Rezension // Revolution von Jennifer Donnelly

Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Publishing Company: Bloomsbury
Pages: 472

The Content:


BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.
PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.
Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present. (credits)

My Opinion:

At first I devoured that book. It is sooo well written, just the Donnelly style I love.
But some parts like Vija who gets the leaders of the world to comment on his senior thesis are kind of far-fetched. Andi seems to be from the upper class, from a world with no rules and I cannot understand how teenager take so much drugs and everything. It´s kind of like watching Gossip Girl or O.C.: Most of the time you want to shake your head and ask the producers if teenagers actually do live like that or did I miss something during time in school.
 Also is it very changeling to write about characters who lived for real like the child in the tower, the Dauphin Louis Charles. Often it seems like the authors twisted the reality to work with his plot but Mrs. Donnelly worked it out and until the moment in the catacombs when Andi has her time warp everything made sense. That was the moment, when I closed the book and thought: “Is she for real?” Everything was logical up till now and then Andi goes back in time and I really had to work it out how this works with the picture I had of the book. Afterwards it was kind of excused with the drugs and the hit on the had she endured, but how the things she got to know during her vision work out in reality turns it back into a time travel. Also is the time travel the only thing which helps Andi getting better but I kind of asked myself if a few more entries in Alex diary hadn´t done the deal too so the book wouldn´t lose its credibility.
And at least a thing of which I don´t know if I should like or hate it is that there is hope for Andi but no hope for the father daughter relationship which I was looking out for. I like complete happy ends but on the other side is it unexpected and being surprised by a book became so rare.
A thing that shouldn´t be forgotten is the French revolution which takes a great part in the book. I know the raw outlines from school and liked the way Donnelly worked with it.

So all in all, I like the book but I didn´t love it like the Tea Rose. 

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21.4.-23.4.2011

Am Anfang // Nobody knows von Amanda Taylor


>>Von einer, die losging, sich mit 13 Jahren an den eigenen wunderschönen langen Haaren aus dem Sumpf ihrer Kindheit zu ziehen.
Jessica wächst auf, unheimlich frei, unheimlich abenteuerlich, aber in erster Linie unheimlich. Es ist keine Kindheit für Kinderspiele, da die Erwachsenen ihre Spiele mit den Kindern spielen. Doch Jessica läßst sich ihre Kindheit nicht stehlen, mit all ihrer Phanstasie erkämpft sie sie zurück.<< (Buchrücken)


Auch wenn der Buchrücken es einen schon erahnen ließ... nachdem lesen bereue ich es richtig das Bild schon vorher so bearbeitet zu haben, weil es das Buch so verschönt und das war es nicht. Es war harter Tobak und erschreckend. 
Natürlich auch gut geschrieben, ein paar Sprünge waren zu Anfang verwirrend, aber es passte weil es aus der Sicht der kleinen Jessica geschrieben war und Kinder folgen nie einer geraden Linie. 

Das einzige Gute daran momentan krank geschrieben zu sein ist wohl, das ich zum Lesen komme. Aber jetzt ist mein Notfallbuch auch verschlungen und die Ostertage gehen noch einen Tag und ich hab alle meine ungelesenen Bücher in meiner Wohnungen und kein gutes Buch mehr bei meinen Eltern. 

Kennt einer eigentlich ein gutes, kostenloses Bildbearbeitungsprogramm? Mein Photoshop Portable hasst mich neuerdings und ich will meine Bilder nicht unbearbeitet hochladen... :/

SuB Abbau // Revolution von Jennifer Donnelly

War ich noch so stolz darüber, das ich letzten Monat 8 Einträge geschafft habe, muss ich jetzt enttäuschend feststellen, das alles untergeht, sobald die Uni wieder anfängt. Obwohl ich merkwürdigerweise mehr zum lesen komme, als in meinen Semesterferien. Kann aber auch daran liegen, das ich für ein Seminar allein 4 Lektüren lesen muss. Oder das meine beste Freundin neuerdings immer mit dem Bus fährt, deswegen mehr liest und einen einfach ansteckt.
Mit Revolution hat sie es ebenfalls getan. Zumindest schwärmte sie davon, und auch wenn ich technisch pleite bin diesen Monat, ich konnte mich nicht zurückhalten - in Gedanken bei der Teerose und the Winterrose - auf den Kaufbutton zu klicken.

Und auch wenn mich diverse Bücher in meinem Regal vorwurfsvoll ansehen, weil sie in der Liste für die "English Challenge" weiter runter gerutscht sind, ist Revolution mein Aprilbuch!



Rezension // Wuthering Heights von Emily Bronte


Author: Emily Bronte
Publishing Company: Penguin Popular Classics
Pages: 279
Genres: Classics

The Content:
One of the most passionate and hearfelt novels written, Wuthering Heights tells of the relationship between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, the orphan boy her father adopted and brought to Wuthering Heights when they were children. 
While Catherine forms a deep attachment to Heathcliff, her brother Hindley despises him as a rival. Heathcliff becomes torn between love for Catherine and the rage and humiliation he suffers. Finally he can stand it no longer and, in the violence of a summer storm, leaves the Heights for three years. During his absence Catherine has married, but her tormented heart belongs eternally to Heathcliff who is now prepared to exact his tyrannical revenge. 
(from the back of the book)
My opinion:

Reading this book was not like I expected it to be. After reading the back of the book I looked forward to a sweet love story – sure no flawless characters. Jane Eyre also wasn´t one in the chic-lit sense of flawless. After reading Susan Elisabeth Phillips stories with her sassy cute girls and her macho, but kind guys, Classics are kind of refreshing and a completely new experience.

So I expected a dark but cute love story, but it was nothing like that.
First the beginning is so irritating and I had to fight myself through it. The story begins with Mr. Lookwood who meets his landlord Mr. Heathcliff and stays a night at Wuthering Heights where he meets Heathcliff´s daughter-in-law Catherine (called "Cathy") and Hareton Earnshaw. Both characters will be important, and loveable in the end, but when you meet them at this point of the story you don´t understand what they are doing there and the use of the surnames Heathcliff, Linton and Earnshaw is not understandable.  
Lookwood comes home to his rented place after his visit where the housekeeper Nelly Dean starts telling the story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff and after Catherines death in the mid of the book continues with the story about her daughter “Cathy” who is at eighteen constrained by Heathcliff to marry her Cousin and his son Linton. The love of Catherine and Heathcliff is violent and selfish and destroys the life of the people around them and kills them both In the end.
The only thing for me, which made the book bearable, was the love of Cathy and Hareton in the end. Finally happiness for the both people who were deeply wronged by Heathcliff because of the things their parents did.  

In the end I finally understood what is meant by the sentence at the back of the book  “With its freedom from social conventions” because Heathcliff believes in no God and therefore can break every social convention and destroy the people he hates smoothly. 

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17.03.-31.03.2011