Lee won a Pulitzer prize for this poignant story of racial injustice viewed through the eyes of a six-year-old girl. In 1935, Jean Louise (Scout) Finc...moreLee won a Pulitzer prize for this poignant story of racial injustice viewed through the eyes of a six-year-old girl. In 1935, Jean Louise (Scout) Finch and her older brother Jem are whiling away the summer in their sleepy Alabama town. But when their father, Atticus, agrees to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman, Scout and Jem learned some hard lessons about hatred. As powerful today as when it was first published.
I think I went to the only school where this was NOT required reading, so I wanted to see what I was missing. Every minute of this book is wonderful. A brilliant, beautiful, and sad classic. Everyone should read this whether required or not.
Ist Reading: January 2003 2nd Reading: March 16, 2009(less)
I don't think there are enough words to describe how much I LOOOOVED Gone with the Wind! Hands down, some of the BEST characters in literature! Every...moreI don't think there are enough words to describe how much I LOOOOVED Gone with the Wind! Hands down, some of the BEST characters in literature! Every page was a portal to the Civil War-torn South and I just could not get enough. I savored so many passages and tried to hold out on finishing it for as long as possible because I simply couldn't bear for it to end! Gone with the Wind has definitely earned a spot in my permanent collection and in my all-time favorite books. I look forward to curling up with the selfish and strong, Scarlett, and the swoon-worthy scallywag, Rhett (who has some of the best lines I've ever read!), again soon. Simply grand!!(less)
So, I know I gave this book the same rating as McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, but No Country really had a lot more going for it.
Don't get me wrong...moreSo, I know I gave this book the same rating as McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, but No Country really had a lot more going for it.
Don't get me wrong. The Road was a decent enough read. A post-apocalyptic story of survival. Father and son traveling a road with their cart and their 'fire'. Nothing but ash and the ruin of mankind along the way. Very bleak, but nice...neat...tidy.
And I'm thinking...huh???
I check the cover several times and it always says Cormac McCarthy on the front. But, it just can't be.
Where are the blood and guts? Where are the piles of dead bodies stretching on for miles? Where is the sadistic S.O.B. that wrote Blood Meridian...a book that gave my friend nightmares for 3 days, that made her almost vomit while reading?
This can't be that Cormac McCarthy!
Sure, there is talk of cannibalism in The Road, which may sound shocking, but trust me...for Cormac McCarthy, that is WEAK! I mean, I think there was a dead body in the first page? page and a half? of No Country for Old Men...and that was just a warm-up!
So, while The Road was a decent enough read and all, it really was just Cormac McCarthy-lite, in my opinion. Despite the post-apocalyptic setting, it wasn't as gritty as his other works.
And with regards to the Pulitzer? No. No. NO. Just no.(less)
Well, considering I read this book in what, August?, and it is now January, I guess the review didn't foll...more4.5 stars.
Review to follow shortly.
Well, considering I read this book in what, August?, and it is now January, I guess the review didn't follow so shortly after all.
Poor Oscar. You can't help but feel for him. And you can't help wanting to beat the ever-loving shit out him either. Just ask the narrator. Um, the main narrator (there are actually two, but the second narrator appears oh so briefly)...although, you won't know who the main narrator is for the first half or so of the book. That may sound important, but it's really not. You'll find out when you need to. Keep reading.
For the first, I don't know, quarter of the book, I was cracking up! Sure there were a lot of sci-fi/pop culture references that I wasn't cool enough to get (or geeky enough to get? The verdict's still out...), but OMG! could Oscar be more pathetic??
However, then the hilarity came crashing to an end. One could probably surmise that from the title. Not exactly uplifting, is it?
There is a lot of back story into Oscar's parents and grandparents that really puts everything into perspective. Depressing as hell, but necessary to understanding Oscar's plight.
I knocked the book by half a star because there was a little smidge at the end that annoyed me. I won't spoil it for you, but Díaz really left a bad taste in my mouth with his sentimental pap. I just wanted to shout, 'Don't give me that bullshit, Díaz!! That's a total cop-out!!' But, alas Mr. Díaz doesn't care about what I think of his ending. He's got his Pulitzer to keep him warm.
Overall, it was brilliant!
One final note:
Please don't be discouraged by the footnotes. Read them. There are some little nuggets of gold to be found. The info on Trujillo was especially compelling.(less)
A collection of short stories that are so rich, you actually feel as if you've read several novels in one sitting. Lahiri's writing style is flawless;...moreA collection of short stories that are so rich, you actually feel as if you've read several novels in one sitting. Lahiri's writing style is flawless; she has the ability to suck you in with the first sentence. This book is as decadent as dessert and deserving of all its accolades. I fell in love.(less)