I was completely sold by chapter 3, The Letters From No One - it was incredibly exhilarating with its chaos, resulting hilarity, and elated hope for aI was completely sold by chapter 3, The Letters From No One - it was incredibly exhilarating with its chaos, resulting hilarity, and elated hope for a repressed boy that deserved better. What came after was only icing on the cake. Oh, but what marvelous icing it was!...more
When I was a freshman in high school, I started reading this for a book report. But as was typical for my high school years, I slacked and never finisWhen I was a freshman in high school, I started reading this for a book report. But as was typical for my high school years, I slacked and never finished the report in time. In fact, I never finished reading the book because I figured it was pointless with the report being past due - plus I had to return it to the library.
So fast forward at least ten years. The occurrence of Banned Books Week brought my attention back to Lord of the Flies. I've been wanting to reread it (or finish, really) ever since Lost started and all of the comparisons had been made. So I finally pulled it from my boyfriend's shelf, where it had effectively been collecting dust.
I wasn't really impressed with William Golding's writing. In fact, I found it to be rather cluttered and often hard to follow, particularly in relation to the kids themselves. It almost seems as though he's forgotten what it's like to be a kid. I mean, he keeps some of the basic ideas in there, sure, but you don't really feel like you're in a child's mind. One with little emotion and ADD? I just wasn't too convinced. Or much intrigued. Which is sad, really, as the whole kids-on-their-own thing has always been a favorite of mine.
While the writing felt clumsy to me, the last few chapters were much better and far more interesting. Of course, this is when the kids really snap and you get the social commentary of primitive vs. civilization, with the differences in the way we choose to govern ourselves. With these few chapters, though, I can see why this book was celebrated as well as feared....more
Had been really looking forward to this one for quite some time now (it waiting on the shelf for maybe two years before I finally started the Author AHad been really looking forward to this one for quite some time now (it waiting on the shelf for maybe two years before I finally started the Author Alphabet Challenge) but I think the hype killed it for me. Though I enjoyed the buildup in the first half, overall I expected so much more and it simply didn't deliver. I really feel this book missed the opportunity to explore something complex and even controversial. So much room for psychological/sociological depth and yet we only get varied reactions to grief and not much more. It seemed to gloss over what could have been the good stuff.
I often had issue with the writing itself - some rather clumsy paragraphs and incongruous metaphors - which is something I either rarely notice to begin with or often overlook with ease. In terms of plot there was especially one WTF moment towards the end that really took me out of the story, particularly in the character's choice of actions in said moment.
Despite the shallow take on the subject and my qualms with sections of writing, I was able to enjoy the story and the narrative POV of being able to watch Susie's world right alongside her. I just wish Susie could better convey the insight she was experiencing....more
Deftly weaves a depiction of the earlier days of the Great Depression and later days of the Prohibition throughout the story, without using either terDeftly weaves a depiction of the earlier days of the Great Depression and later days of the Prohibition throughout the story, without using either term, as well as touching on domestic abuse, mental health, business ethics, elderly care, animal cruelty, stigmas behind social status... it really touched on a lot here, without feeling like it was making a point of any one thing. They were simply pieces of the story that made it feel more real and honest while simultaneously highlighting this era as a magnificent setting.
I think this is another example of hype raising my expectations too high. I enjoyed the story - a lot - but I can't say I loved it. I kept waiting for something more, for something to wow me and truly pull me in. Rosie was the closest thing to that and yet I feel she wasn't given enough focus to really shine. I really liked the back-and-forth storytelling that juxtaposed Jacob's life and especially enjoyed the curmudgeonly old Jacob; he had the best quotes....more
It's a classic, a masterpiece, a common favorite... but I just couldn't get into it. I guess it is important to note that I'm not the least bit squeamIt's a classic, a masterpiece, a common favorite... but I just couldn't get into it. I guess it is important to note that I'm not the least bit squeamish, so the subject matter didn't bother me. I, just... I was bored; it took me entirely too long to read this short book. Nabokov's note at the end states that several potential publishers had the same reaction, so I feel somewhat better knowing I'm not alone. Maybe I expected too much? Expectation is a common killer of enjoyment.
It is heavy with the sort of excessive details (and use of French) that make my eyes glaze over. In general, though, I don't tend to go in for this heavy-handed literature. Give me story, not fancy words! I see that it's well written (even when I had issue following a few sentences; chocked this up to example of Humbert's mental state or showy intelligence), and even appreciated a great deal of his wordplay, but I prefer my prose to directly relate to the story at hand and not feel like it's going overboard or sidetracking the reader....more
I have mixed feelings on Palahniuk's writing style. While I enjoy a simple syntax, it's often almost too simple and there's a lot of repeating thingsI have mixed feelings on Palahniuk's writing style. While I enjoy a simple syntax, it's often almost too simple and there's a lot of repeating things in different ways. At the same time, I do appreciate the informal text with its conversational tone but more importantly appreciate how this tone lends itself to highlight the scattered bits of beautiful, insightful prose. With the simplicity comes concision.
As for the story, it boils down to the conflict of figuring out your role not only in society but in your own life, which everyone can relate to despite the absurd situations that lead our main character - a great anti-hero - to his own epiphany....more