On the outside, The Man Who Fell to Earth is about Thomas Jerome Newton, an alien from the planet Anthea, who has come to Earth seeking salvation forOn the outside, The Man Who Fell to Earth is about Thomas Jerome Newton, an alien from the planet Anthea, who has come to Earth seeking salvation for the last of his people but it's really about being alone inside your own skin and struggling to feel connected to anyone or anything before you die.
Walter Tevis takes a subject that has been overdone, ooh a spaceship and an alien EXCITING!, and makes his own unique brand of sociopolitical science fiction. The lyrical descriptions mesh well with the no nonsense dialogue to create a colorful yet direct backdrop to the storyline. While it does edge toward preachiness at times, I feel it was meant more as a warning than a sermon.
Written in 1963 it gave us a grim look at a possible future. Reading it in 2010, it is a haunting portrayal of alienation both social and literal that is all too realistic.
I'd recommend this to people who enjoy a book with a deeper meaning....more
**spoiler alert** Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is about Evelyn Couch, a middle aged housewife with an identity crisis, who meets Virg**spoiler alert** Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is about Evelyn Couch, a middle aged housewife with an identity crisis, who meets Virginia "Ninny" Threadgoode, a nursing home resident, who regales Evelyn with the stories of her hometown, Whistle Stop, Alabama (an hour outside of Birmingham), and the people therein and ends up changing her life. But that's oversimplifying it just a bit; this book is about so much more. It's about young love, finding yourself, being true to yourself, being true to your heart, spousal abuse, racism, murder, loss, family, friendship, and fine southern cuisine. It is about life.
If ever there was a book that feels like coming home, Fried Green Tomatoes is it. Full of laughs and "aww" moments, it's folksy, endearing and heartwarming. It can be a little melodramatic at times but Flagg knows how to bring realism out of the sentimental moments in life and she does it with precision.
I wonder how realistic it is that the family and neighbors are so accepting of the relationship between Ruth and Idgie considering in 2010 gay people are still not allowed to marry in most states and are looked at with scorn, disgust, and abuse in all of them. I find it hard to believe that no one had any issues with it but then again when it's your own loved one that's gay people tend to open their minds as opposed to a stranger. It's harder to hate the ones you love. That being said, Ruth and Idgie may be one of the most lovable couples of all time. I dare you to not fall in love with them. Go on..try. I'll wait...
...Okay? Yeah. That's what I thought.
And they aren't the only lovable people in this book. Oh god no. Unforgettable characters abound in this story. They become a part of you and you almost don't want to finish the book because you don't want your time with them to end but that's the wonderful thing about Fried Green Tomatoes...you'll come back to it again and again and each time it will be even sweeter...and even homier.
I recommend it to everyone: young, old, straight, gay, male, female. Read this book. Then recommend it to someone else. Then read it again. :)...more
Carrie is about a 16 year old misfit named Carrietta White and the destruction she wreaks on her town with her telekinetic powers.
It is told in the prCarrie is about a 16 year old misfit named Carrietta White and the destruction she wreaks on her town with her telekinetic powers.
It is told in the present tense with a third person omniscient narrative as well as the past tense done through newspaper clippings, book excerpts and court proceeding transcripts. As you begin the story you know something horrible has happened but it isn't until the last of the book that you realize just how devastating the outcome really was. It's a technique I can get behind because it makes for a fun book to reread later. Yeah, you know what happens but now it feels like you're in on the joke the author has going. So it works in two ways.
Carrie is an easy character to simultaneously pity and dislike. It's easy to feel for her, to understand her pain and rage but to also disagree with the way she chose to deal with it all. Her mother, a religious fanatic to the extreme, stacked the decks against Carrie, both emotionally and socially and so even though she had a choice maybe she never really had a chance. It's not hard to see that if just one thing in her life had been different the tragedy of Prom Night may not have come to be. So yeah you're disgusted with her but you feel a sadness for her wasted life just the same.
In the end, bullying, missed chances, an attempt to redeem oneself and revenge cloaked in Stephen King's special brand of supernatural horror all add up to create one of pop culture's most famous tales of high school terror.
If you've been picked on, had a bad prom experience or can move things with your mind this book may be of particular interest to you. If you're my friend it's required reading. :)...more