David Rakoff’s first novel, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish was published merely weeks before his death in August 2012. Rakoff is missed David Rakoff’s first novel, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish was published merely weeks before his death in August 2012. Rakoff is missed by devoted fans of his work. Prior to the the publication of Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, Rakoff was a well-known journalist and essay writer. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish refers to many of Rakoff’s personal experiences, from being gay to having cancer.
The novel is written from different perspectives, each being connected to the other by either acts of kindness or mistreatment. The characters, from which the novel is written in perspectives of, commits all of the acts mentioned in the title of the book. Rakoff writes about a girl, Margaret who is a victim of poverty and is surrounded by those who want to take advantage of her, to a gay boy, Clifford, whose passion is art and develops a crush, to his cousin Helen who is taken advantage of by her boss, to Susan and her love triangle between Josh and Nathan. As the book goes on, the characters grow old, but the only recurrence of a character is Clifford, whose life Rakoff writes about in first-person as he grows older.
Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish is a short novel that is written in verses, in a poetic fashion. Although it is a small book, the poetic style can be alienating for some only-novel readers, however the book leads readers through a comprehensive linear set of events that make sense. I am not a big fan of poetry, so I hesitated when I flipped through the book, uncertain that I would enjoy reading it, but the language of the book cannot be described as anything less than beautiful. The rhyme scheme that Rakoff uses also gives a delightful rhythm when reading.
The mistreatment of Margaret and Helen by men is described so well, it is easy to empathize and feel the betrayal and loss felt by those characters when taken advantage of.
My favorite part of the novel is when Nathan gives a toast to his ex-girlfriend Susan and his best friend Josh during their wedding and tells of a tale of a scorpion and a tortoise, comparing the scorpion to Susan but also to human nature as a whole.
A lot of the characters written about in Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish also address social issues that they face and is relevant in our time. Rakoff writes about the misogynistic environment that women grow up in and also the unacceptance of homosexuals through the criticisms Clifford receives from conservatives who dislike his homosexual subject in his art.
The aesthetic of the book is also quite attractive, with the title being read amidst other letters through holes punched through the cover. Unlike other books with multiple characters, in Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish it is easy to identify which character’s perspective is being read by the creative drawings of each of the characters in the beginning of each chapter.
Overall, although the poetic style can be agitating at times, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish is still a great read with multiple admirable aspects of the book. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish is a good read for anyone who is looking for beautiful stylistic writing with meaningful storylines.
An American girl, Anna, transfers from her current school to a school in Paris, France on her senior year of high school. Forced to leave her friendsAn American girl, Anna, transfers from her current school to a school in Paris, France on her senior year of high school. Forced to leave her friends and everything she’s familiar with embarks in a journey … eh, what the heck? So this girl, Anna, she’s from Atlanta, Georgia and she’s forced by her father to go to spend her last year of high school in Paris. She’s furious and dislikes her father so much because she had no choice in this decision. And of course since this book is taking place in Paris (the most romantic city in the world) and this is YA fiction she meets this guy, St. Clair. He’s the hottie in the school and she’s fallen head over heels. BUT (of course there’s a ‘but’) he’s been going out with another girl for about a year. Because of this Anna and St. Clair are forced to be just friends even though the attraction is apparent.
Okay, I made it sound like some dumb book didn’t I? Anyone who says no is being too kind. It’s just that I can’t help it with books that have this kind of teenagery romance. In all honesty, I wouldn’t have picked it up if it weren’t for the glowing reviews it has gotten in the past few weeks. And I have to say, *cringe* I’m with them. It’s not what I expected. This book is actually a decent romance. It really captures the feeling of being in love. And it’s really sweet and not cliche at all. It’s definitely not something you’d expect from a YA romance novel. Especially of the title. But you know, you shouldn’t judge a book a its title! … Or? …
Anyway, I give this book a 4.5 rating (I know right?!). And I recommend it to anyone who likes YA fiction or romance. And for those of you who are very picky on romance (like me) I recommend you give it a try. It’s definitely not your norm. (:...more
The book is set in a dystopian future where civilization is split into five factions. Abnegation who are the selfless, Dauntless who are the brave, ErThe book is set in a dystopian future where civilization is split into five factions. Abnegation who are the selfless, Dauntless who are the brave, Erudite who are the intelligent, Candor who are the honest, and Amity who are the peaceful. Children grow up with their families in their parent’s factions, but when they reach the age of sixteen they must decide what faction best suits them. “Faction before blood” is a quote endorsed in the book. Beatrice is sixteen and she must decide what faction suits her. Should she stay with her family or choose a faction that best suits her? When she does choose her faction, she must grow through initiation. The initiation demands intense, vigorous, and unbelievable training. She must survive the initiation before being a working citizen. In addition, she must guard a secret of hers that might mean death for her. If Beatrice cannot complete initiation, she will become factionless, poor, and abandoned.
At first the book was sort of frustrating. I liked the dystopian aspects of the book; it was similar to other dystopian novels. But the romance was the thing that frustrated me in the beginning. Thankfully, the book doesn’t revolve around the romance. The romance takes part of the novel more realistic than other books. The thing about the romance, is that the romantic figure of Tris, well it was sort of obvious. But it wasn’t even that, it was him being secretive, cryptic, “bad”, and having a sense of “danger”. It reminded me of Edward, which isn’t a good thing for me as some of you know. However, the romance turned for the better towards the better, and I couldn’t get enough of it. I had this sort of thirst for it, and the whole book in general. I loved the intensity and the danger and the action. It something you can’t say for a lot of the books. When I was reading the book, I was so dizzy with all the intensity that I was more or less in the novel than in the subway.
