Loved this. Loved it absolutely. Its a really well-written and interesting modern Gothic novel. It has almost everything I love in the Gothic: a hauntLoved this. Loved it absolutely. Its a really well-written and interesting modern Gothic novel. It has almost everything I love in the Gothic: a haunted and dreary castle, ghosts, mystery, secret, suspense, incest (well, it adds to the intrigue), romance, murder, death and decay and so much more.
Could not put it down. And I cannot wait for her next book. ...more
I read this book back in high school for my Independent Study Unit and the only reason I picked t was because I thought it looked really nice. I haveI read this book back in high school for my Independent Study Unit and the only reason I picked t was because I thought it looked really nice. I have never been so glad for judging a book by its cover. This was a moving story, difficult at times but ultimately rewarding. Its about family and the power to persevere and the love you have for each other.
I recommend it to anyone who wants to read a great book. Here's one.
Classic tale. I'm a firm believer that every little girl's childhood is incomplete without reading this book. At the very least watch the film directeClassic tale. I'm a firm believer that every little girl's childhood is incomplete without reading this book. At the very least watch the film directed by Agnieszka Holland (produced by Francis Ford Coppola, written by Caroline Thompson and composed by the awesome, the great Zbigniew Preisner). The movie is magic, I swear it.
Note: Also, Alfonso Cuaron's A Little Princess...more
My dream is to see this performed. There was a production of this a while back with Fiona Shaw playing the role of Medea...oh, I can only wonder at whMy dream is to see this performed. There was a production of this a while back with Fiona Shaw playing the role of Medea...oh, I can only wonder at what I must've missed!!!...more
My reaction to this book is fittingly more sombre than my reaction to Unearthly. I almost wish it came with a warning for how emotional this was goingMy reaction to this book is fittingly more sombre than my reaction to Unearthly. I almost wish it came with a warning for how emotional this was going to be. Read enough YA and you become conditioned, most times, to expect "okay" to "fun" books. But its the likes of Marchetta, for myself anyway, and with books like Jellicoe Road, that I keep taking the plunge, flipping the covers hoping that the story contained in them is something worthwhile. Which is why it surprised the hell out of me when I was left feeling both slightly numb but also winded, not knowing quite where it came from but hitting me, nonetheless, all in a sudden rush.
Its funny how Hallowed is a book about angels yet the message in it (excuse the pun) is unabashedly human. It calls to the forefront of the mind the very human eventualities we must all bear in the short span of our mortal lives. Hand chooses, maybe selectively but perhaps not, some of the more difficult life obstacles. It weighs you down with the impending doom that is Clara's apparent future. And even though her troubles are in the forms of heavenly destiny, visions and fallen angels, they stand as no more than metaphors to the battles we fight very similarly in our everyday lives.
There's a certain grandness to the way Hand presents the hardships of life, the painful decisions that will one day be called upon us, that makes it all somehow seem endurable. Its a determined grandness, slightly romantic but definitely resolute, like finally dusting yourself off, lifting your head and taking that first step towards what's coming; some of that may even be defeat, a resignation to the trials of life because you can't always fight against what the universe throws at you. Accept and persevere and your true character will be decided. But Hand writes in a way that envisions within me a warrior that faces suffering head-on, and one that delights in silent confidence at the mission of overcoming it. Hallowed may not be heavy-handed or preachy, but it does compel us to hold faith, and it also explores the virtue of long-suffering in all its layers of meaning and manifestations.
She brings up so many things in this book both adolescent and mature; appropriately so as Clara is on the verge of adulthood. Some things are so nostalgic and innocent like the fantasy of having Superman and Superwoman for parents, so childlike (view spoiler)[not to mention bad ass! Like woah, Clara's dad is a full on Angel, like no kidding, holy awesome (thanks, Angela) and Mr. Phibbs, like what!! I knew I liked him!!! (hide spoiler)]. Having the memory of looking up at our parents as children and thinking they can do anything, to have that realized is so sweet and comforting. Others are more serious and cautionary like finally growing up and owning up to our responsibilities. Knowing that Hand is a college professor, it seems reasonable that this book might also be a gentle, reassuring nudge to young adults. A small life is hard, but you can do it pat on the back kind of thing. It is possible to brave death and loss, maneuver one's way through confusion and uncertainty and, finally, to figure out things like what we want to be when we grow up. But of course it isn't just for the young. These messages are universal. Regardless of age and experience, I don't think we ever thwart fear when in the threshold of change. We just bear it better as we live longer.
