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I really don't think I can compare it to any other book, other than Professor Drout's "Writing Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion." It is like attending a very enjoyable class, where you like the professor; therefore you pay attention more.
No, well I did smile in places, but I think if I cried I would be worried about myself.
The book brings the dreaded grammar into a logical light. Rather than blinding memorizing a series of rules, you are able to understand why you are memorizing a series of rules :-)
It is overall fun, and I've listened to it twice, and plan to listen to it again.
Kate Winslet, an obviously great actress, brings this story to life. Without a hint of timidity she dives into each character, making them all feel truly unique without pulling you out of the story with unnecessary exageration.
The story is amazing, it is Annie for the 21st Century. Matilda does not (even if she were able) rely on any adult to get things done, and fully takes charge of her own destiny. There is not a single adult in this story that is not pitiful; yes, even the likable Ms Honey is rather pitiful as an adult. And, even though they are all pitiful the story does not get bogged down in fee-sorry-for-the-kids mantras. It is completely entertaining, from beginning to end.
My favorite, is a small one where Violate and Matilda are told of the horrors in the school by an older student. That scene allows you to envision a thousand stories of the kids' endurance and rebellion at the school.
There is already one. "The right of every kid to stand tall, no matter how small." But if I were going to make a tag line it might be something like; "Matilda, when life gives you lemons, make champagne."
I would listen to the narrator again. I think she was put in a bad position trying to act this wretched book out.
Maybe one of the Sookie Stackhouse books.
I don't know if this could have been saved even by Jim Dale.
WOW, OK let me think. Well I would have cut out the scene of her and her brother waiting for something to happen at the funeral. But really it was more about editing the actual writing, the unnecessary exposition, the voice over thoughts that were irrelevant. The book made me feel like I was trapped in an elevator with a verbose 13 year old girl telling me all about her very average day at school.
I think my ears started to bleed before I turned off the book.
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