Even now I am craving Insurgent, which is the second book. It was really good. The characters were real, and you can see why they had certain intentions. I especially loved how Beatrice’s character and philosophy developed. I loved how she was an individual thinking different thoughts than the rest of the people around her. I think my favorite part of book was the ending, because of authenticity of some of the characters.
I recommend this book for people who love reading dystopian novels or loved The Hunger Games....more
I love John Green. And An Abundance of Katherines wasn’t a disappointment at all. It tells a story of a boy prodigy, Colin, who exclusively dates girlI love John Green. And An Abundance of Katherines wasn’t a disappointment at all. It tells a story of a boy prodigy, Colin, who exclusively dates girls named “Katherine”. And with every Katherine, he was dumped. The book starts off with Colin just being dumped by his latest Katherine. They just graduated from high school and Colin is not only upset because of the fact that he was dumped but he is also upset because he didn’t prove himself as a genius. He therefore has no idea how to move on with his life. His friend Hassan tries to get Colin’s mind off the break up and decides to go on a road trip together. Throughout the road trip, Colin being the prodigy that he is, works on a relationship equation that predicts the outcome of every relationship. Since, according to him, relationships are so predictable. An Abundance of Katherines tells a story about people and our mistakes and flaws.
First thing I want to remark about this book is that it had these little footnotes. After I was done with this book I actually wrote most of the footnotes down in a notebook. The footnotes were the definitions of these interesting words. These words ranged from different languages and had these really uncommon meanings. I personally thought that was really cool.
Anyway about the story, it started off like most any novels. About two couples whether it’s in a breakup or a relationship. Now I normally don’t read “common” novels and whatnot but what really kept me reading were two things. John Green and the protagonist. The protagonist, although sometimes annoying (after all he just got out of a relationship) he thought in a very unique way. He was extraordinarily smart and so he handles situations very differently. What I really liked about this book was that it was really fun and lighthearted but it had this really significant meaning to it. In the end, the book was to live and not think about the future or the past but to live in the moment, really. And that’s what I really liked about the book.
I would personally recommend this book to anyone who of course enjoyed John Green, any YA fiction reader, or anyone who wants to read a simple book with meaning....more
"Winter is coming" is the the motto of the Winterfell house. In the world Martin creates in his book AA Game of Thrones by George RR Martin - A Review
"Winter is coming" is the the motto of the Winterfell house. In the world Martin creates in his book A Game of Thrones the kingdom is split into seven houses. Each chapter of A Game of Thrones is written from a different person's perspective, but most of the perspectives are from the members of the house of Winterfell. The book starts off with the king, Robert House of Baratheon visiting his friend Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell. King Robert has come to Winterfell for two reasons: to visit his first betroth Lyanna who had tragically died and also to offer Lord Stark the title of the Hand. With the offer of the Hand, King Robert also offers his son, Prince Joffrey to be betrothed to Lady Sansa, Ned's daughter. While Ned is facing this dilemma of leaving his home and Winterfell to become an advisor for the kingdom, one of his sons', Bran's life becomes jeopardized by a fall while climbing the castle. This event completely weighs down the Stark family. Ned's other bastard son, Jon Snow, decides to join the Night's Watch where he will guard the north border of the kingdom but while also giving away the chance of having a family. He is to accept the members of the Night's Watch as his family instead. Meanwhile, the former heir of the throne is conspiring to take down King Robert and claim the throne for the House of Targaryen and the children of the dragons.
It was about time that I picked up Game of Thrones. The TV show is already on it's third season and the series has gotten a lot of media attention. I've had it in my possession a while ago, since my friend allowed me to borrow her copy, but I didn't start reading it until quite recently. It is unfortunate that I waited so long, because this book was an absolute pleasure to read. Martin's writing is poetic, beautiful, and enchanting. I easily fell in love and identified with a lot of the characters including: Daenerys Targaryen who is the daughter of the former king, Jon Snow, and Arya Stark who is the daughter of Eddard Stark. The book proposes a lot of philosophical ideas which I enjoyed reading. Some of the wise words are spoken by Tyrion Lannister who is a dwarf and seems to have learned a lot in his life probably due to his disadvantage in a very masculine, war-like society. The world that Martin writes about is a very patriarchal one, the details that Martin includes did not fail to aggravate me because it can be compared to the parallels of our society today, but I absolutely loved reading about the many strong female characters in the book.
One of the characters, Sansa Stark, is particularly interesting. She is a complete contrast from Arya Stark who is more of rebel than anything. In contrast, Sansa is formal and enjoys embroidery and speaks manners. She's obedient and her goal in life is to become a wife and be able to serve her husband, as best as a lady could. Her values are questionable but completely understandable in the society she lives in. But her growth and perceptions is a particularly intriguing one.
Martin is not a benign author, so I became somewhat disappointed and heart-broken at times, but in other occasions I was thrilled and compelled at what was happening. The book provides you with hefty emotions, but I thought that was the most engaging part of A Game of Thrones.
I would definitely recommend this book. I mainly picked up A Game of Thrones because I missed Harry Potter and wanted to throw myself into an entirely different world. If you like fantasy novels like Harry Potter or Narnia because it's completely different from our world and serves as a great escape, I think A Game of Thrones can also provide you with such. Also, if you just like fantasy, adventure, and action novels in general, this book fantastically falls into those categories as well (see what I did there?). I hope I get to see the TV show because it has gotten excellent reviews, but I'm a teensy bit scared that it might be mediocre compared to the books. I do look forward to reading the second novel though, and can't wait for that review to be up as well! If you read A Game of Thrones be sure to tell me how you liked it!