Maybe I can find essays analyzing this novel. (Might have been chosen for UNBEARABLE BOOK CLUB because it describes a sort of parent/child relationshiMaybe I can find essays analyzing this novel. (Might have been chosen for UNBEARABLE BOOK CLUB because it describes a sort of parent/child relationship reflected in that book; also "child development" or development of intellect--tho I wondered if someone who had been consciously "taught" by other people, would assume same standards of beauty--and ugliness. (Perhaps author believed that nature trains the eye, as well as heart and spirit. We may be more aware now of how different cultures and times can hold differing standard of beauty, admiring varying traits more or less than others.
Would like to know who was painter used for cover (many years ago at the Getty, there was exhibit including paintings that reminded me of this, tho have no idea of who did those either...) ...more
I'm intrigued by books read by book characters: novel read by Edna which somewhat shocked her (lent by friends literate in French) was likely MADAME BI'm intrigued by books read by book characters: novel read by Edna which somewhat shocked her (lent by friends literate in French) was likely MADAME BOVARY. "The Awakening" seems like a woman's version of the basic story, like LAURA by Vera Caspary (turned into classic 1940's Noir film) seems feminist rebuttal to WOMAN IN WHITE by Wilkie Collins.
Flaubert intended to make beauty out a sordid situation, about a reader ruined by romantic novels (perhaps a modern Don Quixote--tho latter character is a more noble than unbalanced old man. BTW, just finished YA novel about an even more modern quixotic road trip GOING BOVINE, where protagonist is young man with what's commonly called Mad Cow disease affecting his brain). I recall from my French class reading of MB (in the original French), Flaubert attempted to dazzle with his command of the language, for example chosing words that suggested environmental sounds in outdoor scene where breeze rustles leaves and snapped fabric (clothing, flags, tents? It's been awhile).
LAURA by Vera Caspery did something similar to character of same name in WOMAN IN WHITE by Wilkie Collins. To modern eyes, the latter seems wimpy; Caspery instead presents a talented, intelligent woman with a career, in part reflecting her own life as aspiring writer in the 1920's, ending up as Hollywood screenwriter (described in memoir, I think it's titled, "The Secrets of Grownups".
"Twenties Girl" by Sophie Kinsella was also inspired by WOMAN IN WHITE (plus THE MOONSTONE, also by Collins), but that late 20th century Laura (I think named Lara--maybe named for heroine of Dr Zhivago?) more resembles Bridget Jones (which fictional character falls far short of Elizabeth Bennet in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE which inpired her).
P.S. When I returned book to library, young man enthusiastically said he thought EVERYONE should read it....more
Fun for booklovers/bookclubs! Hope there's a sequel (hint there might be: Adrienne's mom--a big fan of Jane Austen--suggests they read some of the latFun for booklovers/bookclubs! Hope there's a sequel (hint there might be: Adrienne's mom--a big fan of Jane Austen--suggests they read some of the latter's books, after the official club ends).
P.S. At least some of the girls in the book club have similarities to Austen heroines: Adrienne's mom tells her daughter she is like impressionable Catherine of NORTHANGER ABBEY. CeeCee shares qualities with EMMA "handsome, clever and rich" (not to mention manipulative), and Jill is adopted for reasons something like Fanny Price in MANSFIELD PARK "to have a better life".
Wallis "Gray" (aka "Lily War Gas")I'm not sure about... In some ways she's so mysterious, so maybe could be partly inspired by woman of mystery for much of EMMA, intelligent intended-governess Jane Fairfax.
Another tie to NORTHANGER ABBEY is name of AP English teacher, Ms. Radcliffe, which must be reference to Ann Radcliffe, author of Catherine's favorite gothic novel, MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO. (Might CeeCee's French teacher Monsieur Crowne become her Mr. Knightly?) Jeff sounds like Dick Musgrove in PERSUASION to me...
Ending sentence of NORTHANGER could apply to at least one of the girls in UNBEARABLE BOOK CLUB (who finally gets what had been denied as a punishment): "...I leave it to be settled, by whomsoever it may concern, whether the tendency of this work be altogether to recommend parental tyranny, or reward filial disobedience."
P.P.S. UNBEARABLE BOOK CLUB also reminds me a little of 1966 teen novel by Margarent Leighton, "The Canyon Castaways": Because her best (only?) friend--who plans to be a doctor--broke her arm, "dreamy" Jill Gray ("Am I really such a blank?") takes her place as Mother's helper taking care of three kids at mountain cabin (but then a storm burst flash flood washes away cabin and car with kids' mother in it--her fate left in suspense until end, like who drowns in UBC).
Young man (whose friend and teacher, an old professor studying ANTS, dies in the flood) has injured ankle, and joins 15-year-old Jill & the Wendell kids in their struggle for survival. BTW, "Jill" seems such an old-fashioned name for 21st century teen--Online Social Security baby name popularity lists ranks Jill at bottom of top one thousand names in 2000; in 1960's, it ranked in top fifty. Coincidence? ("Yes, no, maybe so" as they chant in HOUSE ON MANGO STREET, one of five titles read by the Unsinkable Girls Adrienne, CeeCee, Jill, their moms, and Wallis.
