Thursday, June 17, 2010

ANGELS & DEMONS ....

now  nyone would say , i keep deviating from the book i start - i found THE TIN DRUM a terribily slow read - even though  its style is captivating and unique . i finally read ANGELS & DEMONS  , by one of my favourite authors (living) Dan Brown.

 I have now been able to form a tab on dan brow - a secret brotherhood , lots of renaissance art , a harvard professor , a non-americano beautiful lady ,  a conspiracy , murders , time hold . ofcourse, his books contain a plethora of information , it is always exciting to read  brown - but this time , evne though , angels and demons is one of his most famous books - i was able to predict the events happening next , - the camerlengo had to be evil .

 i suspect it would have been a  much better read - had i really had all the knowledge of the catholic church , or the painters or was atleast living in rome ...... its definitely informative - dan brown is an itriguing read ..but , i am slightly disappointed after THE DA VINCI CODE -----


still
 one SHOULD read this book.

p.s. wats with the brotherhoods? and the church ? and ofcourse - the "assasins ?" - the albino monk ? now the arab hassasin ???
im probably getting too  old for these books now - i need to read more about life and its experiences and save myself from  murder mysteries ...

p.p.s.  i like the word plays ....

Monday, June 7, 2010

..mushy much ?

ill tell u an inside verdict . ur my favorite - out of all the men iv been interested in and who have been interested in me so there
-- and do you wanna know why ?
him : why ?
me : bcoz ur the only one who cares enough to stick around  even iv given up on myslef . coz ur the only one who ever gives me flowers on valentines day , even though im not the type of girl who likes flowers .coz ur the only guy , i keep going back to - even when i knw id run in five minutes , and still ur there .coz i know you love me like hell - its one of the very few things i know about my life . coz your the only guy i feel so sure of that i would do almost anything you'd ask me to do. coz youre the only guy whom i make fun of mercilessly still jump to defend when nyone tries to say nything bout u . coz ur the onyl guy who writes the right things , even if sumtimes u cant say them .coz ur the only guy - i think , (RIGHT NOW AND QUITE FOR SOME TIME) that i can actually even think about getting serious .
so yeah
thats like one iota of the whys - why you are wat you are to me

Sunday, June 6, 2010

THE TIN DRUM

I HAVE PUT VIRGINIA WOOLF ON HOLD- FOR I CAME ACROSS A VERY INTERESTING SOUNDING BOOK - THIS IS BY THE NOBEL PRIZE WINNING GERMAN AUTHOR - GUNTER GRASS.

HERE IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE VERY FIRST PAGE OF THE NOVEL ---:
Once a week a visiting day breaks in on the stillness that I plait between the white metal bars. This is the

time for the people who want to save me, whom it amuses to love me, who try to esteem and respect
themselves, to get to know themselves, through me. How blind, how nervous and ill-bred they are! They scratch the white enamel of my bedstead with their fingernail scissors, they scribble obscene little men on it with their ballpoint pens and blue pencils. No sooner has my lawyer blasted the room with his hello than he slaps his nylon hat down over the lower left-hand bedpost -- an act of violence that shatters my peace of mind for the duration of his visit, and lawyers find a good deal to talk about.


a novel can't have a hero any more because there are no more individualists, because individuality is a thing of the past, because man -- each man and all men together -- is alone in his loneliness and no one is entitled to individual loneliness, and all men lumped together make up a "lonely mass" without names and without heroes.
I AM AMAZED BY THIS AUTHOR'S STYLE ...  I PROMISE TO FINISH THIS BOOK AND REVIEW IT ......

TILL THEN

HAPPY READING :)

GRISHAM v/s ARCHER

AMERICAN AUTHOR V/S ENGLISH AUTHOR (BOTH WRITING MAJORLY ABOUT THINGS THEY THEMSELVES EXPERIENCED – GRISHAM ABOUT LAW AND ARCHER ABOUT PRISONERS AND PRISONS .) NOW I AM NO AUTHORITY ON EITHER, I HAVE READ A BOOK (EACH) BY BOTH THE ILLUSTROUS AUTHORS. TO BE HONEST , THE ONLY MURDER MYSTERIES I EVER REALLY LIKED WERE “THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO” AND OFCOURSE , “KIDNAPPED” – I READ MY FAIR SHARE OF NOVELS WITH MEN GETTING SHIPWRECKED , LAWYERS FIGHTING GLORIOUS CASES AND WINNING IMPOSSIBLE MYSTERIES . BOTH THE AUTHORS I DISCUSS TODAY ARE WIDELY READ (ESPECIALLY BY A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO DO NO PREFER TO CALL THEMSELVES ARDENT READERS) I JUST GAVE THEM A TRY SO THAT I MAY KNOW WHAT ALL THE HYPE WAS ABOUT.

