Edward Albee. Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely love this play. It’s a nightmare because it made me feel sick. But that is good. Intensity in a play is a good thing. I loved the sarcasm and dry humor and violence and evilness. And it is so much more than just that. I have to see it on stage one day.

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Laline Paull: Die Bienen

Die BienenDie Bienen by Laline Paull
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Anfangs hab ich mir etwas schwer getan, da ich das Buch in der deutschen Übersetzung gelesen habe. Ich tu mir grundsätzlich mit deutschen Übersetzungen schwer.

Ich habe mich anfangs auch daran gestört, dass Flora von Ereignis zu Ereignis stolpert, ich aber gar nicht wusste, was sie denn will. Mir fehlte eine Motivation, die dann zunehmend etabliert wurde.

Aber mich hat dann doch der feministische Aspekt interessiert und dass die Schwestern Flora aufgrund ihres Aussehens und ihrer Klassenzugehörigkeit herabgesetzt haben (quasi die Race-Class-Gender Relationen).

Der Roman beschäftigt sich auch mit dem Pestizidieneinsatz und dessen Folgen, was leider ja immer aktueller wird.

Fazit: ich schloss das Buch und mir fehlte Flora sofort. Ich habe die kleine Biene tatsächlich in mein Herz geschlossen (gut ich mag Bienen aber auch total gerne), obwohl ich es stellenweise etwas langatmig fand. Mal sehen was meine Mutter sagt, der habe ich nämlcih das Buch gleich in die Hand gedrückt.

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HG Wells: The Time Machine

The Time MachineThe Time Machine by H.G. Wells
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What I like about it is the sheer matter of fact story telling. Even though it is contrasted with the fiction within fiction devise, it conveys that there is absolute truth to the matter. I like that.

I have to admit though, I was confused because the Eloi in the novel do not resemble those in the movie with Rod Taylor(which I really liked as I was younger)… but I guess that’s Hollywood for you 🙂

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Terry Pratchett: The Last Hero

The Last Hero (Discworld, #27; Rincewind #7)The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am blown away by the beauty of that edition. The illustrator is a genius. But there also lies the problem, because I was so busy staring at the pretty pictures that I didn’t concentrate on the words. I loved the Kirk quote and I still really love Rincewind. I get him. And the librarian.

Storywise it was your typical Discworld narrative. I’m not disappointed and also not surprised. All is good.

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Terry Pratchett: The Amazing Maurice and his educated rodents

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated RodentsThe Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this so much!

First it is funny.

Second it is important. It is one of those books that everyone should read, I think. Because it is about humanity, and respect and tolerance and friendship and life and stories. Because it made me ashamed of being a human being because clearly, we really suck most of the time (don’t argue, we do.. I mean, really, the things we do to each other every day?).

It’s beautiful. And I encourage everyone to read it.

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Terry Pratchett: A Hat full of Sky

A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32; Tiffany Aching, #2)A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

And if you’re too afraid of going astray, you won’t go anywhere.” (p.341)

I love it. It’s wise and warm and funny and simply leaves me with a warm, fuzzy feeling. It is really a deeply wonderful and human story and I love Granny Weatherwax.

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