Bitter Lemons of Cyprus

Vienreiz jau biju šīs grāmatas aprakstu uztriepis, bet tad pieļāvu man raksturīgo kļūdu - Safari nospiedu nepareizo pogu un čuš! viss pazuda. Tas, jāatzīst, mani diezgan pamatīgi kaitina, lai gan pats vien esmu vainīgs, ka neesmu salabojis faktoīda ievades formu un tādējādi pieļauju šāda gļuka pastāvēšanu.
2010-11-11 21:29:50
book, 1957

Porte des Lilas

Filmas apraksts ņemts no IMDb, jo par nožēlu, to skatoties teju vai ne vella nesapratu. Ir diezgan draņķīgi, ja filmai franču valodā ir pieejami tikai spāņu un katalāņu subtitri. Būtu kaut franciskie titri krājumā - vēl nebūtu tik dramatiski. Protams, pagaidām manas franču valodas zināšanas ir visai pieticīgas, bet ar titriem vēl varētu mēģināt skatīties. Taču šī filma man bija jāskatās, tālab noskatījos.
2010-05-17 19:18:13
film, 1957

Adam, One Afternoon, and Other Stories

Diezgan interesanti sanāca - šo grāmatu lasīju kā nākamo pēc Roalda Dāla "Desmit stāstiem par lidošanu", un izrādījās, ka abi stāsti krājumi viens ar otru ļoti labi saskan. Gluži tāpat kā Dāla gadījumā, šeit mums ir darīšana ar ievērojamu autoru viņa karjeras pirmsākumos, kad viņš vēl tikai veidojas kā rakstnieks un tikai pamazām iegūst saviem vēlākajiem darbiem raksturīgās iezīmes. Turklāt arī tematiski ir daudz līdzību - ne velti šajā grāmatā vairāki stāsti tiek veltīti 2.Pasaules karam, tiesa, no nedaudz cita skatpunkta nekā Dāla gadījumā. Un vismaz daži stāsti diezgan mierīgi būtu varējuši pārvietoties no vienas grāmatas uz otru. Kaut vai Kalvino stāsts par Argentīnas skudru - es pavisam skaidri spēju iztēloties, kā kaut ko tamlīdzīgu būtu uzraksījis Dāls. Tāpat - stāstu "Viens no trijiem vēl ir dzīvs". Tiešām interesanta sakritība, ka paņēmu šīs divas grāmatas bibliotēkā reizē un vēl arī lasīju tās vienu pēc otras. Vai arī tā nav sakritība, jo sakritību nav? Katrā ziņā pieredze ir īpatnēja.
2010-04-01 20:23:50
book, 1957

Porgy and Bess

Luiss Ārmstrongs! Kopā ar Ellu Fitcdžeraldu! Izpilda Džordža Geršvina "Porgiju un Besu"! Fenomenāli! Vai ne?
2007-07-19 00:00:00
music, 1957

The Door into Summer

I`d read it before, and more than once, but why can`t I re-read a piece of sci-fi I like? The story itself isn`t particulary groundbreaking but it`s warm enough to fill my cold limbs and it`s believable enough for science fiction. Daniel Boone Davies is a 30 year old scientist who goes into "cold sleep" (suspended animation") for some thirty years. He does that out of personal problems when his fiancee and his best friend have cheated him and driven him deep into alcoholism. But when he awakes in year 2000 he decides that he wants to go back. Not because he dislikes the 21st century but because he has unsettled business in the past (not a particulary original storyline you may say). I admit that but D.B`s desire to go back in time to find his beloved (no zoophily) cat and to sleep for some years so his friends step-daughter would be old enough to marry him (strangely, no pedophily either, as a matter of fact Heinlein tries hard to convince the reader that no dirty deeds with children are involved in the story, which only leads the reader to believe that Heinlein is just protecting his hero). In terms of technology most of the stuff described in this book is quite funny for science hasn`t gone in a way similar to Heinlein`s predictions but that`s fine with me for I don`t read science fiction to find there some realistic descriptions of the future. If I want to know anything about the year 2000 I can always simply google it. I almost pressed the "submit" button when I realized that I haven`t mentioned how much I like/dislike this book. To improve myself I can say that I like it although I`m not sure why. It has some good humour and it has likeable characters, maybe - that`s why. On the other hand maybe I like it only because I liked it when I read it the first time. Who knows?
2005-12-09 00:00:00
book, 1957

