Curse of the Mummy – Fighting Fantasy

Ahoy guys !

How do you do ?

Originally I wanted to talk about the Harry Potter’s new play but hadn’t enough time to finish it so I had to plot something else… Therefore I remembered I read an amazing book which was called « Curse of the Mummy ».

Wait, no, not so fast it’s not an usual book with a demoniacal mummy that wants to kill ya. Nope, that’s a Fighting Fantasy Gamebook, in other words « a book where you ARE the hero ». It sounds interesting doesn’t it ?

All the things you need to start your adventure is a pencil and a dice. (Yeah sorry we still can’t use swords or magic wands to set sail for an adventure… – I wish I could.) And of course the most important thing is « luck » otherwise you’d die (Because your character has differents stats : Stamina, Health and Luck. You established them at the begining of your journey with your amazing and magical rolling dice.)

With that said let me tell you more about this book. If you know narrative games or visual novel it works approximately the same. You are reading the story but at some moment, you have to select where you want to go, how to fight your ennemies, what you want to buy, etc… You have several options, and for exemple, let’s say you take « option 1 » you’ll have to turn to page 220 for exemple. So you are travelling all across the book but if you are sent to the last page it doesn’t mean that’s it’s the end of the story… To be honest I have never reached the end (for the moment !) and never met a mummy. But i’m pretty sure it’s awaiting for me to come and show how unskilled I am.

All joking aside I find that it’s a cool way to read a book. Indeed, you have to face ennemies (even if you are fighting them with a dice and numbers) and have to make choices to save the country -or your life.
What I loved too is the way other characters are dying : it’s so fierce and your character is just like « oh that’s sad, I will cry for a minute but then let’s resume this adventure as if it had never happened. I’m going to beat’em all yahouu » no time for apologies or sorrow ! Er, of course it’s an hyperbola but it’s almost that… !

Seriously if you have time (since using a dice isn’t as easy and fast as using a sword) and if you are eager to live your own epic adventure, you have to read/play one of these books. That’s really funny and you’ve got many different storys (with wizards, dragons, or mythology, etc) that you’ll inevitably find one you could love. Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson are the two main guys behind these books and trust me, they’ve done an incredibly good job with this series. Their worlds are often dark – but you are here to enlighten them after all – serious and there’s always an interesting story in which you can easily integrate yourself.

So now go grab one of these books, and start your adventure (while sitting on your bed) to beat’em all and become the hero of your own story !

That’s all for me guys, see you next time ! 😀 

Peter Pan, by James Matthew Barrie

Peter Pan is a fictional character created by the Scottish James Matthew Barrie. He appeared for the first time in 1902 in the novel The Little White Bird, in a play called Peter and Wendy and finally in the novel Peter Pan. Everyone know Peter Pan or has already heard about him. He’s in the popular culture. He’s very famous and here, i’m going to talk about the novel Peter Pan, written by J.M Barrie. It’s also known as Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.

One friday night, Peter Pan freely visit the house of the Darling Family. Mr and Miss Darling are not at home this night, and the nurse Nana, who’s actually a dog, is chained in the garden. Wendy, John and Micheal, the children, are alone and it’s a good plan for Peter to recover his shadow, that he lost the day before. Unfortunately, he wakes up Wendy, John ad Micheal. He decides to bring them to Neverland because he’s greedyof Wendy’s stories and he wants her to be their mother.  Their journey will be shaken by the Captain Hook, the Indians, the mermaids and the fairy Tinker Bell.

This story and especially the character of Peter are really interesting. At first saw, everythig turn around the subject of the adults. Peter doesn’t want to grow up, his enemy is the Captain Hook who is an adult, The Lost Boys that Peter killed when they are getting too old, because it’s forbidden to be an adult on his island. There’s also Peter who is sired to Neverland : He IS Neverland. When he left it, the island fall asleep, The Lost Boys and the Pirate stop the fight. Everything is about Peter, he controls everything and he’s not really kind as we could think. He’s a stranger of love or any deep sense. He’s indifferent of everything except himself. We’re far far away from the Disney’s version. He’s also compared to the Captain Hook and there’s a lot of common point between them.
They’re like Batman and the Joker : They cannot live without each other, but they fear each other. They are both without love : Hook live whithout it while Peter doesn’t even know the existence of love. But the important difference between them is the age : Hook is an adult. Peter is afraid of the adult’s cruelty and it’s the reason why he wants to stay a child. Finally, Peter is really upset when he wisit Wendy after a lot of years and find that Wendy is an adult now and she’s got a daughter. Peter decide to pick Wendy’s daughter, Jane, and bring her to Neverland.

A lot of adaptation were created. The one very famous is the movie Peter Pan directed by J.Hogan in 2003 with Jason Isaacs in the role of Captain Hook and Mr Darling and Jeremy Sumpter in the role of Peter Pan.

Danse Macabre  » The Boogeyman », By Stephen King

Danse Macabre is a book of short stories written by Stephen King in 1981. This non-fiction book is about horror, and it’s made up of 20 short stories. All in those stories is concentrated on ghost, vampire, werewolf, alive toys and others frightening things. In this book, we find the various ifluences of King,  and we’re focus on the 1950s to the 1970s. In his book, King uses the  » psychology of terror « .

We start the book on the author’s foreword, where he says that even him when he goes to sleep, he can’t sleep with one of his feet outside of the bed, because he imagines that a creepy monster is under, and can grab his ankle. He says that it’s like acting like a child, but he don’t care, he feels safe under his blanket. Finally, he informs us that everything in this book is supernatural, but we always have to be careful.

Now, i’m going to talk about one of the short stories that are in this book, and that especially scared me : The Boogeyman.
First, what’s a Boogeyman ? A Boogeyman is a mythical creature who has no specific appearance, who’s hiding in the closet of children, wanted to frighten them or kill them. Parents uses usually this myth to scare their children into good behavior.
Stephen King choses this creature for one of his short story, and it works very well to be afraid at the end.

Here’s the sumary of   » The Boogeyman « 

Mr Billings go to the psychiatrist, Dr Harper, to tell his story. He immediatly begin on his two children’s death because of him. He didn’t kill them, but he feels guilty of it. He says that the Boogeyman killed them, and he did nothing to avoid it.. His wife, Rita, and him, and devastated of their death, and finally decided to give birth to a third baby. They moved to another town, thaught their misery will be done. Unfortunately, the Boogeyman came back and killed the poor child. Dr Harper tell him to make others appointment to his secretary. Mr Billings come back to his desk because he didn’t find his secretary, and see the Boogeyman going out of th closet with the masquerade of Dr Harper.

Personally, I did not expect this end, I was completely shocked, and I laughed nervously. King knews exactly what he was doing. His aim was to manipulate his readers, and he made it perfectly. We can also think that there’s a double reading : Mr Billing could have really killed his children and the Boogeyman come at the end to punish his accuser. From time to time, Dr Harper and Mr Billings are irrelevant and talk a few minutes of the life of Mr Billings and his wife, and the fact that Mr Billings tells his story with really little details, make the short story really realistic, and it compel us to believe in the existence of the Boogeyman.

Stranger Things – The Duffer brothers

For this article I decided to talk about a new american TV show that was released on Netlfix in July 2016 called Stranger Things. This science fiction / horror series was created and directed by the Duffer brothers ( Matt and Ross Duffer ) and produced by Shawn Levy.

Plot : In November 1983, in Indiana in the town of Hawkins, a 12 years old boy named Will Byers ( played by Noah Schnapp ) vanishes mysteriously. His mom, Joyce ( played by Winona Ryder ), his brother,his friends and the police chief of the town all start to look for him. One night when Dustin ( Gaten Matarazzo ), Lucas ( Caleb Mc Laughlin ) and Mike ( Finn Wolfhard ) were looking for Will in the woods, they found a girl ( Millie Bobby Brown ), with a shaved head and the number 011 tattooed on her arm. This girl, then, claims to know where Will is, and the boys soon discover that she also has super powers. While people are looking for Will, weird supernatural things are happening probably linked to the Energy Laboratory of Hawkins which also seems linked to Will Byers.

This show is so amazing, and quite scary, but the fact that the main characters are kids makes it 10 times better. It also reminds me of  E.T. ( directed by Steven Spielberg and released in 1982 ) because this girl has super powers, we don’t know where she’s from and Will’s friends are protecting her just like Elliot with E.T.

Unfortunatly there are only 8 episodes available at the moment but the cast is working on season 2 already ! If you get a chance to watch it, do it, but don’t watch it alone ????

The Host – Stephanie Meyer

For my first article this year I decided to write about a book that I read again this summer for the fifth time probably, it’s called The Host and was written by Stephenie Meyer ( who’s also the author of the Twilight saga ) it was published in 2008.

This story, as well as all the book I read, is a post apocalyptic story. The Earth is invaded by aliens called « souls » , they implant themselves into human bodies and take over the human’s conciousness because, for them, humans don’t deserve the planet because they’re too violent. When a soul gets in a body, it erases every memory and knowledge the person had before.

A soul has been placed into Melanie Stryder’s body, called Wanderer. But Melanie’s conciousness is still alive and starts to communicate with Wanderer, Melanie tries to guide her to find her uncle, brother and boyfriend who’re hiding from the aliens somewhere in the desert, when they got to their hiding spot, they found out that about 30 people are also hiding there and everyone’s scared of Wandere except Melanie’s family, her boyfriend and Ian, a guy who fell in love with Wanderer. During her time there she finds out that they’re trying to find a way to cut souls out of their host but each attempt end up with the death of the host… Will they be able to cut out Wanderer of Melanie ? Will Wanderer find a new host ?

To find out you’ll have to read the 830 pages of the book ! I know it sounds like a lot of pages but the story is so captivating that when you finish the book it doesn’t feel like you’ve read that many pages.

Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet is an theatre play by William Shakespeare. It was published in 1597. It is an tragedy. One of the most populary theatre play by William Sahkespeare, that work of art is know by all the world.

William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616. He is considerring like one of the tallest poet, dramatist and writter of english culture. He wrote Hamlet, Macbeth and a lot of others theatre player.

We are going to talk about Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet are the main characters in this theatre play. They fall in love at a party but their families are ennemies. So they can’t married. With the help of Friar Laurence, they marry in secret. But after Romeo and Juliet’s wedding night Romeo kills Juliet’s cousin in a duel. That is a tragic event because he is obliged to leave her. His life is in danger.

At the same time Juliet’s parents want that their daughter marry Paris. They don’t know that she is already married. At the beginning she refused but after she accepted. She accepted because she has a plan, she wants to fake her death and lives with Romeo for all their life. This plan became reality with Friar Laurence ‘s help. He gives at Juliet a sleeping potion. She seems to be dead but it’s fake. When Romeo visits her he is wrecked because he doesn’t know the stratagem of Juliet. He kills himself because he thinks that his love is dead. When Juliet wakes up she discovers that Romeo kills himself and she kills herself. It’s an dramatical end.

I love this story because for me it’s a classique of the literature. I ‘m crazy about work art of William Shakespeare, he was a great dramatist. This story is very addictive. It’s an old story but it is a famous story yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Animal Farm

George Orwell is a British author. He was born in 1903 in India. His real name is Eric Arthur Blair. His most famous novel is 1984 but I want to deal with the book Animal Farm. This novel was written in 1947 in french. This is an apologue, a political novel.

The scene takes place in England more exactly in an England farm. The owners are Mr and Mrs Jones. In this farm there are a lot of animals, like pigs, dogs, horses, sheep or birds. Mr Jones doesn’t take care of his animals. One day these animals make revolution and get rid of Mr et Mrs Jones. They take control of the farm. After that the animals create a new laws of their farm, for these humans are ennemies and all animals are equal. But the dream became a nightmare for some animals. Pigs take control with violence. They change laws in secret, they manipulate other animals. The system of democracy became a totalitarian regim. We see the evolution of the animal farm and her political system. We want to know how this story will end ?

In fact, Animal Farm is a representation of the Russian revolution and of the stalinism. George Orwel do a critic of these two references. The novel criticize the totalitarism, Staline, Marx… The author has a smart writting because he use animals and fiction to shows what is his own opinion of a delicate subjects, the politic and the war.

I love this novel because the story is sympathic but it has a goal, there is not just for the entertainment. This novel shows an opinion and the reader has a relfexion after reading Animal Farm.

Shutter Island – Martin Scorsese

Hello! Today I would like to speak about the psychological thriller Shutter Island. It was directed by Martin Scorsese in 2010 and this movie was adapted by Dennis Lehane’s novel which has the same name. I chose this thriller because it is definitly my favourite film (and because I love so much psychological thriller, too) !

So, I am going you to explain this mysterious story…

We are in 1954. Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule leave Seattle to go to Shutter Island to investigate in a strange disappearance. Both investigators go then in a psychiatric hospital where are locked very dangerous criminals : Rachel Solando, one of the patients disappeared… But how this murderous woman was able to escape from her cell ? Teddy and Chuck have only one clue : a piece of paper found in the room with many figures and letters. But Teddy unterstands very fast that the etablishment and its staff hide something…

I find Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo so talented in their role ! They play perfectly and wonderfully, in my opinion of course ! This movie is a masterpiece : the plot is fascinating and full of suspense and surprises. The viewer is absorbed into the movie and follow the investigation until the end. To sum up, you musy absolutely watch this movie at least once (and why not twice to understand it very well) ! 😉

Harlan Coben – Fool Me Once

I’m going to speak about a detective novel of the American author Harlan Coben. This book was called Fool me once and it is the last book of the writer which was published in 2016. It is the first time I read Harlan Coben’s book, too.

In this suspence book, we meet Maya, which is the main character. She is a young mother but also a widow who lost her husband who was murdered. To watch her baby-sitter, she installs a security camera in her house…. until her husband, Joe, appears on the screen, a few days after his funeral….! Maya is then going to ask herself many questions and going back to her darkest past. Does she know absolutely everything ? And Joe ? Is he the one that she really knows ? It is into a history full of discoveries that the reader is absorbed…

In my opinion, it was a good story but this book didn’t really affect me… Despite this, I recommend it for those who like suspense books. Maybe the next Harlan Coben’s book I’ll read will be better and more fascinating, for me of course.

Mickey Bolitar trilogy, Harlan Coben

   This summer I read Shelter, Seconds Away and Found, three thrillers written by Harlan Coben. The main character is the same one in all of them : a teenager who has quite a complicated life. Indeed, his father just died and his mother is sent to rehab. Therefore he has to live with his uncle and go to a new highschool.

   Each book tells the story of Mickey and another character linked with him such as his girlfriend, his parents or a friend. There are mysteries like disappearance, murder, shooting and the protagonist is always down to help his friends getting out of the trouble.

   My favourite novel was the last one, Found. Eight months after his father’s death, Mickey finds out that his father’s body is not in his coffin so he tries to find him. It isn’t the only story of the book but it definitely is one of the best from my point of view. The end of the novel focuses on it and I thought it was an awesome and very thoughtful conclusion of the trilogy.

   These are books you can read really fast and I recommend it to those who like suspense and mystery novels.

By the river Piedra I sat down and wept, Paulo Coelho

   Paulo Coelho is a brazilian writer, especially known for his worldwide best seller, The Alchemist. You can recognize his novels because of his flowing style of writing, moreover his stories always have a mystical part. Indeed, he talks a lot about religion and spirituality in a very philosophical way.

   By the River Piedra is written in an internal point of view, Pilar’s one. She is an independant woman who decides to meet her childhood friend after 11 years without seeing him. He became very involved in religion and chose to dedicate his life to it. At first glance, they are very different although what unites them is their wish to change. They both go in a french village in the Pyrénées to talk and find themselves out. This story is essentially about love and their relationship.

« Happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided »

   This book was the first Paulo Coelho’s novel I’ve ever read. Before I started it, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it because of the religious side of it, but I actually liked his writing style and the fact that he explains things in a simple way makes it easy to understand everything. It is also quick to read because it is not too long. There are a lot of beautiful quotes that I loved. I personnally think this book has good life lessons and after reading it, it feels like you’ve learned a lot. That’s why I really enjoyed reading it and recommend it to anyone.

We were liars

 

We were liars written by E.Lockhart . She is an American writer. She writes for children’s book and young-adult novels  and adult novels. She is known for Ruby Oliver series , she begins with The Boyfriend list  and We were liars, so i’m going to do my article on this book.

The story begins with a respectable and rich family. This family is described like : ‘’ Sinclair are beautiful, blond, slender and extremely rich. Square chin, always head up and smile facade’’. The book’s protagonist is Cadence, and is her family. In this book, she talks about her summers, because her grandparents are owned a pivate island: Beechwood, where they built four houses for their three daughters and their children. One house for everyone:

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She talks about before Summer Fifteen, She goes to the private island with her mother : Penny and she finds her two aunts with their children, and their cousins Mirren, Johnny, Taft, Will, Bonnie and Liberty. And Gat an Indian boy, the best friend of Johnny. Mirren, Johnny, Gat  and Cadence named  ‘’The liars’’, They’re inseparable and accomplices.

In Summer Fifteen ( Fifteen refers to Cadence’s age in the island) She falls in love with Gat, but one night Cadence is found near the beach,in water, with only underwear, and with a serious injure… Now she suffers terrible migraines and she is not able to remember much of Summer Fifteen except details of her accident…

Her mother doesn’t want to talk about Cadence’s accident and the Summer Fifteen… Cadence becomes a different person. She waits the Summer Sixteen with impatience but her father wants to go to Europe with Cadence. And she accepts, because she also fears to return to the island and see ‘’ The liars’’ who she doesn’t talk with since her accident…

But the next Summer, Summer Seventeen, She found courage to go in Beechwood ! For a month. And she wants know more about the Summer Fifteen and the cause of her accident…

This gives a very successful novel that is hard to let go once we started, because we are caught in this atmosphere a bit strange and we want to know what happens!  I like the book with mysteries and secrets and this book brings together two. And I waited impatiently the fifth part, entitled: The Truth!

