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About a Boy
About a Boy
von Nick Hornby
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 15,66

3.0 von 5 Sternen Fun look at 90s culture but empty, 1. August 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: About a Boy (Taschenbuch)
The brilliance in Hornby's writing is his ability to create quirky pop culture allusions & apply them to the weaknesses & strengths of his characters. ABOUT A BOY is a model of quick, coffee-table writing. The dialouge is funny & off-beat. The storyline is often unpredictable. But most of the book wanders without making much of an emotional connection. It's not exactly a good thing when the strongest parts of the book are the Kirk Cobain musings. Worth a read but nothing hugely memorable.


Vinegar Hill (Oprah's Book Club)
Vinegar Hill (Oprah's Book Club)
von A. Manette Ansay
  Taschenbuch

3.0 von 5 Sternen A little on the dull side, 3. Juni 2000
Ansay's novel is Oprah Book Club worthy but on the other hand, much more slow moving & detailed than other picks. The physical setting & characterizations are intimately described but often lack emotional bite. Some of the characters--especially the main one, Ellen--were flat & uninvolving. There are many strong themes, however, & I look forward to reading more of Ansay's stuff since this is seemingly experimental.


The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel
The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel
von Margaret Atwood
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 12,95

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Mediocre, 14. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
Atwood's dystopian portrait of a society of subservient women whose only purpose is to breed, is mainly a backlash toward the rise of Christian Right, 'anti-porn' feminists & conversatives of the late 70s and 1980s. Through the inconsistent narration of Offred, the story never fully takes off. However, Atwood's darkly textured societial vision is a haunting & effective one that never goes overboard or drowns in sentiment.


Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons
Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons
von Marilyn Hacker
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen An amazing mix of emotions, 14. Mai 2000
Hacker's sonnets are all bound together by the woundings of love, passion, & human nature. Each of them are eloquent--giving both painful & humorous insight into her personal life: her wildly open relationship with her daughter & the romantic affair she has with her student. Using sexually blunt & vivid language, Hacker's poems envelope the paradoxes of aging & that lingering, bittersweet taste of love.


The Hours
The Hours
von Michael Cunningham
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Arresting, 1. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Hours (Gebundene Ausgabe)
What is so true about Michael Cunningham's novel is that it deals with much-written about, over-the-top issues (AIDS, "the bored housewife," suicide), binds together 3 distinct eras, & through amazing characterizations, creates a moving & memorable novel. The fragile portraits of people in a 1990s NYC aristocratic society, the world of author Virginia Woolf, & 1950s suburbia is all too tragically similar. A beautiful ode to womanhood, literature & humanity--one of the best reads of the decade.


The Bluest Eye (Oprah's Book Club)
The Bluest Eye (Oprah's Book Club)
von Toni Morrison
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 24,45

5.0 von 5 Sternen A masterful work, 28. April 2000
This is, perhaps, the less difficult reads from Toni Morrison--but by no means less superior. In fact this may be Morrison at her rawest and most poignant. The voice of Pecola is so haunting that you'll have images of dandelions, run-down apartments, and that simple wish for blue eyes in your mind for ages. Although at times the structure seems jaunting (Morrison admits this in her afterword), the simplicity of the situation & its deep connnections to bigotry & ethics weaves its way as one of the finest works of our time. Definately the most absorbing & affecting Oprah pick ever.


Zorba the Greek
Zorba the Greek
von Nikos Kazantzakis
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Classic contemporary novel, 24. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Zorba the Greek (Taschenbuch)
I came across this book in class thinking it would suck. The Zorba character, although vivacious & funny, was at the same time sexist and machoistic. However, part of the greatness of Nazantzakis' novel is how it threads two very different characters together & unites them in one of the most beautiful portraits of friendship in modern literature. With its slips of exquisite descriptions & its above par characterizations, 'Zorba' is one of the most compelling books I've ever read.


The Master of Go (Vintage International)
The Master of Go (Vintage International)
von Yasunari Kawabata
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,77

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Slow moving but spiritually rewarding, 17. April 2000
Kawabata's 'The Master of Go' is a moving, at times agonizing, cultural depiction of the old v. new in Japan. The descriptions & emotions are purposefully understated, which may make it hard to follow, but in the process of discovering the clashing characterizations of Otake & the Master, many powerful themes emerge.


Say Goodnight
Say Goodnight
von Timothy Liu
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 13,75

5.0 von 5 Sternen Affecting read, 17. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Say Goodnight (Taschenbuch)
From its simple, opening strands, Liu's collection moves like a lonely, rainy car ride. Every poem unearths vibrant images & the alienation of homosexuality with such verve & honesty. I feel very fortunate to come across his work. A real joy to read.


Summer After June
Summer After June
von Ashley Warlick
  Gebundene Ausgabe

3.0 von 5 Sternen Well-written but numb, 17. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Summer After June (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Warlick's novel 'The Summer After June' is a sluggish beach read which suffers from an overload of description. Because of some unrealistic dialouge & situations, it often feels like there are missing pieces to its puzzle. However, the poetic touches of the South are charming & perhaps more suitable for Conroy lovers.


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