R.I.P. Update

I am in the middle of Jane Eyre.  I have to say two things.  First of all, it took me a while to get into this book.  I started liking it once Jane arrived at Thornfield.  Second, Brontë’s children strike me as entirely false.  They are either too good or too bad, and they’re all too smart.  What I mean by that is that I don’t think any kid talked like Jane or her friend Helen, even in the Victorian Era, and I didn’t believe them as characters.

And in case you care, Moby Dick is finally getting really good — I just read the part when Captain Gardiner of the Rachel was turned away by Ahab, who refused to help look for Gardiner’s missing son.  I got goosebumps over these lines:

But by her still halting course and winding, woeful way, you plainly saw that this ship that so wept with spray, still remained without comfort.  She was Rachel, weeping for her children, because they were not.

What a great biblical allusion.

I am afraid I won’t finish my R.I.P. Challenge by Halloween, but I am going to finish it nonetheless.

[tags]literature, r.i.p. challenge, reading, jane eyre, moby dick[/tags]

4 thoughts on “R.I.P. Update

  1. I had seen students carrying around Twilight. Then, I saw that you had read it. I took the plunge at the very end of September. This weekend I picked up New Moon and Eclipse. I've read all three of them. I LOVED them. Love, love, love. I'm simply obssessed with Stephenie Meyer and these characters. I'm grasping and greedy about what comes next!

  2. Well, I'm glad you liked it. I recommended it to a student of mine who doesn't read much, and she loved them, too. Matter of fact, her mother was in tears at a parent/teacher conference when she brought it up because she was so happy to see her daughter reading.

  3. I'm kind of behind on the R.I.P. challenge too. I've read two books but I'm sort of stuck on Harry Potter again. I know it technically falls in the challenge but I chose other books.

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