Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

Knights and Ladies for Children

Rating 3 out of 10

This is an action packed account about Knights and Ladies. They fight all the time, but amazingly no one get killed. It seems mostly made for children.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Redeemer by Jo Nesbø

Another Cool Scandinavian Crime Writer

Rating 6 out of 10

This is an entertaining book, but Nesbo's story also have human vitamins, it's not the typical Dan Brown junk food. Why is it that Scandinavians write so cool crime stories?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

Why all this Christianity?

Rating 4 out of 10

It seems like Greene is trying to express his view about what a decent Christian is in this book. In that respect "The Power and the Glory" is running the same errand as Dostoyevsky's "The Idiot". Anyway both books are quite boring. Judging this book against Greenes own high standard, it's not one of Greenes best books.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Quiet Amarican by Graham Greene

Great when an author arrives before the fact!

Rating 5 out of 10

It's great when an authour arrives before the fact. This novel problematizes Western involvement with Indochina affairs, more specific American military involvement in Vietnam. This problem was to be a key issue for left wing people more than a decade later from when Greene wrote his book. In that respect "The Quiet American" is similar to Hanif Kureishis "The Black Album" which problematizes British Muslim radicalization in 1995, a decade before the 7 July 2005 London bombings. As said in the start, it's great when an authour arrives before the fact, because after the fact it's crowded with all the idiots!

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Beguiled by Don Siegel

Almost Porn!

Movie Review

Rating 4 out of 10

This movie is crazy. But of course The Clint is starring in this movie, and he is looking great, actually better with beard than shaven. This movie is so crazy that I think they should have gone the whole length and turned it in to some kind of porn movie. The Clint as porn star!

Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene

Not My Cup of Tea

Rating 4 out of 10

Well for once a Greene book didn't really appeal to me. I think this is meant to be a spy-comedy, but as usual I didn't laugh one single time! I think Greene had intended this to be a good humoured comment to a time which was very tense upon the cold war. Things like that just don't really appeal to me, sorry Greene!

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

Sinking Down in the African Swamp!

Rating 7 out of 10

This is another masterly novel from Greene. The setting is some African country and one really gets the feeling of a swamp which the civilised people from England slowly, but surely, sinks down into. The main character of this novel seems to be the setting.