Added 2/3/15. Selection of Glens Falls library book club for June 2015.
"This is a guide to what it feels like to be autistic. . . . In Mitchell and YosAdded 2/3/15. Selection of Glens Falls library book club for June 2015.
"This is a guide to what it feels like to be autistic. . . . In Mitchell and Yoshida’s translation, [Higashida] comes across as a thoughtful writer with a lucid simplicity that is both childlike and lyrical. . . . Higashida is living proof of something we should all remember: in every autistic child, however cut off and distant they may outwardly seem, there resides a warm, beating heart." –Financial Times (UK)
After reading a bit of the sample provided at the Goodreads page for this book, I feel that I would find the book too disturbing to read... too sad. The boy's condition, mentally, is extremely disabling....more
Added 2/2/15. Recommended by Nina of my GR group. Nina posted: "It is the fictionalized version of the love affair of Robert Louis Stevenson and his fuAdded 2/2/15. Recommended by Nina of my GR group. Nina posted: "It is the fictionalized version of the love affair of Robert Louis Stevenson and his future wife/she was originally married when they met and fell in love."
Below is from the book's Goodreads page: =============================== "... she succumbs to Stevenson's charms. The two begin a fierce love affair, marked by intense joy and harrowing darkness, which spans decades as they travel the world for the sake of his health. Eventually they settled in Samoa, where Robert Louis Stevenson is buried underneath the epitaph:
Under the wide and starry sky, Dig the grave and let me lie. Glad did I live and gladly die, And I laid me down with a will.
This be the verse you grave for me: Here he lies where he longed to be; Home is the sailor, home from sea, And the hunter home from the hill.
(Requiem, Robert Louis Stevenson)" ================================...more
Added 1/24/15. A good book to skim (through the parts which interest me), even if I haven't got the stamina to read the whole thing. Better yet, perhapAdded 1/24/15. A good book to skim (through the parts which interest me), even if I haven't got the stamina to read the whole thing. Better yet, perhaps an audio version would help as well.
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...
At Amazon it says: "Publication Date: May 6, 2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST "From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II." "An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May 2014" ABOVE IS FROM: http://www.amazon.com/All-Light-We-Ca...
Below is a summary from my public library catalog. (It may be a spoiler for some people, although it clarifies things for me instead. Nevertheless, I will post it as a spoiler): ================================== (view spoiler)[Summary: "From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure. Doerr's gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is his most ambitious and dazzling work" (hide spoiler)]-- Provided by publisher. ===================================
ABOUT THE TITLE (explained by the author): *********************************** "It’s a reference first and foremost to all the light we literally cannot see: that is, the wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum that are beyond the ability of human eyes to detect (radio waves, of course, being the most relevant). It’s also a metaphorical suggestion that there are countless invisible stories still buried within World War II — that stories of ordinary children, for example, are a kind of light we do not typically see. Ultimately, the title is intended as a suggestion that we spend too much time focused on only a small slice of the spectrum of possibility.” – Anthony Doerr explains in _All the Light We Cannot See_ - FAQ (taken from his website at: http://www.anthonydoerr.com/press/441/) ************************************
The book seems "fragmented" to me. One chapter is about one character and place. The next chapter skips to an entirely different character and place. Then it goes back to the other place and character. I know that they come together toward the end, but I'm not a fan of that sort of fragmentation.
Irving Wallace used to write that way and I enjoyed his stories, e.g. The Prize. Perhaps my poor old memory prevents me from enjoying fragmentation these days. I lose track of the thread while hopping around.
Nevertheless I think the story is worth taking a further look at. The sample didn't disturb me but I suppose I haven't gotten to the real grim parts which a friend warned me about. ****************************************
PPS-I wrote the following at my GR group: ============================== 2/23/15 - "I found the book ("All the Light...") to be too "wordy" at times. I know Doerr is praised for his beautiful writing but at times the descriptions got to be just too much! He sets a haunting atmosphere but the over-abundance of words got in my way. Otherwise, it's a compelling plot. All that skipping around (time-shifts/place shifts) back and forth bothered me at times. And in the end there were unanswered questions in my mind. The ending didn't completely satisfy me. Also, the horrors of war were hard to take." ================================ PPPS-A Goodreads member made a good point when she wrote the following in her review: "I was expecting both the main characters to have more interaction with each other than there was which added to my disappointment." I felt the same. Her review is at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ================================ PPPPS-There's an excellent blog about "the dramatic irony" in _All the Light We Cannot See_. The blog is at: http://weedlit.blogspot.com/2014/10/d...
