I read this to see if the movies and television show mirror the writing at all. I think both capture Sherlock equally well but in different ways. TheI read this to see if the movies and television show mirror the writing at all. I think both capture Sherlock equally well but in different ways. The television show seems to hold true to the books the best. The stories are repetitive and sometimes seem to be a little too similar, but that could come from having to "solve" cases within 30 pages. Almost like trying to solve cases within the time frame of a 40 min tv episode (one of the reasons I particularly like the television series is that each episode is over an hour and a half). So naturally they tend to be episodic rather than stories that draw you in by the depth of characters. Their only purpose is to show how much more observant Sherlock is than every one else, not get you interested in the characters of the story....more
**spoiler alert** ok i know i'm supposed to read this book and love it, it is a classic and taught in all the high schools, but I just can't get throu**spoiler alert** ok i know i'm supposed to read this book and love it, it is a classic and taught in all the high schools, but I just can't get through it and there are so many other interesting holocaust novels and memoirs out there. Boy in the Striped Pajamas, IBM and the Holocaust, Schindler's List...to name a few. I'm probably going to burn in hell for not finishing this book. oh well...
Edit: I'm not sure when I wrote the above paragraph. Recently I was cleaning and came across my copy of this book. I decided to put it on my physical "to-read" shelf, because just coming across it caused me to ponder about why I struggle with reading it. My thoughts on this have encouraged me to make an exception to my general rule of giving only one star to books that I can't finish. This is for a couple of reasons.
1. It is not badly written. It is a teenager's honest view of the life around them.
2. I recognize this is why I struggle to read it. These are the private thoughts of a young girl. I grew up writing in diaries, every whim and change of thought recorded. Every childish thing on paper. But I was allowed to grow up, I was allowed to learn and change and have greater experiences. I can look back on my own simple writing and know that that little girl grew up. I know the end of Anne's story. Her dreams are shattered, her life ends in what I can only imagine is horrifically. Her hopes are never realized.
3. This is why it should be read and taught. I realized that the books I recommended in its place were all books that in some way extended hope. I like happy endings, we all do. People were saved, evil was recognized and defeated. But the reality is 6 million + people had their lives cut short, what they could have done for the world will never be known, just like Anne. There is no happy ending, she doesn't grow up. She is perpetually a teenager who didn't get to experience the goodness that is in this world only the evil. Except even this statement is not entirely true, she lived a little bit longer thanks to brave people who felt that the life is more important to save even in the face of danger and death. This is why we have to force ourselves to make it to the end of the book. We read it to celebrate the bravery of the family who extended her life and those who were with her for just that little while, allowing her to hope for a little bit longer. We read it so we can question our own integrity and ask ourselves if we could/can be that neighborly. We read it to help us understand why it is in our best interest to promote peace. We read it to connect with her, because we were all that age. We read it because we have a chance to do something with our lives and if we want to honor her death it behooves us to leave this world a better place than when we entered it. It is because of this that I have given it four stars, regardless of the fact that even to this date I have not finished it, this book is valuable. Even as an unfinished book it has merit and purpose and I am better for reading just a portion of it.
This is a great holocaust book, I am looking forward to reading Day and Dawn. I find it interesting that there have been so many changes from the origThis is a great holocaust book, I am looking forward to reading Day and Dawn. I find it interesting that there have been so many changes from the original Yiddish version. I like this new version because his wife translated it and I think she knows his voice better. It is simple to read and easily understandable, but that doesn't take anything away from the heartbreak and horror of what Elie had to live through. I only wish that his original beginning endured into this version of the book. Elie says, "In the beginning there was faith--which is childish; trust--which is vain; and illusion--which is dangerous. We believed in God, trusted in man, and lived with the illusion that every one of us has been entrusted with a sacred spark from the Shekhinah's flame; that every one of us carries in his eyes and in his soul a reflection of God's image. That was the source if not the cause of all our ordeals." This is not just another holocaust memoir it is a story of a young man on his path to Kabbalah, to being a mystic, a dedicated Jew, whose trust in God was damaged by the behavior of evil and apathetic men. It is poignantly sad. What would we do if all that we had based our life in, believed in and trusted in was destroyed? How would we recover, would we, would be get that faith back? I wonder if the answers to those questions will be answered in the subsequent books. But if not it is a question we should all ask our selves, would we recover from our total loss of trust and faith in God and in Man?...more
**spoiler alert** I had previously read this book or at least tried to while I was in High School. It was on my dad's bookshelf and knowing it was a c**spoiler alert** I had previously read this book or at least tried to while I was in High School. It was on my dad's bookshelf and knowing it was a classic I had picked it up to try to read it, I found it incredibly boring and definitely a guy book. I didn't finish it and swore that I hated Hemingway, never to read him again. Encouraged by a friend who lists this as one of his favorite books, I decided to give it another try. It is an easy read, some of the grammar seems to be off, but in all a fairly interesting book. I admit it is still mainly a guy story, it being all about fishing, but I liked the Old Man and the thoughts that ran through his head. I can see why the story appeals to my friend as I'm sure it reminds him of himself and his son.
There a couple of quotes that I particularly enjoyed. "...[they:] spoke of her as el mar which is masculine. They spoke of her as a contestant or a place or even an enemy. But the old man always thought of her as feminine and as something that gave or withheld great favours, and if she did wild or wicked things it was because she could not help them. The moon affects her as it does a woman, he thought."
"Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready."
The ending is very poignant and although he loses this amazing fish he battled for days to the sharks on the way home, he won his battle....more
does anyone realize that this book was published in 1898. that is so amazing, and if you haven't heard the radio verson of this...run right now and lidoes anyone realize that this book was published in 1898. that is so amazing, and if you haven't heard the radio verson of this...run right now and listen. :)...more