British comedy...not my cup of tea and cake (or bread and butter, whichever the higher ups prefer).
Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest...moreBritish comedy...not my cup of tea and cake (or bread and butter, whichever the higher ups prefer).
Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest one of the most interesting things I have read so far. While I was reading the book, I had to constantly put myself into the perspective of a Victorian era Londoner. The play featured real cut-and-dry humor, a far-cry from modern American humor (listen people, comedy is not some overweight man in Wrangler jeans and a plaid shirt with the sleeves cut off and a hunter's cap saying "Get R Dooooone!!!" into a microphone).(less)
I've really fallen behind on my reading for this year, thanks to the abundance of final exams and projects that plague my Senior year in highschool. N...moreI've really fallen behind on my reading for this year, thanks to the abundance of final exams and projects that plague my Senior year in highschool. Nevertheless, I was able to squeeze Neverwhere into my hectic schedule.
Neverwhere was fantastic and surpassed my initial expectations. I am a fan of London and the setting encouraged me to read this book. I found it interesting that Neverwhere contained a vast amount of satire in the relationship between the two Londons. London Above is where normal people life, and London Below is for those who have "fallen through the cracks." Gaiman uses this satire to show that the people who have fallen through the cracks are like those of the poor society in London, such as the homeless and impoverished, while those who enjoy the luxuries in life live in London Above. Neverwhere could also be considered a bildungsroman (a la Mrs. Batlz), since Richard grows from an indecisive and hesitant guy into a couragous and resolute man.
My AP English teacher is fascinated with Gaiman, and I had never read any of his works. I decided to give him a try, and I have no regrets. I was thoroughly impressed with Neverwhere. It had an authentic story and an equally authentic ending.(less)
I'm glad I found this book. I have read the novels recently that were the first of the author. I wasn't nearly as impressed with them as I was with Ac...moreI'm glad I found this book. I have read the novels recently that were the first of the author. I wasn't nearly as impressed with them as I was with Across the Universe. Across the Universe is Ravis's first novel, but I didn't know that until I had read her profile at the back of the book! Across the Universe features a civilization on a spaceship traveling to a new planet known as "Centauri-Earth." The novel features two original characters and an equally original idea. The thought of being trapped on a spaceship light-years away from its destination sends chills down my spine...
This side note is directed towards you, Mrs. Baltz, if you so happen to read this review: Curse you and your AP novels! When I read Across the Universe, Eldest, the leader of the ship, had a very familiar way of governing the citizens. His outline of the three causes of discord seems reminiscent of the styles of government found in 1984 and Fahrenheit 451. More akin to Fahrenheit 451 was the logic of eliminating the source of the problem, rather than solving it. The problem was that all the citizens on the ship were monoethnic; olive skin, brown eyes and dark hair. Amy, however, is from Sol-Earth and has light skin with striking red hair. Her difference (a cause of discord) leads to problems on the ship, which aren't entirely her fault. Eldest's idea of monoethnicity and surrender of individuality is all too similar to that of the Party and the Government. Again, thank you Mrs. Baltz, for robbing me of my ability to read a novel with the naive mind I once had! :)(less)