Tag: Scandal

Kurt Vonnegut – Jailbird | Review

Title: Jailbird

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 240

Rating: 3/5

This book is a satirical novel that ties back in with the Watergate scandal, and because of that I struggled with it from time to time purely because I’m not particularly familiar with that particular part of American history. I’ve never liked Nixon, but he was also in power a long time before I was born and so it almost feels like it doesn’t matter.

Still, there was some fun stuff here, mostly revolving around Vonnegut’s wry observations and his occasional excellent one-liners. Because it’s also a sort of fictionalised biography of sorts, it also reminded me quite a lot of my own current work-in-progress, which follows the career of a fictional band. It has that same vibe where you have to optimise between showing and telling because while showing is an understandably good practice to have, you also need to tell sometimes to progress the narrative.

I’d say that I mostly appreciated this book from a writing point of view rather than because I particularly enjoyed it, but I think there’s a place for books like that on my shelves and I’m glad that I finally read this, especially considering it’s been on my shelves for several years now just waiting for me to finally tick it off. And to think that it took less than 48 hours. I feel kinda silly now!

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D. H. Lawrence – Lady Chatterley’s Lover | Review

Title: Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Author: D. H. Lawrence

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 316

Rating: 8/10

 

D. H. Lawrence - Lady Chatterley's Lover

D. H. Lawrence – Lady Chatterley’s Lover

 

Lady Chatterley’s Lover has ended up with a somewhat unjust reputation for being the 1920s equivalent of Fifty Shades of Grey, but I don’t think that’s fair – sure, it caused a scandal, but it’s a bit like how the female form has caused a scandal throughout the years despite the fact that it can be represented artistically, or like how people used to go around hacking penises off old statues so that they didn’t offend anyone.

Of course, I’m not saying that some of the concerns were unfounded, either – it certainly did cause a stir, mainly due to the steamy sex scenes between Lady Chatterley and Mellors, her gardener and lover. The book also poses a powerful moral question, even if it seems like a dated question what with the shift in what’s considered ‘normal’ in society over the last 90 years.

Still, it does read like a classic, and a classic is what it is – notoriety aside, it’s a pleasant enough read with a gripping story, top notch characterisation and that certain flair, that little bit of magic that sits inside some books and makes them stand out in your memory. It’s also the sort of book that you can re-read, not necessarily because there are hidden layers to discover but because it’s just a genuinely pleasant read, not too filthy and not too straightedge either.

And the people who claim this is an erotic novel are wrong – it’s a love story, it’s just a different kind of love story, one which includes impotence, love clashing with passion and society itself amongst the topics that it confronts. Definitely a book that you should look forward to reading then, and one that everyone should read before they’re forty. How many years have you got left?

 

D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence

 

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