especially appreciated the fact that nothing was black or white, not even recovery: Marya Hornbacher accepts that recovery is an ongoing process, an everyday struggle that she'll have to live with for the rest of her life, & this makes the book even more honest & real.


Where I'm Calling From: Selected Stories: New and Selected Stories (Vintage Contemporaries)
Where I'm Calling From: Selected Stories: New and Selected Stories (Vintage Contemporaries)
von Raymond Carver
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,00

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5.0 von 5 Sternen beautiful writing, beautiful stories, 24. März 2000
It doesn't really matter if Raymond Carver is a minimalist or not. Whatever category you try to "fit" him in...he'll always escape categorization. I believe R. Carver is one of the most talented american writers of the century. His short stories are amazing in that they always let you step into the world of his characters. Whoever said that his stories are "slices of life" was correct. And most importantly, slices of everyday life, of the life of real people, people that you'll identify with, people that'll make you cry, laugh or that'll just remind you of somebody you know. I don't think his stories are depressing as some people have said- it's true that the ending of each one always leaves you a little sad...but that's just life, isn't it? What I find beautiful is the way Raymond Carver ends each story. In a way there's no conclusion. After a scene, a "slice of life" is described, the story just...ends. Abruptly. Which makes you think, makes you feel things, makes you imagine where the people you got to know & like in the story would get to be the next day... The whole book is very good literature, recommended wholeheartedly...but the stories I'd select as my personal favourites, the ones that I thought were heartbreaking & very human, were: "The student's wife", "Cathedral", "Fat", "Why don't you dance?", "Distance", "whoever was using this bed" and "blackbird pie"....


Every Day Gets A Little Closer: A Twice-Told Therapy
Every Day Gets A Little Closer: A Twice-Told Therapy
von Yalom
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,99

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3.0 von 5 Sternen an inside, personal look on therapy, 13. März 2000
After reading 2 other books by Dr. Yalom ("Love's executioner.." & "Momma..." I came to "Every day gets a little closer". I'm glad I read the other two books first, because they make a better introduction to the writer / psychiatrist's work. "Every day gets a little closer" is a much more "closed" book, meaning that it takes some time & patience to get through it.
What it is the account of Ginny Elkin's (pseudonym) therapy, written from the point of view of both Dr. Yalom, & Ginny. It is often striking how these 2 points of view can be so different! & yet, while reading this book, you get a definite sense of the therapeutic relationship developing, of the existing & growing feelings between doctor & patient.
The down side is that the book is definitely slow, although very rewarding at times. But then, the therapeutic process itself is slow. What I found really interesting was the afterword by Dr. Yalom which describes the process & the methods he used while treating Ginny. It put a new light on the whole book, which at times seemed chaotic.
All in all, definitely give this book a go if you're interested in the therapy relationship, in the magic & slow change that occurs in the therapist's office. But don't expect a quick & easy read, because you'll be disappointed.


Soul Kiss: A Novel
Soul Kiss: A Novel
von Shay Youngblood
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 12,34

3.0 von 5 Sternen quite a good first effort, 23. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Soul Kiss: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
"Soul Kiss" is quite a good book. The good thing about it is that the author (Shay Youngblood) is talented, this is her first novel & she's done a good job. It's a "coming of age" story of a young girl who is deserted by her drug-addicted mother, & who tries to make sense of life & to deal with her pain. The story is well told & there are some very touching scenes...The only thing I didn't like was that the book was kind of short, meaning that the characters I think were not that well developed, & the story itself left some loose ends. Shay Youngblood seems to be a creative & inspired writer, so I look forward to reading her next books in order to see whether she's developed her writing style.


Animal Husbandry
Animal Husbandry
von Laura Zigman
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 12,99

1.0 von 5 Sternen you'll forget about it 5 minutes after you finish it, 20. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Animal Husbandry (Taschenbuch)
"Animal Husbandry" reminds me of a box of chocolates! A friend brings them as a gift, you store them somewhere in the kitchen, supposedly because you'll just eat one at a time..but then one friday night you just eat them all in one go.
This is that kind of book. You read it in one go, in a couple of hours & then feel as if you just indulged yourself..this book is, in my opinion, definitely NOT literature & you shouldn't treat it as such.
It's about this single woman who cannot get over this guy who dumped her, even though they had only been going out for a couple of months, even though there were all these signs that he was not at all reliable (he was cheating on his long time girlfriend AND constantly put her down, he got intimate with Jane immediately..sure signs of a loser) but Jane for some mysterious reason didn't see through all this & instead was shocked & hurt when he left her...Afterwards, she spends over a year crying over the breakup, which is basically unbelievable. When did she manage to even begin to love this guy? they only went out for 2-3 months...
Still, this could have been a good book, an entertaining light read..but I didn't even find it that funny. There are far more humorous books in the "read it like you would a magazine" category- books by Marian Keyes, or by Helen Fielding..


Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person
von Hugh Prather
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 7,49

1.0 von 5 Sternen simplistic, 19. Februar 2000
After seeing all the 5 star reviews I decided to read this book which had been sitting on a shelf for years. It seems that this book was succesful when it came out, & it drove the author to write quite a few "sequels" like "Notes on how to live in the world & still be happy" or "notes to each other". This fact on its own (the fact that sequels exist! ) made me doubt the writer but I decided to give the book a go anyway..I finished it in about 2 hours, since it's extremely short. What it is basically is a collection of thoughts & insights about all sorts of different things: life, death, family, love- insights that, in my opinion, may have been illuminating for the author himself, when he thought about them, but I don't understand how somebody else could benefit from these one-liners. It would be very easy if life could change that easily- through reading self help books that just state some thoughts but never describe the journey it took the author to get there. If you want to read something to really make you think & feel things, chose something by, for example, Herman Hesse. If you just want an easy, short read, chose this but don't expect a lot.


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