I read this in high school, but remembered virtually nothing about it except that it was about spoiled, rich people that I couldn't identify with in aI read this in high school, but remembered virtually nothing about it except that it was about spoiled, rich people that I couldn't identify with in any way and didn't enjoy much. It's probably over the heads of most high school students. Yes, the prose is lovely, but it's still about spoiled, rich people that I can't identify with. But now, at least, I do recognize its literary merit and I'll give it a solid three stars. I have the feeling that if I were to read this a third or fourth time, that rating would most likely increase. Such is the nature of classics.
I started by listening to the recorded version of this and found it somewhat incomprehensible. I couldn't follow the story, would lose some detail that informed me who was being spoken about, and felt I was missing too much of the storyline so I got a paperback copy from the library. Reading it, I almost wonder if the audio was abridged (it wasn't), because there were sections that I did not remember listening to. Usually I love audiobooks, but this one I had to read.
I'll be interested to watch the various film versions now.
Book description: The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when, The New York Times remarked, "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s that resonates with the power of myth. A novel of lyrical beauty yet brutal realism, of magic, romance, and mysticism....more
Having just read P&P, how could I resist a take-off that sounds so deliciously hysterical? Yes, I loved this rendition! Delightfully quirky, and yHaving just read P&P, how could I resist a take-off that sounds so deliciously hysterical? Yes, I loved this rendition! Delightfully quirky, and yet relatively faithful to the original. In fact, I thought the addition of zombies made more sense of the whole plot and behaviors of the characters.
Book Description from Amazon: "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read. ...more
I guess you either love or hate Jane Austen. I'd avoided reading any Austen for years thinking it wouldn't be my kind of thing. Well, I was right. I dI guess you either love or hate Jane Austen. I'd avoided reading any Austen for years thinking it wouldn't be my kind of thing. Well, I was right. I decided to give it a try, because so many of my friends ARE Jane Austen fans. It was okay. It was even witty. I even laughed at times. No, I didn't find the language difficult. It just isn't my thing. I get impatient with "love" stories, and even more impatient with the kind of class structure and "manners" portrayed. I found it largely boring. Okay, I'm a rebel. I was rooting for Lydia.
But WHAT don't you like about it, people ask me. All dialog, little action. And I love description. Paint me a scene. Give me all the little details. Jane doesn't do that. Readers of her time wouldn't have needed it. I thought reading the "annotated" version would help supply some of those details. Instead, most of the annotations were repetitious and not really necessary. How many times do I need to be told that "town" means London? I got about two-thirds through the book, and decided that perhaps I would enjoy the audio version better. I did. I mean, if a book is all dialog anyway, it helps to have it spoken. Like listening in on a conversation. I might even listen to another Austen book some day....more
First book in the Chronicles of Barsetshire. Mostly charming, but a bit tedious at times.
Book Description (from Amazon.com) The book centers on the chaFirst book in the Chronicles of Barsetshire. Mostly charming, but a bit tedious at times.
Book Description (from Amazon.com) The book centers on the character of Mr. Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity, whose charitable income far exceeds the purpose for which it was intended. Young John Bold turns his reforming zeal to exposing what he considers to be an abuse of privilege, despite being in love with Mr. Harding's daughter Eleanor. The novel was highly topical as a case regarding the misapplication of church funds was the scandalous subject of contemporary debate. But Trollope uses this specific case to explore and illuminate the universal complexities of human motivation and social morality. This edition includes an introduction and notes by David Skilton and illustrations by Edward Ardizzone.
Series info: Barsetshire chronicles 1. The warden - read -------------------- 2. Barchester Towers 3. Doctor Thorne 4. Framley Parsonage 5. The small house at Allington 6. The last chronicle of Barset - TROLLOPE, ANTHONY ...more
I don't think Hamlet really needs any review, so my comments are on this particular edition. My book club really appreciated having the "translated" tI don't think Hamlet really needs any review, so my comments are on this particular edition. My book club really appreciated having the "translated" text side-by-side with the original. It really made it easily accessible without having to struggle with annotations regarding grammar and vocabulary. I even used it to follow along as I watched the Kenneth Brannagh movie version (excellent!)
Book Description: Each No Fear Shakespeare contains The complete text of the original play A line-by-line translation that puts Shakespeare into everyday language A complete list of characters with descriptions Plenty of helpful commentary...more
Contents: Eleven sketches from "Sketches by Boz", 1836.
Christmas Stories: A Christmas Carol The Chimes The Cricket on the Hearth The Battle of Life The HaunContents: Eleven sketches from "Sketches by Boz", 1836.
Christmas Stories: A Christmas Carol The Chimes The Cricket on the Hearth The Battle of Life The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain The Holly-Tree Somebody's Luggage Mrs Lirriper's Lodgings Doctor Marigold Mugby Junction
Miscellaneous stories: Hunted Down George Silverman's Explanation The Detective Police Three "Detective" Anecdotes To Be Read At Dusk A Child's Dream of a Star ...more
I love the relationships between the two dogs, and the dogs and the boy. It's a charming story, well told, if you can get past the violence of using dI love the relationships between the two dogs, and the dogs and the boy. It's a charming story, well told, if you can get past the violence of using dogs to kill raccoons. I am NOT a fan, but at least it is mitigated somewhat by realizing that for poor families in that time and place, it was a way out of poverty. Sorry, but I won't be watching the movie on this one....more