The plot summary was promising but it was a no go for me. The story wanted to be sensually complex but fell flat. I thought the characters were tryingThe plot summary was promising but it was a no go for me. The story wanted to be sensually complex but fell flat. I thought the characters were trying to be in a parallel version of "Unbearable Lightness of Being" with a touch of Anais Nin's Djuna. The writing was too trite for the story. I was not convinced of the character's realism. The author has some good titles about other art history topics. I'll give those a try....more
How I love rebellious debutants! Ones who adore Pre-Raphealites at that. This book ended up on my biblio doorstep. I wasn't sure about it at first butHow I love rebellious debutants! Ones who adore Pre-Raphealites at that. This book ended up on my biblio doorstep. I wasn't sure about it at first but it turned out to be a a fun romp and a reminder of what women before us had to endure for basic equal rights....more
An emotional novel that took me back to the teenage angst and the hell that was high school. I didn't want to go back either, but it helped so much toAn emotional novel that took me back to the teenage angst and the hell that was high school. I didn't want to go back either, but it helped so much to relate to the characters and the novel....more
I finally got around to reading this book in its entirety. At the time of publication I could see how this book was seen as offensive. Even the brownI finally got around to reading this book in its entirety. At the time of publication I could see how this book was seen as offensive. Even the brown chickens run around lustily. Between round glittering buttocks this and balls that, there are discussions about politics, economics, and social class in England as the industrial revolution is heading toward its final decades. Monotonous at times and trying to get through Connie's understandable naivete, this book took its time getting to the end. I like books that get the psychological and physiological aspects of men and women in regards to sensuality. I think D.H. does this justice for his time but it's still not quite on the mark. I thought it was rather one-sided but a man wrote this and I don't think he captured a woman's perspective. I don't at all hold that against D.H. and his story, but alas, that is how I felt. I thought the ending was just but too neat at times.
This book is more than just sex. England, and America, are going through a huge transition in history at this time. There is a world beyond Mellors' cottage and Connie's room in Wragby, and that world is changing at a rapid and mechanical pace. The union of Connie and Mellors is the meeting of class, wealth, poverty, man, and woman. It is that point that people miss and immediately categorize this book as strictly smut.
On a less serious note, I couldn't help but think of Lumpy Space Princess as Connie Chatterley telling Clifford that she has fallen out of love. I genre mix like that.
Ideas and quotes I liked from the book:
"The world is a vast and ghastly intricacy of mechanism and one has to be very wary not to get mangled by it."
The gentry were departing to pleasanter places where they could spend their money without having to see how it was made. This is history. One England blots out another. The minds had made the halls wealthy and now they were blotting them out as the already blotted out the cottages. The industrial England blots out the agricultural England. The new England blots out the old England. And the continuity is not organic but mechanical."
"Even satire is a form of sympathy. It is the way our sympathy flows and recoils that really determines our lives."
I loved the story as much as I loved the cover. Loving poetry and surrealism, this was sort of a perfect book for me. The premise and story was entireI loved the story as much as I loved the cover. Loving poetry and surrealism, this was sort of a perfect book for me. The premise and story was entirely unique. Loved the style and imagination. ...more
My son's (age 5)reactions to events and situations are painfully familiar. When he was a toddler he was terrified of new pieces of clothing. He coversMy son's (age 5)reactions to events and situations are painfully familiar. When he was a toddler he was terrified of new pieces of clothing. He covers his ears in distress at louder noises and gets scared at the scariest parts of movies. He'd rather be home and his concern for the welfare of animals and classmates is more pronounced than in other children. I know what I'm dealing with because he is me. I had a general idea of how to parent him but I thought to find a book. I've found that most parenting books are somewhat useless, but this did help me answer some unanswered questions.
This book answers a lot of questions concerning discipline and the daily life of parenting an HSC. If you are not a highly sensitive adult you will not be left out. There is a section for you. This book covers ages newborn to high school.
If you are a highly sensitive adult then this will be a validation that you are not alone and you have an advantage. You know the excruciating experiences you went through and you are made aware of how lucky your child is to have you as their guide.
