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Vanity Fair is one of those books that you read in high school and think "oh god, will it ever end?!". It wasn't until years later when I re-read theVanity Fair is one of those books that you read in high school and think "oh god, will it ever end?!". It wasn't until years later when I re-read the book that I realized how beautiful the writing is. "A black servant, who reposed on the box beside the fat coachman, uncurled his bendy legs..." the description unfolds seemingly effortless on the page. It is truly beautiful language.
The characters are realistic; each one with strengths and flaws. There is no truly "evil" or "good" person. Every bad guy is redeeming in some way while every good guy has things you don't like. And of course, there's Becky Sharp. Never have I related so well to a character. She makes you hate her while you love her. She does terrible things and yet you cannot help but be sympathetic. Even her good deeds are tainted with selfish innuendo. Oh, how I love her.
I watched the movie with Reese Witherspoon. Although I like her as an actress, I don't think she can play the mean streak in Becky Sharp as well. And the movie doesn't capture the beauty of the prose. It's a long book, long winded and slow, but it feels like it is moving with those times. Sitting in a coach, slowly swaying side to side, making several pit stops along the way, before finally winding down in an unpredictable ending that's not an ending....more
The second installment of Earth's Children describes Ayla's journey away from her clan into the wilderness. It's a survival story. Again, I stayed upThe second installment of Earth's Children describes Ayla's journey away from her clan into the wilderness. It's a survival story. Again, I stayed up late into the night reading the book. It's rich in detail and you can tell Auel spent a lot of time researching. She apparently went to camps where they teach you those early survival skills; it really shines through in the writing. However, some of the situations Ayla is placed in (and who she makes friends with) becomes a bit unbelievable.
There is a romance in this book; Ayla is growing up and so are her interests. I didn't mind the love story as it develops her character very well. However, it at times feels a bit forced, like Auel was asked to write it in to sell more books.
I still recommend reading this book though....more
Rachel's Holiday is by far one of my favorite books by Keyes. It's semi-autobiographical in the sense that Keyes herself struggled with alcoholism. WhRachel's Holiday is by far one of my favorite books by Keyes. It's semi-autobiographical in the sense that Keyes herself struggled with alcoholism. What Keyes is able to do, unlike any other author that I have ever read, is make you feel like you are Rachel. You go through Rachel's journey through her eyes, and not once did I feel like I wasn't in her shoes. When Rachel feels like she's been run over by a freight train, I felt like I was run over by a freight train. When something feels unfair to Rachel, I felt it was unfair too.
I highly recommend this book. It's just amazingly written....more
I may be the only one that likes "the Edge of Reason" better than the original. I really do. The movie is really misleading, because I hated the movieI may be the only one that likes "the Edge of Reason" better than the original. I really do. The movie is really misleading, because I hated the movie. However, the book is really good. I loved the first book, but I get so tired of "finding love" stories. This one is much more about "holding on to love" after you've found it, which is the real challenge in real life....more