I should have known I wouldn't like this simply because, even as a child, I never much liked the writings of Mr. Lewis. But this was bad...this was veI should have known I wouldn't like this simply because, even as a child, I never much liked the writings of Mr. Lewis. But this was bad...this was very bad.
By about 10 pages in the author had already repeated the same concept about three times. At first I was following his reasoning (not to say I agreed with it, however, I could understand how HE believed it), but then he just kept reiterating the same point, one that isn't even all that difficult to understand (which, if it were, would at least warrant the repetition), almost as if he was trying to get himself to believe it.
He is quite vague, makes a lot of really nonsensical statements, and seems quite pompous (I just imagine him sitting there, chest puffed out, explaining all this as if he is the smartest and most philosophically evolved being on the planet).
Honestly, I couldn't finish the book. I tried skipping ahead to see if he stopped repeating himself and finally said something I could latch on to, but I wound up empty handed.
Ultimately, this book reminds me of that concept that human beings will find proof/existence of whatever it is they believe in or whatever argument they are trying to make. Well, that is the case here. Mr. Lewis apparently thinks his thoughts and ideas are grand and they are surely proof of God and provide reason for being a Christian...which, of course his thoughts and ideas prove that, because he DOES believe in God and he IS a Christian. Even as someone who believes in God, I found this all just too much to handle. I definitely wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, especially someone who already has questions or is examining their beliefs; surely it would only turn them in the opposite direction....more
Okay, so this book isn't GREAT literature, it isn't the most well written, and it doesn't have a wonderful story that makes you feel all warm and fuzzOkay, so this book isn't GREAT literature, it isn't the most well written, and it doesn't have a wonderful story that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside...BUT that isn't what I was looking for when I picked this book up (nor should it be what anyone expected...at least if they have heard ANYTHING about the book).
A lot of the things about this book that bother me most also happen to be some of the things that make me like it so much!
1. Bad writing, like REALLY bad writing, ANNOYING writing (repetitive, immature, and even downright childish at times); luckily the story had enough of a driving force to keep me reading on. Also, the bad writing perhaps contributed to the fact that this was a super light and easy read, so I guess I can't complaing about that too much.
2. It was easy to see things from the nerdy, bookworm, virgin female lead's point of view (quite relatable for me, as one of those "late bloomers"). She is, typically, insecure and inexperienced. I can fully relate to that and I appreciate the fact that I can, at least somewhat, relate to the female lead because I usually HATE the female lead characters and find it hard to see any redeeming quality in them. It was kind of like my teenage fantasy come true: rediculously good looking rich man finds me attractive, showers me with gifts, deflowers me causing multiple orgasms every time! But, really, how realistic is it to not only orgasm every times sex, often multiple times (sometimes even on command). Thus why I say the book plays out like a teenage fantasy.
3. The sex. Well, to be honest, it is quite tame; my imagination took me wild places when I imagined what this book would be like. The book is definitely sexy, but it doesn't go so far as to be offputting, especially because the BDSM in the book is very "light". This is more sumtty romance than straight up erotica, but that is quite alright to me. Some of the sexiest stuff is the dialogue and the teasing the characters do to eachother. The flirty emails were one of my favorite parts of the book!
4. Christian Grey; he is a surprisingly complex character (at least compared to my expectations) and I really began to like him. I was intrigued and sometimes "beguiled" by him and really couldn't wait to see how he developed as the trilogy went on.
Somehow this book is incerdibly addictive; there are a lot of intense emotions and the storyline takes continuous turns (albeit often predictable). This book is a page-turner that I just couldn't put down. In fact as soon as I finished this book I was literally DESPERATE to pick up the next book in the trilogy. ...more
Pretentious? Yes. Perhaps a bit difficult to relate to at times, but I also think it is a great piece of literature with a touching story to tell.
PoiPretentious? Yes. Perhaps a bit difficult to relate to at times, but I also think it is a great piece of literature with a touching story to tell.
