You have to like reading about the historical environment surrounding creative works to enjoy this book. If you've ever wondered about Wm Shakespeare as a person you will like the detailed information in this book about his family, education and personal life. I don't understand how anyone could complain that this book is warped by political correctness. It simply pursues theories and possibilities about the poet and author. Of course some judgment was applied. The author admits frequently that the record is incomplete. It is well worth the read if you enjoy history.
To review and retain more of the details about the events leading up to the Civil War.
The book is a collection of historical essays. I don't know that I could pick a favorite character.
As this is a collection of short stories and essays, I don't have a favorite scene.
The New York Times has brought dozens of the critical details about the Civil War through different authors and in so doing has brought a clearer understanding about the events, ideas and the various causes to the war. Some are better told than others, but what strikes me is that each reader will probably like different parts depending on personal preferences about what kinds of trivia interest him or her the most.
Honest, candid, personal
Nobody else could perform this book as well as the author, with guitar in hand.
This book had moments when it drew out laughter and tears.
Janis Ian's tale is told in a well-organized manner that grips the reader and sheds light on each of our lives.
Toward the end of The Golden Compass, Lord Asriel makes comments pretty negative to "the church." The Magisterium, which seems to be an organization created by "the church" to deal with the problem of other worlds and official church doctrine, seems to be modeled after the Catholic Church.
I guess this is why so many consider this book anti-Catholic or even anti-Christian. I don't consider it to be any more anti-Christian than any fantasy built off of familiar institutions. Some feel that Harry Potter books are anti-Christian because they present wizardry as real.
People shouldn't be so sensitive. I understand Philip Pullman has stated outright that he isn't a believer in the Christian sense. He seems to be grounded in the natural world rather than the supernatural. Do authors have to adopt foreign world views to write novels? He's written about a world in which a church has gone wrong. Various religious institutions have gone on power trips over our real history. Why fault this author for creating one of his own?
The story is enticing in part because its characters are complex. You'd think Lord Asriel would end up being a warm-hearted soul once Lyra finally reunites with him. He's not. He is still a cold, logical academician. I look forward to moving on to the other books in this series. I think Pullman has put enough complexity into the relationships to make these books fascinating as character studies, as well as exciting as adventure stories.
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