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The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
von J.D. Salinger
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 7,00

5.0 von 5 Sternen A Relaxing Read, 25. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Catcher in the Rye (Taschenbuch)
The Catcher in the Rye is unique in that it's very easy to read and carries a strong message. An eventful storyline always keeps the reader interested. Couple that with a symbolic and deep plot, and you have a novel that gives the reader a refreshing experience.


Sailing Alone around the World (Penguin Classics)
Sailing Alone around the World (Penguin Classics)
von Joshua Slocum
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 13,41

3.0 von 5 Sternen A true adventure..., 25. Juli 2000
My three stars are in no way a disrespectful gesture towards Joshua Slocum and his magnificent voyage. His bravery will go unmatched by many. However, rating his story on a literary scale, I can't give it more than a three. If you're not a sailor, and I'm not, then you may find yourself bogged down by many sea/boat terms. On the other hand, if you have worked on a boat, or enjoy sailing, then you will love this story. I might also note that at times the story becomes repetitive, but it is not without its witty and suspenseful moments. This account of Slocum's courageous voyage around the world would probably only appeal to those that already have some knowledge of the sea. I guess its all relative.


The Brothers Karamazov (Bantam Classics)
The Brothers Karamazov (Bantam Classics)
von Fyodor Dostoevsky
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 7,54

5.0 von 5 Sternen These words are an author�s tears to the world�, 23. Juli 2000
Fyodor Dostoevsky truly poured his soul into writing The Brothers Karamazov. That is my impression of this novel. If you read it, and give it all of your attention, then you too will agree.
Now first off, there are some things that those of you that haven't read the book will need to know. Take my word that this novel is excellent; many others think so on amazon.com--and throughout the world--as well. Don't read a lot of reviews here because people tend to give away some of the plot. This book is not an easy read when compared to some other novels. That shouldn't discourage you, but it's better to know it coming in. (Just to let you know, if you read a lot, or even often, this book won't be that hard. However, I do recommend it to those that rarely read and that is why I make sure to note that it isn't the easiest of novels.) Surprisingly, the writing is very personal and anyone will grab onto his style and enjoy the way he warmly tells his Russian story. Another thing to know is that a dictionary will most likely be necessary if your vocabulary isn't large. I'm sure everyone will need one for a few words. The last thing worth hearing is that you will not want to miss this book. It's one of my favorites.
In the end, my recommendation is to give this novel a chance. If you're intimidated, which I can see happening, don't be. It's really worth your time and I reassure you that you will learn many things from Dostoevsky's masterpiece.
One note of importance: Read the version translated into English by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. It is the truest translation.


One Hundred Years of Solitude (Perennial Classics)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Perennial Classics)
von Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 13,29

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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Good Novel...But Not a Favorite, 13. Juli 2000
Although I liked some aspects of One Hundred Years of Solitude, I do have some bones to pick with it. For one, I don't like the way Marquez tells the story. It is not in chronological order. To be honest this isn't my favorite way of telling a story but that isn't the worst part. What really bugs me about it is the fact that he spoils his future events. Not by foreshadowing but by blatantly telling you what will happen later in the story.
Another problem is his sentence structure. Some of them were quite long. I like highly expressive writing styles and complicated sentences, but Marquez does it all wrong. There was one particular one that started more than half way up page 348 and ended at almost the bottom of page 350. Now call me cynical, but that sentence was pretty much a short story in itself. Needless to say I didn't like his sentence structure. (I highly doubt that this extremely long sentence was made with the translation since Marquez complimented Rabassa on his work and even said he preferred the English version of his novel.)
I must say I did enjoy the actual story and the message that Marquez was giving. He was very symbolic and I liked that part of the novel.
In all I think that One Hundred Years of Solitude was good but not the best. If you're curious about my favorite novel, here it is: the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.


To Have and Have Not
To Have and Have Not
von Ernest Hemingway
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 15,10

5.0 von 5 Sternen Classic Hemingway, 13. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: To Have and Have Not (Taschenbuch)
If you're a Hemingway fan, I'm sure this book is for you. I also think this book suits non-Hemingway fans as well. If you really pay attention when reading, you'll find it is a very interesting and deep tale. The narration in the book, which changes a couple times, makes the story interesting. A novel with more than one perspective should interest a lot of people.
The storyline is excellent. It is never dull and there's always something that Hemingway is trying to build.
If you want a relaxing, short read, check out this undiscovered wonder.


