Ego je neprijatelj

 

Ego je neprijatelj Ego enemy

„Ego je neprijatelj“ – Rajan Holidej

 

(Jedna od) definicija: Ego predstavlja svesni deo ličnosti, deo psihe koji se doživljava kao „ja”. Taj sloj ličnosti upoznaje spoljni fizički i socijalni svet na osnovu racionalnih podataka koje prikuplja putem opažanja, pamćenja i mišljenja. To je deo koji pamti, vrednuje, planira i koji na druge načine odgovara i ponaša se u okruženju fizičkog i društvenog sveta. Za razliku od ida, ego se u ponašanju rukovodi principom realnosti; instinkti se ne mogu zadovoljavati samo radi postizanja zadovoljstva. Vodeći računa o realnoj situaciji, ego, makar zaobilazno, nastoji da omogući zadovoljenje onoga čemu nagonski deo teži. Ego odgađa zadovoljenje, bira prihvatljive situacije i prilagođava instinkte realnim uslovima spoljne sredine. Prema Frojdu, on koegzistira sa idom (nesvesnim delom psihe) i superegom (delom koji predstavlja savest ili internalizaciju društvenih normi). Ego ne koegzistira ni sa ličnošću ni sa telom; on pre služi za integrisanje tih i drugih aspekata ličnosti, kao što su mašta i ponašanje. On posreduje između ida i superega gradeći različite odbrambene mehanizme.

 

Postoje tri vrste egoista: egoisti koji sami žive i daju drugima da žive; egoisti koji sami žive, ali ne daju drugima da žive; i na kraju, egoisti koji niti sami žive niti drugima daju da žive – Ivan Turgenjev

Onaj ko se zaljubi u sebe neće imati rivala – Bendžamin Frenklin

Ego je hobotnica sa bezbroj pipaka, hrani se svim oblicima neznanja – Nepoznat autor

 

Ego je neprijatelj

 

Ego…možda i najveći, a najbliži čovekov neprijatelj (Odmah posle promaje – prim.podsvesti). Onaj koji nas dovodi u iluziju, koji hrani našu aroganciju, ponos, svojeglavost, tvrdoglavost, sujetu, koji nas ubeđuje da smo mnogo bolji i veći (nego što možda jesmo) i da zaslužujemo svet na dlanu. Ovo zadnje, na prvi pogled, i ne bi zvučalo toliko strašno, da ego ujedino tim svojim slatkim, zavodničkim pričama, ne uljuljkuje u nekakvu obmanu, i nije baš da nas forsira da se trudimo da budemo bolji. Moto ega bi mogao da bude: “(Nerealne, grandiozne, samoljubive) reči, a ne (moraju puno) dela”.

Ego se grozi vrlina kao što su skromnost, smernost, odmerenost, strpljenje, posvećenost, nesebičnost… on ih vidi kao slabosti, nešto što ne dovodi do uspona na vrh uspeha. Ironija je što i mnogi mediji, suptilno, podržavaju ovaj stav.

Ego je veoma sujetan. Smatra da je uvek u pravu, da on zna najbolje, i da nikada nije kriv za naše neuspehe. Ne, naravno da on nije kriv. Uvek su (i uvek moraju biti) krivi šef, žena, dete, država, vreme, papa… Kako se rešavaju takvi problem? Pa još više ega!

Ego je ono što može (i najčešće) da odvede u propast, ne samo pojedinca, već i čitave države. Zaljubljeni u sebe i ideju o svojoj grandioznosti, pojedinci donose odluke zarad svojih ličnih interesa, često pokušavajući da ih zamaskiraju “interesima naroda”.

Ego je neprijatelj koji će vas odvesti u propast… ako ga ne zauzdate.

Ali, hajde da više ne ulazimo u teoretisanje.

Tema današnjeg časa je knjiga Rajana Holideja, “Ego je neprijatelj”.

Knjiga je podeljena u tri celine, i ulazi u to kako se ego ponaša kod truda, uspeha i neuspeha.

Odmah da kažem na početku, meni se knjiga veoma dopala. Knjiga nije nikakvo naučno-filozofsko istraživanje niti priručnik za oslobađanje ili kontrolisanje ega. Mnogo je jednostavnije… i zanimljivije. 🙂

 

Ego je neprijatelj

 

Kroz biografije (i konkretne događaje) iz života poznatih istorijskih ličnosti, Rajan Holidej nam, u stvari, daje i biografiju ega. Nemojte pogrešno da shvatite, ovo nije knjiga o životima poznatih. Rajan njih uzima za primer, zatim “razbija” na detalje ključne događaje iz njihovih života i pokazuje nam kako je to kada ego kontroliše nas, a kako je kada mi kontrolišemo njega, usput nam postavljajući neka pitanja koja nas teraju da se zamislimo nad našim životnim odlukama koje smo do tada doneli, i koje ćemo tek donositi. Hoće li nama upravljati neka viša svrha, ili ego?

Proživećemo primere gde je ego odveo u propast, i gde je razum vodio u uspeh i sreću, od antičkih vremena do modernog doba. Pogledaćemo odluke generala Vilijema Šermana, stratega Džona “Četrdeset sekundi” Bojda, Kirka Hemeta iz “Metalike”, MMA pionira Frenka Šemrona, političarke Eleonor Ruzvelt, genijalnog Bendžamina Frenklina, trenera “Nju Ingland Pejtriotsa” Bila Belčika, epigramiste Marcijala, Džekija Robinsona (prvi tamnoputi igrač u Prvoj bejzbol ligi), generala Džordža Makelana, kontrozvernog Hauarda Hjuza, osvajača Džingis-kana, legendarnog trenera “Fortinajnersa” Bila Volša, Džulijusa Granta, Ketrin Grejam (“Vašington Post”) i mnogih drugih…i sve to analizirajući njihove dobre i loše odluke. Kao što vidite, lista obuhvata različite (psihološke) profile ličnosti iz različitih doba, tako da avantura definitivno neće biti dosadna!

Stil pisanja je jako prijatan i prijemčiv za čitanje, zbog čega se knjiga teško ispušta iz ruku.

Ja sam uživao u ovoj knjizi i definitvno ću joj se povremeno vraćati.

Ovo je knjiga za sve generacije i uzraste. Nebitno je da li ste tek na početku karijere, sredini ili na zalasku. Nebitno je da li ste zaradili milione ili imate tek dovoljno da preživite. Obavezno pročitajte ovu knjigu i uzmite malo da analizirate svoje životne odluke (i donete, i one koje ćete tek doneti). I usput pokušajte da zauzdate svoj ego, pre nego što on (i sujeta) unište ne samo vas, već i ljude do kojih vam je stalo.

