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review 2019-05-28 03:49
Review: Bel Canto
Bel Canto - Ann Patchett

This novel is as lyrical, engaging, and wonderfully charactered as you've heard. The epilogue is also as terrible as you've heard. (You have my permission to skip it.)

 

I have nothing to add, other than I would've loved to have seen more internal strife within the group and within the characters than we were provided after the initial set up. Some complacency is expected, but I thought this was a bit too relaxed.

 

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review 2019-05-25 22:01
Bel Canto
Bel Canto - Ann Patchett

DNF @ p.50.

 

I just could not get invested in the story or the characters. Then I came to a point where Alex, the opera singer, performs just after the entire party has been taken hostages.

 

I'm sorry, but I can't suspend my disbelief enough to buy that people who have just been taken hostage by a group of automatic-rifle-slinging terrorists would give a damn about a musical performance, never mind appreciate the finer points of opera.

 

Erm. Next.

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text 2019-05-25 21:36
Reading progress update: I've read 42 out of 319 pages.
Bel Canto - Ann Patchett

Eh?

 

I may need to look up what the rules are for DNFs in the BL-Opoly game. I'm not finding any interest in this story or any of the characters at all.

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review 2019-01-14 23:00
Il canto delle onde - Marco Rincione
Ho amato lo stile del disegno, incantevole e onirico che si sposa perfettamente con la vicenda narrata, per il resto... meh. La storia è confusa e poco definita e arrivati alla fine della lettura rimane solo l'amarezza questo perchè con la giusta cura, una struttura diversa e qualche pagina in più... sarebbe stato perfetto. La dimostrazione che ahimè non basta saper disegnare per intrattenere il lettore. Sconsigliato.
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review 2018-09-29 15:34
Shakespeare vs Thermodynamics: "The Two Cultures" by C. P. Snow
The Two Cultures (Canto) - C. P. Snow,Stefan Collini


(original review, 1993)

As a maths and physics graduate, I observe that most compilers of the best books of all-time lists are, self-evidently, not from my side of the cultural divide. They should at the very least, it seems to me, be required to read C. P. Snow's "The Two Cultures" and "The Scientific Revolution", not to mention Arthur Koestler's "The Sleepwalkers" (a masterly history of how mankind has viewed, and developed ideas about, the universe) - and then put them on the lists, as they deserve to be there IMO. At least they do if you buy into the idea of a top 100 in the first place, which, in my view, would be like trying to rank great composers/mathematicians/physicists - inherently rather ridiculous. It might have been better though to have just two lists from either side of the cultural divide. It would not be difficult to come up with 100 tomes from the sciences after all.

 

 

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

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