David Shatan Shatan itibaren Lungutu, Demokratik Kongo Cumhuriyeti
Dubliners, kalemi kullanan en büyük yazarlardan biri olan ilk yayınlanmış kitaptır; böyle okur. Nesir güzeldir ve sembolizm ve ahlak bol miktarda bulunur. Bunu yaklaşık 4 saat içinde okudum, Joyce'un Dublin'i beni emdi. Onun Dublin'i bir araba enkazı gibidir; çocuk tacizcileri, eş tacizcileri, sarhoşlar ... insanlığın her türlü uyumsuzluğu Dublin'de kendini evinde hissediyor. Yine de Joyce bize, belki de bu karakterlerden biri ilerlemenin zamanı gelmiş gibi hissettiğinde ... felç olduklarını gösteriyor. Felç olmak romanın ana temalarından biridir; Bu karakterler Dublin havasında sıkışıp kalıyor, engeller kendi içlerinden veya dışından geliyor. Joyce'u okumaya başlamak istiyorsanız, burası başlamanız gereken yerdir. Cümle sonrasında akıl almaz derecede güzel bir cümle bu romandan akıyor ve yine de geçmeniz gereken bir klasik değil. Dubliners okumaktan gerçekten keyif aldım ve sanırım hemen herkes yapabilir. Bütün ahlak ve sembolizm olmasa bile, hikayeler kendi başlarına duruyor. Kızlar külot hakkında konuşurken rasgele sahilde erkek çocuklara maruz bir sübyancı? Neşeli. İrlanda siyaseti hakkında yaşlı insanlar mı? Joyce bile bunu eğlenceli hale getiriyor. Bireyleri bu kitaptan uzak tutabilecek bir şey, ya da sadece Joyce, herkesin kafasının üstünde olduğu için itibarıdır. Bu doğru değil. Joyce sıradan bir adam için yazdı. Anthony Burgess'in dediği gibi 'James Joyce'un kahramanı alçakgönüllü insanlardı'. Edebiyatı asla ulaşılamayacaktı. Herkes Joyce'u en az bir kez okumalıdır ve yolculuğunuza buradan başlamanız gerekir.
Bu gerçekten ilginç bir kahramanı olan eğlenceli bir kitaptı. Elena çeşitli şekillerde kırılmış bir kadındır ve hikaye boyunca kendini nasıl onardığını ve kendisinin bütün ve mutlu olmasına izin verdiğini deneyimliyoruz. Bir zamanlar restoran aşçısı olarak, mutfak ve restoran sahnelerinin gerçekçi ve komik olduğunu söyleyebilirim. Bir yükselme için okuyun!
Very few books about screenwriting or directing make a serious effort to crystallize the knowledge that most screenwriters or directors know. In the CRAFTY books, I tried to crystallize what I know about screenwriting. What I find in Judith Weston's DIRECTOR'S INTUITION is a serious attempt to crystallize what film directors know. Specifically the book is about how to develop your director's intuition: what you know at a subliminal level, how you tell when an actor is bringing truth versus indicating, how you get an actor to bring his truth rather than just pretending. The book is dense and kind of scattered. It's not a method and it's not a how-to. Possibly this is because Ms. Weston is an accomplished actress and acting teacher, not, in fact, a director. But she busts out legitimate insights -- hers and others -- at a furious rate. I would read this for the many nuggets of truth, each of which is worth a think. It's much like spending a week chatting with an accomplished actor and teacher in a country house. Every few minutes she says something that took a lifetime to learn. The important caveat to reading any book about the arts is there is little point to reading passively. I try to make my own books as transparent as possible. You ought to be able to read it and get what I'm talking about. But to really have an idea what I'm talking about, you have to be writing. The best books crystallize what you are seeing -- they allow you to see a pattern in what you've already observed at some level. You can't learn to dance from reading a book. You can learn to dance by dancing, and improve your technique by dipping into a book. In Ms. Weston's book, she says a lot of things I know already. Those are lessons I've already crystallized. She probably says a lot of deep things I didn't even notice, because I don't have the knowledge to crystallize. What jump out at me are the occasional insights that connect things I've seen but haven't paid enough attention to yet. In other words, the book rewards rereading as you are directing or acting. I would still like to read a book I call, in my head, CRAFTY FILM DIRECTING. That would be a soup-to-nuts method for directing, with chapters on finding material, analyzing material, casting, prepping, directing actors, directing camera, managing a crew, directing the editing, directing the sound and directing the soundtrack. John Badham has a fine book about directing actors (I'LL BE IN MY TRAILER). I've seen books on directing on a budget (REBEL WITHOUT A CREW). But I've never seen anything on how to approach reading a script, or how to talk to a composer, or where to let the soundtrack go silent. You're just supposed to know these things. Since I'm not a film director, I don't feel qualified to write the book myself.
If I had to use one word to describe this story, I'd say it was sweet. Very sweet. It's the second book I've read by the author. They were both enjoyable. The first part of the book is what I liked best. I liked trying to figure out what was going on.(Because I didn't read the synopsis). I liked being inside her head, feeling her emotions. While I liked the first part, the second half is where I started to lose interest. I just think things moved a little too fast for me. On one hand, I think it worked because both situations were extreme and emotional, so what happened could be possible. On the other hand, I just didn't like how fast things moved. If this were a regular romance novel, I would not have liked how it played out. I just don't like the whole "at first sight" thing. I like it when there is some wooing going on. Don't you? Aside from that, I loved the end. I don't know how I would have done had I been in Amber's situation. I think Lisa did a great job at presenting the emotions via letters and verse. Yes, it's done in verse. I can't even begin to pretend to even know a thing about poetry. The only reason I think it's verse is because of the line spacing. I tried counting the syllables but she kept switching it up so it's not a Haiku. And it doesn't rhyme, so it's not a song. It is easy to read though. Like I said, I don't know the first thing about poetry but at times all I could think was how beautiful it was! I really felt her emotions. I felt like I was right on the beach with her, sulking and living for that day. How gnarly is that? I love how Amber's friends and family treated her. It's refreshing to see people surrounded by people that care. Not everyone can say that. And I thought that she had a very good best friend, who knew when to step up and when to walk away. I know this is Amber's story, but I would have loved to meet Cade's family. Wouldn't you? Cade was sweet. I thought his struggle was realistic. Very realistic. The big reveal was actually a Lifetime movie a long time ago. Or, maybe it was a made for tv? Still, really good. Bet you can't guess which one! (get it? It's what they do in the book!) In the book, I didn't get any of the movie or music references because I am not that hip. Overall a good and fast read. It was clean and sweet. If you get the chance to read it, please do!