I knew I would like - even love - this book. But I did not expect to devour it. I don't even know thDon't judge me for never having read this before.
I knew I would like - even love - this book. But I did not expect to devour it. I don't even know that I expected a new complexity and depth to my understanding of the story - which I've known through plays and movies. Which was dumb of me. I know what books can do.
And this book. Is. Amazing. Lovely. Transporting. Full of lively detail and thoughtful characterizations. And I loved it.
Beautiful drawings/art accompanied by a story telling of the ways we get stuck in a place that is at once comfortable and painful -- namely our parentBeautiful drawings/art accompanied by a story telling of the ways we get stuck in a place that is at once comfortable and painful -- namely our parents'. it was a fast read, but i think the art will long make it a go to source of inspiration on my book shelf. love the squirrels!...more
(still disappointed with the epilogue though... i needed to see more of the chaos afterwords. a mini-only gets better the 2nd time through. so genius!
(still disappointed with the epilogue though... i needed to see more of the chaos afterwords. a mini-adventure a la lord of the rings, where we go back to the threesome and see them move past voldemort and into their futures. and also wanted to know if harry was still at all haunted by his demons, his past, his loss --- i guess i just wanted more!!) ...more
I read this book and I finally understood why people always talk about Steinbeck the way they do. It is beautiful beautiful book --- worthy of a revieI read this book and I finally understood why people always talk about Steinbeck the way they do. It is beautiful beautiful book --- worthy of a review beyond my abilities to provide right now....more
It is a rare book of non-fiction that I read quickly and an even rarer one that makes me cry. I devoured this, and shed tears. I can't help but be draIt is a rare book of non-fiction that I read quickly and an even rarer one that makes me cry. I devoured this, and shed tears. I can't help but be drawn to the cast of characters --- "Little Women" is probably the most worn copy of my library. I'm sure to have read it more than 20 times and I can't think of a book more important in my development as a person.
I came to the book with no knowledge of Bronson Alcott and limited biographical information of Louisa. I am sure it helped make the story more compelling and more of an adventure -- their lives jump off the page. Every anecdote that corresponds to my knowledge of her fiction becomes more exciting, every piece of new information is more dramatic and surprising. I know little of transcendentalism and have never enjoyed Thoreau nor attempted Emerson. The people and the ideas of B. Alcott's life remain slightly uninteresting to me -- unless it is the family he raised, the style of his teaching, the connection to "Pilgrim's Progress" --- the pieces that fit in and don't fit in with my love for "Little Women." Yet it is Louisa's life that made me cry over and over again - her illnesses, her family's poverty and disintegration, and her relationships (and sometimes lack thereof --- i hate that she was ever lonely).
An interesting comparison hits me now, because I recently read Agassi's memoir which explains a relationship to tennis that is at once antagonistic and painful while remaining essential and self-driven. L. Alcott's relationship to writing -- though almost always self-imposed in a way Agassi's was not -- is similar. There is something that makes me sad that two people who brought me so much pleasure in their craft derived little enjoyment in it themselves. My heart aches for them even as it is a little angry that their work (and to me, it seems, their heart) was so deceiving.
The book itself is beautifully written and well-edited. I wish for a little less Bronson at the beginning and a little more Lulu at the end. The intro lasts too long, the conclusion comes too soon --- but in that, it is like every great book. Over too quickly. ...more
I found Steward compelling, human, startling, and a fascinating link between many great thinkers, writers, and charactersI enjoyed this book so much.
I found Steward compelling, human, startling, and a fascinating link between many great thinkers, writers, and characters. I knew so little about the world in which I entered with this book, and I couldn't have asked for a better introduction than Spring gave through the fascinating and long life of Sam Steward. Just an incredible journey filled with heartache and achievement, dreaming and failing. And sex! Wow. Just wow.
I seriously recommend this - both as an education, but even more so as a read. Just truly page-turning. Voracious readers, queers, and biography junkies will all find something to love here - and through that learn to love the other. As all three, I was in heaven. Beautifully researched, well written. I can't rave enough. ...more