THE LITTLE FRIEND by Donna Tartt
Set in a small 1970’s Mississippi town, this novel follows Harriet Dufresnes, a 12 year-old girl who has grown up in the shadow of her older brother’s murder. When Harriet decides to find his killer on her own, she unwittingly stumbles upon an underground, adult world of crime she does not understand.
Harriet is such a complex, engaging character and she’s easy to root for with her stubbornness and intelligence. Some of the funniest passages come from her interactions with adults, as she refuses to be treated like a child and they don’t quite know what to make of her tenacity.
I’m also fascinated by the contrasting themes of the novel. Even as the story is infused with a growing sense of dread, Tartt evokes the blissful nostalgia of a childhood summer. In less capable hands it would have come off clumsy, but she pulls it off with distinction.
WHAT DIDN’T WORK:
It’s at least 200 pages too long (Tartt gets especially carried away with her descriptions of the sky) and—despite the interesting premise—not much actually happens. The character development is patchy and the third person omniscient narration falls short. Because Harriet is by far the strongest character, every time the story shifted away from her I lost interest, which is why it took me 2 months to finish this damn book.
Glad I read it, if for no other reason than to know that Donna Tartt is, in fact, human. 😂 There’s no doubt that a lot of work went into this novel, but it fails to achieve the brilliance she’s reaching for.
Have you read THE LITTLE FRIEND? What did you think of it?
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Yay it's Sunday! But that also means it's Monday tomorrow... Oh well, I hope you guys had a good weekend! 😊
q: what's a series you've started but won't ever finish?? Look. This series. I just can't, I'm sorry. I only managed to drag myself through the first book, but after dealing with how stalkery Luce was...I just couldn't. Like let me watch you through a tiny window as you work out. Um yeah, no thanks. Safe to say, I will never pick up the next book in the Fallen series, unless I've read everything else in the world already... What about you guys??
On a complete other note, for me, I've probably said this before, but Pushing the Limits is the one book that made me love reading, but The Hunger Games is probably the series that did... I can never really differentiate between the two when it comes to this question - just like I can't decide between Pushing the Limits and Catching Fire for which book is my favourite ever.
[18th August 2019]
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MAX BI KỊCH CỦA “CHỦNG TỘC THƯỢNG ĐẲNG” – SARAH COHEN-SCALI [WINGSBOOKS]
Trước khi đọc cuốn này, mình đã kì vọng rất nhiều và thực sự không phụ lòng mình chút nào, hay dã man luôn các bác ơi, highly recommend nha!!!
Viết về thế chiến thứ 2 thì vô vàn điều để nói, rất nhiều những câu chuyện, những lát cắt, những góc nhìn. Ta thường nghe về những tội ác mà Phát xít Đức đã gây ra đối với nhân loại, đặc biệt là đối với chủng người Do Thái. Nhưng với Max, ta biết thêm một chương trình tàn bạo khác – chương trình Lebensborn (Suối sinh) – một cách thức lựa chọn giống để tạo ra những đứa trẻ chủng Aryan, “chủng tộc thượng đẳng”, nhằm tạo ra lớp trẻ để phục vụ chiến đấu cũng như thống trị thế giới. Đế chế Đức được hình thành từ 1933, và chương trình Lebensborn cũng ra đời sau đó, được khởi xướng bởi Heinrich Himmler. Đức Quốc xã ngành càng lớn mạnh, bành trướng xâm lược các quốc gia Áo, Tiệp Khắc rồi đến Ba Lan – sự kiện mở mà chiến tranh thế giới thứ 2 ở châu Âu. Cũng theo đó, chương trình Lebensborn cũng mở rộng sang các nước châu Âu bị Đức chiếm đóng, và phát triển thành những vụ bắt cóc – dựa trên tiêu chí của người Bắc Âu, làm cho những đứa trẻ Ba Lan bị Đức hóa. Câu chuyện kéo dài từ những năm 1936 cho đến khi Đức Quốc xã sụp đổ vào năm 1945, xen lẫn những câu chuyện hành trình phát triển của nhân vật là những thước phim tái hiện những tội ác dã man, tàn độc mà Đế chế thứ ba đã làm ra: những đứa trẻ sinh ra từ chương trình Lebenborn không biết mặt cha mẹ, lạnh lùng, vô cảm; những người phu nữ thì trở thành “máy đẻ”, những đứa trẻ bị bắt cóc, bị đánh đập tra tấn; biết bao đứa trẻ trở nên mồ côi, những người mẹ mất con, những người vợ mất chồng;... và không thể không kể đến chương trình diệt chủng Holocaust, coi những người Do Thái là sâu bọ, gắn cho họ những điều xấu xa nhất của loài người và đối xử với họ không khác gì con vật. Bên cạnh đó, ta còn thấy được sự biến chuyển về mặt xã hội trong nước Đức lúc bấy giờ cũng như ở các quốc gia mà Đức chiếm đóng.
