This was not the story I was expecting. And I was not prepared for the turn it took. Having read Middlemarch I thought I knew what I was getting myselThis was not the story I was expecting. And I was not prepared for the turn it took. Having read Middlemarch I thought I knew what I was getting myself into. George Eliot manages to be eloquent while being unflinchingly honest but this felt very bleak to me. Someone so full of life and intelligence like Maggie shouldn't have such a hard sad life. And can I just say her brother Tom is a prick and didn't deserve even a fraction of the love and loyalty she gave him? People who had every right to turn their backs on her still managed to show her love and forgiveness so why couldn't he?...more
**spoiler alert** One star based solely on enjoyment. Because I didn't enjoy it but I do, however, think that it has something important to say. I bel**spoiler alert** One star based solely on enjoyment. Because I didn't enjoy it but I do, however, think that it has something important to say. I believe that that something important can be encompassed in one sentence though. Freewill is worth the sacrifice of safety. To me just as with '1984' this story is held up by it's one idea and I personally think that a lot is sacrificed story-wise when that is the case. I'm sorry to say that I found both boring. I think what makes a book like 'Lord of the Flies' so amazing is the fact that good story telling becomes almost as important as the message.
I went back and read Anthony Burgess's introduction after I had finished the story so a lot of the problems I had with this book were explained in a way I found satisfying. For one the language. I found it very distracting. I did what any good book nerd would do and went and printed out a glossary. I hated having to stop at almost every other word to look up its meaning but after a while you learn to use context clues and it becomes less distracting. The goal was to distance Alex and his gang from regular folk and make it more obvious to the reader that they are held apart from most of the rest of society. I get that I really do but I think that it makes the book stand apart as well the unusual language becomes what is memorable about the story instead of the story itself.
The other problem that I had was the controversy about the last chapter. Burgess believes that the exclusion of the last chapter makes the story as a whole unrealistic. He believes that a character changes in the course of a story and for a character to remain as he is at the beginning as at the end doesn't ring true. I don't know about that. A violent rapist teenager has obviously got some deep-seated issues and is in my opinion in possession of a rotten soul. For that same teenager to going from LOVING to rape, beat, and do drugs to start mooning about love and babies doesn't seem real to me at all. To be angry and violent may be a tenant of youth but blind submission to rape and extreme violence seems more like psychosis. His impulses are so strong that his "treatment" doesn't in fact cure it but only restricts it. So to me a simple passage of time cannot be a cure in itself. Maybe if the author hadn't committed his characters 100% to what they were doing. Only getting into fights with other gangs or at some point showing remorse or disgust at their actions may have helped his turn around to be more convincing. Alex shows none of these at the end. For the book to end in the hospital with Alex "cured" of is "cure" and happy to be free to be violent makes more sense to me. ...more
I was thrilled to have won this from Goodreads and waited impatiently for it to arrive. It was worth the wait. I haven't been reading graphic novels fI was thrilled to have won this from Goodreads and waited impatiently for it to arrive. It was worth the wait. I haven't been reading graphic novels for very long but it took a very short amount of time to realize that the limited space afforded to the author and artist oftentimes makes for a more powerful story. It is distilled down to its essentials and is all the stronger for it.
A lot of these stories I was already familiar with and it was like seeing an old friend, there are changes but underneath they are still the same. There were also many that I had never even heard of before and it was fun to explore these new stories.
My only complaint was that these were mostly samplings of existing graphic novels because of the limited space. It does however serve as a wonderful reference volume to guide you to further reading.
The artwork was stunning and I was thrilled that a lot of it was in color. Each story had a wonderful introduction by the editor giving relevant background information on the original work and its author as well as on the artists that were doing the adaptations.
I know that it is a book I will keep going back to again and again to simply enjoy the artwork or re-read my favorite stories. I cannot wait for volumes 2 and 3 to come out this summer....more