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text 2017-04-13 01:05
Which characters from literature are you and your siblings?

I Got: Hansel and Gretel from “Hansel and Gretel” by the Brothers Grimm.

 

Which Characters from Literature Are You and Your Siblings? http://app.contenttools.co/quizzes/parent_393774

 

This actually seems to make sense somehow. (About me and my sister - Minwynn here on Booklikes) :)

 

Sorry I couldn't get this to look a little bit more quiz-like. There's no code to copy and paste

Source: www.bookstr.com/article/quiz-which-characters-from-literature-are-you-and-your-siblings/1478?trr_article_source=related-posts-module
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-04-09 01:27
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby (Cambridge Literature) - F. Scott Fitzgerald

This is an odd one. The writing is enchanting, and I don't mind Nick, but the other characters are very nasty.

 

Gatsby himself is depressing. He didn't ask the girl who he thought he loved to marry her while he had her, and when she got tired of waiting for him, he was unwilling to give up his dream of being with her. He stalks her until he can manipulate her into starting an affair with him, but pushes too hard and doesn't take her seriously when, in the confrontation scene between Gatsby and Tom, she admits that she did, in fact, used to love Tom. He is so hung on his dream of being with her, that he refuses to consider the fact that she might not want to be with him. And in his years of dreaming of her, he built up his memory of her to the point that it depicted a goddess, rather than a woman. He was undoubtedly disappointed with her once he had her, but he was so attached to his dream that he wasn't ready to give her up yet.

 

Daisy is annoying. She is, sadly, trapped in a loveless marriage. She had loved him before, but their love faded with time and her husband had been cheating on her, and she was aware of it. As sad as that is, it seemed like she was getting by, by clinging to her friends and to her daughter, but when Gatsby came back into her life, she decided she was willing to have an affair, but, when he pushed her too hard, insisting on her behalf that she was leaving Tom and that she never loved him, she decided (understandably) that she wouldn't find joy in him either. But she was willing to let him take the blame for her vehicular homicide, and she was so indifferent that she didn't even call, much less come, when Gatsby was killed.

 

Tom is obnoxious. He thinks he is entitled to his wife and a mistress. He can't understand why his wife might no longer love him, nor can he understand why his mistress's husband might not like his wife gallivanting off with another man. He is stupid and loud.

 

Jordan Baker is shallow. She lies, probably cheats, and doesn't mean a thing she says. She starts an affair with Nick, but then is shocked when he eventually splits with her, even though it is implied that she had been considering splitting with him. As though she is too good for anyone to break up with.

 

Nick is a strange narrator. For some reason he comes to like and respect Gatsby. While I admire his loyalty, I don't know what he saw in Gatsby to make him so loyal. He doesn't seem to have a problem with Gatsby and Daisy having an affair, though he's discomforted by Tom's affair. He had a fling with Jordan Baker, even though he knows she's a liar.

 

There are some nasty stereotypes of Jews in this book. Worse even than Fagin in Oliver Twist. Fagin may have been presented more as a villain, but you could understand how he got to be so low in the world and so despicable, but Wolfshiem is a stereotype without any understandable reason for how he came to be how he was. I'm not sure how Jews feel about the term "Jewess," but I've only ever heard it used by Nazis, so I was discomforted by the casual use in this book.

 

I heard this book described as being a depiction of the time between World War I and the Great Depression when too many people had too much money and too much time on their hands. And apparently not enough morals. It certainly depicts that well.

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review 2017-04-08 10:38
My Inner Vision of Italy: "The Brewer of Preston" by Andrea Camilleri
The Brewer of Preston: A Novel - Andrea Camilleri,Stephen Sartarelli

As with cinema, when I’m reading something like a Camilleri novel, it’s always possible to discuss its heightened reality. You concentrate life, as one does in theater. The proscenium arch for film is its syntax. Some thoughts arise, like when discussing reality. Imagine you ask someone who is talking about another person, "What are you doing?" They answer, "Well, I'm trying to tell you this and that, etc.” But you look at them and say, "No...What are you doing?" They get somewhat thrown, or agitated, or confused. Eventually lines are drawn. It's such a simple question. But it is really asking for you to really meditate or think about what this whole process of communication is really up to. What rules are being followed...what political system of exchange is really going on? What part of this is really a card shuffling act? What shifts of power are taking place in this exchange? What are you keeping me from noticing? What is being depended on? The question is simple, but the reality of the exchange is buried. There may not be words to describe the real chemistry of the exchange, and there may be issues about the decimation of personality inherent in the query.

 

If you're into Italian Literature, read on.

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review 2017-04-08 03:11
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

This was one of my favorite books growing up. I love how much creativity and imagination was put into it. Reading this book is like an adventure itself. You can truly visualize the settings, even though they’re unrealistic.

 

 

In the classroom, this book could be used for a class reading, literature circles, independent reading, etc. There is so much content that can be used for comprehension lessons also.

 

 

  • Lexile Measure: 940L
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review 2017-04-08 01:31
Norse Mythology
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

Nothing really to say about this except it's fabulous.  So fabulous that after the half-way mark of the audio, I went out and bought it in print, too.  But if you have the option, I highly recommend listening to the audio.  Neil Gaiman narrates it himself, and he's... I can't imagine anyone could do it better.  Except the late Alan Rickman and the only reason he came to mind is because Neil Gaiman sounds like Alan Rickman.  At least, he sounds like a gentle Alan Rickman.

 

Anyway - the book.  It's a collection of Norse myths; not all of them, but as Gaiman says at the beginning these are ones that are complete (there are many fragments of other stories, apparently) and are ordered in such a way that a vague timeline is constructed: from Odin's beginnings as the All-father, to Ragnarök. 

 

If you like mythologies, read it.  Better yet, listen to it.  It's excellent.

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