Added 5/25/16. (first published 1928) The group Constant Reader will start reading A High Wind in Jamaica on Wednesday, June 01, 2016.
I found the folAdded 5/25/16. (first published 1928) The group Constant Reader will start reading A High Wind in Jamaica on Wednesday, June 01, 2016.
I found the following review at Librarything.com: =============================== "One of those books about kids that’s not strictly for kids, "A High Wind in Jamaica" is a short novel about a couple of youngsters kidnapped by pirates. One reviewer called it “gorgeously written, highly entertaining, and apparently light-hearted,” although a search for deeper meaning will reveal a “profoundly disquieting meditation on the meaning of loyalty and betrayal, innocence and corruption, truth and deception.” I found it both fun and thought-provoking." FROM: https://www.librarything.com/work/71106 =============================== Adapted to film (1965): "A High Wind in Jamaica" (1965) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059269/?... "In 1870,a Jamaican colonial family sends its children to Britain for proper schooling but their ship is taken over by pirates who become fond of the kids."...more
IMDb description: ================================ "About a Boy" (2002) "A cynical, immature young man is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy. " ===============================
Netflix description: ================================== "Hip, irresponsible Londoner Will invents an imaginary son and starts attending single-parent meetings to find available women. But when Will meets the troubled 12-year-old son of a depressed single mother, a quirky and unexpected friendship blooms." =================================
Amazon description: ============================= "Based on Nick Hornby's best-selling novel, About A Boy is the story of a cynical, immature young man who is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy. " ============================
PS-It was a very good movie. I enjoyed it. It starred: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, and Toni Collette. Each one gave an excellent performance....more
Added 3/23/16. (first published 2000) On 3/31/16, I finished listening to an audio version of this book. While the topic was interesting, I found, asAdded 3/23/16. (first published 2000) On 3/31/16, I finished listening to an audio version of this book. While the topic was interesting, I found, as I got near the end, that the story started to drag. See my other comments below in my updates below.*
As for the writing, I have one complaint. A GR member, Catherine Davison, has expressed it very well in her review. Below is her entire review which presents a good over-all view of the book: ================================ "While I found the story compelling based as it is on the true story of Einar Wegenar's transition from male to female and his wife who stayed loyal to him and supported him throughout, it was the writing which irked. I remember feeling the same irritation while reading The 19th Wife. Ebershoff writes well and evokes the atmosphere of Paris, Copenhagen and Dresden in the early 1920s and 30s well, but he describes everything and everyone in similes, everyone's face was like such and such an object, everyone's hair was like such and such, ... ...too many times his longwinded and unnecessary descriptions in simile form just made me want to stop reading. I'm sure it will make for an interesting film, I do recommend this book though especially to anyone who is interested in gender and transgender issues." FROM: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ==================================
As the review above indicates (and I agree), there is too much description of too many unimportant things. After a while it seems as though the descriptions are there just to make the book longer.
The story seems drawn out unnecessarily and tends to drag. The process of Einar's transition from a male to a female (named Lili) is related, from the time he feels the need to change, through all the gradual steps that lead to the transition. This includes trips to various doctors and specialists and discussions with other characters in the story. The process seems to go on and on. I hope the ending will be worth it. We'll see.
I am looking forward to seeing the movie adaptation: "The Danish Girl" (2015) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0810819/?... "A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer."
http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/The-Dani... "In 1930, Danish painter Einar Wegener elects to have gender-reassignment surgery, with the blessing of his wife, Gerda. This true-life narrative of personal courage also sheds light on the medical origins of transsexual surgery."
http://www.amazon.com/Danish-Girl-Edd... "Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander star in a remarkable love story inspired by the true events of an artist who embarks on a groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer."
*Update 3/31/16: -------------------------------- I just finished listening to the unabridged audio version of this book. The ending is a bit vague but I think I understood it. As I understood it... [Warning, the following spoiler talks about the ending! Don't look if you haven't finished reading the book!] (view spoiler)[ ... as I understood it, Lily dies at the end. (hide spoiler)]. Am I right?
So what was the point of the story? Was it that (view spoiler)[people die from dangerous operations? (hide spoiler)] Or was it: "Be careful what you wish for!"
