Adichie zoomed to the top of my favorite writers list when I read "Half of a Yellow Sun". -
"Americanah" has only increased my admiration for this gifted author. Her books are immensely readable, and, fairly quickly, the reader feels the protagonists are personal friends, understands their emotions, their experiences, their perspectives...
Yet her narratives are always thought-provoking; in "Americanah" she examines racism in the USA through the eyes of a non-African-American, ie an African living in the US.
I just finished reading "the Awakening of Miss Prim", by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera. It's interesting in that it reads like a 19th century work, not Jane Austen caliber writing, and certainly without Austen's ascerbic observations of her times, not the high drama of the Bronte sisters, but reminiscent of Louisa May Alcott without the latter's sermonizing "asides". Yet I found that the author nicely captured, and identified, a feeling I've had for years, that undiluted appreciation of beauty is sadly lacking, not only in our approach to life and our surroundings, but -more importantly- in our education of our children.
This is a work not to be analyzed and dissected, not to be criticized in its minutae (much in here I disagreed with), but to react to on an emotional level. Recommended.
I think the point of this movie was to imagine an actual history for Arthur and his Knights. I'm not quite sure it succeeded in doing that. Yes, historical details seem accurate, but in attempting that, much of the Arthurian legend that we all know and love is distorted. crazypockets, above, got some of the movie detail wrong; what is suggested is that Arthur is a Saxon, a warrior-for-hire who gets himself and his then few "knights" indentured to the Romans. Along the way, he fights the Saxons on behalf of the Romans, decides that the Romans are not acceptable employers, and meets Guinevere (played by Keira Knightly, not at all an accomplished actor, in my opinion). Action packed and enjoyable, presuming the viewer has no knowledge of the Arthurian legends, or the history of the times. A 5/10, at best.
It seems that every current actor is in this movie! Ralph Fiennes is excellent as the concierge... Wonderful dialogue, and many LOL moments.
I'm in complete agreement with sabivy's review. Cornwell's first books were fascinating, and hard to put down. After a certain point (the Jack the Ripper book, I think) she decided, for some reason, to make her characters totally unsympathetic; Marino developed into a macho jerk with an unhealthy fixation on Scarpetta, Lucy has turned inhuman, and Scarpetta herself goes on and on and on with her repetitious ruminations, descriptions and speculations... I had not been able to finish her last several books, so I pressed on to finish this one. What a waste of time! The unconvincingly linked double plots come to unconvincing resolutions in the penultimate chapter, and the only motivation is provided through Benton's profiling. Really?