Comparing The Lord of the Flies and C. She completed this project for her 10th grade Advanced English class. Bibliography and references here.
A Tale of Two Cities - Simply a wonderful book. Possibly surpassing Lord of the Rings which, for me, is monumental. One of the best conclusions in the history of literature, a picture of true courage in the face of remarkable evil.
Charles Dickens - by G. Following my sudden resurge of interest in Dickens, I got ahold of this charming little biography.
Popularly credited with spawning a Dickens revival when he'd been mostly forgotten Kate Perugini, Dickens's daughter, considered it the best biography since Forster's, which had been considered definitiveit's a great piece of writing in its own right. If those people are ever refined it will be by fire.
Brideshead Revisited - A subtle, beautiful, and grim story of disillusionment, sin, and grace. Lord of the Flies - Not for the faint of heart, and certainly not for those who have a sentimental view of children.
Grisly and deeply symbolic, Lord of the Flies presents evil unflinchingly. One can possibly come out of it thinking it exaggerates depravity, but it has the terrible ring of primary truth.
Peter Pan - If you're looking for Disney, you've come to the wrong place. Barrie's original story presents a much more realistic vision of the eternal child, displaying the pettiness, immaturity and irresponsibility that come along with Peter's Utopian lifestyle, and shows that growing up isn't such a bad thing after all.
Unlike Lord of the Flies, it does so in a much more whimsical world, but not to the lack of character development. Hook, and his essentially British obsession with "Good form" was pure joy, so much better than any one-dimensional characterization I've seen on TV.
Les Miserables - Otherwise known as The Brick, the original novel seems less like a story than an institution. Hugo, like Chesterton, tends to wax verbose, but unlike Chesterton, he hasn't the levity to justify it.
All the same, some of his tangents were fun. I actually enjoyed the two or three chapters on the history of the Paris sewers, and getting into David McCullough mode made Waterloo much more interesting.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - This was a surprise. I began reading the series early in the summer, determined to be all skeptical and theologically orthodox. But not occult magic, or when it was, it was mostly a joke the Divination teacher had only ever had one prophecy come true, and she promptly forgot the answer.
I'm not going to fight about that here; I've got a more thorough explanation of my position in the works. All the same, the series is a mixed bag. Characterization was wonderful, plotting was good, quite a few original ideas.
All this did come to a satisfactory conclusion, however, in Deathly Hallows, which was my favorite of the books. I can't say much without giving away the story, and I'd never call it perfect much less inspiredbut it had a strong element of grace that I wasn't looking for, and that Rowling obviously intended.
A Grief Observed - C. Lewis's diary, kept during his wife's death. Almost embarrassingly personal originally published under a pseudonymthis is a candid and raw confession of doubt and faith.
It's only eighty pages, but I found myself having to lay it down occasionally, shocked by the sadness. However, whatever some may say, Lewis ends on a thoroughly faithful note, despite a complete lack of his usual cheery, somewhat overconfident apologetics tone.
As an aside, the original TV version of Shadowlands was much more true to this, I found. The Children of Men - by P. Another dystopia, this time set in a world where children have stopped being born. James's prose shines in its stark, clear elegance. The Dean's Watch - I hate to keep using predictable praise, but this is a gem.
Nobody's heard of it. Elizabeth Goudge is obscurer than obscure except, apparently, to J.Pastor Appreciation Quotes and Scriptures. Collection by DIY Awards. The Bible is inspired by God, and all the words in the Bible are God’s words. It’s a fact acknowledged by the religious world.
This is man’s view. "Time flies idea balloons or clouds on either side and airplanes". John Carey's fine biography reveals that William Golding despised both himself and Lord of the Flies, the book that made him famous, says Peter Conrad.
A book of Scripture belonged in the canon from the moment God inspired its writing. It was simply a matter of God convincing his human followers which books should be included in the Bible.” Although the way this author phrased particularly the final sentence may raise a few reformed eyebrows, the concept is still, I believe, valid.
>”Deseret Book CEO Sheri Dew heard about it, he says, and offered to publish such a book and challenged him to write it.” Sure, and the first book published by Givens **just happens** to be about managing a faith crisis (see Crucible of Doubt).
This painting, “He turned their waters into blood,” by the 19th-century American folk painter Erastus Salisbury Field (–), depicts the first of the Biblical plagues inflicted on the Egyptians.
Fuller Theological Seminary offers a Norman Vincent Peale Scholarship in recognition of the supposed “outstanding ministry” of this apostate (The Fundamentalist Digest, Sept.-Oct.
). In a review of a biography on Peale, Christianity Today said this of the positive thinker.