Archive for the 'Classics' Category

Review: Grendel by John Gardner

676737 Genre: Classics
Published: June 2, 2010 by Random House Vintage Books
Length: 180 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

The first and most terrifying monster in English literature, from the great early epic Beowulf, tells his side of the story in a book William Gass called “one of the finest of our contemporary fictions.” 

 

 

 

 

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Grendel was a very interesting read because if you’ve read Beowulf, Grendel is the antagonist in that story, but in Grendel, he is the protagonist. I like reading books where the antagonist from the original story tells his/her own story of why he/she acts that way (like the movie Maleficent). The first half of the book was very sad because Grendel tells us why he acts so angry towards humans and he has a very reasonable answer. I also like how Grendel is given emotions in this book unlike in Beowulf, he is only depicted as a monster. Grendel is actually quite smart. He likes to observe his surroundings and has a very caring personality. The dragon is also involved in this story and he is very wise. He gives Grendel advices about the things that he had acquired through his experiences. The only thing I did not like about this book is the 2nd half. It pretty much went downhill from there because I honestly did not understand anything I’ve read. I feel like the author was packing the chapters with empty words when he can just directly say what was happening. Overall it is a good book to read after you have read Beowulf.

3 of 5

Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Genre: Classics
Published: January 3, 2011 by Berkley Publishing Group
Length: 522 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

” Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who’s always taken orders quietly, but lately she’s unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She’s full of ambition, but without a husband, she’s considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town… “

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This book is so beautiful! Honestly at first I was bothered by the language (how they talked) but I realized that it was necessary and has a purpose of why they spoke broken English. Despite the book being long, it never bored me and it left me with different emotions – sad, happy, laughing, and shocked to name a few. I have to admit, sometimes I was too lazy to pick it up and start reading the next chapter because of how long it is, but that was my problem.  So the book is told from a first person point of view,  each chapter(s) being told by the different characters in the story. The title of the chapters will have the name of who’s perspective it is.

Our protagonists are Ms. Skeeter, and the two maids Aibileen and Minny. They are such interesting and unique characters. Each characters symbolizes and represents something. All of them take risks in the book and cooperate just to accomplish Ms. Skeeter’s book The Help. Ms. Skeeter’s novel is composed of different stories told by the maids. Their stories just moved me and all of the sacrifice they do left me afraid and worried for them. Some stories were sad and some were very funny (hint hint [if you read it] The Terrible Awful! I cracked up on that one xD ).

The Help by Kathryn Stockett sends out a message not just about equality and unity but making the impossible possible and accept that what will come will come. This book reminds me of why I love the classics genre. This book is such a meaningful piece and I really recommend it! Just give it a try. It will definitely give you something to think about. I didn’t love the book, but I highly liked it and it’s a piece of awesomeness!

Review: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Genre: Classics
Published: September 30, 2004 by Scribner
Length: 180 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)
1st person p.o.v.

“In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write “something new–something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned.” That extraordinary, beautiful, intricately patterned, and above all, simple novel became The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald’s finest work and certainly the book for which he is best known. A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsbycaptured the spirit of the author’s generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald’s–and his country’s–most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter–tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning–” Gatsby’s rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream.

It’s also a love story, of sorts, the narrative of Gatsby’s quixotic passion for Daisy Buchanan. The pair meet five years before the novel begins, when Daisy is a legendary young Louisville beauty and Gatsby an impoverished officer. They fall in love, but while Gatsby serves overseas, Daisy marries the brutal, bullying, but extremely rich Tom Buchanan. After the war, Gatsby devotes himself blindly to the pursuit of wealth by whatever means–and to the pursuit of Daisy, which amounts to the same thing. “Her voice is full of money,” Gatsby says admiringly, in one of the novel’s more famous descriptions. His millions made, Gatsby buys a mansion across Long Island Sound from Daisy’s patrician East Egg address, throws lavish parties, and waits for her to appear. When she does, events unfold with all the tragic inevitability of a Greek drama, with detached, cynical neighbor Nick Carraway acting as chorus throughout. Spare, elegantly plotted, and written in crystalline prose, The Great Gatsby is as perfectly satisfying as the best kind of poem.” – Goodreads

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While reading this book, I just wanted to cry >_< it was sooooo boring 😥 ! As a junior, we were required to read this and The Catcher in the Rye. I’m surprised that it took me longer to finish this book compared to Catcher. At first I was really excited to read it, but after reading the first four chapters, I found it BORING, REALLY, BORING. I’m really disappointed! The whole concept was great but it was just way too slow.

For the writing style, I found it very weird and strange. It kept switching from present and past tense and there weren’t any warnings if it had switched to a different tense. Sometimes I didn’t know why a topic would be relevant in a certain page because first they (for example) would talk about ‘bananas’ next thing you know they were talking about ‘lizards’ -_- *facepalm*.  Most of the time I didn’t know what the characters were talking about, and there was this page with all the names who attended Gatsby’s party, I was just like I GET IT, ANYONE CAN COME UNLESS YOU’RE A NOBODY.

I was also close to not finishing it and just continue on reading it using Sparknotes. But what motivated me to continue is my friends. They spoiled the ending for me and I was curious so I read on :p So yeah, I’m very disappointed in this one.


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