So this author knows better than the true author of a wonderful, nuanced, bittersweet, multi-layered classic? Excuse me while I...
This is for people w...moreSo this author knows better than the true author of a wonderful, nuanced, bittersweet, multi-layered classic? Excuse me while I...
This is for people who want the obvious, "Disney-ed", sugared-up take (I stole that term from another Goodreads reviewer, who put it better than I could) on life. Alcott kept Laurie and Jo apart for a very good reason, which was that they weren't right for each other. It says everything that Jo always called Laurie, a little condescendingly, "My boy". She could never take him seriously as a lover because he was too immature for her.
Make no mistake -- I loved Laurie. He was a total charmer. My heart broke for him when Jo turned him down. But Amy (who grows steadily throughout the book, something Baratz-Longstead seems to have missed) was a much better fit for him. For one thing, she adores Laurie (while not being blind to his shortcomings) and with her he will have the romantic, satisfying relationship he never would have had with boyish Jo.
I confess that I did do some chuckling throughout the book. If Baratz-Longstead hadn't claimed Emily LOVED Little Women -- if say she had had it assigned to her, and read it with mixed feelings -- it would have made more sense for her to have all the snarky perspectives on the March lifestyle, the 1860s, etc. that she does; but despite that caveat, I thought some of Emily's comments and 2012 perspectives WERE humorous.
But the absurdity of changing this beloved book and believing you're improving on it? Unforgiveable. (less)
As I'm not a fan of horror, this is my first Stephen King (wait a minute, take that back, I did read his book on writing). I enjoyed it very much. It...moreAs I'm not a fan of horror, this is my first Stephen King (wait a minute, take that back, I did read his book on writing). I enjoyed it very much. It was a little long, but since I listen to almost all my books on CDs or iPod, I was able to “read” it while doing other things like cooking dinner or exercising, and I just settled in for a long entertaining ride. I love time travel and anything to do with history, so I enjoyed it on that level as well. And, of course, Stephen King is a wonderful writer and psychologizer, so while his characters were sometimes a little too perfect I always felt they were real. By the end, I felt I had gone on a long journey with good friends, and enjoyed their company (and the trip) thoroughly.
One small thing did stick in my craw: King's protagonist is a high school English teacher who corrects his students' grammar, so I was startled that he said (or wrote): “Where is it at?” and “Where I am going to” on a couple of occasions. Many people use this construction instead of the correct one, which is “Where is it?” and “Where I am going” without any need for the superfluous preposition at the end, but I would've thought that an expert writer like King would have avoided this pitfall. Sorry to be such a Henry Higgins about it, but I can't help thinking about all the people who will read this book and be confirmed in their incorrect usage.(less)
This was an incredibly touching book of a boy who time travels to London during the Blitz, and in so doing changes his life and that of his father. I...moreThis was an incredibly touching book of a boy who time travels to London during the Blitz, and in so doing changes his life and that of his father. I loved the writing, the characters, and the history.(less)