Cards on the Table

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Cards on the Table is a detective novel by Agatha Christie, and it was published in United Kingdom on 2 November 1936. Agatha Christie was a famous English writer and she wrote many detective novels. She created two famous characteres : Hercule Poirot a Belgian detective and Jane Marple. Agatha Christie published 66 novles, 154 short stories and 20 plays. Agatha Christie is one of the most  famous writers in the world and she is considered the most widely read author in history among the English. She is one of the innovative writers.
One of the famous characteres is Hercule Poirot, a Belgian detective, he appeared for the first time in The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920) and it was the first novel of Agatha Christie. Hercule Poirot is conceited, full of himself and loves to be complimented. He is very careful in his investigations and respects his moral values: Justice and Truth. His favorite sentence is” my little gray cells“. His last apparition is in Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case (1975).
Cards on the Table is related the story of one of Hercule Poirot’s investigations. Mr. Shaitana, a rich man, invites eight people for diner, but he chose his guests with the precise reasons; four of their guests are crime experts including Hercule Poirot. And the others are suspected to commit a crime unpunished. But Mr. Shaitana knows the entire story and it cost him his life. During the evening they begin to play bridge, the four experts of crime in a room and the four suspecting criminals in another room with Mr. Shaitana who sits in a armchair near the fireplace. But the guests discovered Mr.Shaitana with dagger in his chest…Here how to begin the investigation for Hercule Poirot and “his little gray cells”.

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This story has many film adaptions. I discovered Hercule Poirot with the TV series by ITV with David Suchet in the role of Hercule Poirot. They respect the book with some change, an example in the book we have three victims but in the serie we have two victims. I read the book after see the serie. I like the character of Hercule Poirot the conceited detective and his method to reveal the criminal:  he invites all the suspects in a room and he explains step by step his findings in his investigation and at the end, he denounces the guilty.

Cards on the Table is one of the stories of Hercule Poirot that I like, with Murder on the Orient Express but I don’t read the book, I just see the serie.

« Charlie » or « Firestarter » by Stephen King

Hello everyone,

Today i’m going to speak about an amazing novel entitled « Charlie » or « Firestarter » and wrote by Stephen King the famous author.
This novel was published in 1980, later it was adapted in theatre with Drew Barrymore playing Charlie. I don’t know if the movie respect the book because I haven’t saw it, if someone did tell me.

So let me tell you briefly what about this story, Charlie is a 7 years old girl who is born with strong power : pyrokinesique. The problem is that she doesn’t control her power and it’s dangerous.
You have to know that her power comes from her parents who have been subject of an experiment when they are young. This experiment has change their DNA and capacities appears. For example Andrew Mcgee (Charlie’s father) can control peolple’s mind and create illusions.
But unfortunatly they are wanted by an agency from the governement who want study their power or even eliminate the « threat ». So Charlie and his father are constantly on run.               So in your opinion did they arrived to catch them ? 

This novel is very nice to read with a lot of suspens and this story is original and we want to know what happend next. I tell you, you must read it !

« DENIAL » – Peter James

Hi everyone,
Today I’m going to speak about an amazing novel entitled « Denial » and wrote by Peter James an English Autor. This book belong to thriller and published in 1996.

So this story talks about a man named Thomas Lamark who lived in London with his mom, an older actrees: Gloria Lamark. You have to know that Thomas loved his mother and when I said love I mean love that you’re not allows or not suppose to feel for someone on your family.
But unfortunatly she decided to kill herself. Thomas found his mother dead and he reject the fault on Mickeal Tennet (his mother’s psy), So Thomas decided to revenge his mother by hurt then kill the guilty.
However this revenge will completely degenerate and engedered numerous murder. Thomas doesn’t want only punish the guilty he also want to hurt everybody who was an obstale for his mother.

I don’t know if some of you already read it but if not you had to, because suspens is here in every pages and we want to know what happend next. This story also makes me thinking about things who really exist, about the reality.
I tell you this book is Amazing and I recommend it for every people who loved suspens and thriller, you won’t be disappointed !

Narcos

Narcos is an American tv series created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, and directed by José Padilha. The first and second season are fully available from August 28, 2015 on Netflix.

Taking place in Colombia, it fictionalizes the hunt of Pablo Escobar and the whole of the Medellín cartel by the DEA. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is the US federal police agency responsible for the implementation of the law on narcotics and the fight against illicit traffic within the country of the United States against drug abuse.

The real story of Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria is quite exciting and the fact that they created a series about it makes history more entertaining. Far from a simple biopic of Escobar, Narcos traces the fierce struggle of the United States and Colombia against the drug cartel of Medellín, the most lucrative and ruthless organization of modern criminal history. By multiplying points of view (the police, political, judicial or even the staff) the series depicts the cocaine trafficking’s growth and the bloody battle engaged with drug traffickers who control the market with force and ingenuity.

The DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña actually existed. Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal who interpret them on screen spent a day with the real ones in the DEA training center. They advised the writers on the chronology of events and number of details. they had to transcribe such as  lies, corruption, sex, love …all the things that made the web of Escobar’s life.

The director and producer of the series, José Padilha has integrated archive footage in the realization to be closer to the maximum of known facts. We can see Luis Carlos Galán in campaign for the presidential election and favorable to the extradition of drug traffickers to the United States, the survey of countless houses and properties owned by Pablo, a picture of Escobar loading drugs on a Nicaraguan tarmac to the US, or President Ronald Reagan revealing involvement in Nicaragua’s Sandinista drug trafficking. Padilha said « Narcos is not a series about Pablo Escobar, but on cocaine trafficking in general. When cocaine has grown from a small production in Chile to a trade in Colombia, it has crossed the borders and has become a problem for the United States where Escobar took a leading role. He is the main subject in season 1 and 2, but we can step back and leave the Medellin cartel to mention the Cali and the Mexico cartel – the heart of today’s trafic. » The next seasons will focus on the chronological evolution of cocaine trafficking by focusing on other organizations in Colombia and Mexico.

Personally, I loved this series. On the one hand because the historical side is really interesting and on the other because the actors are phenomenal. The scenery and the music that goes with some scenes are really captivating. As surprising as it may be, Pablo seems appealing. Even if he’s qualified as the most dangerous and powerful of the criminals of the time he can really touch us, because he’s got a family and also because he’s simply a human being with fears and feelings.

The Girl On The Train, Paula Hawkins

Hi everyone so today I am going to talk about a book I read this summer and that I love very very much. It’s called The Girl On The Train and it’s written by Paula Hawkins. The novel debuted at N°1 on The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2015 list.

From the suburb where she lives, Rachel took the train twice a day to commute to London. Every day she sits in the same place, and every day she watches a nice house. This house, she knows it by heart, she even gave a name to its occupants : Jason and Jess. A couple perfect couple to her, a happy couple, as Rachel has been by the past with her husband before he cheats on her and dumps her. But one morning, she finds out another man in the window. What is going on ? Is Jess cheating on her husband? A few days later, it’s with amazement that she discovers the photo of Jess in the newspaper headlines. The young woman, whose real name is Megan Hipwell, mysteriously disappeared …

This book is an obsession, in every sense of the word. It’s made as an assembly of various diaries, the story is told by so many people like a puzzle with a view to a final table. It tells us the story of ordinary people, like you and me with ordinary lives full of happiness and common misfortunes. But for Rachel, the girl on the train, everything is good to enhance a sad and dull life and this is when she began her obsession.

But I will not tell you more, I can’t tell you everything, because this novel is a multitude of events that themselves made me feel a multitude of emotions. Just know that in this book there’s no hero, no characters almost perfect here, all have more or less murky secrets.You can’t imagine the end. I was constantly uncertain to the events that took place in this small suburb of London.

Paula Hawkins manages to give reality to her characters through their flaws, weaknesses, and stormy or happy pasts. Life is not a bed of roses, far from it.

It’s an excellent psychological thriller, in which Steven Spielberg was able to recognize the talent of the author, since he bought the film rights. I really recommend it because it’s such a good novel.

The Author
Olivia Rosenthal is a french writter, novelist and playwright. She was born in 1965 in Paris. She studied in Jules-Ferry high school (1975-1982) and did a preparatory class in Henri-IV high school. Then, she got into the Ecole Normale supérieure in 1984, obtained an aggregation in modern literature in 1987 and a doctorate in 1992. She was elected a literature lecturer in 1993 in Rennes University. Since 1999, she teaches at the University of Paris III. She created with Lionel Ruffel and Vincent Message one of the first masters of literary creation of higher french education.

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The Book

« Mécanismes de survie en milieu hostile » is a bildungsroman and a thriller written by Olivia Rosenthal and released in 2014.

The novel begins with a fantastic story which turns into a nightmare. Then, we are immersed in the thought of a young girl who is completely confused after a family tragedy. Follow the story in a countdown with an endless and oppressive game of hide-and-seek. There are also others action which challenge the woman. She is confronted with her deepest fears: death, silence, mourning… She is facing the hostility of the outside world which obliged her to create coping mechanisms.

A distinguishing feature of this book is the alternation between the main story and an almost scientific story, written in italics. The link between the both story is deep and implicit and it’s very baffling.

This is one of my favourite book for several reasons : First, the original content and the change in stories. I have learned unexpected things thanks to this book and you should read it to discover that. For example, what I remember is a passage about the decomposition of bodies. It seems to be murky, but it was truly interesting. Despite this disgusting subject, it captured me. After reading this book, we question ourselves, how could we have act in this situation ? That also sends us back to metaphysical questions, our relation about death, childhood, bereavement mixed up in a scientific analysis.

While reading this novel, we are totally lost, destabilized, absorbed in a foreign world, questioning ourselves about life and death. It’s a puzzle to put together and the end enable us to stop stressing, to stop the suspense. Everything becomes highlighted.
Olivia Rosenthal, through this work, shows us our fears and our anxieties (such as death, confinement…) to learn how to survive and to cast our demons out. She tests her reader with destabilizing situation and involved him with a first person narrative.

The Shining


Not very original but today I’m going to talk about one of the classic book :

The Shining

Shining is a horror novel written by Stephen King and published in 1977.

Jack Torrance, a recovering alcoholic, a failed writer and a former teacher decided to get his life back and to find a job. The Overlook Hotel is a mysterious place located in the mountains. It is closed in winter. Only a janitor leaves there during this time, totally isolated from the rest of the world because of the climate condition. Jack is wired as the guardian and brings with him his wife, Winifred (Wendy) and their son Daniel (Danny) who is five. Danny is an exceptional child and very grown up for his age. He has supernatural power called The Shining. As soon as he arrives in the Overlook, he sees frightening things especially when Tony, his imaginary friend visits him when he faints. Who are these persons in his visions ? The body of this murdered woman ? What are these strange noise and party’s music ?

In 1980, Stephen King sees his novel made into a movie, directed by Stanley Kubrick with Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd. It is considered as a classic horror film.

To avoid any spoilers if you haven’t read or seen The Shining, I advise you to stop your reading because I’m going to compare the two works.

I loved reading that book : it was thrilling and suspensful, and I also adored the characters and the way that King showed their relationships.

We can see through Jack’s eyes that he loves his son, he is accomplice with him. This aspect is not really developed in the film whereas in the book there is an important passage showing it: he gives a hornet’s nest to Danny after learning that Jack had one in his room when he was a child.

Love and hate between Jack and Wendy is more exploited : Even if she loved her husband, she is still mistrustful since the accident when Jack broke Danny’s arm. This tragic episode is indeed often reminded through Wendy’s thoughts.

An another important difference between the two works : there is no maze in the book but only booxwood animals which come to life when Danny and Jack see them.

Moreover, when Tony comes to talk and shows terrifying things, he does it through Danny’s fainting, even though in the film, Danny talks to Tony with his index finger.

When the madness of Jack is maximized, he uses a croquet mallet to frighten his family. In the film adaptation, he uses an axe. Besides, Dick Halloran is not murdered but only knocked out by the mallet, and he succeed in leaving with Wendy and Danny.

Afficher l'image d'origineThese are the « most important » differences, just some details, but when you read the book first, you expect a lot of things from the film version. That’s the case with the final scene : the movie was thrilling every step of the way, except the end : I was a bit disappointed… I was really expecting the explosion of the Overlook, but finally, it didn’t happen. The end is not so lame, but I was truly attached to this idea.

Although I knew the story, the movie still surprised me, because Kubrick has appropriated King’s novel and made something amazing, with the talented Jack Nicholson. There were magnificient shots, and one of my favourite sequence in my view is when Jack came face to face with the woman in the bathroom of the room 217. I loved the symmetry of the shot, the green color which highlighted the two characters, and the set of miroir.

Monsters are real. Ghosts are too. They live inside of us, and sometimes, they win.”

Sister Rosa

« Sister Rosa »

This song is from the rap group The Neville Bothers. The song tells the story of a famous african-american woman Rosa Parks.

In the 50’s racial segregation was present in all the America, this segregation imposed specificts rules for black and white people such as drinking in a water fountain, using public toilets and even riding on a bus. Blacks and Whites were separated in society.

In December, 1st of 1955 a woman will change that discrimination, she refused to gave up her seat in the section reserved for « white people » to a white passenger. The bus driver odered her but she resisted and she was arrested by the police. This woman was Rosa Parks. She become the symbol of a social protest against the racial segregation because after this event, all black people decided to boycott Montgomery bus.

But let’s see the song:

December 1, 1955
Our freedom movement came alive
And because of Sister Rosa you know
We don’t ride on the back of the bus no more

Sister Rosa she was tired one day
After a hard day on her job
When all she wanted was a well deserved rest
Not a scene from an angry mob

A bus driver said, « Lady, you got to get up
‘Cause a white person wants that seat »
But Miss Rosa said, « No, not no more
I’m gonna sit here and rest my feet »

Thank you Miss Rosa, you are the spark
You started our freedom movement
Thank you Sister Rosa Parks

Thank you Miss Rosa, you are the spark
You started our freedom movement
Thank you Sister Rosa Parks

Now, the police came without fail
And took Sister Rosa off to jail
And 14 dollars was her fine
Brother Martin Luther King knew it was our time

The people of Montgomery sat down to talk
It was decided all God’s children should walk
Until segregation was brought to its knees
And we obtain freedom and equality, yeah

Thank you Miss Rosa, you are the spark
You started our freedom movement
Thank you Sister Rosa Parks

Thank you Miss Rosa, you are the spark
You started our freedom movement
Thank you Sister Rosa Parks

So we dedicate this song to thee
For being the symbol of our dignity
Thank you Sister Rosa

Thank you Miss Rosa, you are the spark
You started our freedom movement
Thank you Sister Rosa Parks

Thank you Miss Rosa, you are the spark
You started our freedom movement
Thank you Sister Rosa Parks

Thank you Miss Rosa, you are the spark
You started our freedom movement
Thank you Sister Rosa Parks

Thank you Miss Rosa, you are the spark
You started our freedom movement
Thank you Sister Rosa Parks

Thank you Miss Rosa, you are the spark
You started our freedom movement
Thank you Sister Rosa Parks

This song is a committed song dating from 1989 and it remember all what happened,  it’s a kind of tribute for the strength and the courage of this woman who rose against the racial segregation and discrimination. The group has particulary insisted on the fact that this protesting has created a real change on the mind shift in this era and I realy like the anagram between the word « sparks » and the last name « Parks ».

PART ONE : LET ME MAKE YOU A MARTYR by John Swab, coming 2016.

/!\ WARNING /!\

Today, you will read a special article. It will be the Part 1 because the movie is not released yet.

 

  LET ME MAKE YOU A MARTYR is the first feature of Corey Asraf and John Swab. This is a project that asked them five years of hard work. They fashioned a film that literally mocks taken insipid views and poor camera work most independent titles out right now. With boldness and by jumping up over the barrier of the genres, they avoid the worst stereotypes which have one if large number of contemporary stories of crime.

     Featuring two familiar faces from the series SONS OF ANARCHY, Mark Boone Junior and Niko Nicotera and the (perfect) singer Marilyn Manson. LET ME MAKE YOU A MARTYR is a hybrid of melodrama, crime and romance of history, where the content and form are equally remarkable. Enjoying excellent cinematography, the film shot in Oklahoma can capture all the sublime grotesque of a sad Midwestern town. But this is not just a thriller taking place in a backwater ; the roots of the genre are juxtaposed here with other rather sensitive issues such as child abuse and life after death.

     I know, I’m taking risks because I can’t explain you the story of the film, or even say if the movie is good. But I’m so IMPATIENT to watch it. And don’t forget that the movie have big actors and also prices. I’m sure it will be a perfection. Also, I wanted try something new in this website. So the second part will be arrived when the film will realease.

Women’s season – Leena Yadav

Women’s season is a movie created by Leena Yadav in 2015. This movie deal with emancipation of the women in India. The scene take place « in our time » like we can see at the beginning of the movie. This movie shows that how the women in India are treated, with violence, defiance and no respect.  In a small village, four women dare to oppose the men and the ancestral tradition. A widow, a fifteen years old girl  forced into mariage, a hooker, and a young lady who can’t had baby.

We follows these 4 strong women, who leaved hell to the everyday life, and who support themselves between her. It’s a very. It’s a very beautiful movie, who give us an opportunity to consider the women’s condition.

« The Girl on the Train », Paula Hawkins, 2015.

« The girl on the train » is a psychological thriller, published in 2015. This novel was written by Paula Hawkins, a british author.

The story speaks about Rachel Watson, she is depressed, alcoholic, ans divorced. She is recently fired, and tries to keep fit.. Every morning, she takes the train to London, and during her route, she sees throughout the window : in the confortable house, a couple at the edge of the rails. They seem happy and in good way together. So, Rachel begins to imagine their names « Jason and Jesss, their job, their life, like the perfect couple. One night, she sees Jess with an another man … Few days later, she discovers on the news: the face of « Jess », who is reported missing… After that, Rachel decides to conduct an investigation..

It’s a great book, with a amazing issue. The story is very rousing ! I would like to see the futur adaptation in cinema, directed by Tate Taylor, in 2016… I think that this movie could be very promising !

The Gemini Virginia C. Andrew

 

Today I’m going to talk about a book written by Virginia C. Andrew and published in 2006. It’s the first volume of The Gemini serie and it’s entitled Celeste.

