"A slim volume of terrifying power." - The New York Times
This is a book that is concise, thorough, simple, yet effective.
"I belive it is important to...more"A slim volume of terrifying power." - The New York Times
This is a book that is concise, thorough, simple, yet effective.
"I belive it is important to emphasize how strongly I feel that books, just like people, have a destiny. Some invite sorrow, others joy, some both." There is a lot of beautiful things about this book in its sorrows, sadness, perils, tragedies, and even in the spiritual demoralization of the victims.
Fiercely simple, yet depthful. A book that you will zoom through with ease and warmth, but also suspense and gut-wrenching feeling of something horrib...moreFiercely simple, yet depthful. A book that you will zoom through with ease and warmth, but also suspense and gut-wrenching feeling of something horrible about to turn up by the time you end the book. A blurb by the New York Times says, "Elegantly alluring... A novel that begins with a kiss and absolutely deserves one." It is absolutely and fully representative of the book.
The book begins with three powerful components of music in the lives of people. The first perspective takes a look at the soprano, and her admirers; what she means to them. All those who hear the soprano become unequivocally mesmerized, possibly even obsessed, "taken by the beauty of her voice that they want to cover her mouth with their mouth, drink in." Then there is the introduction of music, as a passion, to people in general. "Maybe music could be transferred, devoured, owned." Lastly, and most important to the story-line, is the existential joyfulness someone can attain through the ultimate connection to true life. For some, that connection to true life is opera music. The businessman in the novel, find that his escape to the soprano's voice only brings him close to the real elements of what life is all about. This next quote exemplifies it eloquently. Read MORE Here(less)
This book is all about the ramifications and reprecussions of The Hunger Games. Life for the victorious tributes is not a...moreA Gone Bookserk Perspective
This book is all about the ramifications and reprecussions of The Hunger Games. Life for the victorious tributes is not any better than when the first left their homes, nor is it back to normal. Katniss says something so powerful, it's worthy of giving it to you right away. "I mourn my old life here. We barely scraped by, but I knew where I fit in, I knew that my place was in the tightly interwoven fabric that was our life. I wish I could go back to it because, in retrospect, it seems so secure compared with now, when I am so rich and so famous and so hated by the authorities in the Capital." There are a lot of universal themes throughout the book, and this is one which you have to stop and think about. Things are relative in life and sometimes we may think they will get better but when we arrive there we find ourselves thinking life was much better before. Change is not always better. We also don't always appreciate what we have as we are living it. It takes loosing a piece of our life to know how much better off we were with it. (less)
'He tells of the history of Panem, the country that rose up out of the ashes of the place that was once called North Ame...moreA Gone Bookserk Perspective.
'He tells of the history of Panem, the country that rose up out of the ashes of the place that was once called North America. He lists the disasters, the droughts, the storms, the fires, the enroaching seas that swallowed up so much of the land, the brutal war for what little sustenance remained. The result was Panem, a shining Capitol ringed by thirteen districts, which brought peace and prosperity to its citizens. Then came the Dark Days, the uprising of the districts against the Capitol. Twelve were defeated, the thirteenth obliterated. The Treaty of Treason gave us the new laws to guarantee peace and, as our yearly reminder that the Dark Days must never be repeated, it gave us the Hunger Games.'
'The rules of the Hunger Games are simple. In punishment for the uprising, each of the twelve districts must provide one girl and one boy, called tributes to participate. The twenty-four tributes will be imprisoned in a vast outdoor arena that could hold anything from a burning desert to a frozen wastelasnd. Over a period of several weeks, the competitors must fight to the death. The last tribute standing wins.'
'the real message is clear. 'Look how we take your children and sacrifice them and there's nothing you can do. If you lift a finger, we will destroy every last one of you. Just as we did in District Thirteen.' To make it humiliating as well as torturous, the Capital requires us to treat the Hunger Games as a festivity, a sporting event pitting every district against others. the last tribute alive receives a life of ease back home, and their district will be showered with prizes, largely consistening of food.'
In the process of establishing and laying out a plot of wild imagination, Suzanne Collins accomplishes in giving us a heroine of tremendous depth, a sixteen year old girl named Katniss. It's possible Katniss had luck on her side, or possible that her lifestyle might have prepared her for such a fortuitous event when she found herself volunteering for the Hunger Games in the place of her younger sister. Most likely the measure of her character and brave soul allowed her to remain alive and survive the tribulations of the Hunger Games. Something about Katniss reminds you of yourself; something maybe you even desire or aspire to be.
The story you find in this novel is consistently exciting, always changing and evolving as if it is truly alive. More so, it is saturated with the real human spirit. Reading a seemingly world of fiction, although possibly finding yourself closer to the subliminal interpretation of our unfolding present.
