Saturday, 27 July 2013

Summer Reading List


For A2 English literature, I have been given a reading list and these are a couple I have chosen to read first although The Old Man And The Sea is not actually on their, I have chosen to read for pleasure.

The Old Man And The Sea
Set in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Havana, Hemingway's magnificent fable is the story of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish. In a perfectly crafted story, which won for Hemingway the Nobel Prize for Literature, is a unique and timeless vision of the beauty and grief of man's challenge to the elements in which he lives.

The Great Gatsby
In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write "something new--something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned." That extraordinary, beautiful, intricately patterned, and above all, simple novel became The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald's finest work and certainly the book for which he is best known. A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's--and his country's--most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning--" Gatsby's rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream.

A film has recently been made starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher. After reading the book my aim is to watch the film.


"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's witty comedy of manners--one of the most popular novels of all time--that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the "most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author's works," and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as "irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be."
I have seen both the film adaptation starring Keira Knightley and the 1995 BBC television series starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. As for which one I preferred it's hard but probably the film version.

Trailers from YouTube and synopsis from Goodreads 


Lots of Love,
Dayna xxx


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  1. I always love finding other book worms! I actually still haven't read these three :O Currently digging into Pride and Prejudice x

    By the way I'm running a give away, if you're interested? ♥ http://stopmotionwords.blogspot.co.nz/2013/07/international-giveaway-to-celebrate-200.html

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