Renato Guedes Guedes itibaren Bjelahova, Sırbistan
Prada, üniversiteyi bitirdikten hemen sonra yayın dünyasında kariyer yapmaya çalışan genç bir kadın olan Andrea Sachs'ın hikayesidir. Yüksek moda dergisi Runway'e iş çıkarıyor. “Bir milyon kızın öleceği bir iş” (s30). Bu yakalama ifadesi, kendisi ve Runway'de çalışan herkesin zikrettiği mantra olur. Kendilerine, kariyerleri için mutlu ve sonsuza dek minnettar olmaları gerektiğini hatırlatmak için tekrar ediyorlar, ki bunlar gerçekte hor görüyorlar. Bir başka ilginç özellik de yazarın perifrasis kullanımıdır. Örneğin patron Miranda Priestly, “Her” (p2) olarak adlandırılır, stilettolardaki kızlar dublajla, Andrea'nın güzel iş arkadaşlarından biri “plackers” (p13) olarak adlandırılır, “nakavt kızı” ”(19) ve bazı tiki üniversite sınıf arkadaşları“ Jappy girls ”(35) olarak bilinir. Bu tür açıklayıcı terimlerin kullanımı, karakterleri hızlı ve renkli bir şekilde tanımlamaya yardımcı olur ve kullandığım hilelerin sihirli torbasına ekleyeceğim.
4 stars because it's an excellent book. Paulo proved once again what an outstanding writer he is. Life, love and the search for someone's self are once again main subjects in his book. If you've read Paulo before, you know what to expect. He won't disappoint you. His writing is impressive as always, and after every read page you'll end up thinking about the true meaning of life. What was disappointing to me, however, was the book's ending. In fact, I gave 4 stars without considering the ending. If I did, I wouldn't give more than 2. In my opinion, the ending ruined it all. Anyway, I still highly recommend "Zahir". It's an exceptional book that you surely won't regret reading.
Domestic Violets is a great suprise - funny, tender and poignant and with more than a few plot twists, a terrific debut from Matthew Norman. Tom Violet is disgruntled, with his job, his sex life and his dysfunctional family. If it's not a problem in the bedroom, it's with his co-workers and boss (Violet is a copywriter for MSW, a consulting organization that is never clearly defined, largely because no one seems to actually know what they do). Additionally, his father - who left when Tom was young - is Curtis Violet, a world famous author that even casual readers know and adore. His mother has remarried, and her husband Gary suddenly shows up at Tom's house, with his mother nowhere to be found. Everyone is keeping secrets. I raced through Domestic Violets, a novel that evokes authors like Jonathan Tropper and Tom Perotta, which is high praise. This is an intelligent, aware novel, with a bit of meta commentary about the writing process thrown in for good measure. I highly recommend this and look forward to Norman's next novel.