Saturday, 28 February 2009

"Answered Prayers", by Danielle Steel

It's a real Danielle Steel novel, this one.
It starts out with a couple of characters, all miserable and blue up to a point.
Or very good, but they get faced with problems.
And then it ends all "Happily ever after"ish.

Faith seems to be what every woman of fifty would want. At the surface, anyways. Slim, blonde, stylish, married to a successful banker and mother of two grown up daughters. At the funeral of her stepfather, a man who, like her husband, has always been too far to reach emotionally, Faith meets up with a long lost friend of her and her brother Jack: Brad. When Jack died, they came together again in their common, inconsolable grief, then lost touch again because of Life.

Now a lawyer in California, Brad reenters Faith's life when she herself is about to make a major decision to plunge her marriage into crisis. Soon emails are flying back and forth, and they become close friends again. Both change, and Faith is even able to share the secret that has been haunting her for a very long time, for the first time in her life.~

I think it's a good read, generally, if you're into this kind of story.
Quick, too. But maybe that's because I'm a quick reader?
For me, it becomes too personal at times, similarities being so shocking to real life situations.

The Gypsy

Monday, 16 February 2009

"Ghosts" - Hendrik Ibsen (1881)

Not a very long "Drama", this one. But then again, most dramas are short, aren't they?
When compared to novels, at least.
Ghosts is part of a trilogy, the second part, to be exact.
A Doll's House is the first part. I never liked that much, but I suppose it deals with society in Ibsen's time critically enough. Same with Ghosts, by the way.

Ghosts deals with how a woman married to a "fallen" man lives through it all. She is open-minded, not immediately judgemental, bright, and all the things the patriarchal society around her is not.
She suffered, married to someone who doesn't give her what she deserves, ends up getting a maid pregnant, she is forced to send her son away because he's starting to grow old enough to ask questions about his father's behaviour, and her husband won't admit he's done her damage ever. He dies, and she hushes it all up. His father being a "player", his son discovers he has a genetically inherent disease, even though he can't be persuaded it's his ideal father's fault, and ends up self-reproaching until he finds out the truth in the very end.
"Ghosts", according to his mother, are the dead ideas and values that are given from one generation to the other, "Ghosts" are those memories being repeated over and over.. "Ghosts" are what's haunting her, her son, and everyone.

Pretty sad. But then again, it isn't called a Modern Tragedy for nothing, is it?

The Gyspy.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

"A Long Way Down," Nick Hornby.

Alright, so I've thought this through. And to be honest, still haven't arrived at an answer.
I was going to start out saying "If you're suicidal, don't read this book". Basically cause that's the topic it talks about. But then I figured, might be rather good to read that others also don't see a point in living, and that you're not the only one there.
But then, that might just make things worse for you, right?
That's the place where I am now. Uncertain about whether to advise it to any manic depressed person, or not.

I figure, if you really like Hornby's style: British humor, referring to first person, a story seen through the eyes of four characters, then just go on and read it, depressed or not.
And if you don't.. Well.. Give it a try anyways, it might you surprise you, mightn't it?

Personally, I really liked it. I'm even less cringe-y about swear words at the moment, cause he uses them quite frequently. And I'm using more British terms right now, too. Bloke, mental.
But then, I'm a tosser, aren't I? xD

The Gypsy.

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live,"

Dumbledore remains up till this day one of my favourite characters. So loony and yet so wise.
I only read this first for tradition's sake, but I have to admit, it never gets boring. Rowling is a genius, pure and simple.
I must have read it at least ten times, now. And still, every time I finish I heave a sigh and smile. Am I weird? Hell yus. And damn proud of it.
I still hold my breath at the right times, still snort and giggle at J's humor, and it's all just super. Can't believe I'm over my fan craze, it's such a shame~
I know I'm not eleven anymore, but I would have loved a Hogwarts letter. *le pouteth*

The Gypsy.