Madame Bovary -- a costume drama starring Wasikowska as well as a discussion between the book and the movie
1800s, feature film

Madame Bovary: It’s Not Like the Book

In this case, the book is better than the movie. I’m talking about Madame Bovary, the 2015 rendition of Gustave Flaubert’s estimable novel, about the sixth since the “talkies” began. Other reviewers discuss how difficult it is to capture the essence of the book on film, and, again in this…

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1900s, books, WWII

Without A Country is Without Energy

Without a Country, by Ayse Kulin, is the story of a Jewish couple who escape Germany in 1933 and move to Turkey, along with the story of their resultant family. I’m not sure if it was the translation(from the Turkish) or the book itself, but it leaves a lot to…

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1900s, books

A Gentleman in Moscow Reads Memorably

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is a rare book. It’s really long, but it’s central character is so charming you don’t really want it to end. It’s the story of Count Alexander Rostov, who is sentenced to house arrest in 1922 by the Soviet Tribunal for a propaganda…

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Kindle Paperwhite
Products

Kindle Paperwhite is the best device to read on

People have asked me how and on what I read. Very occasionally, I will still read a paper book. Everything else I read is on Kindle Paperwhite. It’s sturdier than the introductory Kindle,(I’ve broken two of the cheaper Kindles)but more expensive, too. Still, the lack of eyestrain makes up for…

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Sophia
1400s

Sophia -A Byzantine Princess Come to Russia

Sophia is a Russian television show produced by the government there. It’s set in the mid 15th century and is about the last Byzantine princess, who marries the Russian prince Ionn. She becomes the first woman to exercise significant power in the country. Some have suggested this is a work…

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