Split, Croatia – September 21st to 23rd 2013
Great Expectations. Charles Dickens. 1861.
We can control our actions. We can control our choices. But we cannot control our emotions. In Great Expectations, Pip knew to his detriment that he loved Estella against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.
Far From The Maddening Crowd. Thomas Hardy. 1874.
I don’t want to make a terrible pun but it really was maddening to attempt to read this book. As it was written in archaic english with run on sentences and period references, I often lost the flow of the story and failed to connect with the characters. The main protagonist, Bethesda, was an independent, strong-willed woman with whom I should have empathized but I found myself disliking her and caring little about her love interests.
1984. George Orwell. 1949.
Big Brother is watching you. A phrase I have known my whole life without understanding it’s true meaning. I now know the horrors it represents in vivid detail. I read this book to not only understand the literary references but also to comprehend what a post-WWII author considered a dystopia. I am glad I chose to read it but I can’t say I actually enjoyed doing so.
To Kill A Mockingbird. Harper Lee. 1962.
As I previously mentioned, I have decided to read my way through the BBC’s top 200 books. I love reading and find great pleasure in escaping into a world created by an author. I think reading can broaden our perspective, introduce us to alternate views, stimulate our imagination and nurture our sense of adventure. I love that a story can immerse us in an unknown universe. Sometimes a story will inspire a longing for a distant land worth visiting. Sometimes a story will show us a new side of a place we love. And sometimes, if we are really lucky, a story will transport us to a world that no longer exists.