Last Sunday, May 17, BBC finally aired the first episode of the 7-partmini-series, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, based of course on the book by Susanna Clarke. Finally!! I’ve been waiting years for this – basically as soon as I finished the book. After the book was published there were rumors, then plans, for a movie, and I think they got to the screen-writing part, but nothing ever came of it.
Then about a year ago, BBC announced that it was going to do a 7-part mini-series. That is probably even better than a movie, because it will be 7 hours long (7 1 hour episodes), so they can include a lot more details.
So I watched it last night, and….it was pretty good! I had listened to the first few chapters on audio book a few months back, and so far, it was spot on with the first episode of the series, titled “The Friends of English Magic.” I don’t know any of the actors in the show, but they fit their roles well – except for Childremass, who I never imagined looked and acted like a drunk, scruffy-looking, pirate. Other than that, he was pretty good. The gentleman with thistle-down hair, identified in the show only as The Gentleman, was also pretty good and downright creepy.
For those who watched it and found it boring, don’t worry, it’s just an introductory episode. I remember being bored during the first few chapters of the book too. The story will definitely pick up soon, and things will get pretty interesting!
Of course, all this is making me want to read the book again (or maybe listen to the audio book). It is one of my favorite books of all-time, so, maybe I will read it again soon.
Stay tuned! And if you haven’t yet, what are you waiting for!?!
From lack of shelves around my house and because of limited space, most of my books have been in storage for years, and in my recent quest for “something good to read,” I decided to rummage through the most accessible boxes (I opened 6 of 8 or 9 – not exactly sure how many boxes there are now, since they are all pretty much hidden from view by other boxes).
I was happy to find some of the books I was looking for, and quite surprised to find books I didn’t even know I had!
Some of the books I knew I had and was looking for, to read soon:
1. The Tin Drum – Gunter Grass
2. Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey – Currently reading, but slow-going. Interesting though.
3. The Red and the Black – Stendhal
4. Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald – not in the photo
5. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers
6. The Sot-Weed Factor – John Barth
Books I didn’t even know I had (but might as well read):
1. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
2. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
3. The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton
4. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Books I might read if there’s nothing else:
1. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
2. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
3. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell – I’ve tried reading this twice, but I really can’t get though it, even after I watched the BBC Series, which I enjoyed.
4. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James – Not so sure about this one. I’m currently reading The Turn of the Screw, but I don’t like Henry James’ writing style. But who knows..
Anybody read any of these? What did you think?