“Happiness can reach a pitch so great that any further happiness can’t be felt. Pain, despair, humiliation, disgust, and gear are no different.”
What a beautifully dark and heart-wrenching tale this was! Like other Stefan Zweig novels that i have read even this had a strange impact on me. I felt restless while reading this. Neither i could continue reading nor could I stop. I loved the way how he forces his readers to get involved with his characters and their story even if they don’t want to which is evident in his writing he stresses every word, every sentence till the reader gets the hang of it.
Christine a simple girl working in a post office in a small village is ignorant of any kind of luxuries that exists in life till she receives a letter from her aunt and uncle to join them in Swiss Alpine resort to give them company for a while. But the moment Christine steps in her new life her old self is dead instantly. It becomes difficult for Christine to be the same old person that she was even after returning from her abrupt vacation and that’s when her life becomes a living hell. She feels caged. Neither she could fit into her current life nor could she get out. She feels a constant embarrassment to lead her life. Her every thought, her every move was heart breaking to read. But the curiosity of what step Christine takes next kept me glued to this story as it was unpredictable. And then she meets Ferdinand, a war veteran who is as unhappy with his life and the society as Christine is and somehow their coming together disturbs both their lives entirely. Although the ending is abrupt yet I couldn’t have asked for any better ending than that because personally i was not prepared for a closed ending as I didn’t wanted to know what Ferdinand and Christine ended up doing together.
Must say I love this author and I am sure of reading all his works, essays, short stories, novellas and anything that he has ever written. His prose is like poetry to me.
So the theme of my books this week seems to be unloving mothers. I went from Flowers in the Attic to this and in comparison Ani’s mother is a saint, but still. Ani was always different, her aunt taught her at a young age how to speak to the swans and that she has a speech on her tongue that she will learn in time. She learns she’s being shipped off from her home in Kildenree to Bayern to be married to a prince she’s never met. Her escort party splits off in to two groups, one that aims to protect Ani and one that aims to kill her and give her lady in waiting the crown. She gets away, barely and tries to reclaim her title and her crown, but can she do that as just a Goose Girl?
It was an entertaining read, not too long. I found the 3 types of speech interesting and actually plan to read the second one and learn more about Enna and her fire speech. I don’t have much to say about this one other than I genuinely enjoyed Shannon Hale’s writing and I will read more of it.
My Top Free Kindle Books of the Week back by uhm, not really popular demand or anything so we'll just go with because I feel like it :D
Also these aren't necessarily the best books of the week that are free, they're just my top picks of the week because I'm only going to do this just once a week because I'm super lazy.
And now in no particular order except for that first one that I put first because I totally like the cover but other than that they're not in any particular order :)
1. Creatus (Creatus Series) by Carmen DeSousa
This one looks really good and I love that cover. My biggest fear is that it may be too much like Twilight. I truly hope the main heroine doesn’t try to kill herself because she just can’t live without that gorgeous man who saved her. The totally hot and sparkly guy she knew for all of 2 seconds and at the age of 8 to boot. I just downloaded it and I so hope she’s just super depressed, feels so alone and wants to see her mysterious savior one last time or something. I liked Bella from Twilight but seriously, it’s pretty unhealthy to “love” someone so much that you just lay down in a forest and give up on life.
2. Anne of Green Gables: 12 Books, 142 short stories, and more by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Okay I have never read Anne of Green Gables but I know there’s a lot of people who grew up loving these books. This one is for all of you
3. Deviant (Blood and Roses) by Callie Hart
This is a Dark Romance that sounds nice and violent. I think I’m going to pass on this one but then again it does kind of look good. I don’t know. Maybe I’ll see what you’ll think first. I’m not sure this one is for me but for those who love a good-dark badboy then hopefully this will be a good one. Haha I just said good-dark,badboy good. Me Jamie rock!
4. The Neanderthal’s Aunt by Gina DeMarco
You just have to go and read the blurb to see for yourself. The title sounds odd but the blurb is quite compelling. I just downloaded it and wish I could dig into it right this second. Sigh, too many books and too little time.
5. Fashionably Dead (Hot Damned Series) by Robyn Peterman
LMAO this one just sounds so crazy that I had to download it. I have no idea what I’m getting myself into but it should be interesting
6. The Girl in the Box Series, Books 1-3: Alone, Untouched and Soulless by Robert J. Crane
Three books for the price of none? Yes please! It sounds pretty neat. I hope they’re good. Just downloaded it.
7. The Lamp (The Lamp Series, Book 1) by Jason Cunningham
A dystopian thriller about some ex-boxer who was exiled, lost his fame and fortune and has returned to live as a normal guy. He’s given some mysterious item that imbues him with powers and ends up becoming a protector while the evil powers that be try to get their hands on said mysterious item/powers/whatever. I have no idea. It sounds kind of weird. I’m not really into boxing but a good author could totally make this one rock so I’m going to give it a chance and try it.
Wow now I feel bad for making that last one a crappy link. I forgot I could just copy and paste it all like this :/ I think maybe I'm going to go back and redo that other one just like this. I mean jeez I'm lazy but NOT that lazy :(