I'm trying not to be to hyperbolic, but if I can incorporate the ideas in this book—and though they are not necessarily new, it was the first time somI'm trying not to be to hyperbolic, but if I can incorporate the ideas in this book—and though they are not necessarily new, it was the first time someone put them in such a way that I could relate—my life will be significantly happier. I'm happy to have the reminder to be curious about myself and who I am and what feels good and what doesn't. What things I eat and do that really make me feel alive and what things make me tired and apathetic? For the compulsive eater, which I can now positively identify myself as, this book is accurate and hopeful and simple and offers a technique or path for unclenching years unconscious eating and self-punishment....more
It was a treat to reread To Kill A Mockingbird again this summer! I just love this book. I have no ability to be critical or impartial reviewing it—itIt was a treat to reread To Kill A Mockingbird again this summer! I just love this book. I have no ability to be critical or impartial reviewing it—it has become part of me after I reading it at least three times. I've seen the movie about fifty times, so the characters have been forever given faces. Atticus and Scout and Bob and Mayella Ewell are perfectly cast. It's okay in this case, because the movie is so good.
I think the character I enjoyed the most this time was Jem. He observant and makes some interesting discoveries about the way of the world. Of course we are seeing him through the eyes of an adoring younger sister, too, so that helps. A sleeper character who doesn't get talked about a lot is Heck Tate. He's kind of my hero in a way that Atticus isn't at the end. Atticus is surprisingly slow on the uptake.
PS Apparently there is no saving this review. I need coffee....more
This is my third time reading The Great Gatsby. I enjoyed it, but I enjoyed it even more the last time (the second time) I read because it had been soThis is my third time reading The Great Gatsby. I enjoyed it, but I enjoyed it even more the last time (the second time) I read because it had been so long since I'd read it the first time that I had mostly forgotten what happens.
Gatsby is oddly action packed, which of funny for a book about people who do almost nothing. The suspense of wondering about the outcome is partially what makes this book tick. Having just read The Beautiful and Damned, I noticed that Gatsby has more forward motion and an almost a kinetic energy, so to speak, that is managed and spilled in more controlled, explosive bursts. Fitzgerald combines details of visual, sensual, and auditory experience in ways that are gratifyingly complex and surprising. Part of the energy of the book also seems to come from the emotion inherent in Nick's voice and attitude. Nick even occasionally addresses of the reader and makes reference to the story as he's writing it, a detail I hadn't noticed before.
Muller did Fitzgerald justice. His inflection and diction are excellent. I started listening last night and, aside from a few hours for sleeping, I didn't stop until I'd listened to the whole thing. ...more