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The book I would never recommend you

October 10, 2011
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Hello everyone!
Have you ever regretted reading a book?
Of course, reading is one of the most rewarding and pleasant hobbies that people can enjoy, but what happens when your promising reading becomes a boring and soporific experience?
Taking into account that I´m in an English learning process and everything I can read in English is welcome, I have to recognize that it happened to me when I read “A Pale View of Hills” by Kazuo Ishiguro. In my opinion, this is one of the most tedious books I´ve ever read.
The novel is about an emigrant Japanese woman living alone in England relating all her memories when she was living in Nagasaki after the 2nd world war, and no more plot. In conclusion, I spent all the reading waiting for something exciting, but in the end, nothing happened.
Fortunately, this one was not the first book I had read by this remarkable and well-known writer. Previosuly, I read “The Remains of the Day” (it was a cinema masterpiece, too) and “Never Let me Go” (also in cinema). I was so impressed and satisfied after reading them that I decided to read another book by the same writer, just looking for another gratifying experience, but “A Pale View of Hills” didn´t live up to my expectation. Maybe I wasn´t in a good frame of mind…
Up to this point, any of you could tell me something about which book you would never recommend to a good friend? I appreciate your help. Many thanks.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Leonor permalink
    October 10, 2011 10:38 pm

    I don’t usually read books by Asian writers, and it isn’t a matter of race. I only remember having read a book which an aunt of mine lent me and that I really enjoyed. But to be honest, I don’t even remember the title…
    However, I’ve heard a lot of good things about Haruki Murakami’s novels, have you read some of his books?

  2. Eugenia Ferrer Perez permalink
    October 10, 2011 11:23 pm

    I usually read a lot of books but usually I borrow them from the library so half the times I get bored to death with the books I´ve chosen; The worst part is that I never can remember which ones I had already read so sometimes I read them twice!

  3. October 11, 2011 12:45 pm

    I have read “Norwegian Wood”, by Haruki Murakami. This book is considered the modern classic par excellence in Japanese literature. It tells the teenagers anxiety, the first love disappointment and the passage to adulthood.The novel is set in Tokyo during the late 1960s. The original Japanese title Noruwei no Mori, is the standard Japanese translation of the title of The Beatles song “Norwegian Wood” written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The song is often mentioned in the novel, and is the favourite song of one of the main characters. In my opinion, Murakami is a very good writer but, this novel is too nostalgic and dramatic to me. Perhaps, I haven’t read it at the right time. Consequently, I haven’t read yet “Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World”, another book by Murakami that my husband got me for my birthday.

  4. October 15, 2011 7:58 am

    Last night I began to watch the film “The Life Tree”, I finally only saw 20 minutes.

    Someone of you has seen this film until the end?

  5. marisadedios permalink*
    October 15, 2011 12:07 pm

    HAHA! Alberto, I went to see The Tree of Life with a friend. Apparently it is a masterpiece, but we both found it terribly boring! And people left the room we were in. What’s more, when the film ended, comments and faces showed disappointment. Maybe I am not expert enough, anyway.

  6. marisadedios permalink*
    October 15, 2011 12:12 pm

    Well, I shouldn’t say, but I never managed to finish ULISES, by Joyce, though it is a masterpiece and I was supposed to read it when at University.

  7. October 15, 2011 4:41 pm

    I’m sorry but I don’t agree with the poor view of “A Pale View of Hills”.

    I also read this touching book last year. Although I can admit that his novel produces some melancholy and even some degree mental anguish, I’m convinced that it provides such emotion that can reach readers move.

    From my point of view, women’s independency is the main topic of this book.

    The disappointing image of the Japanese woman in the 2nWW (invisible, submitted and living in loneliness) and her struggle for not to accept her place in the traditional hierarchy of the Japanese society, make this book a very psychological novel.

    Plenty of dualities (characters, countries, daughters’ personalities, political points of view,…) everything represents the traditional and the modern options of living and the need of choosing between them for getting ahead.

    Well, this plot and its subtle narrative, make of this book one of my most exciting readings.

  8. lidiaeb permalink
    October 16, 2011 12:13 pm

    Hi mates:
    Talking about films and books, the other day I decided to watch “The Black Swan” with Natalie Portman. I haven´t seen it yet and knew it had been awarded with 5 Oscars so I tried it. As someone has said before, I kept watching it untill the end with the expectation that something nice was going to come but unfortunately it didn´t. I felt disappointed probably because I was waiting for the film to enjoy me. Bye

  9. Ximo permalink
    October 22, 2011 4:26 pm

    Hi,
    I think that for people who are learning a foreign language, the book we have to choose has to be entertaining and easy to understand because it could become like a stone under our foot. I remember reading a book which was recommended by a teacher some years ago. The book is about a woman from Bangladesh who moves to England after marrying with an emigrant Bangladeshi man for her family convenience. It is a good book. As a result the writer, called Monica Ali from India, won some prizes. But it was quite hard to read because of the dialogues between the woman and her sister by letter, which are written like Indian people speak English, I mean the accent. Then it was difficult to understand for me. There’s a screen version that I recommend you after reading the book.

  10. October 26, 2011 2:03 pm

    I agree with you Ximo. It´s a very moving and interesting book, but the part of the letters between the two sisters are really hard and confusing for all of us learning a new language.
    I saw the film after reading the book and it impressed me greatly. All the characters in it were like I had imagened in the reading! This is very difficult because when I read a book and I see the film after, I usually feel disappointed.

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