Alfred and Emily

« Alfred and Emily » is a book whose theme are youth and self construction.

This book was written by doris lessing. She was a british novelist, who received the nobel prize of literature in 2007.

In this book, doris lessing wanted to talk about what life would have been if her parents hadn’t known the world war 1. In the first part; her father is always available, and her mother isn’t traumatized. Then in the second part she discribes us her parents as they were during the war. The writer put the reader in their intimacy.
« Alfred and Emily » is a book that really touched me because of the tenderness of Doris Lessing when she described her parents. I also liked the diversity of the words she uses when she evokes her parents and their past life. Throught this book she was able to trace the condition of women, poverty and injustices. Her parents seem to have opened the doors to all the themes. A pleasure to read.

Little miss sunchine by Jonathan Dayton and Velrie Faris (2006)

Little Miss Sunshine is an American film directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris in 2006.

This film talks about characters with surprising sensitivity. It focuses on Richard Hoover overworked speaker, Sheryl a touching mother, as well as specialist Franck Proust who attempted suicide after his lover broke up with him and brother of Sheryl. There is also a very strange character described in this film it is Dwayne also fan of Nietzsche, he does a vow of silence for nine months to realize his dream of joining the United States Air Force Academy to become a test pilot and he communicates with a notepad.
Sheryl‘s father is he a rude person, a veteran of World War II, expelled from a nursing home where he was staying for use and sale of heroin. He lives with the family.
And finally, this film particularly tells the story of Olive seven years, wanting to miss a contest.
The characters find a nice balance between laughter and emotion.
Thus, this film is a comical escape, an impromptu group therapy, wild and traveling.
This is why I recommend it. It allows you to relax and it is a very good comedy!


If I stay – Gayle Forman

During the last holiday I took the train back to Nevers and bought a small book that look pretty! IF I STAY written by Gayle Forman.

She writes for New York Times Magazine, Elle, and Glamour, and she was born in 1970
His first novel is  » If I stay.  »

I haven’t had time to read it all, but the style is pretty simple but nice, I was especially attracted by the story.
Mia, 17 years old cello prodigy, rock star father’s daughter, drummer’s sister and girlfriend of a rock star, will have a car accident and will become an orphan. She’ll be in a coma and have a choice to make, which depends only on herself. She can stay or die. We will see that the music will have a very important place in history.

The book was made into a film, I’ll probably watch it tonight, at least it’s a nice story!

The beach

The beach is a movie directed by Danny Boyle and released in 2000.

Richard is a young man who dreams of adventures, so one day he decides to go Asia.In  Bangkok he meets a couple of french, Etienne and Françoise. One night at his hotel a fishy man talks to him about a secret and paradisiac island. The next day Richard discovers the dead man into his room and a card. Attract by adventure he decides to search for this mysterious island with his new friends.

This movie deals with the them of utopia, and shows that’s a perfect society without pain is impossible.

Insurgent

Insurgent is a science fiction film directed by Robert Schwentke. This is an adaptation of the novel by Veronica Roth. The mains actors are Shailene Woodley and Theo James, they are the mains characters of the plot, Tris and Tobias renamed « Four ».
After his adventure in the first movie, Tris, Four and his brother Caleb are on the run. With her capacities of Divergent, Tris has managed to escape the Scholars program, which manipulated the Audacious soldiers to attack the Altruistes.Tris lost her faction, her friends and her parents. But she didn’t give up.
After finding a « box » containing a message of the founders, Jeanine, the Chief of all the factions, is sure to have informations against the Divergent. But she needs a compatible Divergent with all factions to open the box. Meanwhile, after learning that former Audacious were with the Sincere, Tris and Four will find them. Tris will have to face many hardships, because maybe she is the divergent needed by Jeanine..

Shirley- Charlotte Bronte

After studying Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte for my « TPE »(cross curricular project) which passionate me, I was interested in all the novels of Charlottes Bronte. I liked his novel called « Shirley ».
« Shirley » was published in 1849 and its popularity allowed to « Shirley » to become a woman’s name.
The story is set in Yorkshire during the last years of the Napoleonic Wars. Times are hard for the English, either for industrial or for the workers. In addition to the financial consequences of the war on trade, industry must deal with riots against their factories. Indeed, workers are worried about the arrival of new machinery. The main characters are Robert Moore, an industrialist and his brother Louis humble tutor. Caroline Helstone, pastor Helstone niece and cousin of Robert is in love with it. But Robert, with financial troubles and riots of the workers don’t want marriage. Fortunately for Carolina, comes to town the young heiress Keldar Shirley and his companion Mrs Prior.

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Charlotte Bronte was more proud of that novel that of « Jane Eyre » and I understand why. It’s more dense, it deals with politics, women’s issues, social classes, barriers of marriage and religion in general.
In this novel, Charlotte Bronte leaves an interesting evocation of life in England of the early nineteenth, customs, fears,the worker’s world face the bosse’s world, poverty and charity.
The novelist tackles the description of an entire city and is very frank to criticize the industrial and commercial class.

If you like Charlotte Bronte, I highly recommend you to read this novel. I really liked.

Did you know that Kim Jong-Un loves Katy Perry ?

Today, I decided to talk about an american film called The Interview. Directed by Seth Rogen in 2014, starring himself, James Franco and Randall Park, The Interview is a comedy in which the host of the talk show Skylark Tonight and his producer have to kill the famous Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. In fact, The Interview isn’t a cinema masterpiece, but I found it interesting because It is a topicality.

Kim Jong-Un, born in 1983, son of Kim Jong-Il is the leader of North Korea (since december 2011). Officially, his government is not considered as a dictatorship, but unofficially, it is. At only 28, he became the « Supreme Leader of North Korea ». Some people said that he’d even tried to kill his step brother, to show who is « the boss » in North Korea. Like the previous leader of North Korea, he’s against South Korea, United States, and every country which agreed with it.

Moreover, even if the people of North Korea are starving, the « Supreme Leader of North Korea » is very fond of good food and luxury. Like his father and grand father, Kim Jong-Un use propaganda in an excessive way. The Interview shows it really well, because, when Aaron Rapaport and Dave Skylark enters in North Korea, they meet Sook-yin Park (minister of propaganda).
Kim Jong-Un is also known for the high number of executions, and for the concentration camps.

The Interview‘s release was very debated. In fact, after the release of the trailer, Kim Jong-Un asked the ONU to punished Rogen and Franco. He started to boycott the film. Sony (owner of Columbia) was victim of cyber attacks, and threatened by (probably) the North Korean government.

