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s.penkevich Ace review! Wasn't this awesome? Ha, goodreads really does make book note-taking become an essential. I think I highlight and take more margin notes in books I read for goodreads than I ever did for classes.


message 2: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine s.penkevich wrote: "Ace review! Wasn't this awesome? Ha, goodreads really does make book note-taking become an essential. I think I highlight and take more margin notes in books I read for goodreads than I ever did fo..."

Thank you yet again!

DUDE. YES. This is one of those books that I'm simultaneously irked I didn't read sooner and love longer but also pretty sure I wouldn't've appreciated all its beautiful little nuances before now.

Ha, goodreads really does make book note-taking become an essential. I think I highlight and take more margin notes in books I read for goodreads than I ever did for classes.
Agreed most vehemently! Though college brought out my lit nerd hardcore after years of slackertastic academic apathy, so all my English-major textbooks are littered with my chickenscratched observations because I could.

Although GR did teach me that I can actually deconstruct books without a professor acting as training wheels. And it made taking notes fun because, man, the lit conversations I've had on this site come from a sincere passion, rather than a course requirement.


message 3: by Brian (new)

Brian Beautiful review of a masterpiece work of art.


message 4: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine Brian wrote: "Beautiful review of a masterpiece work of art."

Oh wow, thank you so much!


message 5: by Janice (new)

Janice UGH!!! I almost bought this today in a used bookstore, but didn't because I wasn't sure whether or not I had it, and now it turns out I don't, and now I need to read it! Great review, Madeleine!


message 6: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine You are too kind already, Janice. :) Thank you so much!

Janice wrote: "I almost bought this today in a used bookstore, but didn't because I wasn't sure whether or not I had it"
I can relate to that! It is such bad news when I go into used bookstores now because the GR app is way too handy of a resource in terms of figuring out what I don't already have. Of course, if I casually decide that something I've never heard of is worth checking out and any of my trusted pals here have given it high marks, it's pretty much game over for whatever cash I've got on me. :)

I agree that you need to read this! I grabbed it because it's short and I was desperately trying to make my 2012 reading goal. One of my best reading choices of the year, for sure!


message 7: by s.penkevich (new)

s.penkevich Madeleine wrote: "s.penkevich wrote: "Ace review! Wasn't this awesome? Ha, goodreads really does make book note-taking become an essential. I think I highlight and take more margin notes in books I read for goodread..."

Although GR did teach me that I can actually deconstruct books without a professor acting as training wheels.
Well said! I've discovered I've self taught myself more about lit and theory (and recently deconstructionism through Derrida), than I ever learned with a professor guiding me. We should tell people we are Rogue Scholars instead of Rhodes Scholars. Most of my lit notes have these weird caricatures of Hemingway I used to draw. H fishing, H hunting zombies, H shooting a swarm of cigarette-monsters (yeah, I don't know why I used to draw cigarette monsters either).... So notes are definitely better.


message 8: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine I still love the idea of Rogue Scholars. It's perfect for what GR does to us!

If you have ANY of these Hemingway-in-battle doodles, I really want to see them. They sound hilariously awesome! The cigarette monsters are especially intriguing.


message 9: by Rayroy (new)

Rayroy I start and take notes but as I find myself deeper in book I tend not to, plus I read most of my books from the library so I can't underline.


message 10: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Con McVeety wrote: "I start and take notes but as I find myself deeper in book I tend not to, plus I read most of my books from the library so I can't underline."

I just re-borrowed and reread a book with the intention of taking notes the second time through, but still ended up immersed and reading straight through.


message 11: by Roger (last edited Nov 09, 2013 06:31PM) (new)

Roger Lay Exquisite… My interpretation exactly, just much more eloquently than I could have ever written it.


message 12: by Miguel (new)

Miguel An amazing review of one of my favorite books. I resonate with the implications of Mersault's actions... but I could never express that as lucidly as you did.


message 13: by Pascale (new)

Pascale Hi! I just read your review, and the part where you tell us your opinion on metaphors and hyperboles et caetera really did hit me, because, even it is a kind of simple thing to express, I'm so bad with words that I'd never acheived to say it in my own words before. This is why I posted this part on my tumblr, as a quote post, so that your name would feature on the post. I hope you're okay with this, I just wanted to let you know. Thank you to have written this review.


message 14: by Olivia (new)

Olivia I like this book because it is really quick but has a good story. I thought it was kinda confusing and hard to keep reading at first but as I got further in I really enjoyed it.


message 15: by Kate (new)

Kate Fisher After reading different types of literature, and still being a student, I find it so fascinating that each individual thinks of the Meursault as a totally different character. To me, he appeared as a useless man, who did not have a single feeling or care in the world. You analyzed him as the same carefree person, who cannot control things that happen in the world. This is a very important thing to realize, while reading the novel, as it answers some of the unanswered question in my mind. I will defiantly read the novel again once I get older, and keep this review in the back of my head and apply it it Meursault while analyzing the character yet again.


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