What are you reading this summer?
Posted 04 July 2003 - 05:46 AM
Summer is the only time I get to read so consistently. What a joy...!
Posted 05 July 2003 - 07:37 AM
Farrell Fan, I just finished Laura Hillenbrand's piece on her illness in the New Yorker. Wow -- I don't think I've ever cried at the end of a magazine article before. Three cheers for her sweet and loyal Borden! It made me want to read "Seabiscuit" even though despite all the praise it's gotten it never seemed like my cup of tea.
I think for an upcoming trip, I'm taking "Empire Falls," a novel by Richard Russo that I started on a previous trip and never got around to finishing. It's about a man with all sorts of family-job-malaise-in-a-small-town sort of problems, written with a lot of humor and compassion. If it weren't for airplane rides, I'd never get anything read or finished!
Posted 05 July 2003 - 08:26 AM
Posted 09 July 2003 - 11:45 AM
The Great Gatsby
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
and Catch 22 this summer. So there's not a whole lot of time for leisure reading.
But I did finish Harry Potter V immediately, and also mean to read House of Leaves before the summer ends.
Posted 09 July 2003 - 11:50 AM
Posted 09 July 2003 - 10:17 PM
The way my summer is going, I'll be lucky if I manage to slot Harry Potter V in. Oh, of course, I could cut down on my Ballet Alert reading. Then again, no, that doesn't sound like a very good idea
Posted 10 July 2003 - 06:28 AM
Posted 10 July 2003 - 11:58 AM
Posted 10 July 2003 - 09:14 PM
Here's what I want to know from you New Yorkers: just how much of an exageration was that? Are there families that even come close?
Posted 11 July 2003 - 05:07 AM
I just finished Margaret Atwood's ORYX AND CRAKE. Not a light read for any season; it's a timely cautionary tale much darker than her earlier HANDMAID'S TALE or the sub-plot of BLIND ASSASSIN. Ms. Atwood is one of my favorite writers and this is among her best.
My goal by the end of summer is to start Mafuz's CAIRO TRILOGY.
Posted 11 July 2003 - 10:17 PM
I was pleased to recently learn that the delightful English period novel, I Capture the Castle, has finally been made into a film. It's being released (limited) this summer - I doubt that it will ever make it to Utah.....I'll have to wait until it comes out on video.
It's currently being shown in NYC and LA - has anyone seen it?? The book is classic and a delight to read!
Posted 11 July 2003 - 11:22 PM
Posted 12 July 2003 - 07:35 AM
Hmm, just think, a new generation E for entitlement?
Posted 12 July 2003 - 02:27 PM
Love Mansfield Park. So does my husband, a Jane Austen fan who rereads her books every couple of years. A funny story about him (there are ALWAYS funny stories about him ) is that he rented the video soon after it first came out. It's quite different from the book. It implies all kinds of political doings that aren't even hinted at in the book. So husband was upset that the director of the movie had decided to make the book politically correct.
When he returned it to the video store, the poor clerk made the mistake of asking, by rote, "How was the movie, sir?" Husband said, "Terrible!" and proceeded to sadly launch into all the reasons why. By the time he was done, the clerk had refunded his money!
He's now reading Joan Aitken's "Mansfield Park Revisited". This ought to be interesting.
Treefrog, now you've piqued my curiosity. Would you give an example of the kind of family you alluded to?
Edited by vagansmom, 12 July 2003 - 02:30 PM.
Posted 12 July 2003 - 10:31 PM
Now, if you had NEVER read the book, didn't know the story or the characters, the movie would be entertaining enough..........
The producer of this film even admits that she never liked the character of Fanny Price - yet she's producing this movie. It's almost as if she was trying to turn Fanny Price into Elizabeth Bennett! And Fanny never, never would have said yes to Mr. Crawford's proposal, much less allow him to kiss her!
Tell your husband to rent the BBC production of Mansfield Park. It was made in the 1980's, low production standards, and looks as if it was videotaped, but it is very true to the story
Oh..............and that whole thing about Tom and his father and Antigua and the picture book of the slaves.............totally NOT accurate. A dreadful, dreadful adaptaion - poor Jane Austen would be rolling over in her grave!!
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