This book tells us the story of twins, Celeste and Lionel, who are not living in an usual family. Indeed, their mother believes in spirits and more precisely in her ancestor’s spirits. She educates her children in this philosophy. She regulary talks to family’s spirit, does things based on what they would like to do and promises to her children that soon they could do the same.

When the young Lionel (who was the favorite of her mother) died in an accident, the mother compels Celest to take the identity of her dead brother ( it’s not a spoil, you can read all of it on the blurb ). The young girl loses herself and takes her brother’s identity to satisfy her mother. Indeed, her only wish is to be loved by her mother and she would do everything to please her.

I found  this book very interesting because we don’t know, during all the story, if spirits are real or if the mother has got psychological troubles. You know, in Harry Potter by example witches and wizards are real , it’s a sort of convention between the reader and the author. Well, in Celeste it’s not clear, you always have a doubt, the only « vision » who are describe are those of Celeste and you can wonder if it’s not the imagination of a child. This book is also very based on the psychology of characters, why are they acting like this? how will they get out of this situation ? All is always manipulation, false pretences..  The story looks like some sordid miscellaneous, but we are « behind the scene », we know the truth.

The Gemini is a trilogy and there are many books of this author, generally by series of five.

I hope you enjoy this article. If you read the book tell me what do you think about it !

Between shades of grey, Ruta Sepetys

Wait! I know what you must be thinking just by seeing the title of this article…But you are wrong! The book I would like to talk about doesn’t have anything to do with its almost namesake, sulphurous book… You know, the one that you must have heard about…Yes, that one!… Maybe did you even read a few pages secretly?

So, let’s forget everything about that other one.
•This story takes place in 1941. Lina is a young Lithuanian girl like many others. Obsessed about Edvard Munch‘s work,she draws, she paints, she lives a comfortable life with her loving family and has just been accepted into one of the most prestigious art schools in Europe. Until the 14th of June. Her whole life stops: the NKVD, also known as the frightening Soviet police Organization, invades her home.

“He threw his burning cigarette onto our clean living room floor and ground it into the wood with his boot.
We were about to become cigarettes. »

• It is the beginning of a terrifying journey as we follow Lina, her mother and her brother,  who are deported to different gulags and hostile places inhabited by hostile soldiers…
Loaded in cattle train car, they travel hundreds of miles throughout the huge territory of Russia. The conditions of their compelled travel are inhuman: a mother has to give birth to her baby on her own, on the overcrowded and dirty car, helped by some passengers. Obviously, the prisonners can’t go out as they are pleased and don’t have any other place to do their business than in the floor of the car itself…

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They are crossing the Arctic Circle to arrive to work camp located in the coldest parts of Siberia, where they have to dig for beets, do different kinds of exhausting chores… In other words: they have to fight for their lives under the crulest, least humane conditions. Actually, some of the characters sometimes make shocking choices to gain a better life or enable their relatives not to have as many hardships as the others… Lina finds her solace in her ability to draw, meticulously. She identifies herself in the events that she draws to remember, although she takes great risks as she sends these messages to her father’s camp, hopefully.

« Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother’s was worth a pocket watch. »

This is a story hard to read but also so hard to stop reading.
This is a story about an unbelievable strengh, about love and hope, about survival but it also shows how cruel and unsensitive humans can be.

In 1939, the Soviet Union invaded the three small Baltic countries, that are Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. The Kremlin created a list of people considered as Antisovietic and condamned to be assassinated, imprisonned or deported to Siberia to be confined to the level of slaves. These people were doctors, lawyers, teachers, writers, musicians, artists, even librarians, soldiers, or businessmen: them and their families were part of an always longer list. The list of a mass extermination project’s victims. The first deportations happened on the 14th of June 1941.
•The writer, Ruta Septetys is the daughter of a lithuanian officer who managed to escape these camps but some of her relatives didn’t have this luck and died there. She wrote her first book about this subject because it is part of her family’s story, as well as because this aspect of the II World War is still unknown to this day. Surrounded by the Soviet Union and The Nazis’ Empire, the Baltic States were forgotten from the world and simply disapeared from the maps. She travelled to Lithuania several times to write this book and met families, inhabitants who survived, psychologists, historians…This story was based on true events. It is estimated that Josef Staline assassinated more than 20 billions of people during his Terror reign. In 1991, after 50 years of occupation, the Baltic countries found their independance back, as well as peace and dignity. They prefered hope to hatred and showed to the world that there is always light at the end of the darkest tunnel.

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Have you ever heard of this story before?

« In the midst of winter, i found there was, within me, an invincible summer. » -A.CAMUS

Little Richard

Rock’n’Roll during the sixties

Hello everyone. For the first article of the month. I want to make an article in relation with our theme at school, The history of United states and particularly Segregation during the sixties. So we’re going to talk about Little Richards.

Little Richard or we can also called him by his real name, Richard Wayne Pennieman. He is an American author, pianist, artist and actor. Born the 5th 1932 december. Little Richards is both a legend of the rock’n’roll during the fifties and one of the first musical artist to recognize favor of white public. In 2008, the prestigious magazine Rolling stones considered him like one the best singer of the world. He makes incredible songs like Good Golly, Miss Molly, Rit It Up, Lucille or Tutti Frutti. One of his famous song was Long tall Sally and she was used (reprise) by many artist or band like The Beatles. I give you the clip video of Long Tall Sally with the lyrics of the music.

« Gonna tell Aunt Mary ’bout Uncle John,
He claim he has the misery but he’s havin’ a lot of fun,
Oh baby, yeah baby, woo, baby
Havin’ me some fun tonight yeah

Well long, tall Sally
She’s built for speed, she got
Everything that Uncle John need, oh baby,
Yeah baby, woo baby,
Havin’ me some fun tonight yeah

Well, I saw Uncle John with long tall Sally
He saw Aunt Mary comin’ and he ducked back in the alley oh baby,
Yeah baby, woo baby,
Havin’ me some fun tonight, yeah ow

Well, long, tall Sally
She’s built for speed, she got
Everything that Uncle John need oh baby,
Yeah baby, woo baby,
Havin’ me some fun tonight yeah

Well, I saw Uncle John with bald head Sally
He saw Aunt Mary comin’ and he ducked back in the alley oh baby,
Yeah baby, woo baby,
Havin’ me some fun tonight, yeah

We gonna have some fun tonight,
We gonna have some fun tonight, woo
Have some fun tonight, everything’s all right,
Have some fun, have me some fun tonight »

It was important for me to make an article about this man. Not only because he is a legend but also Litlle Richard inspired The beatles, Elton John, David bowie or a an amazing singer in 1980 Prince. He influenced his era with his rebel and personalty moreover with his clothes style

I like him, especially his musics, Long Tall Sally is for myself the best. I appreciate this kind of music. It was a time where music still cool and fun. Of course, this is just my subjectif point of view. That’s all for me, see you for the next article. It could probably about a movie, Bye and take care yourself.

Harry Potter and the cursed child – Jack Thorne


Being a huge fan of Harry Potter, I couldn’t miss the new book named Harry Potter and the cursed child. And so I’ve decided to write an article about it.

First, let me tell you that this sequel, if we can say so, is the script of the play which has the same title. We can find the same characters, the same universe… But 19 years after the last book. Indeed, Harry is 37 years old now, and has two sons : James Sirius Potter and Albus Severus Potter, and one daughter : Lily Luna Potter. Moreover, Harry is working for the magical law enforcement. About Hermione, she is now the minister of magic. Also, she is married to Ron (who is holding « Weasley’s wizard wheezes ») and has two children : Rose and Hugo Granger-Weasley. To conclude about the characters, Draco is also present, with his son Scorpius Malfoy but without his wife since we learn that she is dead.

Now I will talk a little about the story. The story begins at the King’s cross station and the Hogwarts Express’ arrival. Harry’s son, Albus, and Hermione’s daughter, Rose, are in the train (it reminds us when Harry and Ron took it in the first book). But unlike the original story, Albus is becoming friend with Scorpius. Anyway, both are chose to integrate Slytherin, whereas Rose is going to Gryffindor. Then, and for their time in Hogwarts, we will see the three kids facing many difficulties, and especially for the two boys since Rose will become popular. I won’t tell you more about it, otherwise it will ruin everything because you really should read this book.

Even if the writing is completly different from J.K’s, the magical universe that has rocked my childhood is still here. Nonetheless, some details bothered me  (few dead characters are back, and there are contradictions about the time-turner for instance).  Nevermind, I was so pleased that a new book was published!! 

 

If your a fan, or if you like Harry Potter’s world, I advice you to read it.

The Mystery of the Yellow Room, Gaston Leroux

Today, I would like to share with you a book that I’ve just finished. It’s a very famous French crime novel. It was published in 1907 and was adapted to the cinema many times. I obviously speak about the well-known Mystery of the yellow room written by Gaston Leroux. To sum up this story, I would only say that a very mysterious murder was committed. The aggressor managed to escape from a totally sealed room (door closed, windows too, no fireplace …). Two characters have to solve this case: a policeman named Larsan and a reporter named Rouletabille, there both are known to have already solved famous mysteries. The narrator is Saintclair, a lawyer and a closed-friend from Rouletabille. He accompanies and helps him. At the beginning, the story makes me remind of one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s short novel intituled The Adventure of the Speckled Band and of another short novel written by Edgar Allan Poe entitled The Murders in the Rue Morgue (in both stories characters were murdered in a closed room). Though, the author wants to stop us in our reasoning. Indeed, the narrator, Saintclair, pronounces these words (it’s an approximately translation that I made seeing as the author was French so the quotation was in French): “this mystery is the most surprising that I know, even in the imaginary domain. In The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Edgar Poe invented nothing similar. The crime place was close enough to not let the murderer flee but there was a window by which the killer could run away. But here, there is no opening.” and in a note from the author: “Conan Doyle talks about the same kind of mystery in the short novel intituled The Adventure of the Speckled Band. In a sealed room, a terrible murder is done. […] In the room, there was an adequate air intake to allow the assassin to get in and out the room.” In this way, we understand that G. Leroux was ‘in competition’ with these two writers. Like Conan Doyle and Poe, he uses the principle of a detective who came back in all of his novels (the detective in question is Rouletabille and he wrote more than ten sequels to the Mystery of the yellow room). Nevertheless, I’ve read the three stories (whose I talked) and they are all different. The Mystery of the yellow room is certainly the one that I prefer: I liked the writing of the author, characters that he created and, obviously, the resolution of the case. I would like to read the direct sequel intituled The Perfume of the woman in black.
Do you have already read this book? If not, would you like to read it?

The Age of Adaline, 2015

Eternal youth is one of the greatest human fantasies. It raises questions differently about the meaning of life.

Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) is beautiful, young , and a whole life ahead of her. Born in 1908, this American lives a quiet and happy life. She meets a man , marries him and gives birth to a baby girl : Flemming . But in the early 30s, as she raises her child alone after the death of her husband, Adaline is the victim of a car accident . Since she no longer ages . This can be a tempting escape from our human condition , but here it forces the heroine to flee. The FBI wants her to take tests . She’s no longer safe .

The eternal young woman is forced to move every ten years to not make public her particularity. Flemming become older than her mother, who face the years without a wrinkle. Adaline is locked up in a solitary lifestyle. But her routine is disrupted when she meets Ellis Jones, a wealthy philanthropist who gives her a new taste for life. Only problem : the father of the young man , William Jones (Harrison Ford) , had an affair with her in the 60’s .

This interesting theme is added to a nice story . This is not the first time that the concept of immortality is addressed in a production. This is a subject that fascinates the human being who’s desperate to not being able to escape the aging and death .

It’s definitely not my favorite movie , but it deserves to be seen and appreciated. Designed more like a romantic comedy than a reflection film ,  » Adaline  » is nonetheless a beautiful film . The film is full of visual effects , beautiful aerial shots and thoughtful flashbacks .

The mother / daughter relationship and the reversal of position that causes the immortality of the heroine, who sees his own child become octogenarian , are very well staged. Overall, this film offers us a good time.

Zootopia

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Hi everyone! 😀
So I’ve recently watched the latest Disney movie which name is Zootopia. I think that it’s now one of my favorite animated movies ? so I’ve decided to write an article about it because I think that it could be interesting.

Zootopia is an excellent animated movie realized by Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush There’s a lot of references of our  society (like the technology (the logo of Apple wich is a carrot for exemple 😉 ), racism, the slowness of the administration and so on…) There’s also many famous film references like: « The Godfather » , with the moles (funny moments by the way 😉 ), the « Attack of the 50 Foot Woman« , with Judy at the tiny town… And the thing which is really funny is that animals in this movie look like true humans, which is kinda surprising (in the good way of course.)

So the story is about Judy Hopps which is a rabbit who wish to become the first rabbit officer in the department police of Zootopia city. Judy’s boss underestimate her, so she’ll prove him her value. She’ll meet Nick Wilde, a cunning fox who will help her to solve a kidnapping case (because Judy balckmailed him so he was forced to help her). I really love this duo they’re just Awesome!! 😀

     I won’t tell you more about the plot, because I don’t want to spoil you guys.       I really advice you to watch it, it totally worth it trust me 😉 + they’re alot of funny moments like the one with the sloth Flash (whose name is clearly ironic hahaha ) I hope you’ll see it by yourself. 

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              Here’s the trailer, I hope you’ll watch this fantastic movie, ENJOY! 😀 

Red Right Hand

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Red Right Hand is a song interpreted by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, an Australian alternative rock band, in their album « Let Love In » this song was released in 1994. The title is a reference to Paradise Lost, a epic poem written by John Milton, « Red Right Hand » is a quote from this poem it says:

«  In my house he wrote « His red right hand ».« 

 

In the poem, it refers to the vengeful hand of God. The meaning of this song isn’t totally clear, some people will say that it refers to the political life, others say that it refers to a crime and some others to the Devil.                                                                                                                 And you, what do you think about it?

Here’s the lyrics:

Take a little walk to the edge of town
and go across the tracks
Where the viaduct looms,
like a bird of doom
As it shifts and cracks
Where secrets lie in the border fires,
in the humming wires
Hey man, you know
you’re never coming back
Past the square, past the bridge,
past the mills, past the stacks
On a gathering storm comes
a tall handsome man
in a dusty black coat with
a red right hand

He’ll wrap you in his arms,
tell you that you’ve been a good boy
He’ll rekindle all the dreams
it took you a lifetime to destroy
He’ll reach deep into the hole,
heal your shrinking soul,
but there won’t be a single thing
that you can do
He’s a god, he’s a man,
he’s a ghost, he’s a guru
They’re whispering his name
through this disappearing land
But hidden in his coat
is a red right hand

You don’t have no money?
He’ll get you some
You don’t have no car?
He’ll get you one
You don’t have no self-respect,
you feel like an insect
Well don’t you worry buddy,
’cause here he comes
Through the ghettos and the barrio
and the bowery and the slum
A shadow is cast wherever he stands
Stacks of green paper in his
red right hand

You’ll see him in your nightmares,
you’ll see him in your dreams
He’ll appear out of nowhere but
he ain’t what he seems
You’ll see him in your head,
on the TV screen
And hey buddy, I’m warning
you to turn it off
He’s a ghost, he’s a god,
he’s a man, he’s a guru
You’re one microscopic cog
in his catastrophic plan
Designed and directed by
his red right hand

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Some facts about this song:
« Red Right Hand » have been used many time in the popular culture:
– In cinema with the movie Peaky Blinders (2013), in Scream 1 & 2 (in fact, Nick Cave recorded another version of as « Red Right Hand 2 » for Scream 3.)
-« Red Right Hand have also been recorded by Arctic Monkeys an English indie rock band , there’s another version covered by PJ Harvey and some others artists.

It’s been not very long that I discovered this song, but the first time that I heard it, I immediatly love it ? it’s maybe because it’s quite mysterious…

Here’s the link of the song, enjoy! 😉

Fool’s assassin by Robin Hobb

The book Fool’s assassin is an epic fantasy novel part of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy, written by the american author Robin Hobb. Published in 2014, this modern fantasy novel tells the story of Fitz Chivalry Farseer and his peacefull retirement at Bukkeep Castle.

This is a world with a monarchy reign ruled by the six duchies, who watches on the education of magic and the people who have that gift. Living his retirement with his wife as former assassin of the king, his life will be suddenly longing for his past activity, his « wit » will awake. Mysterious visitors came during the winter festivities, who were part of the Fool, with pale skin and claiming to be musicians, that night a scream came  from the upstairs of his home, blood trickling to the floor and apparently no sight of the Fool…

In this world of beauty, mystery and the proof of family love, I find this book really rich in english vocabulary and love the described landscapes, the style and in this period of time where you ride only by horse, the style is authentic .

Beetlejuice, a film by Tim Burton

Beetlejuice is a film by the director Tim Burton in 1988. It’s first version was a horror story, but they decided to change the scenario to put more fun and comic. It won an oscar of the best makeup and was one of Tim Burton’s success.

The film tells the story of a young couple who just died in a car accident. On the return home, they pass infront of a mirror and realise that there is no reflection: they have become ghosts. After the discover of their death, an excentric family decides to move in and tranform the house with modern sculptures and painting, but the lovers are not going to let them stay forever, they have to make a plan.

An underground world is run by dead people: secretary, the workers, and the manager, the lovers will seek help there and will be warned to not go and see the famous beetlejuice, a filthy pervert and claimes to be a « bio-exorsist ». Stuck between dispair and fear, they will accept his help, but will use drastic mesures to scare the family away. The daughter, quite depressive and wierd will see them and will save them from beetlejuice’s claws.

This film is one of the most bizarre I’ve ever seen but one that made me laugh alot, if you love Tim Burton, I recommend this film at one hundred percent!

Talon by Julie Kagawa

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Talon is a novel written by Julie Kagawa and was published in 2014.

This book is part of the serie of three books who takes us into a world where dragons and humans live prosper together, but not in the way we would expect.

