Never Let Me Go is a difficult book for me. I really wanted to like it but I had my problems with it. Nevertheless, it is a novel that really makes yoNever Let Me Go is a difficult book for me. I really wanted to like it but I had my problems with it. Nevertheless, it is a novel that really makes you think and as those are my favourites, I had to give it three stars at least.
The concept, the idea of this novel is actually brilliant - a modern dystopia concerned with cloning. I liked Kathy H. very very much, she is a nice narrative voice. Tommy was my favourite character from the start (because he reminded me of my brother) and I disliked Ruth (but then again, I think this was intended to some extent). So, what was it that troubled me about this book? Well, on the one hand, I wasn't sad. A friend of mine told me this was a sad book but for me it wasn't. Not really... how the book treats emotions was also how it treated mine. Sometimes I felt a bit sad but it was never so real. Just like their fate seems to be okay for the characters, their deaths seemed okay for me as well. This is really bothering me and I am asking myself whether I am cold-hearted or whether this is really intended and I am now to reflect about the story in order to truely feel something. And on the other hand, I needed a lot of time to get into the story (about the first 100 pages - which is a lot considering that the book only has 282) and to get used to the way it is told. Somehow all these pointing forward sentences did not work for me in the beginning, I did get used to them but they did not do anything for me. Now that I think about it, they were probably meant to make the story feel more like real speech - an oral narrative by Kathy.
Overall, I think this might be a book that makes very different impressions on its readers, which is why everyone should just give it a try and it is probably not a good idea to relie on someone else's opinion about it. ...more
I really did not expect to like this as much as I did... the first act somehow does not fit to the rest of the play and since it is the FIRST one, toI really did not expect to like this as much as I did... the first act somehow does not fit to the rest of the play and since it is the FIRST one, to read the beginning was rather difficult and exhausting. But the rest was funny and the people really came to life on the page. Loved the witty dialogues! ...more
The Professor is considered something more like a draft, a first try by Charlotte Bronte and to some extent I got that notion from reading it myself.The Professor is considered something more like a draft, a first try by Charlotte Bronte and to some extent I got that notion from reading it myself. What I did not expect was the great enjoyment I got from reading the first half of this small volume! Having read Jane Eyre, I was surprised to find Charlotte could be funny as well (I like Jane Eyre but you cannot deny that it is not exactly 'funny'). Really funny even! If it was just for about the first part of this book, my rating would have been quite different. Unfortunately, the second half (or the last third to be more exact) was rather dull. Nothing much happened, no smooth writing anymore and the ending a strange one (at least to me). Nevertheless, I have to say I am impressed about the fact that Charlotte Bronte managed to establish a believable male narrator's voice from the beginning on. All in all, this is an enjoyable read....more
My first Lawrence and I have to say: Probably not my last. Interesting characters, and once the story got rolling an enjoyable read (3.5 stars actuallMy first Lawrence and I have to say: Probably not my last. Interesting characters, and once the story got rolling an enjoyable read (3.5 stars actually!). Gives you something to think about it - things that might not be as remote as it seems at first. And I am not talking about love here. Although that definitely was a topic, I think something else was more important... the look of things. Prejudices, what other people think and how that influences your own thinking. This is more of a study of character than a love story but definitely an interesting one. ...more
Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid by Virginia Woolf is a collection of ten short essays:
1) Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid, 2) Street Haunting, 3) OxforThoughts on Peace in an Air Raid by Virginia Woolf is a collection of ten short essays:
1) Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid, 2) Street Haunting, 3) Oxford Street Tide, 4) Craftsmanship, 5) The Art of Biography, 6) How It Strikes a Contemporary, 7) Why?, 8) The Patron and the Crocus, 9) Modern Fiction, 10) How Should One Read a Book?
Most of the essays (4-10) dealt with Literature and Writing and these were great - Woolf's intelligence, wit and humour fascinated me in every one of them. "Street Haunting" was amazing, it reminded me of "Poem of Ecstasy" by Scriabin and Mrs Dalloway. "Oxford Street Tide" gives a picutre of London's Oxford Street that situates you in an atmosphere similar to one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes tales. Finally, let me say a few words to the essay giving this small volume it's name: "Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid" left me wanting for something when I finished it. I wondered if it was cut short (but there was no sign, so that cannot be the case) because she didn't 'convince' me as much as her writing usually does - the way I remembered it from A Room of One's Own. I re-read it to see if it was my mistake - maybe I didn't read with enough concentration or something. After the second try I saw the points she wanted to make in a brighter light but nevertheless, a feeling of uneasiness stuck. Maybe the reason for this feeling is that I wasn't convinced with the impression of plains flying over her house WHILE she was writing it - which does not mean that she is lying but that she did not make it vividly in her essay. I didn't really feel her fear or anxiousness. All in all, it is a good essay but not as good as the other ones of this collection in my opinion....more
(This is not exactly my edition - mine is brown but otherwise looks identical.)
While most literary histories exclude Elizabeth Barret Browning while p(This is not exactly my edition - mine is brown but otherwise looks identical.)
While most literary histories exclude Elizabeth Barret Browning while praising her husband, Robert Browning, it was interesting to discover that he only became famous after getting to know and to love her. It is sad that Elizabeth today stands in his shadow - or so it seems to me at least - because there are some fine poems in this collection that showed me that she really was great woman. I especially liked the excerpts of Aurora Leigh which surprised me with Mrs Browning's feminist attitude - after all she lived in the Victorian Age. Nevertheless, I cannot give this volume of selected poetry more than 3 stars because there were just too many poems I didn't get, too many that didn't speak to me, didn't leave anything other than questions like "what does she want to say?" Compared to Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Barret Browning's work simply didn't fascinate me as much. With poetry as with every other kind of literature, everyone has to decide for their own but I am glad I gave this book a try because this poet sure has something to tell us and in some parts her work is revolutionary for her time....more