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This is one of the worst books I have suffered through to the end. And it was not even bad bad, only colossally boring and pointless. The pointlessness was by far the worst.

It started with the regular questions, who are these people? what are they doing together? why are the events even happening?---and it ended with all the same questions, besides the characters having been introduced, after a fashion.

I have learned something new, it is true, the main thing being that changes were constantly introduced into the bomb mechanisms during WWII, but I could have gone without the knowledge, and without the boredom.

Also, the author uses words in ways that repulse me. His "beautifying" the language, to the contrary, makes it feel desecrated. This is unforgivable.


Одна из худших книг, которых я-таки дочитала до конца. Невероятно скучная и, того хуже, бессмысленная.

Чтение началось с привычныех вопросов: кто эти люди? что они тут все вместе делают? зачем всё это происходит? --- и на них же она и закончилась, кроме разве что вопроса о людях, которых автор некоторым образом представил читателю.

Я даже узнала кое-что новое (и задним числом очевидное) - что механизм бомб постоянно меняется в течение (в случае книги - Второй мировой) войны, - чтобы сложнеее было разминировать невзорвавшиеся противнику. Скука чтения этого знания, впрочем, не стоила.

Хуже же всего была странная цветистая манера автора излагать мысли, которая вместо украшения языка невероятно его опошляет. И это уже непростительно.


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Nov. 3rd, 2015 09:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah sorry my bad! Not a good choice. I didn't know anything about the book D:. So I guess so far the only good book we've read was "Room" LOL.

I think being over-flowerly is one of its biggest problems. It's kind of pretentious and boring... just a bummer. Oh well. It doesn't help I didn't like the last book I read either (it was about this young girl who had Tourette's). I'm hoping we'll both enjoy Good Omens!
Nov. 3rd, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC)
Do not feel bad, you offered, I agreed, we both suffered through it :)

Yes, "Room" was far superior to the other two books.

So, do you have "Good Omens" at hand yet? I think we should start next week (I have found another reader (hi Georgeanne!) who may join us - after she finishes her current read).

I have just paged through it trying to determine deadlines, and I like the feel of the book already. Separating it in readable parts though... In my (paperback American) there are approximately 400 pages, and its divided thus:

The Beginning, ending on page 72
Wednesday, 126
Thursday, 151
Friday, 188
Saturday, 376
Sunday 398

Saturday takes up almost half the book.

So how about this, 1st week - the Beginning, 2d week Wednesday--Friday (or 2d week - Wednesday, 3d week - Thursday and Friday), and then we'll see if we can read Saturday and Sunday in one week?
Nov. 3rd, 2015 10:30 pm (UTC)
Oh yay a new victim ! LOL. I'll try to solicit people on my journal too. We can post on yours this time.

Schedule is good. I'm still waiting on my copy of the book from the library. I anticipate I'll get it by the end of the week. For some reason the library doesn't seem to own many copies of it, but it was better than the first book we read which I had to buy from amazon because there were 0 copies of it.
Nov. 3rd, 2015 10:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, let's do it here this time. And please let me know when you get the book :)
Nov. 4th, 2015 08:28 pm (UTC)
Sure, I hope to get it by the end of the week, if not I'll look for it in the bookstore when I go home for the weekend.

I finished the book last night, I'll just post my opinion here . I think you finished it too right? Well I guess don't read ahead in case you haven't.

I figured the end would be pointless and it was. The added theatrics from Kip was kind of stupid. Maybe I missed something in his character that caused him to have a nervous breakdown when Hiroshima was bombed. I also missed what even happened to Almsay. Did he die?? I guess his injuries finally overcame him.

The end was kind of poignant... I guess. About Kip in the future, thinking about Hana and relating it to his somewhat cushy life and family in a more modern India... I didn't like that Caravaggio didn't have much of an ending. His existence just seems to be kind of depressing... which is unfortunate for the only interesting character in the novel.

Oh well moving on. I haven't read a decent book lately, so hope I will like your choice LOL.
Nov. 4th, 2015 09:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the entry meant I've finished it :)

I did not think of it this way, but now that you mentioned it, Kip's breakdown ~was kind of unexpected, even though maybe as a sapper he could imagine the devastation of that kind of bomb very clearly? The words that "they would have never dropped that kind of bomb not on a brown nation" really struck home though :(. Yes, Almasy died. But it was mentioned once in passing!! and never even the second time at the end of the book.

Did you notice? Kip went right back to what he'd said was traditional in India - became a doctor as a second son. Even though if that was the fallout of his breakdown, it's not surprising.

And yeah, there were some weird mentions of what happened to Caravaggio (at least that he survived), but nothing concrete. Boo, boo, and triple boo, lol.

We shall see what Good Omens are like.
Nov. 5th, 2015 05:40 pm (UTC)
I think Kip went the traditional root because he was so disillusioned by white society, especially with the dropping of the bomb. I guess it was pretty nice since they at least gave him a proper ending and the other characters faded to obscurity.

I got my copy of "Good Omens"! It seems Monty Pythonesque to me. It looks fun, anyway. I doubt it will be boring. I guess we should just start it next week since we need to give any potential new participants the time to get the book.

Maybe you should make a new entry for the discussion of Good Omens? I mean this one is about the last book, it might be more fitting if Good Omens had its own discussion post.
Nov. 5th, 2015 07:17 pm (UTC)
I agree. Comments are fine when there are just two of us, but it can be confusing for newcomers. I have just made the entry.

Yes, I think it is humorous, but my friend who gave it to me said it does not go overboard. :)
Nov. 5th, 2015 08:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's good I saw that! Hopefully I won't get lazy this month lol.
Nov. 3rd, 2015 10:17 pm (UTC)
A movie based on that novel was produced in 1996 -- it received 12 Academy Awards nominations and won 9 of them (including Best Picture). So it's fair to say that *SOME* people think that it's a very good movie.

That all being said, the one time I tried to watch it I found it about as interesting as watching paint dry. I really couldn't understand why I should care about any of the characters, including the title character (who isn't even *ENGLISH*!)
Nov. 3rd, 2015 10:32 pm (UTC)
I have watched the movie (back when I was an active Colin Firth fan, because he played the betrayed husband there), and I found it mildly interesting, even though, once again, sort of pointless, and I was wondering if I missed something. Turns out I did not.

12 nominations and 9 Oscars! Who are these people who thought it, and the novel, were so good, and what did they find in it?!
Nov. 10th, 2015 09:58 pm (UTC)
Слушай, я-таки посмотрела фильм. Судя по вашему обсуждению, они сильно сократили сценарий. Может быть, книжка действительно хуже - но уж кино-то хорошее. Как раз нет излишнего разжёвывания, явной морали и страданий - и при этом практически до слёз довело. И очень понятно, почему у него столько "Оскаров", таким эпическим фильмам и дают) Так что нет, тут я с вами не соглашусь, что оно скучное или бессмысленное. Грустная история про любовь, чего уж тут.
Nov. 10th, 2015 10:03 pm (UTC)
Тогда надо будет пересмотреть. Запомнился же мне Рэйф Файнс, хотя смотрела ради Фёрта, может быть я чего и не увидела.
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