Notes on “The Fault In Our Stars”

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I hate hospitals, the smell of medicine, and everything that has to do with the themes of sickness and death. When I realized that “The Fault In Our Stars” was a book about two teenagers with terminal cancer, I was like “Oh, cr*p! What did I get myself into?” But I kept going on because I’d promised to read the book.

As I advanced in the reading, however, I found myself indulged in John Green’s sharp, crispy, witty and funny writing style. I particularly loved the bits of the book that are garmented with a touch of spicy sarcasm and enchanting metaphor. I also enjoyed the language of the book. The coinage of words such as “uncancery,” “Breakfastization” and “unlove” is typical of contemporary pieces, and it witnesses the fact that Green could be anything but a vocabulary Nazi.

The story of Hazel and Augustus is heartrending, though. Both teenagers suffer from cancer; a curse that many people would make use of to fish for sympathy and attention. However, these cancer-struck kids do teach us valuable lessons on life, death and love. From where I see it, their struggle is not meant to tell us how cancer patients go about their daily lives, but to show that they are not less normal than any other person. Did Green make an allusion to Orwell’s “Animal Farm?”. Maybe. However, this probably explains the abundance of instances of ups and downs in Gus’s and Hazel’s lives.

The main message in the book, among others, is twofold; (a) “the world is not a wish-granting factory,” and (b) “some infinities are bigger than other infinities.” I thought it was a so powerful message to tell the readers that not all of their wishes shall come true, but Green was bold enough to do it, and I think the outcome has been very positive. Furthermore, the idea of  relativity is heavily influencing. Green is transmitting the idea that small things can mean a lot if, and only if, they come from deep within the heart.

Among other attributes, it’s the blend of delicate and shocking storytelling that makes the reader wonder if the book is destined to make you laugh, cry, sympathize, think, or feel. For me, it was a bit of everything. So, if that’s how you define a good book, then “The Fault In Our Stars” is a must-read.

A dramatization of the novel is to be expected very soon.

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8 thoughts on “Notes on “The Fault In Our Stars”

    Noureddine Boutahar said:
    June 18, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Interesting. Thank you Si Abdelmajid.
    Noureddine Boutahar

      amseghir responded:
      June 18, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you si Noureddine for passing by. 🙂

    Arbi said:
    June 19, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Reading your review has whetted my appetite for reading the book! Thanks

      amseghir responded:
      June 19, 2014 at 11:15 am

      I’m glad it did. You’re welcome, si Arbi.
      Thank you for passing by. 🙂

    Rachid Morad said:
    June 19, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Interesting! proud of you Dear classmate!

      amseghir responded:
      June 20, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks, bro! 🙂

    yahyazinihate666 said:
    July 31, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    You should read “This is where i leave you” it’s a great read

      amseghir responded:
      July 31, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      I will! Thanks for the recommendation, bro! 🙂

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