Friday, November 24, 2017
It can be tricky for a lot of people to deal with as each death affects us differently, and everybody has their own way of processing that pain, and you can see that her job is to help guide people into moving on with their lives while acknowledging the loss.
While interesting - I felt a bit detached from this book. 3/5
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Being the same age myself, I could understand her position, but I found it all terribly predictable and a bit smug and self important. I felt that if I knew Kate, I wouldn't like her much and felt like I had to trawl through this brick of a book. 2/5
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Monday, November 20, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
This however is the story mainly about Caroline and her life, and somehow I think I was expecting to find some Jane Austen secrets in the book. A found manuscript, a hidden locket or bonnets found in the attic - alas it was not to be,and I came away none the wiser about the author. I did however get an understanding of how tough it must have been two hundred years ago, when women's lives were at the mercy of the menfolk of the family. How they relied on the their fathers and brothers to look after them, and there must have been limited security, as the women would often be made homeless when husbands and fathers died.
With a great increase in the interest in Jane Austen in the past few decades, Caroline Knight to her credit has been telling her story at events, and updated the family history of Chawton House, which was last written about 100 years ago by her great grandfather. She has also established a foundation to assist with literacy using her famous great aunts name. 3/5
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
The story had quite a few twists and turns, you can never be quite sure how it will go, and I liked that but somehow I didn't quite believe it and for me it felt a bit forced. Maybe because there are so many thriller books/movies/shows around that I have become a bit jaded, and it has become a bit more difficult to find a story that feels original. It is a genre of books that I don't read as much of anymore. Maybe its not him - its me! 2/5
Sunday, November 12, 2017
David Attenborough is a treasure too - the real voice of the series and he makes even the most harrowing scenes palatable. I'm the girl who wasn't allowed to watch Lassie as a child, as it upset me too much, and so I find scenes where animals are starving or hunting others a bit hard to watch. So I hope it is playing for you soon.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Visually the set and costumes brought you straight into the period - the costume and set designers had done their jobs superbly. Everything looked straight out of the amazing paintings that litter the walls of all the great art museums. The story itself was good, but there just seemed to be something lacking in this movie, I think the chemistry was lacking between the main characters, they all seemed a bit wooden in their roles. Although we were given a few sex scenes, they seemed to lack any passion and it is often the quieter moments when a look or a glance or a touch is more real and full of emotion, and there were little to none of these given to the audience.
I wanted the movie to flow too, and yet it felt a little disjointed and slow, trudging through the scenes. What could have been a great movie, was just ok. 3/5
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
I think all of us females have issues - we all see our faults, we worry about how we look and we spend out life comparing ourselves to others, and most of us feel that we are not good enough. How are lives would be better if we were taller, thinner, had bigger breasts, bigger butts, longer hair, better skin, nicer teeth, more muscles etc, etc... Imagine if we could all be happy and even proud of these beautiful bodies that carry us round, that carry us through our lives.
This book was a great read, I devoured it in a couple of nights, and now will seek out her other works. 5/5
Sunday, November 05, 2017
Instead of being a loving reunion it is terribly confronting as the elderly Traudi is proud of her past - of assisting in Auschwitz in torturing and killing women and children, and deserting her own child to serve the Reich. She does not understand why her daughter doesn't love her.
More a Sunday evening drama than a Saturday afternoon entertainment. 3/5