I was very disappointed with this novel. It was dense; with characters coming and going in a hard to follow why. There were no chapters, so when charaI was very disappointed with this novel. It was dense; with characters coming and going in a hard to follow why. There were no chapters, so when characters were coming back, that were completely separate from other characters and their coming and goings, it appeared random and out of place. The novel was not cohesive in any way. It was more written in a stream of consciousness that wasn't very clear. I didn't know how certain characters connected with the main, titled character Mrs. Dalloway.
I loved The Hours which is based on this novel so I had high hopes. I'm sad to say I really really did not like this novel in any way. I struggled from page to page due to not feeling connected to anyone. ...more
Simply put, this story is an imaginative telling of talking animals. With all the animals, known only as their species name, live a life of free thinkSimply put, this story is an imaginative telling of talking animals. With all the animals, known only as their species name, live a life of free thinking with human behaviors. This novel is a child’s classic. A book often seen in a child’s library. Maybe I am getting older, or too cynical, but this story didn’t do it to me.
Toad was a frustrating character from the beginning. Maybe that was Grahame’s intention, and if so he succeeded in me despising him as a character and with no sympathy towards this entitled animal prancing around the world with barely any remorse towards the havoc he wrecked.There were more animals that were more that I could stand, but none that made a lasting impression.
A ten-year-old disagreeable and self-centered little girl orphan Mary, comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors where she discovers herA ten-year-old disagreeable and self-centered little girl orphan Mary, comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors where she discovers her equally disagreeable invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.
The garden, discovered by Mistress Mary, laid untouched for ten years, the same time her cousin was born and his mother died giving birth to him. Her cousin Colin’s father locked the garden up once his wife died-the garden was her favorite place to be. Mary decides to bring new life to the garden with her new friend, Dickon the animal whisperer and the best gardener at the young age of twelve. What enfolds is a great story where Colin and Mary become each other’s savior. The garden healing them all (with magic as Colin repeatedly and joyfully said).
One return trip home to Kansas, one brain, one heart, and a bit of courage in the land of the powerful Wizard of Oz
Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto are cOne return trip home to Kansas, one brain, one heart, and a bit of courage in the land of the powerful Wizard of Oz
Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto are country bumpkins. They have never been on an adventure, killed a witch, or met a powerful wizard. That was until a nasty Tornado landed them in a magical country with all the above and more. Follow the yellow brick road and you can meet, or hope to meet, an all powerful wizard. There is plenty of adventure with a brainless scare crow, a heartless Tin Woodman, and a cowardly lion. What can go wrong with this oddball group trying to help Dorothy and Toto get home?
This classic children’s novel was fun to listen to; Anne Hathaway did great voices. Unfortunately, I just didn’t find this as great of a story I wanted to. I liked listening to Hathaway’s voice, but even at under four hours it took me a long time to really get invested; honestly, I don’t think I ever did. I didn’t have many problems with the writing, itself. Or, the narration. One silly issue I had, and it’s silly, is the silver shoes. Yes, silver shoes. Silly, but the ruby slippers are classic, so to find out they were actually silver, I was a tad put off. Silly, and nitpicking, I know. I stand by that complaint, though. It really bothered me, but it didn’t fully take me away from Oz.
There aren’t many concrete reasons why I disliked the novel. I wanted to like it; to really analyze the text. I just couldn’t. Nor can I believe there are fourteen novels in this series. He had that much to say apparently. I just don’t see it. Thankfully, Hathaway’s wonderful voices delighted me. I would recommend her recording over anyone else’s, I’d say. She was one of the few redeeming aspects of this novel....more