I put off writing this review because I didn't trust my first impression. Frankly, even now I'm not sure I can write a review of the book itself. FactI put off writing this review because I didn't trust my first impression. Frankly, even now I'm not sure I can write a review of the book itself. Fact is, I almost abandoned this before completing it. The problem wasn't that the book was bad or poorly written, the problem was that the original movie was so good. The movie perfectly depicts the story of Dorothy, the scarecrow, the tin man and the cowardly lion leaving very little to be added by reading the book. Fact is I read this book because I had every intention of reading the entire series from beginning to end. Although I did finish this one, I've stalled on my original goal opting for something classic but unknown to me. If you haven't seen the original 1939 Wizard of Oz with Judy Garland then you will likely enjoy this book, The story is very quick and imaginative and the writing is better than average. If you've seen the movie you know the details of the story and have a feel for the flavor and texture of the story and writing. You'll find a few differences between the book and the movie but not enough for me to encourage you to read the book if you've seen the movie....more
Proust, in the series In Search of Lost Time accomplishes the impossible. Beautifully written using a beautiful, quilted framework of hopes, dreams, mProust, in the series In Search of Lost Time accomplishes the impossible. Beautifully written using a beautiful, quilted framework of hopes, dreams, memories, introspection, reality and perception.
In Proust's own words . . .
"I want to write about freedom from time but also to give details of life inside that fluid . . . that fluid, time. It's the changes that people undergo . . ."
"My task, to write a book which will inspire people . . . My book will be a sort of magnifying glass, It will offer them a means of seeing what's inside them so that at the end of it they won't say this is a good book or a bad one but rather they will say 'This is how it is' . . ."
Adultery Beauty Childish Disappointment Exhausted Freudian Guermantes Way Homosexuality Incest Jealousy Kiss Lesbianism Memories Nature of art Orchid Prostitution Queer Robert de Saint-Loup Swan's Way Tease Uncle Adolphe Voyeur Whore X[fill in the blank] Youth Zealous
Proust's In Search of Lost Time is a cornucopia of feelings. One can not help by let their mind wander as you read about hopes, dreams, disappointment and joy one has experienced. Don't give up after reading the first or second in the series, in the end it will all be worth it as Proust successfully accomplishes Marcel's ambitions of his own novel. This is one series that will say with me for a very long time....more
Where to start? How does one even try to describe all that this book encompasses so beautifully? It's an emotional journey. Here let me try to take yoWhere to start? How does one even try to describe all that this book encompasses so beautifully? It's an emotional journey. Here let me try to take you there by suggestion. Close your eyes and think about this . . . Ever find yourself thinking of someone else while making love? Now take a few minutes to break down the thoughts, emotions, implications of that act? [author; Proust] does this and more in this section of the series. I wonder if you will see any reflections of your own relationship or past relationships in the images and emotions Proust so beautifully dissects in this installment. Off to the next can hardly wait....more
WOW, beautifully writing, eye opening, continuation of the In Search of Lost Time series. Every work contributes to the next as Marcel's eyes are openWOW, beautifully writing, eye opening, continuation of the In Search of Lost Time series. Every work contributes to the next as Marcel's eyes are opened to the life that happens around one as men (and women) search for love and happiness. Will these activities become nothing more than habbit in the following parts of the series . . . time will tell....more
Delightfully honest. The ease at which Proust slips from thoughts then to dreams then to reality is masterful. The story is about life in a sort of stDelightfully honest. The ease at which Proust slips from thoughts then to dreams then to reality is masterful. The story is about life in a sort of stream of consciousness. I've read the entire series and plan to write more on part six, Time Regained....more