 

A vi, dragi čitaoci, kakva je situacija sa vašim egom? 🙂

 

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The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life

 

Budni u 5

The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life - Robin Sharma

 

I have a great respect for Robin Sharma. I really believe that there is great strength behind his words and that he is not (and will never be) one of those that write generic texts in motivational books.

Ever since "The monk who sold his Ferrari", Robin keeps trying to return people on the path of believing in yourself. Some people criticized him that he writes/speaks too idealistically and that is not simple to apply his views of success and happiness on modern world. But, between those motivational writers/speakers that write (literally) fairy tales and fantasies in their books, and others that play on the card of rough (and painful) realism and pragmatism, Robin carves his own path of...let's just call it... "idealistic realism", that makes people like his words/thoughts, but that also makes people believe that Robin's ideas are achievable. And I believe that is the reason why people like and respect Robin.

 

success villa money wealth Budni u 5

 

But now, I will focus on the book itself.

Due to circumstances (or fate), one unhappy lady entrepreneur and one "lost" artist become the students of Mr. Riley Stone, one weird and silly, but then again, zen-calm businessman-millionaire. With the help of mysterious motivational speaker, "the Wizard", Riley Stone introduces two lost souls to the unusual club of early risers, with the goal to shows them how they can as well lead wonderful and fulfilled life, in every aspect of their life. Financial, spiritual, health...you name it.

The essence of this book is complex, yet actually quite simple. In this book, Robin Sharma incorporated all of his knowledge, learning and researches in the fields of success and happiness. And if you dedicate years (more like, decades) to these subjects, you ought to know something, right? 🙂

And everything starts with early rising, a little bit before 5 AM, and the maximum usage of those few hours (before you go to, for example, work or university). Mr Riley transfers all of his knowledge and practical techniques to lady entrepreneur and artist, with the intention to cover all important life aspects, that would lead to perfect life balance, as a final goal. And I think that is something that we all desperately search for.

I have to share something with you guys. Almost 75% of the book didn't impress me. The meaning of early rising, morning exercises, meditation, writing in a journal, sleeping cycles... I already knew all of this, or it was familiar to me from my own personal researches. But... I realized that I should be happy with this discovery! Both Robin Sharma and I (and I believe some other people), on our own ways, came to the same conclusions. This might actually mean that combinations of mentioned techniques could bring us closer to success and happiness. Or (emotional and financial) freedom, if you prefer. And this is also at the same time the great plus for this book!

 

robin sharma motivation coach mentor Budni u 5

 

And the last 50-60 pages...man! The thoughts were so strong, emotional, beautifully shaped and inspirational that, in one moment, I realized that I was smiling I was reading them. And felt some kind of calmness and peace.

The book is well written and understandable, though I would really like to read in original (English) language as well, just to be sure that some words haven't lost meaning in translation.

This is the book that you will often return to, and that will require you patience, so that you can grasp the true essence of some things. I can guarantee you that there is truth behind Robin's word in this book. And lots of it is really applicable and can be quite efficient.

And so, I decided as well to try my luck with joining the 5AM club as well. 🙂

 

And are you, my dear friends, ready to try your luck with the 5AM club? 🙂

 

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The 5 Second Rule

 

 

I think it is the best to start (and also end) the review of this book by trying to answer three most common questions about this book that are buzzing the Web:

  • Should I really read this book if I already saw videos on Youtube about "the 5 second rule" (in further text: 5SR)?
  • Is this book more focused on "copy/paste" of people's posts from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram how 5SR changed their lives (and how they are praising Mel Robbins)?
  • Does the 5SR really work?

Answering the first question is not easy at all, because of one simple reason. 5SR is a simple rule, and the way it functions is simple as well. That moment, when you hear your instinct "whispering" you to do something, that might actually benefit you (your goal or cause), you have to count "5,4,3,2,1" and ACT before your brain stops you with his (its?) dilemmas, fears and other methods that will kill the action. And that's about it!

Mel's 5SR is not some revolutionary discovery. That is something that existed from time immemorial and will continue to exist in future in different forms. Instinctive reaction, "1,2,3 and HOP" or "count to 10 to calm yourself", etc... For me, five seconds Mel is talking about presents:

- Reacting with instinct, before brain rushes in with five million "arguments" why something will not work, and all of this in attempt to protect you (oh, irony of life!). That is why you have "5 second window" before your brain goes rampage with his arguments and rules over the instinct

- Short-term distraction of brain by sending him a note that, by counting backwards, he must fulfill some action when countdown is over. This will temporary stop brain from thinking the ways to protect you (or is it better to say - sabotage you?) from doing something

To answer the second question is even more challenging than the first one. It is undeniable fact, at least half of the book (if not more) are comments from people on social networks how 5SR helped them/changed their life. Is this also the way Mel Robbins is glorified and promoted? Maybe. Mel knows that the best. However, Mel didn't put those comments/accolades randomly. She really did her best to put them in appropriate chapter.

You need to understand and respect one thing. In this book, Mel also speaks a lot about her life failures, and how 5SR saved her from downfall. Also, besides other people's confessions, in this book there are lots of scientific facts Mel gathered about brain (and the way it thinks), procrastination and other. Honestly, you really have to judge for yourself what is the answer to the second question.

 

Pravilo 5 sekundi

 

It is actually the easiest to answer the final, third question (oh, the irony). And the answer is - YES. As incredible as it sounds (and remember, this is coming from person who tries to remain objective and realistic as much as possible when it comes to books about "poppsy" or "populogy", how I renamed term "popular psuchology" 😀 ). And, if you look a little better about this book reviews and marks, you will notice something interesting. Criticism of this book is usually focused on how book might not be necessary because of YouTube videos, how there are too many comments from other people and how they glorify Mel...but I didn't notice that anyone said anything negative about the 5 second rule itself.

And why would they? The rule is simple to use, or as Mel said it better: "To apply the Rule is simple, but I never said it is easy".Your decision/intention to apply the Rule, like for everything else in life, is the decisive factor. Countdown helps, because it clearly shows you that it is certain that you will have to act, no matter how scary it is. But, if you get scared (who said tremble like a chicken? 😀) give or just start saying "threeeeeee, twoooooo, oneeeeeee......zeeeroooo......minus oneeeee.......minus twooooooo" and hesitate, it is not Mel Robbins' fault that 5SR doesn't work... it is completely your fault.

