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message 1: by Nathanael (new)

Nathanael I just want to say I totally agree with what your saying about the whole escapism thing. I agree that there is a nobility in the entertainment industries in the form of offering an escape to people who actually do have allot of pain and hardship. A perfect example of this would be poor kids in third world countries going to the cinema for perhaps the only excitement they will ever have, and finding solace in a comic book and getting lost in imaginary worlds. The last thing they want is someone pontificating about the tragedy of poverty and the hard truths of life. In some ways that stuff is for the people who have good lives so they can feel world conscious and 'aware' of the problems so to speak.

I'm not saying it doesn't have a place, it does, but sometimes people have misconceptions about the value and use of light entertainment vs heavy 'life' stuff.


message 2: by Luke (new)

Luke Scicluna How dare you call reading 'light entertainment', sir.


Mike (the Paladin) To be fair Luke, he did say "sometimes". That's "a" great thing about books, they can be so many things.


message 4: by Nathanael (new)

Nathanael Luke wrote: "How dare you call reading 'light entertainment', sir."

I didn't call reading light entertainment. I said sometimes people have misconceptions about the value of light entertainment vs heavy 'life' stuff. It's not ambiguous is it? How could you make the conclusion I'm making an absurd blanket statement like 'reading is light entertainment.' I think you need to read things more thoroughly before you start firing 'how dare yous' around.


message 5: by Lambert (new)

Lambert So you appreciate the quality of the writing, acknowledge its timelessness, yet give it 1 star because you don't like being shown the harsh side of life.


message 6: by Nathanael (new)

Nathanael Lambert, did you overlook this sentence?

"I suppose the bottom line is, I live in the world where pain happens, a lot. I don't really need it here. So, I leave my rating as it is because my experience here remains a 1 star experience."

He isn't ignoring the harsh world, he lives in it.

There are two ways to review a book (or any art for that matter). One way is an intellectual approach with a defined criteria for judgement. The other is simply personal experience regardless of objective value structures. He acknowledges this in his review. For instance, Mozart was considered a musical genius, however if I couldn't stand his music how would I rate it? I guess I could say "This symphony is generally accepted as a masterpiece but it's not for me - this is why...".

This review is a 'user experience' review as opposed to a structured critique of the book. If you're after the latter I think there are enough of those reviews on here to whet the appetite of anyone with that particular form of breakdown in mind.


message 7: by Mike (new)

Mike Trendel You should devote time to reviewing fluffy, feel-good literature. What recommendations to have for quality literature that ignores the harshness of life?


message 8: by David (new)

David Sarkies While I like the literary merits of the book, I stand by Mike's rating and understand where he is coming from. Having a mentally disable brother brings this book very close to home.


Mike (the Paladin) I had a high school instructor who loved this book and insisted I read it. He never understood why I disliked it. I tried to explain it wasn't that book failed to do what it was doing (so to speak) it's the whole attitude behind the book. The negativity of the depression era and Mr. Steinbeck himself.

It's a matter of taste.


message 10: by Tessa (new)

Tessa Eger I totally agree! I gave it 2 just 'cause of his writing ability. I would never have read it if the kids at the juvenile lockup hadn't challenged me to do it with them. They really trounced on knowledge, too! I read it and then didn't see them for a couple months, so I had forgotten all these details...Heh. Such a depressing read.


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