Strange how I never picked up on the fact the brilliant BBC series was based on a book.Now I did, I'm not quite sure what to think. Knowing the series influenced me in a positive way. The characters are almost 100% identical to the book.I just think there's too much Charles and not enough Sebastian. :-)For some reason I find myself wondering what it's all about, but maybe that is the writer's intention...It's sad. A very sad story, but so very well written.Oh, for the record, don't even think about watching the film. It's dreadful and doesn't even resemble the book in anyway.
At first I tried to read the old-fashioned version, but I couldn't get through the language. The modern version was wonderful, though.It's a fun story with enough depth too.It does make you think about the French revolution, which I find an interesting period. The characters are very well thought out and described. I just love this book.
Eleanor Roosevelt had a very nice writing style. Her autobiography is very easy to read and quite insightful.I think she was proof that wisdom does come with age. For the time she must have been quite something. She was definitely a woman with an opinion. Reading about all her travels I also find interesting. I like the fact she is quite down to earth and to the point about everything that's included in this book.However, once again I picked up a book about (and this time also by) and American and the anti-communist thing is getting sooooo old. Thankfully we have history after her death to prover her ideas wrong. Also the view of America as world leader is even older and boring! Again, history is proving her wrong.Besides those two things I find this book very interesting and it gives a nice view of the times and her personal development.
Yes, I think this is a good book and still I only give it 3/5 stars. Why? Because it's confusing to read.Previously I read 'The Lady Elizabeth'. I loved it. I like Alison Weir's style, the book's based on facts (as far as we know them of course) and she managed to set up the characters in such a way that I could keep up with who is who.Now I've read 'Elizabeth the queen'. The style is still really good, easy to read, at times funny. No problems there. But why oh why are the events not described chronologically? I could not keep up with who was where when, what happened when (it doesn't help I'm not English, and therefore rusty on English history) and who was who.
This is the first book I've ever read by Joanne Harris. So I can't compare any of her other work (which is apparently quite different in style) to this one. I just know I absolutely loved this one!Set up with blogs it's very easy to read, nice bite size chunks.I have a habit of overanalyzing things. I'm happy that didn't get in the way. You see, this book got me thinking...a lot. All the time: who could this be? how much of this is real? who did it?In short: it grabbed my attention quickly and didn't let go until I finished the story.The end is very open, but it doesn't bother me. There is enough in the entire story that's open to interpretation anyway, so I have to make up my own mind about what happened and who did it. I like that too. The end fits right in with the rest.A bit of a creepy thought that my gut feeling about JennyTricks was right fairly early on though...This book is right up my street and I'd recommend it to anyone.
This is a fairly easy read. It's also very very subjective.I am one of those people who grew up in a world after Watergate, where Nixon was the bad guy and nothing else was said about him. This book did provide me with a more balanced view of the man. I found it very insightful and it really did help me to make up my own mind about the various activities of Richard Nixon.What I found slightly annoying what the fact that Jonathan Aitken at several points in the story tries to justify Nixon's actions. It's a biography, not a school report!Thankfully he's not very good at hiding his views, so they are easy to find and ignore.Still, I would recommend this to people who are interested in a more complete view of this American ex-president.
Not at all a bad book, but I did skip a few chapters. I have read Casanova's memoirs and the chapters I skipped were about women I really was not interested in.I think this book is well written, in a nice and easy style. It's like reading the memoirs all over again, only the short version.It's nice to see that some of these women have actually been identified later on. In this book you get some extra background information on them. It really adds to the whole story.When you red the memoirs you can't help but wonder if he was always telling the truth. It was therefore no surprise to read he'd been telling lies here and there...Again, a good addition to the whole story.The edition I read also contained some images, putting faces on the names.All in all, I would think this is a little more interesting to people who would find the memoirs too long, but still want to know about the man. I found this book nice overall, but not a 'must read', because I had read the memoirs. It's simply an addition, nothing spectacular.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: it's not fantastic, but it's a good read. I can't put these books down!And that's quite something coming from someone with an aversion (to say the least) to Romans. I like Macro and Cato. I want to know what they are up to. I hope Vitellius gets...well, something nasty...at some point.I suppose Simon Scarrow is a better writer than I give him credit for. Because, eventhough I complain about his style (I love the game of finding the word 'bodily' in every book), he's got me hooked. So he must be doing something right.Now, where's the next one?
It's not a big book, but it's not an easy read either. The style is nice, the chapters short, but the atmosphere of this book is very, very disturbing. I'd seen the film and I'm happy I decided I had to read the book too.This book describes how a jarhead actually feels and thinks. Anthony Swofford was a sniper in Operation Desert Shield (later Desert Storm) and he tells about his training and his time in the desert. All I'm left with afterwards is sadness....good book.
The first time I read this book, I was quite young. I think I was in primary school and it was the children's version.To be quite honest, I can hardly remember anything, except that I was overwhelmed by the story.Upon hearing my best friend had never read this classic I advised her to read it, which she did. We got the old fashioned version from the library, and of course that means 'old' English.My friend, rightfully, noted that it's very very Christian. To the point of (or even past that point) of exaggeration! Personally it doesn't bother me, but that could be the difference in our upbringing. What's more, the writer obviously comes from a very religious family, so it is to be expected.Even if you strip this book of its Christianity, it's still a very powerful story!It shows various sides of slavery as the writer has seen it and heard about it (the last chapter is an eye opener as far as that goes!). Obviously it's not really of this time anymore (are we really free of slavery though?), but it is educational. At least it's a wonderful story of people and their struggles, both slave and master. Wonderfully written, hard to put down. Quite rightfully regarded as a classic!