Tuesday, July 16, 2019
When finally the family are reunited in the US, the streets are not paved with gold and the family work hard to provide a life and future for them and their new families and children. A different pace to the first half of the book, I did enjoy the story of the sisters and what eventually drove them apart. A wonderful debut novel from a great storyteller. 4/5
Tuesday, July 09, 2019
It is amazing that her parents didn't just collapse and disappear into their grief and you have to admire her father for being able to sit down and write such a wonderful book. I don't know though if I were a parent if I would be able to read it. I was left though with an overwhelming feeling of even though I am sad that I have lost family members, that my life was made better by having time together with them. From the first to the last chapter this will be one of my favorites of the year. 5/5
Sunday, July 07, 2019
I have seen a few movies and tv series about this walk, so there were no great surprises for me in this movie. I think that I feel I don't need to walk to so far to find myself, that I am there for figuring out wherever I am and I don't need a passport to do that. 4/5
Thursday, July 04, 2019
It is also an interesting look at the inside of the American health system, and it seems that Bob got great care and attention - one wonders at the cost of that. Luckily here that sort of acute care would be all free on the public system. 4/5
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
|Set in the last years of the Romanov dynasty in Russia, this is a love story set around two dancers at the Imperial Ballet. Set at a dangerous period in time, I was expecting great things with this novel, but for me it all felt a little flat and I didn't real believe in the great love story it was trying to portray. Still I am thinking of buying tickets to see Swan Lake with the touring Russian Ballet after reading this book. 3/5|
Tuesday, July 02, 2019
Monday, July 01, 2019
I walked into a small shop on Saturday and this song was playing loud. I had looked at everything I wanted to look at, but stayed and pretended to still be browsing while the song played, singing along quietly. The past couple of days I have found myself singing it over and over.
I looked it up on youtube tonight and found it had this horrendous video from 1980. It is such a shame, as it is truly a beautiful song that still sounds ok almost forty years later. I was never a fan of Dire Straits, and have never owned CDs from this band, but have a soft spot for a couple of their songs.
Sunday, June 30, 2019
I won't give too much away, you can watch the trailer and guess it all anyway. This is from the Richard Curtis camp, and has the right amount of British humor and charm that I hope it finds a good audience. Certainly at the movie theater I was at there was a mix of ages and most people laughed throughout. I think there seems to have been a spate of serious heavy drama round lately, that is nice to be amused and entertained. I have to give it a 4.5/5 as I know I will end up watching this one again.
Saturday, June 29, 2019
This weeks 99c special was The Wife - a movie that earned Glenn Close an Academy Award Nomination. I had heard of it, but didn't have time to see it when it was at the cinema, and sometimes I am not in the mood for a serious drama, and don't mind watching this sort of movie at home, when other types of movies are best enjoyed on a big screen with a large audience. The Wife is the story of an author and his wife as they go to Stockholm where he is to receive the Nobel Prize for literature. The movie also shifts back in time to tell their story and it is often a tense watch as the characters interact and fight.
A serious 4/5.