Ember Hill and Dante Hill, both brother and sister, were born in Talon and raised to one day discover their destiny : work for Talon by being Basilic, Vipers… which are litteraly Killing machines, trained to fight against st.George, their legendary ennemy. Sent to Crescent beach in a host family, they have been trained to stay in their human form to not be uncovered, as well as many more expectations of complete obedience. Ember is a rebel character and her only dream is to fly, so she learns how to surf and makes human friends, even if you’re in human form it isn’t that simple to be sociable. Throughout the story she will become impatient and stubborn with her brother, and will brake the rules, but she doesn’t know that in her friend groupe one of them finds out to be part of st.George and has one mission: to find those hatchlings detected in the area and take them down.  An impossible love story will tangle up the soldier’s plans and Ember will be torn between a peacefull life and the worlds that seperates her and the people she loves.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Has the continuation to a victorious battle, the brave Macbeth, subject of king Duncan of Scotland, meets three witches who indicate him as the duke of Glamis, the duke of Cawdor, and future king.  A short time later, Macbeth is informed that king, in return for his courage, makes duke of Cawdor. Macbeth expresses the singular interview in his wife who is going to urge him to murder king to take his place, so realizing the third prediction of three witches. The reign of Macbeth, guided by the fear, the guilt and the misty words of three witches which he questions as for his future, is placed under the sign of the murders and the injustice. Macbeth eventually rises up againts a revolt, and will be murdered

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

This novel was published in United States on 1951.

He is written to the first person, the main character named Holden Caufield, who tells his three days in New York after having made sent back to college of Pencey. First, he talks of his camarades of college, particulary Ackley et Stradlater, that he does not appreciate ; then he leaves Pencey for go in New York. He does’nt retourns at his home because his relative do not know sound sends back. He passes three days in New York and go to numerous places (bar, hotel, museum…) and he finished to returns at his home for see his sister. Finally, he must be found a new college and work more for have a better future.
Holden Caufield is a character lost and not sur of himeself. He doesn’t like very much things, only the childhood and his family, but he is very charming and moving…. It is necessary to read this novel !

The Danish girl by Tom Hooper.

     The Danish Girl is a movie by Tom Hooper. We have to know that this film is taken from two books. The first was published in 1933 : Man into Woman: The First Sex Change. In 2000, David Ebershoff published a novel inspired by the life of Lili and Gerda.

     The movie takes place in 1930 in Denmark and tell the story of Gerda and Einar Wegener, a couple who share the same passion for arts. However, Gerda has trouble, she have difficulties to sell her paintings while Einar is successful. One day, the young woman asks at her husband to play her model dressing with women clothes. Einar is upset because he discovers that he loves it and realize that he was born in the wrong body. To laugh, Gerda request to Einar to impersonate a woman during a party. Einar took the name of « Lili » and is approached by a man who's fell in love.

     This is not surprising, but in 1930 (and again now), « the feminism » is dramatically expressed by the appearance and coquetry. Gerda and Lili talk about sexism in their writings. Today, doesn't be conform to the society exposes to disapproving reactions and also violence. The Danish girl celebrates the courage to be oneself. Einar underwent, surgery to change sex. During this time, Gerda don't want,don't understant. She's angry, desesperate but she sacrifices herself for the great love of her life.

     I wanted to write about this movie, because I'm a big fan of Eddie Redmayne. And most precisely because I like the « historical » films who critic society. Here we have a stereotypical view of femininity, shocking those who still suffer from the rigidity of these « gender cases ». But I was more affected because in 2016, we are still behind stories similar to that of Lili. A transsexual person should not have to « conform » to be accepted.

Torn by Cat Clarke.

 

After to be non-fiction author, the British Cat Clarke dedicates himself to literature for young adults. Her novel, Torn was published in 2013 and was a great success in England.

This novel talk about Alice King, 16 years old who leave with her class for a trip to Scotland. She did not expect dream vacation but she would never have imagined the nightmarish twist that will take the events. The girl and her best friend Cass find themselves having to share a cottage with Polly, the asocial, Rae, the bipolar Gothic, and Tara, the queen of plagues, popular, beautiful, and cruel. Tara have a real bad comportment with the girls. She likes nothing better than putting people down. Cass intends to take this week to give to Tara a lesson she will not soon forget. The victims have decided that the time for revenge has come.

The book tells the story « after » the life of Alice and her friends, following the death of Tara. When Alice tells what happenned, it was horrible and intense. The atmosphere was ponderous. The rest of the book is based on it and on her insecurities, doubts and guilt. And of course, love is mingled with this story. Except Alice did not really have the right to love the man that she loves. Cat Clarke has a black humor quite excellent, I found that although we do not know how would end this story. Because for morality, she could not let Alice get away while she played a role in the murder. But at the same time, Alice is not totally guilty. She’s a good girl.

To conclude, Cat Clarke written again a good book who gives goosebumps until the end. We have engaging characters. We feel and understand how guilt for some people, how everyone handles grief as he wishes. Above all, we understand that it is important to bear the consequences of our acts.

Antichrist Superstar by Marilyn Manson,1996.

 

 

 

Brian Hugh Warner, also known as Marilyn Manson come from the United States of America, and grew up in the state of Ohio. Solitary, the boy lived in an almost alarming indifference. In addition, Bryan crossing a succession of events that led him to withdraw into himself : studies in a strict Catholic institution and inadapted to his personality, victim of racket and violence on the part of his comrades, etc… In the end, the teenager he was, turned to rock culture, a passion he shared with his father. Then, out of pure rebellion, he committed thefts and other petty offenses, and was introduced to drugs. At the end of his studies he became a journalist, specifically music critic for several magazines. The fact to interview many celebrities decides him to turn to music. And this is where the real fun begins ! Bryan invents an avatar, a character symbolizing everything he hates in the right-thinking American. It is a kind of fusion of all the fears they have lived during his youth. Marilyn Manson is the combination of two distinct facets of U.S.A. On the one hand we have glamor, superficial aesthetics, richness with Marilyn Monroe. On the other we have violence, death, unhealthy, madness with Charles Manson.

Today, i’m going to talk about the album Antichrist Superstar released by Marilyn Manson in 1996. At the time, nobody expected such a shock because Marilyn Manson was a band as others, which was especially marked by his cover of Sweet Dreams (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUvVdTlA23w) and a certain aesthetic research. But with this album, the band made its debut in the rock’nroll circus.

In this album, the band delivers a vicious music that makes feel the chaos and confusion through aggressive music, sound rather dirty and full, sometimes sticky. Manson, weak and strong contrasts with the music Beautiful People and violently rejects religion as the source of weakness with The Reflecting God. Brian Hugh Warner, with this disc want rise and reach the summits and it’s why he decided to go as far as possible in the destruction to get out more stronger. Sleep deprivation and food, drug and sexual wanderings, everything has met to put us in an extreme emotional state. His singing is affected, especially skinned and threatening, like his words, especially collection of twisted metaphors in Tourniquet.
Manson uses the rebellion. Fallen angel, Luciferian, he won with strength as the new nightmare of America who is a victim of religious fundamentalism, handling, commercial and moral perversion, hypocrisy and fear that must be abandoned. Man must regain confidence in him, but for this cause shall a positive Apocalypse. Destroy to rebuild in a better shape. He opened the lid of his suggestion box for a furiously filthy and nasty result degenerated witness of his time. The album nevertheless reached with almost minimalist Man That You Fear, strange lament that the image of the clip finally offer a human and fragile face to the group.

To conclude, Antichrist Superstar retains the venom that made his reputation, and remains for many the best album of Marilyn Manson. Real shout of victory over oneself and call to transcendence, it is also the opportunity to measure how much more a Marilyn Manson album goes beyond just music. By his aggressiveness, aesthetic care of his videos, concerts violence that accompany. He imposed as the new rock sensation metal and the public enemy Number 1 in the US.

If you want discover the album, you can clik here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMV6M2Vnqpc 🙂

Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett

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Hey everyone!! Today is a special day… (No I am joking.), I’m not going to talk you about a novel but about Theater!! Moreover, it fits to one of the topics we saw in LELE… The Nonsense Drama! You know, it’s a Drama where all the logic and the rules of the languages are not applied….

Waiting for Godot is a play written by Samuel Beckett in 1953 in Paris. Samuel Afficher l'image d'origineBeckett was born in 1906 and died in 1989. It’s the first play of Beckett, who wrote a lot of novels before that. Although Beckett is an Irish man, he wrote this play in French!! He’s one of the most famous Nonsense playwright who give birth to this genre. It was a real success and it’s really well-known at this time. There is only 2 act in this play.

But… What is the story?

It’s the story of 2 characters who are called: Vladimir and Estragon. We know that they are waiting Godot, for a long time already, and they are persuaded that this man will coming. He gave them an Appointment, but we don’t really know when and where… Waiting for Godot, they are talking of a lot of things, of the life, of Godot..

At the middle of the first Act, 2 characters are coming: Pozzo and Lucky, they are pretty strange: Actually, Pozzo is holding Lucky with a rope, and treats him like a horse, because Lucky is holding all the Pozzo’s objects. Pozzo discuss with the 2 main characters and they are talking him that they are waiting Godot.

In the 2nd Act, it’s the next day, and Godot is still missing. A boy said to the main characters that he works for Godot but he don’t know if he going to coming.

Will manage them to find Godot?

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I really liked this play! In fact, I never read a Nonsense play in French and I found it really funny, strange and it wasn’t hard to understand!

At the beginning, I was like: “What? What are they saying? It’s so illogical!”, but I remembered that it was a Nonsense Theater! But, after, we understand better what the main characters are saying (even if there isn’t logic).

We find a lot of elements of Nonsense like neologism (a knouk > a slave), nonsense tautology…

The fact that they are talking of everything and anything, and are changing all the time the subjects of the conversation, make the play really funny and interesting.

For instance: As they are in front of a tree, they decided to hang themselves. They are saying that it’s for spend their time! If Godot is coming they are safe! And as they have no rope, they are talking of another things.

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And during the play, at any moment, when one of the two characters wants to move, the other said : “ we can’t” “We’re waiting for Godot”. And they stay in the same place…

According many people, Godot is a sort of religious character. Indeed, the name Godot is made of God, but there isn’t a really specific explanation at this time… We can suppose that Vladimir and Estragon are waiting a saviour…

It can be really strange at time, and it’s REALLY REALLY different than the others genre like the novel…

Oh, I forgot to say that it’s a really short play to read (I read this in only 2 hours!).

I advise you to read Waiting for Godot!! Have you already read that? 🙂

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Silk- Alessandro Baricco

Hey everyone! How are you? I’m going to speak about a book that we had to read for the French class! It is pretty different from all the books that I presented before, because there is not a lot of humor….

Silk is a novel written by Alessandro Baricco, a young Italian writer, in 1996. The original title is “Seta”. It was a real success in few months and It was a bestseller!Soie is the 3rd novel written by the author.  There was a film adaptation in 2007 by François Girard.

So, I’m going to talk about the book!

The scene takes place in the 19th century in France. It’s the story of Hervé Joncour, a French man, who decided to travel to Japan to buy another silkworms, because his production was contaminated by a disease.. After crossing Russia, he arrived in Japan, he met Hara Kei a Japanese village headman, and his mistress, who gave him many silkworms. After many travels, Herve felt in love with the Hara Kei’s mistress, and began a mysterious relationship with her, although he has already a woman, Helène. And one day, he received a letter which is written is Japanese.. He didn’t know who had written this.. He discovered that it’s the Helene’s letter, and she explain him a lot of things, she knows about the mysterious relationship between Herve and the mistress ( we don’t have her name..).

There is the war in Japan, and Herve can’t return in the country, and he decided to stop his journeys, and tells his experience to the inhabitants of his town.

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It’s a pretty good story, but as I said before, there is not a lot of humor.. It’s a really serious book, with romance. I know that many people don’t like this sort of book, and usually I don’t like it!

It can be sometimes a little bit boring, especially when Herve tells us his travel, it’s always described with the same words.. But there is however suspense and mystery, because we don’t know who had written the letter to Herve, and when he returned to japan, the village wasn’t here, they had moved, all was destroyed by the war in Japan.

The Novel is filled of numerous metaphor, and poetic pictures.. It is really beautiful at times!

Do you know this book ? Have you already read it ?

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Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett and was published in 1952. Samuel Beckett is an Irish author, poet and playwright.  He was a main character in the theatre called « Theatre of the Absurd ». He was born in 1906 and he died in 1989. His  literary movement is the Modernism and Nonsense. Waiting for Godot is a play of Nonsense. It is composed two acts and the original text is a translation to French, because Beckett wrote in english and in french. The first representation was in the theater of Babylone in Paris.

In Waiting for Godot, we have two mains characters : Estragon and Vladimir. They are in the countryside, near a tree. In the play, we have probably a poor stage set. The two characters are alone. They are surely longtime friends. Vladimir is the smartest than Estragon but he is too a little naive and  there is Estragon who is stupid and he is  strange. Both are Tramps. Both waited  for someone who called Godot but we understand to the end of the first act that Gadot never come and we don’t know if he exist really. There are two others characters : Pozzo and Lucky. Their relation is like master and slave. Pozzo is the master and Lucky is the slave but he is treated like an animal, because Pozzo holds him with a rope and he gives him orders like a dog. It is a strange relation between these two characters. Te four characters meet and speak but their coversation are not really logic.

For me, this play is difficult to understand, because it is Nonsense and i don’t really like that, there are no real plot or purpose. But this play is funny and the book reads quickly. I read Waiting for Godot, because we studied this book in French literature.

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Basketball diaries

« You’re growing up. And rain sort of remains on the branches of a tree that will someday rule the Earth. And it’s good that there is rain. It clears the month of your sorry rainbow expressions, and it clears the streets of the silent armies…
so we can dance. »

Basketball diarie is a film inspired from the autobiographical book of Jim Carroll.

It tells the story of Jim, a thirteen years old boy, he is an accomplished basketball player. Jim and his friends begin to steal , to rip off and to use illicit substances. Jim keep a diary and actually Jim is a very talentuous writer. This film shows the ups and downs of a city, New York during the Sixties.

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Jim takes drugs increasingly, he is addict to heroin and consume others substances.

A friend of Jim has lekemia and is forced to stay in his bed in hospital. Jim, unlike his other friends often comes to visit him.
Despite writing, sports and his sick friend nothing can stop Jim’s addiction.
Jim is gradually removed from his basketball team, his school and home by his mother. He begins dating the most disreputable places of New York.

This film is directed by Scott Kalvert in 1995. In headlining we can see the actors Leonardo Dicaprio, Mark Wahlberg ( The Yards, 2000) and Lorraine Bracco (Goodfellas, 1990).

I really liked this film because thans to the main character who Leonardo embodies at perfection I can see how you can quickly fall in an inadapted environment and how it can be difficult to stop be addict to something. And to conclude this film is very poetic.

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Shining by Stephen King


Shining is a horror and fantastic novel written by Stephen King in 1977. This book is the third book published by Stephen King. In 2013 a following based on the main character (Daniel Torrance) has been published “Doctor Sleep”.
This story is about a man; Jack Torrance who decided to regain control following to his alcoholism which made him lost his job of teacher at the university. So he decided to accept an employment of guardian in an isolated hotel in the Colorado’s mountain. Jack is a complicated man, he’s intelligent, attached to his family composed of Wendy Torrance (his wife) and Daniel Torrance (his son) but he is really impulsive.
Daniel Torrance has a supernatural power The Shining, in the hotel he can see things coming to the past (ghost) or to the future. He learns to know Dick Halloran, the cook of the hotel who like Daniel has The Shining and even his short age Daniel has more elevated power than Dick. Daniel and Dick share the same secret and became friends.
The hotel tries several times to possess Daniel in the goal to take him his power. Daniel enough mature for his age ignored it. So the hotel takes control on Jack Torrance who now see his family like his enemy.
A night Jack becoming insane because of the hotel tried to kill his own son. A pursuit began between Jack, Daniel and Wendy. Daniel feeling in danger calls Dick thanks to The Shining. Whereas Jack is going to the basement in the goal to prevent the explosion of the old boiler of the hotel which needs to be adjusted every day, it is too late, Daniel, Wendy and Dick escaped of the hotel and Jack dies in the explosion.
A film directed by Stanley Kubrick is the most famous adaptation of this thriller.

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo is an animated movie released in 2003, produced by Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Andrew Stanton.
It tells the story of Marin, a clownfish, who tries to find his son Nemo, who had been captured by a human. Hopefuly for Marin, the human who captures Nemo lost his mask in the water where his adress is written : 42 Wallaby Way, Sidney. At the beginning of his research, Marin mets Dori, a fish without memory. Dori is very kind but she annoys a little bit Marin because she forget all and she’s not very serious. Nemo, on his side, is in an aquarium in a dentist’s cabinet, and the dentist wants to give Nemo to his niece Darla, a violent and excited little girl who kills fishes. Nemo and his new friends of the aquarium try to escape, while Marin is approaching Sidney. During his research, Marin, who is overprotective, learn a lot of things about the ocean, kids, education…
This movie is really moving, it’s not just a childlish movie, there is a real psychology. It’s funny, touching, movie, and the characters are really friendly and we have to admit that the graphisms are not so bad for a 2003 movie.

Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands is an american movie made by Tim Burton in 1990 with Johnny Depp, Winona Rider and Diane Wiest. It’s the story of a lonely creator who wants to spend time with somebody, so he creates Edward. But the creator dies before finishing him and let Edward alone in a big manor with scissors at the place of his hands. One day, a cosmetic seller, Peg Boggs, come in the manor to sell her products but she sees Edward with his scary hands and a lot of scars on his face. Firstly she’s affraid but she realizes that he’s kind and she bring him back to her house. Edward fall in love with Peg’s daughter, Kim. When Edward arrives in the little tows of the Bogg’s, all the neighborhood is kind and cool with him, but a little accident makes that one day, all his friends are against him.