Insurgent

Hi everybody ! Today, i decided to talk about Insurgent (wich is the sequel of Divergent). First, i know that you will probably hate me, but Divergent bored me a lot, i fell asleep in front of this film.. I think this is because of the same long action. BUT one day my friends propose me to go to cinema for watching the second part, i couldn’t say no. So, I went. And here.. I just loved Insurgent ! I found every characters more and more interesting than we understand the clue of the movie. Shailene Woodley’s playing is just wonderful, i lived her emotions, her fear, sadness.. With her.

I was so surprised by this ! Actions and events of this movie are really really fascinating, i didn’t expect that, for being honest with you. So, please, don’t hit me.

I think you should watch Insurgent, even if you didn’t like Divergent. I did the experience, Insurgent is really really nice !

Bonnie and Clyde

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Bonnie and Clyde were two famous criminals during the twenties…..

Bonnie Parker was born in 1910 in Texas, after the father’s death when she was four years old, she went in Dallas. She was a good pupil, she won a writing price and Bonnie write lot of poems like « the story of Bonnie and Clyde ». she was married to a criminal and she has not seen since 1929. Bonnie meets Clyde in 1930.

Clyde Barrow was born in 1910 in West Dallas, in a caravan then when his father earn more money, he lives in tent with his five brothers and sisters. when his young, he already a wrongdoer with his little brother Marvin  « Buck » who died in 1933 shot by a policeman. Clyde was arrest in 1926, 1928, 1929.

Bonnie and Clyde met in 1930 at friend’s home. Clyde go to jail a few time after this meeting and he commit his first murder on his co-prisoner who commit sexual aggression on Clyde. In 1932 he found a criminal organisation. After the death Two young policeman, shot by Clyde in 1934 the FBI  of five states increase their search. The officer find a road where clyde must pass, and they ambush the Clyde’s car and kill the couple in May 23rd 1934

The people saw Bonnie and Clyde as heroes, no as a criminal because during the twenties it’s a depression, and people in US hasn’t got a job or money. they are seen as « Robin hood » because, for people, they fight against the power of money. For Bonnie and Clyde there is the love which make it famous.

 Bonnie poem : « the story of Bonnie and Clyde »

I’m sure you all have read

How they rob and steal

And those who squeal
Are usually found dying or dead.There’s lots of untruths to these write-ups;
They’re not so ruthless as that;
Their nature is raw;
They hate all the law
The stool pigeons, spotters, and rats.They call them cold-blooded killers;
They say they are heartless and mean;
But I say this with pride,
That I once knew Clyde
When he was honest and upright and clean.But the laws fooled around,
Kept taking him down
And locking him up in a cell,
Till he said to me,
« I’ll never be free,
So I’ll meet a few of them in hell. »The road was so dimly lighted;
There were no highway signs to guide;
But they made up their minds
If all roads were blind,
They wouldn’t give up till they died.The road gets dimmer and dimmer;
Sometimes you can hardly see;
But it’s fight, man to man,
And do all you can,
For they know they can never be free.From heart-break some people have suffered;
From weariness some people have died;
But take it all in all,
Our troubles are small
Till we get like Bonnie and Clyde.If a policeman is killed in Dallas,
And they have no clue or guide;
If they can’t find a fiend,
They just wipe their slate clean
And hand it on Bonnie and Clyde.There’s two crimes committed in America
Not accredited to the Barrow mob;
They had no hand
In the kidnap demand,
Nor the Kansas City depot job.A newsboy once said to his buddy;
« I wish old Clyde would get jumped;
In these awful hard times
We’d make a few dimes
If five or six cops would get bumped. »The police haven’t got the report yet,
But Clyde called me up today;
He said, « Don’t start any fights
We aren’t working nights
We’re joining the NRA. »From Irving to West Dallas viaduct
Is known as the Great Divide,
Where the women are kin,
And the men are men,
And they won’t « stool » on Bonnie and Clyde.If they try to act like citizens
And rent them a nice little flat,
About the third night
They’re invited to fight
By a sub-gun’s rat-tat-tat.They don’t think they’re too tough or desperate,
They know that the law always wins;
They’ve been shot at before,
But they do not ignore
That death is the wages of sin.Some day they’ll go down together;
And they’ll bury them side by side;
To few it’ll be grief
To the law a relief
But it’s death for Bonnie and Clyde.

Bowling for Columbine

Last year, I published an article about the book « Hate List » which deals with a killing in a school.

Now I want to speak about « Bowling for Columbine », a movie directed by Michael Moore in 2002, which deals with the same subject as the book : the shooting (here) in Columbine school.

Students of TL1 know this film director because we watched « Fahrenheit 9/11 » with our Philosophy teacher.

This movie is a documentary which criticizes american society. In fact, it denounces the fact that if there are many homicides by firearm in America, it’s because we can own one easily. Michael Moore plays the role of a kind of Candide, who pretends interview people innocently.

This movie is a good denunciation of the ease of obtaining arms in America, you should watch it !

Orange Is The New Black

« Orange Is The New Black » is a TV show directed by Jenji Kohan since 2013. There are 2 seasons and it’s « dramatic comedy ». Recently I’ve learnt this series is based on the autobiography « Orange Is The New Black : My Year in a Women’s Prison » written by Piper Kerman.
This series tells the story of Piper Chapman who is for 15 months in a women’s prison because 10 years earlier she had been carrying a drug case.  In this series the homosexuality and the place of women in society are present with humor and irony.

I love this series. I recommend it ! Moreover I’m going to read the autobiography written by P. Kerman. So I would like write an other article about this book and « Je de l’écrivain et jeu de l’écriture ».

The Peaky Blinders

The Peaky Blinders is a TV serie (directed by Steven Knight) which represents as much as possible, for me, the attractive and very British atmosphere in the small villages of  19th century. In my opinion, this mixture of darkness, rain, and dust is a great background for a serie.

This one is based upon the story of a criminal group named « The Peaky Blinders » and living in Small Heath in the 19th century. They were very violent and numerous. They had scars and frightened their enemies with razor blades hidden in their cap…This story offered a good beginning.

This universe, with its poverty, underlined violence of the gang in the serie but also the poetry and the beauty which can be hidden in every place, even in the dark streets of a miserable village, cold and dirty. Here, you can see how the pictures are incredibly well brought under control :

 

I can’t help being fond of this serie, it’s a real treasure, and you should see it if you’re attracted by British culture and history : here is a wonderful mix of real facts and poetry.

