I read this book for one of my history classes and thought it was probably one of the most incredible books I've ever read. It's a biography of a youn...moreI read this book for one of my history classes and thought it was probably one of the most incredible books I've ever read. It's a biography of a young man from France who becomes a Nazi. Reading about his experience as a young soldier was incredible-- it had a very honest feel. It was a good reminder to me that while I don't approve of Hitler one bit, it isn't fair to classify all the soldiers who served under as terrible men either-- this poor guy went through a ton and this book was a great eye-opener-- it totally gave me a new perspective! If you love history, this is a fantastic read! Even if you're not a huge history person, it will give you a lot of insight into one of the greatest wars ever fought and what life was like for the average soldier in Europe at the time.(less)
So I was given an excerpt or two from this book to read a couple of years ago in an institute class, and I was intrigued. So when I saw it at the loca...moreSo I was given an excerpt or two from this book to read a couple of years ago in an institute class, and I was intrigued. So when I saw it at the local thrift store for $.75, I had to pick up a copy. I was not disappointed! I think the book is fascinating! (Although it's not like anything by CS Lewis could be anything short of amazing). I am a Christian girl, and often read things relating to my faith; but reading something meant to be from the point of view of one of the devil's little minions was interesting-- it was a way to still remind me of the importance of my faith in my life, and examine my life to see where it is I could improve to be both a better Christian and a better person in general. It isn't a very long read, but there's a lot of deep thoughts in here (in fact, I've been able to use it for an assignment in one of my philosophy classes-- and I hate philosophy-- but I love this book). Totally recommend this book!(less)
I read this for a WWII class I took this last summer. It's a short book--quick read. It's not one of my favorite books of all time or anything like th...moreI read this for a WWII class I took this last summer. It's a short book--quick read. It's not one of my favorite books of all time or anything like that, but if you want a good, quick read on Hiroshima, this is a great book. Hersey uses the stories of several people to provide a more overall story of Hiroshima. Before reading this book, I knew very, very little of Hiroshima-- just what I had learned in elementary school. After reading it, I still can't claim to be an expert on the event or anything, but I had a much better grasp on the event overall-- it was very obvious why my professor required this text. I think it would be a great book to even have high school students, or younger, read to learn about the event. It wouldn't take them very long, it's fairly interesting, and they'd gain a ton out of it.
It is an interesting book also. The way the book is formatted and written, it's easy to be drawn into these people and their stories-- while gaining some useful historical information. It isn't the most in-depth book or anything, but I liked it. It's a good, quick read on Hiroshima.(less)
I read this book during my senior year of high school for my AP English class, and immediately found it to be a very worthwhile read. I think this is a...moreI read this book during my senior year of high school for my AP English class, and immediately found it to be a very worthwhile read. I think this is a book everyone should read. I think we all need something to come into our lives every so often to remind us that we really are lucky and our lives are pretty good-- something to shatter our little woe-is-me-attitudes in life-- and this book does that! It's also an extremely eye-opening book, shedding light on what life is at least kind of like for people in other parts of the world-- especially in regions of the world that create so much controversy for us. So much goes on in this book, I'm not even going to attempt to summarize it, but it's amazing. It's a heavy book-- it will toy with your emotions. As I read it, I cried (which I rarely, if ever, do), and I also became so furious reading it at other moments that I literally chucked it across the room at the wall. But then I was always back to reading it again with seconds-- I couldn't leave it alone. (And just fyi-- others in my English class reading this at the same related similar experiences). The book is full of heartbreak and disappointment. But it also has a bit of humor-- or maybe twisted humor-- here and there. Its main character is someone many of us can relate to- he has very real fears, he's made mistakes in his life, lives with that guilt, and must eventually man-up enough to make up for those mistakes. The ending, not to give too much away, isn't a happily-ever-after ending by any means, but it isn't a hopeless meaning either. I don't know, when I tell someone about the book who has never heard of it before, I don't know that I make it sound like a book that they should read. However, I think they should read it. I think everyone should read it. I think it's that hard dose of reality, and the fact that it isn't a happily-ever-after book that makes it one that everyone should read at some point in time.(less)