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📌 Shanghai, Simply Amazing!
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Love you forever
What's your take on romance novels? How often do you read them? Well, I personally go for Romance novel ones in a two month just to enjoy those emotions, feelings. This time I picked this no wonder this is great read.
The cover of book is full of romance. It showcase complete feeling of love. The story is about love, college life, work life.
Story starts in college days. Abby is just 17 years old when he first fall in love with shalini. She wants to marry him one day. But, after three years of relationship she dumps him now the question is why she dumped him?
But, after this abby worked on himself. He changed he started chasing his dreams, he worked on career. Abby diverted his mind got placed in company and bagged job in dubai.
But, you know that things have way of coming that to you when you don't expect it. Love life shows up again in his life. This time in form of myra. They got married. Now abby starting become more caring. He had a great life with myra. But, now here is a twist when everything going right shalini makes entry.
Now you can imagine what's things will be on table. Here abby has a son called rey. Now the big question is will he dump myra? Will he go back to shalini? To know what happened exactly read this.
Talking about character they are well developed and described. I loved the Abby Character more. To be honest the best part when he divert his mind after 1st break up. Because I have seen so many people in that zone.
The characters shalini could have been developed a little bit but, that's not the very big cos. as books is very well written and narrated.
Definitely recommend who loves romantic novels. .
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Funny Boy - Shyam Selvadurai
This book caught my attention after hearing Sai @zanyanomaly rave about it and later decided to pick it up when Kajree @paperbacksandpen choose this as the BotM for the #underratedreadsbookclub - and gosh! This book is just fantastic.
It's a collection of six interlinked stories set amidst the violence of the 1983 anti-Tamil pogrom in Sri Lanka, that culminate first in Arjie's formative years and the struggles as a result of his "funniness", narrated in a way that mirrors his inner conflicts with the racial unrest spread across the country. In the subsequent stories, the focus shifts to other characters, like Radha Aunty, reflecting upon themes of oppression and ethnic tension.
Though it's important to read a coming-out story set in a part of world we aren't familiar with, what really sets this apart is the fact that Arjie's sexual awakening is not the only major theme of the book - as the story progresses we find the naivety of young Arjie fading away as he finally begins to understand his sexuality but also now starts to form informed opinions on the political state of his country. Thus Selvadurai manages to touch upon different aspects of Sri Lanka within these stories, while braiding together this focal story about Arjie.
The only reason I've rated this less than a 4 star is because of the drastic changes in the character profile of some without any significant event to substantiate it. Nevertheless, Funny Boy is a powerful yet poignant, coming-of-age story - the beauty of which lies in the simplicity of its language, but potent enough to make us question the oppression within the heteropatriarchal framework. 3.8/5⭐
Dragon Boat steals the show all times among locals! How come? Because dragon boat has an intersting behind and it is not simply a race on the river.⠀
Once upon a time, a Chinese imperial officer Qu Yuan was loyal to his king. However, his talent was not appreciated by the imperial court of that age in China so he jumps over the river and done. ⠀
The story is so sad but true. Citizens of that age admired and respected his loyalty adn talent. They did not want his dead body being eaten by fishes. So, they came up a workable solution! Let's throw out Packaged & Stuffed Glutine Rice (Zongzi) to the river and fishes will forget about him!⠀
Nowadys, I don't understand why Dragon Boat, a brother of Packaged & Stuffed Glutine Rice (Zongzi), represent Dragon Boat Festival (technically the date should be called "Remmberance Day of Qu Yuan"). However, people get excited about the beautiful head and long body and eating Zongzi. Some may still remember this guy. Actually , Packaged & Stuffed Glutine Rice (Zongzi) is a food for the tradition in China to remember Qu Yuan.⠀
Whether you are interested in history or not, you still love grabbing a Packaged & Stuffed Glutine Rice (Zongzi) and watch a Dragon Boat show. Right?