The Short Reign of Pippin IV

Public opinion isn`t more important than a dead rat. Critical opinion isn`t more important than a dead bug. My opinion isn`t more important than a dead me. Mr. Steinbeck appears to be a Nobel prize winner (in Literature, of course), but at least this book of his has no sign of literary genius whatsoever. According to what the critics say this is a comedical farse, a parody or something like that. Mr. Eristale is an amateur-astronomer living in Paris who suddenly becomes the king of France for because of struggle between the political parties monarchists take over and monarchy is restored in France. He doesn`t want to be king, for he`s a man whom nobody notices, who just wants to look at the stars. But suddenly he`s popular to the sky, although nobody gives him any power, he`s just a puppet. But the king doesn`t want to be a puppet. He wants to stand up for himself but he fails miserably and he is no king any more. The book is probably a very sharp political satyre of the French democracy, but it a) isn`t funny, b) sounds terribly dated, c) isn`t original. If a man who could write this unintersting could receive the most respected literary prize in the world this world just isn`t any good.
2005-01-12 00:00:00
book, 1957

Ehen in Philippsburg

This is what you call a traditional novel. Not that the author is very traditional, or the period where the action takes place. But it stil is traditional. There`s Hans Baumann - a young lad who goes to the "big" town searching for a job as a journalist, and he finds it working as the press person for the local factory owner Volksmann with who`s daughter he studied together. He doesn`t really love her, but it happens that she gets pregnant from him, and has an abortion. Then we switch to a gynecologist named Benrath who refused to perform the operation, who`s wife commits suicide because he`s cheating on her. Later we meet Alvin, his advocate, who`s one of the leaders of the local christian-socialist-liberal party that also is cheating on his wife, but when he accidentally runs over a drunk in his car, his political career is shaterred. And last but not least there`s Klaff, an unsuccessful writer who wanted to be employed by Hans but had no luck at that, and he commited suicide. There we have 4 dead persons in the book - the unborn child, the drunk, the wife and Klaff. I guess it`s enough for one novel. Overall the book isn`t particulary interesting or uninteresting, it just is.
2004-10-13 00:00:00
book, 1957

Zanzibar or the Last Reason

Amazing what pearls you can discover in a least expected place! While the biggest names in German literature usually don`t really offer something outstanding to me, it`s the less famous writers that make up for that. For example, this novel. Herman Hesse would never write something as simple as that, yet I find a book like this much more private, it speaks to me and doesn`t push me away. It`s Germany of the late 1930`s - you know the time, and if you don`t why would I explain it to you? So, there`s this little port town, Rerik is it`s name. There`s a boy who doesn`t even have a name, who is fond of Huckleberry Finn and wants just like him to run away for he finds that this little town will make him suffocate. Then there`s Knudsen - a fisherman who employs the boy, who doesn`t want to leave because of his mentally sick wife. The third local hero is Helander - a crippled priest who wants to save a statue of a young boy from the Nazis, which are bound to take it away the very next day. And two heros come from outsite - there`s Gregor - a communist who has lost his faith in the party, and Judith - a jewish girl who`s mother commited suicide so that the daugther would be able to flee to Sweden. Gregor decides that it`s his mission to persuade Knudsen to put both the girl and the statue on his boat. Without believing in anything he`s really a very righteous man. And he has luck at that. What is peculiar about the heroes - is that not one of them believes in anything: Judith doesn`t believe that she can be saved, Gregor doesn`t believe in his party, Knudsen who`s also a former communist doesn`t believe in absolutely nothing, the boy doesn`t believe that one can do like Huck nowadays, and even the priest doesn`t believe that God is good, and he hates God. But despite that they handle as if they had faith guiding them. I especially like the ending, where the priest kills one of the nazis and lets them kill him so he can have his revenge on God. And - why is Zanzibar the last reason? The boy had three reasons why to leave the town - that nothing happened in there, that the town killed his dad and he couldn`t remember about the third one for a long time, and it was, that there were places like Zanzibar in this world. The whole novel tells just one day in the life of a few people, but it`s got really much to tell.
2004-10-01 00:00:00
book, 1957

Wild Strawberries

One of the most famous Ingmar Bergman movies. A 78 years old professor is on a roadtrip to collect an award for lifetime achievement. He sees lots of dreams and visions about his past and the way he turned into a living corpse that isn`t loved by anyone and that can not break the boundaries between itself and the other people. The film is quite sad but it`s not as depressive as say "The Seventh Seal". I really liked it but I guess that there are no Ingmar Bergman movies that I wouldn`t like. A powerful film it may be but "Det Sjunde Inseglet" still remains on the top of my list while this one finds itself above "Persona" and next to "Through a glass darkly".
2004-03-07 00:00:00
film, 1957

Homo Faber

Ar šo Maksa Friša romānu pēc idejas man vajadzēja iepazīties skolas laikā, kur tas bija ieteicamajā ārzemju literatūrā. Neiepazinos un tikai vēlāk uzzināju, ka Frišs patiesībā bija patiešām izcils rakstnieks.
2004-04-14 00:00:00
book, 1957