"for eight years i dreamed of fire. trees ignited as i passed them, oceans burned. the sugary smoke settled in my hair as i slept, the scent like a cloud left on my pillow as i rose. even so, the moment my mattress started to burn, i bolted awake. the sharp, chemical smell was nothing like the hazy syrup of my dreams; the two were as different as indian and carolina jasmine, separation and attachment. they could not be confused.
standing in the middle of the room, i located the source of the fire. a neat row of wooden matches lined the foot of the bed. they ignited, one after the next, a glowing picket fence across the piped edging. watching them light, i felt a terror unequal to the size of the flickering flames, and for a paralyzing moment i was ten years old again, desperate and hopeful in a way i had never been before and would never be again."
just this week -- i was riding the bus on my way to school. and as i was sitting there and pondering about life (aren't i the intellectual?), i notice...morejust this week -- i was riding the bus on my way to school. and as i was sitting there and pondering about life (aren't i the intellectual?), i noticed this guy who was sitting in the row in front of me, who was doing something with his hands. he couldn't seem to stop his nervous gestures. so i looked. (of course i looked.)
dude was scratching on practically every exposed skin surface on his body. he generously liberated his ears from earwax. picked his nose as if there was no tomorrow. rubbed his eyes till they were red. ran his fingers through his hair, yanking some in the process. a minute ticked away. ten minutes. a solid hour passed. he did not stop. and i tried desperately not to see anything out of the corner of my eyes.
so, this is what nothingis feels like to me. you can't help but stare, no matter how disturbing. try as you might to distance yourself from things that make you uncomfortable, but they are still happening. (less)
i truly hate this book! i had to read it in class once and create a frikking presentation. my mood drops several degrees when only thinking about this...morei truly hate this book! i had to read it in class once and create a frikking presentation. my mood drops several degrees when only thinking about this crappy book!
i wouldn’t say the film improved upon the book, but rather, it revealed the limits of my own imagination, which is what good adaption can do. th...more2.75/5
i wouldn’t say the film improved upon the book, but rather, it revealed the limits of my own imagination, which is what good adaption can do. the film imagined the abject poverty of the ozarks with more dignity and respect than i could. characters i thought of as monsters in the book came through with such humanity on screen—their restraint told you so much about who they were and their strict code of conduct. the mythic overtones i gathered from the book —-ree dolly as a modern-day antigone—were fully captured in granik and rossellini’s treatment. [ article ]
it was a relief and, ultimately, a pleasure to discover that the film avoids all of the inherent pitfalls of its premise. though it is driven by the poverty and insularity of ree's world, winter's bone neither romanticizes that world, nor does it make it exotic. it achieves this by locking us thoroughly into ree's point of view--to which end jennifer lawrence's unflinching performance is an integral component without which the film would have failed completely.
ree spends the film tramping up and down hills and through forests as she tries to determine where her father is and why the local criminal element wants to stop her asking questions about him, and an important subplot involves her teaching her younger brother and sister important survival skills--how to hunt, clean their kill, and prepare food from it--but winter's bone is subtle enough, and ree, who takes the world she shows us for granted, is a powerful enough presence at its center, that the film never feels like a guided tour. as she draws closer to the criminals who know where her father is, ree is repeatedly confronted with the attitude that she has done something wrong by working with the law and going outside the community, even though that community is happy to see her and her siblings thrown out of their home. what's interesting about winter's bone is that ree herself doesn't dispute the notion that what she's done is wrong, but rather insists that her obligations to her brother and sister take precedence over her obligation to remain stone-faced in the face of threats from law enforcement. the film, in the end, isn't one about a rebel or an outsider, but about a girl who plays by the rules and uses them to her advantage, even when those rules are designed to keep her down and seem cruel and restrictive to the audience. the arc of the film is ree's acceptance--as the abandonment of both her parents becomes more obvious, and as her dreams of escaping to the army grow more distant--that she will likely never leave her home, and this is depicted as neither a tragedy nor a triumph, more an acceptance of the fact that though ree could have a better life, she is well-suited, through breeding and upbringing, to the one she has, and can even be happy in it, at least for a time. [ asking the wrong questions / abigail nussbaum] [ unfortunate metaphors ](less)
oliver twist was a pain in the ass to read, with its slow paced writing it took all my will to keep reading. it was a tough struggle, but i won. olive...moreoliver twist was a pain in the ass to read, with its slow paced writing it took all my will to keep reading. it was a tough struggle, but i won. oliver twist has been on my to-read-list for some time now, while i can’t say the book amazed me ... i’m still glad i could finally bring myself to read this piece of classic literature. i think one of the many reasons i decided to give it a shot (besides it being a part my english classes in school), is definitely that both my parents have read the book many times (in school) and loved it.
