Added 10/12/15. I read this book sometime in the 1990's. It was first published in 1970. I have just now come across the quotes which I copied from theAdded 10/12/15. I read this book sometime in the 1990's. It was first published in 1970. I have just now come across the quotes which I copied from the book. They are done in my own longhand writing and there are almost 14 pages of these notes!
The author, May Sarton, had a sharp mind. She had an ability to express so much deep wisdom about life in beautiful prose. I'm amazed as I re-read my notes! Such wisdom! For example, below is a quote from page 32: =============================== "So it is being together that matters, not any longer what we may say or not say." =============================== That thought is so deep and so true and it is expressed in such a simple way.
May Sarton was indeed a philosopher; she had a deep grasp of what it means to be a human being, with all our varied experiences and their effects on our psyches.
Added 8/14/15. Published in 1985. I watched the film adaptation of this book in July 2015. Movie: "Anywhere But Here" (1999) Stars: Susan Sarandon, NataAdded 8/14/15. Published in 1985. I watched the film adaptation of this book in July 2015. Movie: "Anywhere But Here" (1999) Stars: Susan Sarandon, Natalie Portman http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0149691/?... "A mother and daughter search for success in Beverly Hills."
Wonderful acting and a poignant story.
Netflix description: ============================= "Bored with small-town life, flighty Adele leaves her husband and heads for Hollywood with her daughter, Ann, reluctantly in tow. While Adele dreams of making her daughter a movie star, the grounded Ann marches toward adulthood." http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/26009713... =============================
Amazon description: ============================= "Fleeing small-Town boredom, a restless mother drags her reluctant pre-Teen daughter to beverly hills, where they struggle with a new and difficult life until they finally reach a degree of understanding." https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detai... =============================...more
Added 5/26/15. I decided to read this book after I enjoyed this author's other novel, The Chaperone.
6/15/15 - I forgot to update this review after readAdded 5/26/15. I decided to read this book after I enjoyed this author's other novel, The Chaperone.
6/15/15 - I forgot to update this review after reading this book. The plot concerns a divorced mother who is having financial difficulties. She turns to her daughters for help. The book held my attention for the most part, but I didn't find it pleasurable. I don't enjoy reading about people's depressing troubles... but I suppose that's the stuff of novels.
I don't like the title of the book because it's too vague.
Added 5/15/15. Published in December 2003. I did not read this novel. I watched the film adaptation. (I discovered the novel when I streamed the film aAdded 5/15/15. Published in December 2003. I did not read this novel. I watched the film adaptation. (I discovered the novel when I streamed the film adaptation from Netflix on 5/15/15.)
Netflix calls it: "Heaven Is Waiting" (2011) http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/701848... "Long-grieving widower Ned spurns his daughter's attempts to push him back into dating, especially now that she has a boyfriend of her own."
Added 5/3/15. (first published in 1982) A QUOTE ABOUT DOMINICK DUNNE: "Dominick Dunne is the best chronicler of American Society since Truman Capote. HeAdded 5/3/15. (first published in 1982) A QUOTE ABOUT DOMINICK DUNNE: "Dominick Dunne is the best chronicler of American Society since Truman Capote. He is the only person writing about high society from inside the aquarium" -Tina Brown, "Vanity Fair"...more
Added 5/3/15. (first published 1985) I read this book years ago. If I remember correctly, it was a good read. One review said that the book gives youAdded 5/3/15. (first published 1985) I read this book years ago. If I remember correctly, it was a good read. One review said that the book gives you "glimpses of high living in high places".
A GR review describes the story very well as follows: ==================================== "quasi-fictional book, this is a delicious story about the higher echelons of New York society in the 1940's and 50's. It was inspired by the real life of Ann and William Woodward, and William's murder in 1955 by his wife.
