I read this book thinking that one day my daughter, who is now five, might want to read it.....since her name is "Liberty" as well and is, in fact, thI read this book thinking that one day my daughter, who is now five, might want to read it.....since her name is "Liberty" as well and is, in fact, the reason I even picked up the book to begin with. I was extremely wary of the book right away when I found out that the "bad guys" were the young girl's PARENTS. I kept reading, however, and it turns out that it's really just her father (not her mother - which is a little better I guess). It was painful to read at first in regards to this, but I did get used to it and ended up really enjoying the adventure and the characters in it.
On a short side note: in the book Liberty is "homeschooled", apparently to keep her away from the world. Being exposed to homschooling as a child, I know that the overall conclusion from those who know nothing about it and those who think they do, is (for the most part) a nagative one. This book doesn't help with that misinformed view.
It kept my attention! and I actually read it through without picking up another book in my usually A.D.D. fashion. I love the quirky/playful notes from the author which are tastfully nestled between the lines on occasion. I also found myself, putting little strips of tissue in the book to mark some poetic, and creative thoughts from the author. "The drawers in the mind are interesting. Some are easy to open. Like the drawer with your best friend's name in it. Some are harder to nudge, like the answer to a question on a test." "Then there are the drawers that open on their own time. These drawers have jewels in them: the diamonds of the imagination, the rubies of memory, the sapphires of dreams, the tiny pearls of wisdom. Getting them open is tricky." " But there is one thing you can do to unlock them: absolutely nothing. Stare into space. Glance out the window. Gaze at the horizon. Watch the stars."...more
Let me explain something. This book is very interesting. Just a little too.......much. While I enjoyed the story and the not-so-subtle allegorical teaLet me explain something. This book is very interesting. Just a little too.......much. While I enjoyed the story and the not-so-subtle allegorical teachings, I was annoyed greatly by all of the proper names. So annoyed in fact, that I started keeping track of them just to vent later, as so - The Tradition, The Language of the World, The Soul of the World, The Elixir of Life, The Master Work, The Philosopher's Stone, Urim and Thummim, The Emerald Tablet, (and last but certainly no least) Personal Legend. I'm sorry if that annoyed you, but if it did you might not want to read this book.
That said, if you can get past all that specific annoyance, it's a decent book, and a worthy read. After all, it is a classic. Because I've already read another book since the finish of this one, I really don't feel like jogging my memory to bring up anything else helpful, so I suggest you keep reading reviews. :) ...more
I love this book. And though I was annoyed a bit by some of the "commentary" it carried no wieght compared to how much I loved the rest.......until thI love this book. And though I was annoyed a bit by some of the "commentary" it carried no wieght compared to how much I loved the rest.......until the end.
I hated the way it "really" ends, and then how "Bill" goes into his long drawn-out story about Buttercup's Baby. And "oh",Buttercup's Baby.....it was awful. Inigo's story was endearing.... and cut short, and the rest of it was awkward,confusing, gave me an uneasy feeling, and frankly it just pissed me off. Which I would assume would be a delight for Bill to hear.
And thinking of that makes me laugh. So, I guess he did a good job after all.