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Monday, January 25, 2016

Review: أرض النفاق

أرض النفاق أرض النفاق by يوسف السباعي
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

قد تكون هذه أول رواية عربية أقرؤها. و قد تكون بالفعل من أفضل ما قرأت من الروايات.

ليس سبب إعجابي بها هو وصفها لأمتنا و "أمراضها" فحسب، فهي ليست قصة بؤس أو "تراجيدي". أعجبنتي الطريقة الساخرة للكاتب، و وجدت الكتاب مضحكا أكثر منه محزنا، و هذا جعل قراءته أسهل كثيرا (خاليا من "سمة البدن").

شيء واحد يزعجني على كل حال: المجتمع الذي يصفه الكاتب في هذه الرواية-مجتمع مصر في الأربعينيات من القرن الماضي-لا يختلف كثيرا عن مجتمعنا اليوم. و لو كان هناك اختلاف في التفاصيل الدقيقة، ما زلت أرى فينا كثيرا من العيوب التي نرفض التخلص منها.

خلص، بكفّي فلسفة.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Review: The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Note to self: don't read a book just because it's a "classic".
Another note to self: I know you won't listen to me. Idiot.

I am no literary expert, but I know for sure this novel is lacking in many elements that make up a story; not the least of which is a solid plot.

Another thing I hated about it is the generous amount of cursing. Is that dude angry or just used to talking like that?

This is a depressing book. It made me laugh at certain points, but it's still going in the garbage.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Review: The Martian

The Martian The Martian by Andy Weir
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Because of all the hype the movie got, I thought I'd detest this novel. I even kept asking myself why I'd bought it in the first place (it was "on sale"; that's the reason). Anyway, it was a quick enjoyable read.

Being written in the form of "log entries", it pretty much resembles reading someone's "blog". It *is* actually. What I didn't expect however, is for it to be funny. You know how humor is a defense mechanism that helps you cope with stress? The author makes a point of it as the astronaut struggles to stay alive and entertained.

I'm not sure about the ending, though. The story kind of terminates abruptly.

OK. This is getting boring. Read this book. (If you want to, that is.)

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