I saw this book at a thrift store and thought it looked hilarious, I just had to buy it. It's a pleasant little how-to book for those among us who are small-talk challenged. And I was right...it is frightfully amusing!
A satirical masterpiece from the master himself: Voltaire. Candide is blown by the winds of fortune every which way, but manages to remain convinced that no matter how inhuman the violence, no matter how senseless the suffering, all things continue to work out for the best.
I really thought this book was great. Burgess creates an entire new world and a whole dictionary of slang, which in itself is extraordinary. The story is one of brutality, human choice, and the true meaning of redemption.
*The slang was very confusing for the first three or so pages, but then I felt like I could understand everything as if he were speaking plain English. Give your brain a chance and I think the same will happen for you!
I was surprised at how much I loved listening to this on my commute to and from work. Even coming home from a long day, I still felt like I could sit in my car longer and hear more of the excellently acted BBC recording. Just by voices, there are characters you will come to love and those you will come to despise.
You know it's good when you care about the characters and you don't want it to end!
This screenplay, introduction, and film diary for the Kenneth Branagh production was just fascinating. It's the entire text of Hamlet as a film script, complete with film shots and stage directions. Very interesting.
This book was an amazing futuristic story that will scare the bejeezus out of any self-respecting woman. Margaret Atwood is a brilliant storyteller.
"The Handmaid's Tale deserves the highest praise." The San Fransisco Chronicle.
This book is a train wreck. Perhaps Darla Shine is not a horrible person in real life, but she certainly portrays herself as a very judgmental lady in her writing. At one point she admitted that she wanted to push her shopping cart right into an overweight woman's "big fat ***" because she was angry that the woman was so unhealthy and teaching her overweight child to be unhealthy too. Wow. There are other gems in this book, too, about how we should basically use our husbands simply for money and sex and get emotional fulfillment from our friends, since apparently men aren't capable of holding a conversation or putting the toilet seat down. Some may enjoy her vapid, witchy banter. But this housewife prefers to stay positive.
This is a masterful story and it's really reall well told by Ben Cross (of Chariots of Fire fame). I'm assuming this is unabridged, because it doesn't mention any abridging on the package. Two hours went by like nothing on my commute to work!
This book was simply amazing. Lots of people said I should read it, and while I was halfway through I was still thinking, "There's got to be something I'm missing here."
Just keep reading...you won't be disappointed!
I kinda thought that this book looked lame when I first got it, but I soon found out that despite appearances, this book is hilarious, informative and just the kick in the pants needed by some young Christians (this includes yours truly!). It's a little cutesy, but still manages to be hard-hitting and honest. I devoured this book in a matter of hours and have been thinking about it ever since.
I started reading this book before all the controversy...and I'm glad I did because I was so arrested by the book by the time all the "truth" came out, I ended up not caring what was true and what was not. It's a great story no matter how you look at it.