Twenty years. Two people…One godawful book!

One Day by David Nicholls

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One Day by David Nicholls book cover 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.

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I’d like to thank my friends and family and of course…Google

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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!

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The edge of love or the edge of sanity???

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)!

Authentic photoMatthew Rhys and Sienna Miller in 'The edge of love'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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‘I AM DAVID’ by Anne Holm

‘I AM DAVID’ was first published in 1963 and was originally titled ‘North to Freedom‘. It tells the story of a young boy who escapes from a concentration camp in Bulgaria and then begins a slow and difficult journey to his home in Denmark. Although it has been 10 years or more since I first read it, the book has always stuck in my mind.

Immediately after escaping David does not seem to have the strength or the motivation to continue. Meeting some colourful characters in Italy and seeing the breathtaking landscapes makes David want to survive again. With a new lease of energy he heads off on the second leg of his trip and by the time he walks into his mother’s house in Denmark he is so exhausted that all he is able to say is ‘I am David, I am David’. Great read!

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‘Tuck Everlasting’ by Natalie Babbitt

What a pretty little book! Although it is a children’s classic, I re-read it only recently and it certainly hadn’t lost its charm. The story is about Winnie Foster; a little girl who is being smothered in her strict home surrounded by iron gates. When the opportunity arises to escape she runs into the surrounding forest where she meets Jesse Tuck drinking some water from a spring. As the book goes on we learn that the spring grants the gift of immortality to anyone who drinks from it. In an attempt to convince Winnie of the importance of keeping the spring a secret, Jesse brings her back to his home where we meet the rest of the family.

The book has an interesting and slightly more complicated storyline than is expected for most children’s books. It raises a lot of deep moral issues about mortality which would go right over children’s heads but means the book is still interesting for adults. If you need to get a present for a child it’s a sure winner, but maybe for those aged 10+. Give it a read before you wrap it up, they’ll never know!

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Mark Twain’s ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ – WHAT.A.LEGEND.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~Mark Twain

It’s not surprising that Mark Twain is not only famous as an author but also for his quotations. The one above is my favourite because I love to sail. I am now in my final year of college and a lot of people have started asking me ‘what am I going to do?’. What I would really like to say is the above quote but usually I just say something like ‘Im not sure yet, I’m looking into internships’ yawn!

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is his most famous novel, argued, to this day as one of America’s greatest works. First published in 1884 it was a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and tells the story of Huck Finn, a young, rogue vagabond who runs away from his abusive, alcoholic father. At 15, I think I was at a pretty fitting age to read this for the first time. While long and slightly tedious at times it is well worth the effort. Twain perhaps feared his book being so successful because in his opinion a ‘classic’ is a book which people praise and don’t read and I think this is true. Prove him wrong and pick it up!

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‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ by Beatrix Potter

A few months ago I was home alone on a Friday night with nothing on TV so I went rooting through the DVD collection where I found ‘Miss Potter’. The movie was released in 2006 and is the most recent of countless adaptations about Beatrix Potter‘s life. 2006 movie release

Beatrix was the author and illustrator of the famous ‘Peter Rabbit’ children’s books. The film was actually really sweet and easy to watch, exactly what I was in the mood for that night and I especially liked it because growing up I loved Peter Rabbit!  How could I have forgotten all about Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail?? After watching the movie I went online to watch the old TV episodes of the books and so my love for Peter Rabbit was revived 🙂

The stories are pretty basic. Peter lives with his family in his little burrow in the woods. The funny thing is that his burrow is fully decked out with a proper human-style kitchen, sitting room and bedrooms. The rabbits also wear little shoes and coats which are completely impractical and are constantly falling off and getting caught on things. Anyone who read the books or watched the programme growing up probably remembers the original story the best.

In ‘The Tale of  Peter Rabbit’, Peter disobeys his mother and sneaks into Mr. McGregor’s garden where he eats so many vegetables he makes himself sick. When he eventually decides to head home he can’t find his way out and is getting hopeless when Mr. McGregor spots him. He is chased around for ages, desperately looking for the gate and along the way loses his shoes and coat (big surprise!) while shouting “I don’t want to end up like Papa! I don’t want to be put in a pie!” How frickin’ cute is that like?! When he eventually makes it out he heads home where his mother berates him before putting him to bed with a cup of camomile tea..awh!

While I’m not going to rush out and buy the books just yet they would be a perfect present for a little person and watching the episodes is just as good for me really. Here’s the link if you want to have a look yourself 🙂

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