• 127 syf.
    ·3 günde·1/10
    #virginiaWoolf #aRoomofOnesOwn #ithakiyayinlari #nilayöztürk #bookstagram
    Once I don’ t like cliches of Virginia Woolf and then I have no patience to read her anymore. Because of too much dispersed ideas which can be seen for me more as too much word for nothing special, interesting, or different. All are quite clear and can be thought by kids also, whereas she is always sure about the talks as if best of the bests up till now; so she irritates me. Being ordinary is good, but reflecting yourself also more than who you are, is something not for me to read or watch.

    Being writer and isolating yourself from life arent cool things. Also art is cool, but people who are busy with any sort of art just to pose as if “elite of bourgeois” are loosers.

    She owned a room once and she was lucky because she didnt have to work. She got an inheritance and she liked easy money also. She wasnt able to cook that’ s why she hired cook, she had gardener, waitresses etc. soon and she intended to a novelist. She means automatically feminism should be liberation but just for some women who aren’ t poor but reflecting this as intellectuals instead of rich women.

    I hate the classes she labels on ladies and I also disgust how rude she was to the servants. Maybe after learning empathy, she should have dared to be a novelist.

    She reminds me some extreme Kurdish Feminism Account on twitter. They are also same. They never protest bride price, bride exchange traditions, honour killing, child brides or pre arranged marriages which are very common for societies feudal, but they keep to complain unless men should sit decent in public transportations; women are victims of them or calling a şady as “girl” very bad but “woman” is a word almost blessed.
  • 184 syf.
    ·2 günde·Beğendi·8/10
    This is an unusual novel and not for everyone. A short (184 p) and intensely strange book by Nobel candidate Vesaas. Like nothing else I've ever read, I can't exactly say I enjoyed it, but I will never forget it, and as I read it I became increasingly aware of its literary 'credentials.' This would make a prime candidate as a set text for students, with its deceptively simple writing and short sentences containing a wealth of hidden meanings to be drawn out.
    The main character, Siss, is an 11-year old schoolgirl in 1960s Norway. Siss is eleven years old and the most popular girl in her school. An only child, she is also the center of her parents' attention.
    One day her feelings toward everyone around her change when a new girl named Unn joins Siss' class at school. A lonely girl by nature, Unn is ignored by everyone in the class, except Siss. The girls decide to meet at Unn's house after school on one darkening autumn evening and start on an electric friendship. Unn reveals to Siss that her mother died of an illness six months earlier and that even at eleven years old she does not know who her father is. And there is indeed something in Unn's background - "the other" - but neither Siss nor the reader ever finds out what. Murder? Child abuse? Unn has come to live with her quiet, distant aunt since her mother died of an illness. Her father is absent, though she has a photo of him. Unn can't talk easily, the conversation is stilted ... and just as it seems to be going somewhere, Siss makes a hasty retreat home....

    Coping with these feelings swirling inside of her, Unn has yet to openly discuss her station in life with anyone, that is except for Siss. Despite being the leader of everyone at school, Siss is at heart lonely as well. It seems divinely ordained that the two girls have been brought together, and now they share a deep secret that not even Unn's Aunt or Siss' parents are privileged to know. Together, the girls appear to be on the cusp of navigating through their teenage years without much angst.

    This powerful friendship ends before it has a chance to begin. The next morning, Unn decides to navigate an ice palace on her way to school. In Norway, ice is as thick as stone and little is capable of penetrating through it. It is inside of this ice palace structure unspoiled by nature that Unn is able to meditate on her feelings about her mother, her father, her new friendship with Siss, and her inherent loneliness. Almost by design, Unn falls through the ice and drowns. Siss' new friendship is not meant to be and, through a despondent winter, she grieves in her solitude. In addition to the ice structure, Siss has erected an almost impenetrable barrier around herself that not even her parents are able to crack. Coping with her own survivors' guilt while being on the cusp of adolescence, Siss is unable to strike a balance between preserving Unn's memory and moving on with her own life.
    She screamed as she did so: for there was Unn! Straight in front of her, looking out through the ice wall.
    In a flash she thought she saw Unn, deep in the ice."

    But spring comes, her friends still seek her company, there's a boy she likes, and the palace, which features throughout, is finally melting... "Now the palace, with all its secrets, goes into the waterfall. There is a violent struggle and then it has gone."

    I don't think I can say much more about this book without becoming repetitive but I urge you to download or pick up a copy. I can promise that you won't regret it. It's a short and easy read, but I guarantee that you won't be satisfied after simply one time. Enjoy!
  • Buraya tercüme etmeye üşendiğim için şimdilik sadece goodreads'te yaptığım yorumu yazıyorum. Kısaca bu kitaptan daha fazlasını bekliyordum. Alışkanlık kazanma yöntemleri konusunda ikna edici bazı tüyolar beklerken sürekli birilerinin başarılarını ağdalı bir dille aktarmaktan başka bir şey bulamadım. Sadece en başta beynin ilgili kısmından bahsetmesi güzeldi. Yarım bıraktım olarak işaretledim ama zaten şirket ve toplum alışkanlıkları kısımlarını okuma niyetim pek de yoktu. Bireysel kısmı okudum ama faydalı bir tarafını göremedim. Vakit kaybı bence. Onun yerine "just do it" felsefesini kabul edip geçmek gerektiği konusunda insan kendini ikna edebilse yeter.

