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  1.  The hardest book I have ever read


    I have read other works by Kafka and enjoyed them. While I did mildly enjoy The Trial, I felt it was the hardest book I have ever read. Why was it so hard? It is very slow, so so detailed in almost everything Josef K. does, and the language used, while not complicated in singular words, would often say something in such an elaborate way. The mood of the book is very grey. From experience I can credit Kafka for doing this on purpose, since I know he can write colourfully too. I am sure it was done in this way to convey the mood of the legal bureaucracy Josef K. is fighting against. The story I enjoyed, and the idea of the book as a whole is very good. I like Josef K. as a character at the start, though he becomes worn down by his case, understandably. I like to appreciate novels for their language and style, and while this book had both of those in fair abundance, the reason why I only rate this book as 3 stars, instead of perhaps 4 stars, is because I just didn't enjoy it that much. It isn't a particularly fun book to read and is certainly heavy reading. The short stories by Kafka make for much more enjoyable reading which is easier to appreciate. If you're looking for a book on the lighter side, I wouldn't recommend this; though if, like me, you want to read a book for its literary style, regardless of the enjoyment, though you may indeed like it, then this book is for you. I don't regret reading this book at all, though I never do regret reading books

  2.  Beautifully Written


    When I first read this book I wasn't so keen. Those feelings are but a distant memory to me now, having read the book for a second time. The language used is done so beautifully, with so many great character touches in the book that made me smile with appreciation. You get such a detailed feel for each of the characters, not just what they feel but how any why they feel it, always put very poetically. I enjoy a book where words aren't wasted and this was one. The story is one of interest, I don't want to delve any deeper in case of spoilers, though I personally am not that interested in the story when I read a book. The characters themselves are not nice people, including Gatsby, and I feel that there is certain irony in the title. I have tried to justify this to others, but typically they aren't so keen. Bare this in mind when you read it and you may feel more on my side - do not blindly accept Nick's title appreciating the eponymous character

  3.  Superb Book


    A reviewer below seems to be criticising the book on the basis that he/she doesn't like the character. Personally I find that a stupid way to judge a book. Just because you don't like a character it doesn't mean the book is bad. I feel that you can either love or hate Holden Caulfield, but either way you can certainly appreciate the depth of character created by JD Salinger in this book. He is incredibly detailed in his approach. As for his character, I would say that he does complain a lot, but people complain because they care. Holden Caulfield is clearly a passionate person in a world that doesn't agree with him. He has many grievances with it but only because he has his own vision of beauty and true expression, which is perfectly fine by me. The style of the book, in the first person, bodes well with me. He tells the story, although there is little in terms of plot which also isn't a problem, while dipping in and out of his own experiences in life. This gives a great feel to his life and by the end of the book I really felt like I knew Holden so very well, and could relate to him in many aspects, being a 20 year old guy, just a few years older than him. I like to consider the story a little bit when reading a book, just as an extra to the style and setting and the other things considered, since I do not consider a story to even the integral part of a book, and in terms of a story, it is mildly entertaining. It is not revolutionary in terms of twists or anything, but it is just a period in his life which was worth talking about. Perfectly Fine. A really superb book, up there with the best i've ever read

  4.  True Creativity


    This book is billed as a children's book, but the thought that goes into the scenes, and the word-play involved, make the book anything but. The story itself is one of little focus. I think that just about everyone knows the story of Alice in Wonderland by now, and it is more about what happened to Alice having started at A and ended up B. We do not care about A or B, just the middle and how irrelevant it is to A and B. The style of writing is relatively simplistic, without any great description involved in the scenes; it is mostly about action and the action is lively and thought-provoking. I do not feel worried about spoilers since this book is not about the story, and so I have little hesitation in speaking of my delight at the appearance of Humpty Dumpty in Through the Looking-Glass. He conveys a great message about the meaning of words and it would make the world a far more interesting place if we would take account of what he said. The book has a lot of nonsense in it, but in the nonsense you see sense and cannot help but smile and go along with it. A must-read for all with an open mind

  5.  Said Said Said Said Said


    In the introduction to this book, it stated that it was a book written with the intention of becoming a play. A book and a play are written in vastly different styles, so I was intrigued by this. I thought that when judging it I should take into account how this is designed to be a play. Well, at first I thought that. Then I realised, why do that? If a book is written, it is a book, regardless of the author's intentions. It becomes a play when someone makes it a play and therefore it remains a book otherwise. There were brief glimpses of nice description early in the book prior to arrival on the farm, but after that there was little to none. The book, as suggested by my title, overused the word 'said' to such a huge extent. There are other words, Steinbeck. The description as I say was lacking, and very little of a picture was painted. There were opportunities for nice character touches to be placed in the book, little additions to show flair, but these opportunities were bypassed. There was nothing of the quality shown by Franz Kafka, nothing even close, in describing the characters. No attempt at all. The premise of the book was certainly acceptable, two guys on the road with ambition, I have no qualms about that. The story I felt was good also. But overall, what separates this book from great books was its skeletal nature. It was so thin in terms of detail that it just didn't suffice for me. I'm sure others will feel different but that is how it is for me.

  6.  a top book


    i judge my book on story, style and the setting as a whole. This book ticks all those boxes. The story itself, though mimicked from real life, is transferred into the book superbly, with a very easy to follow story, not to discredit it due to simplicity. If anything, its beauty is in its simplicity as with the style of writing. It is clear cut and has little description. But this works to its benefit. It makes the book very fluid and therefore I rate its style of writing higher in this book of Orwell's over the style of writing in 1984. The setting and the whole idea of the book is superb also. It is a clear message to that of the USSR at the time, though not a message against rebellion. Do not be confused by this, I feel that Orwell's message is that he agrees with Old Major, not that he disagrees with the idea as a whole. Napoleon would have been Orwell's enemy were he in the book, since Napoleon merely recreated the problem that the book started with. The rebellion didn't change anything - that is Orwell's point as I see it

  7.  A solid book


    In terms of a starting idea for a book, Orwell has hit the nail on the head. A book that encourages great thought about the world people live in, it would have been even more relevant back in the day when it was published. In that respect it was superb. As a story, the book pleased me. Without trying to spoil the story, I will say that, while reading it, there were only a few ways in which he could go about ending the book, and in my eyes he chose the best option. The other options, which I am sure you will also decipher when reading the book, would have spoiled the book. In terms of the style of writing, it is no different from that of any other book. There are the odd neat touches to a character's emotions and movement which make you smile with appreciation, but apart from that, he has not broken any style boundaries in this book. In this way, I rate it four stars instead of five