Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Few More Books: Summer Reading Series

I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't know this book existed before I saw it in my father-in-law's library. I snagged it and gobbled it up in a few sittings. In the postscript Lewis says

"[Some people may suppose] that allegory is a disguise, a way of saying obscurely what could have been said more clearly. But in fact all good allegory exists not to hide but to reveal; to make the inner world more palpable by giving it an (imagined) concrete embodiment.” P208
and I couldn't agree more!
This is the story of a pilgrim who begins in what could be interpreted as a Christian home and understands very little of the Rules given to him. So he journeys away from home and then finally comes to "Mother Kirk" who then has him led back to where he began--much older and wiser. Throughout he is meeting people whose “labor saving devices multiply drudgery; their aphrodisiacs make them impotent; their amusements bore them; their rapid production of food leaves half of them starving, and their devices for saving them have banished leisure from their country.” p186 and other sorts that I'm sure you would recognize as I did.

I enjoyed Twilight--it was entertaining. Yes, there were some things about it that annoyed me, but I mostly forgot them as I worked my way through the series. This novel from Stephanie Meyer is much more for adults. There are aliens who view humans only as hosts, but when an alien comes into the main character, we get to hear the inner conversation between the two and the result is a sci-fi book geared towards relationships and inner struggles. Again, I found it entertaining and very interesting.

I have read Jane Eyre, oh, maybe six or seven times. This read was as enjoyable as all the rest. It's been at least 7 years since I read it last, so I couldn't remember what came next, but each scene was an old friend while I was reading it. If you've never read it, I definitely recommend it! Little Jane becomes a young woman through hardship and friendless-ness learning social graces and humility without losing her unique personality. I never fail to fall in love with Mr. Rochester each time I read it, even if he is the proverbial "older man." : )

I enjoyed this fun and thought-provoking book. It's a engaging book that has all the greats in it: sacrifice, adventure, overcoming fear, love, twists and turns. I know that it's gotten tons of press lately, and maybe it's not as good as all the hype makes it out to be, but it's definitely worth a read!

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