Writing style is simple, direct, and mixed with posts from social networks, but it is a quick read and there is no need for any additional comment here.

"To buy the book or go straight for YouTube videos?" Honestly now, when I finished with reading the book, I am not so sure myself. When I first started with this book, I was probably for option two, but now I see this book as a good addition to explaining 5SR. The best answers I could give you are, maybe, to wait for a discount or borrow the book first. 🙂

 

No question today, but rather a warm recommendation for my lovely readers: Try testing the 5SR and tell me if it works for you and in which way?🙂

 

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The Why Cafe

 

 

The more time passes, the more I am convinced that people, when it comes to (upcoming) books from category "Populogy" (as I like to call "Popular psychology"... maybe I should make it a ™?) have unrealistic expectations. These books are are constantly getting negative reviews and marks, followed by comments like "nothing new" or "I already know all of this"... Well, if you "know" all of this, why don't you change your life, I ask them. But, they fail to give me any proper answer.

Some books are simply there to remind us about things that we already know, or maybe writer had a desire to share his personal thoughts or experiences with readers, and if someone recognizes themselves in those written words, great. And that's it... at least, that is how I interpret some books. 🙂

John Strelecky's "The Why Cafe" (further in the text: TWC) is not "The Alchemist for 21st century", as some people overexaggerated. I think this book is not even trying to be that nor it can be. "The Alchemist" is the book that... well...it does make some kind of specific impact on reader (I hope that those that had read and understood the book will understand what I mean by this 🙂). "TWC" is more like a pocket reminder (and size is about the same 🙂) for some of the things that we already know. But, that doesn't mean this book is bad, au contraire!

Our hero (John) is the typical citizen of the world, always in rush and hurry. Rushing to find the better job, so that he could make more money to find more things to buy, so that he could find a little bit of temporary satisfaction...

In one moment, he gets (like most of the people) sick of everything. (F**k everything!) He takes vacation, hops into his car, with intention to drive away somewhere and takes break from everything and everybody. Like in real life, he gets even more sick from traffic (F**k everything!) and he decides to drive through unknown side-roads... and (of course) gets lost somewhere in never-land. No GPS, no mobile range, not a single gas station in the view, a almost no gas in the tank. Really a moment to (F*ck everything again!) freak out, and to start kicking your car and cursing all the saints you can remember, right?

And...straight at that moment, in the middle of bloody f...er, nowhere, John finds a cafe.

Right now, this is starting to sound more like a horror movie, and probably no one sane would just barge straight into the unknown cafe God knows where. But, John is very hungry and tired, and decides to test his luck by walking in the cafe.

Well, look at that! A cute cafe, pleasant atmosphere, a few guests, kind and charming waitress, and from the kitchen sounds of yummy food been prepared. John takes the menu to order some food (like eggs, omelets, sandwiches, apple pie etc). But, aside from list of food, John finds on the menu and three questions:

 

"Why are you here?"

"Are you afraid of death?"

"Are you fulfilled?"

 

Not the type of question you need with the salad, right? 🙂 And so, right in this cafe, John gets into conversations with waitress Casey, chef-owner Michael and Ann (one of the guests) about these three questions, with the purpose to discover answers to them. John soon realizes some unusual things that actually motivate him not to ignore those three questions:

  • The cafe definitely has some unusual atmosphere
  • For some reason, the waitress, chef-owner and guest can read his thoughts
  • The waitress, chef-owner and guest (without a doubt) lead more fulfilling life than him
  • The food is brutally good 🙂

And through talks about the three questions from the menu, John is discovering (better to say, starts remembering) that not everything about happiness is a complex nuclear science.

I noticed that impressions about "TWC" are divided (as you probably noticed from the start of this review), with comments like:

  1. Book can be read in one breath
  2. There are no concrete tips and hints
  3. Everything written here was already mentioned somewhere else

Let me tell you something honestly and from the bottom of my heart. Statements 2. and 3. can be found in 95% of these types of books... and I think that is totally fine, since THERE IS NO UNIVERSAL FORMULA FOR HAPPINESS THAT 100% WORKS! But, what is interesting, is that most of us make mistakes with statement 1. And do you know why?

Let me tell you about something interesting that has happened to me and is related to this book. It's true, the book is small and short and can be read in two hours. But...

Due to circumstances (obligations), I read this book for three days. And it was unusual that I had to stop with reading literally the moment I would complete one of three key questions from this book. And then that question (and answers of the mysterious people from the cafe) would be somewhere hidden in my mind during the entire day, occasionally popping up to remind it is still there.

And that is when I (maybe) figured out one of the meanings behind this book. And besides that, there are lots of interesting thoughts worth thinking about.

Writer's style is simple and there is nothing complex about it. Nothing like deep philosophy, metaphysics etc. Some dialogues, stories behind happiness of Casey, Michael and Ann, some John's thoughts and that's it. Simple, right?

And simplicity is sometimes great necessity, right?

To sum it all up, "TWC" is cute and charming book. Maybe it will not reveal us something revolutionary, but it will remind us on some simple (but important) things that we (un)consciously overlook. I especially enjoyed dialogues about fulfillment, and the view on material things.

 

And you, my dear readers, did you have some unusual experience like John? 🙂

 

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Link to buy book online (Serbian version) - Kafić na kraju sveta – Džon Strelecki

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ŠAMPION – Mari Lu (Trilogija LEGENDA – Knjiga 3)

 

Champion - Marie Lu ŠAMPION

                               Šampion – Mari Lu

 

(NAPOMENA: Ovo je recenzija treće knjige u trilogiji, i samim tim, sadrži dosta spoilera, tj. otkrivanja bitnih događaja, detalja i likova. Savetujem vam da prvo pročitate recenzije prve and druge knjige. Upozoreni ste 🙂 )

 

Druga knjiga nam je otkrila dosta toga o Republici, Kolonijama, Patriotama, kao i bolno-strastvenom odnosu Dana i Džun. Videli smo kako je Dan stao na stranu Republike i podržao novog Elektora u borbi protiv Kolonija i Patriota, saznao da je teško bolestan i da verovatno neće dugo još poživeti. Stoga je rešio da se distancira od Džun, tako što ju je ubedio da prihvati ponudu Elektora Andena i postane Princeps-Elekt, kao i da njihova veza ne bi imala budućnost, zbog svega što se izdešavalo.

