Thursday, July 28, 2005

Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince

Title: Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince
Author: JK Rowling
Pages: 652

I have to say that the more i read of Harry Potter, the more i become addicted to it. I practically devoured this book when it arrived to my hands, after a very long wait, am pleased to tell you it's magnificent, yet... in the same time disappointing.

Before my fellow Harry Potter Fans start to shoot empty bottles on my head, allow me to explain. Many of the things in this book, were... out of the blue if you can call it. Many of the relationships that 'apparated' into the book seemed illogical to me, and then comes the very... "Hermoine/Ron" shipper, i mean i was going like "Not agaaiin" I mean where did i see this before? Not only we did not see Voldmort in the whole app 600 pages, the half blood prince wasn't hard to guess if you tell me. I was intrigued to continue, because i love JK Rowling's world... BUT.. if i was to vote one book off the collection: Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince would be it. Nonetheless, extrordinary masterpiece from JK again, hoping the next and final book would be better than this one.

Burning Elvis

Title:Burning Elvis
Author: John Burnside
Pages: 240

I've never read John Burnside's poetry, although i would have loved to. And this collection of his short stories caught my eye in the library for the catchy "Burning Elvis", being one of Elvis's devoted fans, i almost shrieked.

But when i read this collection, i was surprised i didn't read this earlier. The catchy flow of the stories made me dazzled, the way he created a vivid atmosphere in a matter of seconds, the setting contrasted the conflict, and the conflict held a higher moral. The ones i've loved the most were "The Invisible Husband", and "Burning Elvis"

You can see a pattern of death in different ways, whether is is mortal death, or invisibility, or even a dysfunctional family. I loved this book, and it's certainly on my "Books To Buy" List, since i'd love to keep it in my collection.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Woman At Point Zero

Title: Woman At Point Zero
Author: Nawal El Saadawi
Pages: 112 pages

This story stirred a wave of emotions inside me, it's the ultimate indignant scream on the society of poverty, corruption, and irrationality. Nawal El Saadawi, in her masterpiece shed the light on the reality of poverty, and how girls in the 80's and even now are forced into the harsh life by the "Male Factor" that promises to protect them, but instead eradicates their role in life. The story highlights the issue of female genital mutation also know as FMG, or Female circumcision. Female circucision not only leaves 3/4 of the circumcised woman unstasfied during their sexual encounters, but it also causes many illnesses, and fertilatiy problems.
Another important question she poses in front of us is what is your definition of honor? This story reminded me in a way or the other of Najeeb Mahfouz's "The Thiefs And Dogs", when we are left in the end to wonder what is the definition of a thief, conclusively, what is the definition of decency and honor.

Woman At Point Zero is a must read, it is emotional and gives you an insight to the real world most of us don't indulge in. I am gonna leave you with my favorite quote of this book,

"Now i had learnt that honor required large sums of money to protect it, but that large sums of money could not be obtained without losing one's honor. An infernal circle whirling round and round, draggng me up and down with it."- Firdaus the heroine of Woman At Point Zero.