One Day by David Nicholls
THE No.1 BEST SELLER!
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!
With claims to success like these you can’t blame me for thinking this book was surely worth a read…so where do I begin?
Dexter and Emma are the main characters, aka Dex and Em (ugh!). They meet on graduation night of college and over the next 20 years stay in touch as “friends”. The first thing that really annoyed me was that it’s so clear from the very beginning that they are not “friends”. Dexter is a self-obsessed moron who completely uses Emma to bitch about his problems to whenever he gets bored and Emma, who is madly in love with him comes running at his beckoning call. Not only is the storyline trying to convince us that their relationship is something it so obviously isn’t but the characters are totally unlovable and quite frankly really really irritating!
When they eventually got together (shocking!!), the will to live had been so completely drained out of me that I hardly batted an eyelid. Who cares? It’s not romantic that after a failed marriage and whoring around for 20 years Dexter finally decides that the most convenient option is to just settle for Emma and that Emma is so weak a person that she is actually happy about it. It was a complete struggle and a test of endurance to finish it and the first thing I did was go online to see if fellow book lovers shared my feelings; apparently not. While the general consensus is that the book is fantastic, and I completely respect that, I personally think it’s not good when a book makes you wish it was a living thing so you can get some sort of retribution.
Google short story image
It’s one of those days where I have about 20 tabs open at once and about half of them are Google, so I don’t doubt that the search engine performs about 2.5 billion searches everyday. Seriously though, I don’t know what I would do without it! I came across this image which I thought was too good not to share. Been super busy doing college stuff lately (googling) but pressures off for the moment so new posts to come!
I’m not sure where I first came across Dylan Thomas and in all honesty I wouldn’t be crazy about a lot of his stuff but this poem is just perfect to me. The very end of it is one of the prettiest images I have ever had painted for me by a poet. I would be very interested to hear what your opinions are on it, apparently a lot of people don’t like it very much?
There was a recent enough movie about the life of Dylan Thomas starring Keira Knightley,Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy and Matthew Rhys called ‘The edge of love’ which is a must-watch for any of the poet’s fans. The only major problem I had with the movie was Keira’s and Sienna’s attempts at Irish and Welsh accents, they really shouldn’t have bothered! Also the cast were ridiculously good looking compared to their real-life characters (see below)!
Love In the Asylum
A stranger has come
To share my room in the house not right in the head,
A girl mad as birds
Bolting the night of the door with her arm her plume.
Strait in the mazed bed
She deludes the heaven-proof house with entering clouds
Yet she deludes with walking the nightmarish room,
At large as the dead,
Or rides the imagined oceans of the male wards.
She has come possessed
Who admits the delusive light through the bouncing wall,
Possessed by the skies
She sleeps in the narrow trough yet she walks the dust
Yet raves at her will
On the madhouse boards worn thin by my walking tears.
And taken by light in her arms at long and dear last
I may without fail
Suffer the first vision that set fire to the stars.
By Dylan Thomas