    I guess I was expecting much from this book. I was hoping that it will help me get rid of my bad habits while giving nice clues about how I can build better ones. However, it didn't turn out like that. To be honest, I wasn't concerned about the habits of companies and the habits of communities. I was just caring about personal habits, so I was interested in the first section only. Happily enough, it started with a nice story which explains an interesting area in the brain and I really enjoyed it but as I read the rest, I was disappointed because it continued and continued to tell business success stories, etc. while giving very little and unfortunately already-popularly-known insights about building habits. I mean, come on, for God's sake, we all know that to get rid of bad habits, we need to substitute it with better ones, and we need to do it with a similar trigger and then we need to give ourselves a similar prize. This is a very well known procedure but the book explains it in -I don't know- maybe 50 to 100 pages. Stories, stories, stories. I started reading the book carefully, taking notes, then I stopped taking notes because it was really not worth it and then I started skip-reading and finally stopped reading because I couldn't.
    Why do I always forget the fact that whenever something is so popular it is probably mostly junk...
    Perhaps I'm being too harsh. Some people may get something out of this book. Advertisers, start-up owners, businessman, etc. But it is not for ordinary people looking for some guide which will help them build good habits.
  • 528 syf.
    ·1 günde·Beğendi·10/10
    I am a huge fan of JOHN GRISHAM. I’ve read all of his books in English; The Fifth Witness was my introduction to Michael Connelly's work. In my mind, I immediately began to compare him to John Grisham. I knew it would be hard to knock John off my pedestal, and indeed, it didn't happen. Actually, Connelly took a seat right beside JOHN GRISHAM. His crime novels are just as thrilling, but are just different. It's a real learning experience when you read Connelly.
    I picked up THE FIFTH WITNESS while on vacation and stayed up late the other night to finish it. Not to worry, I went to bed satisfied.
    Of course it's court drama, my favorite genre; it's the Lincoln Lawyer at work. This is actual courtroom stuff, the novel proceeds day by day, witness by witness and focuses on the workings of a defense attorney's mind. The law and legal strategy are the focal points of the novel. I love courtroom drama, but there's too little of it out there. There's too little because you need to be able to think like a defense attorney and you need to know the law and the lore to write such a book. Connelly brings his silk-smooth prose along with the courtroom strategy and lore. The result is something very.
    Connelly's Micky Haller defends school teacher Lisa Trammel, accused of killing the bank manager she believes is responsible for the foreclosure on her home. He finds evidence to support her contention that she was framed, which adds to his passion to help win her freedom. Haller's feisty integrity pits him against a sharp and experienced prosecutor, while trying the patience of a Superior Court judge. My own ruling is that Connelly's plot, pacing, and dialogue sparkled. He did an excellent job capturing the demeanor and jargon used in sidebars and judge's chambers. This was an excellent read, and I highly recommend it.
    A thoughtful page-turner; don't miss it.
  • 335 syf.
    ·6 günde·Beğendi·9/10
    The classic novel, international sensation, and inspiration for the film starring Anthony Quinn explores the struggle between the aesthetic and the rational, the inner life and the life of the mind. Love, hate, passion, god, men, women, philosophy… just damn everything interesting in life can be found in this book. It is a marvel.

