Lion, Garth Davis

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Today I would like to talk about the movie Lion directed by Garth Davis, and adapted from the novel A long way home written by Saroo Brierley.

Garth Davis is a young australian beginner in the film industry, with only « big » creation : a TV serie name Top of the Lake with Jane Campion. However in realizing Lion Garth Davis is at the top of the great directors. Lion is an autobiographical film from a true story.

It’s the story about Saroo, a young indian boy, who gets lost in India. After days of walking the little boy arrives in Calcutta, capital of West Bengal, city of nearly 4,5 million inhabitants. During few months Saroo wanders and learns to survive alone before being hosted in an orphanage and being adopted by an Australian couple. 20 years later Saroo still lives in Australia but his memories, his biological family, his roots call him to their search.

Lion became one of my favorite movies. The authenticity of the actors and the sets ( the film was shot in the town of Calcutta). The director shows us the reality without embellishing it, notably by denouncing the actual penomenon of children left in the streets ending by disappearing in thousands without the government reacting. Dev Patel (Saroo adult) and Sunny Pawar ( Saroo child), interpret briantly the character with a certain humility what makes the character very endearing. During this film we cry, we smile but on leaving we ask ourselves the right questions about our human condition for example.

« Do you have any idea what it’s like ? How everyday my mother screams my name ? »

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

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Today I would like to talk about the book Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck.

John Steinbeck is an american author. His novels took place regularly in Californie, the birthplace of Steinbeck. He also often stages common characters, of working class confronted of the Great Depression or of the Dust Bowl. Of Mice and Men was published in 1937. There is a cinematographic adaption with John Malkovich and Gary Sinise (1992).

The book deals with two characters, George Milton and Lennie Small. Both are ranch workers who move from place to place in California in search of a new job during the Great Depression. These two friends have a same dream: they want to have their own farm and raise rabbits. On the one hand there is George described as small but with strong hand. On the other hand there is Lennie Small, unlike his friend he is very tall and strong but it is a mentally disabled (there is a link with his name).

I read this book when I was in 3ème, and I re-read it not very long ago, and it always a pleasure. I was transported into the universe of Steinbeck from the very first page of the novel. But I think that the thing I prefer are the characters because I found their friendship very touching. However my favorite character is Lennie, I don’t know really why, but I think his innonce contributed to my attachment to this character. In brief this book is a masterpiece to read urgently !!

      “Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”

This is where I leave you, Jonathan Tropper

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Today I would like to talk about the book This is where I leave you  written by Jonathan Tropper and published in 2009.

Jonathan Tropper is an american author, he wrote The book of Joe, Everything Changes… Tropper created with David Schikler the television serie Banshee. His book This is where I leave you also has a film adaptation realesed by Shawn Levy with Jane Fonda and Adam Driver.

The book talks about a family in mourning. Before his death Morton Foxman expressed a last will : that his family celebrates Shiv’ah, a Jewish tradition. Seven days of mourning, together in the same house. They are all different, on the one hand Judd is in depression, on the other hand there is Wendy with his hyperactive children and her husband all time on his phone. The disputes break out with family secrets. The week risks being very long…

This is where I leave you is not big litterature but this book gives us a huge palette of personnalities, thanks to that we sometimes recognize a member of our family. This book made me laugh and it does good at this moment. This is where I leave you is a big portrait of life : hard moments, happy, sad (…). I am really impatient to read another Jonathan’s novel !

 » Family I hate you ! « 

I am a Pilgrim , Terry Hayes

 

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Today I would like to talk about the book I am a Pilgrim written by Terry Hayes.

Terry Hayes is an English screenwriter, producer and author. He wrote several scenarios adapted for the cinema by th biggest studios of Hollywood of which From Hell, Dead Calm and also Mad Max 2. I am a Pilgrim is his first novel, it was published on 2013 and it is a thriller.

A young woman murdered in a hotel of Manhattan. A zoologist, father, decapitated in Soudi Arabia. A series of murders all linked up with a man : Pilgrim. Under this name a man hides who in the past ran a unity of secret service and who before leaving, has writing a boof of reference on criminology and legal science. But past catches him, with all his secrets.

I have hesitated for a long time before reading it beacause it seemed to me violent. So yes, this book is violent, but the suspens makes addicted. It is not big litterature but the novel remains very rich in characters, in places, the book is also very interesting because there are different points of views. The link with our reality is well present, and it is what returns the terrible book.

“You can kill a thinker, but you can’t kill the thought »   

Terry Hayes.

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

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Today I would like to speak about Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

Aldous Huxley was an English writter. In his novels, Huxley criticizes use of social norms and ideals, he was also very interested by the scientific progress which for him can harm humanity. His works are often studied in philosophy in English and American university. Brave New World was published in 1932 and it is a futuristic novel

In this future society, all children are conceived in test tubes. They are genetically modified to belong to one of the five categoriesof the population. Of the most clever in the most stupid : Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta or Epsilon. This five categories are like the caste system. Huxley in his book descrieb also what would be perfect dictatorship: a dictatorship which would have the appearance of a democracy, a prison without walls (…)

I loved this book, while this book is written in 1932, it evokes very well our current society. The psychology of the characters dans of the society is well thought out and realized realistically. Brave New World is a disturbing and frightening book about society. After this reading, many questions appears. This book is still relevant like 1984 by George Orwell.