Mr Nobody

It’s a drama movie, about a science fiction and chronicles of the life, written and directed by Jaco Van Dormael in 2009. The story of the movie is about Nemo Nobody, playing by Jared Leto, aged to 118 years old. He’s the last mortal human in a world where the immortality is possible for humans. Throughout the movie we discovered the differents life of Nemo. Moreover it’s a biographic movie of Jaco Van Darmael and he has received a prix for that.

 

With differents flashback, we discover his life but Nemo has confus remembrances. Also if he doesn’t like his life , he can changed her with a come back in the past. It’s the butterfly effect. This movie wants us to think about the importance of our choices and their consequences. « If you never make a choice, everything is possible »

I recommend this film for these actors and mainly for his psychological impact.

Anecdote about Jared Leto : This actor likes transformations, for Mr Nobody, he is turns into old person, also in Chapter 27 where he’s the murderer of John Lennon. He had to take 28kg for this role.

T. Gainsborough

Hello everyone!  Today, I’m going to speak about a famous British painter, Thomas Gainsborough. He’s propably one of the most famous portraitist in England of the 18th century., after Reynolds.

He began his life as a simple landscape painter, then as an unknown and low-paid portraitist of region’s merchants. But, he managed to become a close friend of noble people and even, the Royal Family. Indeed, the whole Family considered him the greatest painter of this time. Unfortunetly, they are forced to choose Reynolds as the court official painter.

Obviously, we realize that Gainsborough has been more famous as a portraitist whereas it represents a minor part of his work. In fact, he likes above all painting landscapes which is quite, because of the Academy, a rejected genre. Besides, his landscape works of art have been consider too natural : Gainsborough didn’t use the painting rules of his time.

This painting, nicknamed The Blue Boy, is representative of the Gainsborough’s retraining from landscape paintings to portraits. He needed to earn more money. Probably, we can say that Gainsborough inspired himself with Van Dyck’s masterpieces.

Tristessa

Hello everybody !

Today here I am to give you a short reading advice about a Kerouac’s short book since we studied his work in Initiatory and Exile stories notion. It’s named Tristessa, it was published in 1960. This book relates the author’s life between 1955 and 1956 while he was living in Mexico with his friends. This book is also a meditation about love and it’s meaning because the author fell in love with a Mexican prostitute he named Tristessa.

Now let’s focus on the writing style ; we quickly notice that Kerouac’s style is really singular and that we have to get used to it to appreciate the book. In deed, Kerouac has the manner to write down everything without stopping : that’s why we have few full marks and a lot of dashes as he didn’t finish his sentences. I don’t know if it already happened to you but when I read it I get used to the rythm and sometimes at the end of a page I have to stop because my breath follows the rythm of the text so I feel like I’m choking haha it’s quite weird. We also notice that there are no chapters except that the book is composed of two parts to indicate that time has passed. I also realized that the action is very consdensed because we follow the author’s routine but sometimes he stops on details that take one or two pages and it goes back to the main action, I admit that it’s quite confusing sometimes.

I don’t want to spoil you the book but I really liked the main plot because Kerouac is really comitted in the approach of displaying each feelings and each thoughts inside his head but it’s embarassing because he is able to write very nice things and put next to it terrible comparisons haha. I also have to mention the presence of drugs at each page and again I admit that it can be annoying sometimes but in a way we understand that every characters are addicted to drugs so we couldn’t avoid it. But the meditative’s aspect of the book is really well built because you can see the characters and his feelings evolving through the times and I noticed that the Beat Generation has a real gift in the way that the things they wrote have a real impact on the reader ; I mean that you can pratically feel what the author wrote because you undserstand that it’s something really personal and that he puts his real feelings on it.

 

By the way, I’m still convinced that Kerouac is one of my favourite author with the whole Beat Generation because they have a very specific style that create a whole different atmosphere from books that we know.

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes  made his first appearance in the novel « A Study in Scarlet » written by the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and appeared in 1887.

The character of Sherlock Holmes still gives nowadays an iconic interest in the genre of English literature, thanks to his tactical sense and his logical reasoning that makes him unique in its kind. Plus, the Sherlock Holmes’s universe has also made famous John Watson, the assistant of Sherlock with a cult phrase pronounced, or rather « would have been » pronounced by Sherlock Holmes : « Elementary, my dear Watson« . It’s important to notice that this phrase, known by all, is not really true in itself. To say, one of the closest novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s « The Adventure of the Crooked Man », presents this sentence in the following dialog quoted directly from the book :

“Excellent!” I cried.

Elementary,”

Then, we can say that the character of Sherlock Holmes was so successful that allowed it to be transcribed through time, in various books, films and cartoons. (for example, the « Detective Conan« )

 

 

 

Tom Sawyer in the japanese culture

You know Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain ? Here I’m going to talk about Le nouveau Tom Sawyer , a recent manga published in 2014 , by the editor KOMMIKU in France.

I’ve discovered this adaptation one month ago, and some references can be seen. But for me, it’s a bad adaptation. Why ?
Save for the character and the fact he is resourceful and adventurous , the similarity stops here. There aren’t enough mystery and adventures to be a good adaptation from the work of Mark Twain. There isn’t a real main theme.

My point of view about this work is that I can’t call this an adaptation. It’s better to say that the manga is inspired by the novel of Mark Twain.
Nevertheless, connoisseur of manga can be interested by this !

« Bridget Jones’s Diary » by Helen Fielding

I would  like to speak to you about the novel « Bridget Jones’s Diary » writing by Helen Fielding in 1996. Helen Fielding is a famous novelist in England which is especially known for the novel that I will speak to you. This novel is rather ironic, it tells the story of an unmarried young woman who works in a company newsletter. The main character, Bridget Jones, tells his story as if she wrote a diary. She seeks the prince charming who will change his life, his vision on itself and on the world.
This novel was adapted out of film by the English director Beeban Kidron who made film comic.

« The Chimney Sweeper », William Blake

« The Chimney Sweeper » is the title of two poems by William Blake. « Songs of innocence » was published in 1789 and « Songs of Experience » in 1794.
Its theme is a period around the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century during which boys from 4 to 5 years old were sold to clean chimneys because of their small smize. These children were oppressed and had shortened existence but it used to be accepted troughout the society.
In his poems Blake denounces the horror of such working and living conditions which often lead to death.