Sheesh! I waded through all those meaningless descriptions only to be disappointed. The descriptions were all over the place. All they did was make the book longer. I couldn't wait for it to end! --------------------------------- *Update 4/6/16: I just finished watching the film adaptation of this book. It is a work of art! Absolutely beautifully done and so much better than the book! Eddie Redmayne, as Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe, and Alicia Vikander, as Gerda Wegener, were magnificent! Matthias Schoenaerts was very appealing and well-cast as Hans. The choreography and the music were to die for. The film, the actors, and the crew had many nominations for awards and deserved every one.
A related biography mentioned in the credits was: Man Into Woman: The First Sex Change (1931) by Lili Elbe. It's "a riveting account" of the man/woman upon whom the movie was loosely based. The GR description says: "...this new edition of Man into Woman, the birth, life and confessions of Lili Elbe, is a story of a marriage and of love and romance that paints a fascinating portrait of a 1930's European artistic community. Compiled from Lili's own letters and manuscripts, and those of the people who adored her, Man into Woman is the Genesis of the Gender Revolution." ---------------------------------
PS - The ending of the movie was the same as the one in the book.
PPPS - Below is a link to an interesting article entitled: "How Eddie Redmayne's Transgender Role in 'The Danish Girl' Went From "Commercial Poison" to Oscar Contender" http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/feat...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
My posts there are as follows: ====================================== Just as a point of info, Wiki says: "Foote came to Hollywood in 1938 to work on the screenplay of his book _The Look of Eagles_, which was retitled "Kentucky", starred Loretta Young, and won an Academy Award for Walter Brennan." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Ta... Here's the movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0030317/?... ======================================= More info: From _The Look of Eagles_, by John Taintor Foote: ==================================== "About the head of a truly great horse there is an air of freedom unconquerable. The eyes seem to look on heights beyond our gaze. It is the look of a spirit that can soar. ...It is the birthright of eagles." ==================================== "The phrase, the look of eagles, has come to represent the proud, lofty spirit of the best Thoroughbreds in modern horse-racing." FROM: http://www.greatbooksforhorselovers.c... ====================================...more
Added 2/12/16. I did not read this book although I enjoyed other books by Maugham years ago. On 2/11/16, I watched a 1942 film adaptation starring GeorgAdded 2/12/16. I did not read this book although I enjoyed other books by Maugham years ago. On 2/11/16, I watched a 1942 film adaptation starring George Sanders on TCM-TV. TCM brief synopsis: "Loosely inspired by the life of Gauguin, a man abandons his middle-classed life to start painting." http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/83924/...
ABOUT THE TITLE: "According to some sources, the title, the meaning of which is not explicitly revealed in the book, was taken from a review of Of Human Bondage in which the novel's protagonist, Philip Carey, is described as 'so busy yearning for the moon that he never saw the sixpence at his feet.' According to a 1956 letter from Maugham, 'If you look on the ground in search of a sixpence, you don't look up, and so miss the moon.'" FROM WIKI AT: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Moo......more
Added 2/5/16. (This book was first published 1904.) This book was adapted to film in 1941. I discovered the film on the TCM movie Channel. IMDb: http:/Added 2/5/16. (This book was first published 1904.) This book was adapted to film in 1941. I discovered the film on the TCM movie Channel. IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034162/?... AMAZON DESCRIPTION: "A writer and fugitives have been given refuge aboard the sealer Ghost. They try to escape the captian's clutches and they find themselves drawn inexorably back to him as the Ghost sails toward disaster. " FROM: http://www.amazon.com/Sea-Wolf-Frank-...
LEONARD MALTIN REVIEW: Director: Michael Curtiz. CAST: Edward G. Robinson [as Wolf Larsen], John Garfield [as George Leach], Ida Lupino, Alexander Knox [as Humphrey Van Weyden], Gene Lockhart [as Dr. Prescott] , Barry Fitzgerald [as Cooky], Stanley Ridges. SUMMARY: "Bristling Jack London tale of brutal but intellectual sea captain Robinson battling wits with accidental passenger Knox, as brash seaman Garfield and fugitive Lupino try to escape." FROM: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/89336/...
