Monday, April 23, 2018

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk | Review

5759Title: Fight Club
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Release Date: October 17, 2005 (first published 1996)
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company (NYC)

"The first rule about fight club is you don't talk about fight club." Chuck Palahniuk's outrageous and startling debut novel that exploded American literature and spawned a movement. Every weekend, in the basements and parking lots of bars across the country, young men with white-collar jobs and failed lives take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded just as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight Club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter, and dark, anarchic genius, and it's only the beginning of his plans for violent revenge on an empty consumer-culture world. 

This was yet another one that I had to read for my English class! However, I actually really liked this one! I even got to watch part of the movie in class, and I liked that too. I still haven't gotten around to watching the whole movie.

This book had a certain sense of humor yet darkness at the same time, which is why I enjoyed it so much I think. The whole time you're wondering what's really going on, because you can tell there's some deeper meaning and that not everyone is who they say they are. I don't want to say too much and give stuff away, but that was definitely one of my favorite parts of the story.

 I have recommended this book to countless friends, and this is me extending that invitation to you as well. You're going to love the characters and the dark humor that surrounds this novel. You will be on the edge of your seat, wondering what's actually going on. I'd also suggest checking out the movie, if you haven't yet!


Friday, April 20, 2018

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath | Mini Review

395040Title: The Bell Jar
Author: Sylvia Plath
Release Date: August 2, 2015 (originally published January 1963)
Publisher: HarperCollins

The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under-- maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.
This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommending reading, and more.

I read this book for my English class last fall at my college. I actually enjoyed it too! I was glad that I did, because I have a lot of troubles getting into classic novels, yet I instantly got invested in Esther's life.

Even though I did read the print version of this book, I have heard excellent things about the audiobook, which makes me want to listen to the audio at some point.

This book touched on some dark stuff, yet I thought it did so in an interesting way. There were also splots of feminism throughout the story, which I liked. I also liked how all of Esther's thoughts were pretty uncensored and very free-flowing. Plus, it was just so beautifully written. It's definitely a classic that I look forward to rereading in the future. 


Monday, April 16, 2018

Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia | Mini Review

77092Title: Dreaming in Cuban
Author: Cristina Garcia
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: February 10, 1993

Here is the dreamy and bittersweet story of a family divided by politics and geography by the Cuban revolution. It is the family story of Celia del Pino, and her husband, daughter and grandchildren, from the mid-1930s to 1980. Celia's story mirrors the magical realism of Cuba itself, a country of beauty and poverty, idealism and corruption. DREAMING IN CUBAN presents a unique vision and a haunting lamentation for a past that might have been. 
This was another book that I had to read for my English class last fall. I found it to be interesting, yet at times it was rather boring and I found it hard to keep interested in what I was reading. However, I think the most interesting aspect of the novel was that it was magical realism, which I hadn't read before. It was nice to get a peak into a genre that I wasn't very familiar with before, and it's opened my eyes to a bunch of new books that I definitely wouldn't have picked up otherwise.

Another great thing about this book was the multiple point of views from everyone in the family. It tells the story through a few generations, which was really interesting. I felt like I was really invested in the family and all that they were about.

If you're looking for a quick, magical realism novel about Cuba and families, then I'd suggest giving this one a read.