The Invisible Woman: FIVE stars

January 28, 2014 at 5:36 am (books, entertainment, fashion, history) (, , , , , , , )

Many years ago I purchased a copy of Claire Tomalin’s biography of Nelly Ternan, The Invisible Woman. Finally, it’s been made into a film – and Rick Kisonak (one of two reviewers for 7 Days) wrote a glowing review of the Ralph Fiennes – Felicity Jones film.

(Readers of Two Teens will remember Jones’ star-turn in Northanger Abbey on PBS.)

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“Jones does an uncanny job of conveying her
character’s evolution…. Fiennes has never been better.”

Here in Vermont, the film is playing at the Savoy in Montpelier, an hour’s drive from me. Wherever you are, catch it while (and where) you can; plan on buying the DVD too.

The Invisible Woman gained only one Oscar nod: for costume design. Kisonak had an opinion on this sad state of affairs: “That’s less a reflection on this smart and affecting film than on the Academy, of course, which — I’m not making this up — lavished Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa and The Lone Ranger with an unbelievable three nominations between them. The rules allow for 10 Best Picture candidates, and, for some reason, only nine movies were recognized. This is the picture that should’ve been No. 10.” Let’s hope the British Film industry makes up for this paucity of recognition: BAFTA are you listening?? No… I guess NOT: their nominees are riddled with American films, and nearly echoes the American Oscar list.

Invisible women are invisible still…. “You was robbed.”

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FABULOUS (Aquarius) Horoscrope

October 24, 2013 at 10:50 am (books, entertainment) (, , )

As a reader of 7 Days here in Vermont, I often turn to the HOROSCOPE page. Imagine my laughter when I spotted this one yesterday at lunch:

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In 2008, writer Andrew Kessler hung out with scientists at NASA’s mission control as they looked for water on the planet Mars. Three years later, he published a book about his experiences, Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Cowboy Spacemen, and My 90 Days with the Phoenix Mars Mission. To promote sales, he opened a new bookstore that was filled with copies of just one book: his own. I suggest that you come up with a comparable plan to promote your own product, service, brand or personality. The time is right to summon extra chutzpah as you expand your scope.

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Forgot to mention! For those coming across the blog, especially: Mary and myself have birthdays in February (ie, under the starsign Aquarius). And I swear Mr Darcy is an Aquarian too!

(I thought I posted on this subject, but can’t put my finger on it at present. I remember asking people what they thought Austen’s characters were for horoscope signs after getting of description of what an aquarian’s traits were – and immediately thought of Darcy. Will have to look more closely.)

UPDATE: ah-ha! I had posted it at Jane Austen in Vermont!

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Vermont Bookworms

December 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm (books) (, , , , , , , , , )

Great article in our local “7 Days” magazine on bookstores — most of which sell used books (my personal favorites). I’ve been to most of them over the years. It’s always great fun to find a book you never ever knew about, sitting, dusty, on some piled upon shelf… But I have to admit that I internet book-look almost as much, intent on particular titles. The farthest away a book has ever come? Australia! That was a bio on Queen Charlotte (1976; the only one around really), by Olwen Hedley. She also wrote a terrific “biography” of Windsor Castle! (among other offerings, I see, when I search her name on bookfinder.com [my favorite site])

In fact, up in St. Albans this summer, I stopped by The Eloquent Page; I hadn’t been in since their move into the present building. Found a great book in which WILLIAM GOSLING (Mary’s father) was mentioned!!!

Unless you seek, you never find books you didn’t know to be out there….

Enjoy the article — and patronize these shops, if you get the chance.

Queen Charlotte, of England – royal bookworm?

Read: Miss Smith meets the Queen Read the rest of this entry »

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