AMAZON PRIME HAS THE FOLLOWING REMAKE: "Legend of the Seawolf" - Digitally Remastered (Amazon.com Exclusive) 2013 "A story of a man possessed by the power of life and death over the men under his command. Chuck Connors portrays Captain Wolf Larson in this high seas adventure about a man possessed with the power he holds over his crew and a fear of a man's legend." http://www.amazon.com/Legend-Seawolf-... This remake is included with Amazon Prime at no extra charge.
IMDb has it as: "Il lupo dei mari" (1975) Country: Italy; Language: Italian http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073323/?... Chuck Connors plays Wolf-Larsen. Barbara Bach, Ringo Starr's wife, plays the role of Maud Brewster. I wonder if Amazon Prime's "digitally remastered" film is in English or Italian. ANSWER: It's in English. I tried streaming it just now. 2/5/16. Maybe they lip-synched it... no, the lips move correctly to the English being spoken. I wonder why the title is in Italian and the IMDb page indicates it's in Italian....more
Added 2/2/16. I read about this author (Jack Finney) at Goodreads.com. This book was mentioned and it sounded interesting. At the time (2/2/16) I wasAdded 2/2/16. I read about this author (Jack Finney) at Goodreads.com. This book was mentioned and it sounded interesting. At the time (2/2/16) I was reading Finney's book: Time and Again. At the web page for that book there was some info in the right-hand column, under "About Jack Finney". It said: (view spoiler)["Mr. Finney also wrote Marion's Wall (1973), about a silent-film actress who, in an attempt to revive her film career, enters the body of a shy woman..." (hide spoiler)]. Sounds like _Marion's Wall_ might be a good fantasy! We'll see.
PS-An online search revealed that this book was adapted to film entitled "Maxie": "Finney, Jack (pseudonym of Walter Braden Finney). MARION'S WALL: A NOVEL. - Ghost story filmed in 1985 as "Maxie" starring Glenn Close, Mandy Patinkin and Ruth Gordon." FROM: http://www.lwcurrey.com/pages/books/8...
I also found the following summary online: (view spoiler)["A young married couple moves into a San Francisco apartment formerly owned by the silent star Marian Marsh. Her ghost still inhabits the place and takes over the wife's body, goes to Hollywood, and tries to re-enter films. The couple meets a film buff, living in Vilma Banky's old home, and he has prints of all the lost films including the complete Greed." (hide spoiler)] FROM: https://books.google.com/books?id=V1U... (Ha! That summary is the same as the GR description!)
PPS-A Goodreads reader's review says: "[The author, Finney] "created a remix of [the movie] Topper Returns with so much heart, so much joy, so much love, so much comedic...grace...that I'm in plain and simple awe." An apt comparison. The reviewer also gave the YouTube link for the trailer I mentioned above. See the review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
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 8/8/15. (first published 1962) ("IPCRESS" stands for: "Induction of Psycho-Neuroses by Conditioned Reflex with Stress".) I did not read the bookAdded 8/8/15. (first published 1962) ("IPCRESS" stands for: "Induction of Psycho-Neuroses by Conditioned Reflex with Stress".) I did not read the book but watched the film on the TCM channel in August 2015. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059319/?... http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/The-Ipcr...
In the story, Harry Palmer, the spy (later christened Harry Palmer and played in the movie by Michael Caine), has a mission to find a missing biochemist. He discovers a deadly conspiracy. It was truly scary and suspenseful.
As the GR review says: "The Ipcress File was not only Len Deighton’s first novel, it was his first bestseller and the book that broke the mould of thriller writing."
"The film ... gave Michael Caine one of his first and still most celebrated starring roles, while the novel itself has become a classic."
