Hmmm I liked it a lot at first, then after taking a hiatus of reading, the words were so depressing in trying to reading again, at the two-third way m...moreHmmm I liked it a lot at first, then after taking a hiatus of reading, the words were so depressing in trying to reading again, at the two-third way mark. I started reading again yesterday. The words had lost their morbidness and melancholy. It was good and beautiful as before. But there was that strange loathing in the middle. So with all the emotion wrapped in, maybe a 2, or low 3.
Interesting. It so victorianly proper, yet still has some quality in the substance or writing style that's so enthralling, engrossing- interesting. Yet it's so vague, simply underlying the whole weaving of the novel. It's that henry-jameness quality. His writing is always beautiful and absorbing. But just that one gloomy, hated hole trying to read midpoint. It was emotional. (less)
I'm a sucker for gothic romance so this book just did it for me so well. Like so well. Step aside twilight this is a real love triangle, the romantic...moreI'm a sucker for gothic romance so this book just did it for me so well. Like so well. Step aside twilight this is a real love triangle, the romantic tension just had me full of longing. mhhhhhh.... I wish I was in Christine’s position. Anyways the book is pretty flawless from the writing to the content. I loved the prose and voice and narration was so strong. And Erick as a bionic hero just had me melting; he's up there with Heathcliff. It was just easy and wonderful reading. mhhhhhhhhh.....
This book is like the chocolate of literature. (less)
I myself can't get the people who don't get Shakespeare. It's just like wtfffffff ??? How can anybody resist the melody and rhythm that earned him his...moreI myself can't get the people who don't get Shakespeare. It's just like wtfffffff ??? How can anybody resist the melody and rhythm that earned him his legendary acclaim.
Certain experiences in my life (that I doubt most anybody could claim) give me a really strong emotional connection to Hamlet. That’s probably why this is one of my favorites of his work to date, but it also has many amazing lines of poetry.
I also found it super easy to follow, generally, and relatively compared to some of his other works (Macbeth, King Lear, ect.).
This must be known, which, being kept close, might move More grief to hide than hate to utter love.
Why day is day, night night, and time is time, Were nothing but to waste night, day, and time. Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief. Your noble son is mad. (less)
Close call to between 2 or 3 stars for me. I really liked the beginning and was charmed by the regency feel, but the middle part of the book fell a li...moreClose call to between 2 or 3 stars for me. I really liked the beginning and was charmed by the regency feel, but the middle part of the book fell a little flat for me. It picked up again at the very, very end putting me almost on edge to see how al the scheming would come out.
It's interesting how there's absolutely no falling-action- the plot's problem isn't solved till the last page of the book. It certainly keeps things interesting to the end. This kind of book could easily be wrapped up in charming little details and the end, not to say I'm discontent with the strong, abrupt but very stylistic endings, certainly has own sort of charm to it. It's just interesting to me.
I love the characters but didn't find Sophy quite as strong and likable heroine as the one in The Convenient Marriage. Which I found overall to be a better book.
There is so much to hate and so much to love in this book. It's such a pleasure yet such trash. Or is it a masterpiece? I can't tell, still I'm going to continue to read Heyer.
This is spouse to be witty? I can see the social commentary, even the politics, and the satire. I don't know though, 2, 3, yes no maybe so. It was kin...moreThis is spouse to be witty? I can see the social commentary, even the politics, and the satire. I don't know though, 2, 3, yes no maybe so. It was kind of quaint...(less)
In some ways it's a shame to give such a low rating because this has to be one of most clever, amusing stories I've ever read.
I didn't really start g...moreIn some ways it's a shame to give such a low rating because this has to be one of most clever, amusing stories I've ever read.
I didn't really start getting into the story in till about page 80, but then I was having massive trouble putting it down; I just need to know what would happen next. Very addictive.
It has a great plot, intrigue, and well-developed, interesting, quirky characters. And what's so great is it carries off a plausible but high-sense of drama, never steeping into melodrama and cliché. I spouse the high quality of the writing is what enables authenticity where it would seem ridiculous elsewhere. It makes me admit that life is, just a story, human motive, intrigue, and reaction; and even in real life there's often a silly amount of drama over the mechanisms of the social world. It becomes prodigiously amusing, all the more because of the realism! Seriously, probably the funniest novel I have ever read, no exaggeration. I can't explain, you'll have to read it, to understand the particular wit and cleverness of this novel. It's the characters', actions, dialogue, and secret motives that add so many different layers of entertainment.