In other reviews, there was some concern about this book promoted entitlement and catering to children's every whim such as letting them choose what to eat. I would like to counter that by saying that the author also believes in having children start getting out of their comfort zones as early as preschool. I firmly agree with her in that it is better to let my child feel a little bit of trauma early so that he can work through the feelings now instead of as an teen or as a adult. As much as it pains to hear about my child's discomfort at school I know he must become familiar with the process in which to deal with it internally. I've done this. I've got this. I've got his hand and his back the entire way.
I also like how this book emphasises that using guilt as punishment is wrong. I think it's criminal. We have too many mommies running around with mommy guilt as it is. A HSC will wilt with guilt. Hell, any child would. Please stop.
The book also lets you know that if you are a highly sensitive parent you must find peace with this. You will be the one to instruct your child that has these traits that they will see the world in way that others simply cannot. It is a blessing and curse to feel this deeply, but to be creative and see the beauty that others bypass makes for an exquisite existence. ...more
I loved this book and for several reasons. The story has a minimalist setting with minimalist cast of characters. The story and the emotions experiencI loved this book and for several reasons. The story has a minimalist setting with minimalist cast of characters. The story and the emotions experienced by these characters in the cold terrain of Alaska had me up and down the emotion spectrum.
A childless couple heads to Alaska to make their home. Mabel and Jack are isolated mostly at Mabel's request. Mabel is suffering from deep depression to the point of contemplating suicide. This starts the story. At first I was not liking Mabel. I never felt it my place to judge suicide as a selfish. I did, however, think it was selfish of Mabel to bring along her husband and expect him to till the soil and bring in an income alone all while she isolates herself indoors with sorrow was pretty selfish. She barely knew how saddle a horse. I completely understand her depression and the need to be with her husband away from everyone, but going to a godforsaken hell-cold place ill-prepared and bringing someone with her is terribly selfish. And at the beginning everything about them and their decision was very wrong. And at the end everything was so very right.
I loved that the minimalist cast of characters experienced the wide range of human emotions that come with the simple, but oh so complex, facts of life. Birth. Death. Food. Friends. Family. It was all very intense and at times very fantastic. It is a good storyteller who can weave a story into an existing fairytale and leave us wondering what human emotions and logic could possibly explain the events put before us. It is also a reminder that we very much want people to change because we think they will be happy like WE are. But everyone has histories and personal developed sets of rules we abide by and it is by those experiences that we decide what makes us happy as individuals. Faina's choice in the end was selfish, but it was her nature. And like all human experience what we do has a domino affect. Who decides what is right?...more
James Thurber delivers a unique adventure story that stays true the fairy tale formula. There is a uniqueness to the story. There is poetry among theJames Thurber delivers a unique adventure story that stays true the fairy tale formula. There is a uniqueness to the story. There is poetry among the nonsense and nonsense among the poetry. A terrible villain at that.
"The castle clocks were murdered," said the Duke. "I killed time here myself one snowy morning. You still can see the old brown stains, where seconds bled to death. Here on my sleeve." He laughed. ...more
Before I see the movie, I wanted to the read the book adaptation. I love mash-up up stories of fairy tales. I wasn't too terribly impressed with the sBefore I see the movie, I wanted to the read the book adaptation. I love mash-up up stories of fairy tales. I wasn't too terribly impressed with the story, but I love the message that even though we make decisions individually and we act alone, we are not alone as others will be impacted by those decisions, wise or poor. Life moves forward either way. ...more
Minli is a girl from a poor village who sees her parents struggle and suffer through hard work and hunger. Minli is an optimist to the very end and inMinli is a girl from a poor village who sees her parents struggle and suffer through hard work and hunger. Minli is an optimist to the very end and in between the reader joins her and her dragon on an adventure to bring fortune and peace to her parents and her village. This fantasy novel reminded me of an extended version of a Chinese fairytale. It is a lovely story about adversity, family, friendship and kindness. My favorite part of this story was the concept of the red thread. The red thread is what binds people together. When Minli finally reaches the old man on the moon he is surrounded by an elaborate red lace the represents all of humanity. Love that stuff....more
The Underground Man is loathsome and pathetic. This character repulsed me and then I realized Dostoyevsky got what he wanted, making him the masterfulThe Underground Man is loathsome and pathetic. This character repulsed me and then I realized Dostoyevsky got what he wanted, making him the masterful writer that he is....more