I have to be honest: Reading To the Lighthouse for the first time: I got to 1%I recommend To the Lighthouse.
Nothing on earth can equal this happiness.
I have to be honest: Reading To the Lighthouse for the first time: I got to 1% before I fell asleep. I have to change tactics if I were to finish it, that's why I resorted to an audiobook. Thank heavens for it! If I was easily deterred by the boredom I encountered reading the ebook, I would've missed one of the most beautifully written novels there is.
...love that never attempted to clutch its object, but like the love which mathematicians bear their symbols, or poets their phrases.
Mesmerizing, isn't it? :)
To the Lighthouse reminded me of Gilead, with the family theme, questions about life and happiness. Mrs. Ramsay likes to ponder about things, and people. Matchmaking seems a hobby for people in the early times! Her relationship to James early in the novel was stamped on me, searing and immovable.
She transferred to him what she felt for her husband.
James' POV was equally powerful, relentlessly brutal for a kid his age. Violent thoughts against his father swirled to his mind. But what pushes him to think the way he did? I found the answer in the end.
Chapter 19 is the core of To the Lighthouse. Its ending, so blindingly heart-clenching.
But then Virginia Woolf breaks my heart in the next part. She depicted life vividly, unconsciously real. And to compare a life in ruins to that of a dilapidating summer house? Dramatic yet effective.
Reading Lolita was a gruelling experience, because of my warring emotions. I should be disI recommend Lolita.
Madness. Nabokov's writing was exquisite.
Reading Lolita was a gruelling experience, because of my warring emotions. I should be disgusted, but I was not. I became entranced with Humbert's absurdity that he calls his life. The idea of enjoyability despite the controversy of Vladimir Nabokov's story made my reading experience all the more compelling.
Lolita. Manipulative, shrewd, beguiling. She won't get any pity from me. She's clever enough to understand the situation she's in with Humbert (and get out of it). Should I hate Humbert for his perversions? I am more inclined to hate Lolita for her falseness.
Humbert's portrayal of his love for Lolita is thought-provoking. Was he self-serving, struggling against the norms of society, or downright sick to be attracted to nymphets like Lolita? Those scenes where Humbert defends, justifies his actions to readers as simple acts o f a man in love, it was amusing. Crazy talk from him yes, but still engaging.
In the end, despair clung to Humbert like leech to one's skin.
Lolita is riveting, once you see past Humbert's sick mind. Temptation to fall for his machinations is great, given that Vladimir Nabokov wrote so tantalizingly, you would question the rightness to judge him.
..when i started reading: Somehow, I find P&P more entertaining to read than Jane Eyre. :) This might be an easy read foI likePride and Prejudice.
..when i started reading: Somehow, I find P&P more entertaining to read than Jane Eyre. :) This might be an easy read for me!
..when i finished reading: I TAKE IT BACK! I liked Jane Eyre better than P&P. What. A. Fallout.
I can't help but compare. Because of my book club, I was obligated to read these two classics in 2011. I finished them both and I was disappointed. I thought Jane Eyre was overrated. After Pride and Prejudice, I thought P&P was more overrated than JE!
The first few chapters are entertaining. The middle part was just nonsense - those chapters about gossip and intrigue were so irritating. Where is the story of Ms. Bennett and Mr. Darcy?!! Gone! Gone, I tell you. And it only came back 3-4 chapters in the end. I was freakin' shortchanged.
Elizabeth was so high-and-mighty, so I prefer her sister, Jane. I have no complaints about Mr. Darcy *ahem* only that.. whatever did he see in Elizabeth?
I did like Mr. Bennett, Elizabeth's father, because he's funny. And those moments between Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy were heartwarming albeit contained and elusive. And theirs is supposed to be the greatest romantic love story of all time..? Sorry, but I didn't buy it, Jane Austen.
Jane Eyre has more substance and depth than Pride and Prejudice. The story was better executed in JE than in P&P.
The drama should've turned me off. While listening to the first chapter of the Great Gatsby, sI recommend The Great Gatsby.
... Oh, Gatsby. *crey crey*
The drama should've turned me off. While listening to the first chapter of the Great Gatsby, somehow it reminded me of the characters' theatrics in Pride and Prejudice. Flirty, silly, annoying. If this was Gatsby's narrative, it would've been a disaster. Fortunately, Nick Carraway was the perfect person to tell Gatsby's story.
Of course I could not understand Gatsby's madness undying love for Daisy. That social climbing, opportunistic girl?!! Sigh. And just like Nick, I was apprehensive about Gatsby. What kind of man would throw lavish parties in order to draw out a married woman into it? The simple intrigue was interesting enough for me to continue listening.
