Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Book Blog #196: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Title: Death of a Salesman
Author: Arthur Miller
# of Pages: 139 (paperback)
Genre: Fiction, Plays, Classics
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Synopsis: Willy Loman, the protagonist of "Death of a Salesman," has spent his life following the American way, living out his belief in salesmanship as a way to reinvent himself. But somehow the riches and respect he covets have eluded him. At age 63, he searches for the moment his life took a wrong turn, the moment of betrayal that undermined his relationship with his wife and destroyed his relationship with Biff, the son in whom he invested his faith. Willy lives in a fragile world of elaborate excuses and daydreams, conflating past and present in a desperate attempt to make sense of himself and of a world that once promised so much.
Review: I've been slacking on my reviews. Even though it's been less than a week since I finished reading this play, I'm already having difficulties recalling my immediate reaction after reading the ending.

The beginning of the script is difficult to read, mostly because it is setting the scene. Since I was traveling during the weekend when I was suppose to be reading this book, I had watched the first half of the movie before I read it (I know; I'm violating my own motto, but plays should be watched not read anyway). The movie really helped me get into the book, although I still haven't finished the movie because I'm waiting to watch it in class. Once you get passed the beginning part of the play, the story flows really well...but it's depressing (like most of the literature I've read for school this year).

It's so short, you could read it in one sitting. I would definitely recommend it!

Book Blog #195: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Title: As I Lay Dying
Author: William Faulkner
# of Pages: 267 (paperback)
Genre: Fiction, Classics
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Synopsis: As I Lay Dying is Faulkner's harrowing account of the Bundren family's odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Told in turns by each of the family members—including Addie herself—the novel ranges in mood from dark comedy to the deepest pathos.
Review: I'm definitely writing this review very, very late. Over a month late to be exact.

The worst part of this situation is that I don't remember how much I like/dislike this book. I know for sure that it wasn't my favorite; any book the changes POV isn't going to go over well with me. It wasn't terrible either, but I would never read it again.

From what I can remember, I didn't value the message of this book as I did other classics I've read recently. As someone who has such a different lifestyle from the Bundren family, it is very difficult for me to relate to the characters although this story has helped me learn of different type of life than my own. But the level of dysfunction in the Bundren family is disturbing.

I don't regret reading this book, but I don't think I would have been missing much if I didn't read it. Therefore, I don't recommend this book.