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Interpreter of Maladies
Interpreter of Maladies
von Jhumpa Lahiri
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,90

4.0 von 5 Sternen What a first effort!, 30. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Interpreter of Maladies (Taschenbuch)
I remember reading that this book had won the Pulitzer and being rather uninterested from the initial description. 200 pages later and I'm thinking this is one of the best short story collections I have ever read. Jhumpa Lahiri has written a beautiful collection of stories that take place in India and America. Her gift is to write weightless prose with a deceptively simple feel. Whether dealing with a young American woman's feelings toward her married Indian lover, the unexpected, sometimes unwanted, discoveries when newlyweds really get to know one another (unfolded in a clever analogy), or the title story about a tour guide's revelatory afternoon with an American family these tales amuse, enchant, and touch your heart. Brilliantly conceived from start to finish.


Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains (Roman)
Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains (Roman)
von Jon Krakauer
  Taschenbuch

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4.0 von 5 Sternen A great read for those at sea level and rising, 13. Juni 2000
How to do justice to a writer like Krakauer....well, he's such a good writer that I feel any review I write would suffer compared to the source. Nevertheless, here I go.
This is Krakauer's first book. It's a collection of his previously published articles on mountaineering (save the last one about Devil's Thumb which was written for the book.) What a gread read too whether you are an afficionado of the sport or, like me, you've never seen a pair of crampons in your life (by the way, those are a set of spikes climbers strap to their boots to support themselves and prevent slipping on icy slopes.) Some of the famous peaks that make an appearance here include K2, Mt McKinley, and the titular Eiger. Throughout you will read about some of the eccentric personalities in the international climbing community, personal triumph and inspiration, offshoots like bouldering and waterfall climbing, and horrific tragedy.
If you read Into Thin Air, you'll be surprised at how funny this book is. Krakauer displays a wry, self-deprecating wit in several of these stories-something the somber subject matter of the latter book didn't permit. The last one, about his decision to solo the Devil's Thumb in Alaska in his early twenties is hysterical.
Anyone who can make a story about being tentbound or the inventor of the perfect ice axe riveting deserves attention. If you are on the fence, just go ahead and get this book. It's definitely worth it.


The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
von Sebastian Junger
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen And the sea will tell.., 2. Juni 2000
Well by now you've probably seen the theatrical trailer and know the story. The Andrea Gail, a boat in the North American swordfishing fleet, finds itself off of the coast of the Grand Banks when a record hurricane hit the area in October, 1991. She disappeared virtually without a trace-the only part ever recovered were the fuel drums. Junger, a first-time author, reconstructs and fleshes out the story with details of life on a fishing boat, lessons on meteorology, a brief history of commercial fishing, and accounts of others who survived the storm. He does a better job than you would think and manages to tell the story with appropriate gravity and respect without diving headfirst into pathos. I'm interested in seeing the film and not just because of that killer wave in the trailer. For a life-long inlander, some scenes and equipment descriptions were simply impossible to visualize. The part detailing an at-sea rescue involving a some tricky manuevers by a Coast Guard vessel found me at a loss-it was still exciting though so what do I know? Not as compelling a book as Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air although the latter has the advantage (? ) of a first-person narrative of events as they unfolded rather than well-informed conjecture. Still, a good read and a touching story.


Fight Club
Fight Club
von Chuck Palahniuk
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen I know this because Tyler knows this, 29. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fight Club (Taschenbuch)
If you're coming to the book after seeing the film-it's ok to raise your hand here as your reviewer did also-you'll see the screenwriter pretty much took the book's contents verbatim. What's missing are a few funny moments like Marla's unwitting part in the soap-making process and some disturbing details of her's and Tyler's sex life. Plus a different and more satisfying ending (c'mon, you didn't think the narrator and Marla were really in love did you?)Palahniuk's jump-cut, stream-of-consciousness style take a little getting used to, but this is a clever black comedy that leaves you with more to think about than the punchlines when it's over. It's about a culture of numbness, where Huxley, not Orwell, was right and the only way to feel is to drive yourself to the limits of physical pain or destroy something beautiful. You've probably seen the movie and giving away plot details would just detract from the experience. Just read it!


Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster: A Personal Account of the Everest Disaster (Roman)
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster: A Personal Account of the Everest Disaster (Roman)
von Jon Krakauer
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen The best book I read in 1999, 24. Mai 2000
Even if you're not a nonfiction fan and could care less about mountainclimbing, you will love this book. In 1996 Jon Krakauer fulfilled a lifelong dream to climb Mt Everest on assignment with Outside magazine. That year a record number of people lost their lives on the mountain in a freak snowstorm. Krakauer sets the tale up as a disaster many veterans (including some of the deceased) believed was inevitable as the mountain grew both increasingly crowded and populated with many inexperienced climbers(one member of the expedition did not know how to put their ice-climbing gear on; later a line to climb the summit has deadly consequences.) This is a heartbreaking story of by turns bad luck, self-sacrifice, bad decisions, cowardice, and hubris made all the more compelling by Krakauer's wise, modest prose. Indeed, he clearly yet unfairly feels he is partly responsible for the death of one climber and goes so far as including a letter from one victim's angry sister in the epilogue of the paperback version. While I won't go so far to say this is a tale of Darwinism, this book makes a sobering statement about mankind's attempt to turn nature into a theme park with tragic results.


Secret History Edition: Reprint
Secret History Edition: Reprint
von Donna Tartt
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Did Kirkus READ this book?, 5. November 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Secret History Edition: Reprint (Taschenbuch)
No question this book is on my all-time top read list. I loved this story: touching, suspenseful and brilliantly original. As these Ivy League classics students immerse themselves in Greek tragedy in class, their real-life murder plot exposes each of their own fatal flaws and eventually their downfall. Euripedes would have loved it! Don't bother with the Kirkus review-read this book.


Hannibal
Hannibal
von Thomas Harris
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 19,77

2.0 von 5 Sternen What's up with this?, 25. Oktober 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hannibal (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Having read both Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs, I rushed out and made a rare hardcover purchase of Hannibal. Having finished it, I feel...icky. Early on there are some great moments for Clarice and Hannibal but overall this book is a big, gross letdown. No, we really don't want to know about Lecter's childhood trauma. We don't want to see Jack Crawford forced into retirement. And what Thomas Harris has in store for Clarice-one of the greatest female literary heroines of the last 20 years-is criminal. The abrupt change in both hers and Hannibals characters in the last 100 pages is ludicrous. I hear David Mamet is writing the screenplay. I only hope he throws away the whole ending and starts over.


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