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review 2017-05-17 00:23
Incoming Rant
The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

You know, I'd read in some posh literary review that Jake and Brett were two of Hemingway's most lovable characters, but I really can't see how that could be. I get he was painting an era, but I had the same difficulties I had with Fitzgerald's "Great Gatsby": I was bored by the characters misery (first world high class problems, people, that's what you have!); and I was enraged by the chaos and destruction they sowed all around themselves with their callow carelessness. Stupid egotistical brats.

And that's the other thing: they ARE reacting like brats. "Our parent's culture and ideology crumbled down and betrayed us! Let's rage and get drunk, and screw everyone around!" Except, you know, they are in their middle thirties. I don't say you have to have your shit together by that time or any other, God knows you never really do, and life has a marvelous way of sucker punch you when you think you have it balanced, but the over the top woe-is-me shit you are supposed to learn to manage after the hormones of puberty stabilize.

Every generation has challenges, and I reckon those that were born around the turn of the 20th century had a suck-fest of a raw deal, but what I saw inside this book was not just depression and insecurity over lost direction and of self, but a total lack of care for other people. I saw the phrase "moral bankruptcy" around, and I think that's and exact description, but it was treated as an excuse for how these particular characters act, because apparently it was a pervasive thing all around. News-flash: if everyone is a terrible person, and you act like everyone, you are still a terrible person.

 

So no, I have no love for these characters. Now, do I have any use for this book? *sigh* Thorny issue. If it was an accurate representation of the generation, I have to loose any surprise at seeing them fall right back into war; they all felt suicidal to me, and self-centered enough to blow up the world along with themselves.

 

So here's what I think: maybe it's useful, but I did not like it.

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text 2017-05-07 09:32
Reading progress update: I've read 51 out of 251 pages.
The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

Dreary all around. And all this scene between Robert and Frances, with Jake as a barely interactive audience is true poison study.

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review 2017-04-30 16:18
Book Review For: 'A Study in Scoundrels' by Christy Carlyle
A Study in Scoundrels (Romancing the Rules) - Christy Carlyle

'A Study in Scoundrels' by Christy Carlyle is book Two in the "Romancing the Rules" series. This is the story of Sophia Ruthven and Jasper Grey. I have read the previous book but fell this can easily be a standalone book. Sophia writes detective stories so she is always looking around for information or help with her stories. But she comes off very prim and proper but Sophia isn't really that way. She was a strong character that knew she wanted to be married and not just a writer. Sophia had been writing to a man she 'met' via the newspaper. Jasper is the really bad rake who after the lost of his brother seem to step away from his family. Jasper has taken up the acting and parting life style. But when he hears his sister has gone missing he comes forward to try to discretely find her before the town and his father finds out. When confronting a man he thinks his sister might have been duped by he meets up with Sophia who was hiding out in the man's library. Sophia overhears that his sister is missing. Sophia starts to try and help Jasper find his sister. Jasper finds Sophia breathtaking and knows that she is to prime and proper for him but that doesn't stop him from wanting her. I am such a big fan of Ms. Carlyle that I was over the moon in getting a chance to read this book. I can't wait for more in this series and by Ms. Carlyle! "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read." https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/A2HX0B5ELOPP5Z?ie=UTF8&ref_=sv_ys_3 https://www.facebook.com/RomanceBookReview https://www.facebook.com/groups/1709181636033417/ https://twitter.com/soapsrus68 https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1831318-sissy-s-romance-book-review-for-you http://sissymaereads.blogspot.com/ https://romancebookreviewforyou.wordpress.com/ http://booklikes.com/blog https://www.tumblr.com/blog/romancebookreviewforyoublog https://plus.google.com/+SissyHicks https://www.pinterest.com/u2soapsrus/

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review 2017-04-26 02:34
Some Family
The Godfather - Peter Bart,Robert Thompson,Mario Puzo

Do I even need to explain what this one is about? Epic spanning a whole Mafia family sprawled across a decade. Onto review:

 

Like I said in the first comment, the thing that pulls you in immediately is the perfect setting up of the magnetism, the why clans work. The comfort of belonging, the empowerment of feeling backed up by your people. And of course, the unsubstantiated but very present sense of menace when you skirt it's edges.

I don't know that those are very clear to someone born to privilege. I think it's possible for many to read this book and get horrified "in a straight manner", by the violence and the getting away with it. Personally, much of my horror while reading was the realization that I was doubtful about how far was too far.

To explain: law, while a laudable thing that one ought to strive to follow, is not the same as justice. It's supposed to strive to be, but then, it is forged by people with the power to forge it. Humans, supposed to be working for the good of the many, but always with personal views of what that is. And that's with the best possible setting. Government, law enforcement, all the political and economical structure, also follow the same path. Made by people for the people. Which people?.

So when you are part of the demographic that is not the controlling one, or live in a country with a government you distrust, the rounding-of-the-carts  family first, then friends, then we'll see thing seems the safe way to go. I started to have all this thoughts about how far I'd be willing to go, how much I'd flaut the law for my borther, or my best fried, or my child... Let me tell you, it is scary to realize while reading a book that your moral center is not a fixed thing. That's where the mind-screw tag gets deserved.

As for particulars, I have to toast the verisimilitude. No Sicilian's in my tree, but enough Italian blood to recognize many traits that resonated. The appearance of self-deprecating nature that is really pride, the cheerfulness that barely conceals the deep-well of potential violence, the strange to me (since I'm a couple generations removed) highly passionate, forever contentious marital relations, where the man rules, sometimes violently, often unfaithfully, but the woman might stick a knife in his groin. And they'd remain happily married for a couple more decades... yeah, actually, that comedy was my grandparents life. We can laugh about it with mom now, some days.

As for the vengefulness, that's an epic I have nothing in my life to make a parallel, because damn.

By the way, I started to read a bit about Sicily and wiki-walked to the Sicilian Opening stub. I'm so sure the man that named it was being facetious. I mean, really, a very agresive response that does not directly menace an opponent's piece?

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review 2017-04-24 17:11
ALL THINGS NEW by KELLY MINTER
All Things New - Bible Study Book: A Study on 2 Corinthians (Living Room) - Kelly Minter

I read this for a Bible study at my church. This was good but usually the Bible studies I read are, "Now what do you think about that verse" where this was "Name the 5 reasons Paul gave for writing to the Corinthian church". I guess the emphasis was on the word "study". It was good but with 5 sections each week it was a struggle to finish it during my lunch hour.

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