I read Time Traveler's Wife
a couple years ago and enjoyed it very much. I also saw the movie, but found it so-so. I don't think it's possible for a movie to parallel the book. The movie had a sickening sweet feeling, but the book didn't at all. What I found interesting when I was reading the book was that I knew quite a number of men who read and loved it. I think the time travel aspect and the author's matter-of-fact writing hooked them.
I couldn't remember if I'd mentioned that I'd read The Leopard
by Lampedusa, so in checking the threads, I see that Bart reread it this year. This was my first time, and I found myself living in its aura for days after completion. The story centers around a nobleman, Don Fabrizzio, in Sicily, around the time of Garibaldi's successful invasion of Sicily which completed the unification of Italy. It's based on the life of the author's great-grandfather. The protagonist, Don Fabrizzio, is caught between two worlds, the aristocratic one he's known his whole life, and the newly emerging democratic world. He's caught between both worlds, believing in the value of each, but grieving because he knows that he cannot fully live in either.
I'm just starting a book of short stories, Cavallieri Rusticana
written by another Italian author, Giovanni Verga. I'm looking forward to it. I visited Italy this summer and decided to spend this year reading Italian authors. So if anyone knows any other good books, please share.
I'm also reading a book of essays titled Healing Trauma: attachment, mind, body, and brain
. It's edited by Marion F Solomon and a favorite author of mine, Daniel J. Siegel whose essays are among those included in the book. Siegel's The Developing Mind
and Parenting from the Inside Out
are books I strongly recommend to all teachers and parents. They are not "how to" books, but provide a framework for understanding our relationships with children.
Oh, and members of my family are trying something new.
My 24 year old daughter expressed an interest in reading Tolstoy's War & Peace
. I've mentioned on this board that I read this book once a decade. I just reread it a year or two ago, but said I'd read it again so that we could discuss it together. My husband decided to join in, as he hasn't read it since his college years. So we each have our own copy of the same translation, one I haven't read, and are discussing it together over the phone - our own version of a book club.