for the past 10 weeks. Not to mention writing, researching, making a website, and learning Italian. I’m quite tired.
At least they, most of them anyway, were rather interesting books. I will probably give more in-depth reviews on these books in other posts but here’s a quick rundown for a few of them.
I highly recommend reading Jane Eyre. Not just because of the love story but also because of the brilliant job she did writing it and interweaving all sorts of symbolism and hidden meaning. I’m definitely going to read it again.
Blu’s Hanging was, um, horrid at points but it was well written. If you decide to read it you might want to grab a Hawaiian pigeon dictionary and be prepared for some cruel and graphic kitty scenes. I wouldn’t have finished reading it if it wasn’t assigned because of the kitty abuse but it doesn’t continue throughout the novel. There is also a lot of perverse sexuality in it, so considered yourself warned.
I think my second favorite book was Love Medicine. If you decide to read it make sure you get the version that has the extra 3-4 chapters. I managed to get a hold of the original version which was missing a few chapters, so I think I got a little screwed story wise. There’s also two other books that go along with this one which I plan to buy; Tracks and The Beet Queen. Love Medicine takes place on an Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Each chapter is told from a different characters’ viewpoint, very intriguing way to read a book.
I also enjoyed The Awakening. It was published in 1899 but seems rather advanced for its time. I won’t give away the ending but just remember to keep an open mind if you read it. It’s the story of a woman realizing who she is and what she wants out of life and following her desires regardless of the society around her.
The Color Purple. I think half the population has read this book. The other half has likely seen the movie, which from what I hear left A LOT out and doesn’t do it justice. I hadn’t done either before my lit class this term, so maybe half and half isn’t exactly correct. Anyway… the beginning of the novel is somewhat heart wrenching, but it gets better and it’s enlightening to see Celie’s transformation as you turn the pages. I highly recommend reading this book also.
The other books were good too, I just don’t have anything to say about them right now. =) Maybe later. Well, I think I should remove my arse from the bed and accomplish something today. Happy Holidays!!!