jane eyre

Well I can say that this is a book now crossed off my “Classics That I should Read Sometime” list, but I don’t think it will be getting added to my “Favorite Books of All Time” list.  I didn’t hate it but I did find it quite drawn out in parts with a very very long dialogues, however I found it tedious in parts to keep going.  However, I think this speaks more to the writing style of the time as opposed to Bronte’s failings in any way as an author.  In all honesty, the book pulled me along because I was curious to see what was going to happen to Jane, however once the I hit the last hundred pages or so, and especially when I got to the last twenty, I won’t lie, I was skimming.  There is enough mystery and suspense throughout the majority of the book that kept me interested, but once the end was pretty obvious I lost the patience to read with my full attention.

I will also add that I think if I read this book in school and really did the deep analysis of the characters, themes, the book’s place in history, etc I would have probably appreciated it much more.  And although there is nothing stopping me from doing this on my own, I am just not sure that realistically I will spend the time.  However, this Thug Notes clip was somewhat informative.

Warning: contains MAJOR spoilers!

-The Postliminary-

I really held off on looking up any film or TV adaptations of the novel prior to having finished reading it because I didn’t want any of the actors or scenes to influence how I imagined the people and places to look.  However, I did some digging around on Sunday night and it seems that fans of this book quite like the 2006 Masterpiece Theatre four-part series TV adaptation as well as the 2011 film version directed by Cary Fukunaga and staring gasp! Michael Fassbender as Edward Rochester.  I am quite keen on watching both of these adaptations and seeing how closely they align to how I pictured the events and people of the novel.

Update

I have watched both the 2006 series and the 2011 film and I think that the series wins hands down as being the better adaptation.  I believed the chemistry between Jane and Edward much more and it was more true to the book.  Although I am a big fan of Michael Fassbender I thought that his matching with Mia Wasikowska didn’t quite pan out in the film and I definitely didn’t feel as connected to them as their equivalent pair in the series.  I will also add that compared to the book which is quite lengthy and often goes into great descriptions and dialogues, both the series and the film just flies through the narrative in comparison.  So much so that I am not sure I would have appreciated either as much had I not read the book first and knew the full back story.

fox and crow

 

 

Aesop’s fables always remind me of my childhood.  This is one of my favorites.

fox

A Fox once saw a Crow fly off with a piece of cheese in its beak and settle on a branch of a tree.

“That’s for me, as I am a Fox,” said Master Reynard, and he walked up to the foot of the tree.

“Good day, Mistress Crow,” he cried. “How well you are looking today: how glossy your feathers; how bright your eye. I feel sure your voice must surpass that of other birds, just as your figure does; let me hear but one song from you that I may greet you as the Queen of Birds.”

The Crow lifted up her head and began to caw her best, but the moment she opened her mouth the piece of cheese fell to the ground, only to be snapped up by Master Fox.

“That will do,” said he. “That was all I wanted. In exchange for your cheese I will give you a piece of advice for the future: “Do not trust flatterers.”

giller prize shortlist 2012 pt iv (but not really)

Well folks we are just about two months away from the announcement of the 2013 Giller Prize shortlist and I have only read three of the five shortlist nominees from last year.  However, I thought that I was actually reading number four on the list this past week and just mere moments ago realized this was not the case.  I had been reading The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud which was in fact a Giller Prize winner but from 2010 not 2012.  Womp womp.

So I am no closer to my goal of finishing the five 2012 shortlisted books, but I did end up really enjoying The Sentimentalists so all is not lost.

This story centers around a father-daughter relationship and although is fairly slow moving, is incredibly well-written especially in a few particularly moving moments.  The father is a former soldier who in his older age is struggling to deal with the haunting memories of one specific incident he witnessed as a soldier during the Vietnam War, which is actually based on the true story of the author’s father.  The narrative also touches upon themes of aging and dying, memory, family, and duty, balling all of these complex issues into a seemingly simple surface story that in actuality hides much deeper meaning.

A good and interesting read, but not one I would recommend if you are looking for an upbeat, easy book.

source: nationalpost.com

One section that stuck out to me in particular is below

Overall, I would have to say that it had come as a disappointment to live within the particularities of a life; to find that the simple arithmetic of things — which I thought I had learned by rote, but was now unsure from whom, or what it was that had been learned at all — was not so simple.  That it was not, in fact, combination alone that increased the territory of living in the world.  And that love did not, on its own accord, increase with time.  That it could find itself just as easily divided by things.  And that there was nothing to do when it left you but bite your tongue and wait for its return.  As though it was a small bird, which sometimes thought to wing itself across the city — but would, almost always, thinking better of it, arrive again in a rush to the sill.  Oh, I would have waited like a dog for seven lifetimes for that bird to appear, if I knew that it would continue to come! If I knew that it would continue to look in again with fondness at the small room, which it had thought to leave behind; at a life of knowing; of closeness, and foibles.  Of regrets, misdeeds, and small personal ecstasies.

The objects, just as they were — so delicately arranged for it there, all lined up on the shelf — would seem so precious to the little bird, then, that it would wish its heart was not so small, or nailed so closely to its chest.

goooood morning!

The Goodmornings Project is all about brightening up your day and someone else’s.  Love this.  It’s all about the little things, remember?

Go here to see some Goodmornings!  I promise it will make you smile.

I really like #134 (Russian), #188 (English), and #221 (Dutch)

special request

Hello friends!

It was brought to my attention that the new blog layout may look wonky on some computers, specifically Macs.

If any of you are using Mac computers can you let me know if you are having any problems reading my blog?  The specific issue identified was wonky text alignment (see below).  Thanks!

CaptureAlso, what computers?

 

ok go (the band) releases an app

From the band OK Go, a totally new kind of word game. It’s creative, with no preset answers — a funny, unpredictable, mind-melding, turn-by-turn game where you have to think like your friends!

It is available for iPhones and Androids for free and for a limited time users can play with actual members of the band.  I personally don’t actually know this band all that well (of course with the exception of this awesome video) but I am interested in trying this out with my friends, none of whom seem to currently be using the app.  Sad face.

It seems that the only way you can import friends is through Facebook or Game Center (for iPhone users).  So if you are my Facebook buddy let’s give this a shot shall we?

 

 

botswana metalheads

Just came across this article in The Guardian about the metalheads and metal music in Botswana and am especially interested in their style.  Reminds me of Les Sapeurs which I posted about here.  Both are interesting in how much the clothing is an expression of a deeper cultural system.

People think that we are rough, evil creatures, but [metal] teaches us to be free with expression, to do things on our own…

source: http://www.guardian.co.ukPhotographer: Frank Marshall

source: http://www.guardian.co.uk
Photographer: Frank Marshall

http://www.guardian.co.ukPhotographer: Frank Marshall

http://www.guardian.co.uk
Photographer: Frank Marshall

Botswana heavy metal ironwarlock

http://www.guardian.co.uk
Photographer: Frank Marshall

http://www.guardian.co.ukPhotographer: Frank Marshall

http://www.guardian.co.uk
Photographer: Frank Marshall