But aside from that, it was just good storytelling. Its an interesting story with great characters that you come to care for. Its refreshing as well that it doesn't fall under the usual traps of this genre, as many reviews have pointed out. They're there but they're done well. The parents are present and loving, the best friends are honest and true, the bitchy popular girl even has some unexpected depth. And yes, yes, I love me some Tucker and Christian. But I am, forever, Tucker's girl. I'll go no further -- but if Hand is reading this, I am staring daggers at you, wagging a very threatening finger and wearing a shirt that says I'll be watching. Just sayin'.
So, I loved the book. I took away a lot from the book. I won't say OMG its the bestest of all YA's ever in life like ever!! It isn't as openly profound as others I've read. Some may even see nothing more than a run-of-the-mill teen fantasy book. But I am at the moment blind to all its faults (if I cared to count any). I don't know if this review gives enough sufficient information, instead of just another rambling post of my incoherent thoughts. But I don't want to say anymore, mainly because its a feeling I want to keep for myself. And I don't want to sell this book too hard...because if you don't give it a try, believe me, its your loss.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
A close friend gave me a book by this author for Christmas and I was hooked. This one I bought on my own and its my favorite. I read it in 9th grade -A close friend gave me a book by this author for Christmas and I was hooked. This one I bought on my own and its my favorite. I read it in 9th grade - in one night! It is sweet, cute and totally heart breaking.
Read it. It'll make you smile even when you're crying....more
One of the best books I've ever had to read for school.
The diction takes some getting used to as there are no punctuations, save for the evChilling.
One of the best books I've ever had to read for school.
The diction takes some getting used to as there are no punctuations, save for the ever essential period. It takes stream-of-consciousness to a whole other level. You're never quite sure if its Francie thinking, Francie speaking, Francie recalling a memory and don't even get me started on actual conversations. You'll have to navigate your own way between who's saying what. I make it sound like its a difficult book to get through and I suppose many people have problems but after a while, you start to flow right along Francie's wavelength and then it starts to actually feel natural. With all that said, Francie Brady is one of the scariest, liveliest and utterly fascinating characters I've ever come across.
Sensual prose telling the story of a man who travels to Japan, then an exotic land, to purchase and smuggle silkworCompelling, sparse, and beautiful.
Sensual prose telling the story of a man who travels to Japan, then an exotic land, to purchase and smuggle silkworm for his village. There, he enters the house of a local nobleman sitting on the floor with nothing around but the still and obedient body of a woman "her head resting on his lap, eyes closed, arms hidden under a loose red robe that spread around her, like a flame". Herve sits opposite the man and, without noticing, lowers his gaze to hers. And begins a journey of yearning, of being pulled by a force invisible but undeniable. It complicates Herve, it becomes his obsession; this woman who does not speak.
Barrico's voice is deep and lulling. He places these two characters worlds apart even when they are standing in front of each other. We can feel the vast and empty abyss between them, the impossibility of their fate and desire. Yet we feel the force, too. The incomprehensible force that draws them to each other. We feel their desire almost make our own skin tremble. He makes a look of the eyes the most delicate and powerful thing.
There is a scene when Herve, on his final chance of seeing her, is kneeling on the ground. He knows she is in the litter passing right behind him. We feel Herve closing his eyes and imagining her, inside the litter, seeing him, knowing that he came and that he is there. We can feel him closing his eyes and concentrating because he knows he cannot turn around. If he cannot see her, he will feel her. And we feel him feeling their electricity running through him, the connection between them coming to life as they cross paths for the last time. We feel him saying good bye, him on his knees on the ground with his back to her, and her feeling him from inside the walls of her litter.
And then on the other side of the world, is Helene. His loving and dutiful wife with the most beautiful voice in the world.
A story of love -- in its most obsessive and forbidden nature, raw and erotic, vague and mystifying, and in its most logical quality, faithful and selfless, patient and kind. ...more
I read this a few years ago for my Canadian Lit course. Bernice Morgan's Random Passage is the brutal and depressing depiction of the lives of the earI read this a few years ago for my Canadian Lit course. Bernice Morgan's Random Passage is the brutal and depressing depiction of the lives of the early settlers of colonial Newfoundland, when families lived in isolation and whose survival depended on a bleak and sometimes unforgiving climate.
Reading this is a journey. Many times I felt like I was dragging myself along the very barren land the characters themselves tried to make livable. And truth be told, I don't think I enjoyed reading it, I don't know if you're supposed to. It is a sharp and jolting display of the harsh realities of the past. It allows us nothing but admiration for what these characters had to go through, laying the foundation on which we now live. It is not a fun read but it is definitely the kind of experience you'll be thankful for having gone through.