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Hi, I'm an avid reader and English major. I hope to collect a variety of book reviews here.

Currently reading

Herzog
Saul Bellow, Phillip Roth
Internal Time: Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You're So Tired
Till Roenneberg

Debbie's Inferno

Debbie's Inferno - Anne Emond Best adaptation of Inferno.
SPOILER ALERT!

Othello

Othello - William Shakespeare In "Preface to Shakespeare", Samuel Johnson wrote
It may be observed, that in many of his plays the latter part is evidently neglected. When he found himself near the end of his work, and, in view of his reward, he shortened the labour to snatch the profit. He therefore remits his efforts where he should most vigorously exert them, and his catastrophe is improbably produced or imperfectly represented.
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Othello is no exception, until the fourth act plot goes smoothly, however, in fourth and fifth acts everything tumbles down unnaturally.

Mitologya

Mitologya - Edith Hamilton, Ülkü Tamer Kolay okunan akıcı bir anlatımla yazılmış olmasına karşın çevirisi pek başarılı olmamış, bazı deyilerin kullanımı çok göze batıyor
SPOILER ALERT!

Varolmanın Dayanılmaz Hafifliği

Varolmanın Dayanılmaz Hafifliği - Milan Kundera, Fatih Özgüven Well,this is a review-like writing consist of spoilers mostly that it felt awkward to put a spoiler sign.

I've read this book like three years ago and I'm astonished to see that most things i remember was not included most comments and reviews.I think I've read it(also watched the movie) from a very different perspective that I don't even remember that what was meant by unbearable lightness of being, was it something about existentialism ?

Things first come to my mind are little idiosyncrasies of the characters; Thomas' small forbidden bed and his reluctance to sleep in a other bed and how he shared it with Tereza. In a way it was the symbol of the whole relationship between, Thomas' bed was not fit for two people, like his lifestyle and how much Thomas and Tereza tried to sleep there it gived only nightmares to her. They didn't leave the bed though, at least until the invasion, since Thomas does not sleep with in a woman's bed or changes his life for them and Tereza is determined to be with him. In turkey we have an idiom about how ones' bed gives hints about his character; it's translation roughly would be " a lion can be defined by looking where he sleeps". Maybe that fueled my imagination. In addition to these, another weirdness was Sabrina's hat which belongs to her grandfather or someone like that, a serious man, but Sabrina uses it to improve her arousal. How ironic...

Two parts occupied my mind most when i read the book. Firts the part about kitsch and how sabrina hates it. It explained why she carved for freedom and extremes, how easily she fled from the things she liked for some time and how easily she can change. Kitsch was a whole new concept for me. Second was the part where Kundere classify men who sleep with billions of woman. There are two types of them he wrote; ones who doing it for boasting and the ones doing it because of curiosity. I've hated Thomes until i read that part, but after he became the victim of his curiosity. He was sleeping with women to see the magical moment in which they stripped, and because of that most of the woman he slept was ugly unlike other womanizers'. He was what he was and he meant to stay that way. I can't say that his morales was right or he had the right to do it but at least he accepted himself in the way he is. Both Tereza and Thomas were selfish and self-destructive but at least Thomas was fine with himself. I wonder if Kunderas' classification of men were true. It seems true to me in so many ways, and for not only womanizers but also many people who goes extreme. What motivates people to go extremes most time ? I think striving for power and knowledge or both since knowledge provides power most times. A man who sleeps with lots of woman to boast about it seeks superiority or power in a way. And curiosity, seeking knowledge... It is funny to relate Thomas with legendary scientists or philosophers but you know Einstein defines himself as a passionately curious man if the quotes on internet were true.

Maybe because Kundera created the characters so real , I don't remember the gist of the novel instead I remember them, how they became themselves and their happiness, sadness and weird habits .
SPOILER ALERT!

Stargirl

Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli Hilary Kimble was right about stargirl; she can not be real.

It was just a tale about a freckled teenager, she posessed no super power but infinite goodness. She was not just unique, she would be if her distinctiveness from a normal teenager was just wearing weird clothes, going desert to medidate after school, throwing pennies to street and making tales about the people in the shopping mall; but she was more than this. She had a heart which is striving for to embrace all the people in the world. She wanted to be a cheerleader that belongs to all highschools, she would like to be a raceless person if her world included racisim, but there were only highschool bullies, peer presure and mean old people.
She was my childhood hero and she was a real hero in her world too, actually, fighted against villains such as rare ties with hedgehogs, sad birthdays, imagination lacking classess, insufficent names, and a boyfriend who wanted to change her. She kicked no ass before she left but she inspired people around her. More is the pity, same people hurt her and make her shed light, any hero can be wounded though. I must not forget her mentor, it is my weakness, i love the characters like Archie in any story. It was one of the two shortages of the book, not including more Archie. The other was not including stargirl's speech in contest. I used to wonder what she have said.