Od tada je prošlo nekoliko meseci. Dan, narodni heroj, sada živi kao slobodan građanin u San Francisku sa svojim bratom Idenom, pokušavajući da se privikne na mirniji život, provodeći dane uz cigarete, lutanja gradom i sve jače glavobolje kako bolest napreduje.

I onda jedan poziv menja sve. Dan dobija poziv da prisustvuje “izuzetno važnom banketu”, gde će biti prisutni svi uticajni ljudi Republike, uključujući i Elektora Andena. Naravno, ovo ne bi bio prvi poziv na banket koji bi Dan samo “iskulirao”, da nije bilo nešto neobično u tom pozivu.

Taj poziv je stigao od Džun lično. Prvi put ga je nazvala posle toliko meseci.

Dan odlučuje da ode na taj banket, koliko zbog Džun, toliko i jer ga je mučio neki osećaj da se tu još nešto dešava (a da nije vezano za divljanje hormona i napaljenost). I od tog banketa započinje emotivno-akcioni rolerkoster na trista strana knjige, koji uključuje:

  1. Zvanična objava rata Republici od strane Kolonija?
  2. Republika mora da nađe način da dobije podršku stranih sila da ne bi izgubila rat, ali po koju cenu?
  3. Iden je možda ključ za kugu?
  4. Džun saznaje da Dan umire?
  5. Danova napaljenost i zaljubljenost?
  6. Džunina napaljenost i zaljubljenost?
  7. Scene seksa?
  8. Tes otkriva Danu svoje prave emocije?
  9. Scene rata i sabotaža?
  10. Scene eksplozija?
  11. Scene revolucije?
  12. Scene izdaje?
  13. Scene raznih scena?

…i još puno toga strašnog i uzbudljivog (Brate, ti kao da najavljuješ sledeću epizodu neke serije, o’ladi malo – prim.podsvesti).

Khm…elem…

Šalu na stranu, ovom knjigom je Mari Lu lepo zaokružila trilogiju. Kao i prethodne dve knjige, nabijena je akcijom i emocijama. Vidimo kako su naši junaci dosta sazreli i promenili su u period dok su bili razdvojeni. Onog naivnog, detinjastog sa početka prve knjige, više nema. Ratovi, revolucije, izdaje i smrti njihovih bližnjih su ih promenili i naterali da za neke stvari očvrsnu. A opet, za neke (emotivne) stvari, naterali su ih da zbace maske i pokažu svoja prava lica. Mari Lu je ovim knjigom zaista pokazala komplikovanost ljubavi dvoje mladh ljudi, koji, iako oboje znaju da se vole, postoje i neki mračni detalji iz prošlosti koji će uvek visiti nad njihovom srećom.

Ni akcija nije izgubila svoj ritam. Mada su Dan i Džun proveli dosta meseci u (relativnom) miru i neaktivnosti, pokazali su u trenucima najveće krize da se neke stvari nisu promenile. Džun je i dalje u duši ostala vojnik Republike, Wunderkind, proračunati borac koji u trenutku analizira situaciju na bojnom polju. A Dan je, i pored bolesti, pokazao da je i dalje heroj naroda Republike, Legend, ekspert za smicalice, lukavstva i sabotaže iza neprijateljskih redova.

A ša se desilo sa našim junacima nakon svih peripetija, eeeee…

Jedan detalj koji će se, verujem, dopasti čitaocima, jeste što ćemo najzad saznati kako se živi i na drugim kontinentima. Konfederativne Nacije Afrike, Antarktika, Evropska Unija… do sada su nam to bili samo pojmovi o kojima nismo puno znali u ovoj trilogiji, osim da nisu toliko siromašne kao što ih je Republika predstavljala svojim građanima (čak naprotiv), kao i da na Severnu Ameriku ne gledaju baš blagonaklono. Sada ćemo imati priliku da nakratko posetimo i Antarktiku, koja na prvi pogled deluje kao savršeno uređeno društvo (ali, da li to samo deluje tako spolja, ostaviću vama da odlučite).

I, da sumiramo. Sve u svemu, debitantska trilogija Mari Lu je ispala jako dobro i kvalitetno napisana. Možda se ovim završila priča o Danu i Džun (a možda i nije, nikad se ne zna), ali otkriće da postoji svet van Republike i Kolonija definitnvno otvara prostor u budućnosti za avanture nekih novih junaka na nekim novim kontinentima.

Što se mene tiče, trilogijom “Legenda” i “BATMAN: Nightwalker”, Mari Lu je pobrala moje simpatije. 🙂

 

I naravno, pitanje za kraj: Kako se vama čini svet opisan u ovoj trilogiji i da li je ovo (možda) izvesna budućnost?

 

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The Prodigy - Marie Lu (Trilogy THE LEGEND - Book 2)

 

UZDANICA Prodigy

              Uzdanica – Mari Lu

 

(WARNING: This is the review of the second book of the trilogy, and contains a lot of spoilers about happenings and characters. I strongly suggest you to read first the review of Book 1. You have been warned 🙂 )

 

The second novel continues more-less where the first one ended. Dan and June managed to escape their pursuers from the Republic. But the price they paid, was too great. Dan lost his older brother (who willingly sacrificed himself to save Dan and June), and there is no information about his younger brother, Eden. June, who discovered the real truth behind her brother's death, turned her back to the Republic and became the traitor.

However, Legend and Wunderkind soon get in contact with the Patriots, who are willing to provide them help, in exchange for their services (cooperation in fighting against the Republic).

And now on the scene enters the mysterious Razor, influential military officer, who is in fact the leader of the Patriots. Our heroes discover that the Patriots are actually financed by the Colonies, with the purpose of destroying the Republic.

Realization that the Elector Prime is dead and is succeeded by his son Anden (who definitely sparked the interest in both Dan and June, but with different motives), creates even more disturbance in turbulent and (now) unstable the Republic. For tired and repressed citizens of the Republic, Dan is the national hero and martyr (people still believe in lie that Dan was executed by the Republic). And now we have even more frequent rebellions against new Elector and the Senate (who are, also, fighting between themselves).

And in those times, Razor and Patriots are giving Dan and June very dangerous missions, with the purpose of saving people of the Republic.

June will have to return to the Republic, get close to new Elector and prove that she is still loyal to the Republic, and that her betrayal was actually in the Republic's interest. If everything goes as planned, she will make Anden vulnerable. On the other hand, Dan will join the Patriots in sabotages against the Republic, while showing himself to the citizens and army, giving them evidence he is still alive and kickin'. All this with one single purpose - assassination of new elector Prime.

