I enjoyed reading through what felt like a comprehensive, interesting timeline of historic England. Ulverton is a great example of a non-conventional...moreI enjoyed reading through what felt like a comprehensive, interesting timeline of historic England. Ulverton is a great example of a non-conventional novel that still delivers in depth and great story telling without your typical "plot followed by end" structure.
I'm always curious to see how many different ways fiction can be written- and the way this novel presents its characters and events was quite impressive. I was taken back when discovering that several chunks of the book were written entirely in dialect, and although I didn't understand most of those parts, it nevertheless left me fascinated.
I read somewhere that Adam Thorpe was an underrated author, and after reading Ulverton I couldn't agree more. I look forward to reading his other works. (less)
This is a story about a boy setting out to look for his estranged father. But apart from this main plot and its leading events, there is nothing simpl...moreThis is a story about a boy setting out to look for his estranged father. But apart from this main plot and its leading events, there is nothing simple about the novel's narration, characters and descriptive elements. As per custom, Capote delivers with another haunting account of Southern gothic storytelling and captivating wordplay at the heart of his literature.
Just like the absurdly creative circus scene towards the end of the story, I felt like I escaped a whirlwind by the time I finished the novel. There is something about Joel Knox's spirit that rings a familiar bell within all of Capote's characters- leaving behind that familiar sentiment that's become the very signature of Capote's writing. (less)
I've been raving about this book since reading the first page. A haunting story- written in a way that's bound to create a special place in your heart...moreI've been raving about this book since reading the first page. A haunting story- written in a way that's bound to create a special place in your heart for the Clutter family. Capote offers immense detail surrounding the characters and their linkage to the plot. Events are seamlessly connected to one another, culminating rather naturally to the eventual crime. This novel is dramatic but with impressive restraint, and poignantly climatic. Although a non-fiction novel, I enjoyed reading the intimate characterizations of the characters, particularly that of Perry Edwards Smith. Readers walk away from the book with valuable insight into the psyche of the pathological killer. The literal and symbolic journeys of the murderers are grippingly-told stories that lead towards their inevitable end. (less)
Anne's diary entries are well written. The story is enticing, and as a reader I felt drawn into Anne's world through her insightful narration. At time...moreAnne's diary entries are well written. The story is enticing, and as a reader I felt drawn into Anne's world through her insightful narration. At times, there is interesting humour while other parts of the book are dark and morbid. Whether or not Anne Frank's diaries are legitimate so as the argument goes, no one can deny the impacting testimonies given through her writing. It's not a story for the faint-hearted, and upon completing the diary, the thought of whatever became of Anne and her sister still lingers in the back of my mind. (less)
It is no secret that Muhammad Yunus, head professor of Economics at Chittagong University, shook the world with his innovative and breakthrough theori...moreIt is no secret that Muhammad Yunus, head professor of Economics at Chittagong University, shook the world with his innovative and breakthrough theories on micro-financial lending. Founder of the successful banking institution the Grameen Foundation, Yunus became responsible for bringing much needed attention to the dire state of poverty in his native of Bangladesh.
However, the accomplishments which he writes about in his autobiography, Banker to the Poor, were certainly not met without difficulty. In fact, Yunus’s original inspiration behind tackling poverty was a natural progression derived from his many life experiences. Together, the events discussed in his book illustrate an intriguing account of the life of a simple man’s journey, and his dream becoming a reality through relentless effort and dedication.
Yunus’s literary work easily trumps the average written biography we are used to seeing in bookstores and libraries. Banker to the Poor offers readers an exciting journey alongside Yunus in his adventures from being a young boy caught in the whirlwind of a revolutionary era, to an intelligent young student with exceptional academic skills and active participation in politics and government. Born in South Central Bangladesh, Yunus was raised under his parent’s strong beliefs of educational achievement and religious spirituality. Being the third of fourteen children (with the exception of five whom passed away during infancy), Yunus was brought up from humble beginnings living in the second floor of his father’s jewelry workshop.
