February 18, 2009
FINALLY, someone who agrees with me about this story. Ron Rosenbaum from Slate writes about the unworthiness of the film for an Oscar…he writes (in part):
What, exactly, was the Kate Winslet character’s “personal triumph”? While in prison for participation in an act of mass murder that was particularly gruesome and personal, given the generally impersonal extermination process—as a death camp guard, she helped ensure 300 Jewish women locked in a burning church would die in the fire—she taught herself to read! What a heartwarming fable about the wonders of literacy and its ability to improve the life of an Auschwitz mass murderer!
That was pretty much my opinion on the book (read my review). Not to mention the fact that it glorifies pedophilia. Do we really think a 15 year old boy should be having sex with a woman old enough to be his mother? And then Schlink wants us to think it is love…um, I don’t think so. I have not gone to see the movie – and I will not – reading the book was more than enough.
Go get ’em, Margaret. You know, I love Atwood’s novels…and now I have even more reason to respect this talented author. The organizers of the inauguraul Emirates Airline international festival of literature planned to launch Geraldine Bedell’s novel The Gulf Between Us … but then reversed themselves and blacklisted it instead ‘citing its Gulf setting, its discussion of Islam and its focus on the Iraq war, as well as the fact that a minor character is a gay sheikh with an English boyfriend.’ Atwood, who was slated to appear at the festival had this response: “I was greatly looking forward to the festival, and to the chance to meet readers there; but, as an international vice president of Pen – an organisation concerned with the censorship of writers – I cannot be part of the festival this year.” Want to read more? Check out this article published by The Guardian.