I'll admit it, I did wonder for the first 50 pages or so what the hell the fuss was about? There was nothing wrong with it in the slightest but at theI'll admit it, I did wonder for the first 50 pages or so what the hell the fuss was about? There was nothing wrong with it in the slightest but at the same time absolutely nothing absolutely amazing about it either. And I was wrong.
Not long after the 50 pages, I soon became lost within this book, picking it up at every opportunity even just to read a few more pages, I just had to read more! In fact I would say that was an understatement. Every time I put the book down I felt a complete longing to pick it back up again and get swept up in 1950's America with totally loveable characters who quite honestly as silly as it may sound, felt like family!
The plot itself is fairly simple and needs no explaining as I'm sure most people are aware of it, so won't repeat the same old stuff that other people have said about the plot. All that needs to be said is it revolves around racist attitudes in America when all the race issues (Martin L K period) were coming to light and thats why I also loved this book, absolutely completely passionate about 1920s+ Black America this book well and truly fascinated me!
I would say this is for the most part a character drive book although there is a plot to speak of too! As for the actual character development, no other words can describe it apart from as absolute brilliant, all characters feel like people I know personally, people I can see right in front of my eyes, talking to me, gestulating to me, so very very real! I absolutely adored Scout and Jem, such a typical sibling relationship, which made me giggle at times!
I came late to reading this book, its been renowned like forever and I'm so glad that I finally got around to reading it. Absolutely loved it. Kudos Harper Lee for this outstanding piece of literature that will always stay with me and of which I have no doubt I will return to one day....more
This book was extremely disappointing. Ive heard so many good things about it but for me it appeared to be another exceptional overhyped book! AlthougThis book was extremely disappointing. Ive heard so many good things about it but for me it appeared to be another exceptional overhyped book! Although not rubbish by any means, I will say it was okay at best and it improved as it went along BUT the problems for me were firstly how it was written, I wasnt keen on the prose, it became very irritating at times. I also didnt like the character development which was extremely minimal. The plot had the potential to be good but ended up rather poor and with no big main event so to speak and was extremely repetitive. So would I recommend? Probably not unless your a diehard Golding fan who wants to read all his works....more
My read of this book was slightly worse off for having seen the ITV adaption of this book first but still fantastic nonetheless. I thoroughly enjoyedMy read of this book was slightly worse off for having seen the ITV adaption of this book first but still fantastic nonetheless. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book was well written, which was unexpected; I expected the "old" language as such to put me off but it didnt. The plot was superb and the characters felt very very alive to me. I could almost see them right in front of me, I could almost picture the scenery and the locations. Making this read very very good!
PLOT: The general plot of the book; a new tenant seeking accomodation in one of the buildings owned by Heathcliffe is told the story of Cathy and Heathcliff and their love by Nelly, one of the maids. The story centred around the ups and downs of Cathy and Heathcliffes lives. It wasnt a fun read, it was a depressing read in some places but the fact that I felt such emotion meant the book was doing a great job of making me feel thoroughly involved within the story.
CHARACTERS: The main characters of Heathcliffe and Cathy to be honest were both extremely unlikeable. I found Heathcliff to be "evil" mostly, who always acted in an unecessarily nasty and underhand manner but Cathy wasnt much better to be honest. A stuck up "snob" is probably the best way to describe her...always acting as though better than others...well slightly into the story anyway as she wasnt to begin with.So I can't say I liked either of the characters but that really isnt the point, I felt they were real, that was enough! They invoked feelings of hatred, anger and pity within me and that to me is a sign of a well written and thought out book.
Overall I would recommend this book; certaintly one to be read during your lifetime and also if into tv/film adaptions, I would recommend ITV's recent 2009 showing of wuthering heights, its superb and portrays the characters and plot fairly accurately!...more
WOW! I really really loved this book..absolutely fabulous and so has been elevated to my definite favourites shelf!
The plot was extremely well thWOW! I really really loved this book..absolutely fabulous and so has been elevated to my definite favourites shelf!
