I knew I would love this book because A) the story and B) Jane Austen. I didn't expect however to love it as much as I did. It completely astonished m...moreI knew I would love this book because A) the story and B) Jane Austen. I didn't expect however to love it as much as I did. It completely astonished me.
At first, it was a bit slow. The characters were introduced, the important plotlines were brought forwards and everything was what, who, when and why. I had no idea who belonged to who and who was related to who but at least I recognized the heroine (Anne Elliot) and the hero (Captain Frederick Wentworth) and I already knew, having seen the film adaptation, who Mr. Elliot would turn out to be.
What I really loved about this novel was how real it felt and all the romance. Even though Anne was the one to have rejected Wentworth from the beginning, it was obvious that she was the victim of persuasion and was in fact heartbroken. Wentworth appearance and behaviour in the novel several years later felt also genuine; he was, despite all the years between them, angry, hurt and was putting on an impression of 'moving on'.
Another thing I loved was Anne. At first, she was seen as a weak and lonely character, so often pushed behind everyone and not cared of. I disliked her father and sister so much for their arrogance and Anne was the one who was getting older, still not married and was described as average and plain-looking. However, throughout the novel she developed and her strong traits and determination began to unfold and we got to see that she is in fact a very fine and strong woman. I liked how most of the story was seen through her eyes. She observed others around her and her thoughts and assumptions was what we had to expect on, whether they were right or wrong and that felt very real. After all, surely many of us have tried to analyse a simple look or saying of someone who we adore.
The real doing for me was the climax or the 'happy ending' per say. I fell completely head over heels at how it was brought up. Wentworth may have been a strong, powerful, rich naval captain who had fought successfully in the Napoleonic Wars but in the end, we got to see his emotional side, how sensitive he was, how much he completely adored Anne and how Anne brought him to a blithering emotional state. Chapter 23 is one of my absolute favourite chapters. I just loved it and it was so much better than how Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett finally got together in Pride and Prejudice (which I love just as much). It made my heart swell with joy. It left me, at 3am, feeling like a giddy 13 year old girl and what is better than falling asleep, with a big happy smile on your face? (less)
When I picked up this novel, I was young, curious and bored. The cover looked promising for it was colourful and it suggested humor and romance. The s...moreWhen I picked up this novel, I was young, curious and bored. The cover looked promising for it was colourful and it suggested humor and romance. The summary looked fairly interesting as well. So I decided to give it a read and I enjoyed the reading experience very much.
It is like a typical romantic comedy movie except that it is a book. Amy Jenkins write quirky and fun. There were several one-liners that made me laugh out loud. The story is a bit cliche - A London girl falls for a big movie star and then needs to deal with all its consequences - but then again, that is nice.
Because sometimes, we all need a bit of cliche. Sometimes, we all need something fluffy and warm and funny, something that we know will probably never happen so easily but is still a heck of a lot of fun to read.
Memorable quotes that I like "How bad does it have to be before you do something about it?"
"They say you’re meant to live everyday as if it were your last, which I’ve always thought was daft, since no one would ever pay the gas bill if that was the case, but what if it were your first?"
"Oh I believe in loving cats and dogs and children and parents – sometimes – but I don’t believe in romantic love. Of course, there’s the momentary rush of hormones and chemicals that encourages us to mate, but it’s biology – it’s no more inherently mystical than the nicotine in that cigarette you’re smoking"(less)
I had seen half of the film. I had heard about the author. So, by the time when I was suppose to read this novel, I knew a bit of what to expect. Howe...moreI had seen half of the film. I had heard about the author. So, by the time when I was suppose to read this novel, I knew a bit of what to expect. However, the novel surprised me. I had never read "funny" novels and I wondered how it would be. I found the novel entertaining, fun and touching. I loved the style with all the witty lines, the pure thought of people, the random details, the repetitive questioning from Marcus's mother. Each character introduced in the story had their story, their personality, their style and it was visible and clear. As the story progressed and developed, I found myself involved and hoping and frustrated and I absolutely loved this. For being the first novel that I read of Nick Hornby, this was indeed very promising.(less)
Speaking with the Angel is an anthology, edited by Nick Hornby, which contains a collection of witty, original and clever short stories, written by se...moreSpeaking with the Angel is an anthology, edited by Nick Hornby, which contains a collection of witty, original and clever short stories, written by several contemporary authors. The stories are all written in the first narrative but are all also different - here you get to read from the point of view of a prime minister, a prison cook, a teenage boy, a dog, a homophobic man and many more. Each short story captures a story on its own. Each style and register is different and suitable for its plot. There is humor in seriousness and there is bitterness in love. All in all, I was deeply impressed by how each author managed to tell all these smart stories in such an effective way. By the end of each, I felt as if I had read a whole novel instead and I enjoyed it very much.(less)