Edward Scissorshand is a beautiful movie, funny, poetic, moving… I recommand you to watch it and I hope you’ll love it like I loved it.

the end-doors

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I’ll never look into your eyes…again

Can you picture what will be
So limitless and free
Desperately in need…of some…stranger’s hand
In a…desperate land

Lost in a Roman…wilderness of pain
And all the children are insane
All the children are insane
Waiting for the summer rain, yeah

There’s danger on the edge of town
Ride the King’s highway, baby
Weird scenes inside the gold mine
Ride the highway west, baby

Ride the snake, ride the snake
To the lake, the ancient lake, baby
The snake is long, seven miles
Ride the snake…he’s old, and his skin is cold

The west is the best
The west is the best
Get here, and we’ll do the rest

The blue bus is callin’ us
The blue bus is callin’ us
Driver, where you taken’ us

The killer awoke before dawn, he put his boots on
He took a face from the ancient gallery
And he walked on down the hall
He went into the room where his sister lived, and…then he
Paid a visit to his brother, and then he
He walked on down the hall, and
And he came to a door…and he looked inside
Father, yes son, I want to kill you
Mother…I want to…fuck you

C’mon baby, take a chance with us
C’mon baby, take a chance with us
C’mon baby, take a chance with us
And meet me at the back of the blue bus
Doin’ a blue rock
On a blue bus
Doin’ a blue rock
C’mon, yeah

Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

It hurts to set you free
But you’ll never follow me
The end of laughter and soft lies
The end of nights we tried to die

This is the end

 

This song named « the end », it’s an extract of the first Doors’ album intitled « the Doors ». It was writing in 1967 by Jim Morrisson and his musicians.

This band born in L.A Californie, in 1665, and during the 7 following years, they going down in music history. Now The Doors are considerated as one of the biggest 70’s rock band.

But Jim Morrisson who was a drug addict, died at the age of 27 years old, and the band fell 2 years after.

This song, is really psycheledic. He’s long, 12 minutes, and we have some long instrumental passages (an electric guitar solo, an electric piano solo, …)

In the text, we don’t know if Jim talks about a girl, about him, about his parents …

Firstly we can thing he sing about his last girlfriend, but fastly, we can’t follow him. He talks about a « blue bus » and a killer. (Jim was fascinated by the dead.)

He mentionned his parents, but we can interpreted this as a reference to Sophocle, more precisly, to « Oedipe Roi ». He say « father, I want to kill you, Mother, I want to f*** you ».

In the drama « Oedipe Roi », Oedipe killed his father and married his mother.

To conclued, I love this song, because we really enter in the strange world of Jim Morrisson, with lot of contradictory feelings, pain and joy, calm and stressful at the same time.

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump it’s a film directed in 1994 by Robert Zemeckis. He is an Americain director, Producer and writer. Forrest Gump it’s a comedy drama.

Forrest Gump is an young americain with a low I.Q. The film follows his life. Forrest grows up with his best friend, Jenny. He loves her. All his life Forrest has a good intentions. He did many things like japan war. Forrest follows his dreams. All the movie Forrest Gump running, it’s his passion. « Forrest Gump » is the story of a man who struggled to his challenges, and who proved that determination, courage, and love are more important than cerebral ability. 

« Forrest Gump » it’s an amazing film, very interesting. It’s a lesson of tolerance. It’s an emotional film. I loved the story and Forrest’s character. « Forrest Gump » it’s a classic movie and I think all the people must see this movie.

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye by Salinger was published in 1945. It’s a story about Holden a teenager who losted his brother when he was a child. It’s the first book about a teenager.

The story is in first person narrative. Holden tells his story. When he was fired to his colege, again. In this books there are no rally actions. It’s a psychological book? It refered to the interrogations and the feelngs of a teenager. When in your life at fiveteen or sixteen you though you don’t your place in the world. When youre a little depressive and angry at the same time. Holden doesn’t understand the world around him, who are never feel the same emotions ? In this book there are a real reflexion about what think the youth. Holden doesn’t want to be an adult but he can’y stay a child, it’s tyical to teen periode.

I loved this story because the caracter, Holden, is very intersting for me. And the book was original at the time when it was published. It’s a reference of a book about teenagers.

Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot is an absurdist play written by Samuel Beckett. The first representation was in 1953 in Paris. This play is qualifies like a tragicomedy in two acts. The original french text was composed in 1949, and it was translate few times later. It’s the Nonsense genre.

In this play there are four charaters. Two main characters are Estragon and Vladimir and during all the play they are waiting for Godot, Meanwhile they meet Pozzo and his slave Lucky, these two characters are very strange. Pozzo is very tirannic, indeed he is very cruel with Lucky, we talk about a deshumanization of Lucky.

The play has no sense because characters are waiting for Godot but public knows that he will never coming and sometimes it’s very funny for example when Estragon and Vladimir do same movements or when Pozzo asks to Lucky if he can think, it’s a screed very funny.

But we feel also sorrow for them because they waiting someone who will never come.. It’s why we can sa that it’s a tragicomedy.

Personnally, I loved this play, it makes me smile and sometimes laugh

 

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The Catcher in the Rye

Hello everybody,

Today I am going talk about a famous novel of XX century. This novel is intitled The Catcher in the Rye. It was written by J.D Salinger and published in 1951. This book was a success.

The novel’s story is about a teenager who is unsure of himself, in fact he tells his story and we can feel that he is not very happy. He tells us his life in his boarding school with his friends, he talks about his dead brother, his parents, his sister.

Holden is a character very charming, personally I like him a lot for his way o thinking and others little things. We feel that Holden feels nostalgie of his childhood wich he is trys to find with his little sister, Phoébé. During all the novel we are charming by the story and the character.

I recommand you, I liked it.

good reading, bye

The Black Cat

Hi everybody ! I am super excited to introduce one of my favourite Gothic author, he is one of the most famous and I am pretty sure that you have already heard his name: Edgar Allan Poe.

I really want to speak about is novel named « Extraordinary Stories » or « Histoires extraordinaires » translate by Charles Baudelaire. Of course why Baudelaire have translaste Edgar’s tales ? It’s because his stories were not popular in his homeland. Poe’s work travelled Atlantic Ocean and Charles Baudelaire translated several Poe’s tales. Unfortunately in 1867 Baudelaire died and his translation was so important that it became THE french transaltion of Edgar Allan Poe’s tales.

Today, I want to talk about the short story called: The Black Cat. It was published in August, 1843 for the first time in The Saturday Evening Post. The unnamed narrator is obsessed by animals from the day he is born. He gets married and had a black cat named Pluto. He loves him during a time but when the character strats drinking things turns for the worst and he did some tortures to his cat and Pluto died. The narrator will be haunted by his crime and gets thrown into the madness. It’ a psychological story oriented by the obsession and the perversity for alcohol.

The Enemy

Hello everybody, the last week I have finished a book that I have discovered at the library: The Enemy by Charlie Higson. This book is an apocalyptic tennager novel went of the 3 September 2009 and it’s the firts of a series who has seven volumes.

The seen takes place in London after a pandemic virus who has turned adults in kinds of aggresive zombies like. We are focus on a group of survivor who took refuge in a desert Waitrose supermarket. Arran is the leader of the group, Achilleus the warrior in helping kids and in figth, Freak and Deke two adventurous best friends who tag every places they go and finally Maxie, the pacemaker. She organizes the life of the kids and makes sure that no one gets left behind.

When a stranger arrives here with a picture of Buckingham Palace and says that there is all the food and safety they need; Waitrose’s children have to take a decision: stay here and risk to be attack by adults or join their forces in an adventure in hopes of finding a place better but who could not be real ?

Birdman


Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), is a 2014 American black comedy film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.

This movie is just strangely awesome on a technique point it gives the impression of being made in single sequence plan, the staging is prodigious, all actors are good, their crediblity are breathtaking. It is hollowing that the history is also awesome … Well finally the opinions are shared about it, from the press reviews to the spectators, Iñárritu’s movies let an opinion different for every watchers.

However the film won four oscars in 2015:

Best Motion Picture of the Year“;

Best Achievement in Cinematography” ;

Best Writing, Original Screenplay “;

Best Achievement in Directing” .

And was nomined for five others.

Honestly it is very hard to speak about it without spoiler, so if you want to see it go, and back after to read this review, you will probably disagreed with my point of view, so let a feedback if you want to discuss.

Thomson Riggan, an actor goes to Brodway to make a representation of a book to make a drama it is called  » When we talk about love  » or « The unexpected virtue of ignorance”.

We learned that Thomson is tourmante by his former role in “Birdman” It is almost schizophrenic and imagines that he have power of Birdman he wants to detach took everything of his birdman image that people have of him throughout the film.

His ego, ( Symbolizes by a second voice in his head who is the Birdman), his family, his loves, all is challenged for himself.

The scenes when the ego of Riggan takes top are impossible to describe they are so epic, this film is just so full of originality.

The first sequence sets the tone of the movie, is absolutely masterful, so if you dont like it, just stop, you will not like the film .

The strength of this film is also in its soundtrack. The music perfectly correspond to the universe that this film offer, and complement him.W e did not realize it instantly, but musics carry us , and it’s because of the musics that the film is awesome because this movie is not very rich in action.

Some confusion is permanent during the film, and the end enlightens us , Birdman stay in the toilet and Riggan manages to finally split to him for the last minute

.After watching the film, you need to reflect on it, and make you own opinion.

Peter Pan

Hello,

  Today we talk about: Peter Pan. It is a famous book of James Barrie. The story began with a little girl: Wendy and there brother: John and Michel who went to Neverland accompanied by Peter Pan, the boy who never grows. In this country for children of numerous adventure await our heroes.

  Peter Pan is a tale but we can see in a adult vision. Because Peter is a character really more dark than we believe when were was more young. He is arrogant and he is overbearing see tyrannical with the lost boy. For exemple, the lost boy should not now a world who Peter don’t know,  or often Peter required lot oh thing at the lost boy. Also James Barrie criticized the children who refuses to grow. But he do not the praise of the adult man with a good job or a good family. Fot him, there man are not interresting. The only person than James Barriie compliments is the girl and the woman. He was fascinate by her. And for him, the excellence is the mother. All of the book seems to praise the mother.

Read this book nox was really interresing because I can see a world for chirldren with the recedes.



 


 

 


 

Blessed With A Curse

Blessed With A Curse is a song by Bring Me The Horizon. Bring Me The Horizon (or BMTH) is a band from Sheffield, in England. This (hard rock) band has done 6 albums since 2004. It is my favourite band, the singer is Oliver Sykes. I have been listening them for 4 years. I started listening to them with the album Suicide Season, a powerful album (like the others…)

Blessed With A Curse is a music from the album There is the hell believe me I’ve seen it, There is a heaven let’s keep it a secret (haha, yes, so long) it was of my favourite songs, I really love listening to it because it is…POWERFUL! (I will explain what I mean, after…)

SOME LYRICS (MY FAVOURITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) :

« Ever since this began,
I was blessed with a curse.
And for better or for worse,
I was born into a hearse.
I know I said my heart beats for you.
I was lying girl,
It beats for two.
Cause I’ve got your love
And I’ve got these voices.

Take back!
Every word I’ve said ever said to you.
Take back!
Every word I’ve said ever said to you.

(…)

Everything I touch turns to stone, turns to stone.
So wrap your arms around me,
And leave me on my own. (x2) »

In this song, Oliver explains that he doesn’t know how to fix things, because he breaks everything, he is powerless, he lies, and « Everything I touch turns to stone », he needs to take things out of him.

I think it is a powerful song because, when I am angry, I need to put my earphones and to listen it several times until I am better… Sometimes, I watch this video, it frees me, because we can see Oliver shouting, he takes out all the pain and the hate which he has inside of him, and when I listen to this music, it’s as if I was in his place, as if I also take my pain out of me, like him.  

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I saw BMTH in Paris yesterday, the April 14th 2016. It was the best moment of my life and it still the best moment of my life, they played this song, I was like "OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" haha, it was so powerful, more than the song on Deezer or on this video. I can't wait to see them again, I enjoyed this moment, every song was...wow.

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Pride and Prejudice

Today I will talk about Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen and published in 1813.I read this book one year ago and I liked it very much because of his romantic story but also because of his « writing style ».

The story tell us the sentimental life of 5 sisters and the main character is Elisabeth Bennet who falls in love of Mr Darcy (first she hates him), the friend of the man she must married. In fact, the mother of Elisabeth is determined to find an husband for each of her daughters to assure their future. Elisabeth notice all the ploys of her mother to reconcile her and her neighbour Mr Bingley with irony and even if she appreciates him she’s not in love.

Behind this romantic comedyJane Austen critisizes the rigidity of the English society of the XVIII-XIXth Century. Indeed at the time a woman must be married and she doesn’t chosen her husband. The main theme of this book is marriage and money but also sincerity and truth,

I like this book because it’s sensitive and writte with humor and characters are engaging and appealing. The decor plunges us in a beautiful world with beautiful garden and hill, a little cottage and a large castle… I remember I was very fascinated by this book and his story!

Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory is American anti-war novel created and published by the american Humphrey Cobb in 1935. The story speaks about the case of Souain’caporals. Louis Girard, Lucien Lechat, Louis Lefoulon and Téophile Maupas are condemns of revolts and have been shot for the exemple. This is one of many case on the mutiny during the first world war.

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First, We need to talk about the context. The big war starts on july, the 28th 1914 in Europe. After 1915, the war continues mainly in France between two power nations, France and Germany. The war is very awful with so many deaths on the field. At the beginning of the 1915’year, many cases of mutiny are seen. The most famous is the case of Souain’s caporals.

Humphrey Cobb critics here, the stupidity of the war and soldiers unfairly killed by their nation without any reasons. I’ve never seen the best-seller not yet but I like the authors’involvement specially here. I think it’s very important to show us the dark side of what the French army did during the first world war. And not just our country but all the countries. That’s one of a reason because why I love this book…

The other reason is the film director Stanley Kubrick. In 1957, he adapted the novel with the same name. The story slightly different is still touching. Finally, we must never forget what these men made for their country.

A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway

Hello everyone!

This time, I would like to make you aware of one of the most touching books I have read lately. As the last line of the 1929 New York Times said, it is truly « a moving and beautiful book« , which is definitely going to stay in your mind for a while…

The title of this novel is actually from a poem by George Peel to Queen Elizabeth. It tells the story of a knight who gets old and has to retire from the battlefield. The strengh of his youth went away, as well as his once-gold hair that turned grey. However, he still loves and respects the Queen and has to leave her court. Instead of writing poems about love, he composes then prayers that he will say down on his knees.

This novel by Ernest Hemingway is mostly set during the Italian Campaign of the First World War. Published for the first time in 1929, Hemingway’s story is told from his main character’s viewpoint: an expatriate American serving in the ambulance corpse of the Italian Army, called Frederic Henry. We follow his meeting, then intense relationship and finally tragic love story with a british Nurse, Catherine Barkley. During these 41 so well-written chapters, we understand perfectly their special relationship, that becomes even more touching, and their constantly rising feelings and devotion to each other.

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This title has a double meaning, since it means both a farewell to love, arms being part of the body and a symbol of contacts and warmth but also a farewell to war, because the word « arms » can also refer to weapons. War is also another major theme of the novel, since it is the background of the story. Frederic even aims at living with Catherine and found a way to escape the war, far from any conflict that makes him unable to live freely with the one he loves. However, this is not a pacifist novel, since Hemingway doesn’t condamn war. On the other way round, war is described as nonsensical events that are bound to happen. This unavoidable brutality contrasts with his view of a hurtable and vulnerable love. This story is moving to me because even if it’s a dark story, it depicts love accurately as something subtle and not obvious, but strong enough to make someone willing to change his whole life and desert, maybe stop wars?

This story is partly based on Hemingway’s own experiences: he served in the Italian campains during the World War I and was inspirred by a real nurse called Agnes von Kurowsky who care for him in a Milan’s hospital. What a coincidence! A Farewell to Arms resonated in this era’s society and it lives on as a major english-written work. Some references were made, by example: Stanley Kubrick thought about giving the title A Farewell to Earth to his film 2001:A Space Odyssey. Many adaptations were realised after this brilliant novel was published, and I didn’t watch any of them yet. But I will, for sure!

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Slumdog Milionaire – Danny Boyle

Hello ! Today I’m going to speak about one of my favourite film which is Slumdog Milionaire. This movie was released in 2008 by Danny Boyle and it received numerous Oscars (eight exactly). This famous movie was adapted by the novel of the Indian writer Vikas Swarup which called Q & A (for Questions and Answers) in 2005.

This film tells the story of Jamal Malik, 18 years old and orphan from the slums of Bombay (or Mumbai). He achieved the last stage of the game « Who wants to be a Milionaire ? » to win 20 million Indian rupees. Following this, there are a lot of questions : How can a man from slums achieve it ? Will he win the last test ? There is many doubt and the police suspect a cheating. Desperate to prove his innoncence, the main character in the film tells the story of his life in the slums ; his adventures, his meetings, and his relation with Latika which is the girl he loved. We discover that each chapter of his story reveals the answer of one the game’s questions…

In his film, Danny Boyle wanted to show the extreme poverty, the injustice, the fear and the nastiness in the slums. But also the youth, the chance and the love.

That’s why I choose this film because I find it very original and touching. It show that anyone can be happy and especially lucky, even if we are poor.

The Arab of the Future

Hi everybody!

Today i’m going to tell us about an autobiographical series of comic who tells the unforgettable story of Riad Sattouf’s childhood. Born in 1978 of a Syrian father and a Breton mother, Riad Sattouf grows up  at first in Tripoli, in Libya, where his father was named a professor. We follows him in his life of little blond boy in Syria with his child’s perspective.

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This comic is very humorous in whom we take pleasure to look at the world through the eyes of small Riad!

Big Fish, Tim Burton, 2003.

Big Fish is a film directed by Tim Burton in 2003 and produced by the Columbia Pictures studio. This movie draws the inspiration from the book « Big Fish: A novel of Mythic Proportions » by Daniel Wallace in 1998.

In this movie, there are somes actors a little bit famous, for example Ewan McGregor, Helena Bonham Carter, and a french actress Marion Cotillard ! And I love them !

The storie speaks about the relationship between Willam and Edward Bloom , a son with his father. This connection is strained and not really easy with this both characters.

During the Willam’s Weeding with Joséphine, his father started to explain the Willam’s Birth. He narrated this day with a lot of crazy and unlikely events with somes fantastic peoples, like a giant,..