At IMDb it says that the author, Len Deighton, was "uncredited" in the movie. Imagine that!!!...more
Added 6/12/15. I didn't read this book but I watched the film which this book inspired. I posted the following at my GR group: ========================Added 6/12/15. I didn't read this book but I watched the film which this book inspired. I posted the following at my GR group: =================================== 6/11/15 Tonight I enjoyed a terrific movie! I had no idea what it was about and I'm glad I didn't because it was all such a wonderful surprise! (All I knew was that it starred Judi Dench.) This movie has it all... music, drama, comedy and much more. It was inspired by true events. Netflix has the DVD but I streamed it via Amazon. FIVE STARS! "Mrs Henderson Presents" (2005) starring Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0413015/?... http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Mrs.-Hen... http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009... "Recently widowed well-to-do Laura Henderson is at a bit of a loose end in inter-war London. On a whim she buys the derelict Windmill theatre in the West End and persuades impresario Vivian Van Damm to run it."
Added 5/17/15. (Published in 1962) I did not read this book but I saw the movie adaptation. I posted the following at my GR group on 2/2/15: ===========Added 5/17/15. (Published in 1962) I did not read this book but I saw the movie adaptation. I posted the following at my GR group on 2/2/15: ============================= BOY OH BOY! I hit on a good movie today, streamed from Netflix! Even my husband has been watching it with me! We still haven't finished watching it yet. It's 2 hours and 47 minutes long! "In Harm's Way" (1965) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059309/?... http://www.amazon.com/Harms-Way-John-... http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/600104... "This epic World War II tale focuses on the effect the Pearl Harbor attack had on the lives of officers, wives and lovers as America entered the war."
The movie, "In Harm's Way", based on James Bassett's novel, Harm's Way, has enough plot in it for four movies or a good miniseries. When it was shown on network television in prime time, it was broken into two very full nights.
On the morning of December 7, 1941, a heavy cruiser, commanded by John Wayne's character, and a destroyer are two of a handful of ships that escape the destruction of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
CHECK OUT THE CAST! John Wayne Kirk Douglas Patricia Neal Tom Tryon Paula Prentiss Brandon de Wilde Jill Haworth Dana Andrews Burgess Meredith Franchot Tone Patrick O'Neal Slim Pickens George Kennedy Larry Hagman Henry Fonda Carroll O'Connor Stanley Holloway Hugh O'Brian Directed by Otto Preminger
I've been avoiding this film because it's a war picture but today I gave it a try. I'm glad I did. I'm swooning over John Wayne! And Kirk Douglas looks like he had been working out at a gym. What a sturdy build he had! They just don't make actors like these men anymore!
The women? eh! LOL Although the restrained fireworks between John Wayne and Patricia Neal are something to see. I never learned to flirt like that. LOL
PS-The flavor of the war years (WW2) comes back with "In Harms Way". The uniforms, the service men, the cars... and the scenery in Hawaii is absolutely gorgeous! I was only a kid but I remember those days during the war. And I remember the music... ===============================...more
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 5/2/15. 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 5/2/15 I had forgotten to add this book to my GR shelves. Around December 2014, I read to page 56 in this book but stopped when it got to WWII. ItAdded 5/2/15 I had forgotten to add this book to my GR shelves. Around December 2014, I read to page 56 in this book but stopped when it got to WWII. It was just too sad.
This book contains many historic details. Laura Hillenbrand really did her research.
I first got this book from Amazon for $2.99 to read in my Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader. It seemed so good that I then I bought the book for myself and my kids as a Christmas present.
Here's the IMDb link to info about the 2014 film adaptation of Unbroken: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1809398/?... DESCRIPTION: "After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp."...more
Added 3/7/15. I did not read this book but I saw the film adaptation.
I posted the following at my Goodreads group: =================================== IAdded 3/7/15. I did not read this book but I saw the film adaptation.
I posted the following at my Goodreads group: =================================== I streamed (via Amazon Prime) "Arch of Triumph" (1948) starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer and Charles Laughton. http://www.amazon.com/Arch-Triumph-In... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040109/?... "Illegal refugees lead dark lives in pre-World War II Paris." http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/70105854... "To escape the Nazis, an Austrian doctor flees to Paris, where he practices medicine under an assumed name. When he prevents a nightclub singer from committing suicide, he develops a connection with her -- just as the war begins to tear Europe apart."
