Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

First, some great articles in Flavorwire, via Shelf Awareness, about books, authors, movies and Hollywood:

"10 famous authors who went Hollywood"
were showcased by Flavorwire, which noted, "Since their inception, the
moving pictures have offered scribes the opportunity for comparatively
easy money--a few weeks' work dashing off a screenplay or a punch-up job
to subsidize the year it's going to take to write The Great American

Flavorwire also featured "books that inspired fashion designers,"
along with a quote from Virginia Woolf's Orlando: "Vain trifles as they
seem, clothes have, they say, more important offices than merely to keep
us warm."

Braving dangerous territory, Flavorwire dared to select 10 movies that
were better than the book,
noting the commonly held belief "that film adaptations of novels are
always inferior to the original isn't always borne out by the facts."

I am a bit more than halfway through my library book clubs chosen novel, The Power of One, which is about an English kid growing up during WW2 in South Africa. I have to mention how surprised I am by it's rich landscape of characters and fascinating language and protagonist. I am not one who usually finds boxing or racism or violence at all interesting, yet this book has me riveted to the page, each chapter revealing more about this scrappy kid Peekay and his extraordinary life. I am really looking forward to discussing it with my fellow book clubbers in April.

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