I listened to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass” on CD. This book was one I’ve read several times as a child. As an auI listened to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass” on CD. This book was one I’ve read several times as a child. As an audio book, the voices of the many unique characters enhance the story. I especially liked the rhymes, spoken in their sing-song way, giving charm to the story. Since the version I listened to was abridged, I looked for the full text and found one online, courtesy of the Guntenberg Project: Wonderland and Looking Glass. I skimmed the online versions to see what my audio left out and was reminded of the Mock Turtle and the Lobster, and the Walrus and the Carpenter. In fact this reminded me of curtains my mother made for my bedroom one year … with pictures of all these characters.
Carroll’s nonsense poetry, like “Jabberwockey” and “Father William,” are quite entertaining without the story they are embedded in. I definitely will read these stories again. These adventures are a great escape from reality; the imagination brings them to life in one’s mind. I can see the Garden of Live Flowers, and the daisies changing colors. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is my favorite scene of course.
I do wonder though if Lewis Carroll ever indulged in experimental drugs … with the cakes that made you shrink and grow, and the bottles marked “drink me.” Then there was the caterpillar smoking a hookah on top of a magic mushroom. That is certainly out there! ...more
Maisie was an only child of a broken home. It was plain to see that she became a pawn in the game of lover’s revenge. When with her father she hears hMaisie was an only child of a broken home. It was plain to see that she became a pawn in the game of lover’s revenge. When with her father she hears how horrid her mother was, and with her mother she endures disparaging comments about her father. When her parents remarry, she is passed between her biological parents through her stepparents. This arrangement is made for her mother and father to avoid contact with each other. Her father actually marries her governess, so she is given a new governess, Mrs. Wix. As Maisie matures she learns that her stepparents are involved with each other and it isn’t long before her biological parents leave to start new relationships leaving her in their care. Maisie felt responsible for bringing her stepparents together. Although they promise to always care for her, she knows from experience that a happy home for her is only an illusion. In the end, Maisie chooses security and goes to stay with Mrs. Wix....more
This story chronicles the life, dreams, and harsh reality of Jeanne. She finds love, soon after coming home from her schooling at a convent. Her husbaThis story chronicles the life, dreams, and harsh reality of Jeanne. She finds love, soon after coming home from her schooling at a convent. Her husband’s fantastic ways change as soon as the honeymoon ends. Her innocence leaves her frightened and disillusioned by the intimacy that comes with marriage. His motives for wanting her for his wife are questionable, and when he proves unfaithful it is heartbreaking. The reader sees things from Jeanne’s perspective and Maupassant has a way of expressing emotion that is sincere and true to life. Many surprising things occur and I think despite the criticism about Jeanne’s weak ways she was easy to relate to. She begins to live through her son and her unconditional love for him … and maybe his lack of a strong father figure caused him to grow more and more manipulative. I had sympathy for this character and cried for her more than once. I liked this quote from the end, "Life is never as good or as bad as one thinks." Even though Jeanne has difficulty realizing this, the reader can reflect on the events in the story in a new light. There certainly was plenty of bad and sad here. I think when those hard times seem to overwhelm us memories of the best times can get one through. And when we think that things couldn’t be better the bad memories remind us not to take things for granted. ...more
This was my first book by this author and I wasn't overly impressed. This doesn't mean I was bored by the story, just that it wasn't a page-turner forThis was my first book by this author and I wasn't overly impressed. This doesn't mean I was bored by the story, just that it wasn't a page-turner for me. Jake the main character is a freeloading journalist/writer. He doesn't think one should have to pay rent, so he stays with friends. As the story begins he is being asked to leave by Madge the girl whose home he is currently residing in. She intends to marry and he has to go. He leaves with a roommate, Finn, also being evicted from Madge's place. Once they part ways Jake looks up Anna, an old love interest. It has been years since they have been in contact, but Jake still feels strongly for her. His dormant feelings are revived, but Anna is hesitant and he feels she is involved with someone else. She agrees to let him stay the night, but refers him to her sister, Sadie, for a permanent address. Sadie, an actress, is leaving for a tour and will need someone to watch her flat while she is away. (perfect set-up for Jake) Sadie has dealings with Madge's finance Sammy that seem to be "under the net." They have a manuscript of a book which Jake published years earlier, and they want to make it into a screenplay. Jake's book "The Silencer" was written after a time he spent with Hugo Belfounder, an independent film producer/ philosopher. Jake's book wasn't a big seller, and he harbors regrets about rephrasing Hugo's thoughts into a novel. It seems he doesn't feel the work is truly his own idea. He feels kind of like a plagiarist. I don't want to summarize the entire story, but this much gives an overview of the main characters ... except for Mars, an old film-star dog who Jake acquires by unscrupulous means. Jake holds Mars hostage in efforts to regain the manuscript for "The Silencer" from Sadie and Sammy. I liked the adventures between Jake and Mars best. Basically the whole story revolves around a hidden circle of attractions. Madge agrees to marry Sammy (not sure how they hooked up) when she believes she will never have future with Jake. Jake is still in love with Anna, but she is in a secret torrid romance with Hugo. Hugo who admits to Jake his feelings for Anna, realizes that she isn't serious about him. Hugo's triangle also includes Sadie, who is involved with Sammy behind Madge's back.
Towards the middle of the book, Jake is forced to find employment and takes a job as an orderly at a hospital. Here he crosses paths with Hugo who has been admitted with a head injury. Jake is confronted with more regrets and wonders if there are hard feelings about the book he published using Hugo's ideas. In the end, Hugo gives Jake his blessing for the book. Jake is allowed to keep Mars, who he has become rather attached to. And the characters move on ... Jake contemplates writing a screenplay....more