It’s been a long time since I’ve read such a lengthy book with a plot that drags continuously to its purpose, but I have to say it was well worth my t...moreIt’s been a long time since I’ve read such a lengthy book with a plot that drags continuously to its purpose, but I have to say it was well worth my time dedicated to reading. I’ve had my eye on it since I read this talented author’s first novel, “The Virgin Suicides”, and although the history of the Stephanides Greek family is not at all equivalent to the five mysterious Lisbon sisters, it managed to captivate me the same. It’s a book that, perhaps because it is long, or the author dwells too much on descriptions, sometimes significant, others not so much, it has its ups and downs. There were boring parts as well as others where I couldn’t stop reading such was my fascination with the words used to let us know the three different generations of this family that would bear fruit to our main character, Calliope Stephanides (Cal).
The book tackles the subject of hermaphroditism, suggesting as its cause the relationships between people of the same blood. Calliope is the narrator who tells her story from the beginning, where it all began up until the day of discovery. I had never read anything about the subject, but it always intrigued me, therefore this was a very interesting reading. I grew up with Calliope, since an auspicious birth to a revealing and somewhat funny baptism, until she found The Object. I really liked the special relationship born between the two friends, and I was sad it didn’t make more progress in the story. Even yia yia Desdemona became one of my favorite characters of the novel, with her silkworm box and so, so much more…
This life story is inspiring, and made me think, really think about the difficulties these people go through in life to be socially accepted. I don’t think this is a book for everyone. I think you should start reading this book with an open mind, and maybe it wouldn’t hurt for those with closed minds to read it either. The end was perfect in its own way. I’d say it was written so as to leave us with the feeling that, all right, now we can let her go, because we know she will be able to face what’s yet to come.
Jeffrey Eugenides, once more, convinced me of his extraordinary talent for writing, and I am not surprised this book has earned him the 2003 Pulitzer Prize.
Major mistake: seeing the movie before reading the book. It totally spoiled the whole story for me. I think i would have liked it a lot more if i didn...moreMajor mistake: seeing the movie before reading the book. It totally spoiled the whole story for me. I think i would have liked it a lot more if i didn’t know what to expect, maybe that’s why i think the movie is better than the book. Although i found this a beautiful and wonderful story, somehow it failed to give me the feeling of enchantment as i had from the movie.
The story is about a lonely boy named Jesse Aarons who becomes friends with Leslie Burke, the girl who just moved next door to the old Perkins place. Together they create the magical kingdom of Terabithia, a special place in the woods only accessible by a rope swing over the creek. Leslie is a dreamer and soon Jesse feels captivated by her magic. They live adventures filled with fantasy until one day, when Jesse is away on a trip to the museum with his teacher Miss Edmunds, Leslie tries to swing on the rope to enter Terabithia, but it breaks and she drowns in the creek.
Katherine Paterson wrote this book based on her own son’s experience with grief and loss. At the tender age of 8 years old he lost a childhood best friend in a tragic and unfortunate accident when she was struck by a lightning. This made the story all the more touching.
Bridge to Terabithia is a beautiful story about the power of love and friendship. (less)