I'm really finding it hard to review this book because I have had different feelings through reading it. I mean at the very beginning of the story I t...moreI'm really finding it hard to review this book because I have had different feelings through reading it. I mean at the very beginning of the story I thought I might give it four stars while in the middle of it I thought it would be 3 stars instead and at last I said this book deserves five!
There're things that I loved about it, things I hated, and things I wished they were mentioned, so let me start from the beginning ..
Sense and Sensibility is Jane Austen's first published work written in the 19th century, England. The time when women were not able to follow a profession, nor to have an equal education to men and when single women would normally receive pity and sympathy from their society - doesn't that remind you of something?-
Note: a general idea about the book is written below and there might be few spoilers between the lines.
Sense and Sensibility is a story about Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, two very different sisters who experience both love and lost in their lives. Since Elinor is the eldest sister, she tends to be sensible & sober-minded. While Marianne is quite the opposite she is romantic, dreamy and an absolute impulsive young girl. Jane Austen takes us to a very deep journey of both sisters discovering the true meanings of love and marriage.
What I loved about the book: I was in love with Jane Austen's writing style & the way she describes her characters in the book is so realistic and accurate I almost believed that these people were not fictional! Also, she seems to choose every single word precisely. She certainly uses so many adjectives, but still good. She also seems to KNOW human psychological nature so damn good! Reading this book was like going into two girls' brains and feelings.. and yeah I loved the characters of the story too except Willoughby *YUCK*
Things I hated? or let me say things I "disliked" instead. Hate is a strong word: As I previously mentioned that I loved Jane Austen's writing style, but at several points I was like okay enough with the fancy words and the love\feelings thing! I want events! Especially at the middle of the book I even thought of skipping few chapters -which I didn't BTW-, but Jane goes back to the right track after pretty few pages of nothing-happening.
As a reader I don't really like books that focus on one subject and in this case it's love, but I can't deny that I have really enjoyed reading this one and that I sometimes think of Marianne and whether she is happy or not, I mean in the story she gets what she deserves that for sure, but not what she wanted. I don't know what would I feel if I were her. Which one is more valuable a respectful, safe marriage with a gentleman a real gentleman or a poor life with a man she once loved? Still didn't find an answer for this question.
So generally, the books is a good piece of classic it won't necessary change your life or your points of view it's just a deep journey between choices and feelings. It is also a great book to experience the beauty of the English language. It is the kind of books you read with a cup of tea and some music. Tchaikovsky? Perhaps?
Before I forget there's a very awesome version film based on this book Starring: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman. Everyone MUST watch it. It represents the book and the characters in no better way!
I know that nobody really cares, but in case somebody does wonder about the things I wished Jane Austen had mentioned in the book, then it's the other things going on around the girls like describing their home or the situation in England back then or even the weather! .. it would have been the prefect book for me if these things were included. Still a favorite though.(less)
I wrote a review, I read it, and thought "No! this is not what I think of the novel!", so I wrote another one which couldn't describe my feelings, eit...moreI wrote a review, I read it, and thought "No! this is not what I think of the novel!", so I wrote another one which couldn't describe my feelings, either. And I kept writing one after one.. none of them satisfied me. So far this is the fifth review where I am trying to settle down my ideas and decide whether I like the book or not. In a point of fact, I still don't know how I am feeling towards the book myself! Did I hate it? But why then I kept reading it everywhere I went to? Or how could such an ugly, pervert creature such as Humbert Humbert (Long name! let's call him H.H) drive me to all sorts of pain by every word he writes?
The story is about a middle-aged man and a twelve year old girl and their love affair. When this evilness of lust & desire meet the innocence of a young girl all that written in a way that no one can ever write like, you know that you are reading a great book. A book that will make you wonder what is love? Is it really a pure thing? Or is it an evil passion one which people cannot control, one that drives people crazy and makes them lose their minds, makes them commit things that are totally against their wills?
**Spoiler Alert** When the story first begin, we get to know H.H's motivations, he tells us about his story at a time when he was a teenager and how he has once loved a girl called Annabel and how hard it was for him to deal with her death. Ever since then H.H becomes incapable of resisting nymphets! He's old now, but obviously still having these feeling towards certain kinds of girls. When H.H first meets Lolita. He thinks that he only loves her, because she is like a shadow of his first love. His writing-style is much more than what I would say:
’’There are two kinds of visual memory: one when you skillfully recreate an image in the laboratory of your mind, with your eyes open (and then I see Annabel in such general terms as: “honey-colored skin,” “think arms,” “brown bobbed hair,” “long lashes,” “big bright mouth”); and the other when you instantly evoke, with shut eyes, on the dark inner side of your eyelids, the objective, absolutely optical replica of a beloved face, a little ghost in natural colors (and this is how I see Lolita).’’
