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The Hobbit

Lord of the Ring trilogy directed by Peter Jackson is the best movie adaptation that I ever watched. How he described Middle Earth world satisfied my imagination and made me believe that such world really did exist. Unfortunately reading the prequel, The Hobbit didn’t amuse me like trilogy LOTR movie did. It’s maybe because there was no Aragorn, Arwen, Legolas or Frodo, or maybe the adventure that Bilbo had less noble purpose than Frodo had. There was no good versus evil war although the adventure is still interesting.

It’s beginning at Shire when Bilbo Baggins happily live the simple and peace life. No conflict, no adventure, and surely no surprises at all. But Gandalf suddenly come and change it all. He came with twelve dwarfs who want to take their treasure back from Smaug, the bad dragon who destroy their city and become the ruler there. They need a thief for this work and Gandalf recommend Bilbo, a hobbit, who smaller than dwarf, barely notice by man and have a skill to travel quietly. At first he refused this offer, no normal hobbit would take such quest, leaving Shire and his house which very convenience, it’s a crazy decision!!!

Strangely, Bilbo finally interested to join the dwarfs mission, and the adventure begin. Trolls, Goblins, Wood fairies, Beorn, men, Wargs, Eagles, all middle earth creatures, bad and good, they met them all. Don’t forget Gollum, who deceived by Bilbo with his riddles, from him Bilbo has a ring which can help him to finish this mission. It’s the same ring which Frodo must destroy.

I think in the first chapter this book give the valuable information to understand the world of middle earth, but the only thing that connected this book from LOTR trilogy was the ring pre-owned by Gollum. In contrast, the dwarf mission has nothing to do with the LOTR trilogy; it’s pure about thirteen companions who have mission to conquer the dragon and claimed their treasure back.

But I still adore J.R.R. Tolkien writing who always satisfied my mind about fantasy world. He always described middle earth so detail that I can easily imagine what its look like. He also created another new unique and sometime enchanted creature that always amuses his book reader. The variety of the creature in this book made me wish I could leave in Middle earth. In conclusion, it’s still one of my favorites book but unfortunately could not beat LOTR trilogy.

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Pygmalion

Caught by the heavy rain, a bunch of people trapped under the portico of Saint Paul’s church, there was one family consist of mother, daughter and son that busy looking for a cab, a flower girl, and some gentlemen. The conversation began when the flower girl tried to sell flower to the mother and the gentlemen she called Captain. While she was speaking, one of the gentlemen taking notes about every words everyone said; the flower girl began feeling afraid that the note taker was a policeman that would arrest her for some mistake that she doubted she knew. But the note taker finally revealed himself as a phonetic professor that amazingly knew where someone was born or come from by identifying their speech.

The flower girl whose name was Eliza Doolittle speak kerbstone English since she born, having money generously given by the Captain she decided to went to Professor Higgins alias the note taker’s house and beg him to teach her to speak like a Lady. She found that the note taker little speech gave her a new insight about what she want herself to be in the future, to work at the flower store or she said, “…to be a lady in a flower shop.” Professor Higgins and his friend Mr. Pickering (the Captain) who also expert in phonetic, took this offer because they could not resist the desire of such challenge. Then, the experiment began!

A woman who utters such depressing and disgusting sounds has no right to be anywhere – no right to live. Remember that you are a human being with a soul and the divine gift of articulate speech: that your native language is the language of Shakespeare and Milton and The Bible; and don’t sit there crooning like a bilious pigeon. (Professor Higgins)

Professor Higgins (Rex Harrington), Eliza (Audrey Hepburn) and Mr. Pickering

After several weeks of working out with her pronunciation and manner, Eliza was formally introduced to high end society, Higgins’s mother friends. Eliza did the best and her mentors was very pleased, she also won Freddy’s heart, the son from Eynsford Hill family that busy found a cab at the beginning of this story. This show of Eliza became a Lady went well but Eliza realized that this wouldn’t last forever. After came home from a garden party she threw her dissatisfaction to Higgins, she said that he did not treat her well and emphasized that his behaviour toward her made her felt lady-less. She felt so disappointed because Higgins treat her like some property of him and did not respect her enough by praised her even once. How does this two make amends? Is there any potential a romance story builds between them? Find it yourself!

Liza Doolittle

“… the difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how’s she treated.” (Eliza Doolittle)

Lady Eliza Doolitle

Pygmalion written by George Bernard Shaw was a second Play I read and my comment is 3 words 7 letters, I Love it! In the beginning I was suspicious because the story sound familiar to me and after finished it I just found out that I’ve watch one film based loosely on this play, the title is My Fair Lady, starred by Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison but the bright side is that the ending was totally different from the film so it didn’t spoiled the whole story.

Pygmalion was a story creatively base on Greek myth where a man named Pygmalion who chose unmarried because a shameful life of women in his time. He made a statue of ideal woman that he dreamt of, he felt in love with the statue and boldly asked Venus to granted life on his statue. Touched by sincere love of Pygmalion, Venus granted his wish and Galatea (the name of the statue) became alive. I assume that Professor Higgins acted as Pygmalion, the old bachelor that willingly to change the coarse Eliza became a Lady that he imagined and he wanted to be but Galatea or Eliza in this story want her own destiny and refuse to surrender to her creator wishes.

This Play was write on –what I call– more modern English than Shakespeare, this made me easier to digest every word of it. The other reason why I like it so much because I admire Professor Higgins character although he was sometimes harsh, arrogant and always treated Eliza like she was a property but the way he talked and made a sarcasm critics astonished me and made him a definitely unforgettable and unique character. The third reason is in this play, man-woman relationship did not always fall into romance but still amuse the reader. Four stars for Pygmalion!

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The Classics Club Project: January Meme

What is the best book you’ve read so far for The Classics Club — and why? Be sure to link to the post where you discussed the book! (Or, if you prefer, what is your least favourite read so far for the club, and why?)

If  I’m not mistaken I’ve joined The Classic Club since June 2012, but shame on me I’ve only read 5 of 65 books I pledged before. There was one play from Oscar Wilde (The Importance of being Earnest) and four novels (Mansfield Park, Wuthering Heights, Silas Marner and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes). I’ve enjoyed each of them except Mansfield Park that I rather said it was a little bit dull.

It’s difficult to choose the best one but I adore Oscar Wilde’s play. I was surprised never thought that reading a play will amuse me, the script was well written, witty and funny at the same time. The second reason why I’m fond of this play is this play have only 200 page! This number I consider reasonable for reading in my leisure time. It’s quite different when I read Charles Dicken’s Great Expectation, I felt like I was in great desperation because I read it for almost a month and I wasn’t reach half of that book yet.

I’m looking forward to read another play by Oscar Wilde or other writer that’s why I joined a challenge hosted by Fanda Classiclit, it called Let’s Read Plays. I hope I can manage this challenge and end up by completed it.