I very rarely say that I hate a book but I HATED this book. Not, really didn't enjoy this. No. I straight up HATED this book. Now. Before I explain whI very rarely say that I hate a book but I HATED this book. Not, really didn't enjoy this. No. I straight up HATED this book. Now. Before I explain why I hated this one, Toni Morrison is obviously a fantastically talented writer. She is really wonderful at what she does, I just did not enjoy the content of this book. The reasons that I have for not like this book are very personal and not at all academic and I realize this. So I am not condemning it as trash, I'm simply stating why I personally did not love this novel.
My first issue with this book is how much it seemed to focus on the horror aspect. Going into this I thought this book was going to be a commentary on slavery. And yes it was. But it focused way too much on the freaky story of Beloved. It just didn't seem to fit and honestly at the end I felt like the whole story line of Beloved's character was useless. Besides to scare the poo out of me. I got no satisfaction and by gum I wanted some!
I also really did not enjoy how much sex there was in the novel. This is obviously a very personal reason, as for most people this is not a problem. However, it is for me and it did somewhat ruin the reading experience. AND I REALLY did NOT need to know about what the Sweet Home men did to the poor cows. Good grief.
So if you're a reader who doesn't like these sorts of things in your novels... you've been warned. ...more
I had a hard time trying to figure out whether I should give this book three or four stars. Because I did absolutely adore the first part of this bookI had a hard time trying to figure out whether I should give this book three or four stars. Because I did absolutely adore the first part of this book but sadly the second part of the book fell exceedingly flat for me. But in the end I decided that this book must have four stars if it could not have five. And in all actuality it should probably have five for it has helped me quite a lot through this beginning part of the year.
The first part was wonderfully charming and I loved it. I loved the girl's resolutions to be good and try to improve themselves as they went on their pilgrim way. That part of the story was very encouraging to me and helped me in my own pilgrim way as well as giving me the heart to face each bleak day as it dawned even bleaker than the one before.
The second part however started out very dull. It had lost it's charm and was simply... dull. It did eventually pick up a little but for the most part I was bored and wanting very much to be done with it. The story also touched on some ideas, emotions, and story lines that upset me just for personal reasons. A few hit too close to home and rankled my delicate spirit quite badly.
This book also had a lot of little passages that had wonderful words of wisdom that warmed and quieted my heart. They helped me so much and brought my mind out of the mist of despondency and gave me hope, even if for just a moment. I do recommend this book to anyone who loves sweet stories about growing up, it's absolutely lovely. ...more
I definitely enjoyed this but oh my goodness gracious I was getting a tiny bit freaked out. Near the end it seemed like every story was ending with soI definitely enjoyed this but oh my goodness gracious I was getting a tiny bit freaked out. Near the end it seemed like every story was ending with some one dying, some one being killed, or some one killing themselves. And as it's Christmas time, the happiest time of year (it's actually Christmas Eve as I type this) these sorts of stories were seriously damaging my Christmas joy. But the stories were well written and interesting. On the whole I really enjoyed most of the stories in here though some of them just weren't for me.
I really enjoyed...
"Rose and Percy B" I liked this one because it gave a real insight to Plath's everyday life and I enjoyed seeing her world directly from her point of view.
"The Fifteen-Dollar Eagle" I don't like tattoos or tattoo parlors but I really loved the imagery and how vivid the setting was. It was just really gorgeous and interesting.
"The Daughters of Blossom Street" Creepy. But not too creepy. I was really impressed by how Plath was able to make everything have this underlying intensity throughout the entire story.
"Sweetie Pie and the Gutter Men" Okay, I didn't really like this one but it was so well done and left such a creepy feeling. But oh my goodness it's creepy. Maybe I'm just a baby but this one creeped me out.
"Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams" Creepiest one by FAR. This one gave me massive heebee jeebees. Johnny Panic is like some weird mucked up version of the Devil and the whole thing is just so flipping creepy. BUT it is well written and the even though it's just a short story, almost like the beginnings of a whole novel, it is thoughtfully written and there is an obvious structure to it. ...more
Had to read this one for school and I must say I did not enjoy it at all. First of all I'm really not the right sort of personThank God that's over.
Had to read this one for school and I must say I did not enjoy it at all. First of all I'm really not the right sort of person to be reading this book. I am a devout Christian so this book goes against many of my values and it certainly goes against my world view. However, I did try and give it a chance. I tried to read it with an open mind and take it as an idea, a theory. But there is something so horrendously stuffy and pompous about this book that it killed any interest. I did enjoy the character Ishmael, I thought he was pretty fun. The main character of the story though (I can't remember his name) is an absolute IMBECILE. In the beginning of the story he gets all upset about Ishmael's advertisement, he even throws it in the trash bin, and calls it stupid but he STILL picks it back up and reads it and then answers it. I realize that if he hadn't there wouldn't be a story but did he have to pitch such a fit about it? I just thought it was kind of ridiculous.
And those are my thoughts on a book I didn't like. ...more