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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Revised Edition (Penguin Classics)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Revised Edition (Penguin Classics)
von Mark Twain
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Huck Finn the perfect dremer, 24. Juli 2000
Mark Twain- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was first published in 1884 . The hero is Huck ,an orphan addopted by the Widdow Douglas.Huck is kiddnapped and imprisoned by his father ., but he manages to run away . On Jackson`s Island he meets Jim , a runaway slave . Together they start a magic expedition on the river Mississippi . Together they experience a lot of happenings , all leading to a stronger friendship between Huck and Jim .Huck learns from Jim the dignity of a real man . Their adventure comes to an end , when Jim is captured . Huck ,toghether with Tom Sawyer , helps Jim to escape . In the end , when " all ends well " and when Tom`s aunt Sally decides to adopt Huck he refuses and prefers to heads westward to avoid being " sivilized" .


The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
von J.D. Salinger
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Purity and inocence in a phony world, 22. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Catcher in the Rye (Taschenbuch)
J . Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye
His first novel , The Catcher in the Rye published in 1951 established J.D.Salinger `s success as a novelist . Inspite of its success the novel was criticized because of the colloquial language used in it ,full with lots of slang words and expressions . The book describes a teenager`s weekend in New York .The hero , Holden Caulfield is not an ordinary teenager because he is a neurotic person and he cannot adapt to the complex society in which he lives . All he wants is a simple kid of life , in the country side , being a kind of modern Huckleberry Finn , in look for the American Dream .Holden is not a brilliant student , at school all he likes is the English literature . This is one of the reasons he is expelled from the school . After this event , Haulden decided to stay by himself in New York up to the moment holiday would start . Holden is a very sensitive teenager and after his adventures in New York he finally comes to reject the adult`s world , a world which he consider to be " phony " Under his bad manners and bad behaviour ,Holden hides an essential purity and innocence .


F. Scott Fitzgerald's the Great Gatsby (Barron's Book Notes)
F. Scott Fitzgerald's the Great Gatsby (Barron's Book Notes)

4.0 von 5 Sternen The Great Gatsby and The American Dream, 8. Juli 2000
F S FITZGERALD - THE GREAT GATSBY The best descriptions of Fitzgerald was made by one of his critics : "he stood outside the ballroom , a little boy with his nose to the glass , wondering how much the tickets cost and who paid for the music " . His place in American literature was clearly defined . He records an age and a particular social circle within the age . The Great Gatsby is a character study of a wealthy Long Island parvenu , Jay Gatsby . Gatsby , who had aquired his fortune through shady means , is the archietype of the American self made man , seen in the hurried -crazy alchooldominated haze of the Jazz age , but through the eyes of Nick Carraway , an objective cold blooded observer who represents the the older values of the American Middle west before the war ; The Great Gatsby gives expensive parties , he recalls his struggled youth with romanticism and he seeks to rearrange his friends lives to suit himself . In fact through this behaviour he tried to escape his loneliness of fear of remaining alone . When he rencounters Dasy Fay , a youthful love romance whose memory he has long cherished but who is now married to Tom Buchanan , he seeks to take up the affair where he left off . Dasy ,driving Jay from New York to Long Island in his car , runs over and kills a woman named Myrtle Wilson , who by improbable coincidence is Tom Buchanan`s mistress. Myrtle`s husband , who has seen the car before in the possession of Buchanan , follows Jay , murders him and kills himself . Gatsby`s funeral is attended only by Nick and Jay`s father . The Great Gatsby is a study of success and presents the evolution and developement of the american dream : a poor boy is hurted by a rich and beautiful girl , spends his life in order to aquire wealth and this way to become worthy of her , then finds , after he has achived success that the girl was not worthy of his struggle . The "mystery " of Gatsby , uncovered by Nick Carraway as the novel evoluates , is that his extravagant and vulgar way of life represents an attempt , perhaps subconscious freudian struggle , to win the recognition of the beautiful Dasy who rejected him years before because he was poor and unknown .


Portrait of a Lady (Br) (Pbk)(Oop) (Bloom's Notes)
Portrait of a Lady (Br) (Pbk)(Oop) (Bloom's Notes)
von Harold Bloom
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Portrait of a Lady experimental and traditional novel, 7. Juli 2000
Henry James - The Portrait of a Lady
Henry James stands between the traditional and the experimental novel , his work having brought an important contribution to the development of modern fiction . In James`opinion there are as many ways of seeing life as there are people ,for each person builts his own universe from what he sees and above all according to the manner in which he perceives reality . That is why James prefers to render a multiplicity of subjective points of view allowing the reader to enter the minds of various characters in turn ; he tries to be objective . In the novels of the first period of his literary activity James undertakes the treatement of his favourite theme ,t. s the study of the relationships between the Americans and Europeans .
The Portrait of a Lady
The central figure of the novel is Isabel Archer .The presentation of her life is achieved in three structural blocks marked by a distinct period of time between them . The first part contains Isabel`s introduction to GARDENCOURT , herassertion of independence and her romantic conception of freedom . Some of the crucial events of her life take place now : her getting acquainted with Madame Merle ; Ralph`s persuading his father to leave Isabel a fortune ; her coming into this fortune on her uncle`s death . The central block presents Isabel in Italy and her accepting GILBERT OSMOND`s proposal of marriage . The third part -taking place 4 years after the marriage - shows Isabel reduced to representing her husband , reveals her final realization that she has not been a free agent , but has been handled by others who have determined her choices. Using the international theme , Joice analyses the effects of the difference between Europe and America upon the sensibility of the heroine . Isabel is determined to be free and create her own destiny ; her rejection of her two suitors ., Caspar Goodwood and Lord Warburton ,is an assertion of her independent will . But she lacks experience , she does not know the world and is unable to judje people correctly , she is simple in a world of sophistication and conventionalism . Her aunt is the person who starts her adventure by introducing her to the world and her from her dull but safe provincial American life . The person who actually ruins Isabel`s life and hopes are Madame Merle and Gilbert Osmond . Content with the independence that Isabel`s money gives him , Osmond imposes an aesthetic pattern of life , reducing Isabel to a work of art in his collection . At the same time , by contrast are empasised the superior moral qualities of Ralph . Acquainted with both the european and american way of life , Ralph may be considered a product of both , for he has preserved the american independence of mind and imagination , also acquairing the European rafinement and sophistication . His invalid state confines Ralph to being a nere spectator of the spectacle of life ; that is why his love for Isabel changes into brotherly feelings . He oversees and interpret Isabel`s activities , but he is also an initiator for her , introducing her to the old world`s sophistication . He tries to wern her against Osmond , but she will take no advice . In the last part , where Isabel hides her unhappiness Ralph can only be a silent witness of her suffering . His death is seen by Isabel as an expression of his inability to face the dreadfulness of her situation .