"The fun of this book is the insider view of those high society circles. Dunne, a writer for Vanity Fair, dishes about these folks with a giggle and takes great pleasure at exposing them and their snobbish ways. The main focus is Ann Grenville (Woodward), social climber extraordinaire, who sets her sights on Billy and his money and his lifestyle. She's a showgirl and his family wants nothing to do with her. Once they marry, she schemes constantly as to how to get accepted in those tightknit circles that usually don't take kindly to outsiders. And she does get eventually get included, even if she's talked about behind her back. The parties and the hobnobbing and the backstabbing all escalate and get out of hand, of course, and lead to one fateful night. A fun, gossipy, mindless read -- I thoroughly enjoyed it for what it was." ABOVE WAS FROM THE GR REVIEW BY JILL AT:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ======================================
I recently tried reading Dunne's novel, People Like Us (first published in 1988), but couldn't get into it because he introduced too many unfleshed out characters too soon.
A QUOTE ABOUT DOMINICK DUNNE: "Dominick Dunne is the best chronicler of American Society since Truman Capote. He is the only person writing about high society from inside the aquarium" -Tina Brown, "Vanity Fair"
Added 5/2/15. I did not read the book. Instead I watched the movie which starred Paul Newman. Absorbing courtroom drama, well acted. Great performanceAdded 5/2/15. I did not read the book. Instead I watched the movie which starred Paul Newman. Absorbing courtroom drama, well acted. Great performance by Paul Newman. "The Verdict" (1982) IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084855/?... "A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling."
Added 4/25/15. First published in 1997. Well written. Excellent plot development. Written with amazing clarity, despite the large number of charactersAdded 4/25/15. First published in 1997. Well written. Excellent plot development. Written with amazing clarity, despite the large number of characters and the many shifts in time and place. Easy to read. A page-turner!
The plot concerns the machinations of politicians for power and the role of the media. There's even some romance, such as it is....more
Added 1/27/15. I did not read the book, but watched the movie adaptation, "Thérèse (2012) (in French with English subtitles). "Thérèse Desqueyroux" (oriAdded 1/27/15. I did not read the book, but watched the movie adaptation, "Thérèse (2012) (in French with English subtitles). "Thérèse Desqueyroux" (original title) Cast: Audrey Tautou http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1654829/?... "An unhappily married woman struggles to break free from social pressures." http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/702425... "Bored by an arranged marriage to a dull but well-meaning husband, a young wife in rural France in the 1920s seeks a drastic solution to her problems."
The movie kept my attention but I didn't particularly enjoy it because there were too many unanswered questions in my mind about motivations. There were also hanging subplots. The ending is so nuanced that I had to read a review to understand what it meant.
I got tired of seeing the same taut, grim expression on Theresa's face, actually expressionless. It hardly ever seemed to change. ...more
Added 1/26/15. The book was first published in 2004. It was a huge international best seller and a major hit in Germany that went on to become one of EAdded 1/26/15. The book was first published in 2004. It was a huge international best seller and a major hit in Germany that went on to become one of Europe’s biggest literary blockbusters.
I posted the following at my GR group: =============================== I had trouble following the plot. There were a lot of flashbacks. I couldn't keep the characters straight. There were too many of them.
The characters: 1. Raimund Gregorius (Jeremy Irons), a Swiss professor 2. Amadeu do Prado - a doctor and writer of a a small book, a memoir of sorts 3. the writer's sister Adriana (Charlotte Rampling). 4. local optician, Mariana (Martina Gedeck), 5. optician's uncle João Eça, who knew Amadeu 6. Jorge O'Kelly, friend of Amadeu, a pharmacist 7. Estefânia (Mélanie Laurent), a beautiful woman who helped the resistance by memorizing people's names and contact information (girlfriend of Amadeu) 8. older Estefania (Lena Olin) 9. woman on the bridge 10. several others
I couldn't figure how the woman on the bridge fit into the plot. Turns out she wasn't very important to the real plot even though in the beginnning I got the impression that she was. That was misleading.
The somber atmosphere of the movie gave it a sense of suspense, and Jeremy Irons was impressive, even though I couldn't figure out the plot, Not very satisfying, IMO. Slow-paced.
The plot is explained fairly well by user Claudio Carvalho at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1654523/p... ====================================== PLOT from link above: "In Bern, Switzerland, the teacher Raimund Gregorius saves a young woman from committing suicide jumping off a bridge and brings her to the school where he works. During his class, she leaves the building and Raimund unsuccessfully runs after her to give her coat back.
He finds a book, "Um Ourives das Palavras" (A Goldsmith of the Words) written by the Portuguese Amadeu de Almeida Prado in the pocket and he goes to the bookstore stamped on the first page and discovers that the book was sold on the previous day to the woman.