The plot was extremely well thought out and consisted of minor and various sub plots going on at the same time. However the main gist of it centers around the main protaganist Emma who has a love for matchmaking as she soons sees though, its not all its cracked up to be and has forgotten about herself and her own happiness whilst dealing with everyone elses...is it too late for her?
CHARACTERS: A lot of people who read Emma complain about what an unlikeable character Emma is, to be honest I don't share this view. She has very unlikeable traits at times namely; very snobby, very self obsessed at points and very naive yet she seems a genuine character with also some more positive characteristics, she has a sense of humour, she can be caring and also ready to help those that need to be helped. IMO the least favourite of the characters for me was MR Woodhouse; how very annoying he was! Absolutely pitiful man who seemed incapable of not going throughout life without consistently moaning about minor issues whilst never being happy for anyone who he should have been happy for. The rest of the characters were ok but none really struck a chord with me either positively or negatively as Emma and Mr (bloody moan-a-lot) Woodhouse did.
A brilliant book which was for its time a relatively easy read also, as with wuthering heights I supposed wrongly that the language would be unbearably hard to read and get to grips with but thats not the case. I really really loved this book. Nothing could be faulted. Pick it up....more
EUGH.....I love most classics, and I loved Jane Austens Emma, but I really really struggled with this. Made it up to the page 60 mark and when I feltEUGH.....I love most classics, and I loved Jane Austens Emma, but I really really struggled with this. Made it up to the page 60 mark and when I felt myself drifting to sleep from the sheer boredom of it, I knew I couldn't be bothered to continue with it. I will continue to perserve with her stuff as I liked Emma but this one definitely wasn't for me.
Oh and Fanny is just a annoying and insufferable creature anyway, would I cheer her on? Nope!
Why is it that it is far harder to write a review on a book you completely idolise over one that you hate? I don't know but I adored this book, want to get this across, yet despite this (or even perhaps because of it :P), I am re-writing this for the second time now!
I hate classic books for the most part. Please bear in mine, this is just my opinion (as everyone has different tastes). IMO, I think most (not all!) are overrated. Just because a book was written a hundred years ago and is written in over the top flowery prose, should not mean that it should be classed as a classic, it should require that and more, but unfortunately in most cases, this is true.
Rebecca is a true classic of course, being written a bit later than most, I found that is somewhat lacking in the over the top flowery prose from the books I've read and hated before now. It had some but not as much by far. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I found Rebecca far easier to grasp and actually get through than most classic novels.
I loved Daphne's writing. It was in a word, beautiful. From the very first sentence, that well know:
' Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderely again'
You are treated to such rich description and details of Manderley that it's as though, line by line, word by word, the image is forming right in from of your eyes, until you have a clear picture so full of detail and beautiful imagery, it's hard to believe that it isn't real. You smell what Daphne describes, you see what Daphne describes and the vividness of her writing is faultless...absolutely beautiful and faultless...
I wish Manderley existed, it seems like a place I'd love to go for sure...
Initially, you start off with the first chapter or so writing in the present time, thus, after her time at Manderley with Maxim De Winter. This is a little confusing as she suddenly jumps back to the past, her explanation of how she came to be at Manderley rather suddenly in the third chapter without any indication she had moved from speaking in the present to the past but I picked it up quite quickly ascertaining the change of timeline in events.
The female protaganist in the book is never named, she is only later refered to as Mrs De Winter however is not named at any point prior to this as though she isn't worthy of being named...she is timid, gentle and kind but not very outspoken leading to half the problems she experiences throughout the book.
She meets Maxim whilst in Monte Carlo and from then on out, it's a whirlwind affair and marriage before moving into Manderley. Of course at this point, she isn't aware of much to do about Rebecca or the circumstances behind her death or Maxim's extreme sorrow. She naturally ends up feeling the worst and nearly costing the marriage for a woman that no longer exists to anyone but her.