I READ “THE CLIENT” BY JOHN GRISHAM – A LITTLE BOY , WHO IS OBVIOUSLY EXTRAORDINARY , STOPS A HALF CRAZED MAN FROM COMMITING SUICIDE (THROUGH VARIOUS THINGS HE HAS LEARNT WATCHING CSI ON TELEVISION) , HIS LITTLE BROTHER IS TRAUMATIZED AFTER THE INCIDENT. THE STORY GOES ON WHERE HE ENDS UP KNOWING THE WHEREABOUT OF A SENATOR’S DEAD BODY , GETTING INVOLVED WITH SICK , TWISTED AND CALLOUS POLICEMEN AND THE MAFIA. HE FINDS HIMSELF – A GODMOTHER OF A LAWYER , WITH A TRADITIONAL STEREOTYPICAL FIGURE OF “MAMMA LOVE” FEEDING THE DOWNTRODDEN – HELPING HER WRONGED DAUGHTER ROUGH IT TO THE WRONGDOERS ……A SERIES OF CLICHES – A VERY VERY ASSUMABLE PLOT – I COULD SMELL THE TWISTS AND TURNS. I REMAIN – SADLY VERY UNIMPRESSED. HE IS A LAWYER WRITING ABOUT LAW – WEAVING IN THE DRAMA , THE GOOD LAWYERS , THE BAD COPS , THE TROUBLED SINGLE MOTHER, THE BRAVE CHILD AND OFCOURSE WITH THE MAFIA – THE SERIES OF CLICHES IS PERFECTLY COMPLETED. I AM FORCED TOASK - WHAT IS ALL THE HUE AND CRY ABOUT ? BUT THEN MAYBE IM TOO HARSH TO JUDGE HIM AFTER READING ONE NOVEL. THE CHILD’S CUNNING IS OBVIOUSLY A POINT TO BE MARVELLED UPON.

COMING TO ARCHER – A QUIRKY AUTHOR. I MUST SAY, I THINK HIS INTERVIEWS ARE MUCH MORE INTERESTING THAN HIS BOOKS. THIS IS THE SAME PERSON WHO CLAIMED THAT DAN BROWN HAD NO RIGHT TO BE A BESTSELLER AND GAVE JUDGEMENT THAT THE READING HABBITS OF THE WORLD HAD GONE TO THE DOGS . SADLY (AGAIN IM JUDGING HIM FROM ONE BOOK – “THE PRISONER OF BIRTH ”) HE CANNOT HOLD A CANDLE TO BROWN (WHOSE EXTENSICE RESEARCH AND AMAZING DEXTRITY WITH PLOT ONE HAS TO ACCEPT). IN MY OPINION, A MUCH OBVIOUSLY BETTER WRITER THAN GRISHAM. I KNEW THAT DANNY WOULD ESCAPE FROM THE PRISON A NICK , I KNEW THAT IN THE END HE WILL MANAGE TO BE FREE , I COULD PREDICT EVERY TWIST OF THE BOOK – AND ONE WILL AGREE THAT IN A THRILLE THAT IS NOT A GOOD TRAIT. HIS WOMEN ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL – HIS HEROES ALL EXTREMELY INTELLIGENT – AND OFCOURSE , THE WRONGDOERS VERY GULLIBLE. STILL , THE COURT SCENES , SPECIALLY THE DIFFERENCE IN THE CHARACTERISATION OF THE MANY BARRISTERS , JUDGES AND JUNIORS IS COMMENDABLE. HE KEEPS ALLUDING TO THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO – SO MAYBE , I AM COMPARING BOTH THE BOOKS AND I FOUND ARCHER TO LACK JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF NOVELTY. STILL , HE HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO HOLD A READER , HE HAS WHAT WILL MAKE YOU KEEP ON READING TILL THE LAST PAGE. THE DRUG PEDDLING IN PRISONS IS VERY INSIGHTFUL . ARCHER IS DEFINITELY ONE UP WHEN COMPARED TO GRISHAM – BUT THEN, WITH HIS RECORD FOR CONTROVERSIES ONE DOESN’T REALLY EXPECT ANY LESS.

THOUGH , I STAND NOT VERY CONVINCED WITH BOTH AUTHORS , I STILL WANT TO READ MORE BOOKS BY THEM (SPECIALLY ARCHER) TO BE ABLE TO REALLY HAVE AN OPINION ABOUT THEM.  ONE THING IS CLEAR – THEY HAVE ALL THE INGREDIENTS TO MAKE WHAT IS  CALLED A BESTSELLER.  OFCOURSE THEY HAVE MORE TALENT THAN HIM , BUT I MIGHT JUST LIABLE BOTH AS ENHANCED CHETAN BHAGATS – CATERING TO THE EXACT NEEDS OF THE GLOBAL AUDIENCE.

Friday, June 4, 2010

READING MRS DALLOWAY ...

I LOVE VIRGINIA WOOLF - ALTHOUGH ALL IV EVER READ OF HER , IS THIS 10 PAGE EXCERPT FROM  ONE OF HER ESSAYS --- IM READING MRS DALLOWAY , AND ONCE IM FINISHED , ILL BE HAPPY TO DO A REVIEW ...

HER EIS SOMETHING SHE SAYS BOUT WAR :_
The War was over, except for some one like Mrs. Foxcroft


at the Embassy last night eating her heart out because that nice boy was killed and now

the old Manor House must go to a cousin; or Lady Bexborough who opened a bazaar,

they said, with the telegram in her hand, John, her favourite, killed.