I have to admin that Marie Lu kept up the pace in her second novel. Whats more, I think I read this book even faster than previous one. 🙂 And what I liked the most, we are finally getting answers to many questions from the first book.

Finally we will learn why the Republic is so military-oriented, the real truth about what is going on in the state, Republic's relationship with the rest of the world... and things are not some lovey-dovey as the Republic (is trying to present to its citizens (Again I would like to add something...errr, better not - comments of the subconscious mind).

Now we will have the chance to learn more about the Colonies, their way of living, state arrangement, and their view of the Republic.

And let's not forget about our new pals, the Patriots! In first novel we managed to see a part of their potential, but now we will manage to learn a lot and (a little bit) unusual about them.

Of course, cherry on the cake is the relationship between our two young heroes. Large tension... and "tension". They are aware of each others emotions and that they are getting closer. But, there also some undeniable facts that separate them. And additional "spices" are Tess and young Elector. In this novel, the author also paid additional attention to our characters inner (emotional) battles and dilemmas, and questioning everything that has happened to them till now. And when one important event goes wrong...oh boy...

Impressions about "The Prodigy" are positive. Pace of the story is still not going down (now is even more dynamic). Lots of action scenes and (emotional) dramas are now mixed up with details about the world and setup of this trilogy.

What I really like about Marie Lu is that she goes full throttle with descriptions, with sole purpose of getting us even closer with the world and its characters. Now, we can clearly and vividly imagine Dan and June, The Republic, Colonies...

Writer's style is still unchanged (constantly switching between Dan and June)... and let's keep it that way. 🙂

 

Overall, while you are reading this review, I have already dived in final chapter of this trilogy. And after that we will summarize everything. 🙂

 

COMING UP NEXT --> Chapter 3 of trilogy "THE LEGEND"

 

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The Legend - Marie Lu (Trilogy THE LEGEND - Book 1)

 

LEGENDA Legend
Legend - Marie Lu

 

                While I was returning "Silence" back to the shelf, I accidentally noticed "BATMAN: Nightwalker", from the author Marie Lu.

                Marie Lu... Marie Lu... why did she sound so familiar to me?

                Of course! Trilogy "Legend". Comfortably laying down on my bookshelf, patiently waiting to be read.

                Hmmm...should I do the review of the trilogy from the writer, whose book about my favorite superhero I've recently read, and had positive impression about the book?

                Challenge accepted! 🙂

                "Legend" is, by the way, the first novel in trilogy, and also Marie Lu's debut piece. The impressions about this novel (and after that the next two in trilogy) were very appealing and positive to everybody. Both the audience and literary critics were generally in favor towards the new writer. And also, there are stories that we will receive live-action version of the book. 🙂

                Category of novels "young adult" lost meaning to me long time ago (Typical argument of an old dude - comments of the subconscious mind), and with researches on Internet, the conclusion is that it includes the age range 15-30, that can also be freely read by older generations (Good job at getting yourself even more buried, old man, you are doing great - another sarcastic comment of subconscious mind).

                *Cough *Cough... Ahem... (using Morgan Freeman's voice)

                "She is the Wunderkind.

                Born in an elite family, from the richest sector. Raised and groomed for highest ranks in the military of the Republic.

                He is the Legend.

                Born in the poorest sector. He became the most agile and wanted criminal in the Republic... ever.

                The military is sending her Wunderkind in a mission that, if she succeeds, will make her a star.

                All she has to do... is to catch the Legend.

                And bring him justice."

                Epic clash is coming... now lets see if it is worth all the ruckus...

                The story is set in dystopian future, maybe some 100-200 years from now (at least that is my impression). Where once were USA, now exists the Republic (where the novel is taking place), shown as decorated and superior nation, and the Colonies, presented as inferior state full of traitors (according to Republic's propaganda). The Republic has been controlled for decades by Elector Prime, the person that always managed to manipulate the elections and remain a long lasting ruler (My sarcastic subconscious mind wanted to make an inappropriate political comment, but I managed to make it quiet XD). Every citizen of the Republic that reaches age of 10 must take The Trials (a combination of psychological, intellectual and physical tests), and based on accumulated points from tests, the future of the taker is determined. Maybe top universities and successful career, or is it the college and administrative job as a middle class, or, if you really do the tests bad, then it is tiresome factory work until death. But if you, by any chance, fail the Trials, you will be sent to "labor camps" (I think you can get the picture what actually happens to kids there).

                Do you want to complain now on your college/university entrance exams? XD

                And then, we have classification of citizens, depending where you live (rich or poor sectors). In poor sectors, plague is a normal thing (though the military claims it is under control). The cure costs a small fortune, and streets are places where survival itself is an art, while the rich sectors are peaceful, protected, and get a yearly dose of vaccines to prevent the plague.

 

LEGENDA

 

 

             The Wunderkind we mentioned is June Iparis. Beautiful, agile, talented, analytical and extremely intelligent, this young lady already made her name during studies. If rule-books would have a model, that would June. Loyal to the Republic. When she completes the studies, a bright and successful career awaits her. Her parents died in a traffic accident. The only left family member is her older bother, Metias (young and famous commander), whom June adores and admires a lot.

              Overall, a dream girl.

              On the other side, from poorest sector, comes Daniel "Day" Altan Wing. Most wanted criminal and (very) big headache for Republic. Nobody knows his true looks (due to his extraordinary talent for disguise). All robberies and sabotages is (as people claim) doing alone, and he doesn't consider himself a member of The Partiots (name used for rebel forces). The best description: imagine Day as some kind of dystopian Robin Hood. Never kills his opponents. Although he gives away the look of spontaneous teenager that improvises a lot, he is extremely sharp with great eye for details. Amazingly agile, careful, cunning and extremely intelligent, that it is a great mystery how managed to fail the Trials.

              The only Dan's ally and faithful follower is Tess, the little street girl, whom she provides huge support in his operations. Dan also has mother, and both younger and older brother. But, for the family, he is allegedly dead (though his older brother knows the real truth, but he keeps it secret for safety reasons. Also through him, Dan sends financial help for their family).

               But, one fatal night turns everything upside-down. June finds out that her brother has been killed while securing the hospital that holds vaccines against plague. You probably guess, the same fatal night when Dan tried to break in the same hospital to steal the vaccines (unfortunately, there were no vaccines that night). The same night when he had a faithful clash with her brother Metias.

              From that moment, Dan becomes top priority for both the Republic...and June, who gets automatically integrated in the army. June decides (on her own initiative) to infiltrate the poorest sectors and (hopefully) gets closer to her brother's killer.

