Ack! In the past two years (as I have moved about the country) I have finally pared down my library. I donated over 2000 books to St.Vincents, and am now left with only my favorites (aprox.1000)
I love biographys, history and anything about science.
I didn't think making a list of favorites would be so hard!
Dagnabit....the movie list is just as difficult....
Excaliber, Goodfellas, Saving Private Ryan, The Usual Suspects, Blade Runner, Any Hepbun/Tracy movie....there are just too many!
Catcher in the Rye, there was a thread a couple of months back where i told people to read it as a comedy...do, its hilarious.
The Alchemist, really cosy read about finding that which matters to you, taking risks, following your gut ('heart' for the girls) and travelling. Plus its not nearly as poncey as that makes it sound.
Has to be Star Wars IV: A New Hope. Watched it over Christmas and it just keeps getting better.
I just started to read The Alchemist. Very inspiring stuff - but then I saw an article on Romeo Dallaire's "Shake Hands with the Devil" (about the genocide in Rwanda) and The Alchemist got put on hold.
Come to think of it, I've also started "Uncle Tungsten" and some pamphlet on Hinduism. I must be easily distracted- Oh! Look! A goldfish!
Uncle Tungsten?!?! That is an amazing title! I don't know what it's about but it sounds hilarious! Let's just hope it isn't some ultra-sensitive, war-crime/veteran, psyhcological analysis on a historical period so my comment won't seem crass...
"Uncle Tungsten" is written by Oliver Sacks - the doctor who wrote "Awakenings". It's a bit heavy on the "technical" side (chemistry experiments and the like), but he tells all kinds of stories about growing up in Britain during the war with parents who were doctors, and brothers and uncles and aunts who loved to experiment with everything.
Uncle Tungsten was one of his uncles, who invented Tungsten. Some families have all the talent!
just a few of my favourites, off the top off my head:
books- "The God of Small Things" is one of my favourites too, hippichic- writen by Arundhati Roy. Another beautiful book is "Faherheit 451" by Ray Bradbury.
I love William Dalrymple's travel books- one of my favorites is "The City of Djinns". He has a witty but really warm style. Isabel Allende and David Malouf are also favourite authors.
As far as non-fiction books go, I really enjoy Paul McGeogh("In Baghdad").
movies- One of the best that I've seen lately was "Garden State", unusual and well constructed. "Motorcycle Diaries" was pretty good too, in a different way.
ooh.. forgot one- an australian movie called "Somersault"- first time I'm cried in a movie since I was a little girl.
Favourite book is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
I read it every 18 months or so and get something more out of it everytime.
"And beauty is a form of genius-- is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, or spring-time, or the reflection in dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned. It has its divine right of sovereignty. It makes princes of those who have it. You smile? Ah! when you have lost it you won't smile."
". . . People say sometimes that beauty is only superficial. That may be so, but at least it is not so superficial as thought is. To me, beauty is the wonder of wonders. It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible."
Fave film has got to be 'Ghost' it is the only film to have ever made me slightly cry
I am a great fan of horror films though!
Now onto books...
Animal Husbandry-excellent book-ladies-read it, it is so true and funny oh and another great book not to be missed is 'Does my bum look big in this'-hillariously funny.
I want to read 1984-that is appealing to me at the moment-i think i will nab that off of someone!!