Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Summer Suggestions...

I have started lining up my summer entertainment and I just wanted to post about a couple of titles.

Our Book Study group has chosen "Mistaken Identity", an amazing story about two girls who were in a horrible accident and were mistaken for each other. You may have seen it in the news. The story is really a testimony of the Faith of two families and the way they were lifted up and carried through a really traumatic, life changing experience. It is available at the library, but I put in the link so that you can get more info on the story. I couldn't put it down!

I watched "Becoming Jane" , a sweet and reasonably believable movie about the early life of Jane Austen. One of the things that I found interesting is that Anne Hathaway says that she has read everything by Jane Austen and wrote her senior thesis on some aspect of her life. An appropriate casting choice. If you are a Jane Austen fan, I strongly recommend it. The bonus material is great too!
Here's more...
Like Molière, which was released in theaters around the same time, Becoming Jane isn't a conventional biopic. Instead, Julian Jarrold (White Teeth) expands on events from Jane Austen's life that may have shaped her fiction. To his credit, he doesn't stray too far from the facts. In 1795, 20-year-old Jane (Anne Hathaway with believable British accent) is an aspiring author. Her parents (Julie Walters and James Cromwell) married for love, and money is tight. They hope to see their youngest daughter make a more lucrative match, and there's a besotted local, Mr. Wisley (Laurence Fox, son of actor James Fox), who would be happy to oblige. Unfortunately, Jane isn't interested. Then, she meets brash law student Tom (The Last King of Scotland's James McAvoy), while he's staying with relatives in rural Hampshire. As in many Austen novels, it isn't love at first sight--but rather irritation. Just as affection begins to bloom, Tom has to return to London, and Wisley, whose financial prospects are superior, proposes. To complicate matters, Tom's uncle (Ian Richardson in his final performance) disapproves of the outspoken young lady just as much as Wisley's aunt (Maggie Smith, lending the proceedings some subtle humor). Had Austen penned the script, Tom and Wisley would be combined into one person, but life doesn't work that way--and nor does Becoming Jane. Though Jarrold's effort may not be as swoon-worthy as Joe Wright's Pride and Prejudice, it remains true to the spirit of the author's work. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

I am reading "Main Street", by Sinclair Lewis, again after many years. It was one of my favorites when I took Lit. and I wanted to read it again now that I have been around the block! I am really getting a kick out of it. The way he's great.

I am just enjoying having some time to read while the boys swim.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Is Becoming Jane appropriate for teen girls? They love Anne Hathoway.