I suppose it could be safely said, that Forster's novel, having being written over one hu...more Film OR Book ???
Why not...film AND book !!!!! LOVED them both.
I suppose it could be safely said, that Forster's novel, having being written over one hundred years ago now, IS dated ...but enjoyed and loved the MORE precisely because it IS !!! I savoured every piece, regardless of feeling a need to reread sections sometimes. And THAT was never a Problem. Just MORE Pleasure! (One needs to do this with Contemporary Lit. and it is definitely NOT always with pleasure!)
What I especially enjoyed was, which is usually the case, the book offers more information, more probing into and revealing the characters, and here with such Gentle Wit and Irony that is a delight to be in Forster's company. Major and minor characters have other aspects that enrich the story and give it the complexity of Life.
And when the Lovers return to the Florentine pension, ALL is NOT forgiven by some friends and relatives. Others have grown closer and are more appreciated. Forster is a Realist, which is one of the Strengths here. No Mills and Boon. Exactly like Jane Austen. A Realist.
Looking forward to Forster's "The Longest Journey" now. Wonder why they didn't make a film of IT?? (less)
"A DELIGHTFUL SERIOUS POET"...now THAT grabs me!!! It insinuates that Both Sides of the Coin are being acknowledged.
Also brings to mind a birthday card...more "A DELIGHTFUL SERIOUS POET"...now THAT grabs me!!! It insinuates that Both Sides of the Coin are being acknowledged.
Also brings to mind a birthday card my Mum's older sister,Rosie, once sent me which carried the line: "He Who Laughs, Lasts."
In the introduction penned by the Earl of Birkenhead, he writes of "the abysmal depression sometimes apparent in" ...his verse "and his avowed terror of death." The use of humour might signify an avoidance of a reality, or a refusal to avoid reality. Dorothy Parker's crisp last lines come to mind. Sentimental War Poems of horrendous deaths and slaughters make me suspicious of the poet.Or people who think the Holocaust need only concern the Jews(the Victims); or only says something negative about the German perpetrators. To ask whether it might be saying something about the nature of every Human Being, that we all might be capable given certain conditions, extends rather than closes the evidence.
My only worry is that 292 pages of such poetry might wear thin. I will have to get an Anthology of varied topics and poets to ward off an over-exposure of what could very well be an excessive talent !!? to be continued... (less)
Very seriously thinking of REreading this classic. Last time was in High School. Kieran has recommended it ...he reads it often. I am very interested to...moreVery seriously thinking of REreading this classic. Last time was in High School. Kieran has recommended it ...he reads it often. I am very interested to learn my response to it. The book remains the same but I have changed. So what will I find.?? "Curiosity killed the Cat but ...
The white space between is the Sudden Thought that intervened. I've acted...and ordered the Penguin English Library $9.95 edition from the Local Bookshop at Dulwich Hill. The Perfect Antithesis to Paris and Provence where I will be spending the month of May. Sombre, cold, sparse, wild in both scene and passions, passions restrained straining bursting excessive. To look up from the page and BEHOLD!!!...PARIS!!! That is an Emotional Jerk that MUST be experienced !!!! Heathcliff and Cathy ..here I come !!
But his seemingly effortless acting style, reminding me of Peter Finch, quickly won me over. I was prepare...more I didn't like Dirk Bogarde much to begin with.
But his seemingly effortless acting style, reminding me of Peter Finch, quickly won me over. I was prepared to watch even when the film sounded trite or on a subject that didn't interest me. I surprised myself when I bought this book some years ago, and was pleased when I enjoyed every page. Dirk was renowned for being in many second-rate British films but saving them because of his acting style.He then took his talents to Europe rather than Hollywood and worked for directors like Visconti, Fassbinder,Alain Resnais, Bertrand Tavernier and Joseph Losey.He had also worked with excellent British directors such as Richard Attenborough,Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, and Basil Dearden whose film "Victim" with Dirk, helped to change the oppressive homosexual laws in Britain. To go into his significant films in more depth it is necessary to read Dirk's several autobiographical books. This book gives you a taste of ALL his films and does the job very well, but of course often leaves you wanting...MORE!!!
Now here I am to repeat the journey, using it as a Time Out from heavier works I'm pursuing. Just as I used his last book of 1998 - he died the following year - "For The Time Being", a collection of brief Book Reviews, Obituaries, Recollections and Reminiscences. So relaxing to dip into - a perfect mix of the light, the sharp, the serious and the profound. (A necessary calming break from the two books on the Wreck of the Batavia off the west coast of Australia in 1629 and its chilling and bloody aftermath.) (less)
Just to feel the solid shape and weight of this Feast in one's hand; to foresee oneself snuggled up in a comfy lounge chair with only a cone of lamp li...moreJust to feel the solid shape and weight of this Feast in one's hand; to foresee oneself snuggled up in a comfy lounge chair with only a cone of lamp light for illumination accompanied by the supportive mug of steamy coffee which will very probably get cold; and preferably 'bad' rainy windy weather rubbing its nose up against the windowpane ...well, BLISS is the only word that will suffice !!!!
