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Tomcat in Love
Tomcat in Love
von Tim O'Brien
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,99

4.0 von 5 Sternen Raucous Good Fun, 23. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tomcat in Love (Taschenbuch)
To borrow a term from Tomcat in Love, anybody can be "squid-like" and spray ink on a page, but not just anyone writes as well as Tim O'Brien. This is a book that I cannot recommend to all of my female friends because the protagonist of the story is such a freaking womanizer. But, for the truly unfaint of heart who consider great prose above social etiquette, I can wholeheartedly point to this book and call it genius.
We follow Thomas Chipperling through a rather trying year of his life following the breakup of his marriage. It is at once a bleak portrait of man's obsession with woman and a fantastical story of revenge going awry. I laughed out loud many many times, and the real reason I would not award the novel 5 stars is because I felt quite mired down with the story at times. O'Brien is an amazing wordsmith, and I was really touched at times by the humanity of Thomas. In the end, all actions are more than understandable, and I would encourage anyone who felt stuck in the story tellers quicksand to hang in with the book. It rewards in the end. I think that comedy can be trickier to create than drama, and so, this comic novel does deserve high praise, indeed. If you want to laugh and you admire linguistic acrobats, then this is a compelling read.


Cat's Cradle: A Novel
Cat's Cradle: A Novel
von Kurt Vonnegut
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 12,02

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Continues to be an important work, 23. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Cat's Cradle: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
I read Cat's Cradle when I was about 15, and I just reread it recently as a 39 year old. While the book remains an important work, I think a bit of the urgency and vitality wore off. I remembered that it had some cool ice-stuff and a frozen dog from being a teen. Upon this reading, I was amazed how spiritual the essence of the story seemed under the layers of obvious satire. Jonah, the reporter, is attracted to the exotic Mona, not because of her beauty (but being the typical male, that's what he thinks) but because, ultimately through the simple act of touching his feet to hers, he finds God. Vonnegut seems a very anti-religious man.....hating the organized religions of the world, but still facing up to the fact that God can be found anywhere and everywhere, even if one dosen't know what one seeks. The book, due to it's anti nuclear theme, was perhaps more urgent in the 1970's, but it is still a laugh-out-loud enjoyable read. I also admire the layers of storytelling. It is one of my favorite Vonnegut offerings.


Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
von Larry McMurtry
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen One of my favorite books of all time, 23. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Lonesome Dove (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I read Lonesome Dove 10 years ago, and it remains on my list of my five favorite books of all time. The story is crafted so beautifully and the writing is a literary achievement. My only regret is that the book wasn't twice as long. I cared about all of the main characters, and I spent lots of time laughing and even more time crying. I grieved over the loss of one character still and only wish I could read it again without knowing the story. An American masterpiece, to be sure. A "must" for any reader who cares for a grand adventure, spirited characters and a longs for amazing storytelling.


One Hundred Years of Solitude (Perennial Classics)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Perennial Classics)
von Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 13,54

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Puzzling Perfection, 22. Juli 2000
This book is a classic to be read over and over. When I got to the last page, I started the book over again just like I was turning the next page. Upon second reading, the storyline (which admittedly can be confusing) made more sense. The only complaint I have about the book is that characters first names are all so similar that the reader must continually consult the family tree at the beginning of the book. The book is an astonishing achievement of literature, and the reader must be willing to suspend belief and be challenged. For me, this book was a bit like water: fluid and moving, reflecting, rushing or still. It has so many qualities that are had to put words to. Also, the story has a very timeless quality to it in that the reader is forced to be completely present with the story; one can truly only be with this book one glorious sentence at a time.


Happy All the Time
Happy All the Time
von Laurie Colwin
  Taschenbuch

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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Pretty Little Fluff Ball, 20. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Happy All the Time (Taschenbuch)
Although I found the writing to be charming at times, I really didn't find it to be a compelling read. The characters are all self focused, rich and rather dull. There were just too many scenes of the characters drolly sitting around eating peach mousse with their pinkies extended. I never cared about any of the main players, and too many colorful non-plot-essential characters breezed through the pages. I need a bit more grit than this pretty little fluff ball gave me.


I Know This Much Is True
I Know This Much Is True
von Wally Lamb
  Gebundene Ausgabe

2.0 von 5 Sternen Best Book?, 3. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: I Know This Much Is True (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I did not shy away from this book because of the length. However, I did feel that the book could have easily been 600 pages and said the same thing. There isn't one likable character, with the exception of the East Indian doctor. I feel that this book is one of the most overrated books ever. It has little or no literary value. The writing is straightfoward with no flair for wording or the craft of writing. And the story is quite unbelievable. It is merely a soap opera of grandiose proportions, and if Oprah hadn't picked it up it would have been a mere blip on the literary scene. I am amazed to see that some reviewers thought this was the best book they had read in some time. It is easily the worst book I have read in the last 12 months, and I would have given it 1 star, but I give it 2 stars for it's absurd longwindedness (which is NOT a compliment). Even the names of the institutes where Thomas was housed were incredulous: "Hatch" (like down the hatch) and "Settle" (like he had to settle for it) were ridicluous. When Dominick was wanting to end his life, I was rooting for him to do it, and then was hoping to see the following 400 pages blank. And the sugar coated ending was just too much. I guessed the ending completely. The only suprise for me was how utterly predictable it was. At the 600 page mark I slammed the book shut in frustration and read "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien which was wonderful. I would have easily not finished "True" if it had not been for the fact that my book discussion group was reading it. And just for the record, of those who were able to even get through it also did not like it. This is a book that truly does not deserve the praise heaped upon it.


Tis: A Memoir (The Frank McCourt Memoirs)
Tis: A Memoir (The Frank McCourt Memoirs)
von Frank McCourt
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 21,70

3.0 von 5 Sternen 'Tis: A Shame, 16. Juni 2000
I guess we all know that Frank McCourt's life turned out pretty well, being a published prizewinning author and all that. But if we didn't know how his story ends, we would be left with the fact that he was a pretty sorry soul who was forever not saying what he wanted to say and forever following in his father's drunken footsteps. He haplessly falls into situation after situation that are entirely joyless, and looses women and opportunities to the bottle. Angela's Ashes was lovely storytelling artfully accomplished through the eyes of a boy. But 'Tis had nothing that special going for it. 'Tis was made blurry though the "bad eyes" of an alcoholic. 'Twas a disappointment for this McCourt fan.


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