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Never Let me Go, a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro (book recommendation and review)

For some reason, I was under the impression that I have already read Never Let Me Go. In fact, I only read a small part of this novel in a library once. Upon I realized that I actually haven't finishing reading this one, I decided to set it right and read it as soon as possible. As you can see from this photograph, I took Never Let Me Go to vacation to me. It was in this heaven of Earth that I read this novel. It seemed appropriate. For a novel as profoundly sad as this one, needs a bit of counter -balance. Island Hvar provided that counter-balance and it also did a great job of reminding me of my childhood. You know, childhood, the way we remember it, the way it shapes us, is one of the themes of this novel. However, I won't talk about that yet. Let's talk about what this novel made me feel. I wrote a review on goodreads (here) but here on my blog, I want to make this talk even more personal. I'm a fan of Kazuo, that means that I embraced this novel expecting to like…

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (book review)

I had high hopes for mr. Mercedes! I was thinking this is the one, the novel that will make me discover what kind of writer Stephen King is. Such a shame this novel turned out the way it did! The fist chapter was brilliant! The second one was interesting, but not enough for me to keep on reading it immediately. I actually took this book on vacation with me. The reason why I didn't picked it up was that my friend decided to read it but also because I had carried a lot of books that were more my cup of tea. Last night, suffering from a bad case of insomnia, I took up this book again. It wasn't difficult to get back into the story. The third chapter was going well...and the fourth one wasn't bad, despite the fact that I saw there will be some repetitons...and then? what happened? That is what I would like to know. 

I read this novel last night in a span of a few hours. Not because it is a genuine page turner, although it was just interesting enough to keep my pages turning, bu…

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (book review and recommendation)

I had to read this novel for my dystopian literature elective course back in the day, but the fact that it was a mandatory reading didn't take one bit of enjoyment from it.  I've been dying to reread it again and I hope this Summer I will get the chance to do so for it is really an exceptional piece of writing.
I happen to think that the final chapter is fundamental for the understanding of this novel. It ties everything together nicely and it adds depth to Alex (the protagonist) in a way that I found quite convincing. Somehow, it even makes him more credible as a character. It doesn't seem like too sudden a change, considering everything he undergoes towards the end of the novel. That's my opinion and I'm sticking with it. The final chapter makes the novel take on a whole new perspective. Too bad that it was not in any way a part of the film version (and if I remember well, the ending was dropped out entirely when the book was published in USA, so it is not really …

Pavao Pavličić, Umjetni orao (preporuka i ogled knjige)

Upravo sam napisala ogled knjige na goodreads stranici (poveznica), pa zašto ga ne podijeliti i ovdje? Još sam pod dojmom ovoga djela. Jednostavno rečeno, ovaj mi je roman sjeo kao budali šamar. Pročitala sam ga jučer, zapravo bolje bi bilo reći danas, jer sam ga dovršila čitati negdje oko tri ujutro. Ne sjećam se kada mi je neki roman toliko odgovarao, u smislu da se uskladio s mojim poprilično tmurnim raspoloženjem. To je naravno samo podudarnost i poprilično sam sigurna da bi mi se ovaj roman svidio i da sam ga pročitala pod drukčijim okolnostima. Pavličić mi općenito govoreći sasvim odgovara, pa bi mi i ovaj njegov roman sigurno dobro sjeo. No, u tom slučaju mi možda ne bi sjeo tako dobro kao budali šamar.

Jedna stvar me uhvatila nespremnu, a to je kako je roman u nekim dijelovima iznenađujuće poetičan. Moram priznati da to nisam primijetila u sličnim djelima ovoga pisca. Naučila sam se već na njegov stil, na tu neku jednostavnost izražaja, pogotovo kada se radi o onim djelima koja…

Buddha u supermarketu, Dario Rukavina (ogled i preporuka knjige)

Došlo je vrijeme da napišem ogled i ove zbirke priča. Buddha u sumermarketu je zanimljiva zbirka priča koju sam (što znate ako pratite moj drugi blog nedavno posudila u knjižnici). Pročitala sam je u dva dana, bez nekoga napora i mogu reći da je dosta čitka. Zanima li vas neko detaljnije mišljenje o njoj, čitajte dalje jer slijedi još jedna poduža recenzija. Ja naime baš i ne znam pisati kratke oglede knjige. Volim barem nešto reći o knjizi koju sam pročitala, a za to mi treba barem pet, šest paragrafa, a nekad i više. Neću ulaziti u dubinu svake od ovih priča, ali ću ih prokomentirati, kako pojedinačno, tako i sveukupno-

Ova zbirka kratkih priča veoma je raznolika, što po tematici, što po osjećaju, što po samom načinu pisanja. Nadalje, neke su priče ambicioznije, a neke su poprilično nepretenciozne. U svakom slučaju, nema nešto što ih sve povezuje, moglo bi ih se naime grupirati u nekoliko sličnih kategorija (primjerice priče o obiteljskim odnosima, fantastične priče i priče sa društv…

Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton ( book review and recommendation)

I had to read this novel for an elective class I was taking back in the day.  In this case 'had to' doesn't imply my lack of desire to do so. In fact, studying literature was marvellous for it provided me with a perfect excuse to spend an insane amount of time with my nose up in books. I didn’t have to feel guilty or unproductive about spending my time reading, as I (sometimes) feel today. Ouch, that was too much information and I can almost feel a start a long digression. Sorry for that, I promise from now on it will all be about the book (i.e. my experience of reading it). I once (on my old goodreads account) wrote a review for this one and I thought the best way to describe this novel would be by calling it ‘A diary of obsession’ because simply that was the first thing that came to my mind at the time. Today I’m not so sure because it feels like more than that.  Certainly obsession plays an important part in it, but isn’t it also about other things? About what happens wit…

Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold (book review and recommendation)

Yesterday I posted a review on goodreads ( you can read it here ) stating that is my first novel by Lois McMaster and adding how I didn't know much about this author when I picked it up. Well, that is all still true. Yesterday, I did some reasearch on Lois McMaster Bujold (and I learned to pronounce her name so yaaay for that) and the more I got to know the most I felt like I was missing out on great writing. At this point, I feel saddened by the fact that I have read only novel by her so far.
 I still don't know anything about Vorkosigan saga nor did my knowledge about this author greatly improve, but I'm determined to learn more and read more of her works. I will probably do a bit more research on her and the Vorkosigan saga because it all sounds mighty interesting to me. Let's get back to talking about this novel that I loved so much (  I happen to think it deserved the prize it got). Since writing my review on goodreads,  I became more interested in the saga and now…