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A Fable (Vintage)
A Fable (Vintage)
von William Faulkner
  Taschenbuch

2.0 von 5 Sternen A reader's defeat, 16. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Fable (Vintage) (Taschenbuch)
As the past reviewer I did not arrive to the page with THE END printed on it, and I really hate to be unable to finish a book. Anecdote aside, I am aware that my review lacks proper grounds, but since there is so much to read and too little time, I strongly suggest you to look for other works of this author. During the first chapter I seems to be going great, the drama was cleaver and catchy. But suddenly in the second chapter it just stops and all the events seem to be going nowhere. Besides the construction of the language is boring and confusing. It feels like the author worked in this novel for a while, then left it during some years locked in a closet and one fine day decided to complete it, but without being at ease doing so.


The Moor's Last Sigh (Vintage International)
The Moor's Last Sigh (Vintage International)
von Salman Rushdie
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,49

4.0 von 5 Sternen To mix fanstasy and reality is a very delicate task, 11. Juli 2000
Mr. Rushdie is very emphatic through the novel about the wickedness off all its characters, and how the concept of morality and respect are somehow alien to all of them. However, it is very difficult to feel any kind of animosity towards those beings, or to internalize their anguish, because all their actions are simultaneously justified so you have the feeling that eventhough the events of the novel are dramatic, in the end actions do not matter, because those who suffer the consequences are not worthy of any pity.
I guess that the book also demands a great knowledge of Indian XX century history, particularly after its independence, in order to capture and enjoy the irony and sort of black humor that runs parallel with the Zogoisby's family saga.
Finally, it is advisable to read this book with a good English dictionary by your side, even your native language is English ,because the author will demand form the reader to be immersed in the story as well as its idiom.


The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby
von F. Scott Fitzgerald
  Gebundene Ausgabe

4.0 von 5 Sternen Great writing poor drama, 19. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Great Gatsby (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I guess that this novel come into the hands of today's readers mostly due to the fact that it has been designated as one of the U.S. literary icons of the XX Century. Undoubtedly, the precision to detail and the smoothness used by the writer to convey its ideas is fantastic. My problem with it, is that the drama in which the love story is build seems rather silly. We have a character like Gatsby who is a young fellow who decided to become rich the fast way (smuggling and other unidentified dirty business) to gain social recognition for the sole purpose of being worthy of a rich girl of whom he had fallen in love. Nevertheless, the author never takes the effort to outline why in ruthless 20's, when wild capitalism was on the rise and pragmatism was the only name of the game, a person like Gatsby, who is the living symbol of those forces, who have laid more women that he can remember and who have "known the world" from every possible angle, decides to waist his life in pursuit of a romantic love and challenge the husband of her beloved with the tact and style of a 14th year old. Such situation just takes away all credibility to the drama. I guess the novel became important for the reasons so many of the other reviewers have expressed. He provided a frame of reference for the people of the 20's to perceive their own time.


The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems
The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems
von Fritjof Capra
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Whem science takes new age by the hand, 19. Juni 2000
I arrived to this author out of a suggestion found while reading a Wayne Dyer book. To my surprise this work is much more that what I bargained for. Eventhough most of the issues discussed herein involve deep philosophical and scientific issues, from the fields of chemistry, physics and biology, Mr. Capra does a superb job placing difficult concepts at a level, that any person with a basic level of education will understand him. What is most amazing is that he hardly falls in the custom of explaining through metaphors, which usually misleads more than explain. On the contrary, he carefully selects the words and phrases so the reader will not be left behind or fall asleep.
The best way to summarize what this book is about, is by using the author's words:
"My thesis has been that a theory of a living systems consistent with the philosophical framework of deep ecology, including an appropriate mathematical language and implying a non mechanistic, post-Cartesian understanding of life, is now emerging"
And guauu, this guy is a great advocate of his case.


