Also it doesn't really show off how much of a range the writer has in writing? All the stories are in first person pov and I feel like having done so limits the writer and what he can do with perspective. Anyway, an overarching theme of the book seems to be people being people in their darkest hours. Greed, selfishness, pride, and violence litter the book. That's what I'm here for and I'm not condemning the stories for that. But also I feel like there's a lot of condescending anger coming from these stories? What do I mean? Well, I mean years and years ago I wrote a bunch of short stories for my undergrad thesis at the same university the author took his masterals in.
All of those stories reflected a bleak and emo outlook about life in general and I cringe whenever I have to read them again. Thank you my thesis advisers for not wanting to box my ears making them read those monstrosities. They weren't exactly bad stories. In short, it was entitled dross. I wouldn't exactly call the stories from this book entitled dross, but the anger in them, the subtle judgement that I feel from between the lines, isn't my cup of tea either. The writer describes them as tales of 'humans being humans and failing to do so' another weird turn of grammar , but call me an idealist if you will, but humans are better than this.
I can't put my finger on exactly why, because heaven knows I've read books with unpleasant characters before I'm also in the middle of reading Otsuichi's Goth so it's not like I'm not prepared for any of this , but a lot of things about the characters and the stories rub me the wrong way. Not my cup of tea, like I said. But a good enough way to spend a couple hours over the weekend. Feb 06, Paul Elessar Caceres rated it did not like it. Poorly written. It surprises me when it switches between Filipino English and American English.
The writing is not consistent with the personalities and backgrounds of the characters. And there are so many many many similes and random metaphors. Apr 02, Cameron Cervania rated it it was amazing. Personally, I absolutely adored the stories.
While not always being a fan of Noir fiction, a key factor to why I enjoyed it was the wit and grace found in every page. It painted accurate portraits reflecting little bits and pieces of culture found in the Philippines. I managed to relate quite easily due to the homage to my country, and oftentimes I found myself in mixtures of emotion. From despair to peace of mind to full on raging at the characters, this book somehow managed to squeeze it all i Personally, I absolutely adored the stories.
From despair to peace of mind to full on raging at the characters, this book somehow managed to squeeze it all in.
Views Read Edit View history. Most importantly, he was right on all the big things. Eliot A. Retrieved 26 September We see his ability to make jokes like never before and there is more here than just dry sarcastic references. Entertainment Weekly. On that note, I want to say thank you Bill and all the commenters here over and previous years.
It was quite a fast read, but definitely worth every page! Jul 25, Stephanie Alexis rated it liked it. I've not read a lot of noir literature, so this was quite a refreshing read that compelled me to adjust to the tone, language, and style. I'm disappointed though that this book wasn't proofread well enough to avoid the typos and grammar problems. Mar 28, Rio C rated it really liked it.
I personally like noir literature, so I liked these stories well. Also, it being set in my home country is a big bonus and to an extent, makes it more relatable The author was successfully able to incorporate urban legends, ancient folklore, a post apocalyptic setting, and modern day problems in his stories, proving his skill and talent.
Great read, overall. Most of the stories in this collection were inspired by other stories, legends, movies, or events, but despite that, the author was still able to retell these stories as if it was his own. These stories were able to capture the reality of human beings - their darkness and their truth. It did not sugarcoat anything; it revealed human beings as they really were. I would have to admit "Our Darkest Hours" by Jose Miguel Arguelles contain eight 8 stories which narrate the darkness of human beings.
I would have to admit that I was not a big fan of the writing style - initially - but I got used to it as I read on. I also liked the illustrations before each story. A recommended read! My actual rating was 4.
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Get it now Searching for streaming and purchasing options Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. Get it now on Searching for streaming and purchasing options X of Y Official trailer. We think this movie stands out for: Character Strengths. A lot or a little? The parents' guide to what's in this movie. Positive Messages. At least one use of "s--t," plus "goddamn," "bugger," "good God. Churchill was a drinker, which is shown, but he's never shown drunk. Lots of smoking. Continue reading Show less.
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Darkest Hour is a war drama film directed by Joe Wright and written by Anthony McCarten. Set in May , it stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill and. My Favourite to Least Favourite Movies of Lily James in Darkest Hour ( ) Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour () Darkest Hour () Gary Oldman in .
I have watched it recently. Churchill was a bad man.