I saw the movie with my daughter and coworker when it came out in theaters. It was absolutely love at first sight, even though I could see definite alI saw the movie with my daughter and coworker when it came out in theaters. It was absolutely love at first sight, even though I could see definite allusions to Romeo and Juliet. Needless to say, I could not wait to get my hands on the book. Surprisingly, I did not have to look beyond the local library. Craving more of what I felt as I watched the film, I had high hopes that the book would be every bit as good. I was not disappointed.
From the first page, I get a clear sense of who R is and what he is about. Just as promised, his inner life is quite rich. His way with words can be quite lovely, even when describing something less than dignified. He speaks with an eloquence many of the Living have abandoned as they become as mechanical and bleak-minded as the Dead. This is a wonderful paradox that truly sets the stage for an attempt to tip the scales on an apocalyptic world-wide scale.
What the movie glosses over are some of the things that make the book so unique. I really enjoy the new little ideas that Marion touches upon, such as the dynamics of dead society and how it effects R. I really think it is inventive to show the unfulfilling "love" lives of the zombies and how they manifest. The conventions and pitfalls of today's relationships are sort of there, just in a different form. I really loved hearing about the zombie with the name tag. Unfortunately, her story seems slightly unfulfilled in the end, even though this probably says more about what needs to happen after the story ends. I also wonder what becomes of the children. R experiences a bond with them,and I wonder how Marion would imagine it playing out. Since this version of the book calls it #1 in a series, I hope these questions are eventually addressed. I sort of wish these had more of a part in the movie so others could have it creep into their thoughts as well.
I also appreciate that the book has its romance but is not afraid to go dark. Sex is something ugly at times in the book, particularly among the Dead or when it is used as a commodity. One page can be touched with fluff only to give way to grisly imagery of feeding or torture. Because it is so organic, it feels real to me instead of jarring. The freedom of language in a world where morals are no longer the forefront seems more authentic to me as well.
All in all, this is the most satisfying read I have completed in quite some time. I highly recommend it to romantics, cynics, and the rest.
I fell in love with this story first as a short animated feature, and secondly as the book. My father has always loved the story, and when I think ofI fell in love with this story first as a short animated feature, and secondly as the book. My father has always loved the story, and when I think of The Snowman, I think of good times we've had, especially sledding....more
I really dislike Jane Austen (I still love the movie Clueless, which is based on Emma), but reading this book in which they explain why Austen's workI really dislike Jane Austen (I still love the movie Clueless, which is based on Emma), but reading this book in which they explain why Austen's work is so compelling and seeing how it paralleled the lives of modern women, I could see a draw.
Until I realized the story is told from the POV of the collective group's center of consciousness, i kept re-reading to see which character was speaking, but once I got that, i thought the idea was genius, much like how Howard's end is told from the house's center of consciouness.
At the end of the book there is a short synopsis of each of Austen's books, quotes about her and her work, and discussion question's from this book's characters. Very lovely and morer redeeming than just a book about people reading books....more
I really enjoyed this book. There was a sense of adventure and not knowing where the story would go next but still seeing the developments as totallyI really enjoyed this book. There was a sense of adventure and not knowing where the story would go next but still seeing the developments as totally logical, even when Maurice moves in with Sarah's husband. Greene has a way with words and emotion and the struggles within that I have yet to see. Although I started reading this out of a fondness for the movie Donnie Darko (Greene's story "The Destructors" is discussed and integrated at length in the film), I continued because I could not put it down. Even after reading, it's a book that I still think about....more
I don't really remember where I got this book (most likely at school somewhere or a yard sale), but I've had it a few years. Since then the stories h I don't really remember where I got this book (most likely at school somewhere or a yard sale), but I've had it a few years. Since then the stories hae become good friends. I read some stories over and over, but I will admit there are a few I have yet to take on. It's like the long and lovely process of getting to know someone.
Out of the stories, I would highly recommend "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka, "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, "Bartelby, the Scrivener" by Herman Melville, and "Happy Endings" by Margaret Atwood. This is a diverse selection made up of some of my all-time favorites. Also, they are quite useful reads, since many high school and college courses will at least mention them at some point, if not for sheer literary merit and style, for the ways they can be utilized in a classroom setting.
I am unsure if the collection is widely available, although it has several editions, but if you find it is not within your reach, I would suggest getting the table of contents, because I believe there is a little something for everyone. ...more