              And their first contact, and what will happen after...well, that is a story for itself, that includes digging into the painful pasts of both Dan and June...and the Republic as well.

              The one thing you should pay attention to (it almost tricked me), is that first 80 pages somehow give the vibe of slow pace (even though at lot happens) and a little bit of (teenage) cliché. However, the introductory part is just laying the base for the moment when Wunderkind and Legend clash for the first time. From that moment, the story gets more dynamic pace.

              What I really liked is that main characters are already well developed and we can easy connect with their motives and decisions. True, we do not have much information about the history of the USA (except for one detail related to Dan's father and family medallion), but we already have clear (and disturbing) picture of dystopian Republic.

               The novel is nicely and well-written. You can see that the author is young, because the begging of the trilogy doesn't show and complexity, but I do not see that as fault for this novel, to be honest. I already mentioned that even in this early stage main characters are well developed, and the situation in the Republic is explained a lot (though I am certain next chapters will shows us more). Action parts are dynamically described and more-less within the limits of realism.

               Overall, really nice and fun novel, about not so perfect and ideal America, with really interesting characters. We will see what the sequels will bring. 🙂

 

 

                Question for dear readers: Do you think this novel maybe describes the potential future of the USA?

 

 

                COMING UP NEXT --> Chapter 3 of trilogy "THE LEGEND"

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Tišina

 

 

 

 

Silence - Shusaku Endo Tišina
Tišina – Šusaku Endo

 

Igrom slučaja,na IMDB-u sam naleteo na recenziju filmske adaptacije knjige „Tišina“ Šusaku Enda, u režiji Martina Skorsezea. Dok jedni smatraju da je ovo Skorsezeovo najbolje filmsko delo, drugi smatraju daje ovo njegovo najduže i najdosadnije delo (a da li su ti kritičari čitali istoimeni roman, to je možda druga priča).

Zna se da je sâm Martin Skorseze oduvek izražavao veliko poštovanje prema ovom književnom delu, kao i da postoji priča da se decenijama spremao da snimi film po ovom romanu, jer mu je bila namera da verno prenese Endovo delo na filmsko platno. Baš me interesuje da li je u tome uspeo?

Elem…

Roman sam davno pročitao i mislim da sam imao prilično neutralan stav prema istom. Nije isključivo i da mladost ima veze sa tim, jer ponovno čitanje (sada, mnogo godina kasnije) mi je(možda) dalo pravi uvid u ovu knjigu.

Pa da počnemo. 🙂

Sedamnaesti vek. U Japan pristiže (bolje reći, švercuje se) portugalski sveštenik Sebastijano Rodrigez. Motiv njegovog dolaska je jasan. Saznanje da je njegov duhovni učitelj i mentor, Kristovao Fereira, postao apostata (tj. odrekao se svoje vere), i to gaje prilično uzdrmalo, kao i njegovu crkvu. Sebastijano dolazi u Japan da sazna šta se zaista desilo sa njegovim mentorom, i da usput pruža duhovnu pomoć i podršku tzv. „kakure Kirishitan“ (prikrivenim hrišćanima).

Sedamnaesti vek je, inače, period velikih progona hrišćana u Japanu. Ljudi nisu smeli da se javno izjašnjavaju kao hrišćani niti da se ispovedaju ili obavljaju crkvene hrišćanske rituale. Hrišćani su često bili hapšeni, mučeni (gde su neretko pronalazili i svoju smrt) i prisiljavani da se odreknu hrišćanske vere gazeći fumije (odnosno, kamenu ili drvenu sliku/ikonu Isusa Hrista ili Device Marije). Sveštenika iz Evrope (bar zvanično) skoro da više i nije bilo.

Ne baš dobro mesto za napredovanje u karijeri hrišćanskog sveštenika…

Šta se zaista desilo sa Kristovao Fereirom, kako se Sebastijano Rodrigez snašao u Japanu (ako se uopšte i snašao), to ostavljam vama da saznate.

 

 

Tišina

 

 

 

Sada bih želeo da više pričam o suštini same knjige.

Pisac romana, Šusaku Endo, je bio, inače, japanski rimokatolik, i smatra se možda prvim japanskim piscem kojije objektivno pisao o hrišćanstvu u Japanu. A još je i roman bio objavljen 1966. godine, pa možete da zamislite koju je buru podiglo njegovo delo„Tišina“.

Za mene je glavni motiv knjige ideja „Boga koji ćuti“ iliti „Odsustva Boga“. I sâm glavni junak, kako prolazi vreme njegovog boravka u Japanu (što najčešće uključuje bežanje i skrivanje od japanskih vlasti ili provođenje vremena u njihovim zatvorima), sve češće se pita kako Bog ostaje nem pred vapajima tog siromašnog, pokatoličenog naroda. Da li zaista samo jaka vera nije dovoljna da donese promenu i prosvetli vlasti?

Kasnije, kada naš glavni junak bude zarobljen od strane vlasti, pa bude ulazio u sve češće konverzacije sa japanskim velikašima na temu hrišćanstva i to da li je hrišćanstvu uopšte mesto u Japanu, a još pride se uveri kako muče hrišćanski narod da se odrekne vere, pitanja se samo gomilaju.

Zašto Bog u svoj svojoj ljubavi i blagosti ne želi ni da vidi ni da čuje patnje naroda? Zašto prisiljavaju sveštenike da se odreknu vere tako što ovi moraju da gledaju mučenje siromašnih japanskih seljaka? Da li treba tvrdoglavo istrajati u svojoj veri i ubeđenjima… ili se ipak treba odreći vere da bi se spasili nevini? Da li je odricanje od vere zarad spasenja drugih u stvari dokaz ljubavi prema Bogu? Dali smo mi jakih uverenja u našu veru samo dok smo na poznatom tlu i u svojojzoni komfora, a čim stupimo u „močvaru“ (izraz koji se ovde često upotrebljava za Japan), onda možda vidimo realnost kakva zaista jeste? I još mnoga druga pitanje će se javljati našem junaku (a možda i vama) kroz ovaj roman.

Roman je, da tako kažemo, podeljen na dve celine. Prva polovina romana je više u formi pisama/izveštaja koje Sebastijano piše glavešinama svoje crkve, gde im opisuje svoje dogodovštine, dešavanja u Japanu i razmišljanja/dileme koja ga tište. A drugi deo je pisan iz trećeg lica, gde i dalje pratimo Sebastijanove (ne)zgode (uključujući i njegovo zarobljavanje), samo što tada izgleda baš i nije bio u situaciji da piše svoja pisma (pretpostavljam da je u tim situacijama spašavanje glave prioritet 🙂 ).

