War and Anna

From: John W.
Sent on: Thursday, November 29, 2012 10:37 AM

A quick notification about subjects that may interest our members:


Our next discussion is Jan. 31, 2013, about "War and Peace", written by the great Tolstoy.  His other famous novel "Anna Karenina" has been made into a new movie that has just been released to favorable reviews.  I hesitate to recommend movies about great novels, as Hollywood producers render serious books about the same way a meat butcher would perform brain surgery: heavy-handed, with the end product bearing little relation to the original raw materials.  But this movie may be different, and at some point we should also read the book.


Another movie getting strong reviews is "Lincoln."  This movie is actually based on facts, rather than the typical Hollywood rendition of preaching their favored political narrative.  What persuaded me to see this movie was a favorable review in a conservative blog, Powerline, which happens to be locally based.  They are always hard on Hollywood fluff and pretentiousness, so a favorable review from them says to me that the movie is likely worth seeing.


About "War and Peace":  keep pushing ahead!  I'm almost halfway through, and it's a great story, full of themes and subjects that will easily fill our discussion time.  Be patient; the pace starts to really pick up about 15% into the book, after the main characters are all introduced and their features fleshed out.  There are nine weeks until Jan. 31, so there's still time to start and finish this great classic.






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