Awesome. The gift edition with the added interview at the end is definitely worth it. One of my favorite stories of all time.
Where would I be without Ethan Allen Hawley? Steinbeck creates a personality and David Aaron Baker gives it life. He's the most experienced, most wise, he finds out too late, his story describes the fall of a great household, and it ends in death. A paragon for modern tragedy.
This book is impossible to review properly. Instead I'll say that this book makes my top five along with East of Eden, David Copperfield, Kidnapped, and Name of the Wind. Nick Podehl does a nice job, but occasionally mispronounces a name.
This book is impossible to review properly. Instead I'll say that this book makes my top five along with East of Eden, David Copperfield, Kidnapped, and A Wise Man's Fears. Nick Podehl does a nice job, but occasionally mispronounces a name.
This is an amazing novel and it’s my favorite. On the writing and the storytelling, I'll say it’s as close to perfection as possible. I was, however, disappointed by Richard Poe. Where Poe’s reading was clear and enjoyable, he missed the accent of Sam Hamilton. The difference between reading and hearing this story, is the magic of that Irish lilt. Steinbeck talks about how much he likes the sound of different dialects in Travels with Charley in search of America, and I believe the sounds of his characters speech merits our attention as his readers.
The Pearl examines what happens to Man once he's received his hearts desire. I think Steinbeck was a little hung up on this idea (it provides a thematic material for his novel The Winter of Our Discontent). The Pearl also shows how hard it is for an individual man to fight an institution (much like chapter five of The Grapes of Wrath). Hector Elizondo performs flawlessly, an excellent voice for Steinbecks' words. If you're familiar with Steinbeck, then there is great comparison and contrast value here.
Rip Van Winkle is the tale of an unhappily married man on a journey towards idleness married with impunity. Irving's a master of language whose created a lexical texture describing time and place. The narrator, Curits Sisco, achieved the appropriate meter and emphasis; however, sometimes he rushes listed sections inappropriately or slows too long for character's voices. Rip Van Winkle easily fits into the tradition of short classical fantasy. Other stories like it include: The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crimes in Connecticut by Mark Twain, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, or A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
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