Moram sa vama da podelim jednu zanimljivost.

Znate i sami kako je to kada se veoma povežete sa nekim književnim likom (setite se samo Andreasa Jegera). E sad, zaista ne znam da li je to bila namera pisca (ili je možda samo do mene), ali, kada je u pitanju Sebastijano Rodrigez i njegovo putešestvije, nekako sam sve vreme ostao neutralan prema njemu tokom čitanja knjige…da ne kažem objektivan. Možda sam ga čak i malo osuđivao zbog njegovih preterano naivnih idealističkih shvatanja, zbog kojih su mnogi nevini ljudi patili. Možda me je podstaklo i njegovo naivno slepo verovanje u religiju, kao i da misli da citatima iz raznih jevanđelja može da nadmudri bilo koju silu. Ili možda to što mu je jako teško da prihvati tuđe mišljenje. A opet, možda je i do mene. 🙂 Ali, ipak govorimo o Japanu iz 17-og veka.

Sve u svemu, definitivno zanimljiv roman, o kome se može dosta razgovarati i polemisati.

Definitvno ću odgledati i film u narednom periodu…možda ga i ovde na blogu prokomentarišem? 🙂

 

 

A vi, dragi čitaoci: Koje je vaše mišljenje o tadašnjem širenju hrišćanstva u dalekoistočne zemlje?

 

 

NAPOMENA: Ova recenzija nema nikakvu religijsku pozadinu, ovo je čisto utisak autora bloga o samoj knjizi. Bez obzira na religije i verska ubeđenja, autor bloga smatra da svaku religiju treba poštovati, ili bar biti tolerantan prema istoj  🙂

 

 

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BATMAN: Nightwalker

    BATMAN: Noćobdija – Meri Lu

 

Ja sam Bat-fan. Da, jesam. Izgovarao sam naglas na engleskom: “Ja sam Betmen” (sa sve dubokim i hrapavim glasom) pred drugim ljudima. Da, u javnosti. Da, pred pravim ljudima, ne imaginarnim. Odgledao sam sve i stare i nove filmove (jeste, Nolanova verzija sa Kristijanom Bejlom mi je omlijena, ali isto tako smatram da je Ben Aflek odradio sjajan posao sa svojom verzijom Betmena), animirane (novije) serije, odigrao video igre (od onih na Segi do najnovijih iz “Arkham” i “Injustice” serijala). Od onoga što me interesuje jedino se nisam domogao gračikih novela i novih ukoričenih izdanja stripova (skup poduhvat za Srbiju i dalje 😀 ).

Sve u svemu, Betmen kao ličnost je interesantan ne samo kao maskirani heroj (čuveni detektiv, majstor borilačkih veština, poseduje kul gedžete, Bet-pećinu, što je verovatno jedini smrtnik koji uz pravu analizu podataka i pripremu terena može da pobedi svakog superzloću… ili superheroja), već i kao plejboj-filantrop-milijarder Brus Vejn, obožavan od strane medija od malena. A da ne ulazimo u psihološki profil Betmena/Brus Vejna… možemo o tome da imamo ne posebnu temu, već poseban blog.

Sve u svemu, shvatili ste, Betmenov sam fan i kad porastem želim da budem Betmen… u stvari, radije bih bio Brus Vejn. 😀

Tajming kada sam uzeo da čitam knjigu nije mogao biti bolji. Bio sam upravo završio poslednju (tj. četvrtu) sezonu serije “Gotam”, koja govori o usponu detektiva Džejmsa Gordona, i Brusu Vejnu u godinama koje su dolazile posle ubistva njegovih roditelja, i kako su ga odluke u tim mladim danima polako oblikovale u pravcu ličnosti koja će jednog dana postati Mračni Vitez, zaštitnik Gotama.

 

 

Knjiga Meri Lu “Batman: Noćobdije” (moram da priznam da mi se dopao prevod reči Nightwalker kao Noćobdija 🙂 ) pokriva period kada se približava Brus Vejnova matura i počinju pripreme za upis na koledž. To je ujedino i period kada treba da postane punoletan, dobije kompletan pristup novcu i biznisu svoje porodice (jadničak, do tada je mogao da troši po koje milionče dolara, a sada će moći po koju milijardicu). Brus Vejn je u ovom uzrastu predstavljen kao tvrdoglav i  pomalo svojeglav, ali pametan momak. Trenira borilačke veštine, uči o svom porodičnom biznisu (pogotovo tehnologijama “VejnTeka”), vozi besna kola…ma uživancija.

I oseća jaku želju da po svaku cenu spreči zločin. Toliko jaku da je sprečio jednog pripadnika zloglasne terorističke organizacije “Noćobdije” da pobegne policiji u ludoj jurnjavi kolima. Doduše, zbog toga ga je malo policija uzela na zub (tipa, načinio je samo 46 prekršaja dok je vozio), pa je pravosudni sistem odlučio da ga pošalje malo na društveno-korisni rad.

U normalnu vaspitno-popravnu-eduk…ma koga ja zavaram.

U ludaru “Arkam”. Da čisti podove i šta sve ne… kao rad preko omladinske zadruge…samo što vam ne plate… i okruženi ste najgorim ološom koji postoji u državi. Jupi!

Elem, Brus u ludari uspostavlja kontakt sa jednim od novopridošlih pacijenata, Medlin. Zgođušan devojčurak, osim što je pripadnica “Noćobdija” (možda i njihov vođa) i još je navodno iskasapila troje svojih žrtava (inače, svi su pripadali bogatoj eliti Gotama)… no dobro, kako ljudi kažu, ljubav je slepa…

Međutim, Medlin uporno odbija da komunicira i sa policijom i sa psihijatrima i stalno se igra sa svojom papirnom figurom. Jedno sa Brusom komunicira, što i policija pokušava da iskoristi da sazna više o Medlin i aktivnostima Noćobdija.

I tu počinje igra mačke i miša između Medlin i Brusa. Malo li je reći da Medlin uspeva (i to prilično dobro) da izbaci Brusa iz takta. Na osnovu njegovog govora tela i pogleda, ona mu bukvalno čita misli, predviđa svaki njegov pokret kao od šale, često mu šalje dvosmislene poruke i signale, te se ne zna da li želi da mu pomogne u raskrinkavanju “Noćobdija” ili sve vreme maipuliše njime. Igra na kartu njegovih ubijenih roditelja, ali mu i otkriva bitne detalje o sebi i svojoj majci. Zbunjena devojka ili genijalni zločinac, pitanje je sad?

