Ben Yunus Yunus itibaren Çayır Köyü, 13600 Çayır Köyü/Hizan/Bitlis, Türkiye
Bu benim en sevdiğim Goodman kitabım değil, ama bunu bastırmakta zorlandım. Yine de itiraf etmeliyim ki, kitaptaki (çok) son ağları gözden kaçırdım ... bu yüzden sonunda biraz kafam karışmaya başlamış olabilirim. Ne olursa olsun, keyifli bir okuma.
Eğer hiç okumadıysanız, kendinizden utanmalısınız. Tüm Austen romanlarında olduğu gibi sonsuz alıntı yapılabilir: "Evrensel olarak kabul edilen, iyi bir servete sahip olan tek bir erkeğin bir eş istemesi gerektiği bir gerçektir." "Şiirin sevgiyi geri çekmedeki etkisini ilk kim keşfettiğini merak ediyorum!" "Şikayet etmeyenler asla acımaz." "Erkekler kayalara ve dağlara ne?"
It's extremely rare for me to give a book such a low rating, especially one that is regarded by many as fine literature. Yet there were just too many things about this story that didn't sit right with me and so I muddled through, but barely. I was intrigued, however, by the premise. When Dr. Anders is presumed dead after being on a lengthy mission in the Amazon rainforest, his wife is in disbelief. Ultimately she decides she needs proof of his demise. That's when his colleague and friend, Dr. Marina Singh is sent on a double mission; to find out if and how Anders really died, and to gauge the progress of another colleague and former mentor to Singh, Dr. Annick Swanson's mysterious project. While the attention to detail is evident, it's nearly painstakingly so. Some events included seem so mundane that the reader is thinking there must be a foreshadowing here, a reason for its inclusion. For instance, we don't know how Dr. Anders died, so we analyze every bug bite and nightmare in Singh's path. We live through the good doctor losing her luggage and getting not one, but two new, high tech cell phones. In the end these details are akin to focusing on the tying of ones shoes and making a healthy lunch in the morning, rather than explaining what happened after you walked out the front door and really started your day. Another major issue this story had was focus. What is the readers primary concern? At first it seems the mysterious death/disappearance of Dr. Anders should be front and center. Then we feel that we should be examining Dr. Marina's demons. Before you know it, the focus shifts again, this time to the work of Dr. Swanson and what makes her tick. But wait! There's a deaf, gentle boy named Easter living on the island who enchants everyone he meets. Oh and we can't forget about the small tribe of women who seemingly can have TONS of babies because they suck on a tree. Seriously folks, I can't make this stuff up. The final nail in the coffin for me, was the ending. I won't give it away in case you decide to read this book one day. But if you've read and taken to heart a review like this one, the bigger question is, why would you??
Good book, it would have earned another star but I was annoyed to find a bad swear word in the middle of the book. Why can't they just leave that stuff out? Read this one for the library reader's corner.