Have you read?… “Z: A novel of Zelda Fitzgerald ” (#2)

I’ll confess, I might have picked up the book originally because I saw that Amazon is doing a series based on this book, but I actually enjoyed it more than I  thought. 

It is a fictional work, but the author, Therese Anne Fowler, did a multitude of research into the lives of both Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Part of me wished that there was more time in the novel dedicated to Zelda before her meeting F. Scott, but I also understand that the changes she underwent as a person did not occur until after her marriage to him. 

I enjoyed the voice of Fowler’s Zelda. It felt completely authentic for the 1920’s, and yet it was apparent that Fowler wanted to make Zelda seem like a woman slightly before her time. 

I admit, I don’t know much about the lives of the Fitzgerald’s, but Fowler did a great job of bringing into the family circle as Zelda and F. Scott begin their tragic descent into chaos.  

I think perhaps one of my favorite parts of the novel was how it was apparent that their lives were influencing Scott’s work. Though it seems a bit unfair for Fitzgerald to do so, I understand that instinct to use one’s own life as a jumping off point for writing. 

I haven’t had the chance to watch the television rendition of this book, but I highly suggest the book on its own, or as a precursor to the series. 

Pondering from a moon child

You won’t see this post until the sun is already up, but it’s dark as I write.

I have always been in love with the moon. Even now it is my friend when sleep seems like a dream far away. Perhaps it is the silence. Perhaps it is the seduction of being all alone, and still surrounded by my loved ones. Even in the stillness and slumber that is my house I know that I can look up and that silver sphere will still be in the sky. I have never felt this way about the day, with its yellow rays that often times leave me feeling too exposed. No, I am a moon child through and through.

I am a moon child.

I find a sort of strength that I do not have during the day. As I stay awake while others are asleep I picture myself their guardian, their protector, and I relish in feeling of being such.

I am a moon child, and I find that I love more easily at night. During the day my affection has to war with all the thoughts and worries that come with being human, but at night I can simply let my emotions be. They are free under the watchful glow of the moon, and perhaps her presence is why I can finally let my own guard down.

Because I am the way I am, I struggle to sleep during the night. My mind is its most active, and sleep seems like something that other people do while I’d rather ponder the workings of the world.

In the night I am fully see that kindness and compassion are monumental to a happy life. That taking the time out of my day to do something nice for someone else might make me late for a meeting, but it might make the day for the person I helped.

In the night I can see how much I truly care for my oldest friends and my newest acquaintances. In the night I think that I might be able to tell them how much they mean to me, but I know that in the morning I will have lost my courage.

I spend the nights alone, and yet I often find that I feel abandoned when in a room full of people.

There are times when I wish I could be a type of person who finds adventure and excitement in the night, but I am not that type.

I was born for the silence of the night, and it is in that darkness that my thoughts, and invariably my words, are the loudest thing of all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you read?… The Golden Compass (#1)

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I just decided to make this a series. Literally, as I was typing the title I thought, “now this would make a good, weekly post”. Now that I’m thinking on it further I’m not sure that I can do a book review a week. I can, but I might drive myself mad doing so, so maybe every two weeks.

Anyhow, have you ever read The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman? Although it did have a Hollywood movie out of it, I can assure you that the book is far superior to the film. In all honesty, just don’t watch the movie. The BBC is planning to release a series based on the book series, and you should really wait for that if you want to watch any adaptation of the book.

Now, The Golden Compass was originally titled Northern Lights on its UK debut. I’m not sure why it was given the name change for its release in North America, but it was changed nonetheless.

It may appear to be a book targeted towards a younger generation of readers, and you would be right…and wrong at the same time. Yes, I was introduced to The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials Series) during middle school and high school, but you would be amiss to think that the books lose their appeal to anyone older.

I continually find myself picking up the books again and again because Pullman’s voice is so unique, and the world he has imagined is both familiar and terrifying at the same time. It is set in an alternate reality, one that mirrors Oxford University in many ways, but it deviates in that the world seems dominated by steampunk machines, and everyone has a companion that is a reflection of their personality.

Now, these books did spark a great deal of controversy when published, and they are still on the banned book lists in some areas because of their seeming attack on the church. Now, Pullman has said numerous times that he never intended to criticize the church with his work, but you’ll have to read it decide for yourself whether he was being sly or not.

Even though our protagonist is a young girl, Lyra, the narration of the work is not dumbed down for a younger audience. Pullman’s voice is mature, and his clear and precise language allows for a mature reader to enjoy the work as much as a younger reader.

Pullman also masters the narrative arc in this book. It opens with Lyra discovering a secret she should not, and while The Golden Compass mostly answers these questions, it also leaves enough unanswered to provide the foundation for the next two books in the series.

Basically, if you haven’t read any of his works, then you certainly should go check them out. He is even releasing a continuation of the story this year. Fans of the original series are thrilled (myself included), and I can say that I’ve already pre-ordered my copy of the book.

Now that I’ve rambled on about this book, I really just want to curl up a read the whole series again 🙂

 

*The image of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass is his own, and I take no ownership of the above image, and it is being used for educational purposes only.

When things don’t quite work out…

I guess that q&a wasn’t what people wanted, huh?

That’s ok. I’ll just try to work on something else for next week. I might do a book review. I’ve read several that I think other people might be interested in….

I hope you all have a great rest of your week!

 

Q&A with me! 

I realized some time last week that I could be answering questions about writing, and so that’s what we’re going to do.  

Either here, or on my Facebook page, please write down any questions you might have about books, the writing process, or literature related, and I will do my best to answer them! 

Now, because of the way my posts work you won’t see my responses until next week, but if you can’t wait that long please put a star(*) at the end of your question and I’ll get back to you asap!

Happy reading!