Krystof Travnicek Travnicek itibaren Deliktaş Köyü, 25380 Deliktaş Köyü/Şenkaya/Erzurum, Türkiye
Çok tuhaf, ama çok iyi!
İtalyanlar ve onların kültürleri / alışkanlıkları (özellikle Venedikliler) hakkında merak ediyorsanız, bu ficiton olmayan parça harika. Venedik'te tatil yaparken bu hikaye Berendt'in kucağına düştü ve daha sonra kitap bitene kadar hemen hemen kaldı.
"Dashing young Roderick Kinsmere went up to London to claim his inheritance, left his belongings at his father's favorite inn, and went out to see the town. He never did get back to his room, and the nest time he laid eyes on his possessions, they were in a totally unexpected setting. Just one of the reasons for the upheaval in Kinsmere's life was the fact that he was wearing a remarkable sapphire ring. It was the cause of his being swept up in court intrigue, murderous plots, and a wild chase that came to an exciting climax in the middle of the English Channel." from the cover Takes place "during the nights of 1st-18th June, 1815." from flyleaf
Oh heavens I completely forgot about this book! I believe my reaction to it at the time I read it was a shock of identification though in a sense very me-specific. I adore the function of play in the world so very much. However I feel that investing time into preserving what you despise by enshrining it inside yourself via obsessive thought no matter how deeply rooted and supposedly unconscious or whatever probably serves against one's aims. Well, now I'm just writing. oops
Found in supermarket for £1.50... a bargain!
(Update, 2014) This is one of those times when my opinion of a book changed drastically over time. If you ask me today, I'd tell you this book kind of blew, I guess because it got so wickedly popular and also because his subsequent book (The Unnamed) was such a steaming pile of bullshit. But thanks to the magic of Goodreads, I have to face the fact that when I finished it, I thought it was pretty great. (Also kudos to my past self for already knowing how to properly use whom.) (Original review, 2007) I approached this book the sort of jealousy skepticism that I reserve for young writers near my age who publish their first book to great fanfare and acclaim. But I have to admit that Then We Came to the End is really quite good. It's the story of a bunch of people working in a corporate advertising firm that is beset with layoffs. The characters are engaging, more or less believable, and have great, often funny, fitting dialogue. The big gimmick is that it's mostly written in the first person plural, which actually comes off as a very clever device, because it includes the reader wholly in the story. It helps, of course, that I just went through this very thing at Random House (the book was actually recommended to me by my former boss, who was laid off at the same time I was), but really, this is a strong, interesting book that would probably appeal to even those who haven't been through this sort of thing. It's an easy read, but it moves gracefully from being wholly focused on the petty minutia of office life (Who gets the good chair when that guy down the hall is laid off? Who is sleeping with whom? How many times a day can you check your email? Why is everyone else so irritating and what am I doing spending my life in this soulless place?) into much more serious topics, like cancer and depression and, really, life. A good, compelling read.