Author: Truman Capote
Breakfast at Tiffany’s succeeds to turn one movie star and one jewellery brand into a legend. Even if you haven’t read the book or watched the movie, I am absolutely certain that the name does ring a bell with the image of Audrey Hepburn in a classical little black dress, pearls and black glasses. There is just one word for that, and the word is style.
I didn’t have any particular expectations about the novella. I started reading it almost like a joke, but I was instantly consumed by the mystery, called Holly Golightly and what happens next. Undoubtedly, Holly is one of the most complex, deep and controversial characters I have ever met. On the surface this is a simple story about the girl who wants to climb on the social ladder, but there are more things going on underneath. Holly is romantic, pragmatic, naïve, artistic, secluded, sincere and enigmatic. She can create an air of beauty and mystery without even notices it and that atmosphere wraps the whole story. That is the reason I liked the book so much.
I am among those who like Holly, with all her imperfections and life choices, which differ with my points of view. But she is like anyone else, searching for happiness, somewhere in an unknown place, carrying the air of Tiffany’s. Meanwhile she was floating through life with glamour in her unique way. Нататък Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Author: Dan Simmons
Pages: 752; 912
There are books with ideas, grandeur and power of imagination that are difficult to be reviewed. Ilium and Olympos by Dan Simmons are exactly that kind of novels, and I can only write that they just blew my mind. Simmons mixes people, places and events united by the mystery of what happened on Earth 1 400 years ago (but in the far away future). The centre of all is the ancient Trojan War as you have never seen before. The Greek gods are equipped with high modern technologies which appear like magic to the ancient people. There are also scholastics, resurrected humans from different times in the history, whose main goal is to report to the Gods the key events in the war. Suddenly the Trojan War turns out in an unexpected way and this is no longer the Iliad you know. You will see some of the famous Greek heroes set off on different journeys.
Нататък Ilium and Olympos
Let me assure you that Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind is not a horror book, neither does it have any details of human dismemberments, tortures and other terrors. I recently read a discussion by a group of readers, who were prejudiced about the book and they believed that it is a true horror. Actually the novel can hardly be categorized, but one thing is sure if you start reading it you will not be able to put it down until the last page. The story is so captivating that you will read it without a stop.
The storyline barely needs a description. Patrick Süskind portrays the life of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in France during XVIII century. Jean-Baptiste has the ability to smell everything even the unique human fragrance. This helps him to escape the misery and the miserable dirty place of his childbirth and become one of the greatest perfumers in the world. Gifted (or not) with this talent Jean-Baptiste doesn’t have the only thing he really desires, his own fragrance. There is no greater misfortune for a man like him. Furthermore the absence of fragrance deprives him of individuality and steals away his humanity. Süskind unfolds the idea about the unique fragrance which empowers the person’s character and attractiveness. Нататък Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
When I am writing a review I always try to be objective, because I truly believe that every book has its readers, and even when I am with mixed feeling after I finished it, that doesn’t mean that someone else will not be enjoying it. In the end this is a personal opinion and one can always get if you really like the story or not. But this review is strongly emotional, because A man called Ove is a novel about an ordinary man which in fact is a great man with a big heart. The story reminds us to be humans even in our worst moments. And at least but not last, the book makes me cry and believe me that’s not an easy thing after countless readings.
If for any reason you don’t know who Ove is, let me introduce him. Ove is an obnoxious person, the worst kind. If you happen to be in the queue in the same store, he will irritate you. Furthermore, he is a grumpy old man. You don’t to want him for a neighbour, he will remind you about the rules any time he has a chance. You already don’t like him, but this is a mistake. Ove’s words and Ove’s acts are quite opposite. The more standoffish, scowling and angry he is, the more nobles his acts are.
Нататък A man called Ove