Sherlock Holmes is ADD! There I've said it! To combat his ADD and boredom with his pompous self he he cooks up a little something, shooting up cocaineSherlock Holmes is ADD! There I've said it! To combat his ADD and boredom with his pompous self he he cooks up a little something, shooting up cocaine between cases. Dr. Watson, his trusty sidekick is co-dependent, sacrificing his life and wants while holding tightly to the coattails of Holmes waiting any signs of life. The drug of Holmes appears in the form of a mysterious woman who calls upon Holmes and Watson's investigative services. The mysterious woman is called Mary Morstan. She receives a priceless pearl annually from an anonymous person. Mary suspects that these pearls somehow connected to her deceased father. Now, the secret gift giver wants to meet her. Drugs, poison, stolen treasure, destined soul mates, the elements are ripe with the stimulation needed by Holmes to feed his ego and his addiction. Unfortunately, there isn't enough coke for everyone to hit ecstasy. THE SIGN OF THE FOUR is like being at a party sober where the host gets high and reads out loud from his favorite novel. The writing is mediocre and Holmes deductive skills seem more like those of a fortune teller who after you tell her your deepest secrets tells you that of course she already knew them. Can someone please tell me why these novels are so popular?...more
Would have probably enjoyed this book more if I would have read it when i was younger and these ideas would have been new to me. As it was I enjoyed tWould have probably enjoyed this book more if I would have read it when i was younger and these ideas would have been new to me. As it was I enjoyed the writing and the reminder of thoughts I have tossed around in my mind for years....more
This was so boring. If I wanted to listen to someone whine I would have become a psychologist. The logical arguments are there and while reading I didThis was so boring. If I wanted to listen to someone whine I would have become a psychologist. The logical arguments are there and while reading I did think about the many times I have visited other countries to find the people totally amerced in live, forgoing stuff for leisure and enjoying life. Nonetheless the book was as dry as a Arizona Desert in July. The logic and lessons of Thorough read like a math book.
Aesop could have had some fun with this. What if the lessons Thoreau preaches in this sermon would have been braided into a fantasy story that included a witch that collected candy from rich children and handed it out to poor children. The poor children could have been led by a giant red, white and blue donkey who rewarded the poor children when they captured and ground into dust any child whose parents didn't "donate" candy to the poor. All other animals in the story wouldn't be pets, they would be workers, building houses and railroads for the parents of the rich. The rich would reward the working animals by cooking and eating them when they no longer were useful. If only....more
Why did it take me so long to pick up this classic American Mythology artfully spun by Melville? Perhaps it was my prejudice that this was simply a biWhy did it take me so long to pick up this classic American Mythology artfully spun by Melville? Perhaps it was my prejudice that this was simply a big fat book recanting the biblical story of Jonah and the whale, another brow beating on the wages of sin and the elusiveness of redemption. I really hove no good reason for moving this book from near the bottom to the top of my “to Read” list but I’m glad I did.
The novel’s plot was no secret to me, it’s been recycled for decades, inspiring films, radio dramas, cartoons, comic books, a television mini-series, a couple of heavy metal albums, a music video and a rap rendition. What did surprise me is the artfulness in which the story was told. The writing is top notch and in my opinion brilliant in spots.
I am better for reading this book and know that I have just enjoyed one of life’s pleasures. Melville helped me to better understand the heart and soul of man.
Unless you have been living under a rock you know that the plot of this story is of the train-wreck variety. Not the clickity clack train moving toward a broken bend in the track variety but the type where you first see the smoke, fire and devastation before you know the circumstances which lead to the catastrophe. This is a story where the antihero’s soul has already been lost and all that remains is the unraveling of the fabric of life that once held that soul together.
The story is simple. The antihero, Captain Ahab, seeks revenge in the form of vengeance for the loss of his leg viciously ripped away in a previous voyage. His revenge of course affects and infects all on the voyage. You might ask yourself, “If the story is so simple why does it take the sole survivor, Ishmael, more than 600 pages to tell?”.
