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Monday, June 21, 2004
  Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

This book was as intellectually stimulating as watching a blind goat rape a treestump. I've never been as horrified in my life as I was by this terrible, terrible disgrace upon writing. I have to wonder where people come up with some of these images.

I think this book would be more help to my option. 4 stars

This was a very unusual book. It had no pictures. It was a realy good book but it was sort of hard to read. It took lots of time for me to read this whole book. Mostly what I liked about this book was all the detail the book went into. It was a reaiy great story.  
Monday, June 14, 2004
  And we're back (provisionally at least).
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

How can anybody like this book? Whoever said this is the best classic ever written must be truly brain-dead. What could be enjoyable about a book that primarily consists of a guide on:
a) how to cut grass,
b) how to hunt bear, and
c) how to abandon your own kid for a gigolo.
If I wanted all that stuff I would have read Farmers Almanac.
By page 200 all I wanted to do was set the dogs on Vronsky, Levin and his vapid bride-to-be and I would have gladly jumped into the book and shoved Anna off that platform myself. And much much sooner too!!!!

People who say that this is the best RUSSIAN novel really have no clue. They obviously have never heard of, much less read "The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov. Now, that book is really something to talk about.

I think a reader would be much better off just picking-up a Harlequin to read (less weight, less annoying characters and practically no farming manuals at all) or, if you still want to know the story, just rent the bloody movie with Greta Garbo. At least that is only two hours of suffering as opposed to.... months.
Wait? The Farmer's Almanac has all that? To think of all the time I wasted just watching the local news.

This is one of my all-time favorite books. Whenever one of my girl friends is having a relationship problem, I give them this book to read, and it always makes them feel better. The various related stories show both the good and bad sides of relationships. While the book is titled Anna Karenina, I think most girls can relate to Kitty and her heartbreak. If you just endured a break-up, this book is worth the read I wonder if this woman even has any friends left?

We must ask the question is this a novel of greatness or is it just a long Mills and Boon piece of flummery. The answer is in the book is a tabloid love story.

Leo was the ugly kid at school, the kid who got left out of games. When he got older the girls would laugh at him, he would be the last one standing at a dance. Girls would make up excuses to leave him of their dance cards.

His revenge for the terror of his childhood? This book is he revenge for his childhood. What is the plot, the plot is about an amiable dodo (read Tolstoy) who flounces around and is unlucky in love. What happens in the end he finds true love. Even his crack pot theories on farming are realized.

What happens to the woman who is the title figure? Beautiful people can't survive in books written by nerds. Beautiful Anna has to have a disastrous life and be betrayed by her handsome lover. (Handsome men can't do the right thing in a novel written by the ugly) She then has to kill herself in a climatic end her punishment for being beautiful and for every rejection that Tolstoy ever had as a young man. Read it by all means but literature no.

You know in your heart I'm right
Leo has cooties! 
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