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Sunday, March 8, 2009

In My Mailbox (4)

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi at the Story Siren!

This week was EXTREMELY slow, but yesterday (Saturday) i went to this little antique bookstore and got four books, and am going back tomorrow to check out an extremely old copy of Dracula by Bram Stoker (which i might be able to buy! EEE!). Anyway, here are the four books I got:

The one all the way on the left is a first edition of Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (Who died recently, btw):

Jurassic Park opens in South America with several unusual and dangerous interactions between people and an unknown animal. Through miscommunication and cover-up, no one is able to determine exactly what is going on in Costa Rica. Meanwhile, in the Badlands, paleontologist Dr. Grant and paleobotanist Dr. Sattler are unearthing dinosaur bones. They get a call from their benefactor, the wealthy and eccentric entrepreneur John Hammond, who asks that they join him for a weekend consultation.

The two scientists, along with a mathematician and a lawyer, fly with Hammond to a private island off the coast of Costa Rica. Here, they discover that Hammond's genetic engineering company has created a zoo of real dinosaurs, cloned from DNA trapped in fossilized tree sap. The group, along with Hammond's grandchildren, takes the very first tour of the island. While some.....

I'm pretty sure y'all have seen the movie, i know i have! I really want to read this one! TBR pile, here i come!

The second one with the tree and man is a copy of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte from 1943:

Emily Brontë’s only novel, Wuthering Heights remains one of literature’s most disturbing explorations into the dark side of romantic passion. Heathcliff and Cathy believe they’re destined to love each other forever, but when cruelty and snobbery separate them, their untamed emotions literally consume them. Set amid the wild and stormy Yorkshire moors, Wuthering Heights, an unpolished and devastating epic of childhood playmates who grow into soul mates, is widely regarded as the most original tale of thwarted desire and heartbreak in the English language.

This is my all time favorite classic, and i have two modern copies of it, but i really wanted an old, antique one. Bella Swan (Now Cullen) inspired me to read this, and i LOVED IT! Catherine and Heathcliff's doomed love torments them in a tempest of madness, vengeance, and redemption. Very depressing, but still amazing. I filled out an alert form for when the store gets older copies of it in.

The small one, the third one, is a copy Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beacher Stowe from 1897:

Uncle Tom's Cabin is the most popular, influential and controversial book written by an American. Stowe's rich, panoramic novel passionately dramatises why the whole of America is implicated in and responsible for the sin of slavery, and resoundingly concludes that only 'repentance, justice and mercy' will prevent the onset of 'the wrath of Almighty God!'.

How many of you have learned (or are right now) about Uncle Tom's Cabin? I know it sounds kind of like a drag, but the book itself is written wonderfully and this copy is from 1897! So its a definate keepsake, dont ya think?

The fourth one, all the way on the right, is Angels and Demons by Dan Brown (Nothing special, but we lent our copy to a friend and they lost it in a move, so this is the replacement, and it only costed $8, whereas at Borders, it being hardcover, it would have been $16-$18.):

. . . Brown seems as much juggler as author--there are lots and lots of balls in the air in this novel, yet Brown manages to hurl the reader headlong into an almost surreal suspension of disbelief. While the reader might wish for a little more sardonic humor from Langdon, and a little less bombastic philosophizing on the eternal conflict between religion and science, these are less fatal flaws than niggling annoyances--readers should have no trouble skimming past them and immersing themselves in a heck of a good read. "Brain candy" it may be, but my! It's tasty.
--Kelly Flynn

My older sister and mother have both read and loved the Davinci Code as well as Angels and Demons, so this is going in my [rapidly growing] TBR pile.

Bad week, i know. You have to admit, though, that the Wuthering Heights and Uncle Tom's Cabin are pretty awesome, and i'll keep y'all posted about the Dracula from 1918 or 1920, theyre not sure.

I hope all of your weeks have been much better!


1 comment:

Oasis of the Toucans said...

Ïn Costa Rica all is Pura Vida ! Go back to sleep.


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