The nature of the games is for entertainment as much as it is political. The idea that violence and bloody killings are a form of sport the majority of our population craves to watch is not far-fetched. Take for example thrillers, violent video games, and movies surrounding murders. It doesn't excuse the fact that it's just plain twisted for the reasons it is established in this book. The Hunger Games are about giving the audience what they want, putting on a show, setting up the pretense and omitting the real lives behind it all, forcing the youth against one another to kill each other while the whole world is watching, applauding, and condoning it. It's setting the wealthy against the poor and putting to the test their intelligence and physical abilities while hiding the real struggles and causes of their existence that have to do more with those in power than themselves.
Katniss is smart enough to keep perspective and rationale in order to survive, in order to come back to her family, in order to make this bigger than she is. She is aware what she is part of and uses the knowledge she's been able to observe about the Hunger Games. She anticipates what is happening or might be likely to happen. Of course she has other tricks up her sleeve and some luck that keeps her alive.
To top it off, there's also a young love story at play. And for that you'll have to be riveted while reading the novel.... plus it has such a huge impact on the ending. The ending, by the way, is one that will stay with you - quite the effective finishing touch.
This novel reminds me of the feelings I had for '1984.'
It is, no doubt, a revolutionary novel, it WILL bring about a major change in how you see the world.
Someone told me lately 'read more than you write.' It has just occurred to me at the moment that I may be doing just that...moreA Gone Bookserk Perspective.
Someone told me lately 'read more than you write.' It has just occurred to me at the moment that I may be doing just that without realizing it. I read this book in mid-April, and I am just now getting around to posting it. That will be the case with a few more books. Anyway, this book is one of my all-time favorite books, along with 'Jane Eyre' and 'Frankenstein'. I read this book day in and day out for about three to four days until I finished it. It is one of the most capturing books I have read so far. I read part of it in high school, but I have a whole new level of appreciation for this book now.
I remember I was mesmerized by the flow of the book. There is not one dull moment through the entire novel, and every event and moment is fully seized in its capacity to offer insight and depth. The novel builds toward the end of the story in a profound manner that leaves you slightly breathless at the end. I also loved the detailed and representative descriptions of all the events and people throughout the book. I really enjoyed the waves of mystery alternated with unexpected moments of humor. Additionally, the characters carried with them an element of fear, and as the reader I was fully captured by the element of curiosity to know the cause of that fear.
This novel is one of the richest and most universally profound novels I have read so far. It made an impression on me in so many facets. This novel is a piece of writing for everyone, whether it's for the youth in elementary schools, or the high school-ers, or adults years after they have first encountered it. It will touch you, and it will enlighten you in ways you wouldn't expect to. It really made me an impact on me, it left me feeling in ways almost as if it offered me a sense of love, if that makes sense. It's one of those books that touches the human soul.
As a product of a generation who has progressed from an age when nature and the outdoors were a child's main avenue of enjoyment to a modern world where technology and gadgets rule our youth's minds and attention, the relationship Jem and Scout have with one another and their relationship to nature and their surroundings definitely made an impression on me. These are children who think about their environment, their circumstances, and the people around them. They wonder if they're being cheated somehow by going to school. They think about their neighbors and who they are and what they do. They feel passionate about reading and writing. They inquire about the Egyptians, on how society associates meaningless and mundane characteristics to really rich and intricate cultures, about how we masquerade their great existence to distract from the real truth of their contributions to the world. They are aware of the sounds surrounding them, the weather, the sky, and wonder about the knowledge of trees. They are children who think beyond themselves.
Conceptually, there are some really powerful and moving universal truths in this novel. Among the many, there are just a few I remember: understanding depends just as much on the listener as it depends on the person explaining; different but not deficient; boys will be boys and sometimes girls will be girls in a boyish manner; the concept of being cynical stems from how you say what you are saying not so much what you are saying; 'making a step-it's a baby-step, but it's a step;' the wonder and curiosity of coping with things we don't necessarily understand, the concept of integrity and truth, of compassion and acceptance even if you may not agree, also concepts of religion and spirituality also play out, and even conceptual emphasis on the collective mind introduced by Jem. I believe what makes a book timeless is exactly this, universal truths about humanity, the human spirit and soul. And then when you take this into account with the notion that it touches each generation from the youngest to the oldest, this book is twice as timeless.
Above all, though, this book is on a grand scale a book of compassion. There isn't a bigger theme than this, for me, in the book. The mystery of Boo Radley kept me glued to the book until the end at which point it touched me to my very core. He's the character who is described as the 'malevolent phantom.' Without giving too much away from the book, because I really think this is the heart of the novel, I would have to say that he turns out to be the most compassionate hero of the town. He's a character who stands on his own in the novel, and within the text of literature, I believe. He's almost completely silent. What we know of Boo Radley comes either from misconceptions and misunderstandings of him from other people, or from his own courageous and compassionate actions. And actions do peak louder than words. Truly one of my favorite silent characters in literature so far.
One of the greatest! Winner of the Pulitzer Prize! And this year is its 50th Anniversary!