i figured i've spent too much money on dvds (not that it will stop me from buying) that i don't even watch and they only last for 1 hour per movie, soi figured i've spent too much money on dvds (not that it will stop me from buying) that i don't even watch and they only last for 1 hour per movie, so i turned to Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth. It was a choice of House of Mirth (HOM) or reliving Charles Dickens' The Bleak House. But since i already knew from the miniseries that The Bleak House is totally depressing - that, and mita said she didn't finish the book also bcos it was depressing, i walked out from Kinokuniya with HOM - with paying for it first, of course.
2 reasons: 1. it's thick. 300 pages of semi-old english and small font. 2. how can you resist something with the word "mirth" in it? i didn't know what the word is but i found it sounds intriguing. well for me, at least. i just had to look for it in the dictionary. anyway, but then i found out that 'mirth' means 'Gladness and gaiety, especially when expressed by laughter.' courtesy of the beloved [http://www.answers.com]. but don't be fooled by the happy meaning. the title's actually taken from Ecclesiastes 7:4: "The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth." so much for being gay, huh?
when i got to page 76, 1/4 of the book, i must say i'm glad i'm reading this instead of Virginia Woolf's Ms. Dalloway; which i found really2 hard to read i had to stop at page 20 lol. i love the words in HOM. They're not too hard to comprehend but not too easy as well. There are a lot of allusions inside including several mentions of Omar Khayyam, Americana, and several french words also. Have i told you i looove books that have allusions - especially ones i am familiar with - that's why i looooved Tripmaster Monkey and its numerous allusions.
Anyway. It's about a jeune fille a marier named Lily Bart who comes from a wealthy family but lost their riches and she's forced to live with her aunt after her parents died. She is 29 (twenty nine) but the book refers to her age as nine-and-twenty. we should write our ages that way, maybe, ladies.
Lily's actually a good hearted woman but, forced by the society's p.o.v. that she must marry - and a very long story, at the same time is deceitful. But who can blame her for anything, they all drop down to their knees since she's told to be very very VERY beautiful according to this book. Anyway, the darling is, unknowingly, in love with Lawrence Selden. He's in love with her too, but these two just don't know what love is.
But wait, this is not just a simple love story. there's so much more than that. This book may start like a chicklit set in the far-gone past, but in reality it's got everything. Witty dialogues (especially between Selden and Lily), clever narration, tons of allusion, and most importantly, social criticism.
Perhaps this book won't be as appealing to men as it is to us, women. Why? Well it's obvious, isn't it? "a girl must, and a man, if he chooses," that's what Lily said to Selden about marriage when she was visiting his flat. And you know what? Despite what people say about how we're living in a modern world, that sentence can still be applied to our daily lives. Maybe not so much in yours, but in mine, very much.
Anyway, that goes to show that this book is definitely more than just a chicklit. it's great because it's still very relatable till this day.
The thing about the House of Mirth is that it's actually 2 books merged into one. However, while i absolutely adored the first one, the second one isn't as intriguing. i thought there were few things that could've been told more.
but all in all i loved loved loved this book and recommend it to anyone, especially chicklit readers....more
What more can be said about The Picture of Dorian Gray than the fact it is a marvelous book? Although this is the only novel Oscar Wilde had ever writWhat more can be said about The Picture of Dorian Gray than the fact it is a marvelous book? Although this is the only novel Oscar Wilde had ever written, I think by far this is one of the finest and most enchanting classic novels there are. I was completely in awe after reading it the first time and still too in awe to even start a review now.
The Picture of Dorian Gray begins with an unusual look of a man –from another man’s eyes (Basil Hallward). I’ve never thought homosexual issues could be let out so openly into the world like how Oscar Wilde let it out. The fighting over Dorian between Basil and Lord Henry, Basil’s marks about Gray, and even the words of the story which are edited and put into the endnotes. All were shockingly wonderful. Also related to the endnotes, we can see that Wilde was a man of much knowledge. He retracted and inserted other people’s intellectual works in the book. What’s more is that I think the ingenious mind of Oscar Wilde is really reflected on the character of Lord Henry though he pictured Lord Henry as someone as empty as a barrel.
If a song once said, “if a picture paints a thousand words then why can’t I paint you? The words could never show the you I’ve come to know,” this really does not count the book along. Why? Because as we can read, Dorian Gray’s picture, literally, gives out millions and millions of words about him. The first day Basil paints it, the first day Gray brings it home, the first day people take their glances at it; it speaks to them as if it has a mouth telling them how great of a creature Dorian Gray is. At that time, there is no single person that would not call him ‘Prince charming’ since his self-portrait was so beautifully enchanting.
As time goes by, the first-innocent mind of Gray is inflected by Lord Henry’s views towards life –towards beauty. He said that beauty is the only thing that matters, and Gray eventually agrees with it and realizes that the portrait will live forever, and retain its beauty while he himself is left to age. This is the turning point of the story, the part when we realize that wishes are stronger than life. So Dorian Gray wishes to trade his soul for everlasting youth, and to always retain his beauty, just like the portrait. Of course, when there’s an action, there will always be a reaction. Every time Dorian Gray commits a sin, the picture miraculously adjusts itself with the evil side of Dorian Gray.
As much as other things in the story are intriguing, the most fascinating part is how Wilde used ‘beauty’ as something harmful. Something so corrupting that a person would kill another, another, and yet another human being, before finally Dorian Gray tries to kill his picture, his guilt –his conscience, resulting in killing himself. Astonishingly enough, when Dorian dies, the painting, as if released from all the sins it bears, returns back to the old self just like when it was first shown to Dorian; painfully beautiful. One thing that captures my mind is that Oscar Wilde had thoughts ahead of his time, and not afraid to show it either. In real life, he was charged with gross indecency as early as 1895. His works make fun of the hypocrisy of the society, damn the moralities. In short, he was leading quite a controversial life.
