I only just finished this, so it is still sinking in, but I will try to record my first impressions (therefore, please excuse the disjointedness of thI only just finished this, so it is still sinking in, but I will try to record my first impressions (therefore, please excuse the disjointedness of this review). This is a novel of reflection; the couples are placed in opposition to one another so that we may compare how different people deal with similar situations while posing all of that against our own ideas.
I must admit that this novel touched me deeply. It made me think about the motives of my life and what it means to truly live. Levin's character in particular posed so many questions that we must struggle with and forced me to look within myself.
As a lover of Russian literature, I was also enthralled by the scope of this novel. The many characters, the movement between Moscow and Petersburg and the countryside, the social, political, and philosophical aspects of it, all of this draws the reader through a dazzling world so unlike our modern life.
One word also on the translation: Pevear and Volokhonsky are magnificent. I first read their translations of Dostoevsky, and was thrilled that they did this as well. It is worth seeking out a fine translator if you are not going to read a work in its original language - it will make all the difference. ...more
I love Hardy but had put off reading this book for some time. Once I finally picked it up I plowed through it in one day, carried on by the beauty ofI love Hardy but had put off reading this book for some time. Once I finally picked it up I plowed through it in one day, carried on by the beauty of his writing. Tess is not my favourite of Hardy's protagonists, but her story did touch me. I think my biggest problem with Tess was that I did not agree with her decision to not disclose her past to Clare before they married. I was also a bit put off by the ending of the novel - but I can't quite pin down why just yet.
What I do recommend about this novel is the same thing that I love about all of Hardy's novels: the beauty of his writing, his description of English life and its countryside, and his ability to bring characters to life. ...more
I found Eliot's writing style to be a bit tedious and disjointed in the beginning, but once the story got going it became easier to read. I wish thereI found Eliot's writing style to be a bit tedious and disjointed in the beginning, but once the story got going it became easier to read. I wish there were more of Marner's relationship with Eppie instead of skipping over 16 years so quickly. But overall, I found it to be a satisfying experience and I'm glad I took the time to read it. This was the first work of Eliot's that I have read, and I am still looking forward to delving into her other works. What touched me most about this work is that I am expecting my first child in a couple of months and the idea of a child making such a difference in one's life is close to my heart. I found myself happy for Marner and that is why I wanted more of him and Eppie....more
I am amazed that I hadn't read this book earlier. I had begun it once, but was not ready for it at that time. I think the reason I was drawn to it nowI am amazed that I hadn't read this book earlier. I had begun it once, but was not ready for it at that time. I think the reason I was drawn to it now was due to my own impending motherhood, and I am so glad that I read it!
This is a beautiful story of the importance of family and values and raising children to be themselves. I learned so much through this family and will be sure to go back to this book again and again. Having seen the film version, I was aware of the story, but Alcott's writing blew me away. There was one scene in particular that truly touched my soul: when Jo and her mother talk after Amy falls through the ice and her mother reveals to her that she was just as headstrong and passionate as Jo is when she was younger. It took having children for her to learn to control herself so that she may be a role model for how she wants her daughters to grow up - that conversation had a profound impact on me as I am expecting my first daughter soon and I have been having the same feelings - I want to be a good role model for her and teach her to be strong and independent.
This book has not lost any of its relevance because our world has changed so much since it was written. It is about family and love and the human emotions that we all must deal with. I believe everyone can find some part of herself in one of the March daughters, and it doesn't hurt to take a bit of the respect and values of a past age and make them our own....more
This was my second reading of this great classic and it still held my attention and affected my emotions as much as the first time. Austen writes herThis was my second reading of this great classic and it still held my attention and affected my emotions as much as the first time. Austen writes her characters so beautifully as to induce me to get angry at Lydia and Mrs. Bennet's folly or swoon at the change in Mr. Darcy's behavior toward Elizabeth. Although, because I have seen the BBC version of this since the first time I read it, I can now no longer read Mr. Darcy's character without hearing and seeing Colin Firth!