charles dickens illustrates the life of the poor in the 19th century, taking place in england and gives them a voice through the eyes of an innocent child: oliver twist. we get to accompany him through joy and sorrow. he gets bruised, beaten, abused, humiliated and shot at. in the end though, (view spoiler)[he gets his own happy ending by inheriting a fortune, but most importantly by being loved. (hide spoiler)]
i can see why dickens became famous at his times, just like harriet beecher stowe was, when she published uncle tom's cabin(view spoiler)[which became the second best-selling book (hide spoiler)]. both people, giving voices to the suffering/poor/pariahs, who got overlooked most of the time.
although charles dickens is and was known for being overly dramatic, it helped him make a point. otherwise, the book would not have been able to become what it is today. a classic. in the victorian era, where most of the victorians showed only indifference to the plight of the poor, dickens’ writing style helped serve his purpose, which was to change society’s views of the abuse of children.
oliver, our protagonist is actually not a very believable character, considering how he grew up and was treated like. the author described all of his book’s characters as being either good or evil, which was easy enough to guess, when he defined their appearance. black or white, with no shades of gray. the power of oliver’s complexion is emphasized, through his noble manners despite all the ugly things that happened to him. the same way oliver, rose and harry are described as beautiful, fagin and sikes are uglified. the external appearance gives the reader an impression of the person’s inner character.
he described with a good dose of humor or rather sarcasm the hypocrisy, laziness, greed and arrogance of the upper class people. but despite all that, oliver twist is able to experience the friendliness of strangers. oliver, indeed, was an extremely lucky boy to have so many strange people help him out, especially when compared to his peers (e.g. dick). all the characters that ill-treated him or were evil either (view spoiler)[died or have had bad things happen to them in return, (hide spoiler)], which is dickens’ way of telling us readers that “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
this book is everything i wanted by these ten bones by clare b dunkle to be and then some!
book pairings: plain kate by erin bow foxmask by juliet marill...morethis book is everything i wanted by these ten bones by clare b dunkle to be and then some!
book pairings: plain kate by erin bow foxmask by juliet marillier the near witch victoria schwab wuthering heights by emily bronte (view spoiler)[ haven't read it myself (yet), but i think its a somewhat good match anyways (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Basically it's about a boy who knows he's gonna die, but has a list of things-to-do he wants to fulfill before it's too late. T...more Been made into a movie
Basically it's about a boy who knows he's gonna die, but has a list of things-to-do he wants to fulfill before it's too late. This element has been used a lot of times in many, many books, but never ceases to get old (to me). The voice Sally Nicholls created through 11 year-old Sam rang true in my ears. It was depressing, a few times touching & still a good example to what death can do to the one dying and the loved ones being left behind.
i liked the book back then. emphasis on then. let it be said that i'm grateful too, because twilight is the one book which introduced me to the p...more 1.5/5
i liked the book back then. emphasis on then. let it be said that i'm grateful too, because twilight is the one book which introduced me to the paranormal & fantasy genre. and there is some good stuff out there waiting to be read! (less)
this was definitely a catch, really entertaining. told by an autistic teenager to get a complete different view on things and life altogether. i hope...morethis was definitely a catch, really entertaining. told by an autistic teenager to get a complete different view on things and life altogether. i hope i'll find a book similar to this one...that'd great!(less)
The movie is better than the actual book it's based upon. Why, you ask? Because it has 3-dimensional-characters, unlike its book. It was good, but not...moreThe movie is better than the actual book it's based upon. Why, you ask? Because it has 3-dimensional-characters, unlike its book. It was good, but not that good. (less)