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08.01.14

~ The Great Gatsby ~

Most reading enthusiasts would never turn down a good romance novel and would be able to quote the greatest tragedies of Shakespeare and the tales of blossoming love in Jane Austen’s novels, however a romantic story about a man building his success and life around the hope of rekindling a long lost love, sets itself above most romances.  Most people claim that Shakespeare writes the greatest love stories, completely tragic and completely romantic, however, the perfectly structured sentences of Shakespeare’s traditional tragedies are not quite the same as the story told by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby. I must admit I was one to watch the film first, so when I started reading the book I had the glorious image of Leonardo DiCaprio strutting around in my mind however, it is safe to say with the image of Leo and the writing of Fitzgerald I had a great love affair with this sensational book.

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"Hearts are wild creatures, that’s why our ribs are cages."
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08.01.14

~ To Kill A Mockingbird ~

Throughout our childhood we are constantly told magical stories to illuminate our imaginations and paint pictures of different heroes saving damsels in distress however, as we grow older I think there comes a time when we realise that it isn’t the obvious, boastful or most attractive characters that take the crown of being the hero or heroine, but instead it is the unlikely, humble and kind characters that save the day with their wit, imagination and sense of benevolence. To Kill a Mockingbird is without a doubt, the most beautifully written book I have ever read and captures the political and racial issues of the 1930’s so incredibly well. Throughout the story you are constantly focused on the character of Boo Radley; you are constantly questioning the author and asking yourself things like who is the town shut in, what is his purpose in the story, do we ever meet him etc. etc. yet at the same time, distracts you from the real hero of the story. I had heard of this novel several times before it was given to me last Christmas and always thought it was a romance novel that teenagers complained about doing a high school essay about, however, once I started to engage my mind and imagination in the story, I was stunned at one, how wrong I was about the story and two, how incredibly intriguing and heart warming this novel is.

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"Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age,the child is grown, and puts away childish things. Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies." - Edna St. Vincent Millay

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