Jane Eyre… but gothic.

As a classic cinematography lover, I’ve watched the movie The Birds (and read the book), of course. It’s a combo when Alfred Hitcock is the director and the author of the novel is Daphne du Maurier. Same goes for Rebecca. 

Rating: 4/5.

Besides the fact that I’ve had the book in my kindle for a while now I’ve also heard the song “Rebecca” sung in its musical (yes there’s also a musical based on it). You have no idea how bad it got stuck in my mind.

So I gave the book a try.

At first there’s nothing very impressive about it. It kinda feels like nothing is happening so you might be tempted to abandon it but I went on with it for the sake of the song (don’t ask me what’s up with that because I don’t know, it just hit me).

Daphne du Maurier is building the mystery step by step basically. She doesn’t throw you in a complicated full of suspense action but she knows how to involve you with every chapter. She sprinkles the plot with some plot twists and from a story of 2 lovers becomes a serious act of desperation and murder.

If you’ve read Jane Eyre you might find some common elements: there’s an older rich man, a manor and 2 wives but the spirit of the deceased one is lurking around. The dark and sinister tone of it can surely grab your attention.

As for the characters, I don’t like any of them but the author knew how to build the characters to be disliked but at the same time you are interested in what happens to them.

Last night I also watched the movie. It’s a classic ’40s Hitchcock, how can I not?

I’m gonna say the typical thing that any book reader is saying: the book was better. It really was better. It’s not one of my favorite Hitchcock movies but since I’ve read the book my expectations were…higher than they should’ve been probably. Even though I’m saying this I’m not discouraging anyone to watch it. Do watch it cause it’s a pretty good one. I really liked the guy that played as Mr de Winter and also the role of Ms Danvers was awesome. She nailed it!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17899948-rebecca

 

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“Find What You Love and Let It Kill You”

My fellow dear Goethe this time caught me with another book of his, The Sorrows of Young Werther.

Rating: 3/5.

This is the book responsible for Goethe’s fame but later he started to dislike being forever associated with this one. Wanna hear the short summary of it? It’s something that we’ve never heard before.

  1. Werther is a young rich man with raging hormones.
  2. He falls in love with a pretty lady.
  3. SHE IS MARRIED TO ANOTHER GUY HAHA.
  4. Werther kills himself.

I was kidding when I said it’s something we’ve never heard before (in case you didn’t get it haha I’m so funny). Yes this is your typical story of unrequited love. A story of obsession.

There isn’t much to say about it. I liked it but I think Goethe’s poetry is better.

Free download: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2527

 

 

You are uninteresting.

Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney was a book on my to-read shelf that I always skipped… until one day when I was like “you know what, I should give this book a try”.

Rating: 2/5.

What makes this book different than the others is the second person narrative that you can rarely find. It’s not the only book but somehow it’s one of the most popular examples if you want to check out this style.

 

It’s the 1980s and your uninteresting life consists of working, partying and drugs (of course, the main character is based on McInerney himself).

You don’t bother with anything. You work in the Factual Verification department for a magazine in the beautiful New York, want to move on to the fiction department and yet you do nothing about that.

Your wife left you and you seem unable to pursue a real relationship.

This is the life before the internet pretty much. Nobody’s using computers and if you want to find out something you have to check out some records or make a few phone calls to some sources and the whole NYC was high on cocaine and this is the young and foolish life.

The background characters are easily forgettable. They’re uninteresting too. We don’t get to know a lot more about them besides their names and some basic info.

This book sends such a careless vibe that actually makes you feel careless about it but don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad book, but it ain’t a great one either.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/86147.Bright_Lights_Big_City

Boring dirty stories, sorry.

I haven’t read some erotica in a really long time so I just picked out Little Birds by Anais Nin.

Rating?

2/5.

I got to the end of it 50% out of curiosity and 50% because I just wanted to finish it, it’s a short not-so-awesome book so it’s not worth it to read it for 100 years. What can I tell you about it is that it’s pretty boring. The stories give me the feeling that they’re just thrown there and they didn’t really get to me. I felt distant towards it. They didn’t intrigue me or made me feel anything.

I didn’t really enjoy the idea of men messing around with 16 year old girls tho’ I liked the first story when all the girls ran away when they saw him in all his glory around them. Come on, that was pretty funny.

The stories have many things in common and they might seem familiar at some point which was pretty nice and made me imagine some bonds between them.

Overall this was not my cup of tea but I’m glad I’ve read it and it’s an appreciated classic.

Summary: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11036.Little_Birds

Frankenstein is THE DOCTOR!

For halloween I saved a place for a creepy book that would suit this holiday and I decided to go for  Frankenstein. I couldn’t be more dissapointed, I’m serious. I ruined my halloween reading joy.

Rating: doesn’t even deserve a 1 but I will give it 1/5.

If there is someone out there considering this book a masterpiece and an awesome classic, please convince me or just let me know what makes you think that.

I know I’m not a fan of classics or whatever but some of them are really good. I wanted to be freaked out by a story written in that classic old style. Something like Poe. But I just forced myself to finish it just because I wanted to give it a bad rating so people that are like me can find out some bad reviews too, not only the good words about it.

Besides the fact that the descriptions were awful, a paragraph written only about how the wind blows and how Frankenstein feels it, the story isn’t scary, man. It doesn’t have a drop of darkness in it that you can call “creepy”. Some crimes commited by the monster are not enough to make this book a horror one. Look at Stephen King, if he would’ve written it some crazy stuff would’ve happened. Not just deaths of people Frankenstein knew.

I appreciate Mary’s ambition to write a creepy book at 18 years old but this was so bad and awfully boring, I don’t even have words. It took me 5 days to finish it and it doesn’t even have 200 pages.

If you haven’t read it yet, you can go for it but embrace yourself for major boredom.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18490.Frankenstein?ac=1&from_search=true

Murakami’s music

I’m a huge fan of Haruki Murakami’s books and one of the things that made me love him was his taste in music and the artists and song mentioned throughout the stories so I’m gonna share with you my favorite songs mentioned in a few of his books (might update it as soon as I collect some more songs because I still have to read a few books from him).

Here are the book titles and my favorite song(s) from them:

A WILD SHEEP CHASE: Beirut-Elephant Gun

DANCE DANCE DANCE: Audrey Hepburn- Moon River.  Led Zeppelin-Whole Lotta Love. Beach Boys-Dance Dance Dance. Bob Dylan-The Times They Are A-Changing. Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar.

HARD-BOILED WONDERLAND AND THE END OF THE WORLD: Ottis Redding-Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay. Bob Dylan-Blowin’ In The Wind. Marvin Gaye-I Heard It Through The Grapevine. Peter & Gordon- I Go To Pieces. Steppenwolf-Born To Be Wild.

KAFKA ON THE SHORE: The Beatles-Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Prince-Little Red Corvette.

NORWEGIAN WOOD: The Beatles-Norwegian Wood. The Beatles- Yesterday (live.they’re so cute). The Beatles-Penny Lane. The Beatles-Blackbird. The Beatles-And I Love Her. The Beatles- Eleanor Rigby. Cream-White Room. The Doors-People Are Strange. The Drifters-Up On The Roof. The Rolling Stones-Jumping Jack Flash. David Bowie-Ashes To Ashes.

THE ELEPHANT VANISHES: The Doors-Light My Fire. Bruce Springsteen-Born In The U.S.A.

WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING: The Rolling Stones-Sympathy For The Devil. The Lovin Spoonful-Do You Believe In Magic.

I hope you’re gonna enjoy them at least as much as I do.