How do you review a classic? (albeit a very controversial one). How do you assign it a number, and critique it? Instead I am just going to write downHow do you review a classic? (albeit a very controversial one). How do you assign it a number, and critique it? Instead I am just going to write down some thoughts that occurred to me as I was reading it.
First of all, Holden had nothing in common with me. He was a teenage boy, rich, spoiled, written long ago. It should have been hard to relate to, but was written in a voice that wasn’t. Teenagers still use the same tone now. Long sentences, that read fast, with a lot of slang. Most of it could be inferred if not known. There are many lines he crosses, but he manages to do it in a likable way. This is the type of book I would have hated in High School, if I had to read it. I could appreciate it way more as an adult, and it makes me wonder who Salinger had intended it for. I can see why some people would want it banned, as it does allude several times to suicide, and there is lots of swearing. Holden struck me as a selfish and self-centered character, that didn’t seem to grow much through the book. The story felt like it took a long time to start. I attribute that to walking in blind, not really knowing what to expect. Overall, I liked it, and I’m glad I read it, but it’s not my favorite, or one I would read over and over. =D...more
I was pleasantly surprised when I read this and Ender's Game back to back (see previous review). I have not read many of these types of book, and normI was pleasantly surprised when I read this and Ender's Game back to back (see previous review). I have not read many of these types of book, and normally would not have read 2 so close together. But because I did, I noticed a lot of similarities. I mean, the obvious. It's dystopian. It's more or less timeless. They live in a so-called 'perfect' world, that are now being threatened, and they must protect them. The future in both hinges on a child. Both are trilogies. This book was a powerful one, even for an adult. I like the way the author allowed the reader to feel what Jonas is going through along with him. The reader got a taste of the isolation and loneliness along with him. I like the way that the author slowly opened his eyes, but he took action, as opposed to passively sitting by, as people had done for generations. It was interesting to me to see how every detail is so controlled in the society to be made 'the same'. The author put a lot of work into the details, and it's these little bits that make it interesting. It was much less dark then Ender's Game. I look forward to reading the sequel....more
This book has been reviewed to death. I’m not sure what more I can add to what has already been said. I am glad I read it. I really like Clare and HenThis book has been reviewed to death. I’m not sure what more I can add to what has already been said. I am glad I read it. I really like Clare and Henry, and more importantly maybe, I really like them together. I like the way that the author tackles time travel. I like the close, understanding group of friends they have gathered around, very much like family. The storyline was a little hard to follow at first, with all the different ages and dates. But if you stuck with it, and followed the flow and the rhythm it began to be easier to follow. Kind of reminds me of knitting, if you let go and trust the pattern, it eventually works. The other thing this book did was add to my list of goals. I would really like to see the Newberry Library one day. I love the descriptions of it, and would be great to see it with my own eyes. Now the negative stuff. I loved this book for the first half. Definitely on my list of favorites this year. And then the second half got repetitive. I think it could have been 100 pages shorter, without losing much. Then at the end, it maybe went a little too far. Some of the situations that were covered, well, lets just say there was some shock content for me. And not necessarily in the good way. And the end was a little anticlimactic. Did it take away from some of my enjoyment of the book? Possibly. Will I still recommend it to people. Definitely. In fact, my copy will be passed on to my mum. If you’ve read it, or if you read it, please tell me what you think… =D...more
I liked this book. I’m glad I read it. This book contains lots of little stories with morals in one big story, also with a moral at the end. Many of iI liked this book. I’m glad I read it. This book contains lots of little stories with morals in one big story, also with a moral at the end. Many of it is advice we know, but good to be reminded of. This may be different if I had read it as a teen, but I think a good read either way. Although it is an easy read that one could shot straight through, I found myself slowing down to read every word, so as not to miss anything. I think this is one of those books that can be read on 2 levels. You and read it very simply, or it can be way more complicated, and you can get much more out of it. It also taught me the meaning to things I had heard of, but didn’t really know the meaning of (elixir of life, philosophers stone, and a Bedouin (am I the only one who though these were a fictitious Star Wars creature?)) Not an earth shattering read, but pleasant none the less....more