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dimanche 22 novembre 2009

Griffin & Sabine - An Extraordinary Correspondance

Par Nick Bantock, Chronicle Books, Griffin and Sabine 1

«"Griffin: It's good to get in touch with you at last. Could I have one of your fish postcards? I think you were right -- the wine glass has more impact than the cup. --Sabine"
But Griffin had never met a woman named Sabine. How did she know him? How did she know his artwork? Who is she? Thus begins the strange and intriguing correspondence of Griffin and Sabine. And since each letter must be pulled from its own envelope, the reader has the delightful, forbidden sensation of reading someone else's mail. Griffin & Sabine is like no other illustrated novel: appealing to the poet and artist in everyone and sure to inspire a renaissance in the fine art of letter-writing, it tells an extraordinary story in an extraordinary way.»


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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Je viens tout juste d'émerger du film troublant, dérangeant, émouvant: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

«"I was born under unusual circumstances." And so begins “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards.  A man, like any of us, unable to stop time.  We follow his story set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918, into the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man’s life can be.  Directed by David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is a time traveler’s tale of the people and places he bumps into along the way, the loves he loses and finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.» (tiré du site officiel du film, www.benjaminbutton.com)
C'est une épopée langoureuse, remplie d'une vie étrange et déroutante... Une épopée aux mille vérités, qui remue les certitudes... Un très beau film sur le vieillissement (et son contraire!) en ces temps où le Botox fait loi et où les rides sont traités en paria... mais surtout une occasion de se concentrer un brin sur l'essentiel...

À voir absolument!!!

...et à lire aussi, pour les curieux (j'en suis!)! En effet, le film est inspiré d'un court récit éponyme, de Francis Scott Fitgerald (auteur de Gatsby le magnifique)... J'imagine que la sauce hollywoodienne a fait des ravages par rapport à l'original, mais comme la réalisation du film est savoureuse, on peut peut-être avoir des surprises... J'ai l'impression que l'adaptation a été ébauchée dans l'esprit du récit: en se centrant sur l'essentiel...

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories

Par Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Penguin Classics

«In the title story, a baby born in 1860 begins life as an old man and proceeds to age backward. F. Scott Fizgerald hinted at this kind of inversion when he called his era “a generation grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken.” Perhaps nowhere in American fiction has this “Lost Generation” been more vividly preserved than in Fitzgerald’s short fiction. Spanning the early twentieth-century American landscape, this original collection captures, with Fitzgerald’s signature blend of enchantment and disillusionment, America during the Jazz Age.»


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Bartleby and Benito Cereno

Par Herman Melville, Dover-Thrift Editions

«Two memorable and stirring works—first written as magazine pieces and later published in The Piazza Tales. "Bartleby," (also called "Bartleby the Scrivener") is a haunting moral allegory set in the business world of 19th-century New York. "Benito Cereno," a harrowing tale of slavery and revolt aboard a Spanish ship, is regarded by many as Melville’s finest short story.»


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