05 June 2007

Mountains of Books

Just some thoughts on a couple books I've read (listened to) recently, since I felt so inclined to tell you about all my loft plans of listening to books.
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Wow. Wow. Wow. I loved it in every way imaginable. I loved Jane. I loved the people she loved and disliked the people she disliked. I loved the story. I loved the writing. I loved the voice of the person that read the book.
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Wow. Wow. Wow, for entirely different reasons. I did not love it in every way imaginable. I did not love the characters. I did not love the story. I did like the writing itself, especially the part where three conversations were going on at once. I did not love the voice of the person reading the book. The whole story was bizarre and creepy, and far too sexually charged. It happened to be the only book I took with me to work last Thursday or else I would have stopped listening to it after the first CD. I've only read some of 1984, but I found it much more palatable than this book.

Next up is Anna Karenina, which I should be able to start and finish this week. Then I'll listen to 1984. I'm almost done with my last. class. ever. That means I won't have to feel guilty when I actually read books for fun at home.

4 comments:

Janssen said...

I am so with you on both counts. I think Jane Eyre is fantastic. Does it get better than Mr. Rochester? I think not. We saw the play in London and it was excellent.

Also, in high school, we were assigned 1984 to read and I loved it. Then, because I kept hearing about Brave New World and how it compared to 1984, I decided to read it on my own. And I loathed it. What a stupid book. I just reread 1984 while I was in London (I walked past George Orwell's house, a few blocks from the London Centre), and loved it even more.

Hooray!

Ben said...

Me, too. Jane Eyre is simply amazing. Every single page is so well-written, and it's not a short book. (Not a long one, either, for that matter.) It's one of my favorites, ever.

And it's been a very long time since I read Brave New World, but that's about how I felt, too. I read 1984 around the same time and can't remember much about it, so I'll have to pick it up again sometime...

With Anna Karenina, people seem to either love or hate it. I love it. Tolstoy's good. (Now watch, you'll hate it. Oh well. ;))

Sherry said...

Well, I loved War and Peace when I read it in high school, and I'm pretty confident that I'll love Anna Karenina. Tolstoy is great.

Kristy said...

I thought Anna Karenina was pretty weird. Or maybe that was just freshman year...