When my mother died I was very young,
And my father sold me while yet my tongue
Could scarcely cry  » ‘weep! ‘weep! ‘weep! ‘weep! »
So your chimneys I sweep & in soot I sleep.

There’s little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head
That curled like a lamb’s back, was shaved, so I said,
« Hush, Tom! never mind it, for when your head’s bare,
You know that the soot cannot spoil your white hair. »

And so he was quiet, & that very night,
As Tom was a-sleeping he had such a sight!
That thousands of sweepers, Dick, Joe, Ned, & Jack,
Were all of them locked up in coffins of black;

And by came an Angel who had a bright key,
And he opened the coffins & set them all free;
Then down a green plain, leaping, laughing they run,
And wash in a river and shine in the Sun.

Then naked & white, all their bags left behind,
They rise upon clouds, and sport in the wind.
And the Angel told Tom, if he’d be a good boy,
He’d have God for his father & never want joy.

And so Tom awoke; and we rose in the dark
And got with our bags & our brushes to work.
Though the morning was cold, Tom was happy & warm;
So if all do their duty, they need not fear harm.

« Songs of innocence », 1789

In this first poem, especially in the three last stanzas the atmosphere is one surrounded by pleasant visions. (« green plain », « Shine in the Sun », « They rise upon clouds » … etc) despite the atual seriousness of the situation the kids found themselves into. Although it becomes understandable if you make the hypothesis that in this poem the narrator is a child whose naivety makes him believe there is hope. This guess seems even more obvious when you look carefully at the two first stanzas in which the way of expression is the one of a child.

A little black thing among the snow,
Crying « weep! ‘weep! » in notes of woe!
« Where are thy father and mother? say? »
« They are both gone up to the church to pray.

Because I was happy upon the heath,
And smil’d among the winter’s snow,
They clothed me in the clothes of death,
And taught me to sing the notes of woe.

And because I am happy and dance and sing,
They think they have done me no injury,
And are gone to praise God and his Priest and King,
Who make up a heaven of our misery. »

« Songs of experience », 1794

However in this second poem, the tone is very different. Now the narrator is an adult who has understood the hopelessness of the situation and thinks about his parents and their attitude towards the situation. According to him, they think they didn’t hurt him because he seems to be alright but for him what they did lead him to certain death (« They clothes me in the clothes of death ») which might be the only path to escape. (« God and his priest and king, Who make up a heaven of our misery »).

The Unabridged Journal of Sylvia Plath

In class we worked on The Unabriged Journal of Sylvia Plath, it’s an autobiography. At the beginning of the extract the author is in Benidorm, in Spain, during her honeymoon with her husband. Her husband is also a writer, so writing is the center of their relationship, we can see that Sylvia admires her husband and they seems to leave in a perfect harmony.It gives to Sylvia much energy and she has many projects. Her life seems to be perfect now she is married. Then it’s very strange because just a few hours after, we feel that something has happened, she seems to be lost and there is no more harmony. It’s very surprising because suddenly it’s as if everything around her has changed. We can see that the author souffers probably from psychological instability and we know that she commited suicide. I found this extract very interesting and I like autobiographies because we learn lot of things about authors, but in this case I think it’s different because the journal was published after Sylvia Plath’s death and we don’t know if she would have agreed to publish it. And you, what do you think about autobiographical novel ?

San-Antonio

San-Antonio is is both a character invented by Fréderic Dard and one of the numerous pseudonyms of him. He wrote 175 novel under this name as if his charater, who speak at the first person narrativ, had written his own history.

San-Antonio is supposed to be a police commissioner who investigates strage cases, often with is coarse acolyte Bérurier. Written as if the commissioner have been telling oraly his adventures, those novels are full of humor, in the typical way of Frédéric Dard: rude, full of contrepetrie, anglisism, catachresis and neologism. The author even said that he made his entire career like a writter with only 300 words and he invented all the others.

I would like to give you my favorite extract and, as Dard is a french writter, everybody will understand: it’s in french :

« Pinaud est occupé à recoudre les boutons de son pantalon qu’un séisme a dispersés. Bas-vêtu d’un calcif à rayures style Chérie-Bibi, son chapeau de feutre enfoncé jusqu’aux coquilles, ses lunettes en équilibre sur la pointe de son naze, il tire l’aiguille avec autant de conscience que Jeanne of Arc en mettait à filer sa quenouille en bâton avant que ses voix off ordonnent à la pucelle d’ébranler les rosbifs et d’emmener Charlot number VII à Reims pour y sabler le champagne de la victoire. »

San-Antonio; Tout le plaisir est pour moi

With this particular sense of humor, the series of San-Antonio please to a large public by mitigate the usual darkness that reign in the atmophere of thrillers. All the plots are more fussy than the one before but it is really easy to read and so fun that it is always a pleasure!

Personaly, I think that the two best are Tout le plaisir est pour moi and Salut, mon pope! .

You should give it a look, I am pretty sure that you will like it, even if reading is absolutly not your cup of tea!

Cast Away

Today i’m going to speak about Cast Away who is a adventure drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. In this film, Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) a FedEx employee, is stranded on an uninhabited island and tries to survive after his plane crashed in the South Pacific. This film is very interesting because we really share the routine of the character on the island, as his deceptions, his daily problems… Despite those negatives points, there is funny moments as when Chuck talks to Wilson a volley-ball. Wilson is Chuck Noland’s personified friend. In my opinion « Cast Away » is a really good film, because we can seen the character’s evolution all along the story: at the beginning we have a poor, lonely characters who is overtaken by the events he lives. And at the end we have a little bit foolish character (who has a volley-ball as partner of island’s escape). And to finish I think this story is a readaptation of « Robinson Crusoe », indeed Tom Hanks reminds us a modern version of Robinson. I advice this film !

The diary of a young girl, Anne Frank

This book was written by Anne Frank, a thirteen years old Jewish girl.                             In 1942, Anne and her family ran their home in Holland to go to hide, during the Nazi occupation.                                                                                                                            For the next two years, they lived in an old building, more specifically in a « Secret Annexe », and Anne started a diary on 12 June 1942 and she stopped writing it on August 1st 1944. She died of typhoid at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945.                                                                                                                                            His father, Otto Frank, the only survivor, decided to publish the diary of his daughter.

This diary tells about their impressions, their experiences during this difficult period.     It’s a testament of human spirit.                                                                                          It is important to say that this book was translated in 70 languages, published all around the world because this testimony is the most moving about the everyday life of a Jewish family during the Nazi occupation.

