Books versus movies, round 2

I am excited by both of the next books and subsequent movies that I’d like to share with you about, but I don’t know which to start with. Hum, de, dum…okay I’ll go with Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. I love it when one book bridges the quite different composition of twoContinue reading “Books versus movies, round 2”

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Book versus movie, round 1

‘In the beginning was the word’…and the word was good. We savour it, we roll it around in our minds and often on our tongues as we seek to squeeze every trickle of literary goodness from our favorite books. When we read a book we create our own perfect ‘internal movie’ version of the characters,Continue reading “Book versus movie, round 1”

Do good books make good movies?

Do you ever stop to really question whether you should see the screen adaptation of a book you’ve read and loved? I think it would be fair to say that you would rarely ever read the book after you’ve seen the movie. But we often head off to the cinema after we’ve read a book only to come awayContinue reading “Do good books make good movies?”

Subterfuge, books that sneak under the radar

How do we come to read books that we ordinarily would try to avoid?  Simple. Book groups. As shared yesterday, my avoidance of literature that uses war as the setting or background started many years ago. Over the past couple of years though, four books in particular have crossed ‘no-man’s land’ and entered my sphereContinue reading “Subterfuge, books that sneak under the radar”

I refuse to engage with this subject again

I made a conscious decision in the early 1980s not to actively seek out literature or movies, or any material for that matter, that dealt with war. By about 1983, my tender soul screamed that I had engaged ENOUGH with this subject through various media: Schindler’s List (Ark as book was originally published in Australia)Continue reading “I refuse to engage with this subject again”

Reading habits start early

Moon-Face, Mister Watzisname, Silky and the Saucepan Man, feasting on Pop Biscuits and Google Buns (no they’re not virtual food items delivered on your computer screen!) How about dodging the dirty washing-water which Dame Washalot pours down the trunk at regular intervals and avoiding peeping in at the Angry Pixie, who throws things at thoseContinue reading “Reading habits start early”

James Joyce, to read or not

The name of author James Joyce will undoubtedly crop up on most Ultimate Book Lists with the book cited, Ulysses. First serialised in an American journal from March 1918 to December 1920, it was published in its entirety in 1922. Regarded as one of the most important works of Modernist literature, Ulysses is approximately 265,000Continue reading “James Joyce, to read or not”

Books that fail to sizzle

Some summers ago while at our local village swimming pool a lady, unknown to me at the time, came up and said, ‘That book changed my life!’ ‘That book’, the one that I was reading at the pool edge, was The White Earth by Andrew McGahan and I was about half-way through. I looked upContinue reading “Books that fail to sizzle”

Books that make you LOL

When was the last time that you couldn’t stop yourself from laughing out loud as you were reading a book? Come on, never! I can’t believe it. Where would we be without side-splitting humour? Stating the obvious, in a sad, sad space. It’s refreshing to ‘poke fun’ at ourselves, to take the seriousness out ofContinue reading “Books that make you LOL”