3.5/5 stars. Pretty depressing, but I knew it would be since I'd seen the movie already. The book is more graphic than the movie. I thought the book w...more3.5/5 stars. Pretty depressing, but I knew it would be since I'd seen the movie already. The book is more graphic than the movie. I thought the book was an interesting read, but I felt like it ended kind of abruptly.(less)
I suppose what I am about to type will be considered sacrilegious to some reading this review. However, I always believe in honesty in reviews, so he...more I suppose what I am about to type will be considered sacrilegious to some reading this review. However, I always believe in honesty in reviews, so here goes anyway :)
As much as I love the story, I have to say that I liked the movie better than the book. *gasp* There’s the blasphemy for you. Hehehehe. There was just so much singing in the book. I wish I could have skimmed the singing passages, but I was listening to the audiobook which made skipping the songs difficult. Maybe I was clouded in my judgement by the audiobook narrator’s singing talent, but I grew very tired of it early on in the book. And yet, it continued… and continued… and continued.
The LOTR movies that came out in the early part of the 21st century are some of my favorite movies. I was amazed by the cinematography, the story, the acting, and the music. The movies were something my husband and I could both enjoy together, and we have watched the movies numerous times over the last several years. Other than reading part of THE HOBBIT when I was a kid, I had never gotten around to reading the LOTR trilogy.
After listening to my husband wax poetic about how much he loved to read the Lord of the Rings growing up, I made a decision that I wanted to read the books to see for myself how they compared to the movies. Now that I’ve read the first book, I understand some of the characters my husband said were missing from the movies (such as Tom Bombadil). In regards to singing, Bombadil is definitely one of the main culprits! I kind of see why they chose to cut him out of the movie. I mean, the movie was already going to be really long anyway, so it seemed like a logical cut to me.
I definitely love the world that Tolkien built. I didn’t hate the book. I just found it to be a bit long-winded at times. SCANDAL! I know, I know. LOTR is a classic. I found myself saying things like: “Stop singing, Gimli and get on with the action!!!!”. As much as I love the plot, I shouldn’t be belittling the book’s prose. But, I can’t be the only one who feels that way. Well, maybe I am. I don’t care. :P
I still plan to continue the trilogy in book form. I have a feeling there will be less singing in the next book, but I could be fooled. I almost expect the guards of Mordor to break out into song. EEK! That’s an image that might have me giggling in RETURN OF THE KING. Tap dancing/singing guards in a giant orc chorus-line. I need therapy… or more sleep.
I suppose I now understand what compelled someone to make a musical version of LOTR. I had always wondered the motivation behind the musical in the UK, but they likely are trying to capture the spirit of the songs in the books.(less)
Much less singing in this book, and more exciting scenes with characters like Golem. I appreciate that :) However, once again, I preferred the movie t...moreMuch less singing in this book, and more exciting scenes with characters like Golem. I appreciate that :) However, once again, I preferred the movie to the book.(less)
The World According to Garp is one of those books that is so unique that I think everyone should read it at some point in their life. The plot revolve...moreThe World According to Garp is one of those books that is so unique that I think everyone should read it at some point in their life. The plot revolves around a very interesting mother/son pair. Jenny, the mother, is an odd female nurse who seems asexual and has strong feminism ideas that perpetuate through the story. Most of the book is Garp, Jenny’s son, explaining how his mother came to write an auto-biography that makes her famous, all the while trying to maintain his role as an author himself. I would really love to tell you what the book is about, but I’m afraid I would give away the plot to a point that would ruin the story. Part of the fun of reading this book is in experiencing the dysfunction as the story unfolds, and I think it could ruin your chance of reading it if you know too much about the book going into it. Before reading it, though – be aware that there is a lot of sex and violence in the story. There are body parts constantly being lost in this book: tongues, eyes, ears, arms, male dangly bits, etc.
The reason that I am giving the book 4 stars instead of 5 is merely a style issue that I dislike. I don’t usually enjoy reading books that have a novel/novella inside the novel itself that I have to read. The World According to Garp is about a writer, so there are several little stories you have to endure while reading.
I did re-watch the movie after finishing this book. It’s quite different than the books in a lot of respects, though the spirit is true to the storyline I think :)(less)