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review 2019-01-10 21:51
Córki Smoka
Córki smoka - William Andrews

"Córki smoka" to niezwykła książka. To obraz kobiet wziętych do niewoli podczas II wojny światowej. Jest gorzka, trudna i przerażająca. Ale warto po nią sięgnąć, by poznać fakty historyczne. 
Po śmierci adopcyjnej amerykańskiej matki Anna chce poznać swoją biologiczną matkę. W tym celu udaję się do Korei wraz z przybranym ojcem. W ośrodku adopcyjnym dowiaduję się, że jej prawdziwa matka zmarła przy jej porodzie, a ojciec jest nieznany. Zrozpaczona wychodzi i pod ośrodkiem podchodzi do niej staruszka, wręcza jej grzebień z dwugłowym smokiem, adres i prosi by do niej przyszła, wtedy pozna historię o swoim pochodzeniu. 
Nasza bohaterka trafia do mieszkania niezbyt zamożnej, ale eleganckiej kobiety - Hang Je-hee, która twierdzi, że jest jej babcią. Staruszka opowiada jej o pochodzeniu grzebienia i wydarzeniach zaczynających się od japońskiej okupacji Korei i Chin podczas II wojny, kiedy to tysiące kobiet koreańskich zostało niewolnicami japońskich żołnierzy. Były bite, gwałcone, torturowane i mordowane. Jedną z nich była babcia Anny. 
Ta fikcyjna powieść ukrywa w sobie druzgocące i szokujące fakty z historii Korei. Pokazuje nam z jakim piętnem musiały żyć te kobiety zmuszane do prostytucji pod rządami Cesarstwa Japońskiego. Wstyd, hańba i cierpienia jakim były poddawane nigdy nie zostało zadośćuczynione. 
To wyjątkowa książka, która wstrząśnie czytelnikiem i zapadnie na długo w pamięci. Polecam całym sercem.

Dziękuję bardzo za udostępnienie egzemplarza do recenzji Wydawnictwu NieZwykłe.

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review 2018-12-16 13:57
Córka samuraja
Córka samuraja - Lesley Downer

"Córka samuraja" jest drugą książką tej autorki, którą przeczytałam. Akcja toczy się w dziewiętnastowiecznej Japonii. Autorka przedstawia czytelnikom Japonię w jednym z najważniejszych momentów w jej dziejach: na zlikwidowaniu różnic cywilizacyjnych między nią a państwami zachodnimi. 
To także opowieść o córce szanowanego samuraja, a także miłości jej do chłopaka z wrogiego klanu. 
Opowieść pisana jest barwnym językiem. Kraj Kwitnącej Wiśni jest przedstawiony bardzo rzeczywiście. 
Pozycja to przede wszystkim powieść historyczna. Wątek miłosny prowadzony jest naturalnie, bez wymuszenia i współdziała z pozostałymi tematami poruszanymi w książce. 
to piękna książka o burzliwych czasach, o zakazanej miłości, oddaniu, poświęceniu i honorze. Naprawdę polecam!!!

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review 2018-12-06 13:14
1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Nineteen by Heather Graham, CD Reiss, Kristen Proby, Liliana Hart, Darcy Burke
1001 Dark Nights Bundle - Darcy Burke,Kristen Proby,CD Reiss,Heather Graham,Liliana Hart

 

 

Proby, Reiss, Burke, Hart and Graham keep it hot with five intriguingly, tempting reads. From eerie, to sexy, sassy and humorous. Bundle #19 of 1001 Dark Nights puts on quite a show.