I may start dipping into this on this bleak but humid rainless afternoon in Sydney which is nowhere near the first description...and STILL be TOTALLY satisfied !! (less)
This did not read at all like a thriller, or what is usually considered a "thriller".Character, and clever storytelling techniques were as much to be...more This did not read at all like a thriller, or what is usually considered a "thriller".Character, and clever storytelling techniques were as much to be savoured as the plot. And some people complain about the number of characters in a Russian novel!!!! Here they are all tumbling out in the early chapters, names galore..."and who might you be ??" I was continually asking myself.
Not only Characters but Father Time...one is being constantly shunted backwards and forwards.And YES, we know so-and-so is a murderer...but who's the victim and just how many are there and when and where ??? Oh, so it's X is a victim, we are told...but X has never even featured yet and we're halfway through the novel. But it's really a delight, because one knows that one is in the secure hands of a deft storyteller and it is safe to relish ALL her goodies to the last mouthful...and then some more.
It reminded me of the excellent writing of the TV series "Foyle's War" - all along the way unfinished business or loose ends that you had to acknowledge, tuck away in your Memory Box,and trust that the storyteller would explain, resolve or whatever at some point...and still, trusting as the last chapters or minutes were upon you, and then without any awkwardness they found their logical resolution, like shaking a box of loose chocolates and they all roll around and settle comfortably into the proper cavity!!!...except for one niggling piece that is stuck in an upper molar and which you will have to contend with for the remainder of your Reading Life. But not through author's negligence...sweets are to savour !!!
Began this this morning...21st NOV.2013. Meant to read it much earlier. Am seeing it tomorrow evening at the Sydney Opera House in one of the smaller do...more Began this this morning...21st NOV.2013. Meant to read it much earlier. Am seeing it tomorrow evening at the Sydney Opera House in one of the smaller downstairs theatres.
I'm reading it from my hardcover set of 15 Volumes published in 1885. It is HEAVY. AND so is the Language !!! ANY BONUS ? YES!!! It is illustrated. (LOVE illustrations!!) AND has some helpful footnotes!!!
THE SITUATION TO BE EXPLOITED:
Twin boys, whose father, at their births, discovered in the vicinity a poor woman who had also just given birth to twin boys, knew an opportunity when he saw it and so immediately purchased the second set to act as servants to the First-in-Every-Way Set!!!
Unfortunately ALL the twins were soon separated in a shipwreck. But not singly. In pairs. The WRONG pairs!!!!
Luckily each Wealthy Twin had his Twin of Servitude so could count on being waited on Hand and Foot. So, actually, they were quite lucky....well, Half-of-Them anyway!!!
However when they all end up in the same city twenty or so years later, THE SITUATION is well and truly about to EXPLODE!!!!! One pair are city residents with the Top Twin married; the other, single,and just visiting with his In-Servitude twin. MAYHEM very quickly ensues. BOOM!!!!!
Of course, these days, directors have no scruple in tampering with the text (but possibly NOT the language; that still seems to be a Sacred Cow???) plot, concepts and everything else...the least being costume, time and place. A recent "Richard III was set in Nazi Germany; a "Julius Caesar" was set in Jonestown with the poisonings being the equivalent of the Roman "falling on one's sword." This "Comedy of Errors" is set in...SYDNEY, with lots of 'local colour', satirical references to local celebs and politics and...actually sounds exactly like a Gilbert and Sullivan.
Enjoyable and one reason being the r a n g e from 1923 through to 1989
Not often one gets THAT except in "The Collected Short Stories Of...." but here t...more Enjoyable and one reason being the r a n g e from 1923 through to 1989
Not often one gets THAT except in "The Collected Short Stories Of...." but here there are only...TWELVE.
All various, all interesting. Showing a definite 20th Century Tone.
Having just read some D.H.Lawrence short stories the contrast in tone was sharp.
Well, I'm definitely NOT going to tell you the plots. Either you like Graham Greene or you don't or you need to find out for yourselves ...which I envy you. Until then I will continue to feel Vastly Superior.
Try the novels too. AND the movies thereof. WHAT A FEAST. Hate You. (less)
"Convoluted, incomprehensible circumlocutions" is how I have previously described and decried Henry James' later style.I ha...more WHAT AM I DOING HERE ??????
"Convoluted, incomprehensible circumlocutions" is how I have previously described and decried Henry James' later style.I had to and wanted to read "The Wings of the Dove" at University in a special James Unit that I chose to do.It too was in this latter period.
I read "What Maisie Knew" some years ago now and recall it being a hard slog.Was a bit aghast to see that this edition has a few hundred pages and I thought it was only a bit bigger than a novella...OUCH!!!
