Monday, November 20, 2006

Romance: My Three Husbands by Swan Adamson

My Three Husbands by Swan Adamson (308 pages)

Date Started: 15th Nov 2006
Date Finished: 16th Nov 2006


My parents bought this book for me on their way back from the airport. I don't know if they're trying to tell me something... Are they hinting to me to find a husband? LOL!

This was a fun book, light and humorous. Taken in the context on its own, it's quite a good read. Obviously you can't compare it to the classics and other bestselling literature, but reading it as it was meant to be, just a light, fun read. It couldn't be better.

Venus Gilroy isn't a really your typical likable character, and you'll find her more than a little stupid and spoilt, but I found myself hoping the best for her in the end. Maybe I'm just a soft-hearted fool, but well, the best of us makes the stupidest mistakes too.

All in all, it's a good book to relax with at the beach or on vacation when you don't feel like using your brain too much. So read it and enjoy it, and then move on to the better books which give you more out of them.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Classics: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (447 pages)

Date Started: 1st Nov 2006
Date Finished: 15th Nov 2006


I loved this simply because I read The Eyre Affair just recently.

But I loved it so much more because of the actual experience of reading it as it was. Literature nowadays are seriously lacking in quality. Most authors seem to think that to have a bestseller they need to write stories that consist of shocking ethical or moral issues and have tragic endings. I miss the great books with happy endings.

This is one of them. You can't imagine how refreshing it was to finally read a good book, a great story, and it has a happy ending too! Although it is a classic, but it's new to me, and I've been jaded with too many sad endings lately. I'm glad for this book.

But endings aside, the storyline, the plot, the narrative... they were all superb. Charlotte Bronte is a wonderful author, and remains one of my favourites. I love how Jane pulls you into the story, the way the descriptive passages flow into one another, the way the words causes the most vivid pictures to appear right before your eyes.

And as I said, it was made all the more enjoyable because I previously read The Eyre Affair. It was slow reading, but it was made to be savoured. That's why it's still a great classic after all these years.

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