Prince Roman by CD Reiss - Control is an alluringly, deceptive beast. It presents a false sense of security that can easily be broken. Raven is slowly learning the error of her ways. All it takes is a forbidden attraction and a true life prince to have her breaking all the rules. Is the cost worth the risk? CD Reiss makes temptation a top priority. Prince Roman is a sensual delight that is unpredictable, wicked and short. Spice up the bookshelf with this hot little number. (4 stars)

No Reservations by Kristen Proby - There are few authors like Kristen Proby. With just one line, she can steal your heart, breath and leave you speechless all while stirring up the most unexpected of emotions. No Reservations keeps to that winning formula. No Reservations is not very original, but it makes up for that with great characters, humorous dialogue and tempting scenarios. Proby and perfect go hand in hand. (5 stars)

So Good by Darcy Burke - There is sensuality to the business of wine. The taste of it, the preparation of the flavorful blends, are an attack on the senses and loosen inhibitions. It' s only fitting that this aphrodisiac would be at the center of a love story. So Good is classic Darcy Burke. Savvy, sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance. (5 stars)

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review 2018-12-02 14:16
Only For Slackers: "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die" by Peter Boxall
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die - Peter Boxall


(Original Review, 2010-04-18)



I found this list rather heavy on very recent fiction. There is also no way of knowing whether books published a few years ago will withstand the test of time, and I suspect many won´t. This is a reason why, apart from a handful of favourites, I tend to restrict my (sadly limited) reading to more established authors. 4 times out of 5, when I believe the "hype", I end up disappointed.

 

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-12-01 20:33
Jane Eyre (Audiobook)
Jane Eyre (Centaur Classics) [The 100 greatest novels of all time - #17] - Charlotte Brontë

What the hell did I just read?

 

This book is nearly 200-years old, but in case you're like me and know nothing about this book: SPOILERS! You've been warned. :D

 

This book started out with orphaned Jane living with relative-in-laws who barely put up with her, Jane getting into trouble and being sent to a boarding school and ... wait? This is Jane Eyre and not David Copperfield, right? *checks book* Right. And I can tell because it's much better written, has much more interesting and better developed characters and actually gets to a point eventually. 

 

It took me a while to get into this one, until I realized the audiobook playback was just too slow to keep my attention and I sped it up to 1.20x. Wanda McFadden does an excellent job narrating and she does Jane's voice especially well, a crucial detail. Plus, the fire was quite an attention-grabber too. And then it got a little meandering for a few more chapters and then Rochester has a room that he can lock people into and they can't get out! THAT'S NORMAL!

 

At that point, I started to really root for Jane to get the hell out of there, especially as things got even more messed up - and she does! She even stumbles upon a literally found family who treats her well and to whom she can contribute equally, and she gains financial independence to boot! She's scot free! Only she eventually goes back, marries Rochester and lives happily ever after. The End!

 

 

I wanted a gif of someone shaking a book upside down as if looking for more pages, but this one works just as well! Because this book ended and I kept waiting. There had to be another chapter, right? One that started with, "Reader, he locked me in the attic."

 

Though I guess a man locking up his cray-cray Creole wife is totally normal and acceptable behavior for the 1800s. And going after his ward's governess, who is less than half his age and whose name he can't even get right half the time, well that's a time-honored tradition. And who says bigamy can't be romantic? *cough*Outlander*cough* Oh, Janet. I mean Jane, what were you thinking?

 

I take it we have Ms. Brontë to blame for one of my least favorite tropes: the strong independent woman who falls for the thuggish brute. *sigh* And yet Jane is so astute and headstrong and knows her own mind and ambitions so well, I can't hold it against her. If I had only two options and one of them was Rochester and the other was Rivers, I'd choose Rochester too. 

 

WAIT! Hear me out! Because Rivers just wanted her as a project, someone to reform and shape into what he wanted her to be, completely disregarding what she wanted and desired, whereas Rochester wanted her for herself. And at least if she ever goes crazy, she'll have the comforting foreknowledge that Rochester will take care of her at home and not send her off to an asylum. Plus, he's infirm and half-blind, so if she really needed to fight him off, she probably could. Silver linings! I has them!

 

 

Shhh! Katniss, no. We're all sane here. :) (Also not what I was looking for when I searched for gifs of silver linings, but again, I'll take it.)

 

I guess feminism and female power only got you so far in the 1800s. In today's world, I like to think that Jane would've told Rivers to screw himself (well, she does here too), forgot all about Rochester, opened her own school and lived happily ever after.

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