বইয়ের জন্য ব্যবহারকারীর তথ্য, পর্যালোচনা এবং সুপারিশ
i picked up this book because the author was a US born Iranian who grew up in Palo Alto and i felt i could connect being a US born Chinese who grew up on the west coast as well. she also sent to UC Santa Cruz and struggled with fucked up racial politics and was frustrated and incited at the same time, so i loved that i connected with her on this level. Moaveni moved to Iran to become a journalist in her early twenties and writes so honestly about Iran, about her presence in it, about her privilege in it, about her experience in it - in such a way i have never read or experienced reading before. she does it with humor and wit but what i appreciated about it most was she did this in her twenties. so few memoirs are written so early or so young, and i loved that she did this because most of the emotions and feelings were raw and unexperienced, something i can relate to right now. I feel like i did learn a lot about Iran and the Iranian Republic and political tensions in a way i could never get from reading newspapers or magazine articles. anyway, really amazing memoir that is so relevant to today's political issues.
Service Included is a plucky first-person account of a recent Barnard graduate’s plunge into the world of four-star restaurant service. I read this while on a bus from Saratoga Springs to Boston with nothing in my satchel but some dried lobes of mango. This was torture, as the author was describing such delicacies as miniature ice cream cones filled with a dollop of salmon mousse. The restaurant is Per Se at the foot of Central Park in New York. When the author and her fellow staff members have a day off, they race through Manhattan to find the best bone marrow on toast with wine marmalade. Or they drive to Vermont to get a first-hand look at an artisanal cheese production. (Most of the urbanites stay well away from the cows.) Their training for working in the restaurant is fascinating and involves a combination of book learning (what’s the difference between Italian and Greek olive oil?) and wine pairings (which Sancerre would you serve with this lobster presentation?) and 18th-century dance lessons to learn to glide gracefully across the dining room floor. There’s romance. Our heroine ends up moving in with the sommelier. But the book satisfies one of my requirements for narratives about women: it doesn’t end in death or marriage.
This book was in the New Fiction section at the library and the title alone caught my attention. I picked up, stared at the cover and showed it to my friend. I added to my pile of books, and checked it out without even reading the back. This book is not for the 'easily offended or faint of heart.' It follows the despicable 27-year old protagonist who is a cocaine addicted, racist, sexist, and murderer. The whole book is a non stop orgy of sex, drugs, and violence. Despite his mounting pile of debts and lack of successful acts, he'd rather kill colleagues getting ahead of him and anyone who threaten to make him look bad, than do any actual work. The book is pretty quick to read, because the story just speeds by and before you know it you feel like you have become an accessory to all the crimes committed. Although the book is a bit disturbing, it is also humorous in a sick sort of way, and interesting enough. Most characters are hard to like, so you are sort of stuck wondering if everyone just got what they deserved. There is a lot of British slang, and I would've probably enjoyed the book a bit more if I understood it.
I absolutely loved the beginning of this book, but towards the middle it seems that both the writing quality and the storyline go downhill. The plotline also gets progressively weirder. I must admit that I didn't yet make it to the end, and I'm not sure that I ever will. It started to seem like a waste of time, and reading the book was making me feel depressed.
I loved the idea of strength in unity. The chalenge of getting along with people that you do not normally associate with, but the joy that comes from breaking through that barrier. Wonderful series! Loved it. And LOVED Briar!!
"Theatana's palms were damp with suppressed excitement. She folded her arms, and with her fingertips stroked the brocading of her cloth-of-silver sleeves. Below the window where she stood, the small paved rectangle of the Penitential Yard lay cold and gray in the dawn. The courtyard was deep in the oldest part of the Numera, next to the prison beneath the Bucelon Ravelin, and in the courtyard's center stood a double gallows." A horde of barbarians are invading The Ascendancy, an ages old kingdom ruled by Archates, an incompetent fool. His daughter Theatana is a power hungry wacko and Erkai the Chain, an evil sorcerer has just returned from the dead. Mandine Dascaris, Archates' other daughter and heir to the throne, must deal with all three. Only the Signata, a long lost magic that will help her defeat her enemies but she can't do it alone. With the help of Key Mec Brander, a knight, they will defend the kingdom and preserve The Ascendancy. I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. I read it last year on the plane and found myself unable to put it down. It's very typical of your straight forward fantasy novel with good versus evil, ancient bloodlines, powerful bad guys and a complex mythology but I was entertained. Mandine and Key make an interesting pairing. Their relationship slowly evolves throughout the book and is put to the test more than once. Their are also some interesting additions to the fantasy novel mythos such as the cataphract, a horse/cat/bull mix that serve as mounts for the knights of The Ascendancy. Jones does a good job of creating a full world with its own rules and inhabitants. Another positive that I noticed is that Jones is Canadian. Can-Con is always a plus in my book. My problems with the book stem from the plot and characters. Key's background seemed too cliche in terms of his family history and frankly, I'd read it before in half a dozen books. He and Mandine just happen to get thrown in together and low and behold it was fated they should meet. As for the plot it starts with a punch but the tension starts to dissipate towards the middle. This series has definite potential and was an enjoyable read but the story needs to step it up in terms of tension and originality.
There's a nice 40 page essay in here about the importance of considerations other than GDP in developing countries. Unfortunately it is buried by 260 pages of poor writing in which Sen: - repeats himself - repeats himself - distinguishes his arguments or perspectives into type A, type B, and type C, when in reality A, B, and C are not all that different, or their distinction does not seriously enhance understanding of the subject being discussed - stretches his points to tautological limits - think something is important? just refer to it as a "freedom" - phrases even simple ideas in excessively complicated ways - did I mention he repeats himself? It was disappointing that such a prominent author and economist (a Nobel laureate) expounding on a political/economic perspective with which I fundamentally agree could end up writing something so lame. I can't really recommend this book to anyone.
ব্যবহারকারীরা এই বইগুলোকে ২017-২018 সালের সবচেয়ে আকর্ষণীয় হিসাবে বিবেচনা করেছেন, পোর্টালের সম্পাদকীয় বোর্ড " ট্রেন্ড বই লাইব্রেরি "সমস্ত পাঠক এই সাহিত্য সঙ্গে পরিচিত হন যে সুপারিশ।