Thoughts on: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
4 Stars , Classics , Fiction , Latest Posts / December 28, 2011

As time goes on, this novella could be read in several ways. There is the most known one, that of split personality, but also could be a pathological angle of investigating the nature of mental illness.  In these days, where science, technology and medicine is much more advanced, the story could also be read as a warning on the extreme use of mind altering chemicals, drugs or alcohol and the self destructive properties of such actions.

Thoughts on: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
5 Stars , Classics , Fiction , Latest Posts / December 20, 2011

About: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne is a classic science fiction novel published in 1870. The book’s original title Vingt mille lieues sous les mers, the literal translation would be “Seas” which might imply the seven seas. 416 pages Publisher: Naval Institute Press ISBN-10: 0870216783 My rating for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – 5 Buy & Save on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon | Kin­dle | Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK More books by Jules Verne Part of the League of Extra­or­di­nary Gen­tle — Men of la — Book Chal­lenge (Vol. 1) Thoughts: I have read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne in two languages and several versions. I have to say that this translation beats them all. The book shows Verne’s genius which is tough to translate, the characters come alive on the pages and the adventures they go through are exciting. The comedic tone and even psychology show well in this wonderful translation. As in the previous versions I have read, there are many “lists” and descriptions of the ocean life. I have to say that I did skimmed through the lists but read…

Thoughts on: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
4 Stars , Classics , Fiction , Latest Posts / December 10, 2011

About: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is a fictional book now considered a classic. The story appeared in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine on 20 June 1890 but Wilde modified the story before publishing it in 1891. See my Fun Facts Friday postabout this book to learn more. 304 pages Publisher: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press; Annotated edition ISBN-10: 0674057929 My rating for The Picture of Dorian Gray – 4 Buy & Save on The Picture of Dorian Gray through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon | Kin­dle| Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK More books by Oscar Wilde Thoughts: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (official website) is a strange book. While its themes are certainly sophisticated and poignant, the book itself, I felt, was crude as if Wilde wrote it in anger.. The last chapter tied up everything together and made very astute observations. The story, in some form I felt, is certainly relevant today and especially during the time of super-consumerism holiday season. A time which I find distasteful, stressful and quite confusing. To Dorian Gray, his beauty and vanity become the tools which destroy his soul. He can no longer love, only lust. He can no longer be passionate, only a…

Thoughts on: Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
2 Stars , Classics , Fiction , Latest Posts / August 18, 2011

About: “Tess of the d’Urbervilles” by Thomas Hardy is a fictional book published in 1891 . The book follows Tess through her trials and tribulations in Victorian England. 544 pages Publisher: Barnes & Noble Classics ISBN-10: 1593082282 My rating for Tess of the D’Urbervilles – 2  Buy & Save on “Tess of the d’Urbervilles”  through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon | Kindle | Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: “Tess of the d’Urbervilles” (pronounced Derbyvilles)by Thomas Hardy (Biography) is one of those books which I think bored literature professors love. There is much social commentary, hidden meanings, sinister motives and a double entendre to almost every phrase. The more you read the book, the more of you’d discover. I, however, am not bored nor am I a literature professor. The reason I am no longer bored is because I finished reading this very descriptive book. I did like the story, that of a poor, pure farm girl who is being used as a rag for every man she falls for but keeps coming back to them like a long lost puppy until she loses her mind. While Mr. Hardy does lavish the reader with his description of the…

Book Review: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
5 Stars , Classics , Fiction / January 18, 2011

I bought this eBook. This post was previously posted on Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing. My rating for Treasure Island – 5 About: “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson is an 1883 fictional adventurous and classic pirate story.  The book follows Jim Hawkins,  a young man, who has found a treasure map and with the help of friends hires a crew to find the treasure.  But the crew has their own plans. Get a discount on “Treasure Island” through the ManOfLaBook affiliate account on: Amazon |Book Depository US | Book Depository UK Thoughts: I read “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson as a young boy and always remembered it as one of my favorites. Recently, as part of a classics book club, I read it again. The two main characters of the book, Jim Hawkins and Long John Sliver have certainly cemented themselves as two of the most intriguing and dimensional characters in literature. I was happy to reconnect with them almost as if they were old friends. The first half of the book was a breeze to read, but the second half was a bit more difficult due to the pirate’s slang, cumbersome metaphors and tongue tied conversations. …

Book Review: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
4 Stars , Classics , Fiction / October 27, 2010

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins on Blogcritics My rating for The Woman in White – 4 About: “The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins was published as a newspaper serial in 1859. In 1860 a collected edition of the chapters was published in book form. The fictional story is considered to be one of the first mystery novels, as well as one of the finest. How fine you ask? Buy “The Woman in White” and find out Thoughts: Even though this is a Victorian novel, it is still gripping, engaging and a page turner. The characters created by Collins are three dimensional, vivid, intelligent, thought provoking and sometimes hilarious even by today’s standards. The story is not told in a straight narrative form, but rather in a series of letters, first hand accounts, diaries and dispositions by the main characters, as well as some supporting characters. Since this novel was first serialized, every chapter ends with a twist to keep the readers coming back, that is not to say that there aren’t many twists in the chapters themselves. As a detective novel, the narrative is faithful…

Book Review: This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2 Stars , Classics , Fiction / September 24, 2010

Tells the fictional story of Amory Blaine, born with a silver spoon in his mouth; heir to wealth, has good looks and sophistication. The story is set in the early 20th Century in the northeastern United States. After traveling the country with his mother, Amory attends St. Regis prep school and, even though lazy in his studies, manages somehow to have his pick between Harvard, Yale and Princeton Universities (he chooses Princeton).

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