Thanks elijjahova telling us about the problem. It was a little better — so 2 stars instead of 1- but not by much. To date it has been translated into German, Spanish, French, and English. Frankandjane rated it it eijahova ok Jun 19, Please create a new list with a new name; move some items to a new or existing list; or delete some items. It did not seem to flow smoothly or quickly. Doug rated it it was ok Jul 18, The negatives, or what I found so, are the oh-please-not-again redundancies in the thoughts of the main narrator Richardthe predictability of the plot with its over-reliance on a certain classic,compounded by a clumsy attempt at interweaving classic passages as this book revealed at last what the reader already knew, cause me A Kindle First A framed story with the nested narratives of a diary, a mystery slowly unraveled, glimpses of WWII history, and a meticulous resolution are the positives.
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Shelves: foreign-born-author , own-it-kindle-ebook , kindle-first-or-samsung-book-deal , trigger-warning , historical-fiction , cultural , foreign-born-protagonist , literary , own-it Trigger Warnings: view spoiler [Suicide not graphically depicted ; suicide ideation discussed at length ; wartime violence not graphically depicted ; incest discussed at length; not graphically depicted hide spoiler ] While I enjoyed this book more than I expected, it is not a book for everyone.
It is a work of true literary fiction, in the style of Dostoevsky and Joyce, with long descriptive sentences, which often contemplate on the ideas of fate, war, destiny, and identity. Long passages Trigger Warnings: view spoiler [Suicide not graphically depicted ; suicide ideation discussed at length ; wartime violence not graphically depicted ; incest discussed at length; not graphically depicted hide spoiler ] While I enjoyed this book more than I expected, it is not a book for everyone.
Long passages in the book debate and reflect on these ideas, without really moving the plot forward. This style of writing can be boring to some, laborious to others, and enjoyable to readers like me. The Judgment of Richard Richter is written in the first person with Richard Richter narrating and writing a personal memoir, thus going back and forth between his writing of the memoir and the actual story he is writing the memoir about, sometimes without clear transitions signaling the change in timeline.
Richter is a writer who upon separating from his wife, moves back in with the aunt who raised him. It is here where Richter finds the information that upends the truth of his life and sends him searching for answers. To say much more would give away large sections of the plot. Much of what is obvious is meant to be so as Richter himself greatly alludes to how certain parts of his story play out.
This is connected to the theme of fate, as though it was inevitable for certain things to happen, and in the present, he laments on the cruelty of fate. This follows the writing style of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, two of several authors whom Richter references in his writings and calls them friends. The story unfolds slowly, spending time building up all the necessary pieces and giving enough depth to the main characters to make the reader more invested in their story.
The tone throughout the book is foreboding and suggests there will not be a happy ending. Richter makes that clear as he sits in Vienna writing down the events which recently transpired.
Yet, the story is not sad, it simply feels inevitable, and thus, one walks away with more satisfaction from having learned all the details than with sadness for all which has transpired. There are several specific references to several specific books and if one has not read those stories, it can be a bit challenging to understand the deeper symbolism, but one can still understand the plot. These references can at times be lengthy and used as explanation for what is happening in the scene.
The story also makes use of many different languages including French, German, Bosnian, and Spanish and these phrases are only rarely translated. There are also times when one is not quite able to garner their meaning from the context.
While for the most part, the use of untranslated language did add to the book, there were a few times it was frustrating and partly detracted from the book. As one can garner from the trigger warnings, this subject matter is not for everyone. The theme of view spoiler [suicide and incest hide spoiler ] are throughout the book, making it advisable to pass on this book if discussions of such topics are triggering for you.
The book is not graphic in its depictions of any potentially triggering scene, but the sheer length and depth of discussion around particularly view spoiler [incest hide spoiler ] could potentially be as triggering.
The theme of view spoiler [suicide hide spoiler ] is throughout the book, but it is not discussed to the same length or depth as view spoiler [incest hide spoiler ] is. I found this to be a beautifully written book contemplating fate through a slowly developing story, but one of my favorite novels is Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky.
I found the long contemplation on various concepts to be engaging, but I enjoy deep, intellectual conversations and reflections. I enjoyed the long sentences and long passages with descriptive, overly written language, though I appreciated that it was more accessible than Dostoevsky and Joyce.
I did not mind that the book was long and that there was not much in the way of plot. This is the style of book I am looking for when it is labeled literary fiction and I am so glad this book satisfied.
A decent number of books today do not live up to the literary fiction labels, but this one does. This review is originally posted on Amazon as Maygin Reads and also posted on my blog. Please visit! I received this book free through the Kindle First program, though this did not effect the honesty of this review. Put it in a context of gallery, theater, book presentation instead of a street, bar, cinema. But shy ones, and still undefined from your side as his were probably just a product of skimming around.
But now for a split of second while Writing about this book is the same as writing about some stranger that you met somewhere. Here he comes with a glass of wine but you just inhale like you are seventeen and left alone for the first time on the train station. You nod, ordering yourself to pull yourself together. At the end of the night he invites you to join him for a dinner tomorrow and when he starts leaving, he touches your left eyebrow and cheek.
You wince with a question. This is not a typical you have mustard on your face situation, is it? He turns around and you miss him. The day after, he tricks you to talk about yourself as he pours you another drink. You talk about cities that disappeared within your memories, newspapers, people you might know, small apartments, theatre and food. Because it was so easy for me to fall in love with this book from its first page. His philosophical degree is all present and he leads us through his mystical maze of tragedy with an open palm.
He hides nothing and bares everything.
Igor Štiks : Elijahova stolica
Perhaps it is because this is a translation. Elijahova-stolica This matters to the story but I still found the tale tedious and overwrought. The author has somehow managed to make the siege of Sarajevo boring. I typically elijaahova everything from the dedication to the author note at the end. Frankandjane rated it it was ok Jun 19, Your list has reached the maximum number of items. He has published stolifa novels: Want to Read saving….
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