If you read those 5 books, you may see other things in common: Jill's Magic 8 Ball may be echo of prophetic Seers in LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS and fortune tellers/rhymes in HOUSE ON MANGO STREET. And is neighbors' cat Mr Finkle (with his many little "victims") in a way Frankenstein's monster?...
If there's a sequel, it might deal with how UBC's mothers were influenced--perhaps changed--by books they read: CeeCee's parents might be modern version of Mansfield Park's Sir Thomas & what author of JANE AUSTEN EDUCATION calls his "trophy wife" (or might they be like Lizzie Bennett's parents in Pride & Prejudice "The Dad" always separated from his family by his job, rather than hiding in his library like Mr. Bennett? Maybe we'd finally meet Jill's father who has Multiple Sclerosis (only his expensive medication appearing "on screen" in this book)--perhaps inspired by invalid father in Austen's EMMA?
Besides reading novels that the characters read together, I'm planning to read some authors from Adrienne's mother's book shelves, many of which appear on www.ala.org list of "Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners", possibly what Ms. Radcliffe (11th Grade English teacher) gave her future students to choose from.
I've already read REBECCA, "modern" version of Jane Eyre, probably mentioned (by Wallis) to add to atmosphere of mysteriousness and foreboding--delicious! Wallis also recommends HOUSE OF THE SCORPION commenting "it's about clones"--SO appropriate as Adrienne is watching her borrow clothes, her Mom's shampoo etc, becoming a clone herself (in REBECCA, a character has a struggle with clone-dom too)
Adrienne also tells Wallis she hasn't read BRAVE NEW WORLD--I wonder if she knows anyway that it includes early concept of "test tube babies" with no close links to parents--Adrienne, who never knew her father, might feel she has something in common with that book too.
All the girls have secrets that Adrianne uncovers--even practical Jill, who discovers that everything doesn't always go as she planned.
Comments like LeGuin's in this collection can help readers understand, appreciate & enjoy what they read much more. Many people get stuck in a rutComments like LeGuin's in this collection can help readers understand, appreciate & enjoy what they read much more. Many people get stuck in a rut of reading merely for plot (what happens next? and how fast does it happen? may be main criteria for them saying a book is "good"--rather than HOW it is told and reasons WHY it is told in a particular way).
LeGuin's comments can be applied to novels beyond those she discusses (tho her comments on Tolkein may get me to try reading LORD OF THE RINGS again--my earlier reaction is something like Catherine's comment on history books (in Chapter 14 of NORTHANGER ABBEY by Jane Austen): "I read it a little as a duty, but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences, in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women." (the last point especially has been to me a drawback in Tolkien--and of his few female characters I find hard to get interested in, maybe because they have so little in common with human women with real down to earth lives?
Leguin's descriptions of her writing process sound similar to me to those quoted from Charlotte Bronte's journal in Norton Critical Edition of JANE EYRE edited by Richard J. Dunn ISBN 0-393-97542-8 ...more
Going to re-read; would like to try his other books about traveling in search of settings of further bibllical writings. Have see DVD and looked at acGoing to re-read; would like to try his other books about traveling in search of settings of further bibllical writings. Have see DVD and looked at accompaning photo book. ...more
Grace Livingston Hill wrote around 100 novels--and I think I may own copies of them all. (Some I bought years ago at library booksale, editions datingGrace Livingston Hill wrote around 100 novels--and I think I may own copies of them all. (Some I bought years ago at library booksale, editions dating from maybe 1930's which were going for perhaps 50 cents each or less --but no one else was interested, maybe because demographics of area had changed. I also own a number of Christian novels by her aunt and mentor, Isabel Alden.
After reading WOMAN IN WHITE by Wilkie Collins, I understand reasons for some parts of WHITE LADY that had made me wonder. ...more
Page 246: That's what Fidel must have been thinking when he barred us from seeing the Nautilus (Disney's "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea") He hPage 246: That's what Fidel must have been thinking when he barred us from seeing the Nautilus (Disney's "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea") He hated gays with a passion, and still does. Fidel didn't want to perform the usual head trnsplant on gays. No, he despiesed gays so much, he would have much preferred to see the all drowned in the turquoise sea.
They didn't necessarily plant bombs, but they definitely didn't conform to his image of what a genuine Cuban should be. They insisted on exercising their own will, and being different, and following their own impulses.
Which is the last thing one is supposed to do in Fedel's eternal Revolution.
(See also quote in review by LibraryBookGroup)...more
Hard to choose cover image--I'd read hardcover showing the Hall's "Taj Mahal" house with it's intriguing nooks (in a way, bit like Rose's family homeHard to choose cover image--I'd read hardcover showing the Hall's "Taj Mahal" house with it's intriguing nooks (in a way, bit like Rose's family home in EIGHT COUSINS"), tho cover with blue bubbles might intrigue those who hadn't read it before.
I found characters uninteresting and unlikeable--and nothing much seems to happen (except a little at the end). Repetitious theme is "Things aren't whI found characters uninteresting and unlikeable--and nothing much seems to happen (except a little at the end). Repetitious theme is "Things aren't what they look like". Sorry I can't recommend!...more