Steamboat Willie by Disney

Walt Disney is the famous american cartoonist well-known for his famous character Mickey Mouse. And do you know one of the first animated short films where appears Mickey Mouse ?

It’s a matter of Steamboat Willie. Thus, it’s on the first short animated by Disney. It was produced in black and white by Walt Disney Studios in 1928. It was the third of Mickey’s films to be produced. This cartoon is considered as the begining of Mickey Mouse and her girlfriend Minnie.

This animated short film was considered as the film marking the Mickey’s Mouse birth and also the first cartoon with synchronized sound. We must know that at this time it was still the first beginnings of cartoon.

Disney was also knew for his others animated short films like Alice Comedies, Osawald the Lucky Rabbit, Silly Symphonies and of course his animated full-length movies whose the first was Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs in 1937, Pinocchio, ect…

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz by L.Frank Baum

Lyman Frank Baum is an amercian writer of the 20’s century mostly known for his children’s books. He had writen in 1900 a novel intitled The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz which tells the story of Dorothee a young girl who lives in Kansas and who is taken away with is house by a tornado and arrived in a wonderful country called Oz. She have to find a wizard to come back home in Kansas. It’s quiet an initiatory journey in a way because the character, Dorothee, is taken to an unknown place and she have to face many dificulties in the aim of returning home.

This story has been adapted on screen in 1939 into a musical directed by Victor Fleming staring with Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr… This movie had totally take inspiration into the novel.

There is also a new adaptation of it that had been done quiet recently and which is a prequel of the first movie and novel. It’s intitled Oz, the Great and Powerful and had been directed by Sam Raimi. The four principal characters are interpreted by James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachelle Weisz.

I have seen both of those movies and I like both of them because they are actually very different, the first is a singing movie and it looks to be especially made for a children’s audience but in the second the director has played on the special effects to give a beautiful image.

The possession

The film  is a Canadian-American horror film directed by Ole Bornedal, released in 2012.

Clyde and Stephanie Brenek see no reason to worry when their youngest daughter Emily becomes strangely obsessed with a small wooden box purchased at a garage sale. But soon, his behavior becomes more aggressive and suspicious father the presence of a malevolent force around him. He then discovers that the box was created to contain a dybbuk, a spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.

The film is pulled on a « real- true story »…                                                                             This wooden chest gave him the name « dybbuk ». It was for a Polish family and after giving from hand to hand, it was won at auction by Kewin Mannis in 2003. The trunk contained a lot of personal items. According Mannis, it would have taken violent nightmares like the former owners of the dybbuk, each of which also reported that they felt a cat urine odor or jasmine flower near the trunk. Iosif Neitzke was the last person has won this auction mysterious wooden box. The dybbuk was the cause of his health problems (unexplained hair loss, hives, cough with bleeding welts from head to foot). Neitzke kept a blog where he told all his misadventures, a blog to it by a certain Jason Haxton who decided one day to help Neitzke by using a rabbi to re-seal the evil spirit in the trunk. Apparently successful, Haxton has decided to hide the dybbuk we never find him.
The story is not insane, we stay on the beaten track . It’s a pleasant film that will appreciate as well at home to pass the time I think the big screen bringing nothing here. We are far from the level of intensity of classic adjusted to the millimeter. A feature that works on the Paranormal activity series of flower beds with a small budget ($ 14 million) for a very good return on investment.
The film is good and meets our expectations, because you risk to feel uncomfortable in front of some scenes.

Fight Club by David Fincher

I recently watched this movie (yesterday) and I’m still shocked by the incredible plot !

Don’t worry I’ll not spoil the story but I’ll try to explain in the better way…

The narrator and main character (Edward Norton) is a man who live alone, sleep alone in spite of his numerous insomnia, who work alone, eat alone just like a lot of people in the world. After participating in several anonymous meeting to help peolple who suffre from a cancer, a tuberculosis or others serious diseases, he finally meets Tyler (Brad Pitt): a handsome man, clever, beautiful, nonconformist and rebel. Thanks to him he will learn to live instead of just exist as a pawn of the society. They will creat the « Fitgh Club » an illegal club of boxing.

But at a moment, this odd association will turn into a kind of terrorist activities…

Until which point this story will ended ?

Suspense…

I really advise you to watch this movie, the film technics are just incredibly amazing and the actors play in a way I never seen before. David Fincher is definitly a God of cinema for my opinion !

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre is a novel writed by Charlotte Bronte, an english writter. This novel is considered as a biography thank to many elements of Jane’life are similar to life’s author (for example presence of boarding-school fairly strict and cold that’s shows hardness life’s author etc…). Indeed , this novel is at « half-fictive » but Jane Eyre (even if she embody as it were Charlotte Bronte) is an interesting character who the reader can clearly observed the progression according to the reading. She leave her family to live her own life without imprisonment , fall in love and make her own choice.

Pre-Raphaelite and Fading away by Henry Peach Robinson

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was a group of poets, painters and critics founded in 1848. This artistic movement was created in United Kingdom and his members had a moral goal through their work. Thus they wanted to influence the morals of their society particularly in the XIXth century with the industrial revolution. The characteristics of the Pre-Raphaelite works is the realism with many details and for paintings the bright colours. The Pre-Raphaelites are inspired by the Italian work of the XVth century and their favourite subjects are the Middle Age, the biblical themes, the nature, literature and poetry.

Henry Peach Robinson (1830-1901) was an English photographer. He used combination printing (a kind of photomontage) and his work is pictorialist. He debated about the legitimacy of art photography and was a member of the Royal Photographic Society. Robinson had a strong relation with the painting: many times he employed painted background in front of which he placed his models. « Fading Away » is one of his most popular picture, created in 1858 during his Pre-Raphaelite phase. This work was linked to an other work « She never told her love » which hint at Shakespeare; and because it’s represented the same young died woman, we can supposed that she dying of tuberculosis or of a broken heart. The technique used for « fading away » by Robinson  is the combination of five negatives. The image is built and represented the reality of death. The composition is simple but it permitted to mark better the spectator. This work is a family tragedy, we are into the intimate of this family and we are focused on the died body so it has a morbid aspect too. It’s why when Robinson published this photography, he scandalized the press.

Driven To Tears

Hello !

I was listening music and I discovered a good song ! It’s « Driven To Tears », the first protest song of The Police. Indeed, at the beginning this music was created by the group, and then Sting sang the song again. This song is about the famine in the Biafra*, in which many children died. The theme of the song is the gap between rich and poor.

