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Push by Sapphire

January 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Book: Push by Sapphire

Rating: Okay

Lesson Learned: Find something to live for.

I am not big into reading novels, especially ones which are turned into movies, but I thought I would give Push a try. (I haven’t seen the movie). Push follows Precious through the struggles of incest, teenage pregnancy, and hopelessness in Harlem. The book is written from the perspective of Precious and it makes the book ‘harsh’ and ‘raw’. I don’t know what I think, it is a cornucopia of misery with some redemption at the end. Some people will get uppity by the language, others by the content, but at the end of the day it was hard to not feel for someone who had survived through so much fiction or not.

Also the author’s name is Sapphire, no last name, so I bet she is pretty fun.

I don’t know what to think about the book, so there it is.

Categories: Book Review, Literature

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

January 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Book: The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

Rating: Meh

Lesson Learned: ambition isn’t everything

They said this was an ambitious book. I got to page 50 and dropped it. It is written in the form of a diary. I am sure it might pick up, but I gave it 50 pages. Poisonwood Bible is still good though, go read that. However, the book is going to look great on the shelf…seriously.

Categories: Book Review, Literature

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

September 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Book: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Rating: Good read

Lesson Learned: Taliban is no good

I read this two years ago. Everybody by now has read it or seen the movie, but I thought it was worth another mention. It is well written and makes you want to take action.

Categories: Book Review, Literature

Amerika by Franz Kafka

August 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Book: Amerika by Franz Kafka

Rating: no

Lesson Learned: Be careful talking about something you haven’t experienced

Kafka had a real interesting story. He, like so many artists, was unrecognized until after his death. Amerika was one of his few books he finished. How many times have you been seduced by a maid who got pregnant? Evidently it only has to happen once to be sent to Amerika. A land where the statue of Liberty has a sword instead of a torch and there are no docks in New York’s harbor. I am sure he researched real hard, but there was some inaccuracies. I only bring them to light because I think its funny not because I think he did a bad job. To be honest, I couldn’t make it past page 40 so I am no authority on the book, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

Categories: Book Review, Literature

Ward No. 6 and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

August 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Book: Ward No. 6 and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

Rating: Meh

Lesson Learned: Russia wasn’t all that fun in the mid 1800s.

In my desire to learn a medium at which I can help develop some creativity in different ways I have read several collections of short stories. I picked up Chekhov because on the cover he looks like a real hot-shot. The story Ward No. 6 was a great read, but the rest of the book was hard to get through. It was very political which I am all for, but how many ways can you say the government stinks? I say that flippantly. The answer is you say it until you have to yell it, and you yell until you are heard. I didn’t want to listen…this time. I have to be in the mood to get too up in arms about the government, but, then again, I didn’t live in Russia at the time Chekhov did.

Categories: Book Review, Literature

The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka

August 24, 2009 2 comments

Book: The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka

Rating: Great

Lesson Learned: Story Telling Technique

I am a fan of short stories. I have never read Kafka so I took him for a whirl and really liked what he had to offer. He is uber dark but all of his stories are allegories so they make you think about life and society. I read this on the beach and I would recommend you do the same.

Again, you will notice the link takes you to B&N. They have an amazing collection of classics for really cheap…Don’t give them too much credit for it though, books come into the public domain just like art does and anyone can print them for free.

Categories: Book Review, Literature

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

August 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Book: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rating: Good

Lesson Learned: Adventure

This is a fun book I would read to my fifth grade child a chapter at a time at bedtime. The publisher put reviews of the book back from when it was written and they are hilarious calling the book filth and having no value whatsoever. It’s just a pirate story and it taught me the origin of Long John Silver who was the ship’s cook. God Bless your battered fish Mr. Silver.

Categories: Book Review, Literature