Amy Tan: Saving Fish from Drowning

Saving Fish from DrowningSaving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this. While reading I felt calm and completely relaxed. The characters, even though there is a confusing amount of them, were entertaining and I think the description of the tourists behavior is a very realistic one. Also, I enjoyed the humor.

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Margaret Atwood: The Blind Assassin

The Small AssassinThe Small Assassin by Ray Bradbury
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

1) THE SMALL ASSASSIN: omg. I will never have children. Ever. So creepy!

Otherwise the rest so far (I’m at “The Lake”) was kinda predictable… mh.. I shall read on.

Now, more than one year later, I’ve managed to finish it. The thing is…it’s not really my genre and I don’t like short stories (for no apparent reason. There is only one of Neil Gaiman’s short stories that I like and I love his writing to death).

What I liked about it is, how ordinary people and events are turned into creepy occurrences. The stories were mostly a bit creepy and I love Bradbury as an author. I just don’t like short stories and I guess that is why I struggled.

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Graham Greene: England Made Me

England Made MeEngland Made Me by Graham Greene
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As a character study, excellently done.
Great atmosphere and the style is special. Every word is exactly as it should be.
Women are not stereotypical women, caught in their time, but three-dimensional and not what the men want them to be.
It’s about family.
And yet it is difficult to read, not easy and not very light. So it took me longer than expected. But I liked it, it just didn’t blow me away.

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Ellen Erwin: The Audrey Hepburn Treasures

The Audrey Hepburn TreasuresThe Audrey Hepburn Treasures by Ellen Erwin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this. It is a wonderful look into the life of not the icon, but I think, the woman. The idea of having those pouches (for lack of a better word), which hold prints of photographs, letters and so forth, makes the book personal. It is like a treasure and I have to say, I was teary eyed at the end.

So if you like Audrey Hepburn: buy it. 🙂

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John Green: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will GraysonWill Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love it!
It’s funny and smart and sad and happy and wonderful and true. I smiled and I cried and I’d understand if someone thought it was a bit over the top but I didn’t mind because it felt honest and I cared for the characters.

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Victor Hugo: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

The Hunchback of Notre-DameThe Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked the bits between Quasimodo and Esmeralda, even though i think she is a little brat. There was no character, except Djali and Quasimodo that I liked. Which was probably the intention if the metacontent is that one should not judge a book by its cover and so forth. But if that is all the novel is about, I’ve read novels that got the point across in a more interesting way. I thought that long passages of the novel could have been edited out (really not that interested in the use of architecture or kings and so forth) and that there should have been more focus on Quasimodo. After all he is on the title.

But all in all it was a nice read but it took me really long.

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Cormac MacCarthy: The Road

The RoadThe Road by Cormac McCarthy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this because I think that the movie is one of the best movies of the past 10 years, including the best performance of Viggo Mortensen’s career. So I was torn between not wanting to read th enovel and wanting to read it.

In the end I am more tan glad I read it. Not just because I now know that the movie adaptation for once truly captured a novel. But also because the book is magnificent. The style reflects the life of the protagonists (nothing really disrupts the routine). Their relationship is heartbreaking and I still love the fact that the focus stays on them, not on what happened and why and how. This is not important and I love that.

I recommend everyone to read the novel, to then watch the movie and then go down and embrace your loved ones.

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