It's a collection of essays and short stories by John Irving. You can see Irving's development and progress as a writer. You can obviously see that heIt's a collection of essays and short stories by John Irving. You can see Irving's development and progress as a writer. You can obviously see that he is influenced by Charles Dickens and Gunther Grass. ...more
I bought this book as a birthday present and the funny thing is the person's name is also Charlotte, so I gave Charlotte's Web (the book) to CharlotteI bought this book as a birthday present and the funny thing is the person's name is also Charlotte, so I gave Charlotte's Web (the book) to Charlotte (the person).
Charlotte is a spider who can spin words on her web. She lives in a barn with other animals. One day, a piglet was born on the farm. The piglet was so small and the farmer thinks that it won't live long and it's going to die soon. Fern, the farmer's daughter decided to take care of the piglet. She nursed the piglet with a bottle and named him Wilbur.
Fern and Wilbur become friends but not for long because Fern is busy with school. Wilbur always long for Fern to come and play with him. One day when he was very sad, Charlotte comes and console him.
Wilbur grows and the farmer wants to slaughter him but Charlotte comes and saves the day. She manages to write something on her web telling the farmer not to kill the pig.
This is a great book for children. It's about friendship, losing a friend, and dying. Although the subject of death is obvious in this book, it is told in a children friendly way. E.B. White is also the author who wrote Stuart Little. White actually lived in a farm and he did some research on the behavior of the animals on the farm. The book is based on White's failing experience of trying to save pigs....more
Well, actually... it's not a book. It's originally a play, I read the script. I also have the audio-book (available for free through LibriVox.org). OsWell, actually... it's not a book. It's originally a play, I read the script. I also have the audio-book (available for free through LibriVox.org). Oscar Wilde is a genius, you will never guess how the story will end. It is very funny and witty, lots of irony and cynical remarks. My eyes were teary because I laughed so hard when I was reading the book. It's hilarious, by far the funniest book I ever read. It tells the story of mistaken identity and failing attempts to cover it up. Two young men pretended that their names were Ernest to win the love of two girls. Things started to go wrong and unexpected when the girls found out that their names weren't Ernest (or so they thought). Things fell back right into place when they discovered the shocking truth revealed by the most unexpected person in the play. Even if you are not a fan of Oscar Wilde, I bet you would love this. It's a classic!...more
"A Million Little Pieces" is James Frey's recollection of his days in a rehabilitation center. He woke up on a plane not remembering anything and his"A Million Little Pieces" is James Frey's recollection of his days in a rehabilitation center. He woke up on a plane not remembering anything and his parents decided to admit him to a program called the Twelve Steps. He described everything from surgery to landscape graphically, often in horrific details. The story is told in the first person perspective. I believe the author did this on purpose to put forward his point of view but sometimes there are fallacies in his line of reasoning.
James Frey uses short sentences and repeat certain phrases to emphasize what he says. It's like staccato in music. Short, brief and repetitive. Sometimes the sentences are random and run over another. It is indistinguishable where one sentence ends and another begins because the lack of punctuations. However, that way the readers are able to follow the author's rapid and unsystematic train of thought.
I didn't know anything about the controversy over "A Million Little Pieces." I knew about it after I started reading the book and I don't understand why people make such a fuss about the book being fiction or non-fiction. As far as I'm concerned James Frey has a story to tell and the book was written based on the his experience and memory, regardless the objective truth of his memory. I know how fickle human memory is. Sometimes you remember things not as they were but as it were to be, distort it as you want it to be.
Despite the embellishment, glorification, and controversy over the book, I think James Frey did a great job telling the life he had as he remembers it. I don't see anything wrong with the way he tells the story. He is writing a novel, not a term paper or a thesis. As Arthur Golden put it in "Memoirs of A Geisha," a memoir is different from a biography. So there is bound to be distortion because it is written as the author remembers it, not as how another person might objectively observe it as in a biography.