Thursday, 15 December 2011

Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy

Right back into it! After falling off the book reading waggon i am back at it, and boy did i choose a book that would push my determination to the edges of its limits.

No-one warned me that Thomas Hardy was such a depressing writer, Now i no that not everyone gets to have a happily ever after but come on, what is it with all these writers making the reader depressed. But on another note this is the first one that i have read that have really pulled at my heart strings, the way that he writes the book may not be exciting, but then again it is not meant to be. It is a look into a life of one man that goes through allot a strife and hard ship.

Reading this book i became attached to Jude, (the main character) and his trails and hardships, because to me he was just a nice guy that life decided to dump on. At times i wanted to close the book and stop reading because it seemed that nothing would go right for Jude. Don't get me wrong he had some things go right with him. He finally got the girl he had loved for as long as he had known her.

Now just a warning this will be a bit a spoiler alert for those of you that might just want to read this book, and yes i do recommend it, so if you don't want to know skip ahead. This story dose not end well as i have already said but there where three places in the book that really made me want to put it down and not read on those points were....

1) When Jude had to kill the pig with Arabella his first wife, it may not seem like much or even a plot spoiler but it was one of the first times that it became clear to me that it was all going down hill for Jude and may not look up for some time.

2) When Jude's son hung him self and his other two young children, now i won't reveal anymore then that, but at this point i had to put the book down and i did not continue reading it for awhile after that.

and 3rd was when Sue (his cousin and 2nd wife) left him to go back to her 1st husband that she divorced to be with Jude. This was after the children had died in such a horrific way, and in a way i understand why she did it. She felt that god was punishing her because of her wrong doing of leaving her first husband to be with Jude. But still poor Jude was left alone in misery and loneliness yet again also having to deal with his children's deaths alone. Now i can't say that i can relate but i had grown to like Jude and felt extremely sorry for him.

After all that i did finish the book and i am glad that i did it is a sad tale but one that is written very well.  It is a tale about Jude Fawley a working-class young man who dreams of becoming a scholar. Its themes centre around class, education, religion, and marriage. An excellently sad tale about life, love and dreams that are never achieved. A must read for all who love to read.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Alice's Adverntures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

Well i can say that it did not fail to entertain nor to confuse. Growing up i loved the movie of Alice in Wonderland and the book did not fail to entertain and make me smile. There is more of the confusing and silly nature of things not being as they should be. It did move at a very fast pace and i found it to be alittle choppy in places.

I also found that in some places there was not as much detail as the movie and in others there were bits that were not in the movie at all, like twiddle dee and twiddle dum. But i do have Through the Looking Glass and that is also tales from wonderland so maybe they will be in there as well.

i fully enjoyed reading it and would totally recommend it to anyone who wants to see where the movie came from. And with all movies that come from books, the book is so much better then the movie!! Top Notch read!!

Moving along with Jane Eyre...

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

I am finiding in all these books so far that all of them seem to have unhappy endings. I am not really a fan of this, they also always have that same theme of unrequinted love and the feeling that they are un worthy of there love's, love in return and so have to go off for a long time and come back weathy and worthy, while the woman has married someone that they wanted to be.

After saying this though i really enjoyed The Great Gatsby, the characters where engaging and real. Again my favaorte charater was the narrator Nick Carraway, he looks into the lives of Jay Gatsby and the others as on outsider. He seems to have an unbised oppion on all of the main characters even when stated that he did not have much love of Gatsby.

All and all a tale of cheating husbands, murder, death obbessive and unrequinted love. I really enjoyed this book and couldnt put it down Fitzgerlds writing style engaged me from start to finish. My only problem with it was that i ded not grow to like any of the charater nor to care what really happened to them, even Nick.  Would totaly reccomend this as one to read.

up next Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson

ok so i no this is not the book i was meant to be reading and writing about next but i was finding it hard to get through Wurthing Heights so thought i would come back to it and move onto a book i knew i would love. Now i am little bit of a Robert Louis Stevenson since i went and visited his house and grave in Samoa, thing i love about this book is it looks at the ideas of good and evil and basic humanity.

It is a very short story so great if you dont want something long to read and also looks at the situation from 3 different perspectives! so all and all a very good book and would def recomend it to anyone who wants to read something alittle dark and looks at fundamental things with in life and wants that we can not act on.