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The Biafra is here 🙂

 

Lyrics:

How can you say that you’re not responsible?
What does it have to do with me?
What is my reaction, what should it be?
Confronted by this latest atrocity

Driven to tears

Hide my face in my hands, shame wells in my throat
My comfortable existance is reduced to a shallow meaningless party
Seems that when some innocent die
All we can offer them is a page in a some magazine
Too many cameras and not enough food
‘Cos this is what we’ve seen

Driven to tears

Protest is futile, nothing seems to get through
What’s to become of our world, who knows what to do

Driven to tears

The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady is a British-French biopic directed by Phyllida Lloyd dedicated to Margaret Thatcher and released in the United Kingdom on 16 December 2011.

Throughout the film, we have Margaret Thatcher’s point of view. With Alzheimer’s disease, she is confused and remembers moments of her life. There is a cross editing between the present, where she is eighty years old and memories from her youth to her resignation as Prime Minister. This film is interesting because it gives us a different perspective on it, enough staff, which allows us to approach this controversial figure in a more human way and understand why one gives her the nickname Iron Lady (symbol of firmness). However, this film also enables us to know her intimate life and not stop at the image she gave as Prime Minister. Through her point of view, we understand the nature of her struggle: the daughter of a grocer (from a popular middle), she fought all her life to climb the social ladder and engage in politics. She is the only woman on the head of the Conservative Party and who has been Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, making it the longest uninterrupted term. The film reveals the origin of her conservative convictions, which came in part from her father. Margaret Thatcher is often represented as an authoritarian political figure, which doesn’t take into account public opinion, whereas this film presents this woman as a mother, wife, having weaknesses. For example, we can notice that she may be too ambitious and she was not really present for her children and her hustband. Finally, early in the film, we see a book she signs, which is her autobiography.

It would be interesting to compare her vision of her career in her autobiography with the vision offered by this film. I suggest you to watch it!

 

The valley of fear by Conan Doyle

 

I would like to speak about The valley of fear, a book writed by Conan Doyle. I had never read a book of this author but I found this really great.

This is the story of Sherlock Holmes who has to resolve a new investigation. One day he receives a coded message saying that a man called Douglas, who lives in Birlstone Manor, is in danger. Few time latter, the inspector Mac Donald says to Sherlock that this man has just been killed. So they decide to go where the crime occurred. Sherlock knows that behind this event there is the profesor Moriarty, his enemi. With the fidel Watson, they begin to search who killed Douglas but they quickly understand that this is not a simple crime…

I advise you to read this book because the plot is really intresting 😉 !

Lord of the flies an allegory of natural condition of mankind imagined by Hobbes?

   

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   Thomas Hobbes was an English philosopher of the 17th century. Nowadays, he is especially known for his works on political philosophy. Indeed, he thought about a state of nature which shows the natural condition of mankind to understand human nature. I don’t know if it’s also your case, but, when I read Lord of the flies, written by Golding, I thought that it is a great illustration of the Hobbes’s idea, developed in the Leviathan, published in 1651. In this work, Hobbes asserts that humans are naturally equal but they wants to assert their power on the other humans. Thus, in this state, there is “a war of all against all.” For Hobbes, this state is unlivable: there is an permanent insecurity.  Well, when it became too much to bear, humans accede to a social contract. They give their powers to one person in exchange for their security. For Hobbes, it’s the way chose civil society was established.

 

   In Lord of the flies, written by Golding and published in 1954, some children were obliged to live in a deserted island where they must pull through by themselves and return to the “natural condition of mankind”.  At the beginning, they managed to stay civilized. Then, the things go wrong and they have a war, which result in two deaths. In this story, the author wanted to show the true face of human and the primitive signs that can come back at any time. Even they had enough education to know how they must have acted, they didn’t act as civilized children. As we have seen in the extract we have studied, they are rescued by the arrival of the officer which symbolizes authority and civilized world. I think, but it’s my personal interpretation, that William Golding should have read the Leviathan by Hobbes and wanted to show that the dreadful human nature must be avoided only by the presence of authority. However, it can come back at any time, above all when there are not political authorities or a civilized structure. Well, I think that Lord of the flies is a good illustration of the Hobbes’s idea concerning human nature. However, the existence of a state of nature has interested a lot of philosophers of the 17th century such as Rousseau or Locke who had not the same idea of human nature and were not really agree with Hobbes. Aristotle said that “man is a political animal.” Well, are men obliged to live in society? If they are left alone in a deserted island, are they capable of pulling through?

Bernard Werber: Les fourmis (The Ants)

This is an animal novel of « fiction philosophy » writen by Bernard Werber appear in 1991.

Jonathan Wells receives the house of his uncle biologist Edmond Wells, where he settled with his family. Gradually, it will update its studies and revolutionary discoveries on ants by venturing into the cellar, despite his uncle who him to deter it in a letter. He also discovered a riddle, the key to the plot: « How can you build four equilateral triangles with six matches? « . However, one day he will disappear and, gradually, other people trying to help him too. Meanwhile, an ant colony lives his life in a town called Bel ant-o-kan. 327th, a male ant warns the queen that his group has been decimated by a mysterious force. He meets 103 683rd, asexual ant. After a strange dream in which Edmond addresses Jonathan’s wife, she decide to go search her husband.
She disappears in turn
The mystery deepens when a gentleman called Gougne seeking to enter the house of Jonathan to regain some Encyclopaedia relative and absolute knowledge written by Edmond Wells.
The father and mother were both gone, the police are notified and an investigation is opened. It is conducted by the Commissioner Bilsheim and Galin inspector, two specialists strange business. The Galin inspector decides to explore the cave accompanied by eight firefighters, who obviously are lost in their turn … So, without kin, Nicolas is brought to orphenage. It’s in watching TV it falls on the presentation of Professor Leduc, in which he recognizes Mr. Gougne. Nicolas understands that there was a relationship between this encyclopedia and the vanishing of his parents, and has the intuition that they are still alive; So he ran away from the orphanage to join them. He returns to his house and resolves the riddle about the triangle and the matches. Late, we discover all people who are down into the cellar are alive. They are in this room..jained, which is actually a former Protestant hidden, buried underground. We discover that the device preventing the return was set up by Jonathan, under the direction of Edmond Wells, who also developed a machine to understand and communicate with ants, in the form of a mini robot ant, and with the surname of Dr. Livingstone. A colony of eighteen millions of ants lives above them, the city of Bel-o-kan, with which they communicate used this gadget.

