The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a children’s book first published in 1911. This particular edition is from Puffin Classics containing 340 pages. The story is told from the viewpoint of Mary Lennox, a ten year old British girl from India. After the death of her parents she moves to Yorkshire to live with her uncle.There she discovers, as the title suggests, a secret garden that holds many of the family secrets. This is a heartwarming and a satisfying story. The story may seem over sentimental at times, but sometimes it is exactly what one needs. The world is at times so complicated that it is beneficial to look at it through child´s eyes and be reminded that pleasures are to be found in the most simple of things. The children show that magic exists everywhere if one only remembers to look for it. The development the two of the three main children go through is extremely well structured. They grow and learn from their mistakes. I always enjoy when one is in a totally different place and mindset at the end of the book compared to the start. The Yorkshire setting is my favorite setting in books, the moors are so captivating and mysterious. I always struggle with reading Yorkshire accent, but this time it was relatively easy most likely because it is a children’s book. The ending was satisfying, but I would have liked a chapter or two more to tie the ending more together. Overall it has been an uplifting reading experience.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is the favorite book of a lot of people. I enjoyed the second half of this novel much more than the first half. The book was quite slow and uninteresting in the first half, not much at all happened. This makes it a very difficult book to review because after reading the entire book I was so moved that the only thing I wanted to do was praise the novel and call it an unquestionable masterpiece. This book ended up being very meaningful to me and because of that it is difficult to be objective, but I think it would be quite unjust to act like the entire book was extraordinary when in reality it was not. But at the end of the day I would rather discuss the parts which I found to be breathtaking than to rant about the parts which I found to be boring.
This book would really benefit of a classroom environment. If you are like me and all the symbolism and meaning goes right over your head when you read by yourself it will result in significantly thinning out the novel in this particular case. Having a deeper understanding of what the text is trying to convey makes the entire reading process a lot more satisfying.
Penguin Essentials - 208 pages
This book is the sort of book that never actually leaves you, it is the sort of book that always lingers in the back of your mind. Gatsby´s obsession with the past, with dreams that never came true, his inability to let go of the past. His constant belief that if one only tries harder, one will be able to reach into the past and fix everything, make everything right. His obsessive hunt after a time when we all were better, less broken and more complete. I find this search after a more innocent past to be a universal idea. We all long for a time when things were less complicated, and in this book Gatsby shows us the consequences of such a dedicated hunt.
Sophie´s World is a book written by a Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder, because of that I decided to read this book in its original language. The premise of this story is about a 14 year old girl Sophie and her mysteries philosophy teacher. Together they try to fathom the mystery of their own existence, while at the same time learning about the history of philosophy.
first published in 1991 - 508 pages
This book differs from anything I have ever read. I find it to be an appropriate read for anyone who is interested in philosophy, but is too scared to dive into philosophical non-fiction. If you are solely looking for a good novel you are to be disappointed since this book resembles more a schoolbook than anything else, but let me tell you it is the most enjoyable schoolbook you will ever read. This book is extremely dense, and rereading is required! The author plays with your mind, and drags you into the story making you a participant against your own will. I suggest this book to anyone who views reading diversely as an important issue in our society since this book not only opens you to a Norwegian cultures, but also explores themes which are rarely seen in young adult literature.