(A 300-words-or-less review)
Something between a picture book and a novel, Seabird makes for a pleasant summer afternoon’s reading or a periodic before-bed-time story with something there to spark the imagination of both the adult and the child too young to read it on his own. I loved the imagery and word pictures. The book reminded me constantly of Moby Dick. Sometimes it took only a word to bring back the salty sea breeze and the zing of the whale lines, taut with the chase.
Summary & Analysis (contains spoilers)
Gulliver’s Travels, before it is anything else, is a satire–both on human nature and travellers’ journals such as Robinson Crusoe–which means there is far more to it than meets the eye and nothing is as it seems.
I wrote the following review in June of 2012 when I was 17 years old.
I loved A Tale of Two Cities. The themes of resurection and sacrificial love were compelling and strikingly Christian.
Charles Dickens had a gift for capturing characters through dialogue, he’s witty and I love his word pictures. Dickens is not the difficult read that I had expected. He is NOT verbose-HERMAN MELVILLE is verbose. Though Dickens has several long, complex sentences he also has five word sentences. It’s how he combines the two that make his writing so striking. Like a true novelist Dickens is part poet, he gives meaning to small actions and circumstances, and he has a way of drawing your attention to those things by the mere way he says something. Though some characters are stereotypical, this has the effect of shining a beacon on other characters which are complex, really bringing them to life.