Ballad Of The Sad Cafe (Roman)
Ballad Of The Sad Cafe (Roman)
von Carson McCullers
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A book about stories with no end, 11. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ballad Of The Sad Cafe (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
I was surprised when I read Ballad of the Sad Cafe to found out that it was a short story and not theater play, which was my first contact with this work. However, upon finishing it became evident why the adaptation was not something difficult. Each character is extremely rich in human complexity and the author dedicates most of its effort to unveil their soul.
The same happens with all the stories. However in each one of them its end is somehow bewildering because they lack a conclusion. Is like going to the movies and having the film ending with a "to be continued". I guess McCullens want to convey the idea that at the end of the day nothing finishes because life keeps on going on.


The Snow Leopard (Classic, Nature, Penguin)
The Snow Leopard (Classic, Nature, Penguin)
von Peter Matthiessen
  Taschenbuch

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4.0 von 5 Sternen This book is not about Snow Leopards, 29. Mai 2000
If you hope to find information about snow leopards in this book you are wasting your time. However, if you are in the mood for paradox and descriptions about the parallel lines that are drawn in the author life between his inner quest (enlightenment) and its outer quest (to find the snow leopard in the Mountains of Northern Nepal) is very probable that you will find this book interesting.
It is true that the book is written with elegance and style. Nevertheless, I wonder if the author wanted to reflect its tempo the geography of Nepal, since it is full of up and downs. In other words, in the same chapter one paragraph could be bright and full of details, wonderful clever ideas and suddenly without any transition you stumble into the most boring and superfluous descriptions. Therefore, if you are into wildlife studies leave it aside, but if you want to hear the traveling record of a Zen student you might enjoy it.


Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
von Daniel Goleman
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Some truths are so self evident that we do not see them, 25. April 2000
In too many conflicts and fights the issue is not what a person said or did, but about how it was said and done. It is clear as daylight that the way we feel about issues and persons bears a direct influence on how we act towards them. This book stress the fact that if we want to live a fruitful life, we shall pay close attention to our feelings as well as to the emotions of others. Only then we will acquire the mastery required to function with ease in society. A person who is understood by others will be trusted by them, and understanding someone is not just an intellectual effort, it is also the capacity to relate oneself to the mental state of that person, i.e. its emotions. Such feast can only be done if we develop our emotional intelligence.
I guess this book will not tell you something you do not know, but it will open your eyes about the fact that your emotions are within your control, and that if you pay attention to them and their underlying forces a new dimension of possibilities appear in your life as well as in the life of those close to you, particularly, your children.


The Blond Knight of Germany: A Biography Of...Erich Hartmann (Aviation)
The Blond Knight of Germany: A Biography Of...Erich Hartmann (Aviation)
von Raymond F. Toliver
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 29,49

5.0 von 5 Sternen When war is just another job, 9. April 2000
The authors do a superb job describing who is the person behind the legend, which were his thoughts as a warrior and why someone who was neither a fanatic nor a nazi fought for his country with conviction and dedication. They also explain with entertaining detail the particulars of aerial warfare in the eastern front, and why historians have somehow neglected the air battles that took place there, eventhough, their dimension in terms of dedication, sacrifice and numbers of both sides surpass several times the Battle of Britain.


Catch-22
Catch-22
von Joseph Heller
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen What is tragic is absurd, what is absurd is funny, 25. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Catch-22 (Taschenbuch)
War is a summary of all possible tragic events. Here the main character, Yossarian, is someone who recognizes that absurdity has become a way of life for a world were logic reasoning has been twisted to support a group of persons who could not care less about their fellow beings.
The problem for someone, as him, who suddenly becomes "enlightened" is that he can no longer be understood. Besides he can no longer be in communion with life as it was before. From that perspective everything that occurs becomes absurd, and what is absurd is usually funny. Here is the strength of the book, it proves that once you can laugh about the situations you are living, you are in control of your life andabove those persons who try to keep you under their grip.


Clear Light of Day (King Penguin)
Clear Light of Day (King Penguin)
von Anita Desai
  Taschenbuch

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4.0 von 5 Sternen The story line is slow very slow, 10. Februar 2000
The main character is a manic depressive woman who is very annoyed with life because it is unfair, and she ended up in the wrong side of the table. So she resents everyone that happened to be lucky enough to avoid life traps and despises those who fell on them. Eventhough the book is beautifully written, the dark mood that the author impress on its main character, permeates to the reader and you become up caught in an atmosphere whereby reading is an effort, so each page develops slow, very slow.


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