What I’m Reading…

I haven’t had much time to read what I want, but I’ve been trying to work it in between classes and everything else.

I began with a whale of a start (yes, lame, I know) and finally read Moby Dick by Herman Melville.

Here’s a summary at Goodreads:

Written with wonderfully redemptive humor, Moby-Dick is the story of anMoby Dick eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself.

Honestly, I kind of liked it. Then again I am into that melodramatic idea of Man vs. Sea vs. Whale vs. Internal Struggle. It also made me want to read Sena Jeter Naslund’s Ahab’s Wife again. The whole whaling and Nantucket setting was interesting.

Plot: 3/5

Characters: 3/5

Scenery and description: 5/5

Altogether: 3/5

Shoot me. I liked it.

I’ve been taking a poetry class, so we’ve been assigned some modern poetry before the poets come and talk to us in class.

Dear RegimeWe read Dear Regime by Roger Sedarat. There is not a good quip on it on Goodreads, but it is about a speaker’s struggle with his Islamic roots and the regime in Iran. It has been labeled a political work, but Roger mentioned in class that wasn’t really the angle he was coming at.

(Yay! New poetry rating system!)

Voice: 3/5

Musicality: 2/5

Message: 4/5

Altogether: 3/5

I found it interesting, and liked his personal poems the best.

For my fiction class, we read The Third Man/The Fallen Idol by Graham Greene. Synopsis from Goodreads:

The Third Man is Greene’s brilliant recreation of post-war Vienna. Rollo Martins, a second-rate novelist, arrives penniless to visit his friend and hero,The Third Man Harry Lime. But Harry has died in suspicious circumstances, and the police are closing in on his associates.

The Fallen Idol is the chilling story of a small boy caught up in the games adults play. Left in the care of the butler and his wife while his parents go on holiday, Philip realizes too late the danger of lies and deceit. But the truth is even deadlier.

Plot: 4/5

Characters: 3/5

Scenery and description: 3/5

Altogether: 3/5

Honestly, I’m not quite sure what made me rate it a three out of five. Both the stories are classic, but for some reason, it just cut me off. I did like how he used inanimate objects to help tell the story.

Anyway, that’s a bit of what I’ve been reading. I’ve also read (some for class, some for fun):

Red Sugar by Jan Beatty—3/5

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel—3/5

Heart First Into the Forest by Stacy Gnall (a Sarah Lawrence alum)—3/5

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates—3/5

The Narrow Road to the Interior by Kimiko Hahn—4/5

What have you been reading? Have you been assigned a lot for school? What are you reading for fun?

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