Gulliver's Travels (Signet Classics)
Gulliver's Travels (Signet Classics)
von Jonathan Swift
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Gulliver -an ironic book?, 4. Juli 2000
Gulliver`s Travels is esentially a book about human nature , its capacities and its limitations . The first voyage to Liliput is the most charming as it is used the play of proportions .Gulliver is a giant among the people so small that they look like"tiny animals ". The liliputans represent the weak creature who yet has much courage , inventedness and curiosity in the face of the danger . Their moral smalness suggest that nomatter the size , man is a political animal and at the same time the emptiness of public grandour of which swift laughs ironically.As an examle , the qualities required for officers in the state to obtain a social position:ballancing on the rope ; the desire of getting as many titles as possible . Gulliver became an embarassment because of his good consumption of food . His enemies wanted to put him to death . His punishment is changed to blinding . Their thinking is selfish . His carcasses will be smaller at his death and less likely to produce infections in the country ; by starving him he will be smaller . the idea is that where political action is in question , morality has nothing to do with the matter . - Lilliput shows the smallness in man , his pride in money , his political uselessness .
THE SECOND VOYAGE -Gulliver himself makes in his comments some links between the first and the second voyage . They are linked on the very device they are based: the relative size . The device is a satiric one . - the brobdingnags are large men and as a result of this we see clearly our phisical graceness . - Gulliver has to face different degrating physical adventures . - He is put in a cage like an animal . - Swift let us understand that physical size means moral largeness . Giants are generous , warm and human . The Brobningnag will remanin an ideal in this respect , as they are reffered to in the last chapter of the book . - B. is not a perfect state ; it has beggars and men who exploit others . The B. visited by Gulliver is fortunate in its monarch , who unlike the emperor in Liliput , is very good with his subjects . He refuses to accept Gulliver`s offer of the secret of the gunpowder ; he is an enlighted king who loves his people and wants to do his best for his subjects moral and physical state .
THE 3RD BOOK - it was in fact the last book to be written by swift . It is not so closely connected with the other two and thus it is less satisfactory . - presents the flying island of Laputa . - the island has a politcal reference . what is satirized is the abstract thinking . People are normal in size , but distorted in physical appearance . - they have no eye for the outworld ,for reality . - their human shape is distorted by their loss of human quality ; they live in a world of phantasy . - the capital prooduce a certain atmosphere in which man`s activity is replaced by the chance of a machine . - the excessive intellectualism of the flying island led to separation from the real world .
THE 4TH BOOK
- Guliver is in relation with the Yakoo`s bodies on one side and horses rational mind on the other side . The 4th voyage with its theme differing creatures is a synthesis of both reason and passion . Gulliver stresses strongly on the physical unpleasantness of the Yahoos and their habits , which are a version of all passion for jewel and gold . They are the corrupt passion entirely divorced from the reason . -


Charles Dickens's Great Expectations (Barron's Book Notes)
Charles Dickens's Great Expectations (Barron's Book Notes)

4.0 von 5 Sternen Irony and point of view in Great Expectations, 2. Juli 2000
I read this novel and i found it very interesting .Even from the title we feel the irony of the writer:there are "Great Expectations",but none of the heroes of the book can acomplish them . In fact irony in this novel may be considered a kind of intertext . The book presents a life turned upsidedown:Pip`s life changed completely from the moment he is held hills over head by the fugitive Magwitch . The main hero of the novel Pip,is a kind of prism :through his eyes we can see the action ,we see waht he sees , we understand what he understands ,from the point of view of a 5 years old boy .That is why the narrator is subjective ,as the central conscience of the novel is influenced by heroe`s emotions and opinions . The novel is also an irony of destiny : thus ,Mrs Havisham ,an excentric old woman ,half crazy , half excentric ,has a " broken heart " as she was left by her fiancee .Decided to revenge she finds herself guilty of agression against life as she uses the two childern ,Estella and Pip to acomplish her wild dark dreams .She teaches Estella to hate and hurt men ,first turning her into a frosty girl and later into an insensitive woman . The novel also presents the evolution of Pip.He is a poor boy ,but through hard work he becomes a rich man.In his evolution he was helped by his secret love for Estella ,but he is disappointed by her.In the end of the novel he prooves that he changed:when he meets Estella he doesn`t return to her .


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