The other side, I mean about the ants, we discover how they do to protect their anthill.  Ants finally reached the world of « guardians of the end of the world »(Their living dreaming place) seems to them as exotic. It’s really difficult to sum up beacause, there are many and many adventures as Ants wars, nuptial flights, beetle attack and the main adventure: the secret weapon of the enemy ants armies (that decimated an numerous group of ants in less than 2 seconds)

  I advise you this book.. In fact,this trilogy. 

 

Into the Woods

Into the Woods is an american musical movie directed by Rob Marshall in 2014. It is an adaptation of a 1986 homonymous musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.

There is a witch who puts a curse on a baker's father. Since this curse, he and his wife can't have a child. So, to have a child, he must give a white cow (Jack's cow), a golden shoe (Cinderella's shoe), a red cape (Little Red Riding Hood's cape) and yellow hair (Rapunzel's hair) to the witch. All these components are used for doing a magic potion which returns beauty and youth's witch.

All these characters have a dream : Cinderella wants to go to ball, Rapunzel hopes for going out of her tower, Jack wants to keep his cow and discover the world, the Red Riding Hood desires to see her grandmother, the baker wants to have a child.

Wishes are granted but there are consequences...

This movie received the American Film Institute Awards 2014.

Have you ever seen this film?

American Sniper

American Sniper is an American war film directed by Clint Eastwood and released in 2015. It is the adaptation of the homonymous autobiography US sniper and former member of the SEALs Chris Kyle.

That’s the story of man named Chris Kyle, Sniper Navy SEAL who is sent to Iraq for one purpose: to protect his comrades. His art fire saves countless lives on the battlefield, while the tales of his exploits multiply, he earned the nickname « The Legend ». However, his reputation spreads beyond enemy lines, so that his head is a price and it becomes a prime target for insurgents. Despite the danger, and anxiety in which his family lives, Chris participates in four decisive battles of the most terrible war in Iraq, winning as well as the living embodiment of the motto of the SEAL: « No quarter! « But returning home, Chris realizes that he can not return to normal life.

For me, this is a beautiful movie which create a lot of emotions to the spectator. This movie really touched me. Clint Eastwood is primarily based its mastery of staging. I really recommended this movie for everyone! it is very touching but also very rewarding.

The Long Walk By Stephen King

Stephen King published this novel in 1979 under the pseudonym Richard Bachman wich is a pseudonym that he used frequently.

In this novel we follow the main character called Garraty. He participates to a competition called « The Walk » where the competitors, named « Walkers », must walk as long as possible and they must maintain their speed above four miles per hour, after three warnings a Walker who doesn’t follow the rules is killed.

So we follow the Walkers in an adventure full of actions and suspense where the main characters are surrounded by mysterious Walkers that readers will discover throughout the novel. We also follow the evolutions of the health, physical or mental of Walkers that leads to a lot of drama because lives are at stakes.

This a very good novel very well written, the story never became boring and always keeps the focus of the reader with a writing very effective. According to the American Library Association, it is one of the best book for teenage readers published between 1966 and 2000. I liked it and I recommend you this novel.

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption is an american movie, directed by Frank Darabont, released September 10, 1994.

This film was inspired by the new Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption written by Stephen King.

Main actors : Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman

Summary : In 1947, an American banker named Andy Dufresne, is found guilty of murdering his wife and her lover with whom she was cheating on him. He was sentenced to two life prison terms, and finds himself trapped in the federal penitentiary in Shawshank. He befriends with a black prisoner, named Red. It will remain 19 years in prison before escaping because thanks to Tony (a prisoner will be killed by the Director) he knows he really is innocent and has nothing to do here.

I loved this film and hope that this summary will make you want to watch it.

Seuls

It’s a comic written by Fabien Vehlmann and draw by Bruno Gazzotti. It’s published since 2006 and today there are eight volumes we can buy.

The story is about five children who woke up a day and they are alone in their town : Fortville.

-The first character we discovered is Yvan who is 9 years old. He is intelligent, a little crazy (sometimes he thinks he is God) and he is a little coward and at the same time courageous.

-The second character is Leïla, she is 11 years old. She is a tomboy because she loves mechanic but she is very energical and optimist. She never panic and is always realistic.

-The third is Camille who is 8 years old. She is the perfect little girl who works hard for school, very wise, she understand directly the situation but sometimes she is naive.

-There is after, Terry who is the younger (5 years old) he is attachant but also naive and extrem in his reactions and feelings. He just lives to play with his toys, but he is also very courageous.

-The last one is the older (15 years old) Dodji. He is the « leader » at the beginning because of his age. He is ingenious and he is never afraid by anything, but he is also nervous.

So this is the band of five.

During these eight volumes, there happening a lot of adventures of these five kids, like fight again monkeys or meet other children. But during this time there are a lot of mysteries without answers like why them, what happens in this town and the adults.

It’s really difficult to admit these kids do all that like fight and struggle alone or drive a bus because they are just children. And we watch them grow up. But I really like this comic because mysteries are very interresting. And more there are volumes, more we understand with them what it is happening and what happens. The most difficult to admit is that they are very young but they do everything with a lot of realism, they think a lot and do choices sometimes hard. I forgot sometimes they’re children because they knew where they’re gone and give the impression to be tennagers, they’re really mature.

The fifth first volumes gone to be adapted on movie, I really want to know if it’s gone to be great as the comic.

It’s the only comic I read and I advise you to do the same if you like fantastic.

There is also a website and I found it funny :http://www.seuls-labd.com/

Dr. Moreau’s island

         Edward Prendick is the only survivor of a shipwreck, rescued by Montgomery, who’s a passenger on a ship carrying animals. Montgomery is the assistant of Dr. Moreau, a crazy scientist. Prendick discovers that during the past ten years, the two men are experimenting on animals, performing transplants and surgery to make them act like humain being (talk & walk). The « beast-men » live in a village & obey to « the Law » which forbidden animal behavior & is forcing the animals to look up at Moreau, who they call  » Master « .

Rules : -Do not walk on fours.

            -Do not lick to drink.

            -Do not eat meat or fish.

            -Do not scratch trees.

            -Do not chase other men.

        But Prendick discovers that some creatures don’t respect it & are eating rabbits. The murder of Dr. Moreau is done by a beast, a man half puma. Montgomery is then killed and Prendick, now alone with the creatures, will manage to gain respect. He finally manages to escape on a boat & return to England. But traumatized by the experience, he continues to see the « ghost » of Moreau’s monsters in the cities.

