“FURY” BY SALMAN RUSHDIE

“Fury” is a novel about Malik Solanka, a 55-year-old Cambridge professor born in Bombay, who is the creator of “Little Brain”, a highly popular mechanical “philosophical” doll.

One night, Solanka finds himself standing over the sleeping bodies of his English wife and his little son with a knife in his hand. Confused and alarmed, he decides to abandon his family and go to New York where he hopes to escape the inner demons that he believes drove him to almost murder his family.

The book tries to explore personal demons or “furies” that are around him and it is also a portrait of New York.

“Fury” contains numerous subplots: a mystery about a series of murders in which his friend Jack Rhinehart is thought to be involved, the life of an anti-semitic plumber which story has been bought by a film studio, a sci-fi revolutionary fantasy that has a huge commercial success…

He strikes up two relationships. Mila Milo, a gorgeous serb, incest victim and young internet entrepreneur that helps Malik to cure about some of his demons and Neela Mahendra, his secretive love, a beauty indian very smart who is politically committed to the national liberation movement of his country. Solanka visits the island to meet Neela, but her devotion to the cause will entail some problems…

The characters in “Fury” are one-dimensional, lifeless and constructed according to contemporary American life.

Malik Solanka is too passive. He’s simply an observer with a back-story. He is an angry, impulsive man, but he is also pitiable and a bit desperate for love and acceptance.

This novel is a bit complex. It offers satirical themes and it mixes moments of anger and madness with black humour. It is not a fast-paced thriller. In fact, “Fury” is a bit slow, no much happens.

Susana

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MY BUILDING: “NURAGHE”

I was 25 years old when I was living in Sardinia and I discovered the Nuragic culture. Nuraghe has become the most important symbol of Sardinia and its distinctive culture and is probably the most photographed monument in the island.

The nuraghe is the main type of megalithic edifice dating back before 1000 BC. The typical nuraghe is situated in a panoramic spot and has the shape of a truncated conical tower. Some of them are more than 20 metres in height.

There is a similar type of structure which has a corridor or a system of corridors called “nuragic village”.

The use of the nuraghes has not been determined: they could have been religious temples, ordinary dwellings, rulers’ residences, military strongholds, meeting halls, or a combination.

Today, there are more than 8,000 nuraghes still extant in Sardinia, although it has been estimated that they once numbered more than 30,000.

Susana

THE FAMOUS FIVE ON A HIKE TOGETHER by Enid Mary Blyton

The famous five are four determined children with a dog who solve mysteries and get tangled up with smugglers and other criminals.

The stories always take place during the children’s school holidays. Every time they meet, they want nothing more than to stroll about the countryside and have picnics, but the adventures just come along.

In “Five on a Hike Together” they have to solve a strange message and a map showing a criss-cross. The story involves their adventures in a burned-out house by the side of a lake where the children have to search for some treasure. However, they have rivals: two unpleasant criminals, Maggie and Dirty Dick.

The five are two brothers and a sister, Julian, Dick and Anne, and their cousin George (Georgina) a tomboy with short hair and boy’s clothes who owns a large dog, Timmy. They are aged between 12 and 10. They are intelligent, responsible and brave. Julian, the oldest, is the leader of the group and sometimes a bit strict. Anne, the youngest, takes care of their domestic duties during the Five’s various camping holidays. Timmy is a very clever dog, affectionate and loyal that provides physical protection for the children.

This book is written in a style accessible to any Spanish reader. The language is easy and the scenes are described with simplicity. The fast pace of the writing keeps reader’s attention. It’s a page-turner full of twists.

If you have been and still are a five fanatic, I recommend you to read this book with your adult view. You’ll discover things you didn’t think about when you were a child and you’ll think how naïve you were!

Nowadays, I’m 35 years old and I have had the same butterflies in my stomach as the first time I read the book. I have let my imagination run away with me again. I was really hooked. It has been very exciting.

Susana

“ANONYMOUS FIRSTS”

I was supposed to write an article called “Famous First”. It should be an article that talks about someone who was the first one to do something. But there are lots of “Anonymous First” all over the world I would like to talk about.

If I ask you who discovered penicillin, probably your answer will be: “Fleming, I’m fairly positive” or “Cristobal Colon, I’m pretty sure” if my question was about the discovery of America.

But now, did you know these firsts?

  • In 2006 driver Terry Grant (UK) drove on two wheels through a gap 68 cm wider than the height of the car.
  • Adám Lörincz was aged 14 years when his 92-minute musical, Star of the King was performed in 2002 in Hungary. He’s the youngest composer of a musical.
  • The greatest distance walked by a person continuously balancing a milk bottle on the head is 130.3 km. by Ashrita Furman from New York in 1998. It took him 23 hours 35 minutes to complete the walk.
  • The oldest male stripper was Bernie Barker, a regular performer at Club LeBare, Miami Beach. He began his career in 2000 at the age of 60 as a way to get in shape after recovering from a cancer, and worked as a stripper until he sadly passed away in March 2007. During his career, he won over 30 contests.

All of them have been achieved by anonymous people that had pursued their dreams in these extravagant objectives.

Surely they didn’t change humanity course, but they were also fighters, plenty of hopes and with a forceful personality and they had the potential to reach what they wanted to reach.

By Susana