what I read and saw in March 2011

Books

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

Movies

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)

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2 thoughts on “what I read and saw in March 2011”

    1. Yeah, I’m not going back to Baldacci, but I am reading some Robert Parker right now and am LOVING Spencer’s wry wit.

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