During all the movie, we learn the life and the Edward’s journey. But we can’t really know if the storie told by the father was real or not..

It’s a beautiful movie, very touching and very magic. I love so much this film, because it gave me a lot of surprises and feelings. More, the actors are very very unusual ! It’s great !

 » Under The Dome « 

HI Everyone,

Today I’m going to speak about a TV show entitled  » Under the Dome » produced by Brian K. Vaughan. This series is an adaptation of a book  »Dome » written by Stephen King.
I haven’t read this book yet but someone told me that it was quite similar.
And it’s belong to fantasy series.

So the story talked about people in a small country who suddenly find themselves trapped uder the dome. So they will find why it’s happened and how get out of that Dome.
Since the appearence of the Dome strange things are going to appear and it’s make people in danger. Characters are in tensions, quickly people became crazy.
We are discover that some people are linked with the dome and they can have an influence of him according to their feelings …
Characters are going to be strong to survive in this hardship.

I love this TV Show because there are suspens and I also try to found why the Dome is appear and I like fantasy.
I recommend it for all people who had read the book of Stephen King and for evebody who like fantasy series.

Madoc by Robert Southey

Hello evrybody,

I’ll talk to you about a forgotten poem (or almost).

Foremost, who is Robert Southey ?

Robert Southey (1774-1843) is the indefatigable writer of literary period to which it belongs. Besides a large number of small pieces, he composed a series of epic poems today strong forgotten, but that earned him the office of poet laureate.

Then, from what speaks this poem?

Madoc is an 1805 epic poem composed by Robert Southey. It is based on the legend of Madoc, a supposed Welsh prince. Southey finally completed the poem as a whole in 1799, at the age of 25. It was finally published in two volumes in 1805 by the London publisher Longman with extensive footnotes.                                                                                         The story tells about  Madoc, a young Welsh nobleman, whose family breaks down into a series of bloody disputes over royal succession. Madoc, unwilling to participate in the struggle, decides to journey to America to start a new life. When he arrived in America, he met many Aztecs and decides to convert them to Christianity. Then he come back into his country to find more recruits for his new colony. But when he come back in America Madoc returns to find that the Aztecs have returned to their human sacrifices. After long and bloody warfare, Madoc is able to defeat the Aztecs and exile them. (yey! ^^’)

I hope that this lil explaination has interested you to read other Southey’s works !

See you soon !!

V for Vendetta

How to find peace and freedom in a place where everything is forbidden ?

Well, this movie could answer to that question, thanks to one letter and a number : V          V For Vendetta is a british, american and german film released in 2006. It is also based on a comic book wrotten by Alan moore and published in the 1980’s. The story talk about a world post-apocalyptic rule by a fascist government that use concentration camps, in order to exterminate opponents, and also, black people and homosexuals. One night, Evey is going to go out, and the state secret policy, called  » the finger  » will try to rape and kill her. But V will appear, he will keep her during a year. It comes to a complicated relationship, sometimes painful, but very resistant.

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In that story, V could be compared to a terrorist but also to a real hero because he gives hope to the londoners and he manage to save them, although a hero doesn’t kill anyone since it’s not in his principles. However V is mainly an idea. An idea that lived for a thousand years since that a historical person named Guy Fawkes tried to explode the parliament on November 5th 1605 :  » Remember, remember, the 5th of november the Gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason why the Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot.  » V is like the emblem of freedom. When he was captured by  » the finger  » and  tortured, he turned into an other person ; stronger, more intelligent and more charismatic. His mask  represent the face of Guy Fawkes, it is used by many associations especially the Anonymous. Evey is his apprentice, his friend and the only love of his life. To make her stronger, V will  » use a lie to tell the truth  » ( I can’t say what he is going to do because i don’t want you to reveal anything, it’s the only clue that i can give to you ) When she’s reborn, she said one of my favorite line : «  God is in the rain  » So both are important for each other  : V can find his human part thanks to her and Evey can be stronger thanks to him. He is also born in the fire and she is born in the rain. their relationship was very sought.

We just can’t stop reading or watching this because we can find new things everytime. And personnally i had to watch the movie at least two times to understand everything. V For Vendetta is a treasure among all of the works of art of the seventh art. Of course i have chosen to talk about it because that’s my favorite movie, i love the characters, the story, the music and everything else.
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If you don’t know V For Vendetta, i can only advise you to watch the film or read the book.

                                                                                                                             

The Horse Boy

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A HORSE BOY – RUPERT ISAACSON (2009)

RUPERT ISAACSON

Rupert Isaacson is an equitherapist, a writter, a film-producer and a journalist. He was born in 1967 in London, England. He divided his time between the United-Kingdom, the United-States and Africa, his continent of adoption. He was a journalist, who worked for many newspapers such as The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph (…) and also the National Geographic in America. He fought alongside Survival International for the recognition and the rights of South-African Aborigal. He also created a foundation for the right to land of this population, and published in 2008 a book entitled The Healing Land : The Bushmen and The Kalahari Desert.

THE BOOK

The Horse Boy is a book written by Rupert Isaacson and published in 2009. It is an autobiographical novel that traces the story of the author mainly during his journey in Mongolia with his wife to help his 5-years-old-autistic son, Rowan to open up to the world surronding him. Rowan was diagnosticated autistic when he was 2. As the result of this diagnostic, his parents, Rupert and Kristin understood the unusual course of action of their son. They didn’t know how to behave with him, until they discovered that Rowan was improving in contact with animals, especially with horses. Each time that he was riding a horse, he made progress. For instance, a crazy idea crossed Rupert’s mind : he wished to leave Texas to organize a trip in Mongolia, travelling across the country on horseback, looking for Shaman and healers. He also choose this country because of the equine history.

THE MOVIE

A film crew followed Rupert and his family in Mongolia, for making a documentary about this crazy excursion to « heal » an autistic boy. It was directed by Michel Orion Scott and Rupert Isaacson. The documentary retraces the life and the evolution of Rowan during his path halfway around the world. It was also released in 2009.

Here is the trailer :

This work allowed me to learn more about autism, the « specific » behaviour of autistic people... Unfortunately, an autistic person will always live with autism. This disease can get better over time : we have to stimulate an autist by many ways. Thanks to the determination of his parents, Rowan has evolved, but that is not finished : he will continue again and again. He got rid of some habits such as violent temper tantrum. Now he can flourish within his family.

Thanks to this novel, it enabled me to understand the animal behaviour and particularly about the horses in contact with people and autistic persons. I also learn about shamanism, and open myself to this spiritual world. It was really interesting to see how the healers were proceeding during a ritual. And now, I really want to travel in Mongolia, to see the steppe as far as the eye can see and magnificent landscapes ! Besides, Mongolian really seem to be welcoming and friendly...
To conclude, I just have to say that I look up to the determination and the courage of this parents, to go as far to help their son and I think they have to be proud of them, because what they have done it is almost inbelievable.

TARO – ALT-J (?)

This song is about a photographer called Robert Capa, who died during the Indochine War, while he was walking on a mine, straying to take a picture of the French Troops.

Here are the lyrics :

Indochina, Capa jumps Jeep, two feet creep up the road
Toe for toe, to record meat lumps and war,
They advance as does his chance – very yellow white flash.
A violent wrench grips mass, rips light, tears limbs like
rags,

Burst so high finally Capa lands,
Mine is a watery pit. Painless with immense distance
From medic from colleague, friend, enemy,
foe, him five yards from his leg, From you Taro.

Do not spray into eyes – I have sprayed you into my eyes.
3: 10 pm, Capa pends death, quivers, last rattles, last
chokes
All colours and cares glaze to grey, shrivelled and stricken
to dots,
Left hand grasps what the body grasps not – le photographe
est mort.

3.1415, alive no longer my amour, faded for home May of ’54
Doors open like arms my love, Painless with a great
closeness
To Capa, to Capa Capa dark after nothing,
re-united with his leg and with you, Taro.

Do not spray into eyes – I have sprayed you into my eyes.
Hey Taro!

ROBERT CAPA


Endre Ernö Friedmann, more commonly known as Robert Capa, is a photographer and a Hungarian war correspondent, naturalized American. He was born on 22 octobre 1913 in Budapest, and died on 25 May 1954 during the Indochine war. He is also one the fonders of the photographic cooperative Magnum Photos.
He grew up in a Jewish-tailors family in Budapest. At the age of 17, he started studies in journalism, at the
German Political College but, because of the arrival of the Nazis, he relocated to Paris, where he decided to change his name Endre Ernö Friedmann as Robert Capa.


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 » The Failling Soldier « , Robert Capa, 5 September 1936, Cerro Muriano

One year later, he encountered Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour (and André Kertész), with whom he shared his passion for photography and with whom he founded Magnum Photos in 1947. He also met Gerda Taro, a German Jewish refugee, who later become his partner and a photographer. They travelled all around the world to take war pictures until Gerda was killed during the civil war in Spain, in 1937.

Capa, deeply chocked, pursued alone his job, and retraced the Sino-Japenese conflict, covered the North African front in 1942 and the landing in Sicily. Then, he immortalized the Normandy Invasion on 6 June 1944.

Then, he moved to Hollywood with Ingrid Bergman, his new lover, where he started fashion photographs and still photographs for Alfred Hitchcock.

In 1954, the magasine entitled « Life » required a photographer to assist to the Indochine War. Capa volunteered, unaware of the turn of events.

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 » American Soldier Landing On Omaha Beach « , Robert Capa, 6 June 1944, Normandy

ALT-J

alt-J is an English indie rock band founded in 2007 in Leeds. Formed of four members, Joe Newman, guitarist and vocalist ; Gwill Sainsbury, also guitarist and bass player ; Gus-Unger Hamilton, keyboardist and vocalist, and the drummer Thom Green, their songs are a mixture of folk, hip-hop and vocal harmonies interludes. They have got two albums behind them : the first, called An Awesome Wave (2012) that features « Taro » and the second entitled This Is All Yours (2014).

I think that it’s really a beautiful tribute to Robert Capa, that I appreciate as much as the band. The song, the voices are shooting and carrying and this approach creates a contrast with the sorry story. The song tells the death of Capa poetically, mitigating the violence around it. Friedmann join spiritually the love of his life, Gerda Taro. The music video is also beautiful, the images are intense and poignant.
Robert Capa is one of my favourite photographer, because of his touching end but also thanks to his amazing career. He knew that war photographer was a job at risk, but he accepted every requests and he succeeded famously. His pictures were taken in the heat of the moment, during a very tense context. That’s how he lost his life : taking a photograph. Through his photographs of war, Capa was interested in the human’s relations with the death and the ephemeral life. Thereby, his death is like the consecration of his work.

 

«  IF YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS AREN’T GOOD ENOUGH, YOU’RE NOT CLOSE ENOUGH »

THE ALCHEMIST – PAULO COELHO

For my last article I want to talk about my favorite book ever which is The Alchemist. Paulo Coelho, a Brazilian author wrote many books that are all bestsellers. Nevertheless, it is this masterpiece, The Alchemist, which made him famous. Indeed, it has been translated into more than 73 languages and more than 135 millions copies have been sold in 168 countries.

Anyway, The Alchemist deals about an Andalousian young shepherd who is seeking a treasure near the Egyptian Pyramids. He wants to go there because he had a dream, twice, but he doesn’t know how to reach it. One day, he met an old man on his way, called the Alchemist. He becomes his mentor, his spiritual father. Over time, the young boy named Santiago learns to listen to his heart, to be sensitive to nature, and above all, to follow his dream. Indeed, this book is all about that : reaching one’s dream, trying every possible way to make it come true. This bildungromans teaches us that if one wants to be happy in his life, one must not be afraid of failure, and just keep going. The author calls this our “Personal Legend”. On top of that, there is a quote that Paulo Coelho cannot help saying, which sums up his theory:
“when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”

Well, I am a huge fan of Paulo Coelho, and I have (and still do) loved this book because it is a real life lesson, we learn more about ourselves and it is full of poetry and philosophy. I advice you to take a look at this book, it is easy to read, not really long, and you have to know that it changes a man to read Paulo Coelho!
To finish, this book is in my top 3 of Paulo Coelho’s books, with Eleven minutes and By the river Piedra I sat down and wept.

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S

Today I’m going to talk about a contemporary classic book, which is Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This is a novella published in 1958 by Truman Capote. You may know what I’m talking about, because you have already seen the movie with the gorgeous and fabulous Audrey Hepburn, but this is not the topic. Breakfast at Tiffany’s deals about a young writer and a barman. One day, they discover a picture and recognize an old friend : Holly Golightly. The story is narrated from the point of view of the writer. He describes his life when he lived in the same apartment than Holly.

Holly is a worldly, fascinating, beautiful, slender women. She lives in Manhattan with her cat, called “cat”. She has a completely disorganized life, composed of love affair and drugs : above that, she secretly dreams about a luxurious life. The writer, who is also her neighbor, is fascinated by her and very caring. As regards Holly, the writer reminds her of her brother : so their relation is a little bit awkward.

The novel is called this way because Tiffany is a jewelry shop, Holly enjoys going there given that « you know that nothing wrong can happen when you are at Tiffany’s ».

In a word, this is a book easy and fast to read, in an ironic writing style. Besides, Holly’s character is very interesting because it embodies an independent woman. Moreover, Truman Capote mentions here a subject very interesting between liberty and possession.

Humans by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley

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“Could you use some extra help around the house ? Introducing the world’s first family android. This mechanical maid is capable of serving more than just breakfast in bed. What could you accomplish if you had someone, something like this ? These machines will bring us closer together.”

These are the words we can hear during the opening scene. You understand it, today, I am going to talk about a new british-american drama series I recently watched : it is called “Humans”. It is based on another Swedish science-fiction drama series named “Real Humans” (“Äkta Människor” in original language) that I watched long ago too. Humans has one season and soon a second while Real Humans has two seasons and it stopped. Since people say that these two series are completely close (from the plot to the characters) and that “Humans” is just a poor copy of the other series, I was able to see it by myself even if I have forgotten a few things about the first series but we’re crazy or we’re not, right ?

So, “Humans” bring us in an alternative world to ours where people can buy advanced machines named “Synth” (for Synthetics). These Synths are not the sort of “robot cube-face” that we all know. I can rather say that they look like anthropomorphic machines (= it means they have humans characteristics as talking, walking and these machines are designed as human bodies). These Synths are made to help and serve the humans in daily tasks as cleaning the house, shopping, taking care of children, driving the car so they make life easier… Although they look insanely human, they have an artificial intelligence and can’t feel feelings like love, emotions, scare… And, here is the point.

At the beginning, the series follows the every-day life of the Hawkins family : the mother, Matilda, is working all the time and her husband is tired of taking care alone of their children. One day, the father, Joe, bought a Synth that the family call “Anita” to help him. But, the mother, Matilda, don’t see with a good eye the integration of a Synth in their life. Especially when Anita behaves in a strange and unusual way. Meanwhile, a mysterious group emerges : it is composed of a human and several “conscious” Synth that possesses consciousness, the ability to feel feelings but also the capacity to hurt and kill people (in contrary to the normal Synths who can’t do that). The human, named Leo, is seeking for his past and for a secret that the discover could change the entire world.

More generally, “Humans” focused on the impact of these machines in our society. However, the series puts a thought : these machines are made in our image but they can reveal to be out of our control too. Now, I can also say that the two series are quite different on various aspects : “Humans” inspired itself from his model but succeeded in developing quickly new and refreshing characters (as the teenage hacker girl) and different reflections than the previous series. This is more darker, with a ton of psychological thriller. I really enjoyed watching “Humans” as well as watching “Real Humans” but I admit that I now prefer the first one. This is exciting, intriguing and scary at the same time.

A Feeling Stronger Than Fear by Marc Levy

Today, I will talk about a great French book written by an awesome author that every reader has to know or must have heard about at least one time in their life : Marc Levy. This book is called “A Feeling Stronger Than Fear” (or, in French : “Un Sentiment Plus Fort Que La Peur”). Actually, this is the first time that I read a book from this author so I couldn’t tell you about the author’s style of writing or if this book is better than his previous others… You understand that I am not a Levy-fanboy-addict or an-absolute-reader-from-the-first-release but just a guy who wants to try something new, interesting and entertaining and who hopes to travel and go out far away while reading and staying in the same room. Yeah, making dream the reader sounds like the ultimate challenge for a writer or a story-teller. So, what ? Did I travel far away with this book ? Did I forget all about what surround me and let just the power of the story bring me to some dangerous places with attractive but stereotypical characters and serious things like secrets and conspiracies ? The answer is yes. Levy’s got me.

The story is about a woman, Suzie Baker. At the beginning of the novel, she finds, in an old plane left amongst the Mont Blanc Mountains, the document that can clear her family’s name and bring justice in the trial. But, this document is also hazardous because it awakens the American Secret Services (if not, it won’t be funny ;)). So, Suzie leads an investigation with the help of Andrew Stillman, a reporter at the “New York Times”, in order to save his life and to discover the truth about what can be one of the most kept secrets of our time. Throughout the story, these characters will have to avoid traps, manipulations and persecutions… They’re definitely alone, they can’t trust anyone and just have to count on themselves.

I took a lot of pleasure to read this book, there is so much suspense until the end and the fall is incredible and smart. Marc Levy succeeded in making something absolutely breathtaking and I can’t help to recommend this book ! This is a “must-have” and I promise that you won’t lose your money and your time 😉

White Fang

Hullo everybody !

Today I’ve decided to speak about a book I read a long time ago after founding it in an old wardrobe. I guess it was my father’s !

So because you read the title, you must now that I’m going to speak about Jack London’s White Fang, another famous wolfdog. Yeah I really enjoy this kind of story, especially when I was younger and crazy about animals (I’m still but less !)

Then I tkink that almost everybody knows the story. Anyways we follow the adventures of White Fang, a wolfdog who was at the beginning wild. Indeed that was the beginning of his wolf’s life with the famous law of the nature : « eat or be eaten« .
After being take in by an Indien he will experience later the cruelty and madness of humans.

