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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a CLASSIC novel by author L. Frank Baum! We all grew up with the film version! I remember looooving Dorothy’s adventurous attitude and how she wasn’t really afraid of anything. I was afraid of everything.
The book is quite different from the film. It’s a much darker story, with more fighting and death involved. The story of the Tin Man and how he came to be was, quite honestly, shocking. Also, the Lion was more of a real lion with carnivorous cravings and a penchant for little dogs. =P The scarecrow was just as endearing, but definitely with less intelligence.
Despite the darkness of the novel, it does come off as more of a Narnia-esque story, more of a child’s adventure novel. Dorothy is still adventurous and brave, but she’s much younger and has to deal with life threatening situations.
Good read, but possibly less interesting because I’ve seen the movie with Judy Garland so many times.
Stephen Crane‘s The Red Badge of Courage is a short, but detailed fictional account of the gruesomeness of war and the struggle to prove your own bravery. The story focuses on Henry Fleming, an 18 year old boy with the desire and drive to join the military despite his mother’s protestations.
The private has rose-colored visions of war and of his own bravery. All of these visions are shattered when Henry finds himself fleeing the battle. Ashamed of his own shortcomings and fear, Henry returns to his regiment and is pleasantly surprised when his desertion is not recognized. Henry finds himself introspective and he wonders at his own cowardice.
Although Stephen Crane himself had no experience in war, The Red Badge of Courage is hailed as an accurate description of the horrors of war. I found it interesting. Rarely does a war novel focus on the fears and cowardice of man, they usually focus on the bravery involved and the honor in dying during battle. Interesting subject matter, nothing really noteworthy, though.
-Finishing novels left and right (or should I say write, har-har-har)!! =)
-Fun new projects at work. I love learning how to setup and use new equipment!
-Mitch’s 30th birthday is this weekend!!!! WHOOO!! I’m marrying an old man! =)