Čitam i preporučujem - ili ne?

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Re: Čitam i preporučujem - ili ne?

Post by ostruznicagornja » 23 Dec 2017, 23:14

Pa da ne vjeruješ koliko taj nagon za besmislenim kenjanjem moze da bude jak u čovjeku. Nije nikako dobar Selindzer, neopjevano je dobar Purdy. Genijalna je Alice Munro, ali neće ljudi da čitaju što je dobro. Aman čovječe, aman brate rodjače prijatelju. Gledaj samo u pet stranica u tri različite priče koja histerija:

Mr. Purdy’s novel is so good that almost any novel you read immediately after it will seem at least a little bit posturing, or dishonest, or self-admiring, in comparison. Certainly, for example, The Catcher in the Rye, which Mr. Purdy once described as “one of the worst books ever written,” will betray its sentimentality and rhetorical manipulations as it never has before.

Purdy is a vastly bigger and tougher and more protean figure than his creation Chisholm—he is the author of forty-six books of fiction, poetry, and drama
There are very few better postwar American novels, and I don’t know of any other novel of similar quality that is more defiantly itself.

No novelist ever wrestled with materialism more fiercely and intelligently than Dostoyevsky.

Alice Munro has a strong claim to being the best fiction writer now working in North America, but outside of Canada, where her books are number-one bestsellers, she has never had a large readership.

I sad kad je prešao na 10 razloga zašto ljudi ne razumiju poetiku Alice Munro, ozbiljno se približio gornjoj granici mog strpljenja. Nema veze, završicu, malo ove vrste mazohizma je možda dobro zbog nečega. Ne znam još šta bi to moglo biti doduše.



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Post by MmeTipfeler » 12 Jan 2018, 16:25

Našla sam još jednu knjigu koju čitam s užitkom i svakome bih je preporučila. O autorici još ništa ne znam, samo da joj je ime Maggie Stiefvater, to ću naknadno guglati, a knjiga se zove All the Crooked Saints.

Možda se sjećate Čarolija za svakodnevnu upotrebu (Practical Magic). Ostale Hoffmaničine knjige nisu mi baš nešto, ali ta me oduševila. Dakle, ovaj roman ne samo što pripada istome žanru, tzv. magijskom realizmu, nego je i jednako duhovito pisan. Doduše još nisu nikoga ubili i zakopali u vrtu da bi cvijeće bolje i ljepše raslo, ali ima svega i svačega.

Glavni likovi? Pa zapravo ih i nema. Priča se vrti oko obitelji Soria koja živi u mjestu boguizanogu po imenu Bicho Raro. I svi su sveci, ali je uvijek smao jedan među njima glavni Svetac. Ta svetost zapravo graniči s vještičarenjem: odasvuda dolaze hodočasnici kojima je potrebna pomoć da se riješe tmine u sebi, točnije potrebna su im dva čuda. Trenutačni Svetac izvodi prvo, a drugo mora hodočasnik sam dokučiti. Nitko iz obitelji Soria ne smije mu u tome ni na koji način pomoći jer će onda njega obuzeti tmina, a to će se prokletstvo proširiti i na sve srodnike s kojima bude u kontaktu.

U trenutku kada priča počinje i dalje se razvija, Bicho Raro prepun je hodočasnika kojima nikako ne polazi za rukom da se domisle drugome čudu. Usporedo s tim "duhovnom" stranom zapleta, odvija se i svakodnevni život: između ostaloga u selendru stižu dvojica putnika - Tony kojemu je potrebna pomoć i koji jest hodočasnik te Pete kojega je ovamo naputila tetka obećavši mu da će u zamjenu za fizički rad dobiti kamion, a on sanjari o tome kako će s tim kamionom pokrenuti prijevozničku tvrtku. Onda se trenutačni Svetac zaljubi u jednu hodočasnicu pa joj pomogne, a zatim, iz straha da će tmina koja će se na njega spustiti, naškoditi svima oko njega, odlazi u pustinju. Jesam li vam rekla da se vukojebina nalazi usred pustinje? Stvari se počinju zapetljavati.

Za svaki lik, u trenutku kada ga uvodi u priču ili možda malo poslije, autorica navodi dvije karakteristike: ono čega se najviše boji i ono što najviše želi, a zanimljivo je pratiti kako varira te želje i strahove.

Ne mogu odoljeti da vam ovdje ne kopiram odlomak o psima koji izlijeću iz mraka u trenutku kada Tony i Pete stižu u Bicho Raro. Dakako, najzanimljivija je priča o njima.

Sometimes, when dogs emerge at farms, people come out afterward with reassuring statements about how the dogs’ barks are worse than their bites, how they look savage but are kittens at heart. Wouldn’t hurt a fly. Members of the family, really. Visitors are comforted by the knowledge, then, that these dogs are kept mostly for their alarm purposes, and to frighten away large predators.

No one would say that about the dogs at Bicho Raro. There were six of them, and although they were littermates, they were six different colors and sizes and shapes, all of them ugly. There were meant to be twelve of them, but these six were so bad-tempered that in the womb, they’d eaten the other six. They were so bad-tempered that when they’d been born, their mother had lost patience with them and abandoned them under a parade float in Farmington. There, a tenderhearted long-haul trucker had scooped them into a box to raise them to weaning age. They were so bad-tempered that he took up drinking before leaving them in a ditch near Pagosa Springs. A pack of coyotes tried to eat them there, but the puppies learned how to walk and then run and turned on the coyotes, chasing them nearly all the way to Bicho Raro.

That was when Antonia Soria, Beatriz’s mother, had found them and taken them home. They were still bad-tempered, but so was she, and they loved her.


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