The movie was too long and too dark and the plot was too thin. However, I loved seeing Bergman and Boyer on the screen. So I stuck with it. Charles Boyer mesmerizes me with his voice and accent. Ingrid is always so beautiful. Charles Laughton had a very small part but the role was important to the plot. Louis Calhern was good in his role and added a lot to the movie....more
Added 3/7/15. I did not read this book but I happened to find the film adaptation via Amazon Prime online. So I streamed it. It's a very unusual movie.Added 3/7/15. I did not read this book but I happened to find the film adaptation via Amazon Prime online. So I streamed it. It's a very unusual movie. "About Mrs. Leslie" (1954) [Stars Shirley Booth, Robert Ryan] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046676/?... "A rooming house landlady recalls her past in flashbacks." http://www.amazon.com/About-Mrs-Lesli... "When a Beverly Hills boarding house owner receives a large sum of money from a wealthy tycoon, she recalls the secret love affair that has affected her life."
The customer reviews at the Amazon webpage linked above are very favorable. Shirley Booth is highly praised in the reviews. One customer wrote: ******************************* "I remember Shirley Booth as Hazel the maid [on TV]. I was really surprised to see her cast in a role like this. But when I think about it she was perfect. Not the most beautiful women in the world but for six weeks out of the year she had what most women dream. A man who wanted her. Bring out the tissues this one will make you cry." *******************************
A user review at the IMDb link above says: ===================================== "What a movie. I don't know how or where to start to rave and praise it. The acting, the story. So very believable, and for a woman to live with a man outside of wedlock in the 1930's...well, unheard of then...or maybe not so. This is the story of a woman who accepts a man who can only offer her a six week a year commitment. But, oh, it is so worth it. You have to see this movie to fully understand it. The casting of both Shirley and Robert were perfection. So realistic. A very, very poignant and touching piece. Youth vs. age, many subplots, but done in a superior way of flashbacks. The character of Mrs. Leslie is one who has learned all about life's foibles and disappointments. She has her memories of her "Mr. Leslie, honey," to sustain her. I cannot praise this movie enough. I have it on VHS, recorded from TV. I cannot locate it on DVD. See this if and when it replays on television. It is amazing." =======================================...more
Adapted into a film entitled "The Lost Moment". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039583/?... "A publisher insinuates himself into the mouldering mansion of the centenarian lover of a renowned but long-dead poet in order to find his lost love letters." http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009... "An American publisher becomes involved with a troubled young woman with a split personality when he travels to Italy to pursue the lost writings of a famous poet. Based on Henry James' novel "The Aspern Papers." (The movie stars Robert Cummings & Susan Hayward.)
If you like a good old-fashioned suspense story, full of drama, mystery, and dark atmosphere, this movie/story is for you! I'm not usually drawn to this type of movie/story but this one drew me almost from the beginning.
There's an excellent summary at the IMDb link shown above. It's so good, I'll post it here but I'll put it in as a spoiler even though it doesn't give away the ending. Instead, it clarifies the story (especially if you're reading Henry James long-winded prose!): ===================================== (view spoiler)[In a long flashback, a New York publisher is in Venice pursuing the lost love letters of an early-19th-century poet, Jeffrey Ashton, who disappeared mysteriously. Using a false name, Lewis Venable rents a room from Juliana Bordereau, once Jeffrey Ashton's lover, now an aged recluse. Running the household is Juliana's severe niece, Tina, who mistrusts Venable from the first moment. He realizes all is not right when late one night he finds Tina, her hair unpinned and wild, at the piano. She calls him Jeffrey and throws herself at him. The family priest warns Venable to tread carefully around her fantasies, but he wants the letters at any cost, even Tina's sanity. Written by (hide spoiler)] ====================================== I'm still trying to figure out exactly what the title of the movie meant. What exactly was "the lost moment"? Any ideas? I have a few guesses but perhaps there were several "lost moments" in the movie, giving the title multiple meanings.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Alan Turing was always wondering if a computer-like device could "imitate" the human mind. He devised a game to test his theories. Thus, "The Imitation Game". The game is described here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing_t...
Added 12/27/14. This book was adapted into a film with the same name. "The Hundred-Foot Journey" (2014): IMDb page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2980648/?Added 12/27/14. This book was adapted into a film with the same name. "The Hundred-Foot Journey" (2014): IMDb page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2980648/?... "The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory's Michelin-starred eatery."
