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Books 7-9

 7. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Summary:  William Goldman’s beloved novel has sold over one million copies. A movie, released twenty years ago, perfectly captured the spirit of the book and has introduced new fans to its pages ever since. In 1941 a young boy lies bedridden from pneumonia. His perpetually disheveled and unattractive father, an immigrant from Florin with terribly broken English, shuffles into his bedroom carrying a book. The boy wants to know if it has any sports. His father says, "Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions. Miracles." And the little boy, though he doesn’t know it, is about to change forever. As Goldman says, "What happened was just this. I got hooked on the story." And coming generations of readers will, too.

Genre: Wow um I guess Romance, Adventure, Humor, Fantasy....

Thoughts: I absolutely love the movie. Whenever it's on beginning, middle or end I tune in. I gotta say I was a little bit disappointed in the book. The "good parts" version as Goldman calls it is missing the...humor. I mean the great scenes of Buttercup dreaming she was married and the boy(Goldman) interrupting his father telling him that he read it wrong is there along with the Fire Swamp, Vizzini's battle of wits with the Man in Black. I mean it's all there I just was a little underwhelmed. I don't think I've ever thought this but I think the movie is slightly better than the book. *shrug*

Rating: 3 out of 5. 

8. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Summary: In her first published novel, Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen presents us with the subtle portraits of two contrasting but equally compelling heroines. For sensible Elinor Dashwood and her impetuous younger sister Marianne the prospect of marrying the men they love appears remote. In a world ruled by money and self-interest, the Dashwood sisters have neither fortune nor connections. Concerned for others and for social proprieties, Elinor is ill-equipped to compete with self-centered fortune-hunters like Lucy Steele, while Marianne's unswerving belief in the truth of her own feelings makes her more dangerously susceptible to the designs of unscrupulous men. Through her heroines' parallel experiences of love, loss, and hope, Jane Austen offers a powerful analysis of the ways in which women's lives were shaped by the claustrophobic society in which they had to survive.

Genre: Classic, 19th century fiction

Thoughts: O.k. this was a re-read, "sort of." I started reading this when I was working on my B.A. .....3 years ago?? I never finished it I don't remember why. Anyway I enjoyed it. It's no Pride and Prejudice or Persuasion....*sigh* Captain Wentworth. For some reason this story more than any of the other Austen novels reminds me of a soap opera...random I know. Take Willoughby for example, all his shenanigans past and present. The one thing missing from Austen fights. God, I wish someone would of just decked him.  

Rating: 3 out of 5

9. The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Summary: The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal -- a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Genre: American Literature

Thoughts: Umm yea I don't like Hemingway. I tried, I really did. But first there was Catherine( The Sun Also Rises) "I'm nothing I don't exist without you" bullshit! I mean Farewell to Arms was o.k but now this... I just don't get it. Old incredibly unlucky fisherman fighting with a big fish, eating dolphins! I dunno I really enjoyed Hemingway's short stories. Maybe I'm not reading the right books for me. I'm wondering if I'll like To Have and To Have Not. I don't know this was a total miss for me.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Currently reading A Tale of Two Cities.

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