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review 2015-04-30 10:09
Proceed with caution and forget about your notions of morality and right & wrong in today's world.
Outlander - Diana Gabaldon

It's not every day that i stay up to 3 AM to finish a book. What a page turner and what a story!

While reading some of the reviews -good and bad alike- I couldn't help but laugh at the 0 or 1-star reviews and their complete and utter incomprehension of the historical context that the story is set in.


Forget about the concepts of morality and equality of today's world (or at least in some parts of today's world...) when you are reading about a world of a quarter of a millennia ago - you will undoubtedly be very disappointed.


My only advise to you is to getting aquatinted with some non-fiction history books that will give you an idea of what kind of a world Scotland was in the mid-18th century, about what the lives and roles of men and women were back then (perhaps then you will better understand the plight of feminism and why even to this day the plight is far from being over). I'm not 'justifying' events - I'm just saying that you should wear your 1800s glasses when you read it, and not the glasses that you wear in the 21st century.

Anyway, I'm tired now, close to 4 AM and I need to catch some shut-eye - thank goodness I have the luxury of not having to work in the morning

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review 2014-03-19 15:16
The Picture of Dorian Gray -- I think that I enjoyed the movie more!
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde,Jeffrey Eugenides

Now this was an odd- ball.

First I would like to say that, for me, books written in the 1800s are quite "difficult" to get through. To me the language and style is too drawn out and I always feel like yelling to the author "Dude, get to the point!". The Picture of Dorian Grey was no different to me. This is not due to the fault of Oscar Wilde, that's just how a lot of writing just was back then. Literature from the 1800 is usually just not "me".

I was very much in doubt if I should give this book 3 or 4 stars. In the end I opted for 3 stars because I actually like and enjoyed the concept behind the book: the eternal youth and the corruption that in the end eats up Dorian, partly due to the influence of his friend Lord Henry, and partly due to Dorians own obsession with beauty - his own and in others. It's not a surprise why this has become a classic.

I must say that I was always looking forward to the Lord Henry's scenes. I  love reading his (sarcastic?) comments and observations! And in fact I found Dorian himself quite uninteresting! :-)

In the end I have to admit that I preferred the movie by far, which was probably because it actually deviated quite a lot from the book.

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