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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Gorgeous Prose, July 28 2001
This is one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. I love Joyce's pure stream-of-consciousness writing and the exhilaration and lyricism inherent in his gorgeous prose.
In A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, we meet Stephen Dedalus, later to become a central figure in the monumental Ulysses, for the first time and we follow him through his boarding school days, to the university, to his decision to leave Ireland for Paris. Although it is an excellent idea to read this book before embarking on the much more involved and symbolic Ulysses, those who consider A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man only a prelude to Ulysses are definitely cheating themselves. This book… Read more
When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
Christopher Banks, the progagonist of Kazuo Ishiguro's When We Were Orphans, is a man with only one mission in life: he wants to become the world's greatest detective so he can find his kidnapped parents. But were they really kidnapped? And did other, relevant events really unfold as Banks relates them?
The central question in this highly entertaining and very different sort of story is: Can Christopher Banks, as a narrator, be trusted? He can be, insofar as he is truthful when reporting events as he sees them. Those words are the key to understanding this book, "as he sees them." For Banks knows no other way to tell us his story than as he sees it, even though as he… Read more
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre is as perfect as a book can be. It's the wonderful, multi-layered story of a poor orphan who falls in love with a man of the British upper class.
Jane Eyre is a fully-fleshed out character who is, in many ways, more modern than her nineteenth century counterparts. She is definitely a character to "fall in love with" and one that is truly unforgettable.
Although some of the events in Jane Eyre are more than a little far-fetched, the plot is so enjoyable we can easily forgive Bronte a few minor faults. The pages simply fly by as we want to learn more about Jane and Mr. Rochester and their ultimate fate, both together and apart.
Jane Eyre is a classic in… Read more