(Original post by Evielee_17)
I've finished it now; same, the woman is SO irritating. I actually found it hard to finish it was that bad!
Why did you not like it then? I thought she just over-analysed everything!
Gosh, yes. Her writing is so over indulgent and she keeps mentioning how clever she is. I.e. "not everyone can have the curiosity to be interested in the metaphysical...but it's okay, I do"- that kind of thing. She just didn't seem like a natural writer. And she sounded like a spoilt brat too. So she had a bad time with her divorce. Doesn't mean she absolutely needs to go to Italy and the other two places she went. She makes herself out to be such a spiritual person, but it seems unrealistic and put on. It was a while ago that I read it, I just remember hating it by the end!
Just finished Barack Obama - Dreams from my Father. Love him! Surprisingly well-written. Now starting Voltaire - Candide. Not too sure what I make of it yet, but I see what he's getting at, which is unusual for me with books that have a lot of subtext
(Original post by DisconcertingWink1)
I've heard it's the best book about the Spanish civil war. Judging from what you've read so far, would you say that claim is justified?
Yeah, i have this book and The Spanish Cockpit by Franz Borkenau are two of the best books to read. I do not know much about the Spanish civil war and i am not widely read in the subject, so personally i can't really compare it to other book of the Spanish civil war. It does however seem well written to me and is turnign out to be a good read. He talks about the Spanish civil war from his view in the trenches etc... At the moment i would say the book appears to be more about 'what it was like' rather than 'what it was about'.
(Original post by NaturalDisaster)
the Savage is awesome, but I quite liked Mustafa Mond and Helmholtz, actually. They seemed interesting.
Yeah, agreed... especially Mustafa Mond. I love the passage in which the Savage and Mustafa converse with one another, where they discuss happiness and God, etc. "There used to be something called God..."
Also, the scene in which the Savage visits his dying mother. So sad—and creepy.