Pi, a Book Thief and Favourites


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So, I’ve been on holiday this week … it started out in West Palm Beach and now I’m back home.  It was a great trip to see family and I had a really good time! They all loved little Alexa and she, in turn, loved them as well!  Whilst there I watched movies galore and even did some shopping with my sister … that means trouble! 🙂

Life_of_PiThe first notable film was Life of Pi ... a book I read back in 2002 and immediately loved. You’re not going to get any spoilers from me, but I will tell you the movie does a brilliant job of leaving it up to the viewer (as the book does, too); however, I will say that at the end of the story you will have a really good idea if you just remember the fleeting early moments on the ship.

I think Ang Lee did a great job with the book and I think most people would agree it only pads his resume with more kudos.  This is a movie that I hadn’t considered buying until I watched it with my sister.  I’m glad she ‘made’ me watch it! 🙂

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No movie can ever match the book and this one is no exception; however, there was a genuine effort by its director, Brian Percival, to take the book to the next level.  It’s a mixture of a girl participating in daily Nazi life as a member of the League of German Girls whilst befriending Max, a Jewish boy who her adoptive family was hiding.

The book is written from the perspective of Death and so, the movie starts out with Death narrating and at various points throughout the movie itself.  The way this is carried out was quite clever in my opinion.  The storyline itself is one that is very powerful and I’d recommend if you’ve only seen the movie – pick up the book and read it. It’s worth your time.

I’m very particular about movies that I watch that deal with any level of the atrocities committed by the Nazis and the end result being that of The Holocaust.  This movie doesn’t directly deal with The Holocaust, but it shows how even the typical, every day German was exposed to the doctrinal brainwashing of the Nazis – no matter where you lived in Germany.

It was evident that Rudy idolised Jesse Owens, but was soon told by his father that he could no longer want to be Owens – a scene that shows just how vulnerable children were at the hands of what they were being taught and even what they sang each day in that of the Third Reich national anthem Das Lied der Deutschen. 

I own the movie because my sister bought it for me as a gift since I teach Holocaust Studies.  It’s a movie that, for all intense purposes, can be one shown to kids in the upper primary grades as a ‘starter’ movie for introducing them to the deliberate doctrine of hate, racism and so-called racial purity continually preached to the German people from the day Hitler and his followers seized control of Germany.

And of course, I know some of you are probably thinking and so, I give you – some but not all of … 

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And of course, I have to include my favourite movie ending of all time … 

And those are just a few … just think, I’ve more to share another time!  I hope everyone’s week has been going well — we’re almost at weekend which means I get to return to my world on Monday — it’s all good, I’ll be just fine; however, Alexa prolly will have some separation anxiety.

I’ve more thoughts to scribble down and so, I’ll be back at weekend! Until then, I am 

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Life is a funny thing.


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Life can toss you about like you’re a can on a ship in the midst of a horrific storm for a while and then – without any warning … things calm down. Calm to the point where you wonder when the other shoe is going to drop.  But I have no fear of that … I have peace with many things but most importantly with myself. Life is a funny thing.

I think a huge part of that is that my house is no longer filled with silence (and well, sadness all the time) … this little angel, below, arrived on 24 January and has helped me a great deal … those of you who follow know that I lost my precious Nica on 24 September 2013.  And while Alexa hasn’t nor will she ever take Nica’s place — she has certainly brought peace, laughter and energy.

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She’s quickly stolen my heart … and the fact that I know that Nica would love her just as much as I do … makes me smile.  Someone recently asked me why I never said that I owned a pet.  That’s an easy one … when you have a dog, you’re invested with and in them.  When you own a pet – well, there’s very little investment.  Of course, my angels are the children I will never have … my only regret in life (thus far).

So, here we are in February and my goal of writing weekly – in January – fell far short; however, I’m committed to this blog and here we are … plus, I return to therapy this week in my quest to regain my footing on the path of return to my complete happiness. 🙂  Life doesn’t have to be complicated – that’s why there is therapy.

I’ve been filling my time with reading, photography and telly as of late (oh, and work, too – but it’s not really work when you love it – right? 🙂 ) … So, here are some books and shows on my radar right now …

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This show. THIS SHOW. Sleepy Hollow has been the biggest surprise for me since Major Crimes.  I wasn’t too sure this show could capture my attention, but its tie in with the American Revolutionary War and its twists and turns — well, it’s only gotten better episode by episode.  The season finale was a HUGE SURPRISE ( I won’t spoil it if you haven’t seen it)!  It returns later this year, but you can catch up with it on Fox.

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I love Reign (CW) … it’s a glimpse at one of the most turbulent times in history, but its historical accuracy is far from the truth; however, it makes for a good watch.  It is, however, a glance at how alliances were forged across Europe by royals always trying to ‘one-up’ each other — and those who had money buying their way into the palaces of Europe.  I’m hoping it isn’t cut from the line up … the CW is known for doing that all too frequently.

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Then there’s Sherlock on BBCone … FINALLY.  And I must say … it’s been brilliant thus far … of course, I cannot talk about it too much since I’m already one episode ahead of its showing in the states and I’m not one to spoil a good show!  Episode #2 (The Wedding) … wow.  It could be my favourite, but the season has only just begun!  I always find it amazing that the writers are still able to outdo themselves and so far, so good!

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And you didn’t think I’d leave out Downton Abbey did you? So far … I’m engaged, but if it gets crazy again with death — I don’t know if I can hang in there.  Way too much death last season.  And I’m very interested in knowing what Barrow is up to … they’re tempting us, but keeping is quiet; however, you can tell he’s up to something (and of course, I know a little more because I’ve seen a couple of episodes more than you PBS Masterpiecers have seen).  

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This little gem – unexpected, but greatly welcomed.  It’s purportedly based on the real-life Ian Fleming’s life — I guess we’ll see how closely it follows the line.  Dominic Cooper (more recently known for his role in Captain America: The First Avenger) stars as the womanising Ian Fleming, but full of imagination and ideas.  I must say, I’m hooked already.  It’s a made for BBCAmerica series … I wonder if they’re testing the waters for an audience back in the UK as well?  I guess we’ll see … but for now, I’m intrigued.

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These are the books currently on my reading list … unlike some avid readers, I cannot read multiple books at once — I find it doesn’t allow me to immerse myself fully into the purpose of a book.   Alison Weir’s look at The Life of Elizabeth I … well, it’s a good read.  And 1776, I’m looking forward to reading this one because of its theme and the trailer for book-turned-movie The Book Thief caught my eye and I decided that I had to read it before I watched it.

I’ve decided that I’ll do my main posts at weekend and at midweek, I’ll be posting quotes because – as you’ll learn – I love words that are not always my own!

And now, off to start my Sunday … Alexa is fast asleep, in her bed under my desk, and we’re going on a driving adventure later because today looks to be promising!  I hope everyone has a great ‘what’s left of the weekend’ and a great week ahead.  I’m ever so thankful for the happiness that 2014 has brought and will bring … and on that note –

I am,

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