Helen Mirren was nominated for a Golden Globe but I don't find any nominations for an Oscar.
Here is a description (of the book) from "Google Play": "And so begins the rise of Hassan Haji, the unlikely gourmand who recounts his life’s journey in Richard Morais’s charming novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey.
"Lively and brimming with the colors, flavors, and scents of the kitchen, The Hundred-Foot Journey is a succulent treat about family, nationality, and the mysteries of good taste.
"Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother.
"But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.
"The boisterous Haji family takes Lumière by storm. They open an inexpensive Indian restaurant opposite an esteemed French relais—that of the famous chef Madame Mallory—and infuse the sleepy town with the spices of India, transforming the lives of its eccentric villagers and infuriating their celebrated neighbor.
"Only after Madame Mallory wages culinary war with the immigrant family, does she finally agree to mentor young Hassan, leading him to Paris, the launch of his own restaurant, and a slew of new adventures.
"The Hundred-Foot Journey is about how the hundred-foot distance between a new Indian kitchen and a traditional French one can represent the gulf between different cultures and desires. A testament to the inevitability of destiny, this is a fable for the ages—charming, endearing, and compulsively readable."
I listened to parts of the audiobook, Any Human Heart, and found it to be very disturbing (Logan Mountstuart's world of sex; his world of the art gallery business). The film adaptation was fascinating but not disturbing. [Listen to a sample of the audio book here: http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Any... ]
However, I noticed that most of the Goodread reviewers of the book loved it. In fact I've never seen more enthusiastic reviews.
I won't give it a rating because I didn't read enough of the book to be a good judge of it. All I know is that the parts which I listened to disturbed me.
PS-The film (actually a TV series) based on the book, Any Human Heart, is actually a sad story, but it still held my attention because of the unusual way the movie was presented and the unusual way the story was told by the author.
According to Wiki, the book begins with a quotation from Henry James:
ADDENDUM 3/21/16: See the following link for an extensive GR review by GR member, Cecily: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... EXCERPT FROM REVIEW: "This is presented as a compilation of journals kept by Logan Mountstuart from shortly before he left school in the 1920s until just before his death aged 85."
I, myself, have never enjoyed reading a book which is presented in a series of journals or letters. That's probably why I didn't finish listening to the audio-book. -JH
3/21/16 Here is the Amazon description of the film: "William Boyd adapts his acclaimed 2002 novel about a man - at various times a writer, lover, prisoner of war and spy - making his often precarious way through the 20th century." FROM: http://www.amazon.com/Episode-One/dp/...
Netflix description: "This poignant miniseries follows the impossibly adventurous life of Logan Mountstuart, a man who rubs elbows with Ernest Hemingway and other luminaries as he works by turns as a novelist, a British naval intel officer and a revolutionary." FROM: http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Masterpi... =================================== ADDENDUM 3/21/16: In the TV series, the main character (Logan Mountstuart) is played by two different actors, one portraying the younger Logan and the other portraying the older Logan.
I was astonished at how much the two different actors look alike. What a great match-up! See their pictures at the links below:
I picked up this book free somewhere. I doubt if I will get too far with it. So manyAdded 2/22/14. Started but did not continue. Billy Bathgate (1989)
I picked up this book free somewhere. I doubt if I will get too far with it. So many other things are on the docket these days. I have read only the first chapter so far.
Doctorow presents details in such a skilled manner that you tend to keep reading in amazement over his masterly use of words. To one who loves words, his prose is a pleasure. I'm not sure I will be able to keep up with his long sentences, but I will try. The brutal crime theme may be a deterrent for me as well.
BTW, here are the words with which the book jacket describes Doctorow's prose: "... prose that astonishes with its lyric intensity".
This book was adapted to film in 1991. See: http://dvd.netflix.com/Search?v1=Bill... "This gangster epic details the rise and fall of mobster Dutch Schultz as seen through the eyes of his protégé, Billy Bathgate. As ambitious Billy is seduced by Dutch's crime world, he finds himself grappling with issues of trust, murder and survival." Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman
http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Winter-s... "Mark Helprin's novel provides the basis for this film starring Colin Farrell as a thief who breaks into an ill girl's home and then falls for her. As the action shifts between past and present, the burglar also acquires a flying-horse guardian angel."
