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Member: Schizophrenia86

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TagsFantasy - Roman (50), Belletristik - Roman (42), Science-Fiction - Roman (32), Belletristik - Deutsche Literatur - 20. Jahrhundert (20), Geschichte - Mittelalter - Frühmittelalter (19), Geschichte - Mittelalter (17), Geschichte - Mittelalter - Hochmittelalter (15), Belletristik - Englische Literatur - 20. Jahrhundert (14), Geschichte - Mittelalter - Quellen (13), Belletristik - Erzählungen (13) — see all tags

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About meReading in German, English and French.

About my libraryMy library contains fiction of all kinds, but also a growing number of books about history, esp. of medieval and early modern Europe.

GroupsFantasyFans, German Library Thingers, Medieval Europe, Online-Lesekreis, Roleplayers, Science Fiction Fans

Favorite authorsCharles Bukowski, Philip K. Dick, Stuart Dybek, Bernhard Hennen, Franz Kafka, Haruki Murakami, Terry Pratchett, J. R. R. Tolkien (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresComix, Erich W. Hartmann, Fantasy-In, Petri & Waller

Favorite librariesGottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek, Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen

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Member sinceSep 9, 2009

Currently readingRhinegold by Stephan Grundy
I Think I Am: Philip K. Dick by Laurence A. Rickels

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Yeah, I was probably a little too hard on him. It probably had to do with the fact that I had just finished Cormac McCarthy's Outer Dark; the title being apt. It was a very dark novel with much evil but filled with beautiful, poetic, mature prose. So going immediately from that to Bukowski's Women with it's overly simplistic writing and subject matter... It really just put me off. So I probably wasn't in the right frame of mind and that definitely affected my review.

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Thanks for reading my review and for your comments, I managed to finish the novel, but I had to push myself to do it! Pity, the first part of the novel was promising...
Though I think after the war there are not too many alternatives for the male characters either - war meaning death, destruction and the mourning of things lost, but also meaning living in a time that is worth telling. After the war, the story has been told. I'm not sure if I'm able to express that in the right manner...

Actually, I think I get what you mean, and I did try to express that in the review. At the end of Lord of the Rings Frodo doesn't want to fight anymore himself even when he sees what's happened to the Shire in their absence. And Aragorn the fighter becomes Aragorn the healer. The war is over, and its time for peaceful pursuits and war has had a heavy cost. As I said, I guess Eowyn's choice could be seen as life-affirming. But something in her ending still made me feel as if her character was diminished, her courage dismissed, the restrictions of her gender role seen as something she should gladly step into now that she's found a man. I might have felt different if there had been other female characters with a heroic dimension--if one had been a member of the Fellowship for instance. But given the slender use of female characters...

I just saw the films again and I'm now going to re-read the books (what rather means that I'm going to read them in the original language for the first time

I take it from the titles on your profile you originally read it in German or French? Reading it in English might feel very different then depending on the translation you had read. Tolkien often uses rather archaic language, I think to give his tale a mythic resonance. To many readers, this can make his prose ponderous--I'm curious if that comes across in translations, or if the translators even attempt to give the narrative that flavor.
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