Hello, everyone! In summer you can usually find me curled up on the weekends, re-reading a book for the fourth or fifth time. This summer is no different and I’ve returned to one of my favorite authors, Lisa See, a Chinese-American author whose novels Peony in Love and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan reveal the lives of Chinese women during the 17th and 19th centuries, when they were cloistered in compounds, isolated and uneducated, and restricted by the morals of a strict, repressive Confucian society. See’s Shanghai Girls series jumps forward into the 20th century, yet still focuses on the lives and relationships of Chinese women as they move from China to the United States and back again. Although the protagonists Pearl, May and Joy may live in a more modern world than their peers in See’s other novels, See’s key theme remains the same: in a culture in which women are restricted in thought, behavior, and expression, the most important link between women can be faith in a shared secret life.
Hello, everyone! For my 100th blog post, I’m reviewing Revolutionary Road, a phenomenal book and a keystone in the suburban disillusionment genre, which includes icons like American Beauty and Mad Men. Chances are, if you’ve viewed either of these works, the fundamental themes and character beats in Richard Yate’s Revolutionary Road won’t be, well, revolutionary, but their timeliness and sincerity is what makes the novel a must-read. Looking back on the Fifties from our lofty pedestals, it’s clear to see the stifling role that traditional society played in the lives of young Americans, but writing this novel in the wave of traditionalism, Yates’ novel was an urgent voice against the dangers of complacency.
Hello, everyone! I want to start by apologizing for the massive screw up with gifs on my blog over the past 2 weeks. I didn’t realize that if I deleted gifs from my media library, they would also be deleted from the posts. That seems like something that shouldn’t need to happen, but anyway, PSA: do not delete images from your media library! Don’t do it! It took me five hours to fix everything. Again, I repeat, don’t do it! This has been a PSA.
Hello, everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed your last few weeks of summer and are ready to dive into fall! Today I wanted to take a break from reviewing horror movies and talk about my favorite subject: crazy fairytales. I’ve read my “King Thrushbeards” and “The Goose Girl” and even “The Three Little Men in the Wood,” but while all of them are twisted, none quite hold a candle to the special act of cruelty embodied in the Grimm Brother’s tale “The Girl Without Hands.” Even the title is a doozy.
Hello, everyone! I’m off to college in a few weeks, so I’m trying to speed-read all of the books that I’ve checked out the from the library, about 7 in total. This summer I’m re-reading some joyful, light books and trying to catch up on a children’s classic. And in a few months I’ll be reading textbooks. Volumes and volumes of textbooks.
Hello, everyone! I decided to do a review on Watership Down, a wonderful book with a very misleading title. See, when I first heard of the book, I heard the “ship” and the “down” parts and assumed it was a book about naval warfare. Imagine my surprise when I learned it was about rabbits. As it happens, I’d take a book about rabbits over a book about naval warfare any day. Something about those endless maritime battles put me to sleep.
Hello, everyone! I got rid of the slider feature on my home page after I learned, through the interwebs, that no one really clicks on it. Well, I thought it was cool and I clicked on it a bunch of times. But alas, for you, dear readers, I have made the change. I hope you enjoy the grid format more than you enjoyed that misleadingly playful-looking slider feature.
Hello, everyone! As I look outside my window, the world seems normal. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping. It’s almost as if a devastating massacre of character and plot had not occurred. It’s almost as if a beloved cultural icon had not been destroyed. It’s almost as if The Bloodsucking Cashgrab, also known as Harry Potter and The Cursed Child had not been released. This might be a little ranty, but I’m quite angry, and sad, and disappointed about how the whole thing has turned out. Spoilery stuff ahead, but c’mon…are you really going to London to see it?
Hello, everyone! I thought that I would do something serious for once and post a book review without being sassy. Alas, it was an in-school assignment, so I had no choice. But salt aside, I loved The Glass Castle. Maybe even more than Hamlet. JK I love you Shakespeare.
Hello, everyone! I was recently gifted a gorgeous version of Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales, which means that we can take a little break from mythology and go back to the best and most dubiously “moral” stories of all: German bedtime stories. Today, we start with a gem called “King Thrushbeard.” One lesson I’ve learned after reading this collection: even the Grimm brothers were antisemitic. I read “The Jew in the Thorns” and a piece of my soul crumbled away. I mean, I get that the publishers were trying to compile an authentic Grimm’s Brother collection, but was a story that ends with the townspeople celebrating the hanging of a Jewish banker really necessary?
Moving on to slightly less disturbing morals, let’s dive into “King Thrushbeard.”