The book is short and funny, easy-read, page-turner, some good laughs. But somehow I had an inpression that this is like GREAT book, collosus of moderThe book is short and funny, easy-read, page-turner, some good laughs. But somehow I had an inpression that this is like GREAT book, collosus of modern pop culture or something like that. Didn't find anything so special inside. Someone can explain what I've missed?...more
Since majority of my goodreads friends have read this book, I see no reason to re-tell its plot etc. All I have to say is that it is incredibly fun reSince majority of my goodreads friends have read this book, I see no reason to re-tell its plot etc. All I have to say is that it is incredibly fun read and probably second fantasy book I really ever liked after Lord of the Rings. Evil is rarely that vivid and hateable, Freemens are totally cool. I feel sad that I was fooled by bad David Lynch movie and didn't read this book in my teen age. I believe I would enjoy it even more back then. It was hardly D. Lynch's fault with "Dune" though , you can read its story in Lynch on Lynch. At the same time I remember playing strategy based PC Game "Dune" which kinda took me away from university class for a week or so (17 years ago, oh man...)
What I would love to talk instead is why we like fantasy. I have to confess - even enjoying this book a lot I felt kind of shame. Like avoiding late work when deadline is near and you still looking for excuses not to do it. I felt like I'm spending my time on something I should not, and I know I would never feel anything like that reading Tolstoy for example. My next read will be Gamsun's "Hunger", that I took in my local library and I KNOW I won't feel guilty for reading the book, regardless of liking or not liking it. But I did feel that way reading "Dune" which I enjoyed a lot. Yes, this is totally neurotic reaction, I just wanna know if someone can share it with me.
UPD: I just re-watched D.Lynch film (actually Alan Smithee film :) that's the name directors use when they don't want their name to appear in the credits). It actually starts off not that bad. While Lynch introduces characters, main themes, environments, while we see how that Harkonenns' trap catches Duke, everything is going on more then alright, but then IMO mr. Lynch runs against a problem of plot development. After reading the book I know that from the certain point whole drama more or less going on on sub-levels, inside new visions of Paul, inside his mother's body and etc. This is very hard if even possible to actually film such things in the movie. And because of that whole plot and characters development seems very scrappy and sometimes even goofy. If I was in the Lynch's place I would try to create my own plot mechanism, which would accumulate all cool Herbert details, instead of trying to project his literary visions on screen....more
In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.
Tom Joad gets home from the prison. To hiIn the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.
Tom Joad gets home from the prison. To his farm. Just to learn that there is no farm anymore. It's being defaulted by banks and farmers don't own their crops and land anymore. The Great Depression. All that's left is a dream about California, some kind of paradise lost, where Tom and his family are bound to travel now to find a new place and new home. They are not alone, whole lot of those Oklahomians are traveling with them because of the same reasons, with children and pregnant women and old and dying people. But there's no place for them, all California advertisements turned out to be just fraud and people are dying and rogue deputies are attacking them and it seems like there is no hope and no way out. But there is. Old man is dying of starvation. Rose of Sharon (one of my favorite characters), a teenage girl basically, who just had a baby, pities him and gives him her breast to save him. A Pietà of modern realistic prose. And that's a way out - compassion of one human kind to another. ...more