Nevertheless, however controversial he is, he obviously concerned deeply about life itself. That is why this particular novel offers some kind of a wake-up call to the readers…narcissist readers, that is. So if you are one, and want to be saved not by lectures…take a walk on the Wilde side, let this fantasy story take your breath away, and may morality save you from constant debauchery. ...more
how can you not love this book? it's darlingly dark, but it tickles your mind to come up with almost the same thing, and when you try, you can't seemhow can you not love this book? it's darlingly dark, but it tickles your mind to come up with almost the same thing, and when you try, you can't seem to make them as good as Tim Burton's.
You see the picture of a broken voodoo doll, and you cringe looking at its hair of just 7 pins, but you read the poem and you find yourself weeping for her, and your self.
love the movie, love love love the book. i'm not sure which edition that i read, but it was old, with brown hardcovering and white paper that began tolove the movie, love love love the book. i'm not sure which edition that i read, but it was old, with brown hardcovering and white paper that began to make yellow. couldn't find that version here, so i put the 60th anniversary edition instead.
anyway, you should read this story. as thick as it may be, as hollywood as it may be, as ridiculously cheesy as it may be (not my opinion, btw), it's a great civil war reference. you get to learn a lot about slavery too. There are lots of other things to learn too including prostitution, childbirth, and Ku Klux Klan (which happens to be started by Scarlett's male friends after she was attacked).
what i loved about the story is of course, Rhett Butler. as scarlett and all the women had fallen in love with him, i too fell in love with Rhett Butler. hahaha. what can i say? i'm addicted to handsome, arrogant men.
scarlett is an not easy character to like. well, yeah, eventually she win you over, even with all that whining... but of course, to have seen her played by Vivien Leigh, who wouldn't fall for Scarlett? she is, you know, insanely pretty.
Melanie, oh dear ol' Melanie. I can't believe there's actually a character that is her. Everytime there's a part in that book about Melanie, i always tilt my head, squint my eyes, and feel sorry for her to have a friend like Scarlett... and a hubby like Ashley. To think that Margaret Mitchell based the novel on her life (well accept for the war and all), WHOM did she based Melanie on!?!??! was there such a woman?! Good God.
if you haven't read it, well, "tomorrow is another day.' go read the book tomorrow.
"(frankly) my dear, i don't give a damn." just find it! ...more
Okeey. Hahaa. Ga adil banget ya kalo gue yang review. Ga obyektif, gitu.. Tapi i'll try to be as objective as anybody would ya.
Ini bukunya proyek yangOkeey. Hahaa. Ga adil banget ya kalo gue yang review. Ga obyektif, gitu.. Tapi i'll try to be as objective as anybody would ya.
Ini bukunya proyek yang beneran tiba2 direalisasikannya, tapi udah lumayan lama kepikiran. Eh, maksudnya, diimpi-impikan. Hehehe.
Jadi, Kita berempat punya blog iseng2, isinya cerpen2 kita. Biasalah, anak2 sok kreatif. Hahaha.. Nah, suatu sore Nilam, Runi, & gue lagi ngopi tanpa kehadiran manusia yang 1 lagi di sebuah mall baru setengah jadi di distrik bisnis Jakarta. Lalu tercetuslah ide nerbitin cerita2 di blog itu, dengan alasan gue mo pergi dari Jakarta u/ waktu yang lumayan lama.
Bukunya... emang jauuhhh banget dari sempurna. Bisa dibilang kita bikin buku ini hanya untuk bikin buku. Nggak punya target apa-apa. Mangkanya isinya campur aduk bahasa Indonesia sama Bahasa Inggris. Gawat banget deh :P
Ceritanya... yaaaaah... kebanyakan sih isinya manis2. dalam kurung: cinta2an. hahahah. ya gimana, kita kan cewek2 smua. ntar deh ya di buku selanjutnya (amin) kita coba menjelajah ke negri baru.
Nah... udah ketauan kan sekarang, kalo secara konsep kita nggak kuat. Mangkanya pas orang lain baca pasti pada sebel. Hehehe.
Tapi kita bangga kok sama bukunya. Judulnya (yang diambil dari judul cerpennya Nilam) pas banget sama kita berempat (ini menurut gue sih ihihi). Karena kita (akhirnya!) nggak cuma bisa duduk2 di kafe, berandai2.. nggak cuma ngopi2 sambil bilang, "ih, kalau kita..." dan kalau-kalau lainnya. Kita (akhirnya!) bisa naro' mimpi kita di lembaran2 kertas.
Kita nggak peduli reviewnya bagus ato jelek (eh, peduli juga deng. hati ini kebat-kebit rasanya)... yang penting we took that 1st step.
2nd step is to take it all in.
3rd step is to learn.
4th, is to make another one. Amin, Nil, Run, Nand!
Ayo semuanya anak Goodreads Indonesia! Kita bikin buku rame2 :D
Take risks, we need to. *Yoda mode: ON*
PS: ga kayak review, malah kayak curhat. hahaha....more
Oh, i love this book so much for a number of reasons: 1. Most of the pages are in color. so we can see those vintage ads Ogilvy's done. 2. The pages areOh, i love this book so much for a number of reasons: 1. Most of the pages are in color. so we can see those vintage ads Ogilvy's done. 2. The pages are in glossy. That's always a plus. 3. This man can REALLY sell anything, imho. i love his writings in this book. even though it's supposed to teach us a lot oabout advertising, the tone is conversational... as if it's a monologue from my grandpa or something. 4. He's fair. If he doesn't like an ad that he did, he'd tell you exactly that. and if he loves his ad, well, he's proud of it. he tells the truth.