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Le Loup Mongol: Roman Homéric

I actually feel guilty for liking this novel so much- It's told by a narrator that tells his story about the Mongol wolf (Genghis Khan) a story of his loyalty to his khan and following him on a path of war, destruction, rape etc...

 I can’t help it, I still really like it- the novel is so well written and as time passes the narrator really grows on you (despite the fact that I don't approve his actions). It's been a long time since I've read this novel and I remember it so clearly. Maybe I wouldn't be as impressed by it now as I was then, but I'll remember it fondly...Ah, the joys of reading...especially the joy when you're really surprised by what you are reading.

I remember I had thought about it while swimming and that says something because for me the point of swimming is not to think too much and to relax. I don't plan to reread it though; I think I would like it less if I did. I’m not sure, but I’d like to keep the impression I have now.
Btw I didn&#…

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

This novel is structured as a collection of related short stories situation in a small town. The central character being Olive, the stories also feature other characters and their perspective. There is a change of view in every chapter and I found it to be refreshing (and only once in a while a bit confusing). 

Olive, a strong and complex women is a good choice for the central character. Olive is just the ideal material for a very realistic and fascinating study of an imperfect but kind human being. In general I think it could be said that there's no stereotype characters in this novel. There was a time when I was reading this novel when it seemed to me that the stories lost their connection, but it all really ties nicely in the end. I really liked it more than I expected, although I must say that I didn't expect too much( this book was a gift and first few pages looked alright but not to promising). Somewhere along the way, I changed my mind and ended really loving the book.

I …

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

“Raisin in the sun” is a memorable, beautiful and powerful play. Despite the fact that it has some flaws, I think it is a successful play. 

I liked the theme and the emotion behind this play. I think Hansberry was successful in creating the atmosphere and the setting, although she does not use much description. Yes, plays don't really have descriptions in a sense that a novel does, but what I mean to say is that she "shows" rather than "tells", i.e she is a decent dramatist. For instance you get the idea about characters from dialogues; there are no long monologues (that would be really out of place in this kind of play). It's a play that is set in a specific time and place, so it was important to recreate this- she did. In that sense there is a really natural feeling to the play.

The dialogues were really good, the conversation in the play sounded very natural. The characters for most part were well developed. Female characters were more convincing than male…

Pedro Juan Gutierrez : Havanska trilogija (roman)/ Dirty Havana Trilogy (novel)

Završila sam ovaj roman danas. Jedna od onih knjiga za koju sam sigurna da ću je dobro upamtiti. Ponekad se tih gotovo 400 stranica činilo previše...pisac sam ( u romanu) kaže da piše kako bi  prikazao zorno najveću bijedu i očaj...i to i čini...nije lagana knjiga za pročitati.

I've finished this novel today. One of those books that I'm sure will stay with me. At times these almost 400 pages seemed like too much. The author himself says in the books that he writes to show the greatest misery and despair...and he doesn't fall short of his promise...not an easy book to read.

Pedro Juan Gutierrez: Havanska trilogija

Havanska trilogija. Nisam je dovršila.  Još.
ali uskoro ću...
 sigurna sam jer prvi dio sam dio završila jučer (počela sam ga čitati na staru godinu), a neće dugo proći  i ostala dva ću vjerovatno pročitati u dahu ( i vjerovatno često namrgođenja čela, sa mučninom u želucu).
 Teško je prestati čitati, to je jedna od takvih knjiga. Što to točno znači: teško za prestati čitati? Može to biti iz sto razloga, može to biti krimić, drama ili neka knjiga pjesama, može to biti jer nas knjiga čini sretnijim, a može biti i obrnuto, pa to samo po sebi ne znači previše, zar ne? 
Zato neću reći da je knjiga čitka. Kao što je George Orwell točno zaključio, kratki ogledi knjiga su besmisleni, a ja ih srećom ne moram pisati za sitne pare (ni kratke oglede ni uopće nikakve oglede) kao njegov neuhranjeni nesretnik kojeg opisuje u jednom od svojih članaka, a što me zapravo podsjeća na samom junaka ove knjige koji je također neuhranjeni novinar. Meni za sada ne prijeti izravna neuhranjenost, ali s obziro…

Amélie Nothomb :Robert je njezino ime /Robert des noms propres/ The Book of Proper Names

I've read this novel fairly recently. Being my first book by Amélie, I had no expectations and how delicious has that proven to be! Reading a book by new author can be as sweet as trying a dish you never had before.  This Belgium writer who writes in French and had grown up in Japan and China has proven to be such a treat!  I think it is safe to say that it is surely not the last novel by her that I will read  for her narrative voice is truly fascinating. 
There is something magical in the way she tells the story of this young girl whose only dream is to be a ballerina and yet the story feels very real. The cruelty of the world is not hidden (the insanity of the ballet school, the non accepting everyone different must face in everyday world) but the magic is still there (the sense of destiny, the love at the first sight, the flight of the dancer.) It is clear that in this novel the magic exists simultaneously with the cruelty of the world and the one does not exclude the other. S…