It took me a while longer to get through this book than I thought, but that was more because I allowed myself to watch more movies than I should have....moreIt took me a while longer to get through this book than I thought, but that was more because I allowed myself to watch more movies than I should have.
This book is different from some of the other Anne books because it is mostly written in letter form from Anne to Gilbert, and at first I didn't really care for that. In fact, I preferred reading the sections that weren't in letter form. However, as I finished this book, I did shed one tiny tear. I think it was because I somewhat relate to Anne in the closing of one section of her life, and the opening of a new. Also, everything ended so happily, and Anne was just so satisfied with life.(less)
When I picked up this book again, after having not read it for quite some time, it was like wrapping myself in a favorite, but little used, blanket. A...moreWhen I picked up this book again, after having not read it for quite some time, it was like wrapping myself in a favorite, but little used, blanket. As I read through the prologue, where Christy revisits the small community that affected her life so much, I almost began to cry. It was so comforting to be reading this lovely story once again.
Christy Huddleston, a young and impressionable nineteen-year-old, makes the decision to become a teacher in a rural mountain area. Little does she know that trials, triumphs, sorrows and joys await her. She comes feeling like she has so much she can do for these people, who still live in squalid cabins with no plumbing; illiterate families, ancient feuds and are held in the bondage of superstition. Yet through the events that take place, Christy realizes how much it is that she needs to learn.
Christy is full of laughter, funny children, appreciation for beauty and good things, the desire to better the world, and learning in unexpected ways. There is even a lovely surprise at the end. I highly recommend this book. (less)
Although I do not think I agreed with everything he said, I did find this book to be helpful in the ideas and inspiration it gave. Not a favorite, but...moreAlthough I do not think I agreed with everything he said, I did find this book to be helpful in the ideas and inspiration it gave. Not a favorite, but definitely an interesting read.(less)
Title: North and South Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Pages: 547
Miss Margaret Hale has had a pretty decent life. Not a terribly exciting one, by any means, b...moreTitle: North and South Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Pages: 547
Miss Margaret Hale has had a pretty decent life. Not a terribly exciting one, by any means, but it was mostly filled with happiness. However, when she returns home from a stay with her Aunt and Cousin, she is shocked to learn that her father, a parson in a small village, has had a change of beliefs and must leave the church. Deciding that it would be too painful to say in a place of so many memories and good times, Mr. Hale decides to move to an industrial town in the north. One of their first acquaintances in Milton, is a Mr. Thornton. Their relationship is quite rocky, and takes many ups and downs. The story continues to follow Margret as she copes with tragedy, apprehension, and misunderstandings. In the end, the tragedy is not quite so painful, the apprehension is alleviated, and the misunderstandings are all cleared up.
I really enjoyed North and South, though at times it seemed slow. It did keep me reading. I did not enjoy it as much as Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters. I don't agree with many of the things that Margaret did, but as I think about it, I am pretty sure I would have done the same or similar.
It is strange that I can't think of too much to say on this, beyond what I already said. The book was good, but not a favorite.(less)
It is strange, but sometimes after I read Sherlock Holmes, I find my powers of observation slightly increased! I loved reading all of the tales of Hol...moreIt is strange, but sometimes after I read Sherlock Holmes, I find my powers of observation slightly increased! I loved reading all of the tales of Holmes, and his wonderful friend and confidante, Watson, but these books are quite large, and I had to take breaks whilst reading them!(less)
Title: The Good Earth Author: Pearl S. Buck Pages: 385
The Good Earth follows the life of Wang Lung, a Chinese farmer about 1890-1930. He starts out as a...moreTitle: The Good Earth Author: Pearl S. Buck Pages: 385
The Good Earth follows the life of Wang Lung, a Chinese farmer about 1890-1930. He starts out as a poor man's son, who is going to the great House of Hwang to pick up his bride. The story follows the rise and and fall of their fortunes. Once, their circumstances become so bad that they have to go to the city and beg for money to buy food. However, they do return to their land, which is Wang Lung's anchor through the years. He always feels safe and sure of himself, as long as he has his land. In the last half of the novel, Wang Lung's fortunes improve so much, that he is able to build a new house, buy servants, and concubines, and finally he moves into the great House of Hwang where he had shivered in his shoes waiting for his wife-to-be. In the very end, near Wang Lung's own death, he discovers that his children have no regard for his beloved land, and that it will be sold when he dies. It breaks his heart.
I was intrigued by this tale straight from the beginning. It kept me reading, although there were no exciting fights, or cliff-hangers. I always wanted to find out what happened next.
I did not appriciate Wang Lung's morals. He, and everyone around him, did things to cater to those around them. They wouldn't do such and such, because of what people would think. He justified his taking a concubine, because other men of his social standing did.
However, my aunt did point out that The Good Earth is a wonderful portrayal of peasant life in China at that time. I did completely agree with with my aunt on that.
There were some parts that I wondered if I should read them or not. The got a tiny bit more detailed than I was interested in.
One thing that I did like, was that whenever Wang Lung was troubled, he would go out to work his land. Physical labor on the earth always helped him calm down, see things more clearly, or work through problems. In our own lives, when we are troubled, there are things that we do to forget for a time, or to calm down. When hard thoughts come, physical work is always a good remedy.
Overall, The Good Earth was good, but not one I would want to read again and again. I would not dissuade you from reading it, but I would not encourage you to read it either. I think there are much better books! Copyright 2009 Defective Compositions(less)
I really enjoyed reading this book, even though it is a childrens retelling. Probably because of the fact that it is a childrens book, there is no obv...moreI really enjoyed reading this book, even though it is a childrens retelling. Probably because of the fact that it is a childrens book, there is no obvious love affair between Guinevere and Sir Lancelot, and I really liked that. To me, I have always liked King Arthur better than Lancelot, and could never understand why his two best friends would hurt him like that.
Anyway, in this book it still used slightly archaic language, which I liked. The end was still very sad.(less)
I had never heard of this book until I went to a homeschool bookstore and saw it on the shelves. The back said something about it being a classic, and...moreI had never heard of this book until I went to a homeschool bookstore and saw it on the shelves. The back said something about it being a classic, and that immediately caught my attention.
The entire book reminded me of Ben-Hur, just at a later time period. It is set quite a few years after the death of Jesus on the cross, and tells the story of a young man named Basil. He, just like Ben-Hur, is sold as a slave and looses his house, lands, and properties. One thing that Basil does have is an amazing talent to sculpt with his hands. This talent is what gets Basil to the places he goes.
Notable characters include, Nero, many of the Lord's apostles, and Joseph of Arimathia.
This was a very good book, and I would recommend it to anyone who loved Ben-Hur.(less)
Despite the fact that The Magicians Nephew is the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia, strangely, it is frequently overlooked. People skip straight...moreDespite the fact that The Magicians Nephew is the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia, strangely, it is frequently overlooked. People skip straight ahead to The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and then, at a later date come back to this book.
Personally, I like this book just as well as any others in the series. I love to see how everything got started, the lamp post, the wardrobe, the White Witch. Not to mention the beautiful allegory of Creation. The Magician's Nephew also has good morals, and I really appriciate that. I would recommend this book to anyone, boy or girl, old or young.
3-4-14, edited to add:
Please feel free to read and enjoy the series however you deem best. I haven't read any of the Chronicles of Narnia in six years, and now have very little opinion on the debate of what order to read these good books in. My previous opinion was based on my long-lived, chronological order reading preference. I liked to see things in a linear sequence. Of course this was AFTER my initial reading of the series, most likely in publication order. (less)