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Monday, February 17, 2014

Review: Morirás lejos

Morirás lejos
Morirás lejos by José Emilio Pacheco

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

No pude resistir el morbo de leer a un autor que recientemente falleció y del cual únicamente había leído Batallas en el desierto,el cual me encantó.

La narrativa de este libro es muy interesante, presentando 2 historias de inicio inconexas, pero que como va avanzando el libro van tomando sentido, al menos hasta cierto punto.

Una de las historias es mucho más rara que la otra, "Salónica" cuenta la historia de dos personajes misteriosos que viven en la ciudad de méxico en los años 60's (para el momento en que fue escrita la novela, era la actualidad). "Eme" y "Alguién" son los nombres que Pacheco decide ponerle a estos personajes. Pacheco invita al lector a juegar a adivinar los motivos, situaciones, personalidades de estos misteriosos personajes y hace partícipe de su proceso creativo y desarrollo de la historia.

La otra historia habla sobre el pueblo judío y sus conflictos con otros pueblos, desde los romanos y culminando con el holocausto de la segunda guerra mundial.

Es realmente un libro "raro" pero sin duda muy interesante.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Review: Life of Pi

Life of Pi
Life of Pi by Yann Martel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I haven't seen the film, but obviously I have heard many good things about it, that made my expectatins rise pretty high, and I think this book did met them or at least came very close.

In the first part of the book, the main character is introduced, and it is plain to see that Patel Piscine was a very endearing boy, and one of those characters you feel sad when bad things happen to him.

In the first part of the book I felt like the author was proselytizing religion or the idea of a good god and that zoos are a good place for animals, two ideas which I am against, nonetheless it was an interesting development of the main character.

The second part is where all the incredible things happen, and is without a dobdt the most exciting part of the book, full of wonders, conflict, and intrigue.

The ending was the best part for me,it leaved me, as any good ending should, with mixed feelings and wanting for more.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Review: A Widow for One Year

A Widow for One Year
A Widow for One Year by John Irving

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I think this book is way too long, and although has some interesting plots, I felt it lacked something. In my opinion the worst thing about this book was the disapointing way in which all the promising stories ended.
Irving writes fantastically, he creates conflicts and situations that are intriguing and fascinating and just when he had all myattention he just solves the situation in the most unsatisfying way possible (killing characters, solving misteries way too easily, etc)

I fealt like I was cheated, too many pages, not enough emotion.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Review: And Another Thing...

And Another Thing...
And Another Thing... by Eoin Colfer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The hitchhickers guide to the galaxy is a "Trilogy" of five books, and curiously enough in general opinion the first three books were the greatests, and not everybody liked the ending of the saga.

So here is when Eoin Colfer gets called up on stage, to try and make a "nicer" ending to this fantastic story, I am not gonna go and say that I loved this ending, but it certanly was a bit less dramatic.

One thing I liked very much about this book is that Wowbagger (who was one of my favorite characters) is back, although I didnt love the romantic relationship he gets into.

The constant critics to religion and laughs at god's expenses was great, specially when Colfer minimizes Cthulhu almightiness, for being just a semi-god.

I recommend this book to any hitchhicker fan, just dont expect Douglas Adam's genious, because those are difficult shoes to fill.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Review: The Almond Tree

The Almond Tree
The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I normally wouldn't rate a book like this one with 5's, but the message and the author's commitment to tell a story like this, (knowing about her background and religious beliefs) really moved me. So I hope that by having a high rating more people read it, because being this one her first novel and not having the number of fans other authors have, this book deserves a chance.

The book tells the story of Ichmad, a 12 years old Palestinian boy who has a great mind for mathematics, but lives in a land where oportunities are slim, and he and his people are treated as an obstacle for the stablishment of the Jewish state of Israel. Ichmad has to face some tough challenges in his life, and has to make decisions that make him question his beliefs, ethics and moral values.

The almond tree doesn't beat about the bush, from the very begining charachters that are innocent and important to Ichmad get injured or killed and sometimes it seems that everything that could go wrong, goes even worse for him and his family, so this isn't a book for impressionable people.

The story telling seemed a little weak at some points, I felt that there were really important things that were "handled" way too abrupt, without much description, but other than that I really liked this book, and recommend it to everyone.

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