I want to start out by saying how much I really enjoyed and appreciated this novel. But I didn't love this story, and I think there are a number of reI want to start out by saying how much I really enjoyed and appreciated this novel. But I didn't love this story, and I think there are a number of reasons why.
This, I think I enjoyed more because it was on audio and read by Jeremy Irons. Fun fact: Jeremy Irons is the voice of Scar in The Lion King. So then IThis, I think I enjoyed more because it was on audio and read by Jeremy Irons. Fun fact: Jeremy Irons is the voice of Scar in The Lion King. So then I pictured Scar reading Lolita to me, and it was awesome. Jeremy Irons's voice is perfect for Humbert Humbert. ...more
I read this awhile ago for my book club and I had so many thoughts at the time. Now, I can't remember all of them (of course). But I do remember the fI read this awhile ago for my book club and I had so many thoughts at the time. Now, I can't remember all of them (of course). But I do remember the feelings - which were all good. I liked the story on its own. I liked the sentiment of how terrible it would be to live in a world without books - where books are the enemy, and where the government doesn't want its citizens to be educated or to even think. I do remember reading that Ray thought meant this book to be about the dangers of television (it's a slippery slope!) and less about an oppressive government that wants to keep its citizenry ignorant, but either way, the message is clear - books are super important! Read more! And that's some propaganda I can get behind. ...more
I really enjoyed this, and not just because of my morbid interest in Sylvia Plath's suicide. It's the best thing I've ever read about a descent into mI really enjoyed this, and not just because of my morbid interest in Sylvia Plath's suicide. It's the best thing I've ever read about a descent into mental illness. Most interesting is how I totally identified with the protagonist, feeling what she felt - confusion as to why others couldn't understand what it was like to be her. ...more
I didn't finish this book. Maybe someday I'll go back to it, but for now I'm done. I'm really sad about not finishing it, because I was so certain I wI didn't finish this book. Maybe someday I'll go back to it, but for now I'm done. I'm really sad about not finishing it, because I was so certain I would love it.
The real problem is that I listened to it on tape, and I was not a big fan of the narrator. His voice was slow and monotonous. All the characters sounded too much alike, there was not a lot of inflection and there was not a lot of drama. So it was a chore to listen to.
The story itself was fine and interesting enough. I got through 11 of 16 CDs, but that took about 7 months, so if I want to finish it, I'll be checking out the book itself. ...more
Considering their genetic makeup, their childhood and their future, the children are surprisingly normal - human even. The intricate and confusing feeConsidering their genetic makeup, their childhood and their future, the children are surprisingly normal - human even. The intricate and confusing feelings that go along with growing up and discovering oneself are a part of these children's lives - these children are more than robotic clones.
When they leave school, each of them has to spend a certain amount of time as a "Carer" - one who guides, comforts and supports others through their periods of donation. Kathy is the narrator, and has been a carer for 14 years - longer than most. She tells the story of their childhood, adolescence and adulthood - a story of complicated feelings, full of the manipulations and explorations that we have all experienced on the playground and in the hallways.
It is a beautiful, haunting story and one that I won't soon forget. The writing is splendid. Once I've finished a book I like to think about the writing and the word choices. The best writing is that which doesn't grab the reader's attention much. Novels are best when the language not only fails to distract the reader from the story, but subtly enriches the reader's understanding.
After thinking about the writing in this novel, the words do just that - they add so much understanding to the story. Substituting words like "completion" for death, and "donation" for organ harvesting distance the reader from the horrors that are happening. The words are a metaphor for how we distance ourselves from uncomfortable situations whenever possible. A good PR representative must have come up with those words to make the public accept the idea of growing humans simply to harvest their organs. Society does this same thing today with phrases like "collateral damage" that make it ok for the military to take out civilians and innocent bystanders.
The most striking thing about these characters is that they are not angry about their role in life. They have surprisingly few feelings about their fate. They don't question it; they don't try to escape. They just accept. They are resigned to their fate - which is something I will never comprehend. I have always been someone who believes that I have free will and I make my own choices. If there is fate, it's what I make it. I was angrier than the characters. I kept wanting to yell at them to run away! Find a way to be free!
The book isn't all sad, though. They, like any human, just want to be loved. They love each other and they find something even more rare than love: friendship....more
I don't read scary books. Which is why I read Carrie. I knew the story going in, and it's less scary than it is bloody. Blood I can handle.
My mother-I don't read scary books. Which is why I read Carrie. I knew the story going in, and it's less scary than it is bloody. Blood I can handle.
My mother-in-law was visiting and happened to finish this book on the plane, so I borrowed it from her during her visit. There were no real surprises to me. I actually expected to identify more with Carrie than I actually did, and I expected to feel more about the students and other people she killed - both anger and sadness for their fate.
I think I'm desensitized. Violence and death are not shocking to me - especially not in fiction. I watch enough TV and read enough to not feel affected when someone dies. I do remember thinking that SO MANY people died and it was a bit of overkill on Carrie's part. She should have stuck with killing the people who were worst to her. But also, I don't think she could quite control her rage, so there's that.
OR maybe it's also King's fault I didn't feel much. It was a good story - well-plotted (except for maybe the overkill), and the dialogue was good. I liked how the story was told from alternating different viewpoints and news items. But I also didn't care much about any of the characters. I was actually more interested in the relationship between Carrie and her mom, and I wanted more interaction between them, but also, that wasn't the plot. All in all, it's a good story and I'm sure when it was published more than 30 years ago, it was shocking and a bit scary. Maybe before TV shows like The Sopranos and Dexter and Sons of Anarchy, where death and mayhem is normal, it would seem more terrifying that an angry teenager killed off most of a town.
Anyway, this was a solid, middle of the line read for me. It went quickly, and held my attention for a time, but it won't stick with me long term. ...more