[Book Review] 'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green

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I agree with Hazel Lancaster.

In many stories, cancer patients are depicted as weak individuals who just depend on other people’s pity. I am aware, too, that in many stories, cancer patients experience miracles no matter what, no matter how improbable it is in their situations.
The world is not a wish-granting factory.
Yet in John Green’s The Fault in our Stars, cancer patients are painted differently. Here, Hazel and Augustus Waters are not pathetic people waiting for miracles to happen.

And, even though they enjoy almost the same perks, they look at this aspect of their lives in different perspectives. They remain to be the awesome people they have always been and do not stop living, without having to stop acknowledging the inevitable they know would eventually come.

(Image from Penguin Books Australia)

Mina Deocareza

[Book Review] 'Kafka on the Shore' by Haruki Murakami

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If you are the kind of person who wants to know everything — as in every little detail of all the things — this book may not be for you.

In this book, there is more to knowing the facts and being familiar with every aspect of them. Here, there are some things that are better left unsaid. Yet, that does not mean you can no longer understand what’s going on. You may not be able to put things into words but in time, if not right away, you will be able to understand why things take place. Just like in the case of Kafka Tamura, there are some things you would still understand even if you do not hear the exact answers to your questions. Then, no matter how blurred things may be at first, you will eventually realize that such truth (or if it really is), can suffice.

Anyway, regardless of these things, this book will surely let your mind fly and even get twisted for hours. With all the magic it has, you’ll definitely have a reading experience that’s worth all the time in the world.

In fact, even if you look at the story and its premise from the perspective of a fictionist or a creative writing major, the story still stands out due to its delicate and clever crafting. Despite the absurdity and the oddness of some of its scenes, setups, and characters, it does not seem to come from nowhere. The twist and turns are set-up properly and there is enough foreshadowing of things that are bound to happen — something only great and knowledgeable storytellers can do.

And of course, besides the way, it’s crafted, its ability to provoke insights and masturbate the mind is also commendable.

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Mina Deocareza