It's characteristic of humans to make assumptions about others, to draw conclusions about an event minus facts or experience. This trait can service aIt's characteristic of humans to make assumptions about others, to draw conclusions about an event minus facts or experience. This trait can service a debut author, create suspense for a reader and with little known specifics can peak the imaginations of all of us. It's the fodder of a good storyteller who capitalizes on her reader's curiosity.
Where do we generally get reliable information about another? It's really a process, if you think about it. First you see an incident and draw conclusions from the proximity of the parties, their positive or negative jestures. But the truth of the event isn't known until you have facts, motives, and outcomes.
Finally, suppose you are tired, hungry, irritable the day you observe the encounter. Suppose you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Or you have just gone through a breakup and have strong negative feelings about marriage? It's complicated, isn't it, and your response tells more truths about you than it does about the observed incident.
Pieces of the truth don't meld until the facts or omissions are known. There's an element of suspense until the reveal, and because we are limited and certainly not perfect, we are often surprised at how it ends.
Paula Hawkins' storytelling is sophisticated and nuanced for a first time author. Her plotting skips around in time, her characters are unreliable witnesses, and as readers, it is up to us to separate truth from fiction (pun?). Until the timing of violent events, motives of flawed characters, and confessions of unreliable witnesses occur, the suspense builds and the mystery is unsolved.
A train, taken often on the same schedule, is a perfect vehicle for using only one of our senses. Without the ability to hear or feel or smell or taste, we are dependent on sight. If we are psychologically impaired, our sight is as unreliable as seeing without corrective lenses. What Hawkins has mastered in this debut novel is constructing a story that allows the reader to settle on the corrective lenses to solve the mystery.
What's New Pussycat (1965) What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966) Casino Royale (1967) Don't Drink the Water (1969) Take the Money and Run (1969) BananaFilmography:
What's New Pussycat (1965) What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966) Casino Royale (1967) Don't Drink the Water (1969) Take the Money and Run (1969) Bananas (1971) Play it Again, Sam (1972) Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (1972) Sleeper (1973) Love and Death (1975) The Front (1976) Annie Hall (1977) Interiors (1978) Manhattan (1979) Stardust Memories (1980) A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982) Zelig (1983) Broadway Danny Rose (1984) The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) Hannah and her Sisters (1986) Radio Days (1987) September (1987) Another Woman (1988) Oedipus Wrecks (in New York Stories-1989) Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) Alice (1990) Scenes from a Mall (1991) Shadows and Fog (1992) Husbands and Wives (1992) Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) Bullets Over Broadway (1995) Don't Drink the Water (1995) Mighty Aphrodite (1996) Everyone Says I Love You (1997) Deconstructing Harry (1997) Celebrity (1998) Small Time Crooks (2000) The Curse of Jade Scorpion Anything Else Melinda and Melinda Match Point (2005) Scoop (2006) Cassandra's Dream (2007) Vicky Christina Barcelona (2007) Whatever Works (2008) You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger (2010) Midnight in Paris (2011) To Rome With Love (2012) Blue Jasmine (2013) Magic in the Moonlight (2013) Irrational Man (2014)
In January, 2015 Amazon Studios announced Allen will write and direct a half-hour television series available on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Amazon Prime has already ordered a full season.
The British miniseries released in September of 1983 consists of 12 episodes of 50 minute segments. The series closely follows the 1967 book by RobinThe British miniseries released in September of 1983 consists of 12 episodes of 50 minute segments. The series closely follows the 1967 book by Robin Bruce Lockhart about the life of Sigmund Rosenblum aka. Lieutenant Sidney George Reilly, one of the greatest British spies of the early 20th Century. Reilly was born in the Ukraine in 1873 and died in Moscow in 1925.
The series enjoys acclaim from viewers today highlighting the acting of Sam Neill as Reilly, the costumes, sets and production value. Reilly: Ace of Spies won the BAFTA TV award in 1984, and moviebuffs have seen multiple films of Ian Fleming's James Bond based on the real life Reilly.
The series begins in 1901 with Reilly meeting and claiming his first of three wives and ends in 1925 with his arrest and torture in Russia and the efforts of the British to gain his release.
In the About the Author comment at the end of the book, we learn that "Will Ottley has travelled extensively and his experiences found expression in MIn the About the Author comment at the end of the book, we learn that "Will Ottley has travelled extensively and his experiences found expression in MOUNTAIN GARDEN, a book he had always wanted to read."
