Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review: To the Lighthouse

To the Lighthouse To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow. I just finished this...what was it? Was it more conceit than content? There were times when it was so raw and real and other moments where the words became disjointed and the metaphors overwrought. But, man!:

"Night after night, summer and winter, the torment of storms, the arrow-like stillness of fine (had there been any one to listen) from the
upper rooms of the empty house only gigantic chaos streaked with lightning could have been heard tumbling and tossing, as the winds and waves disported themselves like the amorphous bulks of leviathans whose brows are pierced by no light of reason, and mounted one on top of
another, and lunged and plunged in the darkness or the daylight (for night and day, month and year ran shapelessly together) in idiot games,
until it seemed as if the universe were battling and tumbling, in brute confusion and wanton lust aimlessly by itself.

In spring the garden urns, casually filled with wind-blown plants, were gay as ever. Violets came and daffodils. But the stillness and the
brightness of the day were as strange as the chaos and tumult of night, with the trees standing there, and the flowers standing there, looking
before them, looking up, yet beholding nothing, eyeless, and so terrible."

Book II Chap. 7


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Review: Beowulf

Beowulf Beowulf by Unknown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Heaney does the Audiobook and it's pretty great: evokes Tolkien and Joyce together.

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Review: Beowulf

Beowulf Beowulf by Unknown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Heaney does the Audiobook and it's pretty great: evokes Tolkein and Joyce together.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Review: Kirby: King of Comics

Kirby: King of Comics Kirby: King of Comics by Mark Evanier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Coming to a close as bed time reading with my son. And I love that this is our first joint absorption of an art history text. I got it a couple of years ago, hoping for just that. It has been mutually edifying.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Review: Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce by Jonathan Swift
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While the book and this reading take some time to warm up to, by the time you get passed the cartoon-like images that wend away in the popular mind around the concept of Gulliver's Travels, and surpass the potential Disney-esque sound and presentation of David Hyde Pierce's voice, the original tone of Swift as an early 18th c. satirist with a seeming encyclopedic understanding for world knowledge by which he can take the ironic tone he does rings out true and loud and so relevant to this age. The Classic nature of this work is inspiring, as true as a surviving Platonic discourse or astounding as Melville's how-the-heck-did-he-do-it-before-the-internet global grasp in his whale book.

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Thursday, November 05, 2015

Review: Light in August (12 Audiocassettes) Unabridged

Light in August (12 Audiocassettes) Unabridged Light in August (12 Audiocassettes) Unabridged by William Faulkner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This reading by Mark Hammer is extraordinary, breathing life into every character and navigating time lapses, twists, narrative turns and capturing subtle accents and regionalisms with finesse and caring. At once he is Mitchum's Max Cady and then he is Steiger's Gillespie. At moments you feel a small, half-drunk Faulkner himself etching the Shakespearean prose out in a hard, stubby pencil then banging away all night on a typewriter; and this reader persists. It's just terrific!

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Review: Kafka on the Shore

Kafka on the Shore Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Five Star Fiction. Thank you, Mr. Murakami: I will never forget it.

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