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”

 

Dan Brown, Inferno

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Today I would like to speak about the novel Inferno written by Dan Brown.

Dan Brown is an american writer famous for his book Da Vinci Code but also for creating lot of controversery with this same book. Inferno was published in 2013 and it is a thriller.

Inferno is the story about Robert Langdon, Harvard University profesor who wakes up in a hospital. Woundedn he has no memory of the few laters days. Why he is in Florence ? When his world becomes a nightmare, he fled with a young women, Sienna Brooks. He quickly understands that he has a coded message creates by a genious who throughout his life trying to avoid the end of the world. Caught in a race of time, Langdon and Sienna will try to escape their enemies and solve puzzles through the greatest works of Italy like Inferno by Dante Alighieri.

Dan Brown proposes in this book a trip through Florence, Venice, Istanbul with thousands of détails that make us travel. Inferno also learnt me a lot of things about the history of Italy with the Medicis, Boticelli, Michel-Ange…  It is also a reflexion of the evolution of our world and the author denounced the different world’s organizations. So I loved this book, it was very interesting with many suspens !

Whiplash by Damien Chazelle

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Today I would speak about a movie : Whiplash. It is an American drama written and directed by Damien Chazelle. It won the Grand Jury Prize in Sundance Festival. The film’s tittle refers to the piece of Hank Levy; Whiplash, repeated several times in the movie. The mains actors is Miles Teller who plays Andrew Neiman and J.K Simmons who plays the teacher: Terence Fletcher.

Andrew Neiman a young drummer student at the prestigious Shaffer Conservatory in New York aspires to become on of the greats like Buddy Rich. Terence Fletcher become his teacher to integrates his Studio Band. Andrew trains relentlessly to achieve the waits of his teacher. Because Terence Fletcher is a pitiless teacher, he uses the psychological violence and sometimes physical violence to get the best from his students…

I loved this film from the first minute. The acting is exceptional, in this film there is no much dialogues because everything goes through the jazz music, so the film is very rhythmic with magnificient shots ! The notion of executioner and victim is striking, Whiplash is a film about our impulses, our animality and our rebel instinct who animâtes Fletcher and Neiman in the risk because the great art requires an entire relentlessness and an obsession.

The Wave by Todd Strasser

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Today I would like to speak about a book : The Wave (or « La Vague »). This book was written by Todd Strasser and it was published in 1981. Strasser is an american author. For his book : The Wave, Todd Strasser decides to be based on real facts in the United States in 1969. This book was also adapted into a movie. This best-steller became a history manual in Germany.

The story takes place in a peacefull californian High School, where Ben Ross teaches history. To explain Nazism to his students he decided to creat an experimental movement with a slogan, a salute, a leader and a name : The Wave. He thinks he can control the group but unitl the day everything becomes totalitarianism.

I loved this book ! He wants to show a reflection on the group effects, on the individualism freedom and also on freedom of thought. The Wave is scary because it’s real facts. The reader is itself hypnotize by the movement, it’s very strange. The writing of Todd Strasser is simple but poignant.

« The classroom experiment is went to far »

George Orwell, 1984

 

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Today I would speak about a book that I discovered for our « TPE » : 1984 by George Orwell. Orwell was an English author but he was born in India. 1984 is a dystopian science fiction novel, it was published on the 1949. For this novel Orwell was influenced by Aldous Huxley. Orwell describes a totalitarian area guarded by a Chief Big Brother.

In 1984 the world is divided into tree mains areas : Oceania, Eurasia and Estasia. These three areas are constantly at war. Oceania lives under a dictatorship :  » Big Brother is watching you « . Winston, the main character, thanks to his job, discovered some Truth, that he noted in a secret diary. So he is against the society and decided to rebel by integrating a group of rebels. But all that is not it a lie ?

I love this book because it shows us how the world can be cruel, I also loved the writing of George Orwell it’s very interesting ! But this book looks strangely like our society, we are being watched all of the time whithout even knowing it… Big Brother is watching you…

One Island

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Today i would like to speak about a book : One Island of Tracey Garvis Graves. Tracey is an american author and One Island is his first book. This book stayed several month in the best sales of The New York Time, USA Today and Wall Street Journal ! It was been translated in more than 20 languages and a film is preparing.

When Callahan’s family offers to Anna the opportunity to the Maldives to give lessons to their son : T.J in remission of a cancer, she doesn’t not hesitate. But Nothing happened as it was planned, their private plane crashes in the middle of the indian ocean… they are the only survivors. They are shipwrecked on a desert island, the wait the emergency aid…which will not come. So, they will have to learn survive alone on this island.

I loved this book because there is lot of emotions: joy, sadness, despair but especially hope. This book gives us desire to know what there happen. The reader wonders a lot of questions.

And if it was me or you ? What would you do ?

The Drowning

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Today i would speak about a book « The Drowning »  of an english author Rachel Ward. She has written this book to show the plight of families affected by drowning.

One day, in the frozen lake Carl wakes up besides a young girl. Then, he sees the fireman takes the lifelss body of his brother. He has no memories. The only personn can help Carl, for find the memoriesis the girl, the only way for know what happened in the water, is the girl. But the memories can be dangerous…

I choose this book because there are many suspens, this books gives chills and i think also this book is very psychological because the main character are many hallucinations.