Moving into Manderely and moving upward in rank from borderline poor to excessively rich should be a happy event for her however from the moment that she moves in, she is tainted by reminders of Rebecca.
Rebecca is a romance of sorts althought not entirely as it becomes apparent through a sequence of events in the latter part of the novel, that Rebecca's death may not have been accidental as originally thought...
The descriptions and sense of place are very well done.
The storyline is perfectly paced and has the right amount of everything in it. I couldn't put it down in all honestly!
The characters were extremely well done. Mrs Danvers, the household head maid, oh how I hated her!
I didn't particularly like Maxim initially however when certain events unfold, you become slightly more sympathetic towards him and even like him a little bit :)
Give this a go, even if you aren't a massive classics fan because to me this is far better than the so called other classics out there!...more
This book started off really well, and for the first few chapters I believed this was going to be a 5* book. Wasn't to be. From the half way point, itThis book started off really well, and for the first few chapters I believed this was going to be a 5* book. Wasn't to be. From the half way point, it started to get boring, the plot that had been pretty thin in the first place had amounted to nothing and the book really started to drag to the point where it felt like a chore to pick it up so it was time to say enough is enough.. Not what I was hoping for at all....more
This book deserves a shelf of its own, namely; complete and utter trash! I began this today and subsequently stopped reading it today. From the first pThis book deserves a shelf of its own, namely; complete and utter trash! I began this today and subsequently stopped reading it today. From the first page, the protaganist began to grate on me and the way of the writing and nonesensical jumping from different thoughts and different sceneries to others in the space of a sentence. As I didnt get beyond pg20, my review is short. All I can say is those 20 pages felt like 20 years of my life. Appalling! I cannot see for the life of me what the fuss is about Mz Woolf. Awful!...more
Absolutely fantastic! This book is totally unputdownable. One thing I would say though is it extremely biased and the author shows his bias towards oneAbsolutely fantastic! This book is totally unputdownable. One thing I would say though is it extremely biased and the author shows his bias towards one of the defendants; Perry Smith on a regualar basis...he does this by trying in some ways to find excuses to justification for his behaviour...in the case of one murder, the excuses might work but not in the cases of four. I was sympathetic of how his life was slightly but not completely. Being a law student, I think in the eyes of the law..the book concluded how it should have done. Brilliant reading!!...more
Good book! The ending dragged a bit though in all honesty and some of the rest of the book dragged too, so occasionally I felt myself skimming but oveGood book! The ending dragged a bit though in all honesty and some of the rest of the book dragged too, so occasionally I felt myself skimming but overall a good book....more
Shortsighted of me perhaps but it's just so incredibly boring.
It just jumps all the over the place with barely any detail abouDont like this at all!
Shortsighted of me perhaps but it's just so incredibly boring.
It just jumps all the over the place with barely any detail about the protagonist thereby leaving me with little if not zero interest in her and likewise little interest in seeing how the book ends.
To be fair it doesn't even seem to have a plot either just a story revolving around a poor girl who we know nothing about. I'm not waiting around forever to get to know the character my interest in the book would have waned in it's entirety by then no doubt. Rubbish!...more
At just over 800 pages, this book requires a lot of effort and time, I consider it to have been worth it.
It took me a while to read (approx 2 weeks)At just over 800 pages, this book requires a lot of effort and time, I consider it to have been worth it.
It took me a while to read (approx 2 weeks) but simply because it was a book to savour rather than its length, I felt in no dire need to rush my reading of it and didn't want to.
The characters that Tolstoy creates are very effectively brought to life and even now, I can picture them in my head continuing their daily lives in Russia as though they were actual real human beings.
The only negative I can think of is that on occasions Tolstoy goes of on tangents (i.e. farming/agriculture) and is clearly trying to emerge his personal views into the text, admittedly I skipped little bits of this but it didn't affect my reading of the book and due to the overall greatness of the book, it wasn't worth minusing one star. If their is one book in your life that you have to read, I believe it would be this.