Though I don't agree with some of the points or means in the book, I love how it reads, and how it gives me both an entertaining story and a philosophThough I don't agree with some of the points or means in the book, I love how it reads, and how it gives me both an entertaining story and a philosophical analysis. It's definitely not what I had expected (wasn't there a Disney movie of some sort with a teenage baseball player and a romance involved with this idea?) and it's also something I liked that I never thought I'd enjoy.
Fluff: I have to say that I liked Clarence quite a lot. He'll be going on my list of Awesome Male Characters, somewhere after F'nor but before Disney's Captain Phoebus. There was something boyishly innocent about him that I adore, his eagerness and sincerity that's hard for me to see in many live people.
The edition of the book I had was in itself special to me; it was my late grandmother's, and she'd written, underlined and parenthesized in places (it is, as far as my dad and I can tell, her own handwriting). I don't remember her, so this was meaningful to me, reading and holding something she read and held, especially since I read it over Thanksgiving Break.
I'd recommend this book to everyone, even if their views differ from Twain's. It's worth a try....more
"Written with grace and great good humor, The Wainscott Weasel is a rollicking adventure, a comedy, a love story, and most assuredly a book that will"Written with grace and great good humor, The Wainscott Weasel is a rollicking adventure, a comedy, a love story, and most assuredly a book that will live on in children's memories." (The Five Owls)
A cute and unordinary book that I enjoyed as a kid. Now that I've re-read it I see it is much more complex than I'd taken it for that first time I read it, at about 8/9 years old; I didn't remember anything about it except that it was about a weasel with one eye...But I read a lot of books then that I didn't remember, and since this is one of the few that I have made note of over the years, it's certainly something special (now if I can only find those other books that I partially remember...)....more
A cute story--very easy and fast to read, with an interesting insight of the roles of women in the 60s. It's so different from now, just by a few decaA cute story--very easy and fast to read, with an interesting insight of the roles of women in the 60s. It's so different from now, just by a few decades--that a girl can seem domestic and would want to mend a shirt if she'd baked a boy cookies.
Luckily Barbara's smarter than just giving in, and so she was able to rise above that idea. The word "cooky" is so odd to me--I guess I'm used to seeing "cookie". Tootie Bodger seems like a nice guy, but I play the trombone too, so maybe I'm a little bias...
Overall, a very cute read. I'm not sure what attracted me to this when I was nine or so, but I bought it and read it and have liked it ever since....more
I found that C.S. Lewis's voice is more amazing than I thought it would be, and am enjoying his style so far. I love the little pieces of humor that are placed here and there and I have to keep reminding myself that this is a children's book; I think that for too long I've coupled the Narnia series with Lewis's BBF Tolkien's books (they were friends, right?) and I had this impression that Narnia would be dense and difficult to read. But it is simple reading, if not drowning (in a good way) in symbolism.
The biggest problem I have with this book is the fact that I can't stop thinking about all those other ponds in the Wood between the Worlds. Where do they go? and will I ever find out?? (re: Chronicles of Narnia)
In any case, this was an excellent way to start of the series (as far as I can tell for now) and I'm glad I started here instead of reading the books in published order, as I first intended. Now, as I continue reading the series, all I have to do is imagine Liam Neeson as Aslan instead of this awkward Morgan Freeman/Garrison Keillor mix I've been getting so far (and while none of these voices are bad, it's easier if I stay consistent!)
(MN finished 4(?) May 2010)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe I started reading this when I was in fifth grade, but at the time had trouble getting used to Lewis's voice--now I love him, and his wonderful sense of humor.
What I like especially about LW&W is that it has everything. It was the first book in the series that was published, so it encompasses all elements of Christianity that Lewis wanted to include: everything from the betrayal, to the crucifixion, to the resurrection...As a Christian I find that Lewis's reiteration of God's message is particularly inspiring.
If one were to read this without focusing so much on the religious bits, and just focus on the story, I'd say: What I like especially about LW&W is that it has everything. It's got battles, drama, treachery, death, love, sacrifice...All in text easy to read and understand (none of this Olde English stuff) and in which one can relate to the characters...Well, I relate to them, but everyone's different.