I read this for a History of Renaissance and Reformation class just a few weeks ago. It's a very short book, but it took me forever to read through th...moreI read this for a History of Renaissance and Reformation class just a few weeks ago. It's a very short book, but it took me forever to read through the darn thing! It's a satire-- and I'm sure if I could understand half of it, I would give it a 5-star rating. However, sadly, most of it goes right over my head... Erasmus was ill, and wrote this little narration just to pass time while he was sick. He never meant for the book to be taken seriously-- and surely not to play a role in starting a reformation (which it did). He writes this story-- actually, it's basically a speech-- from the point of the goddess Folly. So, in case you couldn't guess, the entire thing is meant to be ridiculous. So Folly, in pure satire, makes her case of how she doesn't receive enough recognition. After all, society would fall apart were it not for her. Monks and priests could not survive without her. Love and marriage would all fail if she didn't save it. Friendships could not last without her. And so forth, and so on. She makes her claims to all these things. The most important claim in her criticism of society is pointing out the flaws of how church leaders led. (Which is how this would later contribute in the reformation-- and why the church would ban the book after Erasmus' death). Like I already said, it's meant to be an enjoyable read-- and if you're a lot brighter than I am (which is very likely you are), you'll probably enjoy this book. If, however, most of the humor goes right over your heard, like it did mine, it probably won't be quite as enjoyable-- although you can certainly get a sense of what the book is about. Oh, and I guess I should add, part of my problem was simply focusing on the book. So if you read it & know you tend to have a hard time focusing on things that don't make sense to you, just read in an environment, etc that will at least give you a fighting chance! ;)(less)
**spoiler alert** Having just finished the book today, I must express my strongest, last impression of the book first: MISS PROSS ROCKS! At the end wh...more**spoiler alert** Having just finished the book today, I must express my strongest, last impression of the book first: MISS PROSS ROCKS! At the end where she calls Madame Defarge the wife of Lucifer I almost rolled of my chair laughing! And it just got funnier from there. I wanted to shout out loud for Miss Pross. She kicked some serious Defarge butt and was freakin' hilarious doing it! She's my favorite character in this book and despite all the confusion and mixed feelings I currently hold toward the book, that last scene with her kicking Madame Defarge's butt totally made the book worth reading!
But seriously, the rest of the book was alright too. Action. Confusion. Mystery. Confusion. Romance. Confusion. Loyalty. More Confusion. Sacrifice. More Confusion. Friendship. Confusion. Politics. Even More Confusion. I mean, what could be better?
My senior year of high school in my AP English class we were given the choice to read one of three books several times throughout the year. During one of these times we could choose between Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre & A Tale of Two Cities, and were then split into lit circles and did all kinds of things with each book-- I chose to read Wuthering Heights at the time, and loved it. But I heard many friends who had chosen A Tale of Two Cities sing its praises for weeks, and the book has been on my long list of books to read for a few years now. So this is why I had to read it, and I'm glad I did. However, hearing all those wonderful things about it, I think I had some half-baked expectations in mind, and I don't know how the result of the book plays into my previous expectations. I'm not exactly let-down, but still trying to figure out exactly how I feel about this book. Keeping in mind my AP English class, I loved noting the symbolism, ironies, cycling of themes and motifs, etc. in the book-- it is a great literary work. And it was cool that I didn't have the ending pinned until I read the ending, but it was at times hard to get to the ending.
Anyway, despite my mixed feelings about the book, I do not for one second regret reading it! Everyone should read this book at some point in their lives & have the chance to cheer on Miss Pross as she saves the day! (less)
"Focus...Focus...Focus..." This is what I had to tell myself countless times while reading this book.
I read this book for a History of Renaissance &...more"Focus...Focus...Focus..." This is what I had to tell myself countless times while reading this book.
I read this book for a History of Renaissance & Reformation class, and finished it just last week. It's a short book--only about 60 pages-- but I took me a while to read just because I had a hard time focusing. It wasn't hard to understand or anything, it just wasn't overly interesting and I had a hard time reading it.
