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A Prayer for Owen Meany
A Prayer for Owen Meany
von John Irving
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Owen Meany is a wonderful character & a great book, 16. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Prayer for Owen Meany (Taschenbuch)
590 reviews have already been written, at the time I'm writing this..so I will just repeat the obvious : "A Prayer for Owen Meany" is a great book, an inspiring book. I will just add a few things that particularly impressed me with this book- On the one hand, the novel begins with an intriguing first paragraph that just makes you want to read on and on. The last phrase of the book, on the other hand, is heartbreaking & it just haunts you for days after you finish the book. Apart from that: in "A Prayer for Owen Meany" you will find at least 3 of the funniest scenes you've ever encountered: the christmas pageant, the VW rolling down the stairs, & Owen under the bed of a couple having sex. Especially in the "VW" scene I just laughed & laughed, I couldn't control myself! Plus 3 scenes I have in mind will probably make you cry but you'd better discover them yourself. I don't want to reveal too much about the story itself..I'd just like to say that A Prayer for Owen Meany is the kind of book you'll pick up & then forget about anything else for about 3 days..So start reading on a weekend. All in all- one of my favourite books of all time.


Rabbit, Run
Rabbit, Run
von John Updike
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 12,90

5.0 von 5 Sternen wonderful writing, 11. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Rabbit, Run (Taschenbuch)
Growing up is hard for everyone..there are people who still haven't given up on childhood omnipotence, even as they become middle aged. This has an advantage- it keeps your mind off death. Believing you still can do whatever you want, act as you feel...this keeps you young, at least in your head! This is what happens to Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom, who cannot accept he's not the star of the basketball team anymore, cannot accept he's older, has responsibilities, has a less than glamorous job & a less than exciting marriage. Instead of coping with his life, making the best out of it, Rabbit choses to just follow his instinct & run. While running away, from place to place & from relationship to relationship, Rabbit never finds what he's looking for, always returns to this empty feeling inside himself, this fear of death, of things ending, of things changing, of time passing. Rabbit doesn't face this fear though...he just continues running away. Rabbit Run is a sad, sad story, with a tragic ending, a story that could appeal to anyone since it talks about our deepest fears & anxieties. John Updike writes beautifully, I'm really looking forward to reading more of his books.


Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man and Life's Greatest Lesson
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man and Life's Greatest Lesson
von Mitch Albom
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 17,63

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1.0 von 5 Sternen I was very disappointed, 4. Februar 2000
I bought this book with great expectations- I knew it was about a man at the end of his life, but I expected a deep look into his way of thinking, into his philosophy..instead, what I found was a mere outline of a wonderful person (Morrie Schwartz)...and lots of details about the author himself, that I'm sorry to say I didn't care about at all. All this running around & working non stop for money, that Mitch Albom talks about as if it's the only way somebody could live..I just disagree. Not everyone is like that, not everyone has to talk to his old teacher to get the idea that you have to really listen to & love the people around you. For some reason, Mitch Albom found this to be a very new & strange way of thinking, but in my opinion, it is the first & most important thing somebody should learn in order to live a full life, & to give to people around him. I don't know how I managed to finish this book- I found myself constantly annoyed by the author & his disbelief in everything that Morrie did or said- the fact that he didn't feel sorry for himself, the fact that he didn't realise he was at a dead end. Of course Morrie was in pain, of course he knew it was all over. But the fact that he had lived life to the fullest made him strong enough to accept death. I have no idea why this was so hard for Albom to understand. So the one thing that stays with me after closing the book is Morrie himself, his great courage & his honest & clear way of looking at life & death.


The Sons (Schocken Kafka Library)
The Sons (Schocken Kafka Library)
von Franz Kafka
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 9,40

5.0 von 5 Sternen A Letter to my Father, 1. Februar 2000
A Letter to my Father by Franz Kafka is a look into the mind of one of the most talented (but also unhappy) writers of the 20th century. It's a very personal account of the relationship between Kafka & his father, his strong, controling, tough father who was the main figure who influenced Kafka's life & way of thinking. Franz Kafka talks with great pain in this 'letter' about his childhood years & how his father controlled everyone in the household, how the writer's own personality was shaped & molded by this one relationship. After reading this letter, the reader is closer to understanding the person that wrote "Metamorphosis" & "The Judgment".


Prozac Nation
Prozac Nation
von Elizabeth Wurtzel
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 13,02

4.0 von 5 Sternen a look into the mind of a depressed person, 1. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Prozac Nation (Taschenbuch)
"That's the thing I want to make clear about depression: It's got nothing to do with life. In the course of life, there is sadness and pain and sorrow, all of which, in their right time and season, are normal- unpleasant, but normal. Depression is in an altogether different zone because it involves a complete absence: absence of affect, absence of feeling, absence of response, absence of interest".(taken from the first chapter of Prozac Nation, 'Full of Promise'). I finished reading Prozac Nation a couple of days ago & it's still on my mind. The first thing someone would think after finishing this book is "how self absorbed can this girl be?". But that's exactly the point! Depression brings so much pain or even worse, absence of feeling to the person who suffers..that sometimes there is no room for anything else than the pain. The thing any depressed person wishes is for this intensity of feeling to end, for the chance to spend energy on others, to turn your eyes away from yourself. Elizabeth Wurtzel is very succesful in describing what goes on exactly in the mind of a truly depressed person. Whatever the reasons that brought you there depression is an illness & a very tough one to recover from & Wurtzel does a very good job of explaining her own fight with depression, without putting blame on anyone in particular, understanding that the exact same circumstances may lead one person to depression and the next person to a happy, fullfilled life.


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