Debate with other literary critics.

What book/play should I read over winter break?


Since almost everyone said they wanted to wait to read a book as a group, I decided that I will read a book over break and give my synopsis and thoughts on the chapters I read for that day.  I have a poll listed below that has the options I chose but first I will give a synopsis of every book/play in case you are unfamiliar with the text.  Please click on the hyperlink text if you wish to read a more in-depth synopsis of the book/play.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover- The story concerns a young married woman, Constance (Lady Chatterley), whose upper-class husband, Clifford Chatterley, has been paralyzed and rendered impotent. Her sexual frustration leads her into an affair with the gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors. This novel is about Constance’s realisation that she cannot live with the mind alone; she must also be alive physically (wikipedia).

The Inferno-The book is an allegory telling of the journey of Dante through what is largely the medieval concept of Hell, guided by the Roman poet Virgil. In the poem, Hell is depicted as nine circles of suffering located within the Earth. Allegorically, the Divine Comedy represents the journey of the soul towards God, with the Inferno describing the recognition and rejection of sin (wikipedia).

The Time machine- The book’s protagonist is an English scientist and gentleman inventor living in Richmond, Surrey, identified by a narrator simply as the Time Traveler. The narrator recounts the Traveller’s lecture to his weekly dinner guests that time is simply a fourth dimension, and his demonstration of a tabletop model machine for travelling through it. He reveals that he has built a machine capable of carrying a person, and returns at dinner the following week to recount a remarkable tale, becoming the new narrator (wikipedia).

Macbeth The plot summary for this play is too dense and I do not want to give away the ending for the people who have not read it.  Please go to wikipedia if you wish to learn more about this play, but be careful not to read the whole summary because it gives away the ending.

The Hunger Games– In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed (amazon.com).

Thank you for your feedback!


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11 thoughts on “What book/play should I read over winter break?

  1. I voted for The Time Machine, because I’ve already read that one. It’s a quick read, so you may want something more substantial, I don’t know.

  2. I don’t read too many books these days. But The Time Machine sounds very interesting. I may just pick it up for this holiday. 🙂
    By the way, thanks for dropping by!

  3. The Hunger Games is an incredible series– I know everyone says it, but that’s because it’s true. Plus, you have to read it before the movie comes out in March.

    You have a great blog and I can’t wait to read more. Thanks for your kind comments on EI 🙂

  4. Wow, Lady Chatterley’s Lover is literature ? I read that in my younger youth, I even watched the movie…..oh I better censor myself right now !

    Dante’s Inferno… can I cheat a bit and just watch the animated movie version ? For the sake of a speedy ‘let’s get to the bottom of it’ ?

    Argument being ‘else I won’t get to read it for Christmas or anytime soon’

  5. oh oh…..I read wrong ….it’s you reading….not a group reading….!! lol..I am glad you are the literary critic !
    In that case…I’d be happy to read your reviews, any one, since I’d be able to read vicariously through you and see what you think.

    • I originally wanted this to be a group reading but many people said they would pass and would perhaps be interested at a later time. If you would like to read one of these books with me you’re more than welcome to. I think you said you are busy though, but you can always pick up one of the books if you feel like it and read it with me. 🙂

  6. I did a MacBeth post on 2/5/11 and a Dante one on 3/16/11. I think you would appreciate them. I am not trying to promote myself on your blog so delete this comment. Just an invite to visit since subjects related.

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