I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.
-Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."
-Phillip K. Dick

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Daisy Miller - Henry James

Genre: Classic

This is a story about a man who meets a woman and it's love at first sight.  He watches as she falls in love with someone else.  Or does she?

Goodreads Synopsis:
The plot centers around a Europeanized American man named Winterbourne, who meets a nouveau riche American woman going by the name Daisy Miller. A short novel, James wields the sword of fiction to craft a "study" of the roles of men and women, social relationships, cultural intersection, the allure of money, foolishness and wisdom, the responsibilities of parents, and the impact of one's life upon others.

This was an interesting read. I was in the process of reading it this weekend for my American Literature II class. It didn't feel as long as 164 pages, it felt quite short actually. I kept trying to make a connection to the characters thoughts in a psychoanalytic fashion. At the same time I could see the personalities of the characters for the most part. I found myself connecting to Winterbourne for some reason...Perhaps his infatuation for Miss Daisy. I feel like this story could have been elaborated upon, however, since it was so short, I have to say I was craving more. 

Shame on anyone who thinks evil of this.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Genre: Historical Fiction / Young Adult / Classic

This is a story about a boy named Huck whose father comes back into town, and drunk as he is, abuses Huck.  Huck eventually escapes and the story is telling his adventures that are at times hard to imagine because they are incredibly intense.

Goodreads Synopsis:
Intended at first as a simple story of a boy's adventures in the Mississippi Valley-a sequel to Tom Sawyer-the book grew and matured under Twain's hand into a work of immeasurable richness and complexity.

This book started out as a 5 star, but by the end it slid down to a 3.  It just lost it's appeal to me, and I just couldn't wait to be done with it because it was so boring near the end.  Huck was an alright character at best.  I can't say I connected to any of the characters on a personal level.  I didn't like the fact that by every next chapter it seemed like it was a new story.  It felt at times like the chapters didn't really connect to one another, but that might just be a me thing and not the book thing you know.

Shame on anyone who thinks evil of this.