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Waiting for Godot
3.80
The idea of this play is intriguing. The play concerns two characters who are, as the title suggests, "Waiting for Godot." They're not entirely sure w ...more
Jul 2008
Feb 22, 2009
 
To Kill a Mockingbird
4.23
The story has reasonable depth, and some surprising shallowness. The characters are a bit flat. The message about prejudice, bigotry, and racism is a ...more
Mar 03, 2009
Mar 03, 2009
 
Fahrenheit 451
3.95
Fahrenheit 451 wasn't quite the disaster that 1984 was for me, narrowly missing the Jared Jacobson definition of a classic: "Write the most depressi ...more
Jul 2004
Dec 22, 2007
 
The Awakening
3.60
This is another classic that I loathed. Of course, that can be said of most of the classics that were inflicted on me in high school, so: Until furthe ...more
Feb 2005
Jan 23, 2008
 
The Great Gatsby
3.85
I reread this because my first rating was unfair, being based off a 20-minute skim. Now I've read it thoroughly, and I'm still not impressed.

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Nov 2004
Jan 23, 2008
 
Starship Troopers
3.97
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected to, especially since it started with a war scene. While it starts out with a bang (pardon the pun), muc ...more
Aug 11, 2009
Jul 27, 2009
 
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
3.94
Disney completely butchered this story. However, if ever there were a book worth bludgeoning into complete unrecognizability, this might just be it. I ...more
Jan 1995
Feb 22, 2009
 
Anna Karenina
3.99
I started reading this awhile ago. I got partway in and could see where it was headed. I really don't enjoy reading about people throwing away everyth ...more
Jun 2008
Mar 29, 2009
 
A Tale of Two Cities
3.77
Dickens writes like the kind of person that you wouldn't want to be cornered by at a party -- long sentences, and lots of them, many of them having li ...more
Oct 29, 2009
Sep 23, 2009
 
Brave New World
3.94
As classics go, this one was pretty good. The book centers around a dystopia where people are bred in a bottle, with carefully calibrated numbers of v ...more
May 15, 2009
Mar 03, 2009
 
Three Men in a Boat
3.92
This is a very funny 19th century (written in the 19th century) of three men in a boat (to say nothing of the dog). The author's phrasing and comedic ...more
Aug 05, 2009
Apr 13, 2009
 
1984
4.10
I read this book because it is a "classic." I also read this book because I was told by certain strongly pro-privacy friends that my education wasn't ...more
Dec 2004
Nov 13, 2007
 
Wuthering Heights
3.79
I noticed that my average rating for books was over four stars, and that made me realize that the "books I loathe" shelf is a bit under-represented in ...more
Jan 2005
Jan 23, 2008
 
Romeo and Juliet
3.72
While the story's okay, and well crafted, as most of Shakespeare's plays are, the glorification of troubadorian love (unattainable, "romantic") -- inf ...more
Jan 1992
Sep 28, 2009
 
The Three Musketeers
4.04
Alexandre Dumas was just about as interesting as his characters. The main characters in this book reflect a lot of his personal history. The book is w ...more
Jan 1995
Sep 23, 2009
 
The Scarlet Pimpernel
4.05
Barely three stars. The language is overblown, the characters are flat and rather badly stereotyped, and the author seemed to feel that repetition mak ...more
Aug 08, 2011
Aug 06, 2011
 
Cyrano de Bergerac
4.05
There are aspects of this play that I really love -- for example, Cyrano's duel with what's-'is-name, where Cyrano makes fun of his own nose had me ho ...more
Jan 1994
Sep 28, 2009
 
The Cat in the Hat
4.14
Not my favorite of the Dr. Seuss books. It doesn't seem to have much of a message, other than to clean up after yourself. But it's sort of fun.
Jan 2007
Jan 16, 2009
 
Gulliver's Travels
3.53
Good, for a classic. I read this in high school, and I'm sure that I missed more than half of the political allusions that Swift put in, not being ste ...more
Jan 1995
Mar 04, 2009
 
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
4.06
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. The conversation is impeccable, the staging hilarious, the commentary on the human condition ruthlessly funny. Read t ...more
Jul 2008
Feb 22, 2009
 
The Wind In The Willows
3.96
Soporific. Somnambulant. I'm generally okay with slow, sweet stories. I like Winnie-the-Pooh. I enjoy a large number of the kids' slow-paced, no confl ...more
Mar 08, 2009
Mar 03, 2009
 
Horton Hears a Who!
4.14
When I read this, I can't help but think that this book is Dr. Seuss's commentary on abortion and/or child abuse. "A person's a person, no matter how ...more
not set
Apr 24, 2010
 
The Foot Book: Dr. Seuss's Whacky Book of Opposites (Bright and Early Board Books)
3.98
All of my kids have loved this book from the time that they're just a few months old.
not set
Apr 24, 2010
 
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
4.34
I learned from this book not to steal Christmas.
Jan 2007
Jan 16, 2009
 
Of Mice and Men
3.80
We watched one of the movies of this book in high school, but I don't think I had ever read it until this last year. I don't have anything particular ...more
Nov 2007
Jan 23, 2008
 
The Old Man and the Sea
3.66
One of the few classics I read in high school that I could actually stand.
Oct 17, 1993
Dec 01, 2013
 
The Grapes of Wrath
3.88
Most of the people in my high school class hated this book, but I kinda liked it. I thought it demonstrated the fundamentally hopeful and compassionat ...more
Feb 1994
Jan 23, 2008
 
The Mouse That Roared
3.98
This is the most amazing book. It's funny because it's funny and it's funny because it's true in some unexpected ways. The United States is invaded by ...more
Jun 2003
Jan 23, 2008
 
The Good Earth (House of Earth, #1)
3.95
I loathe this book. I was forced to read it at grade point by my tenth grade English teacher. What a nightmare. I hated the main character so much tha ...more
Oct 1993
Jan 23, 2008
 
Hamlet
3.99
A classic that actually should be. The plot is amazing, the dialogue clever, and the characters colorful and rich. It's amazing to watch Hamlet take a ...more
Jan 1994
Sep 28, 2009
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