I'd heard mixed reviews about this book but it took only reading a few paragraphs to realize that oscar wilde's brilliant writing style would make thiI'd heard mixed reviews about this book but it took only reading a few paragraphs to realize that oscar wilde's brilliant writing style would make this a fascinating read. i thoroughly enjoyed every second of it, with the exception of one of the middle chapters where wilde takes too long describing Dorian Gray's obsessions. i'm sure there is some deeper literary meaning to it, but i just found myself getting bored. i think the ending was brilliant, i think the concept is brillint, i think the so obviously flawed characters are brilliant. i just all around loved this book. ...more
I'm confused. I've heard people sing praises for this book and I just don't get it. If you like revenge, and everyone dying, this is the book for you.I'm confused. I've heard people sing praises for this book and I just don't get it. If you like revenge, and everyone dying, this is the book for you. I didn't hate this book, it just didn't come close to living up to the hype I'd heard about it. ...more
I was skeptical about starting this book because, as a classic, I'd already heard so much grand hype about it. And I'm so glad that hype turned out toI was skeptical about starting this book because, as a classic, I'd already heard so much grand hype about it. And I'm so glad that hype turned out to be well deserved. I don't know how J.M. Barrie does it but this book sounds like it was truly written by a child. The way he describes things are in such pure simple ways that you can't help but smile because your inner child is clapping her hands with recognition. I listened to this book on tape and I enjoyed it so much I plan on buying the book and giving it another read. ...more
i'm disappointed to see that i completely spaced writing a review for this the second i finished this book. where to start... ok. so basically Jeffreyi'm disappointed to see that i completely spaced writing a review for this the second i finished this book. where to start... ok. so basically Jeffrey Eugenides is a genius. i don't really feel the need to qualify that statement, because anyone who has ever read this book will back me up. but i will say that his ability to tell an entire novel from the perspective of a group of young neighborhood boys completely floored me. i'd seen it done in short stories, like a rose for emily but i never would have imagined it'd be pulled off so effortlessly in a novel. alright, i'm babbling now. much unlike this review, the virgin suicides is a gorgeously written book full of beautiful passages that i wanted to cover my walls with so i never forget them. the images he paints are surreal and the words he uses makes you wonder why anyone else ever even tries. to say that he has become one of my favorite authors and that this has become one of my favorite books would clearly be a bit redundant. ...more
After a week of struggling to find the time to read this book with the concentration it deserves, I find I'm at a loss for the right words to write thAfter a week of struggling to find the time to read this book with the concentration it deserves, I find I'm at a loss for the right words to write this review. I started reading this novel because the reviews made it seem like a charming read but I finished it having gleaned a much more personal revelation than I ever would have thought possible. I'm at a cross roads in life that require some deep soul searching that isn't pleasant to do, and this book has helped me accomplish some of it whether I wanted to or not. What starts out as a novel about a silly girl dealing with poverty and a practically insane family, turns into a weighty coming of age tale. Cassandra reminds me of myself and my own journal keeping in a lot of her passages, and her desire to write reflects my own silly wish to do so as well. I'm afraid though, that I relate most of all to her father. While he seems practically insane I feel I know exactly how he feels, the weight of perfection suffocating any chance he might currently have to write another novel as successful as the first. I get why he spends all his time reading or doing puzzles and shutting himself off from society. Above everything that I loved about this book, was the writing. There's something about the language in early victorian-esque novels that totally captivates me. I now find myself totally willing to give up modern conveniences to have at least one day at Godsend castle with Cassandra and the rest of the Mortiman crew. ...more
I'm honestly confused. I have built this book up for myself, with the aid of other's excitement of this book and my own anticipation for years, that II'm honestly confused. I have built this book up for myself, with the aid of other's excitement of this book and my own anticipation for years, that I am completely confused at how I feel right now. I think I give it 4 out of 5 stars?
I think the reason I'm struggling to conclude my reading with some sort of evaluation is because this read could not have been anticipated at all. I simultaneously loved and was let down by this book. I'm going to try and sort out how I'm feeling about this:
First, I hated the main character. I had anticipated wanting to be him and experience his unparalleled nose. I thought I would pity him when he accidentally murdered a young girl out of excitement and enthusiasm of her scent. I didn't realize Jean-Baptiste was a small, deranged version of a human.
I absolutely loved the writing. There were a few times that I would stop after a particularly perfect sentence and look for someone, anyone, to repeat it to. Honestly, Suskind is a literary genius. He writes about scents in a way that even transcends any first hand experience I've had with actually smelling them. He describes scents as having this ultimate grip on humans, one that we're completely unaware of and completely vulnerable to. I love the idea of scents never fully leaving once having been, and that it's just us who are unable to perceive them. This world and work he has created is enchanting and terrifying.
For how perfect the writing was, I felt like the plot left something to be desired. There were a few times elements that I thought were key would end up feeling disjointed and not fitting of how the story was progressing. A lot of what happened felt very convenient, without giving too much away, there are certain characters who just "know things" which I find to be extremely unconvincing and ultimately dampen the richness of the story for me.
However, with just how thoroughly perverse the main character was, I liked that his lack of scent seems to be what made him unhuman. I feel like there is some sort of moral to be gleaned from this, in many other areas as well, but I'm still letting myself bathe in having finished it, so I'm sure I'll figure out what those are later. ...more