11. Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs – great, early 20th century pulp 7/10
10. Schooled, by Gordon Korman (narrated by a full cast) – Kid grows up on a commune but then has to enter public schools. Humiliation, followed by him teaching people how to love. I enjoyed it, but it’s no Stargirl! 8/10
9. The Camel Club, by David Baldacci – so-so political thriller 5/10
8. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson – Interesting narrative, jumping between stories told from one character to another and letters. That cut into the narrative flow a bit but I enjoyed it. Powerful metaphor for addiction (I think). 8/10
7. The Five Love Languages, by ?? (narrated by the author) – Great, readable book on the different ways that people experience love: physical touch, words of affirmation, acts of service, gifts, quality time. One of the most directly helpful books I’ve read. 9/10
13. VIPs – My obligatory Brazilian movie in the theater. Guy wants to become a pilot, so he becomes a drug runner pilot. Something ensues that I couldn’t follow. (theater) 5/10 (only because I was sleepy and cannot understand Portuguese)
12. The Black Swan – Weird, dark story of obsession. Really liked it. 8/10 (DVD, on a bus in Brazil)
11. Descubriendo el pais de nunca jamas [Finding Neverland, dubbed into Spanish] – Story of the writing of Peter Pan. Sweet, if a little slow. 6/10 (DVD)
10. Slumdog Millionaire – Beautiful story, some of the slum elements remind me of Mistry’s A Fine Balance (one of my favorite novels). A few too many coincidences for my taste, but see it as romance and maybe it’s okay. 9/10 (DVD)
2 thoughts on “what I read and saw in March 2011”
Watched Slumdog some time ago and loved it. The novels? haven’t read any except another one (Winners) by Baldacci.
Yeah, I’m not going back to Baldacci, but I am reading some Robert Parker right now and am LOVING Spencer’s wry wit.