He finds a train ticket to Lisbon that will departure in fifteen minutes inside the book and he goes to the Central Station expecting to find the woman. He embarks in the train to Lisbon and reads the book, becoming fascinated with the story.
When he arrives in Lisbon, Raimund decides to stay in the city to meet Amadeu. He finds his house, where his sister Adriana lives, and soon he discovers that Amadeu is dead. Raimund decides to research the life of Amadeu, who was a doctor and writer that belonged to the resistance against the dictator Salazar, and his discoveries affect his own boring life." - Summary written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ==================================
Below is part of a comment about the movie from a Netflix user: ********************************** "... the script of this very low budget movie was weak and unbelievable. The dialogue was filled with meaningless drivel and the plot didn't hang together or come to a significant conclusion."...more
Added 2/14/14. RE: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe I listened to the unabridged audio version of this book, read by John Lee. I had always wondered whatAdded 2/14/14. RE: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe I listened to the unabridged audio version of this book, read by John Lee. I had always wondered what the book was like. Now I know. It's 11 hours long but it keeps your attention. At times it's a bit long-winded but, considering that, it's well-paced. Each time you think that there just couldn't be another phase to the story, Robinson Crusoe, who is the narrator, manages to come up with a new phase to his adventures. I liked the way Daniel Defoe made Robinson Crusoe's story seem very up close and personal. Four Netflix stars.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND ABOUT THIS BOOK:
"Robinson Crusoe marked the beginning of realistic fiction as a literary genre." -Wiki
"Written nearly 300 years ago [pub. 1719], it deserves every merit it can receive." -From a GR member comment...more
The film won many awards: Awards included Academy Award Oscars for: -Best Cinematography -Best Art Direction-Set Decoration -Best Costume Design -Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation Nominations included: -Best Picture -Best Director -Best Writing SEE AWARD DETAILS HERE: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072684/a...
Although Ryan O'Neal didn't receive an award, I thought he did a good job playing the part of Barry Lyndon in an understated way. At times he seemed emotionless but perhaps that's what the part called for. I can't imagine how another actor would portray the character.
The film left me wondering how much of Barry Lyndon's fate was his own fault and if he deserved the way life treated him. Wiki says that the book provides more details about Lyndon's background. Perhaps they might help the reader understand Lyndon's actions. I am left feeling sorry for Barry Lyndon even though the plot descriptions call him a rogue.
Wiki says that the film doesn't include plot details about the beginning and latter part of Lyndon's life. The book provides more details which might put a different perspective on the character.
http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Barry-Ly... "Based on William Makepeace Thackeray's novel, this gorgeously painted tale yields a slow-moving portrait of a young Irishman (Ryan O'Neal) who moves up the social ladder through soldiering, spying and a marriage to a wealthy countess (Marisa Berenson).
Added 1/3/14. This is a heart-warming adventure story about a rural family living in the Kentucky mountains long ago. (It was published in 1954 and isAdded 1/3/14. This is a heart-warming adventure story about a rural family living in the Kentucky mountains long ago. (It was published in 1954 and is about 191 pages long.) It kept my attention throughout and was a cozy escape to another time and place. Easy reading for a young adult yet very enjoyable for an adult. Enough suspense to keep you reading but not strenuous at all.
Mildred Mastin Pace wrote with great warmth. She must have been a lovely person. At the end of the book there is a page called "About the Author". (I couldn't find much about her online.) See an excerpt below: ====================================== "Mildred Mastin Pace was born and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. But summers she spent in Kentucky where her father's people lived and it was there that she came to know the mountains and the mountain people. When she was fifteen, her whole family moved back to Kentucky. There, between high school and college, she worked for a year at Berea College, a school for Southern mountaineers, and taught one year in a "backwoods" country school. "Her career as a writer began when she started to work her way through Cornell College, Iowa, by writing for Middle Western newspapers. ... she has worked for various publications, written for radio and magazines ... and [has] become the successful author of a number of historical biographies..." ======================================= NOTE: According to the following linked page, Pace died in 1992. (No birth date is given.): http://www.janebadgerbooks.co.uk/usa4...