Because the story is an allegory with layers of extended metaphors, I opened my mind to the creative world Will always wanted to experience on the pages of a book. Like "Animal Farm" and "Pilgrim's Progress" the author has complex ideas to share in unique ways. This literary device requires imagination from both parties, but the stakes are highest with the author, as his political or spiritual message may not be interpreted as he meant it to be without exceptional writing and illustrations.
How does pedestrian language take on other world meaning? Think of the common associations a writer and his readers must share for the story to have the author's intended meaning. In this tale, animals represent humans on the trail of life, with wisdom gained from other creatures along the path to spiritual enlightenment.
The author's travel experiences may have imprinted the world's complexity, but he has been able to discern the core issues of being human and the wisdom to recognize the commonality in all of us. Great lesson to be absorbed once and always.
Thank you, Will Ottley for the opportunity to read and review your creative vision.
Called "The Dear Leader" by the citizens of North Korea. At the age of five, he reportedly was involved in the drowning death oKIM JONG IL (1942-2011)
Called "The Dear Leader" by the citizens of North Korea. At the age of five, he reportedly was involved in the drowning death of his two year old brother. In the decade of the 1970s, Kim was obsessed with movies and owned 20,000 films made in the West. His favorites were The Godfather, James Bond, and Nightmare on Elm Street. In order to improve movie making in his country, IL kidnapped a prominent South Korean star and her husband who was a director. They were detained for eight years staring in and directing his films.
His father died in 1994. Kim rarely appeared in public, but evidence of his power was everywhere in banners, sculptures and words from the Revolution. He became more of an autocrat than his father Kim Jong Sung. Declaring his independence from other countries, he refused aid needed for his countrymen. Famine resulted taking the lives of hundreds of thousands. He was reportedly responsible for the downing of a commercial airplane carrying over a hundred people on their way to the Olympics in Seoul South Korea.
Kim believed the best offense was a good defense. Proliferation of nuclear weapons was his greatest threat to the West. Threatening a nuclear war, kidnapping, national terrorist acts, work camps, starvation and murder mark the years under the rule of "The Dear Leader."
SLOBADON MILOSEVIC (1941-2006)
Milosevic was President of the Second Yugoslavia which came into being after the Second World War. He was tried for crimes against humanity by the International Court at the Hague, and died in his cell after a five year trial that ended before a verdict.
Though he never talked about his childhood, it is important to note the suicide of his father in 1963 and the suicide of his mother ten years later. His father left the family when he was five. He also lost his favorite uncle to suicide.
The career Communist spoke to Belgrade Serbs promising that, "The Albanians will not hurt you again." This speech ignited the flames in Kosovo that burned until Milosevic resigned in 2000 under international pressure.
In 2007 Milosevic was cleared of genocide in the Bosian conflict but the Court recognized that he knew of the killings and did nothing to stop them. Milosevic is often labeled, "The Butcher of the Balkans."
BARACK OBAMA (1961- )
At the Democratic Convention in 2004, the heavy hitters of the Party had spoken from the podium in Boston. The delegates held up signs with Obama's name, but not many were familiar with the "man with the funny name".
The label African-American fit the young Senator from Illinois, as his father was born in Kenya and his mother in Hawaii. The mixed race marriage was curious to many in the early sixties, and Barack was the only black student in classes and on the basketball team. He looked at his white grandparents and mother and wondered how he could meld his internal identity as a black man with his light skin tone.
This was a struggle throughout his education, but what made the biggest difference in his self perception was a trip to his father's small town in Kenya. Meeting his grandparents, cousins, and friends of his deceased father gave him the confidence to claim his racial identity.
Barack Obama met success at Harvard Law when he was the first black to lead the Harvard Review. He met success meeting his wife, Michelle in a Chicago law firm. His campaigns for elected office were, with one exception, successful. His bid for the US Senate was successful. All along the way, Obama was recognized by people of all races as someone who was on his way up.
In 2008, Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States. He will serve in that capasity until 2016.
People Who Changed the World:
Rasputin Boris Yeltsin Ivana Trump Sigmund Freud Bonnie and Clyde Dwight Eisenhower Itzhak Rabin Princess Diana Elvis Aristotle and many others.