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CONFESSIONS OF A BOOKWORM “TESS OF THE D’UBERVILLES”

25 Nov

OR… THE DANGER OF EATING A STRAWBERRY.

Hello Bookworms!!

I just finished “Tess of the d’Ubervilles” by Thomas Hardy. And well, let’s talk about it…

The book is beautifully written  it has the Victorian style of saying a simple act like it was made out of poetry. For example “she grab an apple” it becomes “with her slender fingers she moved towards the air full of dust which moved like fairies dancing around the beautiful Tess while her delicate skin touched the red sinuosity of the prohibited fruit”.

Yes I just made that up.

But more or less that was I was talking about. Yes it is beautiful to read a poetical description of mundane things, but sometimes i found myself skipping sentences. To the point please!

I really like the characterization of the characters. This Tess is a bad-ass, i just love her, she thinks she is a victim when she is the strongest of all them all. She is passionate, generous, caring, independent and incredibly strong; She is raped, she has a child, she loses him, she works as hard as anyone can, she encounters bad people, good people, crazy people, fanatic people, her rapist as a religious-fanatic, her rapist as post-fanaticism, her rapist as her guardian, bad parents, bad lovers, bad husband…. She lives trough all of them without losing a peace of her beauty and just a piece of her sanity (i would have gone mad at the beginning of the second part). She is the victim of a society in which a woman has to life forever with the consequences of being raped and having a child before marriage while a man who rapes woman can be forgiven if he embraces religion.

Absolutely fair. (sarcasm sign here)

The writer is brilliant portraying this hypocritical society. But at the same time he is just and observer, he does not blame or fight for anything, he just tells everything as it is. It is like he is saying “well here is Tess, this is what is happening to her, your turn to think now”

The story is well known, I am not going to explain the plot.  It has been adapted by cinema and television several times. I have to admit that I have not seen any adaptation (even though I wanted to), and I had it in my to-read list for several years now. I have to admit. Oh my I am sorry to admit that my curiosity won when I read “50 Shades Of Grey” and between sadomasochistic sexual encounters they  quote this book. Over and Over.

—-OMG, those lost neurons will never come back again. ( I want to talk about Mr.Grey another time)—-

Well, all I have to say I liked the book. Is one of those books that left you with a bad mouth taste. It is not a happy ending, it is not what she deserves. All the struggles she passes she cannot end well, she has to pay for her “sins” while men are aroudn watching her pretty face suffer. I would recommend it for those who like more dense stories and those eagle-eyed readers who can enjoy a good description of hypocrisy.

Summarizing, is a good reading, but not an easy one. And whoever says it is a love story.It is not.

Love,

Lady C.

I (HEART) JANE AUSTEN (Pride and Prejudice)

24 Nov

It is a truth universality acknowledged that everyone in the world should read (at least once) one book of Jane Austen.

I know…I know… This quote is overused and over missused, but come on…IS.THE.BEST.LINE.EVER (the real one I mean)

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” The best line to hook the satiric consciousness of the reader. Brilliant!

I must say that Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorites books, and with Persuasion my faves from Jane. (Yes I call her Jane). I have read P&P ten times and every time I read it I discover new things and details hided from me before. I remember the first time I read it that I actually understood ALL the ironies in the book. I think it was the fourth time I’ve read it and I just kept smiling all the time with her genuine humor. Once all the wits and satires were understood, I found in Jane Austen an incredible female writer.

All the stories I knew until that point of first-I-hate-you-then-I-love-you were copied from here. HUNDREDS OF STORIES following the (almost) same structure as this magnificent book. Movies, more books, series, TV shows…Over and over the same structure, Where is the originality everyone???

Some readers may say that Jane Austen was… How to say it…Dispassionate?  No kisses, no touching?? REALLY???

I have to say, eventough I sometimes found myself thinking “Darcy, Wentworth, WHOEVER pleaase kiss the girl!!” Jane Austen talks about love without sugar or spice: she talks about love that people feel but do not express.

Lizzie is a great character; young girl, lots of free time to read and to think about her life and the life of other’s, high opinion of herself (she is right in part, she is awesome) she is pretty, smart, and her father’s favorite  Here comes a rich and handsome gentleman who is not interested in her. WHAAAT?? How is that possible?? I am going to ignore and despise him as he did to me.

So the magic begins… The Proud and the Wit. They take for granted the feelings of the other, that is why everything in the book is like a surprise, they just do not understand each other. That takes us to my favorite part of the book.

Place? Netherfield.

People involved? All Netherfield party and Lizzie (Jane is coughing upstairs).

