Cartile anului 2018/The books of 2018

 

Acum, la final de an, incerc sa imi fac curaj sa iau o foaie de hartie si un pix si sa scriu tot ce s-a intamplat in ultimele 12 luni. Ce m-a facut sa plang, ce m-a facut sa rad si ce m-a facut sa merg mai departe. Dupa care, sa imi scriu rezolutiile pentru noul an. Pas cu pas, ce imi doresc cu adevarat si ce pot sa fac pentru asta. Poate ca primul lucru pe lista ar trebui sa fie procrastinarea. Sau lipsa ei.

Intre timp, insa, stiu exact relatia mea cu cartile de anul asta. Una buna, ca in fiecare an, ce mi-a adus alinare, zbucium sau cearcane. Dintre toate pe care le-am citit, iata-le pe cele ce merita mentionate:

1. Ce bine imi pare ca te-am redescoperit : Fredrik Backman- Scandalul

Backman m-a facut sa il iubeeesc pe Ove, asa ursuz cum era. Cu fiecare pagina a cartii citita, intelegeam tot mai mult durerea lui si refuzul de a mai lupta cu viata. Acum insa, cu Scandalul, a reusit sa scrie despre un subiect sensibil, violul intr-un orasel mic, cu o profunzime care mi-a dat fiori si cosmaruri.

2.Nu pot sa cred ca oamenii sunt capabili de asa ceva: Colson Whitehead- Ruta subterana

A fost cartea care m-a zguduit cel mai tare anul acesta. Oricat de mult as incerca, nu o sa inteleg niciodata de ce oamenii se purtau asa cu alti oameni si mai ales cum reuseau ei sa isi gaseasca o justificare pentru toate atrocitatile de care erau capabili. Cartea e foarte bine scrisa, intr-un ritm alert si cu o tensiune ce creste atat de mult, incat spre final dadeam paginile cu teama ca se termina si eroina nu o sa scape.

3. Oare asa ciudata sunt si eu? : Gail Honeyman- Eleanor Oliphant se simte excelent

O carte la fel de ciudata ca si Eleanor, dar in sensul bun. In unele din ciudateniile lui Eleanor ma regasesc si eu cateodata, si asta o face sa fie un personaj simpatic, simplu si bun. Imi aduce aminte de Don, savantul fixist din Proiectul Rosie.

4. Aveam asteptari mai mari de la tineFata care citea in metrou – Christine Feret-Fleury

Ideea de la care porneste cartea este una interesanta, insa la partea de executie lasa de dorit. Din toate directiile in care putea merge, autoarea a ales-o pe cea mai grea, tratata insa intr-un mod mult prea superficial. E ca si cum te-ai inscrie la un maraton, desi tu nu ai resusit niciodata sa alergi mai mult de 100m.

5. Ai adus magie in viata meaIsabel Allende- Casa spiritelor, Paula, Fiica norocului, Amantul japonez

Pe Allende imi pare rau ca nu am descoperit-o mai devreme. Pare o Seherezada a timpurilor noastre, care incepe sa iti spuna o poveste atat de simplu, cu elemente magice de care nu te indoiesti nici macar o clipa.

Read si in 2019 and be happy 🙂


Now, at the end of the year, I’m trying to get the courage to take f paper and a pen and write everything that’s happened over the last 12 months. What made me cry, what made me laugh and what helped me move on. After that, write my resolutions for the new year. Step by step, what I really want and what I can do for it. Perhaps the first thing on the list should be procrastination. Or the lack of it.

Meanwhile, I know exactly my relationship with this year’s books. A good one, like every year, that brought me comfort, joy or tears. Of all that I have read, here are the things that are worth mentioning:

1. How glad I am I have rediscovered you: Fredrik Backman – Beartown

Backman made me loooove Ove, as grumpy as he was. With every page of the book, I understood his pain more and his refusal to fight life. But now, with Beartown, he was able to write about a sensitive subject, rape in a small town, with a depth that has given me creeps and nightmares.

2. I can not believe people are capable of this: Colson Whitehead – Underground Route

It was the book that shook me the most this year. No matter how much I try, I will never understand why people treat other people like that, and especially how they managed to find a justification for all the atrocities they are capable of. The book is very well written, at a fast pace and with a tension that grows so much that at the end I was flipping the pages in fear that, in the end, the heroine will not escape.

3. Am I just as strange? : Gail Honeyman – Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine

A book as strange as Eleanor, but in the good way. Sometimes I find myself in some of Eleanor’s weirdness, and that makes her a nice, simple and good character. Reminds me of Don, the weird scientist from the Rosie Project.

4. I had bigger expectations from youThe girl reading in the subway – Christine Feret-Fleury

The idea from which the book starts is an interesting one, but the execution is far from interesting. From all the directions in which she could go, the author chose the hardest, treated way too superficial. It’s like joining a marathon, although you’ve never resumed running more than 100m.

5. You brought magic into my lifeIsabel Allende – The house of  the spirits, Paula, Daughter of fortune, The japanese lover

I’m sorry I didn`t find Allende earlier. It seems like a Seherezada of our times, which begins to tell you a simple story with magical elements and you don`t even doubt it for a moment.

Read in 2019 and be happy 🙂

Credit photo :  Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash.

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