Hey all, another giveaway. This one is over at So Many Books, So Little Time. It’s for The Gargoyle which I want to read so bad. You can enter here. Hurry though, you only have until the end of the day Friday, August 1.
Archives for July 2008
This was a very powerful and moving novel. It’s by no means a happy story-although I think I would classify it as a hopeful one. It’s a perfect display of the human spirit and the will to survive-of how much hardship people can experience and yet still move forward and start anew, no matter how hard it may be.
This story is about the Amin family. They are living in the days after the Iranian revolution-a life so different than they had lived before. Isaac, the father, is arrested and accused of being a spy. Before being arrested he was a rare gem dealer, he has known nothing but a good life. Prison is a terrifying ordeal for him-not knowing from one day to the next if he will live or die and never see his family again. Back home his wife and daughter are also dealing with the destruction of all they’ve ever known. Their son is thankfully safe in America but dealing with his own issues too. I didn’t really find that their son played a significant role in the novel other than I guess to show the helplessness of being in another country when your country is in such turmoil.
The story develops from there. We live through the horrors of prison life with Isaac and the uncertainty of life for his wife and daughter. I don’t want to say a lot about the story here because this book is definitely one you must pick up and experience for yourself. The author writes in a flowing manner making this book easy to read despite the subject matter and she draws us so completely into her character’s lives that we feel their pain and joy.
It’s hard for us to imagine the lives such as are portrayed in this book. My mind can’t wrap itself around living with the kind of terror the Amin’s did and many others besides them. They went from good, comfortable and peaceful lives to a world of chaos. Nothing was as they knew it before. This novel shows us just how quickly our lives can change and never be the same again. It shows the resilience of the human spirit. It is a novel you must experience for yourself. For me it was extremely difficult to put down and I read it quickly. It’s emotional and thought provoking and makes us aware of the world around us while at the same time making us very grateful for the countries we live in. I definitely recommend this novel.
Oh, how I loved this book! This is the first one read for the Classics Challenge and what a great start it is.
Anne has had a rough life. After both of her parents die she is passed between families virtually being a work horse and nothing else. She knows no love. Eventually she ends up in an orphanage. Finally, Mrs. Spencer shows up at the orphanage and Anne is chosen to go to live with the Cuthberts. Anne’s life is about to begin and she’s about to see what love is about.
At first things are up in the air because Marilla and Matthew had wanted a boy, not a girl. Matthew was taken by Anne right away but Marilla holds stron to taking her back to the orphanage and getting a boy to help out on the farm. However, on the way Anne worms her way into even Marilla’s heart and Marilla decides to take her back to the farm and see what happens.
So takes off the story of Anne of Green Gables. She talks constantly and her imagination runs rampant all the time. The story follows Anne from 11 years old to almost 17. We experience her adventures in finding her first bosom friend to her adventures in school all the way up to a point where Anne makes a major decision that will affect the rest of her life.
Anne is such a strong character. Her positive outlook on every situation is admirable. The way she looks at everything with a sense of wonder and lets her imagination go is such a great way to live. I love how when she meets people they are kindred spirits to her or they aren’t. You know in life there is always those people that you meet that you just know will be a huge part of your life and others who are just around the edges. Anne is very particular about this.
Lucy Maud Montgomery’s descriptions in this book of Prince Edward Island are just amazing. She describes the trees, fields, ponds-the sound of the ocean in such detail that you feel as though you’re right there and you can see all this right before your eyes. The way she portrays Anne, Marilla and Matthew, and even the less prominent characters puts them straight into your heart and they hold on.
I really enjoyed this book. I think it’s a great novel for young and old alike. I can certainly see why it’s a classic and has stood the test of time. I read Before Green Gables shortly before this one and I will definitely look into the following novels in the series to see what happens to Anne of Green Gables next.