This was my favorite book in the series, mostly because it did not follow the "formula" of the previous books, and while reading it, I had this senseThis was my favorite book in the series, mostly because it did not follow the "formula" of the previous books, and while reading it, I had this sense of finality, that I knew I was reading the end of the Harry Potter series and that when I was done with this book, I might have lost Harry forever.
The book in a sense invites that feeling of forboding; the characters in the book also seem to know that by the end, they might have lost Harry forever. However, the seriousness of their mission does not keep humor out of the book. In keeping with the previous books, "the Deathly Hallows" is still light and humorous at times.
Another reason I liked this book the best was that it gave the reader more of an opportunity to fit things together, and to try to guess what was going to happen based upon clues from this and the previous works in the serious. In this way, it tests whether you truly know the characters, and if you know what they would do in any given situation.
Although perhaps not one of the great books of the century, Ms. Rowling's work (and its predecessors) have done something so worth accolades that I might need not even mention what it is, because you may agree that while we all love Harry's magical world, the true magic of the books is in their ability put children under the spell of reading....more
Wow. After about 50 pages of what I first took to be boring nonsense, this book turned out to be a beautifully sad, poignantly impassive novel that IWow. After about 50 pages of what I first took to be boring nonsense, this book turned out to be a beautifully sad, poignantly impassive novel that I enjoyed very much. Although there is little, indeed, almost no, action in the novel, it somehow transports you to a place where you, and the protagonist butler Stevens, realize that you can't live in the past, and that no matter the mistakes of yesterday, you should still look before you, and enjoy what remains of your day.
I hate spoilers, so I won't give too much away, but it wasn't until 50 or so pages in that I realized what this book is about. In addition to being written in beautifully styled English prose, it is also something of a historical fiction work. A lot of the characters were real people, though in my forgetting U.S. and World History knowledge from high school, I didn't get it until I looked them up online. Then it all came together. After 35 years of service to a man he holds in great esteem, Stevens realizes that perhaps the "dignity" with which he is so seemingly obsessed, was a quality quite possibly not possessed by his former employer. Once you get past those first odd pages, this book is truly enchanting. I can see why it is one of the "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die."
This book is one of the few works I can call in their entirety "poignant." The point of the work, as I see it, is that Nabokov wanted to see whether iThis book is one of the few works I can call in their entirety "poignant." The point of the work, as I see it, is that Nabokov wanted to see whether it is possible to enjoy anad find beauty in a book whose protagonist is truly dispicable. Although his previous books were written in Russian, Nabokov wrote this one in English, with an infuriating amount of phrases and even paragraphs in French, with no translation (hence four stars instead of five. The French was incredibly distracting.), and his command of the language is astounding. A writer myself, I would find myself re-reading certain passages and thinking, "Wow, could I ever construct a sentence that beautifully?" and lingering over images painted so delicately with Nabokov's words. I'll admit, though, that I had to read this one with a dictionary by my side (so at least I increased by vocabulary a bit).
In total, this is an enchanting novel that is constructed to make the reader both hate and sympathize with its main character, pedophile Humbert Humbert. This is a book everyone who loves language and enjoys the very best literature must read sometime in his or her life. The only annoying thing for me was all the French, but there may be another edition out there that has the French translated - if you don't speak French, I'd advise looking for such an edition before joining in on Humbert's insane journey with his beloved nymphet, Lolita....more
I read this book without having any idea what it was about. And because I enjoyed the surprise so much, I won't give it away. Suffice it to say that tI read this book without having any idea what it was about. And because I enjoyed the surprise so much, I won't give it away. Suffice it to say that this is a brilliant, delicately written novel that you'll enjoy very much if you don't read the back cover. Ishiguro's "Remains of the Day" is also captivating and wonderful - he's an excellent writer and an erudite conceptualist, no doubt. ...more
"Middlesex" is what you might call a true "Great American Novel." It is easy to see why Eugenides won the Pulitzer for this epic tale about family, co"Middlesex" is what you might call a true "Great American Novel." It is easy to see why Eugenides won the Pulitzer for this epic tale about family, coming-of-age, love, money, war, and, above all, identity. Why we are who we are and where our bodies and identities really come from. I minored in Sociology in undergrad and so was particularly interested in the author's exploration of the nature vs. nurture in the forming of one's gender identity.
The novel is split roughly in half, the first half being the narrator's family history, and the second half being his own life as a hermaphrodite and what happens as he reaches puberty after having lived as a girl for 14 years. My one complaint: I thought the ending lacked poignance. For such an engrossing, at times tragicomic story that evokes true empathy in the reader, Eugenides fails to deliver the final message with the ethereal, polished hand that sweeps throughout the rest of the novel.
However, despite its semi-weak final paragraph, I highly recommend "Middlesex" - it is captivating from start to (almost) finish. I read its 527 pages in two days, and literally could not put the thing down. ...more
I was expecting a sweeping, passionate love story, and instead I got a weird, morbid story about a cruel villain. SO not how I envisioned "Wuthering HI was expecting a sweeping, passionate love story, and instead I got a weird, morbid story about a cruel villain. SO not how I envisioned "Wuthering Heights." Don't waste your time....more
I never read this as a kid, and I can now see why it's such a classic. I just loved it! The characters are beautifully drawn, with a unique personalitI never read this as a kid, and I can now see why it's such a classic. I just loved it! The characters are beautifully drawn, with a unique personality to each. Reading about their toils and joys as the four sisters grow up in Civil War-era Boston is fascinating, and the romantic in me loved their relationship troubles and happinesses. Aspiring writers will love Jo (my favorite), musicians Beth, artists Amy and maternal women Meg. Great ending, too. I actually shed a few tears! Ladies, if you haven't read "Little Women" yet, you really should - It's a delightful and easy read....more