Again, I find that even if I didn't like the story (which I do, so BONUS!!) I'm very drawn to Lewis's writing itself. I wouldn't recommend Mark Twain for his content, but I'd recommend him because when it comes to writing he is a genius; in a similar way, I'd recommend Lewis--from what I've read so far of him--for his spectacular voice and style.
(LW&W finished 6 May 2010)
The Horse and His Boy It took me a while to get back into this series because I had absolutely NO idea what this particular book would be about. I ended up enjoying this immensely; the subtlety of Aslan being my favorite part. He works in mysterious ways, but is just and takes care of his loved ones, even when they don't know it. (Kind of reminds me of someone else I know, right?)
This may be one of the books in the series I can pick up and read without feeling obligated to re-read the whole thing. It's an interesting stand-alone, I think.
(H&HB finished mid-October 2010)
Prince Caspian I quite enjoyed this book, though I thought parts of it were a little slow. Not much to say about it I guess!
(PC finished 9/10 Dec 2010)
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader I am SO GLAD I finished this book before I saw the movie today. I was able to form some thoughts on it before the distraction that is Ben Barnes.
My favorite part was how Eustace's adventure ended. That was obviously very symbolic, and I think all of us have some skin to shed--but we can't do it without help, of course.
The last chapters of the book were almost like a dream. Things got more and more magical and less like reality by the minute--really, like a dream. It was beautiful.
(As for the movie: it was all right. The interpretation isn't quite what I thought it would be, but it was neat all the same.)
Further proof that Lewis is hilarious: "...when the Pevensie children had returned to Narnia last time for their second visit, it was (for Narnians) as if King Arthur came back to Britain, as some people say he will. And I say the sooner the better."
(VotDT finished 10 Dec 2010; movie seen 11 Dec 2010)
The Silver Chair I think this is my favorite Narnia book. At least, I really, REALLY hope they make a movie out of it! Puddleglum is by far my favorite character (erm, I'm not sure why, though) and while this book wasn't as beautiful as the adventure of the Dawn Treader, it was surely something wonderful.
This is where I began to see Eustace as a different character--though the fact that he was referred to as "Scrubb" most of the time probably helped that. He really did change after VotDT.
(SC finished 11 Dec 2010)
The Last Battle A sad, sad book, which is obvious right off the bat when Tirian is described as the last King of Narnia.
This is the book I would give to people who doubt that these books are religious; I saw more symbolism and meaning in this book than all the others. We were able to revisit some old friends here (though not all of them, I'm afraid), and Calormen religion was explained a little bit more...If The Silver Chair isn't my favorite book, this one might be. It's not a very happy book in the sense that Prince Caspian was happy, but it is happy in a sad kind of way. Oh, paradox...es. Whatever.
(LB finished 12 Dec 2010)
TL;DR: Thoughts on the whole book... I want to say that this is a must-read, especially for Christians, but everyone has their own opinion so I can really only say that I fully encourage you to read it if it's the sort of thing that interests you. Even if you read it just for the fantasy and the story, it's a fantastic and beautiful world that Lewis has shown us, and I hope that readers enjoy it as much as I have....more
This was required reading for my sophomore-year honors English class; upon reading chapter one, I prepared myself for great disappointment, firstly beThis was required reading for my sophomore-year honors English class; upon reading chapter one, I prepared myself for great disappointment, firstly because the chapter was entirely about baseball (which although I’ve tried to enjoy I can’t seem to get in to, I’m sorry to say), and secondly because it was so descriptive. It was hard to imagine me being interested in something so...flowery (in some time I’ll post a review on another required reading, the oh-so-detailed Great Expectations, which hasn’t improved for me even through chapter thirty-six).