    If I was asked to describe the book in two words, I would say: life and friendship.
    Tears are rolling down from my eyes. When you slowly enjoy a book like this for a week as I have, the characters' fates mean something to you. Piece for piece, sentence for sentence, word for word, I think, I've not read a more deep and profound book in all my days. The sentences sing and pulse and it's bright and rich and life affirming with hearty and fit characters and a real journey of discovery. This one is now near the top of my favourite books and film list. The book is lengthy most of the time, but what mostly matter in the book are the extensive dialogues between two completely different characters. The first is a writer who lives his life in books and submerged himself in Buddha’s teachings and believes himself to be living for his soul. The second is hedonistic Zorba, who is certainly living for his flesh. I think these two characters represent two distinct ways of life which intrigues every one of us. A question is asked throughout the book: which is better? Being a “stable” person and be accepted and respected in society, or being a crazy person living a life full of pleasure, pain, love, sex, best food, without acknowledging any boundary whatsoever.
    I adopted Zorba's philosophy of life. According to his philosophy, everything in life should be experienced, including those things that are deemed unpleasant, but the least commitment to anyone or anything is a form of prison and virtual deaths.
    There is a bit sexism and disturbing part. I cannot see how exactly the narrator differs from Zorba in his perception on women: He is the one who plays with the Old lady's feelings and later thinks it was a great joke when reveals the whole story to Zorba, he too perceives women in a similar manner. In book women're weak, they don't know anything, they're easily won over if you grab their breasts, all a woman needs is a man especially if they're widows!, and in fact they're happy and grateful and melt if any man gives them any attention which they should be grateful for because, really, men are doing them a favour. I think these are the drawbacks of the novel.
    All in all, I do enjoy the descriptions of the world around the characters - the moods of the day, season, the soft,caring feeling behind them and the precious friendship. You find some part of yourself with the characters.
    That's all I'm going to say. It is one of the masterpieces of world literature.
  • 528 syf.
    An ancient secret brotherhood.
    A devastating new weapon of destruction.
    An unthinkable target..
    I am left aghastaghasted. Unbelievable, this one is the one to top when it comes to adventure & history and pace &creativity. Every time the action picked up in this book, I had a serious adrenaline rush. My heart raced, my eyes frantically read line after line, and my hands automatically went to my mouth. I was totally captivated by the story Dan Brown told.

    I've recently noticed how much history is appropriated (rightfully) by the modern authors like Orhan Pamuk(Kırmızı Saçlı Kadın), Elif Safak(Aşk), Nazan Bekiroğlu(Nar Ağacı) and Akmet Ümit(Bab-ı Esrar). This is a different type of historical immersion. This is about bringing it to the forefront... something in the past is incredibly relevant, vital, to the present.
    First of all, Reading the book cleared up a lot of unanswered questions for me, and the book was different enough from the movie to keep me gasping out loud at plot twists. For me, I was hooked along for the ride, and even though some might find his twists unbelievable or even predictable, I was just in it for the story and found myself completely absorbed. I appreciated the facts (or "facts") throughout the story that were presented to the reader about the Illuminati, Vatican City, etc. and I loved the feeling of being on the inside of solving a puzzle while racing against time.

    Secondly ,The awesomeness of this work lies in the battle between science and religion, perhaps one of the most seminal works about that topic. It explores this duality literally, symbolically... every which way. That they are married, both science and religion, is the thesis. Brown proves this with the precision of a skilled scientist. & with the heart of a devout... historian.
    Finally, I even enjoyed the general mechanics of this book--I liked the short chapters that kept me coming back for more. They made it easy to fly through the pages. I would look down maybe after a half hour or so into reading and be 100 pages further in the book. My favourite part of the book, besides the adrenaline rushes, was how he bounced from one point of view to another without leaving the reader feeling disoriented. Rather, it had the opposite effect for me, clarifying everything by being able to watch the story unfold from all angles.
    This is a MASTERPIECE indeed.
  • 352 syf.
    War is peace! Freedom is slavery! Ignorance is strength!
    Those words have kept sounding in my head since I read this book. My god,it is probably one of the the most haunting not to mention frightening and thrilling book I've ever read. I think 1984 should also be included in the horror and thriller genres.

    I have recently read Utopia, 1984 describes a Utopia. But not Thomas More's version of Utopia, but this is one is the antithesis, i.e. Dystopia. Imagine living in a country, whose leaders apply a totalitarian system in regulating their citizen, in the most extreme ways, which make Hitler, Mao, Stalin and that old bloke in V for Vendetta look like milksops.

    Working, eating, drinking, sleeping, talking, thinking, procreating, playing, entertaining ...in short living, all are controlled by the state. Any hint of obedience or dislike can be detected by various state apparatus such as the Thought Police, tele screen, or even your wife, your children, who will not hesitate to betray you to the authorities. Even language is modified in such ways that you cannot express yourself, since individualism is a totally crime.

    The past is controlled, rewritten into something that will strengthen the official ruler. Who controls the past, controls the future. Who controls the present, controls the past. There is no real truth. The "truth" is what the state says it is. Black is white, 2+2=5, if the state says so. NO QUESTIONING!

    The world in 1984 is divided into three states, originated from the ashes from World War II: Oceania (British Isles, the Americas, Pacific, Australia), Eurasia (Europe & Russia), and Eastasia (the rest of it). Continuous warfare between those three (who hold similar ideologies) is required to keep the society's order and peace. Si vis pacem para bellum. That's describes the first slogan.

    The second slogan, freedom is slavery, means the only way to be free is by letting you lose yourself and to be integrated within the Party. That way, you'll be indestructible and immortal.
    Ignorance is strength, means the division on high, middle, low classes in society will never be changed. The middle wants to be the high and they'll act "on behalf of the low" to bring down the high. Afterwards, a new middle class arises, all will change except the low. The high and middle make and uphold the law, the low (proletarian) is just too stupid to repel. The state maintains its structure by torture, intimidation, violence, and brainwashing.