Review: The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

Review: The Heart Goes Last by Margaret AtwoodTitle: The Heart Goes Last (Positron)
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication Date: September 29, 2015

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test in an utterly brilliant new novel that is as visionary as The Handmaid's Tale and as richly imagined as The Blind Assassin.

Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. They desperately need to turn their situation around - and fast. The Positron Project in the town of Consilience seems to be the answer to their prayers. No one is unemployed and everyone gets a comfortable, clean house to live in... for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents of Consilience must leave their homes and function as inmates in the Positron prison system. Once their month of service in the prison is completed, they can return to their "civilian" homes.

At first, this doesn't seem like too much of a sacrifice to make in order to have a roof over one's head and food to eat. But when Charmaine becomes romantically involved with the man who lives in their house during the months when she and Stan are in the prison, a series of troubling events unfolds, putting Stan's life in danger. With each passing day, Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled.

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Review: The Heart Goes Last

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood takes the reader on a veritable roller coaster ride. In classic Atwood style, she has created a world that is downright frightening. The alternating perspectives add depth to the story and the development of the characters. However, the sexual content that appears in the story goes a little bit too far for my taste. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: To Kill a Mockingbird

 

Don't Judge a Book by Its Movie

Don’t Judge a Book by its Movie is a weekly feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting  and reviewing book to movie adaptations.

Book vs. Movie: To Kill a MockingbirdTitle: To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
Cast: Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford
Director: Robert Mulligan
Screenplay: Horton Foote
Publication Date: July 11, 1960

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a classic that most students will have the opportunity to read. This Pulitzer Prize winning novel is definitely one deserving of all the accolades, as it inspires, teaches and entertains all at the same time. While the film adaptation is amazing, it certainly does not stand up to the book’s incredible writing and storyline. There are quite a few differences to compare. Continue reading