Banker to the Poor can be categorized into two parts. It first begins with an intimate account of Yunus’s personal life as a curious child growing up amidst the chaos of the Second World War, the Pakistan Movement, along with the Bengali War of Liberation. Unique to his story are the events which will surround and affect his childhood, adolescent and adulthood life. His insatiable need for the advancement of his educational background brings light to the countless unique positions he acquires throughout the book. This includes teaching positions, international scholarships, along with several leadership responsibilities during the Bengali road to independence. Yunus’s ever changing environments eventually lead to the second half of the book, which tells a riveting tale of the inspiration and lengthy process behind the birth of the micro-financial lending system that is Grameen.
Upon his early years as head of the Economic department at Chittagong University, Yunus sought practical ways of implementing his teachings to bring about positive change to the poor and destitute. However, through the author’s narration readers will quickly discover the societal barriers placed upon those less fortunate, thus isolating them from participating in the banking system. Not only is poverty one of the most definable aspects of life in Bangladesh, it is also virtually impossible for poor families to exit their current state of living, simply because they are unable to obtain financial loans or credit. The Grameen Foundation was first established by Yunus to counter-act these issues through unique methods described in his book. After years of experimenting and trials of implementation, it soon launched as the first international organization of its kind with profound success behind the specific cause.
If you are looking to get back into the habit of reading, or if you are on the search for a worthy read, I strongly recommend this book. Issues not only within Bangladesh, the ideas behind Grameen were a result of the global characteristics of poverty which the author observed within much of his country’s geography. Furthermore, a critical analysis into the life choices and decisions of Yunus will uncover his helpful nature and consistent drive to assist people by providing them with the proper resources to build improved livelihoods and remove them from the cycle of poverty. We are individually blessed with unique life experiences, but this book will offer the inspiration to make the most out of them.
Approximately seven years after the publication of Banker to the Poor, Yunus went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. Years into the international legacy of the Grameen Foundation has shed an innovative perspective on the stigma of credit loaning to individuals in poverty-stricken areas of the world. (less)
Unlike other kinds of love stories, the plot behind Wuthering Heights is presented with plenty of context. Most readers have mixed emotions with this...moreUnlike other kinds of love stories, the plot behind Wuthering Heights is presented with plenty of context. Most readers have mixed emotions with this story, which happens to be Emily Bronte's only published novel. Nevertheless, the story of Heathcliff's tragic life is creatively presented through the novel's unique literary structure and multiple narrations.
The novel's themes and characters are at opposite ends with one another. Selfless love versus selfish love, hatred and resentment, vindictiveness and forgiveness, and so on. For those who wish to take on this classic novel, be prepared to be faced with a difficult and challenging read. The author's use of descriptive language and extensive story telling through character perspectives presents a thorough account of the story's strong emotions and serious themes.
One impressive aspect of Wuthering Heights is its well developed setting and theme, which together are dark, tragic, and epic. A reoccurring object are the moors, which are dark and used throughout the entire story as a basis of familiarity for the dynamic between Heathcliff and Cathrine.
While it is a complicated work, I greatly enjoyed Wuthering Heights. It's an exploration of intense human feelings and actions as a result of intertwined fates within a restrained and corrupted society. Wuthering Heights is a masterpiece because of its Gothic genre, illustrating the extent of the author's imaginative capacity. (less)
The Secret Garden is one of those timeless classics that is commonly reinvented for television and movies. If you've come across this story from the s...moreThe Secret Garden is one of those timeless classics that is commonly reinvented for television and movies. If you've come across this story from the small screen, I highly recommend reading the original work, published in 1911. Although it serves as a wonderful read for young children, I enjoyed being pulled into the story through its unique characters, interesting plot, not to mention the surprising 'twist' near the end of the novel.
One obvious aspect of The Secret Garden is its strong literary style. The author uses exceptionally descriptive language to paint a picture of the beautiful garden and vernal landscapes, which together serve as an important theme throughout the entire story. The book itself is heart warming, and its writing structure is creatively described with the use of stunning imagery.
If you're a creative writer looking for inspiration, or if you're searching for an enriching reading experience, be sure to pick up this classic story. It also makes for a great gift idea for young family members or children.