..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, s...moreI 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.)(less)
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 face...moreI 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?(less)
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. =)(less)