Melville takes his sweet time telling the story, interjecting bits and pieces of the story between chapter after chapter of whaling history and prose. Ahab doesn’t appear on the scene until chapter 28. The story stops and starts between bits like the telling of the scientific classification of whales, a summary of whales and whaling voyages resented in art, a diatribe on the complexity of rope, a description of good whales and bad whales, how to make and stow a harpoon, how to extract sperm from the whale, how to store and preserve the sperm and whatever else Melville felt inclined to document regarding whaling. He probably could have used a dose or two or Ritalin to help mask his apparent attention deficit disorder.
The writing is excellent, the story entertaining and the bits in between were actually informative and enlightening. Melville frequently interjects satire and humor resulting in a fish tale that doesn’t smell “fishy”. I smiled frequently and chuckled out loud enough to be embarrassing. The first 400 pages or so read like a prelude to the last few chapters resulting in an ending that is powerful and tragic.
What are you waiting for? Move this book to the top of your “to-read” list and let this story become part of who you are....more
Written in an aristocratic vernacular, This romantic novel reminded me of a Shakespearean play with twists and turns in plot and character developmentWritten in an aristocratic vernacular, This romantic novel reminded me of a Shakespearean play with twists and turns in plot and character development resulting in a tangled web that somehow the author has to untie at the end. All in all an easy, enjoyable read....more
Gully Foyle is my name And Terra is my nation. Deep space is my dwelling place, The stars my destination.
Gully Foyle is one of the most memorable anti-heGully Foyle is my name And Terra is my nation. Deep space is my dwelling place, The stars my destination.
Gully Foyle is one of the most memorable anti-heroes of science fiction I have ever read. He is an unpleasant but strangely fascinating character that lies, betrays, rapes and brutalizes his way towards seeking revenge. Foyle starts out as a grunting animal that only adopts more sophisticated techniques when brute force fails to be effective in achieving revenge. Two steps forward and one step back, Foyle stumbles backwards into his own sense of morality over the course of the story in a way that's surprisingly believable, if a touch clumsy at the end.
This book was written in the 1950s. While the story is still a modern tale it's impossible to completely avoid reference of some of the social ideas of the time. There's some sexism in gender roles and unintentional and unnoticed slang that sounds odd today. All in all, though, Bester has created a story that sounds as modern today as when it was written. Bester’s future, ruled by corporations and hereditary captains of industry doesn't quite ring true, but it does a lot better than most political projections. The plot seems as likely and believable now as ever. You don't have to read this as a period piece to enjoy it.
Despite some psychological subtleties and some good world-building, this is an unabashed adventure story, filled with larger-than-life characters, monstrous passions, and dramatic action. A laundry list of current SF authors cite it as influential or a favorite childhood read. If you've never read a Bester before, this is probably the best place to start....more
Ayn is a bit right for even me however I am in awe at her use of the language and beautifully crafted characterizations. As I read I can’t help but thAyn is a bit right for even me however I am in awe at her use of the language and beautifully crafted characterizations. As I read I can’t help but think about how every word and phrase brings meaning to either the character or the story, usually both. While I don’t agree with her philosophy I do appreciate the way she can wield her word sword leaving a bloodbath of characters and stories to be debated and enjoyed for generations.
Harold Roark, is a "fool visionary" who refuses to conform his artistic ideas to popular taste. His inflexibility makes enemies out of a tabloid architecture critic and a tycoon, Raymond Massey, who proclaims, "All men can be bought... there are no men of integrity." Keating, a former classmate, urges Roark to take "the middle of the road so it’s sure to please everybody." But Roark will not compromise, and when one of his building designs is radically altered without his consent, he resorts to drastic measures. Ayn Rand’ s, The Fountainhead is about as subtle as that phallic drill Roark wields so impressively, which catches the frenzied eye of the formidable Dominique Francon. She recognizes Roark''s nobility, but fears he has no chance "in a world where beauty, genius and greatness have no chance." Rand practiced what she preached. Even for those who don’t adhere to her philosophy, The Fountainhead does offer something rarely seen, a man of unshakable principles. Our leaders and Wall Street society could lean something from him....more