Luther makes an argument that faith is all one needs to be saved, and uses scriptures to back his argument. So if you want a Reformation read, this surely is such. However, I guess as a history major, I would have rather have read a history on the Reformation or something...this book just wasn't the ticket for me.(less)
I read this book for a US Hist 1945 to Present class. If you're interested in the Vietnam War and/or culture-history, this is probably a book for you....moreI read this book for a US Hist 1945 to Present class. If you're interested in the Vietnam War and/or culture-history, this is probably a book for you. I, however, am not super fascinated by the Vietnam War, and this wasn't one of my favorite books. In this book, Hellmann examines the culture-history of the time of the Vietnam War. He examines the American Myth in relation to the war, using cultural examples including popular movies and books of the time-- such as The Deer Hunter (movie) and some John Wayne examples.
It's a good book of the topic interests you...(less)
I love this book! Little gems of wisdom for every day of the year! You can open to the date every day and read an inspirational thought. Great little...moreI love this book! Little gems of wisdom for every day of the year! You can open to the date every day and read an inspirational thought. Great little tid-bit of goodness to read every day! :)(less)
So I haven't actually read the book cover to cover, but I have used it as a reference book a number of times, and have absolutely loved this book. I'm...moreSo I haven't actually read the book cover to cover, but I have used it as a reference book a number of times, and have absolutely loved this book. I'm currently taking a Self & Other class, and my professor recommended this book to help with at least one of our assignments, and when I learned it's required for a class I'm considering taking next semester, I decided to look into it. I read reviews that said it was a beautiful book, and a great reference for those interested in philosophy, literature, art, art history, mythology.....
So I bought a copy. It was about $20 on Amazon, and let me tell you, after getting this book, I can't believe it was only $20. It's a beautiful, hardback book. It's got several ribbon bookmarks, as well as tabs to make it easy to navigate through the different categories of entries. There is an index, making it even easier to find whatever you're interested in. There's lots of pictures in it. And there's a ton of info in it. You can look up a variety of topics (for instance, for the first assignment I used this book to help me complete, I looked up several colors [red, black, etc], astrological/astronomical signs [sun, moon, stars, etc], alchemy symbols, etc). Each topic has an entrance, somewhat like an encyclopedia. So you get direct, helpful information on your topic. It's also interesting to just pick a random topic and read about it just for the fun of it.
This could be a cool just-for-fun book. But it's an AWESOME reference book-- whether at a college level, for a younger kid, or for some sort of related hobby (learning more about mythology, etc). I would totally recommend this book. (And it's a gorgeous book-- the type you want on display!)(less)
I've actually read this book twice-- for two separate classes (same professor, different semesters).
I love this book. There's a great balance of humor...moreI've actually read this book twice-- for two separate classes (same professor, different semesters).
I love this book. There's a great balance of humor and seriousness. It's really different from any other book I've ever read either, so that's pretty cool too.
You've got this mysterious woman, Fleur; her friend Nanapush (who is hilarious-- he's my favorite character); Nanapush's wife, Margaret; Polly Elizabeth Gheen (one of Fleur's in-laws). There's strange marriages and children, odd in-law relationships, etc going on. There's some mysterious backgrounds of characters, particularly Fleur, who is simply an enigma. Nanapush is often in trouble in one way or another-- he's so funny! Deals with problems of Native Americans, whites, and land issues. There's issues of love, hate, revenge (lots and lots of revenge), politics, social issues, etc. There's also some interesting folklore twisted into this (one of the classes I read this book for was a folklore class).
There's just a ton going on in this book, and it's interesting. Like I mentioned, I read it twice--each time for a class, and didn't mind at all having to read or reread it for those classes. I would totally recommend this book.(less)
I really enjoyed this book. It's one of those books that would be entertaining for a child to read, but it enjoyable...more[I read this for a folklore class]
I really enjoyed this book. It's one of those books that would be entertaining for a child to read, but it enjoyable as an adult too; it's simple enough for a kid to comprehend and enjoy, but has a lot of symbolism and deeper meanings to study also (which is why I read this for a college course). There is also a ton of folklore in it (which is fun-- and thus why I read it for a folklore class).