Wednesday, March 30, 2016
At the end of the war, frail and sick Miklos is sent as a refugee to Sweden to recuperate after being in Belsen. He decides that he wants to find a wife, so finds a list of other Hungarian women who have been sent to Sweden and writes them all a letter, with only the names changed. He hears back from a young girl Lily, who he then corresponds with, and it is their letters that form the central theme of this book.
Based on the true story of how his parents met, it is at times sweet and gentle and I could see how someone will snap the story up and make a moving movie of it with a couple of young pale actors. I did feel sad though reading it, as most Holocaust stories do, the sheer horror of what those poor people must have endured almost overwhelms you. Still this is the story of what happens next, how you go on, when most of your friends and family have gone and how you survive. 4/5
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Somehow I felt a bit 'meh' about this story, maybe it was its religious overtones that bored me a bit, but I wanted more buried bodies and less chasing about after priests. 3/5
Monday, March 28, 2016
I have so much love for this song at the moment. The whole idea of New Basement Tapes is magical. After an accident in 1967, Bob Dylan retreated and wrote songs for the Basement Tapes. These songs are from lyrics not made into songs, fronted by a band with Marcus Mumford singing most of them.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
This second movie comes 14 years after the first one, and Toula and her hubby are now proud parents,who with the help of their family have to help sort their daughter Paris out, and help with a family wedding.
Look it was all quite sweet, but felt a bit like an 1980s tele movie for me. We did laugh a bit, and lots of ladies in the audience we were in enjoyed it very much. 2/5
Friday, March 25, 2016
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Not sure it is worth the investment of a ticket price - maybe could have waited til it was online, but still with a bit of window shopping it was a nice afternoon out.
Monday, March 21, 2016
This one is stuck in my head at the moment. I was all about the music when I was 15 - going to as many concerts as I could, watching every music show, listening to late night radio shows. I love that you can search and listen to any music you fancy now, for little cost and have access any time of day and night. Not like waiting for LPs to be sent out from the US/UK weeks after being released there.
Anyway another great tune to pop on doing the housework or listen to on the way to work (how old am I?).
Sunday, March 20, 2016
We also meet Irina, who after her own troubled past takes on a new job as a caregiver at Lark house, home for the elderly. She gets to meet Alma and her grandson Seth, and they wonder at the mysterious parcels and letters that arrive for Alma.
Isabel Allende is such a skilled storyteller, that the changing narratives and time periods flowed smoothly and I was sad when the story ended. 5/5
Monday, March 14, 2016
From the BBC (of course) - Orkestra Obsolete recreate New Orders Blue Monday using only instruments available in the 1930s, which makes it strangely hypnotic. I loved this song as a teenager, huddling over my radio I used to listen to UK radio shows late at night as the NZ music scene at the time seemed dominated by American easy listening music. How old does that make me feel? It must seem like the dark ages to teenagers of today. How I would have loved having all this music/movies/books at my fingertips.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
For me - it did bring tears, after losing my lovely dad only 3 weeks earlier, but I love the idea that my parents are still listening and looking after us, and can sense our love. I liked the interviews of people that Kelvin has read for and their descriptions of how it helped them. Kelvin also gives a personal perspective to his books, talking about the ups and downs in his own life.
Their were also a few chapters about near death experiences, as I have had two men tell me that they experienced similar things during surgery/health dramas where they left their bodies and were able to witness what staff were saying and doing to their bodies.
So even though I am not sure what I believe, I certainly found it an interesting and entertaining read. 4/5
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
We also meet Eve who was unaware of her husbands misuse of investors funds, and finds herself having to make a fresh start with her young daughter Clem. So after training for fancy cooking, she takes a job at the rest home, as this provides child friendly hours and is close to her daughters school.
This book flicks between the two main characters, who I enjoyed reading about as both were likable and had good stories to tell. I did find it a bit hard to follow the timelines as it flicked between current and earlier times, and I found myself a bit muddled at times. 4/5.
Sunday, March 06, 2016
Friday, March 04, 2016
As well as talking about farming she also tells us about raising her seven children and in most instances their pretty harrowing deliveries, many of them in laybys or in the ambulance. Certainly it made me feel lazy reading about how busy her life is. 4/5
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
He is a witty and intelligent writer and gives a lot of often interesting background on the places he visits, it felt like going on day trips with your entertaining older uncle. 4/5
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Ma and her son Jack are confined to one small room with shabby furnishings as she was taken from the streets 7 years ago as a teenager. Such awesome performances from both main actors, taking what could have been miserable and grim, but giving it some joy and hope. I did enjoy it and thought that Brie was deserving of the oscar she won yesterday for best Actress. 4/5