Archive for February, 2010
Where have all the gods gone? Hermes, Pan, Zeus and the group? We havenâ€™t heard from them in a very long time. But wait, maybe we have, perhaps we have met them, dined with them, slept with them (that Zeus is quite the horny old god) and donâ€™t realize it. Perhaps they walk among us, watching, listening, trying to understand us. THE INFINITIES is a wonderful book–and that is itâ€™s wonderful premise. It is one of the few books that upon finishing I wanted to immediately start all over again.
Elizabeth Gilbert’s newest book, COMMITTED: A SKEPTIC MAKES PEACE WITH MARRIAGE, is the follow-up to her mega-seller and beloved memoir, EAT, PRAY LOVE. This book begins where EAT, PRAY, LOVE leaves off. Ms. Gilbert is still with her love, Felipe, in a committed, monogamous and life-long relationship. Felipe is Brazilian born and an Australian citizen. He is a gem dealer who conducts most of his business in the United States. They have an idyllic life, living in a small house in Pennsylvania. Felipe gets 90 day visas, comes to the United States, leaves for a while, gets another visa, and comes back. At least, that is what was going on until one day in 2006, while at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, Homeland Security refuses to let Felipe into the United States. There was only one way that he could get into this country, and that was by marrying Liz.
Nick Hornby novels translate well into film. Just think about HIGH FIDELITY and ABOUT A BOY, which have taken their place in the movie catalogs of many Hornby fans since their release. His latest work, JULIET NAKED, seems to possess the same potential. Well, the first scene does anyway, which would make a great opening shot: a forty-year-old Brit having his photo taken at a urinal in a Minneapolis club where his musical hero decided to stop writing songs in 1986. The photographer in this scene, Annie, has accompanied her â€“ â€śPartner? Life Partner? Friend?â€ť â€“ of fifteen years, Duncan, to America. On a quasi-religious pilgrimage, they visit singer-songwriter Tucker Croweâ€™s points of interest â€“ birthplace, career-ending urinal, and home of the beautiful woman who inspired Tuckerâ€™s greatest album, Juliet.
WAR DANCES, Sherman Alexieâ€™s collage of short stories and narrative and prose poems, covers familiar Alexie territory: the melancholy comedy of ordinary lives, where irony and coincidence strike like rattlesnakes, swiftly and unexpectedly. His characters, often but not always of Native American descent, grapple with a changing culture and their place in it. They journey toward the ideal but end up, more or less, in a place no better than where they began. And although the sons pay for the sins of their fathers, the fathers suffer, too. Redemption comes when least expected, and the best intentions sour. Alexie is both cynic and comedian, toying with his characters and their impossible circumstances, rarely willing to bestow upon them the good fortune of an unequivocal happy ending
Once a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the Washington Post, Adams, revisits familiar terrainâ€”international terrorismâ€”in her latest novel, THE ROOM AND THE CHAIR. Set alternately in Washington D.C., Iran and the Afghan-Pakistan border, the novel looks at the interplay between the media and the government and how they work together to determine what information the public is really fed.
On his arrival in New York for a UN speech on schooling in the refugee camps, Palestinian educator Omar Yussef goes straight to Brooklyn to see his son, Ala. But the door of the Bay Ridge apartment is open and the only occupant is a headless corpse about his sonâ€™s size.
His initial horror gives way to shocked concern when Ala appears, but is promptly arrested and taken off to a Brooklyn jail. Underdressed for the New York winter, disoriented by the hard-edged city, Yussef enlists the aid of his old partisan friend Khamis Zeydan, now the chain-smoking Bethlehem police chief, also in town for the UN meeting.