SO...what am I doing here???
I love James but I also loved the recent film which I saw this afternoon. (This is the reason that I have chosen the cover from the film.) It was much easier than James to digest. So I feel it has given me a leg up into a more settled read. Also I have come very calmly to some of his short stories with this "difficult style" and comprehended and left unscathed.
Maisie is a wonderful tale of cruel machinations, awful realisations, abusive usage of other lives, which all gets messier and happier; and then a master stroke by the least powerful, one would think, which settles the ruffled waters. Wonderful as Cinderella is wonderful, and Cinderella very much follows that schema above too.
PRELUDE: Attending four Coffee Table lectures at the moment at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (ie. AGNSW)on the subject: "The Body In Art And Medici...morePRELUDE: Attending four Coffee Table lectures at the moment at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (ie. AGNSW)on the subject: "The Body In Art And Medicine."
Part of Lecture One were the illegal dissections carried out by Leonardo da Vinci and later his junior by 20 years, Michelangelo Buonarotti. Alas, in these times "the resurrection of the body (was) an inviolable belief which preclude(d) any dissection." It was thus the custom to dissect animals and then cogitate one's way to the human. This Galen had done over a thousand years before. And NOTHING had changed. No first hand observation. Eventually the Renaissance and later, the Enlightenment would take care of this problem. Leonardo was an early sower of their Seeds and a Chief Initiator of the New Attitudes.
TO THE BOOK: This part of the lecture put me in mind of a wonderful gift from a wonderful friend,an illustrated text, not yet fully exploited. So now I have begun to read this text of restrained politeness and a simple direct honesty -this being the voice of Leonardo. The accompanying illustrations however are totally the opposite, being unrestrained flights of the imagination, inspired and magnificent. It is ALL raucous, anarchic, exquisite and very moving, reflecting a world of outrageous cruelty, prejudice and piety,superstition, beauty and barbarity. This is ALL the miraculous imagination and ferocious talent of Ralph Steadman, the author and illustrator.
Mine is a Penguin 1964 edition with only 10 stories. ...which tells me that:
"Many of the characters were drawn from Lawrence's friends and acquaintance...more Mine is a Penguin 1964 edition with only 10 stories. ...which tells me that:
"Many of the characters were drawn from Lawrence's friends and acquaintances in real life and some stories caused great offence when they were published."
Which doesn't surprise when we also read that the content of these tales has as "an underlying theme"... "the emotional and physical conflict between men and women, and there is a frightening hardness and disillusion in the sexual relationships of the people involved..."
I'm halfway through the first story and enjoying Lawrence's style and subject matter just as much as ever. More so when I can imagine that these are mostly factual situations and characters. I can well imagine their chagrin though, these friends,or former friends of his. Lawrence must have been an infuriating person with his overweening selfconfidence and opinionated ways. Which made the man and the writer. So no use complaining. Except one CAN appreciate his poor friends or ex-friends!!!! (less)
"For neither might the corner that held them keep them from fear." The Wisdom of Solomon, XVII,4.
Before I entered MY monastery, a Carmelite nun told...more "For neither might the corner that held them keep them from fear." The Wisdom of Solomon, XVII,4.
Before I entered MY monastery, a Carmelite nun told my mother that even if I eventually left, my life would be better for having spent that time in the company of priests. Today that promise would only appear horribly risible.
Seven years later, after I had left the company of priests, people constantly told me that I had been living a sheltered life.
I was certainly shell-shocked, a fish out of water, and a prey to nightmares for years to come; but not because I lacked some vital experiences. Indeed I had had too many vital experiences. I had found some safe sheltering corners, but not where one would have expected, and amongst my vital experiences I had found love. Indeed I had no regrets about entering and definitely none about leaving.
"A good convent should have no history. Its life is hid with Christ who is above. History is of the world, costly and deadly ...Yet the events of history carry a certain exhilaration with them." So writes this book's author, Sylvia Townsend Warner. How wise she is, unlike the people who taunted me with "a sheltered life." Anywhere people are gathered,especially enclosed on a permanent basis, there will be much exhilaration as well as the costly and deadly. AND fear. But there will be ports of safety.
The community of nuns depicted here may be from the 12th through to the 14th centuries, may be 'sheltered' from the world, but they are "not exempt from the ambitions, squabbles, jealousies and pleasures of less spiritual environments."
Hollywood's "Bells of St Mary's" with a crooning Bing Crosby as the priest and a perfect illusion of a nun in a habited Ingrid Bergmann is just that - Pure Hollywood. "What's a person like you doing in a place like THAT !!!" said the non-catholic psychologist that the company of priests had finally sent me to. This too would be good Hollywood Fare. But that's because it is Real.
Read this book. I promise you, it is Real.
My book will be published under the title "Dirty Habits". Hollywood has already asked me for the First Copy. I'm just glad Bing and Ingrid aren't around.