Now i have moved on to The Great Gatsby looks like it is going to be a good one ....
i will keep you posted.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Tennesse Williams

Book 1 down, 100 to go. I really enjoyed reading this play, admittedly i chose it to start off with because i knew i would  get through it super quick and i wouldn't get nervous about how long it would take me to read it.

I have to admit that is did not like Big Daddy as a character, lets just say he is a bit of an Ass ... the relationship between Marget and Brick was well done, and Marget has some great monologues though out the play and in act two and three you really start to understand the core of there relationship.

The version i read also had the alternate ending and i have to say i like the Broadway version better more intense and has more feeling to it. All and all a very good start.

Next Wuthering Heights.....

Sunday, 31 July 2011

The Challange ....

In a rather daft moment i decided to set my self a challange, this challange was to read 101 books in 365 days. But not just any books, no i deciced to make it interesting and choose books that these days we like to call classics.

It all started with me wanting to read Wurthing Heights, something that i have not yet achived, and figuring that since i was such an avaid reader but had as of yet only read  a few of those so called classics i should really get onto it. So here is my journey into a world so far undiscovered, it all beguins on August the 1st 2011.

Let the challange beugin.

The Books
1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
2. Diary of a Madman and Other Stories - Nikolai Gogol
3. Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys
4. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
5. Notes From Underground - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
6. Story of the Eye - Georges Bataille
7. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
8.The Last Days of Sodom & Goneorrah - Marquis de Sode
9. Venus in Furs - Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
10. The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer
11. The Karamazov Brothers - Fyodor Dostoevsky
12. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
13. Diamonds Are Forever - Ian Fleming
14. The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
15. The Secret Agent - Joseph Conrad
16. A Room With a View - E. M. Forster
17. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
18. Don Juan - Lord George Gordon Byron
19. Love in a Cold Climate- Nancy Mitford
20. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Tennessee Williams
21. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
22. Middlemarch - George Eliot
23. She: A History of Adventure - H. Rider Haggard
24. The Fight - by Norman Mailer
25. No Easy Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela
26. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
27. The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
28. Notre-Dame of Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) - Victor Hugo
29. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
30. The Old Curiosity Shop - Charles Dickens
31. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
32. Lysistrata - Aristophanes
33. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
34. The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole
35. Death on the Nile - Agatha Christie
36. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
37. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
38. Baby doll - Tennessee Williams
39. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote
40. The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
41. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
42. The Odyssey - Homer
43. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
44. Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome
45. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
46. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
47. Vile Bodies - Evelyn Waugh
48. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
49. The Beautiful and Damned - F. Scott Fitzgerald
50. Against Nature - Joris-Karl Huysmans
51. The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Malcolm X
52. The Outsider - Albert Camus
53. Travels With Charlie - John Steinbeck
54. The Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx
55. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
56. The Time Machine - H. G. Wells
57. The Man in the High Castle - Philip K. Dick
58. The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells
59. The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
60. We - Yevgeny Zamyatin
61. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
62. Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga - Hunter S. Thompson
63. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
64. Another Country - James Baldwin
65. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
66. Junky: The Definitive Text of Junk - William S. Burroughs
67. The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
68. Confessions of an English Opium Eater - Thomas De Quincey
69. Subterraneans - Jack Kerouac
70. Monsieur Monde Vanishes - Georges Simenon
71. Kafka on the Shore - Huraki Murakami
72. The Monkey Wrench Gang - Edward Abbey
73. The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli
74. Bound for Glory - Arthur Miller
75. Death of a Salesman - Georges Simenon
76. Maigret and the Ghost - Georges Simenon
77. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
78. The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
79. A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan, Sir Doyle
80. The Thirty-Nine Steps - John Buchan
81. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
82. Therese Raquin - Ãmile Zola
83. Les Liaisons dangereuses - Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
84. The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
85. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
86. I, Claudius : From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54 - Robert Graves
87. Hangover Square - Patrick Hamilton
88. The Beggar's Opera - John Gay
89. The Twelve Caesars - Suetonius
90. Guys and Dolls - Hal Leonard Corporation
91. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
92. The Iliad of Homer - Homer
93. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
94. From Russia with Love - Ian Fleming
95. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
96. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
97. The Diary of a Nobody - George Grossmith
98. Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens
99. Scoop - Evelyn Waugh
100. Brave New World - Aldeous Huxley
101. A Mid Summer's Night Dream - William Shakespare