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Friday, February 06, 2004
  Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

I hardly know where to begin. It stinks. It's boring, dull, and makes no sense. Who the hell is the guy in the begining? So she killed herself. She deserved it, the sleazy tramp. There was no life in the text. It was just there. A great big insipid blob of nothing. The best thing about it was finishing reading it then burning it in the fireplace slowly. Worst money I'd ever spent. Bitter, bitter.

When the Bill of Rights was written, cruel and unusual punishment was banned. The cruel and unusual punishment invisioned was not as cruel and unusual as being forced to read this book! Plus they took away our right to arm bears!

Yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and just because something is considered a classic doesn't necessarily mean one has to like it. We aren't robots. What appalls me however, is how often I hear many young people and adults for that matter, using the word boring when reviewing a book. I am so grateful that my parents didn't allow me to use that word without a reprimand. My mother, a voracious reader, always told me "David, if you're bored your're boring". I always got on the defensive when told this. As I grew older I began to understand what she meant. On a planet with so many books to read and so many ways of looking at what the books are saying, how can anyone ever be bored? If a book doesn't interest you, put it aside and don't read it, but please, never call it boring. 
Monday, February 02, 2004
  The Woman Warrior : Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston.

I was quite irritated by how Kingston seemingly tried to use Chinese mythology, but did not stay true to the story. I don't want to hear her life story! The only life story I would ever want to hear about would be of my own, my pet gerbil Foo-foo, and possibly the Dukes of Hazzard. I was forced to read this for a Writing class at UC Santa Cruz whose writing faculty most likely consists of a bunch of zit-brains. My suggestion to anyone who is required to read this book is to pretend you've read it and make stuff up as needed. This mainly amuses me since the book in question is one of the texts for my current writing class.

This is simply a terrible book. Including myself, my poor Ashley had to read it and suffer the horrible stories contained in this book. To put it simply, all Kingston does is continuously insult non-Chinese people and spread ideals that should have been lost in the void of time. She also continuously complains about America, without any ideas for fixing her "problems." The story has no sense of organization, purpose or time. It continuously jumps around a terribly written story that noone could make heads or tails with. This book is not worth the $8.80 or even a blue light special at K-Mart, with mail-in rebates for the entire prce. Infact, people should be paid to read this book. Nonetheless, even with ANY knowledge of the Chinese culture, all this book paints is propaganda for barbarians.

Frankly, I'd rather stuff wild weasles down my pants
Me, I'm more of a ferret fan.

I HAD TO READ THIS BOOK FOR MY ATL CLASS AND IT WAS OK. IT SEEMED MORE LIKE A MOVIE THAN IT DID ANYTHING ELSE. I WENT AND SEEN KINGSTON TALK AND I THINK READING HER BOOK WAS A LITTLE MORE INTERESTING.
Well, at least I think they liked it. 
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