Friday, January 25, 2013

Blog 96 - Rabbit Run Review

Rabbit, Run

Author: John Updike
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 264
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date: August 28, 1996; Originally in 1960
ISBN-13: 9780449911655

About the book
Rabbit, Run is the book that established John Updike as one of the major American novelists of his—or any other—generation. Its hero is Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, a onetime high-school basketball star who on an impulse deserts his wife and son. He is twenty-six years old, a man-child caught in a struggle between instinct and thought, self and society, sexual gratification and family duty—even, in a sense, human hard-heartedness and divine Grace. Though his flight from home traces a zigzag of evasion, he holds to the faith that he is on the right path, an invisible line toward his own salvation as straight as a ruler’s edge.

My Review
I love reading very much, and if left to my own devices I would not pick up this book. The reading of this book came, because it is required reading for my college class. That being said, I found it interesting.

Things that I liked: Within the pages of this story I find that the characters are portrayed as if they were real human beings. What I mean is that they didn’t seem like a character created just for the story. These characters seemed life-like. They had issues that could and can happen in real life. At different parts within the story the language, the dialogue, the way things were described throughout was thought provoking. It made me things about things that were going on within their lives and I tried to imagine what I would do in each character’s shoes with the different situations. I really like how John Updike was able to capture the character’s lives and create a story that someone, anyone could relate to when reading the story.

Things that I didn’t like: I really had a hard time getting into this story. The book was only 264 pages which in a normal reading day for me I would be able to finish this within hours, but this book for some reason just fought me the whole way on being read. There were moments where I couldn’t even get past two pages, and I was falling asleep. The descriptions frustrated me a little bit when it came to the characters. I couldn’t really get a clear picture on what they looked like. There were also the characters themselves and some of their actions. But I eventually got into the story and finished reading it, and then it was over. The book ended.

Overall: I would say that it was an okay read; it was interesting to read something that was written before my time. I will have to read this again at a later date to fully understand the story and it’s meaning within the modernism and post modernism aspects. I look forward to reading other classics in the future.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Blog 95 - The Giver


Author: Lois Lowry
Format: Paperback
Pages: 179
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Publication date: September 28, 2002
ISBN-13: 9780440237686

About the book
December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled teh Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man-the man called only the Giver-he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
My Review
I really enjoyed reading this for my Young Adult Fiction class, and just reading it in general.

Things that I liked: I really enjoyed reading about this world that the author built and how they citizens basically eliminated anything they deemed not safe yet there was one person in the town that had to bear all of the horrible memories of the past. I liked how the author set up the world in a sense that she created a world were the children weren’t children anymore by the age of 12. There was so much detail that I was able to get sucked into the story and I wanted to know what happened next. I didn’t want to put it down to read anything else.

Things I didn’t like: The beginning was a little slow paced for me, and there were spots later on in the story that were slow, but I toughed it out and got through those parts of the story. Other than that, I don’t have any complaints.

Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, and I recommend it anyone and everyone. 

 Until Next time, Happy Reading!