Best scene ever written, when frantic Horry, thinking she's murder Lethbridge, runs into shit-faced drunk Pommeroy and Pel, and the conversation and antics that follow. Such good, funny realism. It was lol funny.
So what kept it from being four or five stars? While, maybe I'm a downer in my seriousness, but to me everything should have a meaning. Especially a novel, that I'll spend hours reading. What makes a masterpiece is its ability to completely entertain but stimulate something deeper too. Simultaneously. You can't over-compensate meaning for entertainment, or the other way around. A great book has both in abundance. That's what the convenient marriage completely lacked, and therefore no matter how amusing, it'll only ever be good.
And don't get me wrong, with this level of entertainment and high-quality story, even the slightest bit of intellectual stimulation would have bumped to four or five stars, there was no need for life-shattering revelations or deep profundity. In this case just the littlest bit of meaning would go a long way.
So; five-stars as entertainment, (that might be your taste or all you're looking for), 3 stars as literature. (less)
Huge disappointment after Slaughterhouse-five. A similar satire Vonnegut essence but the story and technical writing were dreadful in comparison. I co...moreHuge disappointment after Slaughterhouse-five. A similar satire Vonnegut essence but the story and technical writing were dreadful in comparison. I couldn't get into in and didn't really enjoy reading it at any point.
I totally agree with everything it says about capitalism, yet to some degree it doesn't really explain how problems will sol...moreIt makes some good points.
I totally agree with everything it says about capitalism, yet to some degree it doesn't really explain how problems will solved. It doesn't acknowledge any of socialism’s problems itself, of which it has many. It just seems to imply socialism is some magic answer.
Unfairly a reader a hundred years in the future probably has more knowledge of them after seeing socialism being instated though that time. I'm 7000 billion percent behind the idea of socialism but I can't ignore the evidence of history, the emotionally enlightened, utopian idealism never works, in fact often turn into totalitarian (ex. Stalin's Soviet Union).
Over-all though the book was very well-reasoned in it's arguments against capitalism, and well yes somewhat inherently bias, it didn't propagate at all. Nothing’s more of a turn-off for intelligent people then propaganda so I'll give it big points for that. The best comparison for this book has to be Ayn Rand's novels. Her novel's are way more propagated (although with a couple good points) it's infused with so much redundant name-calling that you can't help being annoyed, as if she thinks you're that stupid. This book was also very redundant to a fault, although Rand still takes the prize being very rudanatex9. Both books attack the other system, but neither looks very closely at the one it's supporting. However the Ragged Trousered Philanthropist’s attacks are much better reasoned, so certainly respect this book a lot more.
I appreciate how it explains so thoroughly exactly how fucked up the system is, I'm just not as behind socialism being the answer so strongly as the author.
The story plot boarded close to being boring, but I've defiantly read more odious and tedious stories. There were some quite emotional effective moments in the book that added a charge to the political message. (less)
This book is, in James' own words, prodigious. There's a lot here to express that's hard to.
Off the back I was in love with the writing. I know it dr...moreThis book is, in James' own words, prodigious. There's a lot here to express that's hard to.
Off the back I was in love with the writing. I know it drives a lot of people crazy. But for a particular sort of person it sates an unusual hunger that never properly feed by anything else. Therefore I can appreciate this as a successful rarity for me. I was caught by the flow, rhythm, and pace, making it extraordinarily easy and fast reading for the difficulty of the language. Transcendcual. The technique to absorbing the writing is not to think or focus on it too hard. Just catch the meaning and feel. Transcend and it's beautiful. And it takes on a profoundity of meaning. The angle of narration is unusual. There is definitely something very peculiar and strong in the voice of Henry James' writing.
That said is totally true. But my literary stomach was stuffed at least 300 pages prematurely. I still loved the taste and flavor, I'm not criticizing the writing in its' self, but the quantity here was a flaw. What started out as a high four, became a three because of the dragged out excess. If there was more action and plot I would have understood the length, but it was just too much piled on top of too little. So even though I loved the style of writing and voice that's what brought down my enjoyment of this book a lot.
Though probably not for a while, I definitely see myself picking up more of his work down the road. (less)
A wonderful introspect of life's philosophy. Strange, starling, alluring and then incredibly calming to read. I got through it in 2 hours. The writing...moreA wonderful introspect of life's philosophy. Strange, starling, alluring and then incredibly calming to read. I got through it in 2 hours. The writing and pacing is just incredible. I personally really affiliate with the ethos of this book, I loved the ending, and it was just so so beautiful.(less)