Points are definitely due because the book opens with this:
"And you may ask yourself, Well how did I get here?... And you may tell yourself, This is not my beautiful house. And you may tell yourself, This is not my beautiful wife!" - Talking Heads
The heroine in the book is hard to like, and, yes, this is where the comparisons to Eat, Pray, Love come in; you just can't really relate to, or feel any sympathy for, a gorgeous rich girl who has never had to work hard for anything a day in her life. I do think there are experiences that she goes through that are fairly universal, and thus somewhat relatable, for anyone who ever spent their early twenties going through a sort of quarter life crisis (especially during that time right after college)!
It is the supporting characters that bring life to this book. I was particularly drawn to Leonard Bankhead and his manic-depression. He was real and I could relate to his problems through experiences of my own in dealing with metal illness. I feel like he brought depth to the story and carried me through the lulls in the plot.
Despite the annoying lead character, this book was generally enjoyable. It is well written and told from the perspective of three different characters which helps to move it along. It is the first of Eugenides I have read so now I am excited to read his other works!...more
My rating for this book is a very weak 3 stars...only because I DO like a lot of what he had to say and found myself agreeing with the author on a lotMy rating for this book is a very weak 3 stars...only because I DO like a lot of what he had to say and found myself agreeing with the author on a lot of different points; there were a few ideas he expressed that were long held beliefs of mine that I had a hard time expressing and I found it exciting to read about them and identify them through this book.
Now, that is about the only positive thing I can say. You can tell that this book is written by a lawyer; I appreciate the logic used and it does make the author's point of view entirely clear, but I have to agree with the other reviewers that it comes off as obnoxiously egocentric, often to the point of making me want to disagree with him even though I agree with what he was trying to say.
This was not as enjoyable as I thought it would be; I really wanted something more relatable or even eye-opening but just found this very dry....more
This is the second Austen novel I have read and it was not nearly as impressive as the first. I will say I appreciate the morals of the characters inThis is the second Austen novel I have read and it was not nearly as impressive as the first. I will say I appreciate the morals of the characters in this book more than I do those of the sisters in Pride and Prejudice; I was happy to see Elinor was level-headed, logical, and extremely mature. Though Elinor's younger sister, Marianne, was not quite so sensible in the beginning of the novel, she comes around and realizes her behavior was harmful to her health. Besides the fact that I admired the sisters' sense and morals, the only reason I think I was able to grasp onto this book is because I had just finished Pride and Prejudice.
I am still indifferent to the language used and prose of the author (though I am leaning towards distaste). I feel as if about three quarters of the way through the story started dragging, and then, suddenly, only in the last pages, the story seems to resolve itself and tie up all the different scenarios of the novel. The plot is not very complicated or complex, but her means of telling the story sometimes left me feeling as if I had misunderstood a certain event.
I'll give her a break as this is her first novel, and it seems very much as if she is less confident than she was when she wrote Pride and Prejudice. Despite this, Austen is very observant of human interaction and communication and there are moments where her prose depicts these topics beautifully. As I read my way through more Austen novels I hope I will notice as she develops and hones her craft....more
I had made it this far in life (23 years) without ever having read any Jane Austen (in fact, I almost avoided reading any Austen novels) and it took mI had made it this far in life (23 years) without ever having read any Jane Austen (in fact, I almost avoided reading any Austen novels) and it took me quite some time to actually get hooked on Pride and Prejudice. I was one of those who was turned off by the importance of social standing, wealth, and ideas of superior society (not to mention all the happy endings). I took all of this to be incredibly outdated and quite prudish and annoying. That is until, about a third of the way through, I just started liking it (a LOT actually). Perhaps my change of opinion is quite similar to the change of feelings in the characters.
It still took some time to get used to the language used and prose of the author. I also think I took too literally the major themes of "pride" and "prejudice" expecting them to be exclusively assigned to one or the other of the protagonists when, in fact, they both display each of those characteristics.
I couldn't help but learn to love the characters, and I find myself, as does pretty much every woman who reads the book, relating very much to Elizabeth. This is the quintessential love story; so often interpreted and used for inspiration. Perhaps that is why I ended up liking the book so much (simply because the story is so familiar); in the end, I think it is a story worth reading and Austen did a wonderful job writing an entertaining story with, indeed, a very happy ending. ...more