Now I don’t really remember all the details of the story and so, however I remember myself crying at some parts of the book, because that’s a really touching and well-written story. What’s great with Jack London’s book is that you can believe in the story, because you’ve the impression that it has really happened in real life. After saying or writing all these things, I only want to read it again to have a new and fresher opinion ’bout it !

Yeah, so I don’t have much to say right now, but what’s sure is that it’s a must-reading book no matter what, with an amazing, funny, sad and deeply realistic story ! 😉

Soul Eater

Hi there !

Today I’d like to speak about something I have discovered during the vacation. Yep I read a new manga. I mean new for me x’) Because it’s already finished since 2013.

In a nutshell, Soul Eater is shônen manga (so it means adventure, frienship, fights…) written and drawn by Atsushi ?kubo where the main characters are Maka Albarn and Soul Eater (that’s a nickname as you can guess !).

To be honest I first saw the animated version (which is not the same than the manga up to a certain point) and I thought it could be boring or irritating : but it was just because they were introducing the characters.
So when the story really started I discovered a really new insane but amazing world. We can easily compare Atsushi ?kubo’s drawing style and universe to Tim Burton ! Knowing I’m a huge fan of this guy as a lot of people, it was really a great and pleasant discovery !
This story is set in the town of Death City, and the first time I saw it I was like « Oh it souds like Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas » ! and I had stars in the eyes !

Well, now here is a little sum-up of the story of the madly amazing Soul Eater manga. So in Death City, you have a school (everything seems normal until here, doesn’t it ?) named Shibusen… Or Death Weapon Meister Academy (DWMA shortly) for the english version.

Here you have two types of students : meisters and weapons. Weapons are humans who can turn into a weapon and meisters control them. Together, as a team, they must collect 99 bad guy’s souls and a witch’s soul to allow the weapon to become a Death Scythe (a stronger weapon to fight against the evil forces !).
That’s just what they are supposed to do because of course the story isn’t only about that.
Because of the numerous characters we have different stories since they have different goals… We have a lot of funny moments, but also amazingly well-drawn fight scene, and the fear of becoming insane… Insanity plays a major role in this world because Shibusen’s students fight to prevent their world from the return of the Kishin, a demon that spread this insanity.

Finally I have to say that Soul Eater is a worth-reading manga if you love laughing, seeing crazy, amazing and unbelievable events.

Moreover nowadays, if you know where to look you can find what we call “scans” so it means that you can read chapters online for free… (It’s like streaming so you guess that it’s not really law-abiding… But times are though !)

Well there are so many good things to say that I can only advise you to read this manga if you like it after trying !

Bye people and remember that « a sound soul dwells within a sound mind and a sound body » ! 😉

The Frozen dead, Bernard Minier

This time, I have chosen to talks about a book written by a French author: Bernard Minier. This novel is entitled The Frozen Dead (the original title is Glacé but it was translated into English.) and it’s a crime novel. The scene is set on the Pyrenees (throughout the story there are precise descriptions because the author was born in Pyrenees). One day, workers found a headless horse on their workplace (a hydropower plant). Normally it doesn’t need a police investigation but this worse (and this plant) belonged to a very rich and famous person so the police supposed that it was to openly attack this person. Then there are two murders, all of these crimes are linked but how? The police commandant named Servaz has to solve this strange case …

The first thing which attracted me was the front cover. Indeed it perfectly represents the title, thanks to the snowflakes. Moreover the blurb was mysterious and attractive. Honestly, it was a pleasant novel and there was a lot of suspense but I personally found the murderer before the final revelation. However, throughout the story there are many false tracks so the reader has a lot of suspects and is not able to find the murderer before the middle of the book. All of the characters have hidden secrets and we found out these secrets little by little: it adds suspense and excitation.

you have already heard about this novel? Or read it?

Into that forest, Louis Nowra

Hello everyone! This time I would like to share with you a novel written by an Australian author whose name is Louis Nowra. This novel was published in 2012 and it is entitled « Into that forest ». The story is set in Australia -more precisely in Tasmania- and it talks about two young girls, Hannah & Becky. They were having a picnic near a river with Hannah’s parents when suddenly a tropical storm went off. They all fell in the river and a tiger saved Hannah and Becky’s lives but adults drowned. Consequently, the girls found themselves alone in the bush. They have to follow the tiger if they want to survive. And there, begins a moving story between the two humans and the tiger. Little by little, Becky and Hannah forget how to speak, how to walk with their two legs …. All those make them “humans”.
At the end of the story Hannah and Becky return to their home but they have been living like animals for a long time so they can’t go back easily to the civilisation. They don’t manage to speak once again, to learn how to write once again … and they don’t really want to.

I loved the storyline but not really the writing. Indeed the writing is very simple and child’s play but it is justified. At the beginning the narrator –Hannah- says that she find it difficult to speak or to write because she has lived apart from the society for many years. So that’s normal if she don’t really express herself very well. It’s a short novel; you can read it quickly so I advise you to read this book!(If you want to read this novel the french title is « Les enfants sauvages »).

Sherlock Holmes, by Guy Ritchie

The movie Sherlock Holmes was directed by Guy Ritchie in 2009. It’s a thriller adapted on the comic book that doesn’t have been published by Lionel Wigram, but the story respect the original characters from Sir Arthur Conan Dayle. But first, let’s remind us the charasteristic of the two main characters :

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character created by Sir Arthur Conan Dayle and who appeared for the first time in the detective novel A Study in Scarlet in 1887. He’s a privet detective who’s possessing an amazing memory that’s very helpful for his investigations, but he’s got a little knowledge. In the movie, this wonderful bohemian scientist and eccentric detective is played by the one and only Robert Downey Jr., who has heard of the project before he got the role. Althought Ritchie wanted a young men to play Holmes, but he took a chance on casting him in the role. Robert said on the BBC :  » When you read the description of the guy, it could be a description of me « , and on Premiere :  » It’s an honour to play a legendary character such as Sherlock Holmes « .

Dr Watson is a fictional character also created by Sir Arthur Conan Dayle. He’s the friend of Sherlock Holmes who’s following him in all his investigations, and he’s also the narrator of all the stories. He’s a surgeon and a veteran from de Second Afghan War. In the movie, the great Jude Law interpret the role of Dr Watson, as a British gentleman, a former soldier, a doctor, a womanizer and a gambler. Law was cast because he had a positive meeting with Robert Downey Jr, and was really interested by the Holmes and Watson’s friendship.

The movie began on the end of a Holmes’s investigation concerning the dark wizard Lord Blackwood, who has already killed few womens. Holmes arrive in time and stop Blackwood’s maleficient ritual in a church. After this arrest, Blackwood go in cell, Watson is about to get married his future wife and Holmes is getting bored to death. Moment later, Blackwood wants to see Holmes before his death, and he prevent him of a dirty future, like his resurrection and more death. And the worst happened : although Watson was the one who check the death of Lord Blackwood, his body was declared lost. Holmes took it like a oppotunity to finally move out of his desk.

In this movie, we can see a very sarcastic Sherlock but very clever, skilled. He’s an impressive observant. There’s also the character of Watson who is really endearing, as the same for Holmes. And i agree with Jude Law that Holmes and Watson »s frienship is really interesting. We can see an other relation between them that’s really funny, and could look like a brotherhood. They’re here for each other, and to conclude the investigations, Holmes needs the expertise of Dr Watson.

And what is really interesting in this movie is the modern British world where we can discover a new Sherlock Holmes. Guy Ritchie read the stories of Sherlock Holmes, and he wanted to represent the modernity that is really present in the novels and the short story. He describe his work as a  » very contemporary film as far as the tone and texture « . The movie received a lot of positive reviews, and was nominated for a lots of ceremony, as the same for the actors.

 

A sequel came out in 2011, directed by thr same director, Guy Ritchie, adn the same actors. The movie is entitled Sherlock Holmes, A Game of Shadows

Here’s the trailer of the first movie, Sherlock Holmes, from 2009.

This book loves you, by Pewdiepie ( Felix Kjellberg )

« Life is like a box of chocolates : YOU DON’T HAVE EITHER ! »

This quotes if from the most incredible book ever called « This book loves you ». As it written on the back cover :

 « This book is cleverer and better looking than you. This book will blow your mind.

This book loves you »

It was written by Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, better know under the name of Pewdiepie. First, Pewdiepie is a very famous Swedish comedian and producer, best know for his let’s play and vlogs on Youtube. His favorite games are the horror and independant games. A lot of people translate his videos, because he’s got presently 41 000 000 subscribers, and people all around the world want to see and understand his videos.

This book doesn’t have a real story, just a lot of very funny quotes, that you can read when you have nothing to do, and if you want to have a good time. It’s really unlogical and in the absolute, completely stupid. If you have the wonderful opportunity to read this book, do it, worth it. You’ll see a lot of references to ducks. You must know Pewdiepie to understand his folly. Pewdiepie makes jokes on ducks because he loves it, and also on his dogs, Edgar and Maya, and on his girlfriend, Marzia.

It was published in October 2015, and was very popular right out of bookshops. His inspiration was only his fan whom he called  » Bros « , and because one day, he read on Twitter a fan’s message. This fan was the one who give him the idea to creat a book. Stupid how is he , he did it ! ( #BestIdeaEver ). With this book, he wanted to laugh on all the quotes that could exist and want to be a symbolic exemple.

At the beginning of the book, he make a very long introduction, where he stands above the rest. He self-proclaimed God,and called him the Lord Pewdiepie. After, he explains the drafting reason of what he called :  » Pewdiepie’s Bible « . He also talks about all the quotes he read on Internet, and that he doesn’t understand their utility.

This is what Pewdiepie said about his book :

 » This Book Loves You has something for everyone – or at least everyone willing to give up and stop caring. If all else fails, remember: ‘Don’t be yourself. Be a pizza. Everyone loves pizza.’PewDiePie was sent to planet Earth to dispense wisdom, teach us common sense and instruct us in the ancient art of Inspirology. »

"The most important thing in life is this book"

Am stram gram, M.J. Arlidge

Last summer I read a detective novel entitled Am stram gram, written by M.J. Arlidge. This thriller with a lot of suspense follows the life of Helen Grace, a commander who tries to solve a very worrying investigation.

Two people are kidnapped and confined illegally in a place from where they can’t escape. All there is with them is a gun and a message : « You must kill to live ». From that moment they are trapped, they have a choice to make, murder the other person or be murdered. These crimes reoccur again and again, letting the agents perplexed because the victims don’t seem to have a link between each other.

I wouldn’t particularly recommend this book because, even if it’s catchy and I read it very fast, I was a little disappointed about some aspects of this book. I personnally think that the chapters are too shorts, it barely satisfied me. Moreover I think the end was hard, indeed it gives no respite to the reader and it could have been exploited more.

I still enjoyed reading it thanks to the very tense and suspenful moments !

Wonder, R.J. Palacio

Wonder is a novel written by the american writer R.J. Palacio, published in 2012. The protagonist, August, is ten years old, live in New York but he has never been to school because he doesn’t look like kids his age. For the first time, his parents send him to school.

August has a rare facial deformity called the Treacher Collins syndrome and to undergo operations, he must be home-schooled by his mother. His life will change from the moment he goes to school and is confronted to children who have never seen someone with his desease. We follow his life through several characters’ narration like his sister or his friends. In school his integration is difficult, he has a few friends and also ennemies which generates a peaceful moral war between them the whole year.

I read this book three years ago because I saw it all over magazines and it made me curious. Once I had the book in my hands, I read it very quickly because I loved it. I think the story is very realistic and touching, I loved the fact that we could see the story from different characters’ point of view. I personnally think that everyone can read it, no matter the age but to me it is particularly efficient when young people read it because it learns not to judge someone by his appearance. I recommend it to everyone.

Drive (Book and movie)

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Hey everyone, today i’m going to talk about the black novel Drive written by the american James Sallis and published in 2005. This is the story of a stuntman specialized on the automobile cars in Pheonix, Arizona. He has no name, to make more money, he works the night as driver for any sorts of flights. One day, falling in a trap, his only friend is killed. After this tragedy, the only thing that he wants is the veangeance.

I like very much this novel, with a suspenseful story, this novel is very intense with his big moment of tension. The character of the driver is very surprising not like many anti-hero.

Now, we are going to talk about the movie. Directed by Nicholas Widing Refn and released in 2011. The driver character is played by Ryan Gosling (Numbers 2002) starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby 2013) and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad 2008). The story is exactly the same than the novel. The driver is an interesting character, Both complex and charming, he is never afraid by the world who surrounding him. Winding Refn won the best director movie for the film. Moreover at the 2011 Cannes film festival, Drive received a standing ovation, so I highly recommend to you.

For the anecdote Have you ever heard the song "Nightcall" ? Create by the french electronic compositor Kavinsky. the music was exclusively create for the film.

CHERUB, Robert Muchamore

CHERUB is the generic title of a series of children’s books written by Robert Muchamore. It tells the adventures of agents of a fictitious UK agency, composed only of minor agents from 10 to 17 years old. After the success of the original series of twelve volumes where the main character is James, the sequel ( three tomes ) tells this time Ryan’s adventures, which « succeeds » James. Robert Muchamore has also written a series of books called Henderson’s Boys, which tells the beginnings of Cherub and its founder Charles Henderson during the Second World War.

We can see several meanings about the CHERUB acronym:

  • CHERUB is the name of that agency, being the acronym of Charles Henderson’s Espionage Research Unit B1.
  • CHERUB also means « angel » or « cherub » in English, which is related to the logo of the organization.
  • And of course this is related to the fact that all the selected agents are children.

The CHERUB agents are recruited in all orphanages in the country for most of them for simple reasons: it’s necessary that agents have no connection with the outside world, and that no one has to leverage on them or the agency. The criteria are based on physical and intellectual abilities. The future agents can be received at any age, but are often recruited at the age of seven. From this age, they receive an education of the highest level: in addition to the subjects taught in regular schools, they learn two foreign languages ??(one using a foreign alphabet). They are also subjected to intensive physical workouts and are all specialists in martial arts. The purpose of CHERUB is to use juvenile criminals do not have the same mistrust that deal with adults. This branch of the British secret service was created because no one would imagine that such an organization exists.

Within this organization, there is since 1957 a special hierarchy among agents, thetis is visually perceptible : the T-shirts colors they wear indicate their rank.

What a life ! What child has not dreamed of becoming a secret agent when he is an adult ? And there it’s possible to become one as young as 10 years ! The story is full of twists , action , adventure and humor. It is amazing to find secret agents so young and yet the recipe works. We quickly become attached to the characters.

It’s fun to see the reactions of teenagers facing adult situations. And although their condition of secret agents seems to grow faster, they are teenagers after all.

DARK PARADISE

Today, I want to talk about the song Dark Paradise by Lana Del Rey (her real name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant), an amazing and talented American singer, she writes all the songs she sings. Lana Del Rey makes of her songs something beautiful, something full of softness.

The first song that people knew by her is Video Games (« it’s you, it’s you, it’s all for you… ») and that’s why I have started listening to her songs, and I fell in love with Dark Paradise (and other songs like Radio, National Anthem, Sad Girl…you have to listen to these songs, really!!!)

« All my friends tell me I should move on
I’m lying in the ocean, singing your song
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahh
That’s how you sang it
Loving you forever, can’t be wrong
Even though you’re not here, won’t move on
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahh
That’s how we played it
And there’s no remedy
For memory
Your face is like a melody,
It won’t leave my head
Your soul is haunting me
And telling me
That everything is fine
But I wish I was dead 
(dead like you)
Every time I close my eyes
It’s like a dark paradise
No one compares to you
I’m scared that you
Won’t be waiting on the other side
Every time I close my eyes
It’s like a dark paradise
No one compares to you
I’m scared that you
Won’t be waiting on the other side
All my friends ask me why I stay strong
Tell ’em when you find true love it lives on
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahh
That’s why I stay here« 

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In these lyrics, she talks about her lover lost, someone who’s dead now, and she can’t stop thinking or dreaming about this person, she miss this person. There are some metaphors, like « your face’s like a melody, it won’t leave my head » she references the person at a song, a melody that stays in mind, and we can’t do anything to stop that. Or « it’s like a dark paradise » she calls her life without her lover « dark paradise », two opposite words, dark reminds us the death, the sadness, the loneliness, and paradise reminds us a beautiful place where everybody is happy. So I think she loves thinking or dreaming about her lover, about her moments she spent with her lover, but when she realizes that her lover is dead, she feels empty and she is scared « I’m scared that you, won’t be waiting on the other side« 

I really really really love this song because I love sad songs, emotional songs, songs that make thrillings, songs that sum up my different states of mind, and that song reminds me something that happened to me in the past, so this song does mean so much to me, and there is one of the only songs that I can listen again and again, without stop, I could do this all the days (and that’s what I do!!!)

I hope that one day I can see her, I can hear her singing Dark Paradise, I really hope, I think she will make me cry during this song : I am fragile, yes (hahahah) but, look! In this videos, she sings Dark Paradise, and she seems very sad and affected, a lot of emotions 🙁

 

 

Whiplash by Damien Chazelle

Hello !

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.

 » Graal » by Christian De Montella

Hello,
Today I’m going to speak about a trilogy entitled  » Graal  »written by Christian De Montella.
It’s belong to fantasy novel.

So the strory talks about Merlin (son of devil) and his fight against good and bad when he was young and it’s speak also about every event and adventure before king arthur birth and the round table. In this book we can face with the famous Morgan, Lancelot ect….
It show the beginning of the quest of Graal with every characters’ difficulties.
This novel allows us to travel through legends of king arthur but also to travel in a new world and delve into the adventures of Merlin.
There is a lot of suspens in this book we are always trying to know what are going to happend next and when we strated the trilogy we feel like obliged to continue.

I like this trilogy because when I read it it’s like I retourned in the past and see everythings that happend it’s very amazing and I like this feeling.
I recommend this book for everybody who like this type of book and also for people who like King Arthur’s legends because it’s very interresting.

Er ist wieder da (He came back) – Timur Vermes

Er ist wieder da is a german novel written by Timur Vermes and released in 2011. The english translation could be He came back.

