The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
I find the title of this book a little deceiving; it should really be called “D’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers”, because the story is actually about a young Gascon man named D’Artagnan. The Musketeers are only his friends. They are certainly very amusing friends. Anyone who has read this book will never forget Arimis, Porthos, and Athos, their unique personalities, or the scrapes they all get each other in and out of. The two downsides to this book I found was that it started out rather slow (but then again, most old books do), and that there are places where one plot ends and you wonder where the next one will begin? This made more sense when I learned that this, like many books of it’s time, started out as installments in a newspaper. The characters’ way of looking at women and their relationships with them also caught me off guard; this story takes place in a time where marriage was not regarded as much. In fact, it seems that if one fell in love with a married woman it only made the romance more exciting! Of course, because this is a comedy first and foremost, nothing serious or objectionable ever happens. All they do is visit each other in the middle of the night and exchange handkerchiefs. Despite these things, however, I ended up loving this book. Adventure after adventure, characters that become your best friends… you can’t get much better. It’s huge; it took me a long time, it sometimes made me roll my eyes, but it also made me laugh, sometimes even out loud, and it made me hold my breath in suspense; especially at the end. I would definitely recommend this book for high-school students, though it would be too much for most middle-schoolers. My favorite character would have to be Athos; I will forever remember the picnic in the fort tower. But you will have to read the book to figure out what I’m talking about! Then you can come back here and tell me who your favorite character is!
The Invisible Heart by Russell Roberts
The subtitle of this book puzzled me: “An Economic Romance”. Economics and romance, huh? Sounds odd. But it wasn’t, it was wonderful. Things I’d wondered about for a long time, or things I ran across in my other books, finally made sense. To see economic theory take the shape of a man, to have him tell you what he thinks in the form of a conversation with someone who isn’t quite convinced, was amazing. Plus, it was a good story. I could forget I was learning about economics because I was so wrapped up in the story. The romance wasn’t that strong. In fact, for most of the book, Laura thinks Sam is a weirdo. It’s still ends up being very sweet, but it isn’t so much that your highschool-aged son will hate you for making him read it. You can just ask my Mom how much I loved it. It seems like the whole time I was reading it, every conversation turned into me warmly relating what I’d figured out, thanks to Sam. Even though I finished the book over a month ago, parts of it will come back to me when I’m confronted with economics in real life. All I can say is, thanks Roberts!!
Here they are, a little later than planned:
Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen
The Godless Constitution by Isaac Kramnick and R. Laurence Moore
Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confused? by Richard J. Maybury (an “Uncle Eric” book)
Basic American Government by Clarence B. Carson
My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Paradise Lost by John Milton
Emma by Jane Austen
The Best Loved Poems of the American People selected by Hazel Felleman
Now, I didn’t read all of these the whole term. Some of them i finished only a few weeks in, others I started halfway through. But they were all on my schedule at one time or another during my third term. I finished the last of them this week. I am officially done. I hardly know what to do with myself.
Reviews coming next week.
My greatest apologies on my long absence. Sometimes a girl’s gotta take a break. I’ve got some awesome news, though…
I’ve graduated! I still have some books to finish up though… only two now. And I realize that I haven’t posted my third term list, so that will be coming shortly.
And if anyone has any advice on how to translate the allegory in Till We Have Faces, I’d appreciate your help! I think I’ll have to look up some reviews or something…
Anyway, just wanted to let you know I’m not dead. Look for the list next week.
Ciao for now!