Cast: Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Will Smith, Jennifer Connelly, Matt Bomer, William Hurt, Jessica Brown Findlay, Eva Marie Saint, Lucy Griffiths
Footnote: This novel is not related to the play, "The Winter's Tale" by William Shakespeare.
*PS-My Netlix records show that I rated the 2014 film adaptation with one star on 7/23/2014....more
This is a wonderful suspense story. This particular film version is very lush in scenery and dress. Beautiful Kristin Scott Thomas draws you in and you can't stop watching. Forget reading the summaries. Just start watching and let the story unfold. That's the best way to watch it. It starts out in a benign manner and then slowly draws you in.
Wiki says: "In the film, subplots were added to expand the material to feature film length, which reviewers and cinemagoers criticised." I saw no problem with any subplots. In fact, I didn't even notice them as such.
An online description of the book says: "Erotic, haunting, and maddeningly suspenseful, Up at the Villa is a masterful tale of temptation and the capricious nature of fate." I agree! Those words are at: https://play.google.com/store/books/d... You can read a sample via the link above....more
Added 2/7/14. (The book was first published in 2003.) Adapted to film. Great dialogue! Below are links about the film: "Charlie Wilson's War" (2007) httpAdded 2/7/14. (The book was first published in 2003.) Adapted to film. Great dialogue! Below are links about the film: "Charlie Wilson's War" (2007) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0472062/?... http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Charlie-... "Texas congressman Charlie Wilson sets a series of earth-shaking events in motion when he conspires with a CIA operative (Philip Seymour Hoffman, in an Oscar-nominated role) to aid Afghan mujahideen rebels in their fight against the Soviet Red Army."
"A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects."
Director: Mike Nichols Writers: Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), George Crile (book) Stars: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Added 1/23/14. _The Tenth Man_ by Graham Greene. (keeping it in mind)
This book (first published in 1985) was adapted to film (1988 TV Movie). The movieAdded 1/23/14. _The Tenth Man_ by Graham Greene. (keeping it in mind)
This book (first published in 1985) was adapted to film (1988 TV Movie). The movie (which I viewed on the MGM TV channel) was compelling. Anthony Hopkins was excellent in the role of the tenth man. Kristin Scott Thomas was perfect in a supporting role. http://www.amazon.com/Tenth-Man-Antho... "Anthony Hopkins stars in this glossy TV adaptation of Graham Greene's The Tenth Man. The scene is Paris, during the Nazi occupation. Hopkins plays a French lawyer who is sentenced to be executed as a reprisal for the activities."
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096243/?... "Based on the novel of the same name by Graham Greene, this is a story of a French advocate Chavel who, while imprisoned by the Germans during the occupation, trades his material possessions to another prisoner in exchange for his life when condemned to the firing squad."
I've always enjoyed books by Graham Greene. I should try this one. I first heard about it via the MGM Channel when they were airing the film on 1/23/14.
Added 1/14/14. I did not read this book. Instead I watched the movie via Netflix streaming in Jan. 2014. The book was first published in 1961. The moviAdded 1/14/14. I did not read this book. Instead I watched the movie via Netflix streaming in Jan. 2014. The book was first published in 1961. The movie was made in 1988.
This movie/book tells the story of the "Lexington & Concord" incident which started the Revolutionary War when the American colonies rose up against England.
"The 'April Morning' here is the famous April 19, 1775 upon which the "Shot heard 'round the world" was fired, signaling the start of the American Revolution." [from IMDb summary below]
The title, "April Morning", certainly doesn't give one hint about the real impact of the story. The film brought home for me the reality of LEXINGTON & CONCORD. By focusing on a few special characters, the story evokes a very personal response.
What stays with me after seeing this film, is the suffering of the families who saw their young sons go into battle. The film underscores the enormous sacrifice made by all the people of that time so that we might enjoy the freedoms we have today.