It is a fictional story in which Hitler, the german despot, wake up sixty-six years after his death. Actually, it is pretty comic since there are many anachronisms especially in the beginning when the Fürher doesn’t realise what happened. For instance, he woke up in a waste ground and got angry when two kids (that he just met) didn’t do the nazi salvation. Moreover he even thinks that the website « Wikipedia » comes from the word « Wikinger » which means viking. And althought everybody recognize him, they think  that he is an actor who was chosen to play Hitler in a movie, some of them even ask what is the name of this movie.  All along the book, he faced numerous situations which will make him understand what happened.Even if Germany has changed (the country no longer shines on the Europe, country which is ruled by a woman), Hitler is dertermined to put back Germany in the straight way (where nazism and antisemitism are the main ideas). Helped by a television team, he will tried to reconquer the country which used to be his. But will he succeed? There is only one way to know : by reading the book.

In addition, the book has been sold £19.33 in reference to the year when Hitler came to power.

The book was, and still is, a success since 1,4 million copies were sold in Germany in 2014. Also, the book has been translated in 17 different languages in 2013.

I advice you this novel. I really enjoyed to read it, being a huge history fan (particularely of the totalitarian regimes) I was so pleased to find this book. It is both funny and interresting. If you don’t like (or want) to read, you can also watch the movie of the same name, released in 2015.

Jared Leto

Hello !

This time, I haven’t chosen to talk about a movie or a book…but about an actor who is also a singer, a producer and a model (that I really really really really like). And this guy is Jared Leto

Jared Joseph Leto was born on December, 26, 1971 in Louisiana. Unfortunately, his parents divorced when he was just a newborn. But shortly after, his mother married Carl Leto who gave his name to Jared and his brother Shannon. But once again, his mother divorced. However, Jared and his brother retained Carl’s last name. Jared also has a half-brother, Robert Greenwood (he filmed one of his video clip and appeared in another one.) Then, a few years later, he went to the University of the Arts in Philadephia and developed an interest for comedy. Finally, he studied cinema in the New York City School of Visual Arts.

Let’s talk about his career:

Speaking of cinema, he became famous for his role in the tv show « My So-Called Life » (which has been canceled after one season). Thereby, he played in a few famous movies like The Thin Red Line directed by Terrence Malick in 1998, in David Fincher’s Fight Club in 1999, also in Requiem for a Dream by Darren Aronofsky and Mr Nobody by Jaco Van Dormael in 2009. Finally, we will also fin him playing the Joker in Suicide Squad, this summer.

 

To conclude about his cinematographic career, he won many rewards, and particularly an oscar in the Best Actor in a supporting role’s category in 2014.

Now, let’s talk about his group : Thirty Secondsto Mars. It is an alternative rock band formed in 1998.  It is composed of Jared Leto (vocals and guitar), his brother Shannon Leto (drums and percussion) and of Tomo Mili?evi? (guitar). They released four albums : a first one called Thirty Seconds To Mars in 2002, then A Beautiful Lie in 2005, This Is War was the third one in 2009, and finally there was Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams in 2013. They won many rewards such as 8 MTV Europe Music Awards, 1 Billboard Music Awards… for a final result of 85 rewards on 167 nominations.

And you, what do you think about this band, and this guy? Have you ever listened this band? Do not hesitate to react about this article!

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Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

Today I will present you Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind . It is an American movie directed by a french director : Michel Gondry, in 2004.
It tells the story of the original and crazy Clementine, played by Kate Winslet, and the shy and reserved Joël played by Jim Carrey. This two opposite people will live a love story until the day where Clementine erases all her memories of Joël because she thinks she’s unhappy with him.To do that she asks for help to the clinic Lacuna where Dr Mierswiac created a prototype to erase memories.
When Joël understand this he’s destroyed and decides to do the same thing for not to suffer. However, when the operation begins he wants to stop everything but this is impossible. Then, undertakes a fight between Joël who wants to keep his memories and the Lacuna’s prototype.

I love this movie because it reminds us of the importance of memories and the power of love. Joël is a very touching character because he commits a menatl fight and he doesn’t give up to keep his memories intact. The theme of the memory is important in cinema history because we can say that memories are a a real part of ourselves and without them we lose something of our personality, we are not ourselves anymore.There is also a lot of suspens we dont’t know how this story will be ending until the last minutes. I watched this film first because of the title. Indeed I find it fascinating and beautiful! Moreover, Kate Winslet is a great actress and it’s always a pleasure to watch her playing.

I hope you enjoyed my article and if you have already watch this film what do you think about it ?

« No Time For Goodbye » – Linwood Barclay

Today, I’m going to speak about the novel, PUBLISHED in 2007 by Linwood Barclay an american writer, « No time for goodbye » translated in french by « Cette nuit-là ».

It’s a great plotter novel, with lot of suspens and strange events.

The story speaks about a young teenager, Cynthia. She is very rebel and wants to live her own life, like an adult.

So, one day, she aims to run away to go with her friends during the night. But, when she comes back at home, the house is totaly desolate.

No one is here. Her father, her mother and her brother were disappeared. She will never know the true and what happened.

25 years later, in her home, she gets a phone call, and the past reoccurs and brings back old memories.

I love this book because at the end, there is a great revelation and I love it ! It’s very captivating !

The Fault In Our Stars – John Green

I’m going to speak about one of my favourite book which is The fault in our stars by John Green. This novel was PUBLISHED in 2012 and was also adapted in film.

In this book, we meet two teenagers, Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, who are suffering from the cancer. They meet while they are in the same group of supports for the sick of the cancer and they become fast close with a lot of complicity. Hazel and Augustus like so much the same writer and they decided to go to Amsterdam to meet him. While this travel, they live their most beautiful love story, full of love, magic, laugh and power faced with the disease… But this magic fairy tale end when we hear that Augustus can’t survive for a very long time, and will die a few days late…

I think it is the saddest and the harrowing book I have ever read. In this book, we realize that the life can stop at any time and that it is very important to enjoy because one thing can detroy everything.

To finish, I would like to conclude with this quote, about the cigarette, which is in the book and that I find very revealing : “It’s a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.”

SWEENEY TODD

Sweeney todd is a serial killer of the english folklore, the story of this man gave birth to some adaptation in theater, novel, and in movie.

I will speak you about the adaptation in the movie of Tim Burton who is call Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. That a musical movie, the role of Sweeney Todd is played by Johnny Depp this film is between black comedy and horror to apreciate this you need to take it in the third degrees

SYNOPSIS:The story take place in the XIX century in London, Benjamin Barker a skilled barber who now calls Sweeney Todd is back after fifteen years of exile. When he came back to Fleet Street he never regained his wife and his daughter (because his wife was raped and by Turpin the man who condamn benjamin to exil, and his daughter became the pupil of Turpin). He housed his barber shop above a restaurant of pie with meat wich belongs to Mrs Lovett . Benjamin decided to found his daughter and to get revenge of Turpin he create a machine to take the bodies of victims to furnace and to put the human meat in the pie, kill up Turpin.

Thanks for reading i will put a little link to see the trailer of this bloody movie…

Inglorious Basterds

Yo Everybody ! I’m going to speak about my favorite film at the moment, a cinematic jewel created by the great , the unique Tarantino!

Inglorious Basterds is a movie created by Quentin Tarantino in 2009 with Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent and Christoph Waltz. The story take place in France while the WW2. We follows Shosanna Dreyfus (M. Laurent) a Jewish young women who assisted to  the murder of his parents by the Nazis. She run away in Paris, where she became owner of movie theater. We follows also, Sergeant Aldo Raine (B. Pitt) who formed a Jewish soldier for punished bloodily The Nazis’ act. Their destiny met in front of Shosanna’s cinema, where two hundred Nazi came see a movie. 

I advice realy this movie, there is the Tarentino’s film talent, and a realy hatred of the Nazi, It’s an other version of the WW2, a very good version where all could have be better

The Fault In Our Stars

The fault in our stars is a novel written by John Green, it was published in 2012. This novel was an international successful, it was in the head of the New York Times Best Seller list while seven weeks.

It’s a tragic story because two teenagers are affected by the cancer.

They loves a same novel so they going to Amsterdam to meet the writer, while the travel, they fall in love.

But at the end, the young man dies.

Requiem for a dream

Requiem for a dream is a drama directed by Darren Aronovsky, released in 2000. It is based on the novel of Hubert Selby in 1978. The purpose of this work is above all, to alert against the addiction of drug.  This film talk about four people; Harry Goldfarb, his mother Sara Goldfarb, his best friend Tyron, and his girlfriend Marianne. All of them dream of a better life. They will be locked up in the world that they will create, to escape from reality. And for that Harry, Tyron and Marianne will chose drugs, and, also, they will be involved in drug trafficking. Sara is obessed by television and she wants to participate to her favorite show and also wear her red dress. Finally, she will decide to go on a diet, but unfortunately she will become addicted to her pills.

During the movie, we follow the four characters into their madness and destruction. I found it so deep and dark, i remember that i felt so sad and desperate. This movie is incredible, the music represent exactly the atmosphere and the state of mind of the characters. And if you watch the movie until the end, i assure you that the urge to touch the drugs leaves you immediately. However i don’t suggest you to watch it when you feel already bad.

Man into Woman

Man into Woman is an autobiography written by Lili Elbe and published in 1933. This novel talk about the transformation of Einar Wegener into Lili Elbe, one of the first transgender. Einar Wegener was a famous painter born on the 28th december 1882, he was married to Gerda Gottlieb who was also a successful painter whose her paintings shows mainly a woman : Lili Elbe, and during the exhibitions this one was introduced by her wife as Einar Wegener’s sister.

Wegener always knew that there was a woman inside of him. One day, his wife asked him to pose for her instead of Anna larsen, a friend of the couple who couldn’t come, and when he dressed as a woman, he felt that something changed. He felt more confortable, more confident. Later, Anna arrived and when she saw Einar as a woman she called him Lili. From there, Lili was born.

This autobiography inspired an other novelist named David Ebershoff, who wrote a novel based on the life of Lili Elbe, entitled The danish girl, published in 2000 and whose this novel was the subject of a film adaptation entitled The danish girl too. The movie is released in 2015 and directed by Tom Hooper.
I choose to talk about this book because the life of Lili Elbe touched me. I think that she was a very strong woman for that time.
It is hard for most people to assume who they really are. It is as if we always wear a mask with the other people, just for being accepted. But sometimes we can see that there is some people who dare being themself even if they are judge by the others, just like Lili. I know that this is rather a taboo subject but i found that this is an unbelievable and beautiful story. 

Star Wars Saga

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far way

Hello everyone, during my christmas holidays I went to the cinema to see the last star wars movie. With a such popularity, and the seven episodes of the franchise which breaks all records, I had to make an article about my favorite saga.

In 1977, a genius creator transmits a long work which took him more five years of his life. This project entitled « Star Wars » is the begining of a revolution in the science fiction movies. George Lucas, the creator, described the adventure of a young man… Luke Skywalker who faced against the evil, the infamous Darth Vader. With his friends named Han Solo, Leia Organa and also c3po and R2D2, you will see a cocktail of passion, epicness battles, sadness and conflicts. Star Wars became the biggest success of his last years in Hollywood and everywhere around the world.

Star Wars V: The empire strikes back released in 1980 is composed of one of the most popular scene in the cinema history with one epic moment at the end of the film. When Luke faced Darth Vader, this one tells him…

Luke lost his first figtht against his father but he makes his come back in Star Wars episode VI: The return of the jedi released in 1983 and directed by Richard Marquand (and producing by Georges Lucas). In this episode, Luke wins his second battle against his father in a big planet named « Death Star ». And by the same way… he defeated the master of his father who is Lord SIdious. He brings back peace in the galaxy.

Luke vs Darth Vader (his father).

To complete his puzzle, Lucas realizes sixteen years after the episode VI, the epiosde I called « The fantom menace » in 1999. The story tells the youth of Darth Vader formerly known as Anakin Skywalker. In the episode II, he got married with Padme. His story continues until the episode III named « Revenge of the sith » where we see the fall of the hero.

To conclude, Star Wars is for me the best saga in science-fiction. With his 2097 planets, and characters (more than 200). The saga lets us travel between differents fantastic worlds. Moreover the story shows us how a young boy who has everything promised descends into madness which destroy his life and his family. And even after thrity eight years after the episode IV, Star Wars continues to crownd unleashed with the « The force awakens » the seven episode of the franchise realised by JJ Abrams in 2015.

Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction is a movie made by Quentin Tarantino in 1994. It’s a american gangster movie with Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta and Uma Thurman. 

Tarantino created a masterpiece with his movies, and Pulp Fiction is a blockbuster. It deals with two men, Vincent Vega and Jules Winfield. Both are gangsters and they’re really badass. They work for Marsellus Wallace, a strong and powerful man very dangerous. Mr. Wallace is married with Mia Wallace, a kind of femme fatale and cocaine addict. One day, Marsellus Walace has to travel for business. He asks to Vincent Vega to protect Mia when he leaves. Then we can see Jules and Mia dancing in a restaurant, and after this scene Mia makes an overdose.
The movie also deals with a boxman who fly away because he killed a man during a match.
We can see Vincent and Jules killing people too. All the characters have a link between them even they never meet in the film.
Pulp Fiction is one of my favorite movie because I find it’s the best Tarantino’s film and for me, Tarantino is a genius. I saw Pulp Fiction again and again and I’m never bored of it. If you never watched it, you really should, it’s a masterpiece !

Endgame, Samuel BECKETT

Samuel BECKETT show, in his plays, the misery of the humans conditions by the theatre of the absurd like waiting for Godot written in 1954, Endgame in 1957 and Happy Days in 1961 for example.

His plays show the absurd of the humans conditions.

As Ionesco, he uses tragic and comic. The characters use of meaningless words that give illusion of the dialogue.

In Endgame, Hamm is in blinded and paralysed, waiting his drug, he tells him story alone and tyrannize Clov, his adopted son, and his old parents, Nagg and Nell. This four characters live in grey house, without furnitures, and are maybe, the last survivors of an humanity destroy. The plays is a long conversation, pace by a silences and a repetitions.

I love this story because I find it very funny with the absurd characters.

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Every Day

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl : Rihannon.

Every day, A wakes in a different person’s body and also in a different person’s life. He has no sex, he can be a male or a female, there is never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. He can be a drug-addict girl or a well-born young man. A has made peace with that, but he established some guidelines by which to live:

  • Never get too attached

  • Avoid being noticed

  • Don’t interfere

Everything was fine until the morning when A woke up in the body of a teenager named Justin and met his girlfriend : Rhiannon. For that moment, the rules established by A were not longer apply. Because, after this meet, he knew he had found someone to be with day after day. He had just one thing on his mind, find Rhiannon everywhere she can be, admit his love for her and show who or what he is really.

David Levithan is the author of this book that went of in 2012, it’s a youg-adult and supernatural fiction.

It’s my favourite novel about love or knowlegde about the world which surround us. David Levithan has written a beautiful novel and a captivating story that fascinated me. He succeded in helping to understand the complexities of life and love in A’s world, this is a really touching love story. Usually, I hate love stories, but when I read it I have felt a strange effect that helps me to change in my way of thinking love and felt it. It’s a novel full of hope that really good explains the feelings that we feel in the adolescence. I advise you to read it strongly.

A Christmas Carol

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A Christmas Carol is an american movie in 3D released in 2009, realized by Robert Zemeckis & produced by Walt Disney Pictures.
It’s one of the numerous adaptation of A Christmas Carol, a english novela wrote by Charles Dickens in 1843. The history takes place during the Christmas season, the main character is an old man very stingy and misanthrope named Ebenezer Scrooge, who at the beginning of the movie, is an unsympathetic character. Scrooge is the opposite of generosity, he doesn’t know charity, has a heart of stone, and most of all: he HATE Christmas!
To make him aware of his behavior, three ghosts come to visit him during Christmas Eve: the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. The third Spirit take Scrooge to a gloomy walk to Bob Cratchit’s house (the underpaid clerk of Scrooge, and the symbol of the poor working conditions and especially long working hours. ) where the family cry the little Tiny who just died because the family was too poor. Scrooge realize that the child is dead because of him, but then, the Spirit leads him to a cemetery where he discovered his own grave with, written in large black letters, the name « EBENEZER SCROOGE« .

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Scrooge weeps over his own grave, beg the spirit for a chance to change his ways, before Christmas morning. At the end, the old man wakes up on Christmas morning, he changed his behavior and becamed a model of generosity and kindness.

I really love this novela, because it can be creepy & wonderful at the same time, and the moral is just beautiful.

Coraline

Coraline is a dark novel of Neil Gaiman published in 2002, and nominated the best novel for Young readers in 2003.

Coraline is a little girl, who has just moved in a new house with her parents, Mel Jones and Charlie Jones. The house is quite sinister, they are in the countryside. Her parents never have time to look after her so she decides to explore the house while they are working. She discovers the « crazy man upstairs », M.Bobo who is slightly mad, he wants to show at Coraline his mouse circus. There are two other neighbours who are retired from a dance and acting career. In the film they are friendly and offers her tea and biscuits. During the visit, she discovers a door at the end of a corridor, blocked out with bricks. One night, she heard like mouse singing in the corridor, so she decides to go and see. They lead her in the corridor and just in front of the door, but that time it wasn’t blocked. She continues into a black and dusty tunnel until she finds herself into her living room, although she did’nt turn back. Coraline is intruigued and goes in the kitchen, she finds her mother. The only problem is that she had buttons instead of eyes ! At first she isn’t scared and Coraline considers her as her « second mother » who cooks and is always there for her. Her « second dad » is in his office, but instead of working plays franticlly on the piano and many instruments, Coraline is having fun in her new home. This other world is magic, the dolls and toys play with the girl and she finds a cat, who will help her in the story. Coraline will slowly live a nightmare in this parralel world, her second mother is actually a possesive monster and will want to sew the girl’s eyes with buttons. Not wanting that treatement, she is sent into a locked cell with three ghost children.  Coraline will make a deal with her second mother : she has elements (marbles) to collect scatterded around the house and if she finds them all, she will be released. Will her mother stay trustfull? Through this odd and imaginative world, Coraline will learn that having everything you want isn’t as important than having the people you really love.