Reviews by Tag: classic

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde book cover

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

By Robert Louis Stevenson
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Basil Park
Jun 7, 2024

In this captivating & classic novel, we meet Mr. Utterson, a simple and respected lawyer who becomes very drawn into the events surrounding an evil man called Mr. Hyde. Mr. Utterson is determined to find out more about Mr. Hyde and about the many secrets his friend Dr. Jekyll has been hiding. As he learns more though, he becomes more aware of the dark connection between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Teen Review
Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

By William Golding
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Nithin
May 29, 2024

Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a classic book with an interesting view of human nature. The story revolves around a group of British boys whose plane crashed and are stranded on a deserted island. These boys try to form their society in which one of the main characters, Ralph, is elected leader and rules using a set of rules and order. However, soon some boys become obsessed with power and hunting, leading them into savagery.

Teen Review
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights

By Emily Bronte
Star Rating
★★

Rated by
Bella Paul
May 13, 2024

Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights is a gothic novel set in northern England. The novel illustrates the complex relationship between Heathcliff—an orphan taken in by the Earnshaw family—and Catherine Earnshaw. Heathcliff’s desire to be with Catherine is made more complicated due their differing desires—Heathcliff’s desire for revenge, and Catherine’s desire to uphold her social status. Their differing desires, individual flaws, and family difficulties additionally stand in the way of their relationship.

Teen Review
The Last Battle book cover

The Last Battle

By C.S. Lewis
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Apr 19, 2024

“All their life in this world and all their adventures had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.” 

Teen Review
The Silver Chair book cover

The Silver Chair

By C.S. Lewis
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Apr 19, 2024

“Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things-trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that's a funny thing when you come to think of it. We're just babies making up a game, if you're right. But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real-world hollow.

Teen Review
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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

By C.S. Lewis
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Apr 19, 2024

“Fools!" said the man, stamping his foot with rage. "That is the sort of talk that brought me here, and I'd better have been drowned or never born. Do you hear what I say? This is where dreams — dreams, do you understand — come to life, come real. Not daydreams: dreams.” 

Teen Review
Prince Caspian book cover

Prince Caspian

By C.S. Lewis
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Apr 19, 2024

“Wouldn't it be dreadful if some day in our own world, at home, men start going wild inside, like the animals here, and still look like men, so that you'd never know which were which.” 

The fourth book in the Narnia series, Prince Caspian is one of the most memorable ones, with all the classics of a fairytale. An evil uncle, plotting for the throne, and a young prince seeking help in what’s left of the mythical part of his kingdom. 

Teen Review
The Horse and His Boy book cover

The Horse and His Boy

By C.S. Lewis
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Apr 19, 2024

“But one of the worst results of being a slave and being forced to do things is that when there is no one to force you any more you find you have almost lost the power of forcing yourself.” 

Teen Review
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe book cover

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

By C.S. Lewis
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Apr 19, 2024

“I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word you say, but I shall still be your affectionate Godfather, C. S. Lewis.”

Teen Review
1984 by George Orwell

1984

By George Orwell
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Apr 16, 2024

Summary: 1984 follows Winston Smith, a party member living in the dystopian future of Oceania. Through Winston’s perspective, we learn the government has full control over everyone and everything. Led by Big Brother, the government not only controls what people experience, through government-made media and propaganda, but also controls the people themselves, through surveillance, language, and the absence of individuality.

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