On the Road
by Jack KerouacGenre: Classic Release Date:
7th April 2011 Publisher: Penguin Source: Bought Add it: Goodreads Rating:
IN THREE WEEKS in April of 1951, Jack Kerouac wrote his first full draft of "On the Road"?typed as a single-spaced paragraph on eight long sheets of tracing paper, which he later taped together to form a 120-foot scroll. A major literary event when it was published in Viking hardcover in 2007, this is the uncut version of an American classic?rougher, wilder, and more provocative than the official work that appeared, heavily edited, in 1957. This version, capturing a moment in creative history, represents the first full expression of Kerouac's revolutionary aesthetic.
God, this book was a pile of shite. Even for me, who really only decided on On the Road for my American Classic because of Supernatural and the fact that Dean Winchester was based loosely on the character of Dean Moriarty. Even with little to no expectations going in, this book was terrible.
by Ray BradburyGenre: Classic Release Date:
1953 Source: Bought Add it: Goodreads Rating:
The terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post-literate future.
Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.
The classic dystopian novel of a post-literate future, Fahrenheit 451 stands alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.
Bradbury’s powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.
You might be looking at my rating and thinking “Amber, what the feck is wrong with you?”. I wouldn’t blame you. Fahrenheit 451 is a much beloved classic, and is a favourite of many of my friends, and two stars is a bloody low rating. It probably seems appalling that I have rated it so low, but I want you to know that I did appreciate what the book was saying, even if I didn’t particularly enjoy reading it.
Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor DostoyevskyGenre: Classic Release Date:
30th January, 2003 Publisher: Penguin Classics Source: Bought Add it: Goodreads Rating:
'Crime? What crime?...My killing a loathsome, harmful louse, a filthy old moneylender woman...and you call that a crime?'
Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders through the slums of St Petersburg and commits a random murder without remorse or regret. He imagines himself to be a great man, a Napoleon: acting for a higher purpose beyond conventional moral law. But as he embarks on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, Raskolnikov is pursued by the growing voice of his conscience and finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. Only Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute, can offer the chance of redemption.
I’ve had this book on my shelves for a while; it was on the booklist my Literature & Psychology course in university but I just never got around to reading it
because I couldn’t be bothered. Anyway, this turned out to be a pretty readable Classic, I mostly enjoyed it.
So, what is with the Russians and abjectly depressing literature? Seriously. The main character, Raskolnikov (which I have to split into like, three different words just to be able to spell >.>) is a poor student living basically one step up from downright poverty; he suffers from a multitude of ailments, both physical and mental, and ends up killing his landlady. As you do. In the aftermath of her murder, Raskolnikov finds himself haunted by his own conscience, and is driven to the brink of madness by his guilty conscience.
The Name of The Rose
by Umberto EcoGenre: Classic
, Historical Release Date:
2004 Publisher: Vintage Classics Source: Bought Add it: Goodreads Rating:
The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon—all sharpened to a glistening edge by wry humor and a ferocious curiosity. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey, where “the most interesting things happen at night.”
The Name of The Rose is basically a Sherlock and Watson adventure except it’s so boring it made me want to die. Which is not a good way to introduce anyone to a book really but I fail to understand why this dull excuse of a novel has so many fans out there because really? Really? This book? Are you sure?