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October Book Reviews

The Importance of Being Earnest
Author: Oscar Wilde
Genre: play
Rating: 3/5
Summary: Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are both in love with the same mythical suitor. Jack Worthing has wooed Gewndolen as Ernest while Algernon has also posed as Ernest to win the heart of Jack s ward, Cecily. When all four arrive at Jack s country home on the same weekend the "rivals" to fight for Ernest s undivided attention and the "Ernests" to claim their beloveds pandemonium breaks loose. Only a senile nursemaid and an old, discarded hand-bag can save the day!
My thoughts: School read. I saw the very end of this movie last year in my English class which kind of ruined some of the funny for me when I read this. Still, it was quite amusing and I enjoyed it.

Title: The Glass Menagerie
Author: Tennessee Williams
Genre: play
Rating: 4/5
Summary: In a cramped St. Louis apartment the aging Southern belle Amanda Wingfield, long preoccupied by memories of gentlemen callers and a world that no longer exists, is energized by the dilemma of how to save what remains of her family. Her restless son Tom—factory worker, aspiring poet, and the narrator of the play—is swept up in Amanda’s comic and heartbreaking schemes to find Laura, his agonizingly shy and handicapped sister, a husband.
My thoughts: School read. I wasn't expecting to like this, but I ended up liking it a lot. The characters are wonderful, as is the writing. One of my top five favorite plays at the moment.

Title: Sandry's Book
Author: Tamora Pierce
Genre: fantasy, YA
Rating: 5/5
Summary: Four children from different walks of life come to Winding Circle, a temple community where for different reasons they are sent to Discipline, a smaller cottage in which they gradually come to know and trust one another and, more importantly, to know themselves and discover their own magical abilities. Niko teaches them to control their impulses and focus their minds. When the four are trapped in a collapsing cave during an earthquake, they must combine their magic and the concentration Niko taught them to escape.
My thoughts: Reread. I haven't read this series in awhile but I still love it so much. The kids and their teachers are all wonderful, dynamic characters and their adventures are sad and funny and frightening and exciting and all that adventures should be!


I loved The Glass Menagerie, it was a wonderful book.

March 2019



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