IMDB LINK: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094673/?... =================================== IMDb summary: "The "April Morning" here is the famous April 19, 1775 upon which the "Shot heard 'round the world" was fired, signaling the start of the American Revolution. Faithful to author Howard Fast's somewhat revisionist view that the skirmishes between the Colonial militia and the British troops in Lexington and Concord (Massachusetts) were precipitated as much by fervent American patriots led by Solomon Chandler [fictional character ?] as by any "Redcoat" belligerence." FROM: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094673/p... ===================================
NETFLIX LINK: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/701... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Netflix summary: "Based on the penetrating novel by Howard Fast, this coming-of-age tale recounts the adventures of Adam Cooper (Chad Lowe), a teen caught up in the fight between American revolutionary forces and British Redcoats in the crucial Battle of Lexington and Concord. In the midst of the chaos caused by disgruntled colonists, Adam comes to terms with his demanding father, Moses (Tommy Lee Jones), and begins a romance with Ruth (Meredith Salenger)." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
ABOUT THE AUTHOR, HOWARD FAST: "Nobody has written more passionately or more vividly about the American Revolution than Howard Fast. The legendary living author of _Freedom Road_ and _Citizen Tom Paine_, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of "Spartacus" and the triumphant survivor of Hollywood's notorious blacklist of the fifties, Howard Fast is a part of American history." FROM: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1......more
Added 1/3/14. The other night I watched a movie called "The Reader" starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes. It was fairly compelling. It was also steaAdded 1/3/14. The other night I watched a movie called "The Reader" starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes. It was fairly compelling. It was also steamy in parts. After I watched it, I realized I had seen it before. LOL Only toward the end did it seem vaguely familiar.
I would advise people not to read the summaries before seeing the movie or reading the book. The summaries are spoilers, IMO.
PS-This might be a good book for a group to read because there's a lot to discuss about the characters' motives. After you read it or see the movie, you might appreciate the discussion at the following link: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... CAUTION: Even this discussion is a spoiler. So don't even peek at it until your know the story....more
Added 12/30/13. I posted the following at my group: ===================================== I was bored with my current books and started Birdsong (1993) bAdded 12/30/13. I posted the following at my group: ===================================== I was bored with my current books and started Birdsong (1993) by Sebastian Faulks which I had picked up free somewhere. I couldn't get into it. It starts out with too much boring (to me) description. Why do authors do that?
If you want to see what I mean, go to the following Amazon page and click on "look inside". Go to the first part of the story and see what you think. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0679776818/r... My eyes glazed over at all that description! ==========================================
PS-Nina, at my GR group replied as follows: ----------------------------------------- "Oh, Joy, my reaction to "Birdsong," was just the opposite of yours. I am tempted to order it just by reading the first page. But, I love "being" in Paris. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. ----------------------------------------- Perhaps I should give the book another chance. NOTE: Nina wrote the following at my group a few days later on 1/3/14: "Not worth watching unless you are into depressing; all about WWI deaths and misery with a few sex scenes between an Englishman and a married woman. Her husband mentally unbalanced so he is mean. When we finished watching my husband said, "That was an ordeal." ------------------------------------------
PPS-1/11/14 - I tried to watch a DVD of the movie adapted from this book but it was too difficult to watch because of the war scenes of the men underground, below the trenches. The scenes provoked claustrophobic effects in me. I could not finish watching the movie. Also, there were too many slow spots in the movie where you are wasting time simply watching the expression on the face of the main character. The takes are too long. I am still wondering how the romance part of the story ended. See the IMDb page for this movie at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1127876/?... See the Netflix page for this movie at: http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Masterpi... IMDb description: "As an English soldier fights in the horrific trenches of northern France, he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman."
SUMMARY of movie, copied & pasted from my local library's description of the DVD: (view spoiler)["Birdsong is the story of Stephen Wraysford, a young Englishman who arrives in Amiens in Northern France to stay with the Azaire family and falls desperately in love with Isabelle Azaire. They begin an illicit and all-consuming affair, but the relationship falters. Years later, Stephen finds himself serving on the Western Front in the very area where he experienced his great love. He must learn to endure the ravages of war and make peace with his feelings for Isabelle." (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more