Everyone, I think should know where this quote is from and have at least tried to read the book. It to me is the second best romance novel ever writteEveryone, I think should know where this quote is from and have at least tried to read the book. It to me is the second best romance novel ever written (Jane Eyre being my favourite but each to their own). It was the first classic I ever read and has endeared them to me since then, the formality of speech, behaviour and the complicated everyday lives that these characters lead have kept me in love with the regency period too. I cannot help but smile fondly at my adorable leatherbound purple-and-green edition, it's so gorgeous I could almost believe that you could fall in love with a book!
Elizabeth Bennet is everything that makes me immediatly like a protagonist in a romance novel, to be fair however she IS the protagonist in so many romance novels that her character cannot help but be liked when seen in itss original format. She dazzles me, she's witty, pretty but not beautiful at first and intelligent whilst being confident in her own opinion and the formation of it. I wish I was more like Elizabeth Bennet rather than second guessing my opinions constatnly, however it is this feature of her that leads to the "Prejudice" part of the ever so famous title.
Mr Darcy therefore had to be the perfect counterpart to this and he was. Gentleman to a fault he was everything a shy millionaire should be in a regency novel, funny how the representation of millionaires has changed *cough* ChristianGrey *cough* . His pride was misinterpreted, found and lost again but it made sense. That's the brilliance of Austen's work, every instance isn't pushing it or not quite true to the characters which many many many romance books show. Austen's book are instead perfect examples of how the ordinary country miss can be wrapped up in a romantic whirlwind like Pride and Prejudice. http://theteenagebookworms.blogspot.c......more
This took me forever to read and it was quite slow. I appreciated the world itself and the intricateness but I just couldn't deal with the repression.This took me forever to read and it was quite slow. I appreciated the world itself and the intricateness but I just couldn't deal with the repression. I felt like the main character was either selfish or just not bothered about freedom and at every page I was expecting some big turn of events but even what I guess was the climax of the book was not exciting for me.
I really need a book to get stuck into becuase this just turned me off reading for a while which if you've read my posts before I'm quite good at reading about 4 a month I'm seriously failing IT'S ALL THE HANDMAID'S TALE'S FAULT! It dragged for me even though the thoughts on humanitys ability to conform should've been interesting they didn't really crop up as much as I liked.
The whole point of this novel was to create a completely different dystopian world and as this is trending right now I thought let's go back to the originals and whats more original than this? It's the first book I'd heard of in the genre so therefore my first choice. However it just didn't work for me, in some ways she seemed repressed and wanting to break out but this was only by "fucking" any guy she could really get her hands on! Nick? Really? No real thought of her husband or child who she kept on mentioning but with no emotion it seemed to me at all. Maybe thats because her husband or boyfriend or whatever the hell he was seemed to not even bother at what was even going on at the time.. he was all I don't give a shit that my girlfriend/wife has no money and is completely dependant on me waaahheeeeyyy........no, just no.
What amazed me about this book was how relevant it still is today, scientific progress is important of course for us to better undertsand the human raWhat amazed me about this book was how relevant it still is today, scientific progress is important of course for us to better undertsand the human race, the universe and can have miraculous effects. However some forms of scientific research do test the boundaries that Frankenstein crossed, stem cell research for example is highly contreversial and has a similar arguement, is it right to create a life only to destroy it?
Frankenstein was a lot more scarier than the block-headed, green stererotype we have now, we never know what he actually looks like which leaves it up to our imaginations therefore in my opinion much more scary. All he wants is a companion to share in the world, to talk to, to be social like every human needs. As much as he is a monster he still is made as a human so therefore needs what humans need, life, happiness, love. His loneliness however turns him bitter towards his creator Frankenstein which leads to the horrific deeds he performs later. In some ways his loneliness we cannot even begin to imagine because he was the only one of his kind in the world.
I should be beaming with happiness right now with one of the greatest love storys ever told in my hands but I'm left feeling sadly disappointed. All tI should be beaming with happiness right now with one of the greatest love storys ever told in my hands but I'm left feeling sadly disappointed. All the excitement was all over before I had a chance to get into it! Combined with the re-reading of everything that Joseph said made the narrative quite stop-start and I really couldn't get into it or summon a wish to read more. By the time I got to the end I was wishing for something to captivate me, even if it was small and in some ways I loved the young Cathy's end. It felt like a tying up of all the anguish and I fully approved especially her efforts to improve Hareton.
Heathcliff wasn't loveable to me and I never understood him however I feel that he is just another part of the book which is something that at 17 I just don't think I obviously fully appreciate. Or maybe it's just not for me.....
I couldn't stand the constant description of the moors, I guess I've had my fill of them, I'm definatley more of a city person so it just didn't interest me. It took to long of describing how horrible everyone was and I grew to dislike and even hate the characters, therefore having no sympathy for their misfortunes. This isn't a great theme for any book to have let alone a classic.
I couldn't wait to reach the end and it was slow going, it's bogged me down so I haven't been posting recently, I should be posting more shortly however.