So yeah you will expect to hate H.H in the beginning it's always hard to read a book when the protagonist is an evil, selfish guy, but what I found it pretty satisfying is when I realised that H.H was actually in love with Lolita! It's actually more like an obsession, for a better description. It all started with a desire to possesses her carnally, but afterwards and only when H.H meets Lolita again after years, an older Lolita that isn't a nymphet any more, he realises that he is still madly in love with her no matter how old, how pale she is:
’’and I looked and looked at her, and knew as clearly as I know I am to die, that I loved her more than anything I had ever seen or imagined on earth, or hoped for anywhere else. She was only the faint violet whiff and dead leaf echo of the nymphet I had rolled myself upon with such cries in the past; an echo on the brink of a russet ravine, with a far wood under a white sky, and brown leaves choking the brook, and one last cricket in the crisp weeds... but thank God it was not that echo alone that I worshipped. What I used to pamper among the tangled vines of my heart, mon grand pch radieux, had dwindled to its essence: sterile and selfish vice, all that I cancelled and cursed. You may jeer at me, and threaten to clear the court, but until I am gagged and halfthrottled, I will shout my poor truth. I insist the world know how much I loved my Lolita, this Lolita, pale and polluted, and big with another’s child, but still gray-eyed, still sooty-lashed, still auburn and almond, still Carmencita, still mine; Changeons de vie, ma Carmen, allons vivre quelque, part o nous ne serons jamais spars; Ohio? The wilds of Massachusetts? No matter, even if those eyes of hers would fade to myopic fish, and her nipples swell and crack, and her lovely young velvety delicate delta be tainted and torneven then I would go mad with tenderness at the mere sight of your dear wan face, at the mere sound of your raucous young voice, my Lolita.’’
Beautiful, isn't it? And far more shocking to know that the writer is Russian! How could he write in such a perfect way? I was really really amazed by his words and the style was WOW especially when H.H begs the reader to understands him; this all have made me go through all kinds of emotions: disgust, fear, compassion and even LOVE! Only someone with Nabokov’s gift for language could manage to create such a complex combination, right?
I know this is a long review so I'll sum up, the book is about an inside-ugly person he's smart, amusing and somehow even funny! It's the kind of books that will make you feel guilty for loving them, or for having any kind of compassion or sympathy toward its characters and it certainly will leave you out of words just like I am now. At last, I would love to quote Humbert and say: Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, I am Malak Alrashed a girl who's trying to keep her self away from every possible sin, have actually read and loved this book with all my soul!
Do I recommend this book? Certainly not! Especially for those who only see the world in black and white.(less)
Hamlet the sweet prince of Denmark, the revenger, the forgiver, the lover, the hater, the mad man and the wisest of all. What should I write to descri...moreHamlet the sweet prince of Denmark, the revenger, the forgiver, the lover, the hater, the mad man and the wisest of all. What should I write to describe such an extraordinary work? The characters of the play played a very important part in my life to make me understand meanings like love, revenge and self discipline. I think I have never loved a character in any previous book\play I have read like the way I loved Hamlet, the way he sees the world and ponders the purposes and the beauty of it were...... what?? I cannot even find words to describe them, I mean what hasn't already been said of Hamlet? Who am I to talk about a play that survived more than five hundred years and still amazes people? Just think of it..
I loved all the scenes of the play. I think the first scene in act five was the saddest (Ophelia's Burial), and the scene before when Hamlet stays in a distance watching the gravedigger working and Hamlet starts questioning himself about the occupations these dead people had and how all of what they have done won't help them to escape death:
HAMLET That skull had a tongue in it, and could sing once: how the knave jowls it to the ground, as if it were Cain's jaw-bone, that did the first murder! It might be the pate of a politician, which this ass now o'er-reaches; one that would circumvent God, might it not?
HORATIO It might, my lord.
HAMLET Or of a courtier; which could say 'Good morrow, sweet lord! How dost thou, good lord?' This might be my lord such-a-one, that praised my lord such-a-one's horse, when he meant to beg it; might it not?
HORATIO Ay, my lord.
HAMLET Why, e'en so: and now my Lady Worm's; chapless, and knocked about the mazzard with a sexton's spade: here's fine revolution, an we had the trick to see't. Did these bones cost no more the breeding, but to play at loggats with 'em? mine ache to think on't.
First Clown [Sings] A pick-axe, and a spade, a spade, For and a shrouding sheet: O, a pit of clay for to be made For such a guest is meet.
*Throws up another skull*
HAMLET There's another: why may not that be the skull of a lawyer? Where be his quiddities now, his quillets, his cases, his tenures, and his tricks? why does he suffer this rude knave now to knock him about the sconce with a dirty shovel, and will not tell him of his action of battery? Hum! This fellow might be in's time a great buyer of land, with his statutes, his recognizances, his fines, his double vouchers, his recoveries: is this the fine of his fines, and the recovery of his recoveries, to have his fine pate full of fine dirt? will his vouchers vouch him no more of his purchases, and double ones too, than the length and breadth of a pair of indentures? The very conveyances of his lands will hardly lie in this box; and must the inheritor himself have no more, ha?
So basically this is my favorite play. One of my dreams is to study it perhaps with a British prof in a very big class, and then go to watch the play on stage.
I know Goodreads is no place for talking about films, but seriously if loved the play as much as I did, go download\rent Hamlet 1996 version it stars Kenneth Branagh who did a great great great job in being Hamlet. I think it's the best adaptation of the play, so far. IT IS A MUST WATCH FOR SHAKESPEARE'S LOVERS. (less)
One day I'll re-read it and write a long review about it. This book has really changed my life. It's a work of genius. Wilde is indeed a dangerous man...moreOne day I'll re-read it and write a long review about it. This book has really changed my life. It's a work of genius. Wilde is indeed a dangerous man, and as much as I love him as much as I fear him. Really, go read this book NOW.(less)