Loved this one. This is a fast, easy read. A wonderful lesson to learn about friendship, freedom and the value of things that really matter. In it you'...moreLoved this one. This is a fast, easy read. A wonderful lesson to learn about friendship, freedom and the value of things that really matter. In it you'll follow Jonathan's travel around the world and see everything through his eyes. I know it seems you could not learn anything from a seagull, but you really do. This is a wonderful tale. I really do recommend it, specially while you're at holidays. (less)
I just listened to the audio book version and loved it but I know I will love much, MUCH more the real book. I just feel I lost many important details...moreI just listened to the audio book version and loved it but I know I will love much, MUCH more the real book. I just feel I lost many important details about this amazing story and I totally regret not having read the book first. From the audio Book I know I got the general picture, a summary, but I just feel it wasn't nearly enough.
From the first word I just got extremely captivated. I found the story of The Picture of Dorian Gray intensely interesting. I wanted to know much more about this excessively complex character and his life. I am still surprised how everything about this book allured me, every little secret we discovered together with Dorian made me just think about him as an even more intricate character than what I already knew he was.
This was a great Audio book and I know it will be a much better book so I can't wait to really read it. (less)
I will admit I probably loved it this much because I "read" the audiobook version, LOL, so it was much lighter than reading the 400 pages this book ha...moreI will admit I probably loved it this much because I "read" the audiobook version, LOL, so it was much lighter than reading the 400 pages this book has. I have a huge problem with classics, I just can't stand the way they used to speak or how much more detailed the books were. Sometimes they spend so many pages describing things... you feel they could wrote the same thing on a couple of pages and give us the very same idea... so frustrating, at least for me. Now Audiobooks have been my newest and greatest discovery in what Classics are concern. They are amazing, you have different voices for the different characters, background music and the voices are like if the characters were living the events described at the very same moment as they sound frustrating or annoyed or delighted depending the situation. This way the story becomes much more approachable and enjoyable.
I always feel like it's a waste of time to write a review for a classic as so many have already read it and written amazing things about it. I just feel I don't have nothing to add. I'll make a tiny little summary. Oliver is a boy who was born on the worst of situations and hasn't had it any easier afterwards. Born poor on Victorian England with no father and a mother who dyed on childbirth. From a poorhouse, to a home were he was treated badly, to a thieves house. You suffer with him every single step because you can see he really is a nice boy and deserves so much better than what life gave him. He never had it easy. Then, as if God had heard all his prayers, a man one of the thieves tried to stole something sees Oliver had nothing to do with it and asks him to go live with him. There he finds out what to have a house, all the food you want and a family who loves you means. We see Oliver go through events that were not happening because he wanted them to happen. Life just took him to places and he had no other option.
What I loved the most about this story was that, how even though life thrown rocks at him he tried to do the best thing he could. It was amazing to read about such a little boy who got to be such an amazing person even though life gave him everything to feel bitter and angry. This is a sweet story, the ones who make you feel more grateful for what you have, reads which make you grow as a person. IMHO this is the type of book everybody should read, no matter the age.
What an amazing read. There's just something about the story of Jane Eyre that makes me wanna read, watch or hear anything about it. I had already see...moreWhat an amazing read. There's just something about the story of Jane Eyre that makes me wanna read, watch or hear anything about it. I had already seen the movie, the 4 hs. version, and loved it. But to read the book was a completely different experience. You feel enriched by this amazing book, and you can't help it because the type of person Jane is makes you think about the type of person you are and you wanna be in the future. There's so much about this character, to see someone suffering so much and still be able to get the best of it and see the best in things makes you question yourself about your way of reacting about things. Sometimes we can react in a way that it too overreacted about some things and it isn't until we suffer a terrible faith that we realize how silly we have been all this time. IMHO it is the way we react about things what makes as best or worst human beings. Jane is the type of person who can make the best of every situation and you can't help but love her.I really believe this story is a must read and a book that will help you appreciate little things more.
But it's not only Jane who I loved in this book. Mr. Rochester was such an amazing hero. He was just perfect for Jane and exactly what she needed. He had to wait for his HEA and it took him a lot of suffering to get there, but he was after all 20 years older than Jane, and 20 years is a lot of time to make mistakes.
To sum up, I'll just say I loved every second of it and I can't wait to see any of the movies again,LOL.(less)