Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Mixed Nuts for this week!

It was the best of times it was the worst of times...
Literature Quiz! (Just kidding, of course.) I really loved this book, A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, but I am not going to chat about the book today, but about a well-done movie version my dear husband and I saw the other night.

I am a picky gal when it comes to movies versions of books and this one was faithful with good acting. If the person was French, they were French in real life and if they were British, there were as well. This is only an added benefit, but it was all the more realistic because of it. There is no way to reproduce such a work in its entirety because if you have read it you know that Dickens liked to give much detail. That is one thing I like most about older books - or great books as we Classical folks like to term them :+) - the detail is not lacking. I have a dear friend who believes that much of the last 200 years of literature would not have been published had it been written today and I think I may have to agree with her having read some very modern fiction. There is just nothing like a Bronte or an Austen or a Tolkien! I am not saying I dislike modern fiction, it has its place, but I don't think most will become classics. I hope that does not sound snobbish as I do not mean it to be. I think I have just not been transported into the worlds of that time in the same way I am when I read a Bronte or Tolkien.

On the other side of the coin, I do have to give credit to Ellis Peters for her mavelous works of fiction in the Cadfael mysteries. A Morbid Taste for Bones is the first of many marvelously creative stories of a detective monk in the 1100's. I could not put these down! Thanks to Circle of Quiet for many late nights with these books. :+)

I also just finished reading Wuthering Heights . It is truly a dark book, but a fascinating one at the same time. In my mind it is a reminder of what life is like with no bearing - with no Savior. It is stark animal behavior in some ways from one person to another where no love lies. However, there are a few sparks of light, of forgiveness, of what life can be like with the right mind, but these are brief indeed. I will not say to read it for inspiration, or for encouragement, but for its own. The Bronte sisters had such tragedy and sadness in their own lives and this is certainly seen in their work, but it is worth reading all the same. I also recently saw the movie version with Ralph Fiennes and it was a solid portrayal of the book that I do recommend.

I am in the midst of a book that I am reading upon agreement. It was a ladies agreement that I would read it if she read Jane Eyre. Well, no great surprise to me, she is vastly enjoying her book while I am patiently reading mine. My assignment was not a work of fiction, but Ruth Beechick's, You CAN Teach Your Child Successfully. And I believe her. I have the highest respect for Mrs. Beechick and know I will glean a great deal from her. It is about time I put down the fiction - no one will get hurt. :+)

I hope you have a lovely winter day - it is cold and rainy here - just the way I like it.



Anonymous said...

Don't tell anyone, but I have loved the name Catherine ever since I read Wuthering Heights in high school. Was it Pat Benetar who did that haunting Wuthering Heights song? In any case, I now have a daughter named Catherine.

Love, love, love Brother Cadfael. A man's man, but wearing a robe. But that's okay. ~Anne

Kim said...

I've been reading Wuthering Heights before bed! I saw the Fiennes version of it about three weeks ago, and I decided to pick it up again!

I love Cadfael. I have read many of the books, and I love the show. History channel used to have it on friday nights, but not any more. I may ask my husband for some of them for my birthday.

Ruth Beechick's book is a good read, and you will gain so much from it. I found it very helpful when my kids were younger.

Student of History said...

Reading Cadfael became almost like an addiction. It was a game to see if I could figure out the mystery before the end. They are so well done I just kept reading until the series ended. It is a shame the author died - I would have kept reading them! The TV versions with Derek Jacobi were very well done, but they did not do justice to the intricacies of the books.

Enjoy Wuthering Heights and give us your thoughts when you finish!


Sherry said...

Cadfael's great. So are the Brontes. And I'm glad to hear that there's a movie version of Tale of Two Cities that you would recommend. Have you ever seen the old movie version of Wuthering Heights with Sir Laurence Olivier? It stops in the middle of the book, but it's good if you like B&W old movies. I think it was made in 1939 or some such year.