Thursday, February 5, 2015

Recap of Novels 31 - 40

Average rating: 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Jane Eyre ★★★★½
Under the Volcano ★★★
Wuthering Heights ★★★
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter ★★★
Madame Bovary ★★★½
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man ★★★½
A Passage to India ★★★½
One Hundred Years of Solitude ★★★½
Absalom, Absalom! ★★★½
The French Lieutenant's Woman ★★★★

Favorite: Jane Eyre

Least Favorite: Wuthering Heights

Best Hero/Heroine: Jane Eyre

Most Villainous: Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights

Most interesting/Complex character: Sarah also known as Tragedy also known as The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Best Quotation: Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not. From A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

I had a hard time picking one, so two runners up:
Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. Opening line from One-Hundred Years of Solitude.

Mrs. Poulteney believed in a God that had never existed; and Sarah knew a God that did.
From The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Best Subtitle: No subtitles in this group

Best film adaptation: Right now Jane Eyre, but it may change to The French Lieutenant’s Woman. I haven’t seen the 1981 film adaptation yet, but if the reviews and award nominations are correct, that may be the best film adaptation from this group.

Worst film adaptation: None of them were terrible, so I’ll got with Wuthering Heights. A bit surprising since it stars the Greatest Actor of All Time, according to some, Laurence Olivier. But the film, not so much.

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