This story starts off somewhat slow. It seemed as though it would simply be about a man trying to become learned and failing, but that is only a touchThis story starts off somewhat slow. It seemed as though it would simply be about a man trying to become learned and failing, but that is only a touch of what it expresses. This was like reading a book that was written from my own heart. It also made me sad to think that so many of the problems he describes have not evolved very much. The issues of women having more choices have gotten much better. The issues of free higher education and social obligation intruding upon human relations are very much the same. The issue of child suicide when they are faced with reality at too young of an age is still pervasive. I found it humorous that it is so true that it is best to wait to know how real life is until you are of an age that you can ignore it and carry on. Children have a truth to them that is unique, and in the bleakness of life this truth is no different.
Hardy has great use of words and his ability to describe abstract concepts is impressive. He portrays how even when people agree to enter legal contracts willingly, it puts a damper on what was once given without outside pressure. It reminded me of when someone is told to do something that they were already doing or planned on doing. It starts to drain and annoy them. There is a description of how Jude and Sue fit into their social constraints as well as constellations mimic the actual names they are given. I thought that was an extraordinary comparison.
As a general conclusion I loved this book. I love understanding the horrors of life from another perspective, seeing how it affects their life, and how they would "deal" with it.
"Why should I suffer from what I was born to be if it doesn't hurt other people?" "A Woman’s love of being loved gets the better of her conscience." "That is how we praise ideas. Not by their essential soundness but by their accidental outcomes." ...more
My Favorite of the series. I honestly had no idea who the half-blood prince was until the end. I'm a sucker for Snape, I enjoyed having more focus onMy Favorite of the series. I honestly had no idea who the half-blood prince was until the end. I'm a sucker for Snape, I enjoyed having more focus on him....more
This was wonderful. I loved every minute of it. this is not a book about zombies. This is a book about our world and how different governments and peoThis was wonderful. I loved every minute of it. this is not a book about zombies. This is a book about our world and how different governments and people would respond to a true emergency of survival. I cold not stop thinking about the girl who went north with her parents and then become Canadian. Her story affected me the most. Two other favorites are the soldier who is in Denver now and the woman who was a pilot crashing in Lousiana. I LOVED this book. "It let the public know to kiss their ass goodbye"...more
First : The Background and Real Life Relevance 1. Chris bought this for me for Christmas last year. I had no idea what it was and had never heard of iFirst : The Background and Real Life Relevance 1. Chris bought this for me for Christmas last year. I had no idea what it was and had never heard of it. 2. I began to look through the pages and realized this was the pinnacle of what my life had been guiding me to do 3. The natural next step was to read it slowly and methodically and have everyone come over to discuss it on my birthday, which was the 6th. 4. The glory of discussing S in a group of well read people was the second pinnacle of what my life had been leading up to.
Second : The Book and how to Read it 1. I have 16 pages of notes on this book. 2. I chose to read it by reading the story for 2 pages, then reading the notes from Jen & Eric on those 2 pages, and then the ephemera. 3. This is literally the best book I have ever read. I wouldn't even call it a book. It is an art piece the tells 3 incredible stories.
Third : The Review 1. Ship of Theseus Everyone will have a preference of whether they enjoyed the story of "Ship of Theseus" or "Jen & Eric" best. I personally loved the "Ship of Theseus" the most. Most stories in modern times are written in as fast a pace as how we live our daily life. It is hard to comprehend how it affects everything we do, even how we read and write. I love old classics and I am starting to understand that it may be because of the different pace. SOT is a slow story, the kind rich with meaningful description and insight into the minds of the characters. If you read it out loud it even sounds methodical and slow, no quickness to the words. The story it self is for me about the struggle between our life passions and our more intimate personal loves. In the end they make a decision of which is most vital and the answer was surprising. The life passion of humanity over profit is dear to me and so I enjoyed the entire premise. The magical realism was fitting and not over the top. The characters were real and better than me, which is what I like to see in stories. The questioning of whether a ship is the same if all of it's boards are replaced tying into whether a cause is still the same once all the people have been replaced, was thought provoking. My favorite quote is from Edvar VI, he showed an insight into his own in humanity that was refreshing. "We will thrive for as long as you choose extraction over creation, as long as you mistake commerce for art and destruction for progress, as long as you remain drunk on that juice that issues from the crush of a thing or place or person. ... As long as you conflate power with influence, primacy with honor, goal with purpose, duty with responsibility." 2. Straka The story of Straka is a great piece of historical fiction. It could have been used as a dime book to hand out at Wobbies meetings. I love stories of struggling to overcome industries effect on our lives. The secret society and espionage aspect was a fun read. The truth about murder and suffering in life was sad and reflective 3. Jen & Eric The conversations throughout the margins are realistic and believable. I guess for this to work that was the most important aspect to get right. You had to get wrapped up in the process of how relationships between people form. It goes from formal, to awkward, to showing their unacceptable side, to acceptance, then to real intimacy and understanding. You could truly see that in the words. I always doubt intimacy can be formed without physically meeting someone, but there is a level of intimacy you can feel with the image of them you create in your mind. Sometimes, the image you create turns out to be pretty accurate.
I actually cried at the last line of this book. Strange for a non-fiction book, or maybe even more likely, depending on your point of view. I guess II actually cried at the last line of this book. Strange for a non-fiction book, or maybe even more likely, depending on your point of view. I guess I feel the same as Dumas when it comes to the idea that being forgotten is a great tragedy. Reiss did an excellent job of combining fascinating historical facts with personal story. I do have a personal love for the French Revolution which could have swayed my opinion on this, but the story of General Dumas is a story that should be told. It has love, strife, politics, and courage. “He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness… all human wisdom is summed up in these two words – wait and hope.” ― Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo...more
I think Reviving Ophelia is the best feminist book i've ever read without it even being called one. I would suggest it to anyone who cares about an adI think Reviving Ophelia is the best feminist book i've ever read without it even being called one. I would suggest it to anyone who cares about an adolescent girl and the emotional trauma they are going through. I always tell my younger girl relatives that it takes years to retrain yourself from the brain washing of our youth. This book puts what I was trying to express into a more logical layout....more
This was pure enjoyment. I love the way he writes, his imagination for storytelling, and his inserts of human insight. If you enjoy new twists on oldThis was pure enjoyment. I love the way he writes, his imagination for storytelling, and his inserts of human insight. If you enjoy new twists on old stories, he is one of the best. ...more