What interested me about this book was that it was loosely based on events in Harper Lee's own life, right down to the fact that Harper is a WOMAN. IWhat interested me about this book was that it was loosely based on events in Harper Lee's own life, right down to the fact that Harper is a WOMAN. I know a lot of people know this but every so often you find someone...who crawls out from their rock and hears about the greatest book in American literature..nah I'm kiddin, it's not that well known a fact, truly. The background of this book I found really interesting, nerdy I know but I like to hear about the author and their life, it makes the book more personal and I enjoy it more I think.Lee took 2 and a half years to wrtie this book in the end, and once got so frustrated she threw it out of the window, I like that fact, it makes her normal, a real life person who gets angry and frustrated.
Since the book was published it has never been out of print, thats what got me hooked in to be honest, if THAT many people want to read that one book then...well gotta be good hasn't it? It was, it excceded my expectations so much, the fact that she can completely create a whole world with characters that walked off the page, a world with discrimination, hate and violence but keep it funny and with a warm tone is really hard and I take my hat off to Miss Lee.
The themes were obviously portrayed, and made me think, there was prejudice of black people, predjudice of class and predjudice against outcasts. Even though society has moved forwards and we are a more equal society we have brought new prejudice, we still judge people through their families. Young carers, or children of abusive families still find judgement waiting at their doors if the news breaks out, a fact a lot of people contest but I find that in most cases people cannot help but judge, it's not their fault and it's not the individual's fault it is just what we as a society have decided is best, leaving no room for exceptions.
The characters were so intricate and yet so simple, Scout was a child complete with natural innocence and sadness. She was a child and saw things exactly as a child does however Lee still manages to keep the plot moving quickly and making perfect sense. Atticus is a great moral guide, a man who I have yet to meet the like but I hope they do exsist somewhere in the world. What did suprise me were the amount of lonely characters, Boo Radley is the most lonely character but Dill is another, isolated inside his own family he seems the most lonely to me as he is forced to return to Maycomb to find company.
I really really wanted to love this book, after sooo many people telling me it was their favourite book and why haven't I read it yet? I had big expecI really really wanted to love this book, after sooo many people telling me it was their favourite book and why haven't I read it yet? I had big expectations I guess, or maybe it was analysing it in class, no book looks as good disscected. So I didn't love it, it was a good book and it wasn't overly boring but once again the AS text is something no one wants to read.
Gatsby himself was a character on a mission for Daisy his version of the Grail, everything he did he did for her. She in turn professed to love him but we all know how that turned out. Daisy is always a fleeting character, sincere in moments she is never constant even her name suggests a period of sincerity before wilting and dying. The golden girl of her generation she was never going to be sastisfied with just Gatsby as he was, so when she knows him with wealth it all changes.
Nick was a bland character but that was the point, he was morally correct and honest which is good for a narrator however being honest in an indecent age isn't much help because anything anyone did was immoral, therefore judged harshly by Nick. Especially as the narrative voice is retrospective, gives Nick time to think exactly what his opinion is.
Fitzgerald himself was in love at some point with a woman called Zelda Sayre who was wealthy, the golden girl like Daisy, and he wasn't even to think of marrying her with his small fortune, they got engaged however. Once Zelda was unconvinced that Fitzgerald could support her she broke off the engagement, until his first books were published and his wealth grew she resumed the engagement and soon they were married, still maried until Fitzgeralds death in 1986.
I liked the book especially Owl Eyes, he was so shocked when the books had pages it was the best part of the book. I thought that it was cleverly written but, as I've had some sort of contact with the very wealthy I knew the ending from the beginning which ruined it for me, it was also quite depressing as I knew Tom and Daisy were real people and real marriages are like that. For example a mum of a student at the school I went to was married to a pilot and they had the best of everything, 2 range rovers and so on. Perfect life no? Until I found out that the Dad had families in America and Germany and the mother was having a very open affair with the gardener. Just goes to show, the wealthiest doesn't mean the happiest.
I found this so impossibly moving I doubt I have tthe words to review it, from it's first paragraph it had me hooked and from then on I couldn't put iI found this so impossibly moving I doubt I have tthe words to review it, from it's first paragraph it had me hooked and from then on I couldn't put it down, the story went from point to point at exactly the fast pace the story needed and the ending was so incredibly moving and unprecedented that even I didn't know what was happening until it was the last few pages.
I am in the process of watching the movie as I write this and already I have found a point which interested me in the book, in the film already Frank is portrayed as the typically 50's husband who couldn't STAND the fact that his wife could have the power to leave him and then have a career earning more money making her therefore more powerful than him. According to this film this makes Frank try to over power April, even through trapping her in pregnancy, making sure she had no choice but to stay with him, no pregnant woman could leave her husband.
However in the book Frank is a desperate man just trying to find the best way to please his wife, even though they want completely different things. He says the wrong thing just because he doesn't know what to say and then gets so angry that he's said the wrong thing that he shouts and picks an arguement which ends in the diaster that propels their life forward. The character in the book can be emphathised with, however not so much in the movie.
The book showed April as a woman who was trying to love a man she just didn't love anymore in a society where seperating just wasn't accepted. She was emotionally detached from things she didn't want to deal with because of her detached childhood. She was an emotionally controlled woman just trying to become her own person.
The book was beautifully executed and I found it actually amazingly easy and interesting to read, I would recommend it to anyone.