Coming into the later chapters of The Chosen, I began to enjoy it a lot more. Not only was the storyline interesting and the characters likable, but its deeper meaning was insightful and reminded me of the events happening in the U. S. concerning Jews and the Holocaust—about Mr. Malter rallying for a Jewish state, about Reb Saunders opposing this movement, and most prominently sticking out in my mind, the quote from the Hasidic boy who told Reuven that "Hitler destroyed the Jewish body, but you destroy the Jewish soul" (paraphrased). It gave me a certain perspective that makes me regret not having read the book sooner.
This is one of those books that I love, but can’t really explain why. With Dune it’s easy: great story, great characters, it’s got everything I’ve ever asked for. With Harry Potter, it’s got great people, great creatures, great symbolism. With The Hobbit it gives you a fun story and lovable characters. But, like The Chosen, books like The Invisible Man, 1984, and Fahrenheit 451 all leave me mind-boggled. I love those books. They make me think. They make me wonder. It’s like the brief, fleeting moment in Algebra when you realize that you’ve got it! and it’s all clicking into place: there are no words to describe how you feel when you realize, Hey, I understand what the author means by this, I see it’s deeper meaning—all just before the feeling goes and you’re left paralyzed by the knowledge that you’ve understood what it’s all about, even if you don’t understand it now quite as completely as in that moment, but instead of the movement of clicking into place it’s like you’ve understood it all along. With these kinds of books, there’s a supernatural element to them that entirely surpasses other novels, and your literary understanding is taken to new levels and into new lights.
These are the kinds of books I want to be reading for the rest of my life.
The Chosen is one of those books...and as much as I’m disliking Dickens at the moment, I’m glad I had that bit of required reading....more
Of the books I read in the 3rd/4th grade, not many I enjoyed so thoroughly as this. At that time what I liked about it was that it was different--maybOf the books I read in the 3rd/4th grade, not many I enjoyed so thoroughly as this. At that time what I liked about it was that it was different--maybe I even liked how the concept of a tesseract made me think even though I didn't understand it.
For my English class I'm analyzing this book in respect to archetypes and figurative language, so it really interests me how much symbolism is in there. After doing some research I came across an interview (I don't remember where) in which L'Engle said how she didn't think, after several rejections, this book would ever be published; now I see that, in 1962, it would be a strange book. Certainly I'm glad it was published, becuase even though there are the archetypes are there, it's still not a book full of cliches: Meg, though she is a main character and heroine, is annoying and has many flaws, but not in the sence that she's too perfect, but like an average girl. Even Charles Wallace seems to be a believable character, and I find that I don't dislike any characters because of personalities that would be just like characters in a different book.
Overall: five stars--my first perfect rating for the year. For making a 9-year-old think about science, and because it may be part of the reason why I used to want to be a physicist, and that means a lot to me....more
This is another book where I could not find the exact edition that I read--for some reason it bothers me...
Cornwell, through this one book that I haveThis is another book where I could not find the exact edition that I read--for some reason it bothers me...
Cornwell, through this one book that I have read, is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Though many times I find the lengthy descriptions dull, the giant paragraphs of detail give me an idea of what Napolean's wars could be like. The characters are all like-able, even when they're not supposed to be, because it seems so believable. The only reason I'm not rating this a "5" is because of the excessive details, but in time I may change my mind.
On a more personal note: years ago I used to watch the Sharpe series with Sean Bean (the only role, that I know of, in which he plays a "good guy") with my family before getting into more DVDs. I decided to read this after seeing some Sharpe books in Barnes & Noble a few weeks ago (before that, I don't think I knew the movies were based off of books...). I bought Sharpe's Triumph because it was 2nd chronologically (Sharpe's Tiger wasn't there) and got Eagle from my mom--I'll be reading Triumph soon. After I finished I watched a really bad VCR, taped from the History Channel version of Eagle (which was surprisingly different from the book); the sound on it was horrible but it included interviews with Cornwell himself. I really can't wait to read Battle, Rifle, Company, and any of the others with which I have a movie also with it.
By the way, does anyone know where I can get DVDs of the movies (other than eBay)?
Overall: excellent book, and I'm looking forward to more reading on Sharpe and maybe some other Cornwell books....more