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The Shining (Signet)
The Shining (Signet)
von Stephen King
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Steven King is my book candy!, 18. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Shining (Signet) (Taschenbuch)
I read this 464 page book in FOUR DAYS! This is a VERY fast paced, easy to read, in your face thriller. The Shining is a cordial invitation into King's superbly terrifying imagination. The plot: intriguing, the characters: stellar, the imagery: wasps, blood, the hotel, everything was perfect. Have You ever felt yourself shine? Don't read this one at night, unless you LIKE feeling "zero at the bone".
My only critcisms would be that the begining is somewhat slow, and WHAT was with the last chapter? It was out of the blue and wholly unnecessary. Cut that chapter out and the ending is perfect.


The Cider House Rules (Roman)
The Cider House Rules (Roman)
von John Irving
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,40

4.0 von 5 Sternen Great if you like character driven novels and Irving's wit., 16. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Cider House Rules (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
You've probably heard that this book is about abortion. In truth, its a book about a "father" and "son"'s struggle to accept one another, as well as a young man's struggle to overcome his own moral hypocrisy. The characters take a walk outside the perimeters of moral limitations, and find themselves questioning whether or not they can live with the choices they've made.
Irving's trademark solid gold characterization leaves nothing to be desired, but the plot moves slowly through the middle. If you like Irving, and don't mind repeated references to a woman's right to choose, you'll enjoy this one.


Lord of the Flies (Perigee)
Lord of the Flies (Perigee)
von E. L. Epstein
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,70

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4.0 von 5 Sternen TonighT, in the ArenA its ... Id versus Superego!, 11. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Lord of the Flies (Perigee) (Taschenbuch)
Anybody know what my title's about? Basically, this: In the battle between your impulsive, selfish side and your rational, moral side which would ultimately win?
The plot of this novel is misleadingly simple. Some shipwrecked British lads must fend for themselves on an island while waiting to be rescued. Their only hope for returning to civilization is to keep a fire burning in the hope that a ship will see the smoke. A leader is chosen. The society is well organized and, intitially, works. Then the "littlun's" confess their superstitious fear of a mysterious "beast" lurking in the woods. Disputes concerning priorities and leadership divide the boys. Gradually, the wilderness in them all possesses them wholly. This is the tragedy in Golding's eyes. Everything natural is condemned, while things of intellect are placed on a pedestal.
This book is nothing if not symbolic. Jack is selfish desires (Freud's "Id")while Piggy is intellect (Freud's "Superego"). Piggy's glasses represent reason. Remmeber this when anything happens to them, and what Piggy is like without them. Ralph is Mr. Inbetween (AKA: Freud's "Ego"). He's the closest to you and me. The conch represents order in society.
Pay close attention to the physical appearances of the characters as well. It indicates how well adapted they are to the island. The trick is that those most suited to the island are those most in tune with their instincts and animal desires. THey are the ones who give up on the fire. THey are the ones whom commit the injust acts. THey are the inhumane consequences of total submission to human desire.


The Giver (21st Century Reference)
The Giver (21st Century Reference)
von Lois Lowry
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen A Perfect Society?, 17. April 2000
Lois Lowry does not give us the perfect society, she gives us a society of everyday people who have become morally lazy because they live in a comfort zone. I read this book in junior high and loved it. It's a novel about sacraficing emotions, art, and morality for the comfortable life. The characteristics and crimes of this supposed eutopia are intregueing. Lowry has an impressive imagination and vivid writing style. Her original take on the eutopia topic will be well appreciated by everyone from age 11 upwards.


A Prayer for Owen Meany
A Prayer for Owen Meany
von John Irving
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Oh God - please bring him back! I shall keep asking you., 1. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Prayer for Owen Meany (Taschenbuch)
One of the greatest novels I've EVER read. Quotable from start to finish. If you haven't read the Amazon.com review above don't. It gives away WAY too much. Novels are greatest when they're surprising. Owen is convincingly intelligent, funny, loud (in voice and character), thought provoking and charming all at once. Beyond Owen, the rest of the characters are brilliantly developed and undeniably human. Those who love symbolic depth in novels will get more than their fill, but the plot is intriguing as well. It's surprising how such a long book will leave you begging for more at the end! John Irving is a witty, imaginative author and I can't wait to read more of his books. Owen really earned SIX stars.
I'd also like to mention that parrallels can be drawn between this book and "The Scarlet Letter". If you've read that book before this one they're not hard to pick up on.


The War of the Worlds (Bantam Classics)
The War of the Worlds (Bantam Classics)
von H.G. Wells
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 4,30

4.0 von 5 Sternen The Original Sci-Fi, 26. März 2000
Since Jules Verne and Orson Welles literally started sci-fi, any true sci-fi fan will read this book. The plot involves space invaders threatening humankind, which alone was revolutionary in Mr. Welles's day, but it's prophecy and its parrallels with history made it a classic. The attitudes and the fate of the Martians are incredibly similar to the attitudes and frustrations of the European nations to the territories that they controlled in the past. Besides being set from an Englander's viewpoint, Welles must have also focused on this nation because they were such a widespread world power who sapped the strengh and freedom from their own empire. In other words, it was a role reversal. Welles' explanation for the physical characteristics and selfish actions of the Martians is made in relation to prophesies for mankind's future. That was the most interesting part for me, but you'll have to read it to find out why!
Again, if you don't care for philosophy or history but like sci-fi this novel is still a fun read, so please do!


The Color Purple
The Color Purple
von Alice Walker
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Alice Walker has the artist's touch., 16. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Color Purple (Taschenbuch)
Magnificent! The characters undergo human metamorphosis like I've never see before! Every character is fully developed and each one plays a significant role. From the beginning Celie has your sympathy, but by the end pride and joy are all you can feel for her. (You'll have to read the book to find out why!) This book, however, should not be read by children who cannot handle the depictions of sexual and physical abuse. I don't want to give too much away, so here's one last statement: If you like novels with realistic, reviting plots; characters you feel like you've known for years; historical significance; and an amazingly human depiction of the ever present hope in life (even in a society ruled by injustice) then log out and race to your nearest book store!


Hamlet (Signet Classics)
Hamlet (Signet Classics)
von William Shakespeare
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 3,60

5.0 von 5 Sternen To read, or not to read. There is no question., 2. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hamlet (Signet Classics) (Taschenbuch)
I absolutely love Shakespeare and Hamlet is my favorite Shakespearian play thus far. Besides Shakespeare's usual flare for the English language, Hamlet's quick wit, philosophical and artful masterpieces of soliloque, and a wonderfully tragic plot make Hamlet an engaging read (or viewing, I've done both). The characters arouse all the sympathy, hatred, and love they were intended to. I read this play in a matter of days because I couldn't put it down. If you don't have time to read this play, or comprehending the language is a trial PLEASE see it somewhere. Watching the actors and listening to their voice inflections will help a lot, I promise.


A Raisin in the Sun (Modern Library)
A Raisin in the Sun (Modern Library)
von Lorraine Hansberry
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 11,60

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5.0 von 5 Sternen First Rate Characters, 21. Februar 2000
I LOVED this play. It's characters we're brilliantly created. My favorite was by far Beneatha. This play demands emotional involvement. You can't help feeling depressed for the plight of the family because the characters are so REAL! Of all the plays we've read in my AP English class this is by far the best. It seemed very Shakespearian (another timeless playwrite) in its excellent characterization, wittisisms, and shifts between funny and tragic scenes. I'm glad the family was victorious in the end because I didn't want to go to sleep depressed (and I would have been, the book is THAT good). Lorraine Hansbury has earned every star with this play.


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