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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Gentle Guy Books...and a Film

I don’t know what gentle guys read, but I personally like to read about gentle guys.  I love quirky, lost souls in good books.  So here’s a few that comes to my mind. 

The Unlikely Pelgrimage of Harold FryThe unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry : a novel by Rachel Joyce

"One day Harold receives a letter from an old acquaintance, ... When Harold reads the letter, he responds with a tearful “I um. Gosh.” Then he writes her a postcard and walks down his road to mail it. Then he keeps on going...Harold will walk the entire length of England in hope of keeping Queenie alive." from New York Times, July 30, 2012 


Three men in a BoatThree men in a boat : to say nothing of the dog! by Jerome K. Jerome
An ageless novel about an incident-ridden boat trip of three men and a dog published in 1889



The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeThe curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon

 When the autistic 15-year-old narrator of the novel is accused of killing the neighbor's poodle, he "decides that he will take a page from Sherlock Holmes and track down the killer... and then into an odyssey to find his place in the world, he must fall back on deductive logic to navigate the emotional complexities of a social world that remains a closed book to him." from Publishers Weekly


 Hmm…Why are they all British ?  How about,

Nobody's FoolNobody’s Fool by Richard Russo
"Sixty-year-old Sully is "nobody's fool," except maybe his own." from Publishers Weekly,  





Alan's WarAnd a graphic novel, Alan’s War: The Memories of G.I. Alan Cope by Emmanuel Guibert

In 1941, at age 18, "Cope was drafted into the U.S. Army and shipped off to Europe...Guibert allows Cope to speak directly from the pages, where the images he is describing unfold in small, neat panels in which grays, black line." from  School Library Journal


Talking about my favorite gentle guys, here is another, an Italian film Mid-August Lunch which was a big hit in my small town film society.  I challenge you not to smile all through this film.  Unfortunately MCPL does not own a copy of this film, but here is a review from Rotten Tomatoes, one of the movie review sites in MCPL's Library Guide on movies.  "A man unexpectedly finds himself taking care of four women, three of whom he barely knows, in this sunny comedy from Italy. Gianni is a man in his mid-sixties who still lives with his mother; given that Valeria is well into her nineties, these days he looks after her rather than the other way around, though she remains quite spry given her age."

 Megumi L.


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