       I read this book about 3 years ago & loved it; I can’t say why, it’s probably my psycopathe side’s talking. But it’s also probably because it’s an extraordinary story that brings admiration & a little bit of fear & disgust. Now with the evolution of science & medicine, why would it be not possible to do the same thing?

Book of Haïkus, by Jack Kerouac

Book of Haïkus is a collection of Haïkus poetry by Jack Kerouac.

First, an Haiku is a small poem of senventeen syllabes, in three verses, of Japanese origin, evoking the feelings and the moods.                                                                     From the twentieth century, several western poets tried haiku in their own languages.                                                                                                                                                                               In the United States, haiku is used by the poets belonging to the movements « imagism » and the « beat generation », because it’s , for them, a form to express the modernity, and they also appreciate his suggestive power.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So, this book was published in 2003 by Regina Weinreich, there is 500 poems selected from a corpus of 1.000 Haiku who where written by Kerouac in a smallbook.

Arrow

« Arrow » is a American serie, created in 2012 by Andrew Kreisberg,Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim and diffused on TF1 in 2014.

In this serie, we can follow the adventures of a billionaire called Oliver Queen, allias «The Arrow». This character is based on the DC Comics’s Super Hero Green Arrow.

Oliver Queen a billionaire, playboy and selfish man. He’s living in Starling City. (a ficticious city created by DC Comics)

But one day, when he was on a boat with his father and his lover, the sister of his fiancée, he was shipwrecked. On a lifeboat, his father told to him that he have failed their city and gave to him a notebook, then he suicides.

After that Oliver arrived on an island and spend 5 years alone. During this time, he learn how to fight and how to use a bow.

He fand a way to go home, and he have only one goal, to « save his city ».

To do this he «became someone else, something else». He became the arrow and armed with a bow, he tracks all the bad peoples who makes illegual money and he gives their fortune to poor, like a modern Robin Hood.

Because this serie is created by DC Comics we can see many many other super heroes too.

DC Comics created many other interesting series like « Constantine » « Gotham » , « The Flash » or films like « Man Of Steal »

Arrow respects the spirit of the comic book, I advise this serie that is a good mix between action, romance and adventure.

Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code is a science fiction novel written by Dan Brown in 2003.  This is a best seller so the book has sold 86 million copies all over the world. A film adaptation was released in 2006 by Ron Howard.

This is the story of Robert Langdon an american who is involved in the murder of Jacques Sauniere against (who worked at the Louvre) his will. Langdon is accused because before dying Sauniere wrote on the ground « P.S find Robert Langdon ». The only personn who belienves in Langdon’s innocence is Sophie Neveu (granddaughter of Sauniere). She thinks that her grandfather message is intended for her and Langdon can help her to understand it. In return she helps him to escape the police comissioner Fache.
The central theme of the story is the secret struggle between the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church and the Priory of Sion (the object of this struggle is the parternity of Christ).

This is an interesting story where the plot is well constructed and it si true that it is difficult to discern the historical and truethful either from fiction

Looking Backward

Looking Backward is an utopian science fiction novel by Edward Bellamy published in 1888. It is translated into french as « 100 ans après ou l’an 2000 « 

The novel tells the story of Julian West (a young American)  in Boston in 2000. He says that he was born in 1857. He wakes up in M.Leete’s house (who find it under his house) because he falls into a deep, hypnosis-induced sleep in1887 because of the fire in Julian’s house. So he wakes up one hundred and thirteen years later. But M.Leete learn him that the labor problem disappeared and the nation proposed a socialist solution of a nationalisation of all industry, the use of an « industrial army » to organize production (people have to work from 21 to 45 years).

Money doesn’t exist anymore and the state supplies people : the goods of society are equally distributed to thecitizens. Everyone has the same income even invalid and prisons have become hospitals.

The bulk of the novel is a dialogue between Julian and M.Leete.

This book is more a comparison between actual economic and technological developments.

Why not some poetry?

 

Hi everybody!

Yesterday I was looking for a new idea to make an article and… I was not very inspired. So, to change with books or movies, I would like to talk about the poetry, which is a similar field but not totally the same as literature.
I was surfing on the net when I fell on a site with only english poems. Of course, you can improve your english language thanks to videos on the net,poadcasts [..] which are less pain than the reading ahah!

If some of you are courageous, you could try to read these poems, which are very useful to bring us some new words (yes, words which are employed on the poetry field are quiet different!)

Well, if i should recommand you someone, it would be John Milton, who is the creator of many epic poems!

The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper

The Book of Joe is a book wrote by Jonathan Tropper and it was published in 2006. I am going to make you a little summary of this novel :

On the first hand, Joe Goffman has everything he wants : a perfect flat in the best Manhattan districts, a lot of sentimental adventures, a beautiful car and to much dollars. This young author found succes very fast with his first best seller, Bush Falls.

For write this novel he was directly inspired by his teen is a city in the Connecticut and his best seller ridicules the mores of province of his former citizens. In this book, he denounces their hypocrisy, their narrow-mindedness and their depravities. But one day, he must come back to Bush Falls because of his hill father. He is confronted face to his memories… On his own against all the city and his past, Joe will be obliged to find his place…

This work is the Joe’s return story in his teen city after 17 years of absence…

I’ve read this book and I really found it interesting ! If I can give you a tip, you should read it ! And you ? Do you know this writer or this novel ?

The Long walk by Stephen King

Today I would like to tell you what The Long Walk is. It’s a novel by Stephen King published in 1979 which shows a near future where there is a Selective Service each year : one hundred of young men (18 years old or less) must go from the State of Maine to the South. The Long Walk’s winner will receive what he wants from this day to his death. The long walk’s rules are easy : no contact with the others walkers, don’t deflect of the planned road and you can’t stop. The walkers who stop once receive an advertissement. The walkers can receive three advertissements and after, they are killed.

100 walkers, 1 winner and 99 losers… That is the hard law of the Long Walk, a perverse entertainment. In his novel, Stephen King denounce the possible reality TV drifts with a lot of ferocity. What has marked me the most is the fact that the author lets us identify us to the characters : we can see all the complexity of the characters psychology. Then, every character’s reactions about the walk and facing death.

In his novel, there are a lot of suspens, horror and anxiety. Moreover, dialogues are reals and sometimes they are comics.

This novel is, in my opinion, a real masterpiece. And you ? Have you already read this novel ? What do you think about it ?