Reading it a second time I noticed a bit more... like Card's weird obsession with naked boys, young chI LOVED this book when I read it in high school.
Reading it a second time I noticed a bit more... like Card's weird obsession with naked boys, young children saying grown up phrases, etc. It was pretty disturbing.
That aside, this is the enjoyable story of Ender Wiggin--a child genius who is conceived to save the Earth from the Buggers, an alien race. Ender is manipulated and pushed to become a commander of Earth's armies. During his training he attends Battle School where the students undergo battles in zero gravity. The battles and how Ender prepares for them are interesting. The companion novel Ender's Shadow has more of this as well. It follows a minor character in this novel, Bean.
Card's writing is very obvious. He doesn't hide subtleties except for in regards to the ending. He tells you exactly what everyone is doing to Ender. His writing is simple but enjoyable.
This is no longer one of my favorite books ever written, but it is still one that I really enjoy. I can't wait to read Ender's Shadow again....more
Ann Patchett writes an interesting story with gorgeous language and strong character interactions. I reread this for library book club, and the particAnn Patchett writes an interesting story with gorgeous language and strong character interactions. I reread this for library book club, and the participants agreed that the ending was a little abrupt and unsatisfactory....more
I first read this in high school and LOVED it. I've thought of it ever since, making it a 5 star book for me. However, on finally re-reading it, I fouI first read this in high school and LOVED it. I've thought of it ever since, making it a 5 star book for me. However, on finally re-reading it, I found myself a little bit disappointed. For the most part, I still loved it. It is very enjoyable to read, and despite being well over 1,000 pages, it flies by. I was sad to find flaws with it on my second reading. It is over the top romantic, both the count's pursuit of justice and the actual romance, which is very schmaltzy/you are all I would ever need; I don't even need food if I have you! Also the women characters are poorly developed, which was a big let down.
So overall I'd call it an enjoyable, romantic (vs realistic) adventure story. Well worth the read, but analyze it as you read....more
**spoiler alert** I first read this in college when I rated it 5 stars. I devoured it. I loved the passion between the characters, even though I knew**spoiler alert** I first read this in college when I rated it 5 stars. I devoured it. I loved the passion between the characters, even though I knew they were all terrible people. I remember wanting to throttle sickly, cowering, pathetic Linton.
The second time around I read this for library book club, October 2013. I think this classic turned a lot of people away from this book club meeting! We still had a great discussion. We found it good, but not incredible. On talking more we realized that Bronte left a lot out, such as mentioning sex or pregnancy. We're assuming they didn't talk about it at the time. She also failed to talk in any detail about where everyone got their money and if people were working the land she barely mentioned them. Maybe this was all obvious at the time?
I still enjoyed the passion between Heathcliff and Catherine. Their souls were intertwined. Catherine's selfishness and desire to climb the social ladder led to her downfall. There were a lot of other factors at play here that started the cycle of revenge. Almost no one was well taken care of as a child.
This is an interesting book to read. I liked Bronte's method of revealing the story in pieces by having Nelly tell a renter Mr Lockwood of what has happened. At times Nelly is relaying information that was relayed to her by other characters and you are several steps removed from an omniscient narrator that tells you exactly what happened.
This deserves a reread from time to time. It is set in the gloomy, gothic moors where isolation drives a lot of the plot. There's no one around to stop Heathcliff from exacting his terrible revenge on multiple generations.
I enjoyed examining the servent/story teller Nelly's role. She was always being placed in the middle of situations and she also meddled. She would selectively share information with the others in the house depending on what she thought it was best for them to know.
Young Cathy is a strong character who means well. I'm glad that she and Hareton end up happy together despite all that Heathcliff has done to try and wreck their lives....more