in middle school i had seen this book lying around the house and for some reason it struck me as very impressive. i didn't ever want to read it but i...morein middle school i had seen this book lying around the house and for some reason it struck me as very impressive. i didn't ever want to read it but i wanted to give off the impression that i was the type of person who would read it. i did this with a few other books too (catcher in the rye, on the road, ect.) i carried it to school so that teachers would see it in my possession and prominently displayed it on my bedside table to let friends and family know.
after actually reading the book for a brit-lit class i realized how wrong my thirteen-year-old self was with the image i assumed i was portraying. most likely people realized that i was desperate for attention and for some strange reason was using john milton to get it, but on the off chance they did believe i was 'into' paradise lost, i must have seemed like a total psycho. the book is about a war waged in hell after satan's fall into the underworld. all of the descriptions are completely graphic and grotesque. i think i blocked a lot out but i do remember a female demon who is repeatedly raped by her sons immediately after giving birth to them. yuck. thank god i realized later that the best way to get attention is through cigarettes and promiscuity not literature. (less)
i would say i "didn't like it" if i could remember anything besides a possible sea and maybe a log of some sort. what i do remember is writing a horri...morei would say i "didn't like it" if i could remember anything besides a possible sea and maybe a log of some sort. what i do remember is writing a horrible paper about it for my one and only biology class and using the made up phrase "evolutionary continuum" in said paper, which my brother rightly pointed out, is the most ridiculous and redundant pairing of two words to ever be put down on paper.
however, i did get a B in the class and i think those people who have enough of a scientific background to avoid made up terminology like the "evolutionary continuum" might enjoy this book. therefore i give it an "it was ok" with the fair warning that it is not your typical steinbeck or shall i say, it does not fit into the steinbeckian evolutionary continuum. (less)