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
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 2/8/14. _God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian_ (79-page book) by Kurt Vonnegut (first published in 1999)
See a good review at: http://www.humanistsofutah.Added 2/8/14. _God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian_ (79-page book) by Kurt Vonnegut (first published in 1999)
See a good review at: http://www.humanistsofutah.org/2000/a... BELOW IS FROM THE LINK ABOVE: ============================ "The vignettes take the form of a reporter for a New York public radio station who visits with historical people [he visits with 21 dead people] including: Clarence Darrow, John Brown, Adolf Hitler, Isaac Newton, James Earl Ray, William Shakespeare, Isaac Asimov, Kilgore Trout (who isn't actually dead yet, but then he has lived only in Vonnegut's pages), and others. The reports were designed to fit 90-second interludes on WNYC.
"The 79-page book is a joyous treat, humor and thought provoking prose from one of the 20th Century's greatest fiction writers. I encourage you to get a copy and enjoy it!
"Of interest to humanists is the forward section of the book: Vonnegut notes that he is a humanist who believes in neither heaven nor hell. He also offers several short definitions of humanism: "I have tried to behave decently without any expectation of rewards or punishment after I'm dead." Again, "humanist' is nothing more supernatural than a handy synonym for 'good citizenship and common decency."
WIKI SYNOPSIS: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "The premise of the collection is that Vonnegut employs Dr. Jack Kevorkian to give him near-death experiences, allowing Vonnegut access to heaven and those in it for a limited time. While in the afterlife Vonnegut interviews a range of people including Adolf Hitler, William Shakespeare, Isaac Asimov, and the ever-present Kilgore Trout (a fictional character created by Vonnegut in his earlier works)." FROM: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_Ble... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...more
Added 1/31/14. I added this book to this Goodreads website on 1/31/14. See my explanation below (copied from my post at my GR group). ==================Added 1/31/14. I added this book to this Goodreads website on 1/31/14. See my explanation below (copied from my post at my GR group). ===================================== 1/31/13 - Today, for the very first time, I have added a book to the Goodreads listings! See its page at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...
Yes, I've been learning a bit about how to add info to Wikipedia. So far, so good. In the past I've added info re David Halberstam (who graduated from my H.S. with me in 1951) and now I've added the info re Richard Morgan.
BTW, I just found out that the book is listed at WorldCat: http://www.worldcat.org/title/tasmani... I found that out via a link at the new book page I added. I clicked on the "Libraries" button and there it was at WorldCat.
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.
I'm also interested in reading Doctorow's The Waterworks, especially because I've been searching for two quotes* which I once found and it might have been while previewing The Waterworks. However, the quotes might also have been in White Noise by Don DeLillo or it might have been in a book by Kurt Vonnegut.
*The ideas in the two quotes were as follows: 1. Words which relate to certain people who love to host parties because they are vainly proud of their own generous hospitality. It is an oblique reference to folks who thrive on showing off. The author said it so skillfully that the put-down was deliciously subtle. 2. Words to the effect that "not knowing" is a form of self-defense.
NOTE: If anyone finds one of those two quotes (or similar ones), please send them to me with their attributions.
ADDENDUM 4/18/14: THE FOLLOWING WORDS ARE FROM GOODREADS REVIEWS OF THIS BOOK: ============================ Re: Andrew's Brain by E.L. Doctorow "This was a waste of my time. It made me feel stupid because I really couldn't follow it, it made no real sense and I didn't even care about the character. ... One review said it was tedious and I felt the same. Even his referring to Andrew in the first and then third person was annoying. I'm sure the author did this on purpose, but it just helped to turn this reader off." ABOVE IS FROM A GR REVIEW BY Tweller83: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Another GR review of same book said: the disjointed narrative was too much to handle." =========================== ...more