May 31, Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it it was ok Never have I been so sad to give a low rating to such a revered book.
Jun 02, Matt rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Children, parents, all those that stay children in their hearts Shelves: If a book is bad, how easily can we dwell on its flaws! But if the book is good, how do you give any recommendation that is equal the book?
Unless you are an author of equal worth to the one whose work you review, what powers of prose and observation are you likely to have to fitly adorn the work?
There, see how simple that w Some books are almost impossible to review. There, see how simple that was? At some level, there is little more to say. Enjoy the story as the simple entertainment it was meant to be.
Read it to your children and luxuriate in the excitement and joy that shines from their faces. But if it was only simple entertainment, I do not think that it would be anything more than just a good book.
It teases and hints at something larger and grander, and it instructs and lectures as from one of the most subtle intellects without ever feeling like it is instructing, lecturing or being condescending. How often has that idea fascinated me. Tolkien is able to gently skewer us for our all too human failings, and he does so without adopting any of the cynicism or self-loathing so common with those that seek out to skewer humanity for its so evident failings.
These modern Ajaxs, Helens and Achilles dominate the box office, and I would imagine dominate our internal most private fantasy lives as well. Oh sure, the superhero of our fantasy might have superhuman ethics to go along with his superhuman ability to kick butt, attract the opposite sex, and enforce their will upon others, but it is always attached to and ultimately secondary to our fantasy of power and virility.
Of all the principal characters of the story, he possesses probably the least of that quintessential heroic attribute - martial prowess.
Power and wealth have little attraction for him.
He takes less than his share, and that that he takes he gives away. He is a peacemaker. Though wrongly imprisoned, he bears no grudge and desires no vengeance for the wrongs done to him. Rather he apologizes for stealing food, and offers to repay in recompense far more than he took.
Though mistreated, he harbors no enmity. He never puts himself forward, but he never shirks when others do. How often do we fantasize about being this different sort of hero, and yet how much better we would be if we did?
How much better off would we be if we, like Thorin could declare in our hearts, "There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure.
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. What real use could we put it too? Now, I admit I am biased in my review. I read this book 36 times before the age of I broke the spines of three copies of it with continual reading.
If you are inclined to think no book can be that good, and that my review overhypes it, so much the better.
Go in with low expectations so as to be certain that they will be met or exceeded.John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE FRSL (/ ˈ t ɒ l k iː n /; 3 January – 2 September ) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion..
He served as the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford. J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is one of the best known and best loved fantasy books.
First published by George Allen & Unwin in , The Hobbit has been translated into over 50 different languages and sold well over million copies.
Jul 22, · Reception. The first literary review of The Hobbit was entitled "A World for Children", written by C.S. Lewis and published on 2 October There have been at least two suggestions of when the first "critical discussion" of The Hobbit appeared in a book: either Anne Carroll Moore's My Roads to Childhood: Views and Reviews of .
The Fellowship of the Ring has 2,, ratings and 17, reviews. Lyndz said: I refuse to write a review for one of the best books ever written. Askin. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE FRSL (/ ˈ t ɒ l k iː n /; 3 January – 2 September ) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion..
He served as the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon . The Hobbit: A Graphic Novel (#1 of 3) [Chuck Dixon, J.
R. R. Tolkien, David Wenzel] on ashio-midori.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Book one of three. For the first time this Tolkien's fantasy is adapted into a fully painted graphic novel by Charles Dixon and David Wenzel.