What do you look for when you read a book? Well, for me, it depends on my mood. Sometimes I want to get right into the action; love, fighting, what’sWhat do you look for when you read a book? Well, for me, it depends on my mood. Sometimes I want to get right into the action; love, fighting, what’s not to like? But the problems with some of those books are that you don’t get into the world. If you’re looking for a quick read, look elsewhere, but if you’re looking for a book that lets you into an entire new land, A Great and Terrible Beauty is perfect.
Now, I’ll be honest, it took me about two months to read this book. I started it in February, 2012 of course, and stopped after the first chapter. I wasn’t bored exactly. I mean, not many people can put a death in the first chapter and make it dull. My problem was that it was confusing. So I put it aside, that was, until two nights ago when I picked up the book again. It took me a while, page 248 to be exact, to get to the point of no return. After that, I couldn’t put it down.
The plot is incredible and elaborate, but still manages to be understandable. There were twists and turns that even I didn’t expect. (I’ve been told I can be clairvoyant when it comes to plots, something that gets on the other doll’s nerves when we see movies together.) The book was thoroughly enjoyable and I appreciated the slow start. There were points where my eyes would skim over long paragraphs, but I blame lack of sleep. If you enjoy a Victorian period fantasy novel with a little action, romance, and drama, then you will definitely enjoy A Great and Terrible Beauty. Plus, the next two books are already out! 4 pearls for Libba Bray! Can’t wait for the next one.
Now being a fan of the 1920’s how could I not start this feature off with The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I have to say I am so honored to beNow being a fan of the 1920’s how could I not start this feature off with The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I have to say I am so honored to be writing this review. I mean, it combines everything I love about books; including the fantastic writing of Fitzgerald and the perfectly flawed characters that you love and hate all at the same time.
The story of The Great Gatsby follows the life of Jay Gatsby and his undying love for Daisy Buchanan. The pair meets five years before the novel begins, when Daisy is a legendary young Louisville beauty and Gatsby an impoverished officer. They fall in love, but while Gatsby serves overseas, Daisy marries the brutal, bullying, but extremely rich Tom Buchanan. After the war, Gatsby devotes himself blindly to the pursuit of wealth by whatever means--and to the pursuit of Daisy, which amounts to the same thing. "Her voice is full of money," Gatsby says admiringly, in one of the novel's more famous descriptions. His millions made, Gatsby buys a mansion across from Daisy. He throws lavish parties, and waits for her to appear. When she does, events unfold with all the tragic inevitability of a Greek drama; including the detached, cynical neighbor, Nick Carraway, acting as the chorus.
The novel the Great Gatsby is probably one of the best books I have ever read. I fell in love with the world Fitzgerald built with his beautifully poetic words. The heartbreak and challenge Jay Gatsby went through to get back the love of his life sealed the deal. If you have not read this wonderful classic I suggest you do.