20 Mayıs 2015 Çarşamba

Book Review III: Coming Up For Air by George Orwell

Goodreads on the book:

George Bowling, the hero of this comic novel, is a middle-aged insurance salesman who lives in an average English suburban row house with a wife and two children. One day, after winning some money from a bet, he goes back to the village where he grew up, to fish for carp in a pool he remembers from thirty years before. The pool, alas, is gone, the village has changed beyond recognition, and the principal event of his holiday is an accidental bombing by the RAF.

My Review: 

To begin with, if you read Orwell’s classics of “Animal Farm” or “1984” and if you are expecting a book of that kind, you are in the wrong place. This Orwell is completely different one and “Coming Up for Air” has nothing to do with those two books. It does not necessarily mean that this is a worse one but rather it serves to another taste. The first two books were delivering its political messages with a utopian approach at the highest level that made them get a place in each and every must-read-before-you-die lists.

However, Coming Up for Air is like a real life story with an apparently intelligent sense of humor. It takes more than the half of the book to travel to the childhood and memories of the George Bowling, the main character. It is about the story of a miserable man mostly during interwar years. I consider the story boring since the main character is a boring man. He always complains and starts things which he rarely completes. The story gets so dull at some points that make it harder for me to keep reading. Maybe it is because of the pages of unnecessary details which have almost no influence on the main or sub-topics of the book. Some people could call the book as a book of a marriage, of course, from the perspective of an annoying, unhappy, fat and middle aged man.

Overall, Coming Up for Air is a well-written story but not a fascinating, surprising or thrilling one. The book ends with the same depressed mood it has started. Well, it is up to you whether to discover a different version of Orwell within a tragi-comic context or skip it so as not to destroy Orwell’s image in your mind built with his abovementioned classics. 

29 Nisan 2015 Çarşamba

Book Review 2: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

"The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbirdtakes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos."

My Review: 

A must read book. It is kind of a book that makes you travel through your memories, childhood dreams or fears and that reminds you the very fact that it takes time to grow up. Remembering that I had an amazing childhood at the corner of a small town, I and my friends had our own version of Boo Radley, Cunningams and Ewells. I guess that is the reason I kept reading the book with a feeling of wonder, amazement but also missing those old days of mine. So, I think the book is a masterpiece in terms of how to show that anything could make up a huge story and a wonderful book if you know how to deliver it to the readers. Yet, let's not forget the outstanding power of the Harper Lee's characters who are so clearly described both physically and emotionally that readers have a very clear view of them and this make you feel a part of the whole story. Additionally, it is always good to have some ideas of the American society at that time; struggles and successes. I strongly recommend this book to everyone and it would definitely worth every second and nickel to be spent on on it.