"Shantaram" is one of the best novels I have ever read, only that there are many novels I read and I liked a lot and considered of high quality. It is huge, but Vikram Seth's "A Suitable Boy" is huger. They both are so "readable" that you regret every time you put any one of them down. "Shantaram" reminded me of "Papillon", or better said, "Banco", the second in Henry Charriere's series of adventures, but the only resemblance is that the heroes, the authors themselves, were convicts and have … [Read more...]
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Dave Eggers is my new hero. I enjoy his writing more than a lot of other things, lately, more than any Dan Brown, for sample. I'm going to speak my mind about Inferno, last Brown's ultra best selling novel, in a future post on this category. Here, I'm gonna praise Mr. Eggers, for his recent The Circle. I have started his 2012 published novel, A Hologram for the King, which determined me to post immediately. Actually I have finished it in the same day, so I have only one word to say about, it: … [Read more...]
I have recently re-read this huge novel, in an edition spread on over fourteen hundred pages and I liked it a little bit less than the first two readings. I found it entertaining but dull and less credible, more like a South American telenovella, where rarely a character is other than black or white, never shady, nor mixed. The good is very good, the bad is bad. [source - imdb] The action takes place in Hong Kong, and flashily evolves during a week, starting with a pair of newly rich … [Read more...]
I long to write about what I read, or writing related. There is already an old post in this relatively new sub-category. I have to apologize because I can't share with you everything I know or I read in my life. I'm not sure I'm going to find the time to include even the most significant things I have read. These posts will be short and sometimes with less pics. [source] After the new introduction, I have to justify myself on the subject. The title is of Dan Brown's acclaimed book. A … [Read more...]
I'm more and more unpleasantly impressed by the ultra en-vogue "artist" who Freddie Mercury or Queen inspired, called herself Lady "Gaga". I won't comment on her "message" who the great (mostly proper, less figurative) Stephen Fry understood, and not making a living from writing newspaper profiles, accepted to interview the "phenomenon", the "leader of a generation" of whom without shame adores, because, as he and his partner know, and her critics know as well, she is the voice of the ugly, the … [Read more...]
According to critics and various comments, The Social Network depicts an aggressive and unscrupulous Mark Zuckerberg, who stole ideas and has no respect for his friends and associates. It is suggested even that he framed Sean "Napster" Parker, to kick him off from the position he acquired. The book the film is based on, The Accidental Billionaires, is less aggressive regarding Zuckerberg, is decent when expressing the characters’ view, and is biased toward Eduardo Saverin, who, as mentioned in … [Read more...]