Wednesday, February 27, 2019

#Review: A Separate Peace - John Knowles

Rating: 

2/5 Book Emojis


Format(s) Used-

Paperback
Publisher - Simon & Schuster India
Pages - 2018

Audiobook
Publisher - Recorded Books
Length - 6h 34m

Note: I received a free copy for an honest review from the publisher (Simon and Schuster, India).

Review:

 "There was no harm in taking aim, even if the target was a dream." 

A Separate Peace by John Knowles is a classic coming-of-age novel about a boy named Gene Forrester who, in the summer of 1942, goes about making memories worth cherishing. But, it isn't that simple. In an impulsive moment, everything changes between his life and the life of Phineas "Finny".


The writing style is only slightly above average and doesn't leave a mark with its uniqueness. The chapters are long and pretty abstract at times. Knowles sets the perfect backdrop of the World War in relation with the schooling but there is no flow to the story. It doesn't take a philosopher to understand the underlying schemes and depth of the story. 


The story is extremely average and I personally don't see why it is celebrated so much as a classic. I really wished it were written better just to sugarcoat whatever strength lacked in the idea. 

CONCLUSION: I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone other than someone who's studying American literature. 


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Thursday, January 24, 2019

#Review: Becoming - Michelle Obama

Rating: 

4.5/5 Book Emojis



Format(s) Used-

Hardcover
Publisher - Penguin India
Pages - 448

Audiobook
Publisher - Penguin Random House Audio
Length - 19h 3m

Note: I received a free copy for an honest review from the publisher (Penguin Random House, India).

Review:

 "For me, becoming isn't about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn't end."

Michelle Obama Happy Dance GIFBecoming by Michelle Obama was an exceptional read and most definitely my favorite book so far, this year. It is Michelle's story of how she became from Michelle Robinson, born and brought up in a working class neighbourhood of Chicago, then a Harvard educated Lawyer and finally the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.


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The book is written in three parts : Becoming Me, Becoming Us and Becoming More and has a preface along with an epilogue; All of which combine to tell her wonderful story of resilience, grace and sheer hardwork. It also talks about her dealing with misogyny,  racism and every type of hate. By the end of the memoir, I was in tears by the powerful words of hope that I heard in her own voice (through the audiobook). 


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She is unafraid, bold and unapologetic about her views on sensitive topics like race and gender. She also asks us to look beyond these filters and view the world as a whole than a sum of its parts because it is only then, when we learn to accept others as our own. What struck me the most was her opinion on a person like Donald Trump succeeding her husband as the POTUS and also how she confesses that she wasn't sure if the person she was dating could actually make it in politics, let alone be the President of one of the world's largest economies. 

CONCLUSION: I recommend this book to basically everyone who can read and personally feel it is a must-read-in-a-lifetime book.





Sunday, January 13, 2019

#Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman

Rating: 

4.5/5 Book Emojis




Format(s) Used-

-International Edition

Paperback
Publisher - HarperCollins
Pages - 386

Note: I received a free copy for an honest review from the publisher (HarperCollins India).

Review:

"I do exist, don't I? It often feels as if I'm not here, that I'm a figment of my own imagination. There are days when I feel so lightly connected to the earth that the threads that tether me to the planet are gossamer thin, spun sugar."

bored Sports bar GIF by Originals Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the story about the girl in the title who, based on my psychological analysis, is dissociated from her thoughts and is completely oblivious to social norms. She leads a decently simple life in her early 30's. She likes to be reserved and not bothered by unnecessary rituals of socializing. 

However, on one particular day, an act of kindness alongside a simple IT guy, Raymond, is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself.

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Eleanor seems to be doing just fine but she has a lot of darkness and bottled emotions inside of her. Through the book , we observe them surfacing and her dealing with them. 


The writing is absolutely stunning and quotable. The words Honeyman weaves to depict the lives of Eleanor and Raymond are indeed note-worthy. It is quote remarkable and splendid that this is the author's debut. 

sad black and white GIFThere were, although just a couple, loopholes in the story and Eleanor's behaviour for which I have deducted half a star. But that doesn't change the fact that it was a pleasurable cozy read for me this winter. 

CONCLUSION: I would definitely re read this book someday and totally recommend everyone to give this book a shot. Totes made me fall in love with reading all over again!