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The Age of Innocence
The Age of Innocence
von Edith Wharton
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen New York in the Gilded Age, 31. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Age of Innocence (Taschenbuch)
Edith Wharton revisits and scrutinizes the New York high society she grew up in in this novel of love, social expectations, and class boundaries. Newland Archer-the central figure in the novel- is torn between a woman who represents tradition (and never questions the social order) and the woman he loves, who challenges the limits of society's tolerance, and seems oblivious in doing so. Throughout the novel, Archer is beseiged by thoughts of following his heart, but is drawn by propiety to never break with tradition. One is reminded of "The House of Mirth", another great work by Wharton, in which the central character's social blunder in the first chapter of the novel results in an irreparable decline into the lower classes.
Not only does Wharton enlighten the reader on the social codes of conduct during "The Age of Innocence", but she also fills the novel with the dress codes, dining codes, and proper codes of etiquette which were so important in the daily lives of the members of New York's high society. This stunning attention to detail really takes the reader to a different time and place, and it's a fascinating journey.


Cosmos
Cosmos
von Carl Sagan
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Big Picture..., 4. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Cosmos (Taschenbuch)
Sagan will open your eyes to the world around you in this fascinating analysis of Earth, the planets, the sun and stars in "Cosmos". Not only does he unlock the mysteries of the universe in an understandable way, but he also ties in human evolutionary biology and science history quite skillfully. What I found to be most interesting about this book is that Sagan interjects his own opinions, interpretations, and theories as he writes, rather than just listing facts. As you read, you experience the thinking process of a great mind in action.


Mexico
Mexico
von James A. Michener
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,50

4.0 von 5 Sternen A comprehensive look at a fascinating country, 11. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Mexico (Taschenbuch)
Michener does a fine job of reviewing the timeline of Mexican history in this novel, while at the same time tracing the narrator's family roots. I would have preferred more emphasis on the ancients and less on the American tourist experience in Mexico, so I took away 1 star. Michener examines bullfighting in this novel even more thoroughly than Hemingway ever did, touches upon the Spanish Inquisition, the US Civil War, and the revolution in Mexico, making this an enjoyable and informative novel to read.


The Game of Kings: First in the Legendary Lymond Chronicles
The Game of Kings: First in the Legendary Lymond Chronicles
von Dorothy Dunnett
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 15,23

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Not worth the anguish, 18. Mai 2000
Although I have a great appreciation for historical fiction, I am really floored by sentences such as: "Twelve crowns for a teazle o'Tay sand and chopped henbane and a week's rakings from the doocote!" (page 37) Excuse me! Writing like this-probably a fine representation of the Scottish dialect of that period-is still painful to trudge through and turned a relaxing read into a headache!


The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo
The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo
von Irving Stone
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 9,49

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4.0 von 5 Sternen An amazing novel, but not a masterpiece, 22. April 2000
Although very well written and thoroughly researched, this work is limited by the fact that Michelangelo's life, revoloving obsessively around marble, was otherwise uninteresting. Thus the focus turns towards historical events at the time and the novel often reads like a textbook. Stone must be praised, however, for the degree of historical accuracy captured in the novel and the vivid descriptions of Michelangelo's art.


Love in the Time of Cholera (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
Love in the Time of Cholera (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
von Gabriel García Márquez
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen A fascinating story of love written by a master, 18. Februar 2000
Well-crafted, poetic, beautiful novel of a life lived with the hope of love. Not as well-written as 100 Years of Solitude, but a perfect example of how a novel should be written-combining beautiful prose with a great story, full of wit and flavor.


Catch-22
Catch-22
von Joseph Heller
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Wit and originality, bordering on absurdity, 6. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Catch-22 (Taschenbuch)
Not my favorite novel of all time (hard for a woman to appreciate male bonding and glorified prostitution), but certainly worthy-in it's originality, wit, and cleverness-of the classic status it has acheived. Unnecessary for Heller to drive home the point of Catch-22 quite so repetitively throughout the novel, but Yossarian finally escapes it's spiral in the end.


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