Imajte na umu da je Brus, koliko god pametan i intuitivan, ipak veoma mlad i u mnogočemu naivan, pa je Medlin za njega i više nego dostojan protivnik.

I zato Brus, često na svoju ruku, a često uz pomoć svojih saveznika (prvenstveno Lušijusa Foksa i vernog batlera Alfreda), sprovodi istrage najbolje što može, rešen da raskrinka “Noćobdije”.

Dok i sam ne postane svestan da je u većoj opasnosti nego što je mogao i da pomisli.

Stil pisanja Meri Lu je lep i jasan. Leći će svima, bez obzira na godine. Akcija je dinamično opisana, a dijalozi i Brusova razmišljanja su isto tako lepo ukomponovani.

Šta da vam kažem. Skoro sam završio sa serijom “Gotam”, pa su mi se kroz knjigu obraćali likovi iz serije (poput Brusa, Alfreda i Lušijusa), i zbog toga mi je ova knjiga još više legla.

Definitivno nije remek-delo, ali je vraški zabavno za čitanje. Merina verzija Betmena je interesantna i stvarno se stiče utisak da je uživala dok je pisala ovaj roman.

Sve u svemu, knjiga je zabavna i dinamična i mislim da će leći svima, a pogotovo ljubiteljima Mračnog Viteza.

Ja sam kupio standardno izdanje knjige (čak ima ubačen i jedan mali poster), ali sam verovatno kao pravi Betmen fan trebao da kupim kolekcionarsko izdanje “Urban Readsa” (koje deluje prilično kul).

Pogreši čovek…

 

A vi, dragi Bat-čitaoci, da li ste i vi fanovi Betmena ili ne? 🙂

 

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Slepčeva priča

 

Slepčeva priča blind man tale

Slepčeva priča – Đunićiro Tanizaki

 

Đunićiro Tanizaki je jedan od najčuvenijih japanskih prozaista 20. veka, poznat po tome što je u Japanu pokrenuo talas književnih dela koja govore o japanskoj prošlosti, i to posebno o dobu samuraja. U ime svih ljubitelja Japana i samuraja, hvala mu na tome.

Radnja “Slepčeve priče” smeštena je u period 16. veka (Sengoku Đidai), u vreme velikih (i surovih) vladara, vojskovođa i ratnika, poput Ode Nobunage, Tojotomija Hidejošija i Tokugave Iejasua, grandioznih bitaka i taktičkih nadmudrivanja i strasnih ljubavi, što je sve kulminiralo čuvenom bitkom kod Sekgahare. Za vas koji niste veliki zaluđenici za samurajima i Japanom, pojednostavljeno objašnjenje je: “Mnogo kul period u Japanu sa samurajima”. 😀

Priča počinje sa slepim maserom i muzičarem Jaićijem koji, Bog zna gde u Japanu između Edoa i Kjota, masira umornu gospodu. Jednom od posetilaca, za koga je zaključio da je načitan i pismen (što nije bila mala stvar za taj period), uz masažu je otvorio i svoju dušu, i počeo da priča svoja sećanja na period kada je služio gospodaricu Oići (za koju se smatralo da je jedna od najlepših žena ikada, poput Helene Trojanske), sestru gospodara Ode Nobunage, a ženu čuvenog feudalnog gospodara, časnog Asaija Nagamase.

Kao slepi sluga i veliki miljenik gospodarice Oići, Jaići je imao pristup svuda, što mu je omogućavalo da čuje štošta bitno i nebitno. Ali, Jaići sâm za sebe kaže da je on bio skroman i plašljiv, i da je za njega bilo najveće zadovoljstvo da služi gospodaricu Oići i njene ćerke, da ih masira i svira im na šamisenu.

Avaj, Jaići nam dalje priča kako život i nije bio tako blagodaran u zamku. Oićini muž i brat se teško zavadiše. Nobunaga je svojim beskompromisnim i pokvarenim ponašanjem i taktikama širio svoje posede, čak i preko preko oblasti kojima se vladali Nagamasini bliski saveznici, što je zasmetalo časnom Nagamasi. I tu je Nobunagina zloba i podmuklost došla do izražaja, kada je iskoristio sve moguće prilike da pokori i Nagamasine posede, tertajući ga na samoubistvo. Oići je morala sa svojim ćerkama da se skloni u jedan udaljeni zamak, gde je skoro deceniju provela izolovana od sveta. Ali, tu je i dalje bio verni Jaići koji ih je služio, usput osluškujući o dešavanjima van zamka.

Posle Nobunagine smrti, kako nam Jaići dalje priča, razvilo se veliko rivalstvo između dvojice Nobunaginih vazala i vojskovođa, Kacuija i Hidejošija, koje je kasnije preraslo u otvoreno neprijateljstvo.

Kasnije se gospodarica Oići udala za gospodara Kacuija, i izgledalo je da će najzad moći da uživa u sreći sa porodicom. Ali, njena sreća nije mogla dugo da traje, jer su Kacuije i Hidejoši zaratili. A Jaići je svemu tome prisustvovao kao (slepi) mirni i nemoćni posmatrač.

Zašto na kraju romana zatičemo Jaićija kako se potuca po Japanu, šta se desilo sa gospodaricom Oići i njenim ćerkama, zašto je Oići mrzela Hidejošija i još neka bitna pitanja, odgovore na to ostavljam vama da otkrijete kada pročitate ovo delo.

Roman je kratak i baš se brzo čita, a što se tiče stila pisanja, tj. prevoda, samo ovo ću napisati.

Poznavaocima i ljubiteljima Japana i njegove kulture i književnosti je nesumnjivo poznato ime Dragana Milenkovića. Gospodin je 1994. godine dobio Specijalnu nagradu za prevođenje, koju dodeljuje „Japansko udruženje književnih prevodilaca“ i „Japanski Pen klub“, jedinu koji je dobio neko iz ovog dela Evrope, i to upravo za prevod ovog dela. Mada (još) ne znam japanski, ne sumnjam da je Dragan Milenković uradio odličan posao. Roman je jedno pravo lepo zadovoljstvo za čitanje, i prosto možete kroz Jaićijeve reči da zamislite te događaje kojima je prisustvovao.

Ljubitelji Japana i samuraja verovatno već idu u obližnju knjižaru. A i vi ostali bi trebali da uradite isto. 🙂

Knjiga je pun pogodak.

Toliko. 🙂

 

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