A Farewell to Arms
A Farewell to Arms
von Ernest Hemingway
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 15,63

5.0 von 5 Sternen Worth Every Star, 12. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Farewell to Arms (Taschenbuch)
First, let me start with the important facts. A Farewell to Arms is the kind of book that always keeps you interested. As the story builds, so does the suspense with each passing action. In short, the novel is not dull.
Between happenings, Hemingway describes scenes in such vivid detail that can't help but capture the mind's curiosity. If you read this, and let him weave his magical tale, you won't be disappointed.
At the base of the novel, there's an excellent story. Anyone that reads it, while giving his or her full attention to the book, should have an excellent and refreshing experience.
By the way, you don't have to be a Hemingway fan to like this story; it's an all around great book. I wish I could describe all of the fantastic things that he puts in, but I think it's best to know very little about the story before reading it. Check this book out and have fun.


One Hundred Years of Solitude (Perennial Classics)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Perennial Classics)
von Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 13,29

4.0 von 5 Sternen A Good Novel...But Not a Favorite, 7. Juli 2000
Although I liked some aspects of One Hundred Years of Solitude, I do have some bones to pick with it.
For one, I don't like the way Marquez tells the story. It is not in chronological order. To be honest this isn't my favorite way of telling a story but that isn't the worst part. What really bugs me about it is the fact that he spoils his future events. Not by foreshadowing but by blatantly telling you what will happen later in the story.
Another problem is his sentence structure. Some of them were quite long. I like highly expressive writing styles and complicated sentences, but Marquez does it all wrong. There was one particular one that started more than half way up page 348 and ended at almost the bottom of page 350. Now call me cynical, but that sentence was pretty much a short story in itself. Needless to say I didn't like his sentence structure. (I highly doubt that this extremely long sentence was made with the translation since Marquez complimented Rabassa on his work and even said he preferred the English version of his novel.)
I must say I did enjoy the actual story and the message that Marquez was giving. He was very symbolic and I liked that part of the novel.
In all I think that One Hundred Years of Solitude was good but not the best. If you're curious about my favorite novel, here it is: the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.


The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Modern Library (Hardcover))
The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Modern Library (Hardcover))
von Edgar Allan Poe
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 20,60

5.0 von 5 Sternen Tales from the Master, 19. Juni 2000
Poe is one of the world's finest writers and this collection of stories is what he's all about. This book contains the best of his tales, with many others for you to explore on your own. It has his poems and short stores. Its contents is very close to being unabridged except, for it missing a few poems and stories that aren't very good anyway.
Poe's tales contain all the excitement of a novel, in around 10 pages. I recommend this collection because it offers hours of enjoyment. The only thing you might need is a large vocabulary because he tends to have an advanced word choice. Get this book and have fun!


The Scarlet Pimpernel: Anniversary Edition (Signet Classics)
The Scarlet Pimpernel: Anniversary Edition (Signet Classics)
von Baroness Orczy
  Taschenbuch

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not as good as everyone says..., 17. Juni 2000
I am a fan of classic literature and find this story a littledull. The most annoying thing is the fact that Orczy repeats thingsover and over. It is so very irritating when you find the same thing out more than twenty times.
I also feel that this book isn't geared toward an audience. The novice reader may like the repetitive nature so he or she can catch what is going on; but they will not endure the dragging plot. The advanced reader will become bored from hearing the same description over and over (i.e. the fact that "the net is closing around the 'aristos'" at the end) and barely finish the book because of its unappealing style. Furthermore, I think that the characters in the book rely on capricious events and call it "wit." The fact that Marguerite is the smartest woman in all of Europe is never actually "shown" in the story. It is stated an innumerable amount of times; while she herself only makes a few clever comments in dialogue.
As far as capricious events go, if you have read the book, think back at the chances of the happenings in the last chapters actually taking place ...
In the end, I do not think The Scarlet Pimpernel is a good book. It has qualities that are ok but lack the development necessary to be great. I rate the book 3 stars because of its originality and the fact that some parts were ok. I feel that it is still so popular because of the "superhero" qualities that the Pimpernel has.
If you want a real book, read the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo. In my opinion it is the best novel ever written.


Old Man and the Sea
Old Man and the Sea
von Ernest Hemingway
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,40

5.0 von 5 Sternen A story with meaning, 7. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Old Man and the Sea (Taschenbuch)
This is my second favorite Hemingway book. The first being For Whom the Bell Tolls. However, this classic is timeless and crafty in that, its written just right. It's a book about life an its certain aspects that I will not mention to save the story for those of you that haven't read it. If you read the book and only notice the fish, then you've missed the point. Those of you who are intelligent, will not only enjoy the story for its double-plot, but love it for what it is.


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