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July 20, 2009

Me Talk Pretty One Day (David Sedaris) – Book Review

Filed under: Book,book review — smackamack @ 6:54 pm

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sedaris_davidPlot: David Sedaris, a humorist and writer, presents a compilation of comical personal essays in Me Talk Pretty One Day. The essays are strung together with Sedaris’s candid manner and a persistent language theme. The book is divided into two parts, and with a few exceptions, focuses on the early part of Sedaris’s life in the first half, and the more recent years of his life while living in France in the second half.

I have read several of David Sedaris’s books…I had mixed feelings about this book.  I found some chapters/stories hilarious, and some rather dull.  Sedaris writes his books as a collection of short comical essays, which I love because you can read a short story/chapter each night before bed – perfect!  

I wouldn’t recommend this book above my favorites by Sedaris…I highly recommend Naked and Holidays On Ice – fantastic!  I would give this book 2.5/5 stars.

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May 4, 2009

Bel Canto (2001) – Book Review

Filed under: Book,book review — smackamack @ 1:31 am

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Plot: Lucky Mr. Hosokawa. The well-connected Japanese businessman, now in an unnamed South American country on yet another job, is having a very special birthday party. At the home of the country’s vice president, opera singer Roxane Cos will be performing for him and his guests. But what’s this? Armed men invading the premises? These ragtag revolutionaries are looking for the president and disappointed that he is not there, but that doesn’t stop them from holding the party goers hostage. What happens after that was, for this reviewer, a story that failed to ignite. Patchett (The Patron Saint of Liars) generates little tension as she moves her players around the board, and one is disappointed that there is little reflection about the head-on clash of art and life. This book is getting a big promotional pitch, however, so libraries may want to consider.

Whitney Baker gave me this book for my birthday because she had been raving about it for years.  It took me a really long time to get into, but the end result was worth it!  This book is not an adventurous read, it is slow and beautiful, but the second half really picks up and you become truly invested in the characters.  I am interested to read a different Ann Patchett book…

I am surprised this hasn’t been made into a movie yet…I mean, the ending is so visually powerful, I think it would make a wonderful film.  

I recommend this book for people who enjoy music, reading, and an ‘intellectually stimulating’ read.  I give this book 3.75/5 stars.

April 24, 2009

Courtney’s Book Club

Filed under: Book — smackamack @ 12:16 pm

It has been in talks that I would start a book club after graduation.  Well, guess what time it is?!  Book club time!  We will be meetings once a month to chat about the book and have a jolly old good time.  We each pick one book per rotation that none of us have read (this is difficult, we read a lot).  I am excited because it will hopefully push us to read different things that we would not usually pick.  So far it looks like this…

Whitney – Catch 22, Joseph Heller

Ally – ?

Caitlin – Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

Me – On the Road, Jack Kerouac

Mimi – ?

Mel – American Wife, Curtis Sittenfield

Let the reading begin!

April 3, 2009

My Booky Wook – Book Review

Filed under: Book,Celebrity — smackamack @ 4:43 pm

 

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Plot: Russell Brand learned early on to make a joke of fear and failure. From a troubled childhood in industrial Essex, England, to his descent into addictions to alcohol, drugs, and sex in the seamy underbelly of London, Brand has seen his share of both and miraculously lived to tell the tale. In My Booky Wook he leads readers on a rollicking journey through his disastrous school career, his infamous antics on MTV, and his multifarious sexual adventures. But this irreverent memoir is a story not simply of struggle but also of redemption, a testament to the difficulty of discovering what you want from life and the remarkable power of a bloody-minded determination to get it. My Booky Wook is a giddy trip through the brilliant mind of one of Britain’s most valuable exports.

I was really excited about this film, I find Russell Brand very exciting, devious, and highly interesting.  I mean, who doesn’t want to read about a sex, heroin, crack addict?!  Anyway, the book was so disapointing, especially for such a smart guy.  I found it repetitive and rather dull actually.  After you find out hes totally f’ed up, there isn’t much to know.
I recommend this for people who have an interest in British comedy and specifically Russell Brand.  Brand is definitely not for everyone and he has offended his fair share of the world.  I give this book 2/5 stars.

March 28, 2009

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Filed under: Book — smackamack @ 9:15 pm

Ok…this one is for Mel!

Look what I found at the book store last night…crazy!

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies — Pride and Prejudice and Zombies features the original text of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Complete with 20 illustrations in the style of C. E. Brock (the original illustrator of Pride and Prejudice), this insanely funny expanded edition will introduce Jane Austen’s classic novel to new legions of fans. 

It’s edited by Seth Grahame-Smith, and I must admit it looks intriguing…

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