Joan Ljungh Ljungh từ 50690 Pedrola, Zaragoza, Tây Ban Nha
Một kiệt tác vượt thời gian! Đây hoàn toàn là trò chơi yêu thích của tôi. Nó là vô tận và phổ quát, liên quan đến bất cứ ai, bất cứ nơi nào. Câu chuyện diễn ra tại một thị trấn nhỏ vào đầu thế kỷ, vào năm 1901, và diễn ra trong khoảng mười bốn năm. Mạch truyện cực kỳ đơn giản, nhưng cho phép người đọc tập trung vào các chủ đề sâu sắc hơn mà tác giả, Thorton Wilder, có thể hiển thị. Vở kịch có ba hành vi mà mỗi hành động đại diện cho cuộc sống hàng ngày, tình yêu và hôn nhân, và cái chết. Người sống được miêu tả là không biết gì về ý nghĩa nhỏ bé của cuộc sống. Cách mà nó được trình bày thật cảm động, và có tác động rất lớn đến cách tôi nhìn cuộc sống. Vở kịch này đã dạy tôi có một sự đánh giá độc đáo cho cuộc sống và các dịch vụ của nó. Như tôi đã đề cập, ý tưởng của nó là phổ quát và rất tình cảm.
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ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature. Usually I love an Ursula Le Guin novel, but I just couldn't get into Gifts. The writing is beautiful, as we expect from Le Guin (therefore 4 stars), but I found this novel too dull for me. Most of the story is told by Orrec as it happened in the past (a technique I just couldn't appreciate), and he relates several stories that his mother told him. Orrec and his best friend Gry live in a culture where magical gifts are used for destructive purposes and they are pressured by their parents to develop these powers. They refuse, and Orrec even blindfolds himself so he won't be able to destroy anything. This makes for a lovely philosophy, but not much action, and even fewer happy moments. I guess I was in the mood for something else. But, there's a lot of interesting potential in the culture of The Annals of the Western Shore, and I may decide to try the next one. BTW, I listened to this on audio; it was well done. Read more Ursula Le Guin book reviews at Fantasy literature.
This book surprised me in so many ways. I love it when an author draws me into his or her story and makes me FEEL so much. It's a rare thing, but it happened for me with Okay For Now. I laughed and I cried. I stayed up late and went to bed with sweet tears in my eyes. This is one of those books where you want to hug the main character and say thanks to the author for writing such a terrific novel. This is Doug's story. He is a middle school student who moves to a new town with his family. He has a pretty crappy home life, with a father and an older brother who are bullies, another brother who is serving in Vietnam, and a mom who is sweet but stands up to no one. He has no friends, and his teachers and other adults believe he's a loser because he looks like one. Then, things slowly start to change. Doug makes a friend, adults and teachers start to see him for who he really is, and he is given a chance to be something more. I loved Doug's story. He starts by believing nothing good will come to him because that's the way it has always been. But then I felt joy at his surprise when good things really did happen to him. Like when he learned he could draw. And when he started to feel like he was worthy. Even though he was often put down, Doug was also never afraid to fight back. I applauded his courage, especially standing up to the coach, who was mean just for the sake of it. And I loved his willingness to believe that others may also be more than what THEY seem. I was especially drawn in by the way Doug interjects his thoughts to the reader into the narration: "I was smiling like all get-out. If you were paying attention back there, you'd know why." Doug, I was paying attention, and I did know why. And I had tears in my eyes because of it, too. This was a beautiful book, one of the best I have read in a long time. Don't let the fact that it's a young adult novel throw you off. Although I got this from the library, I plan on buying my own copy to read again. It was just that good.