Today, I’ve decided to tell you about the library book I’ve just started reading. I wonder if any of you have read ‘The Wife’s tale’ by Lori Lansens? I hadn’t come across her writing before but apparently she has a best seller called, ‘the Girls.’
This story is about a woman who has suffered from being overweight for most of her life. She really captures the essence of this woman, Mary Gooch and the temptations of the Kelvinator, (refrigerator). I hope it doesn’t rub off, but I’m not tempted by ice cream in the middle of the night, at least not yet. This poor woman is waiting for her husband to come home, the night before their twenty fifth wedding anniversary.
There is a touch of sad humour when she reminisces about the doctor and her mother discussing her being obese, when she’s nine years old. She thinks the doctor means ‘Obeast’, in relation to witches and fairy tales. She believed there was a starving animal in her stomach.
The story explores loneliness and Mary Gooch finding herself. It is written well and the subject of neediness is a complex issue affecting many women. I would like to hear if you have read this book, and what you thought of it.
Dixie Minor’s Y/A book, ‘Winter Dream’, is set in the shadow of the north Georgia Mountains. The culture of a country town is reflected through the eyes of 18-year-old Jessie.
The loss of her mother at an early age permeates the story that encapsulates the uncertainties of youth.
Turmoil and dangers disrupt this peaceful town; combined with boy friend issues; suspense is maintained.
Jessie’s maturation is shown with her realization that she is not responsible for other people’s problems and happiness.
This book retains wholesome family values, without resorting to horror and terror. A welcome gift for any teenager. Dixie Minor is a fellow blogger and can be found at: http://www.dixieminor.wordpress.com
Yesterday I went to see a film called, ‘The Book Thief’. If you haven’t seen it, you won’t find it a waste of time.
I don’t usually like war films and was hesitant to go. A friend convinced me, as she’d seen it, and wanted to see it for a second time.
Geoffrey Rush was amazing. The step- mother’s part played by Emily Watson was convincing. The setting was dull in colour but charmingly authentic of war torn Germany.
Sophie Nelisse as Liesel, the heroine was magnificent. I don’t know how she could appear as a young girl and a teenager; it quite intrigued me how her legs lengthened!
For writers, this film shows the development of a small girl unable to read. Learning to read and her passion for reading gave her the power to over come adversity. Based on a true story, there are sad moments, but over all a feel good movie.
Have any of you read the book or seen the movie? What did you think?