Dialoge? Awesooome!!! Is the first time that someone is verbally “disarming” Mr.Darcy while he cannot find the right words to express himself  but he is enjoying enormously being teased in that way. (chapter XI)

“Certainly,” replied Elizabeth — “there are such people, but I hope I am not one of them. I hope I never ridicule what is wise or good. Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can. — But these, I suppose, are precisely what you are without.”
“Perhaps that is not possible for any one. But it has been the study of my life to avoid those weaknesses which often expose a strong understanding to ridicule.”
“Such as vanity and pride.”
“Yes, vanity is a weakness indeed. But pride — where there is a real superiority of mind, pride will be always under good regulation.”
Elizabeth turned away to hide a smile.
“Your examination of Mr. Darcy is over, I presume,” said Miss Bingley; — “and pray what is the result?”
“I am perfectly convinced by it that Mr. Darcy has no defect. He owns it himself without disguise.”
“No” — said Darcy, “I have made no such pretension. I have faults enough, but they are not, I hope, of understanding. My temper I dare not vouch for. — It is I believe too little yielding — certainly too little for the convenience of the world. I cannot forget the follies and vices of others so soon as I ought, nor their offences against myself. My feelings are not puffed about with every attempt to move them. My temper would perhaps be called resentful. — My good opinion once lost is lost for ever.”
“That is a failing indeed!” — cried Elizabeth. “Implacable resentment is a shade in a character. But you have chosen your fault well. — I really cannot laugh at it; you are safe from me.”
“There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.”
“And your defect is a propensity to hate every body.”
“And yours,” he replied with a smile, “is wilfully to misunderstand them.”

Maybe its me… I love to tease people and I would like to be able to tease someone in that way, so brilliant, delicate and subtle. So British, so to speak. As much as I love teasing people, I have not been able to have this kind of conversation with anyone. Ever. Where are the regency gentleman when you need one?

Love,

Lady C

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CONFESSIONS OF A BOOKWORM “ADDICTED TO BOOK SERIES”

13 Nov

Hello Bookworms!!!

Did I tell you that I am obsessed with book series? Well. I am. Lately I have been in a mood of light-page-turning reading, and I found a couple of jewels that are worth reading.

Poison Study. By Maria V. Synder (Part of the Study Series)

Yelena is  imprisoned for murder, she has been living almost a year in a disgusting dungeon waiting for her death sentence.  She is given the opportunity to postpone her death becoming the food taster of The Commander. She has to decide between dying the next day and be free of the terrible ghost of her pass OR to become a food taster and live with the notion of every meal can be her death sentence. As a courageous woman she is, she takes the risk and tries to live.  She will be trained as a food taster by Valek; a loyalist to the Commander who will make the impossible to test Yelena in every possible way to prove her loyalty to the cause.  During the story we will know more about the life of Yelena, how and why she ended in prison. and we will know more about her past to discover a great female character; strong, intelligent and powerful. Yelena will prove to anyone that she is not what she seems. Everything is tinted by a certain portion of magic and fantasy. The romance part is really well put together (you can understand why Yelena fells with…….) without falling into cheesy-pink-romance.

The settings are well described, the characters well portrait and the story well written, you can even found several four-syllable words (not very common in this kind of literature).

Magic Study: Now away from Ixia, (vanished by the commander because of her magical powers) Yelena has to run away from everything that she can call home to return to her past and to learn how to control her magic. In this book Yelena will discover in who she can really trust (she will find some surprises in the way) and how powerful she really is. Will she be reunited with her life from Ixia? Will she find her lost family, and will they embrace her after fourteen years?

Now in Sitia, Yelena will have to deal with powerful dark magic, horrible murderers and a chevalier without kingdom who looks for his place in the world (yeah, kind of Aragorn type of guy but in this case HE WANTS to be king).

All friends and new friends, family and love, mind-reading animals (say whaaaaaat awesome!!!) and lots of magic and exotic places. A good continuation to Poison Study, highly recommendable.

BUT! I love this two books really much, easy reading but well written at the same time, good plot and characters. Although the decline of the plot can be noticed in the second book, Magic Study is worth reading. I have read the reviews of the third and last book of the series, Fire Study and all of them are a disaster, on the one hand i want to see how it ends, on the other hand I don not want to spoil the experience by reading a bad book if i liked so much the other two. Let’s see!!

Love,

Lady C.

CONFESSIONS OF A BOOKWORM “Open a book”

7 Nov

I have been a bookworm since I was 13 years old; I remember exactly the moment that my addiction began. On my 13th Birthday my father gave to me “Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban”.  That night, I began reading it and I felt myself electrified with HP world. That was the moment, that exact moment when I realized that there were books for children worth reading.

I began the series of Harry Potter for the third book. Weird. I know. I finished the first 3 books on summer vacation, since then, the anguish of waiting months and months for the next book to be released marked my existence.

Between HP books I began reading any book that cross my way, and I mean ANYTHING. From fantasy themed books like “The Lord of The Rings” by Tolkien to murder mysteries quite inappropriate for my age like “The Red Dragon” by Thomas Harris.

Not that I was completely oblivious to books before Harry Potter. When I was around 5 years old, my parents had an edition of “The Silence of the Lambs” by Thomas Harris in which the title page was the image of a young woman’s face with a bee in her mouth, but the bee had a skull as a head; I thought ” What can be inside this book for the main image to be this one; a bee with a skull head?” As you can imagine my child imagination went wild imagining assassin bees and young women being bitten by them. Since then every once in a while I entered my parents’ bedroom and I checked the titles pages of the books that they were reading, memorizing titles, authors and the images that accompany them.

As you can imagine, my book addiction has increased dramatically, from addiction to young-adult series to classic thick-unreadable books, my thirst is growing in a pace that somethimes i feel alarmed because i just want to read, read, read. Not eat, read. Not sleep, read. No breath, just read.

Any bookworm anywhere???

Love,

Lady C.

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