Definition of Dramatic Irony: ---"Dramatic irony occurs when the audience knows something the characters do not." ---"irony that is inherent in speeches or a situation of a drama and is understood by the audience but not grasped by the characters in the play."
NOTE: See the short video at the following link: http://www.anthonydoerr.com/press/441/ In the video, Anthony Doerr talks about how he came up with all the ideas for the story, _All the Light We Cannot See_, and what inspired those ideas.["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"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Added 4/9/14. This is the story of a secret lifelong romance between the grandfather of Princess Diana and Edith Travis. It was made public by the daugAdded 4/9/14. This is the story of a secret lifelong romance between the grandfather of Princess Diana and Edith Travis. It was made public by the daughter of Edith Travis, Edith Howitt Hodgins.
Princess Diana's grandfather was Maurice Roche aka Lord Fermoy. He was the father of Frances Shand Kydd, Diana's mother.
I learned about this book while listening to an audio book by Tina Brown, entitled The Diana Chronicles. Below is a quote from the book: "Maurice was a terrible bottom pincher." "His incorrigible roving eye was a thorn in the side of the woman he was to marry, Ruth Gill, the daughter of a moralistic Scottish colonel from Aberdeen". Ruth Gill (aka Ruth Roche; Ruth Sylvia Roche, Baroness Fermoy, DCVO, OBE, (née Gill) was "the maternal grandmother of Diana, Princess of Wales." She was also "a friend and confidante of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother". [SEE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Roc... ]...more
Added 4/1/14. See the bio of White at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0925493/bi... "T. H. White was born in India, where his father was a member of the IndiAdded 4/1/14. See the bio of White at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0925493/bi... "T. H. White was born in India, where his father was a member of the Indian Civil Service, and was educated at Cheltenham and Queen's College, Cambridge. He was an English master at Stowe School from 1930 to 1936, and while there, completed his first real critical success, England Have My Bones which was an autobiographical account of his country life.
"He afterward devoted himself exclusively to writing and to studying such obscure subjects as the Arthurian legends, which were to provide the material for his books.
"White was reclusive by nature, often isolating himself for long periods from human society, and spending his time hunting, fishing, and looking after his often strange collection of pets.
He was a novelist, a satirist, and a social historian who probably was best known for his brilliant adaptation of Sir Thomas Malory's 15th-century romance, Morte d'Arthur into the quartet of novels called The Once and Future King.
"He wrote books about hunting and other sports, a detective novel, books of adventure and fantasy, and many short stories and poems. He published a book of poems while still at Cambridge (Loved Helen and Other Poems), and continued to write poetry throughout his life. He died aboard ship in Greece while returning home from his American lecture tour. His last book, America At Last, which was published after his death, records the tour." ===================
ALSO SEE: "Le Morte d'Arthur": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morte_d%... "Le Morte d'Arthur is a compilation by Sir Thomas Malory of Romance tales about the legendary King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table. Malory interprets existing French and English stories about these figures and adds original material (the Gareth story).
First published in 1485 by William Caxton [a printer], Le Morte d'Arthur is today perhaps the best-known work of Arthurian literature in English. Many modern Arthurian writers have used Malory as their principal source, including T. H. White in his popular The Once and Future King and Tennyson in The Idylls of the King."
NOTE: THE FOLLOWING ARE THE BOOKS INCLUDED IN "THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING"
(The Once and Future King, #1): The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White
(The Once and Future King, #2): The Witch in the Wood by T.H. White
(The Once and Future King, #3): The Ill-Made Knight by T.H. White
(The Once and Future King, #4: The Candle in the Wind by T.H. White
(The Once and Future King, #5): The Book of Merlyn by T.H. White
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....more