In the end, Carraway's unexpected affinity to Gatsby made the drama (and the heartache) worthwhile. I mean, if I strip down the shallowness and immorality of the characters, I found strength in Carraway's steadfastness to stand by Gatsby after everything. The tragedy would normally strike me in a sour manner, but it didn't. And I was glad. :D
What happened to Jay Gatsby, it was unfair. But he had it coming when he started messing with another man's wife, yes? And Daisy moving on, how dare her. (Yes, I hate you.)...more
I don't like how Meursault thinks, much less act. It's like everything for him isI didn't like The Stranger.
Hmph. This classic is an epic fail for me.
I don't like how Meursault thinks, much less act. It's like everything for him is happening to someone else, and he is but a mere spectator. There were bits and pieces of philosophy that caught my attention, but Meursault is such a loser in his pathetic life.
The Stranger is less than 200 pages, and yet it got annoying after each turn of the page. I cannot find myself sympathizing with the miserable situation Meursault found himself in, because he has no regard with whatever happens to him.. until he faced his mortality as it draws near.
That one thing I remotely liked? The story about the Czech (?) and his mother/sister. Other than that, good riddance.
Stranger started out good, but ended up sucking for me.
My first actual book from The Perks of a Being a Wallflower classics reading list. =)
The winter loves me, I mean as much as you can say a season can love. What I mean is, I love winter, and when you really love something, then it loves you back, in whatever way it has to love.
... it cannot be. *still in denial*
In another time that I might've read this, I would've hated A Separate Peace. I do, and I believe that. It was my first time to read a classic out of my own volition, I finished it, and I felt unhappy. Grieved. So by now you should know, this is a sad story (at least for me).
Gene and Phineas or "Finny" have an unusual friendship. It was amazing when Gene realized that there's an underlying tension and rivalry between them (or not). So a simple act of defiance to gain ground against his best friend Finny is all it took to change their lives.
Finny was a charmer, as in he can get away with everything. Everything, I tell you. But even the most confident of boys feel suffering at one point of their lives. And when that happened to Finny, how my heart went out to him. He could use a hug!
A Separate Peace is an awakening of sorts. To Gene, who discovered what he's capable of. To Finny, who found out that he can only avoid the ongoing war for so long. and with a cost.
Okay, then. I think I am entitled to sulk for a while.
You have to do what you think is the right thing, but just make sure it’s the right thing in the long run, and not just for the moment.
I'll make this quick. I like Holden, I really do.With his disgust for phonies, even his foul mouth. But let's faceI like The Catcher in the Rye.
I'll make this quick. I like Holden, I really do.With his disgust for phonies, even his foul mouth. But let's face it, not everyone who read The Catcher in the Rye will get whatever it is that Salinger wants to convey. I didn't get it at first. But once I knew Salinger's message behind the book, it was just okay. The impact was not that gut-wrenching for me.
The thing that struck me the most is Holden's relationship with his sister. Even if he is on the brink of self-destruction, his love for her never got tainted. That even if Holden wants to forget everything in his life, she anchored him to hope, kindness, and life.
I saw why The Catcher in the Rye is a banned book. But once I looked closely on why Holden wanted to be the catcher in the rye, it was a realization that troubled teenagers need to know. Therefore, it must be available, and not banned, right?...more
Impossible; for how many people did you know who refracted your own light to you?
I picked up Fahrenheit 451 with apprehension. Somehow, I'm dreading that the same crappy ending in 1984 will happen here... but I'm a happy camper! I liked Bradbury's short story since page 1. Liked it even more as it progresses. I thought, "yeah! that's what I want to happen, too"!
I was in a trance while reading the book. Bradbury's broody and flowery writing appealed to me for his dystopian theme. It made me pause, think, and agree.In the end of Part 1, I thought Guy was a hypocrite, but my sour feeling towards him didn't last.
For such a short read, Fahrenheit 451 was packed with a lot of punch. Never mind that I fear the world they are in, without books?!! But the spot-on not-so-impossible future crated by Bradbury was quite impressive. Well, he did write this fifty years ago! He has some inventive imagination going back then, and I applaud him for that.
The war was sketchy to me. It conflicted with the message being repeated by the Captain on why their Society is such in its current state: it's because people want to be "happy". So the Society gave them happiness. So what's with the war?
Fahrenheit 451 didn't disappoint. Finally! A classic that is right for my taste. =)...more