Monday, March 1, 2010
Then, just a little while later, Dave went to see the movie, "Life is Beautiful." This is the amazing, award-winning film written, directed, and brilliantly acted by Italian artist Roberto Benigni. If you haven't yet seen "Life is Beautiful," you really must do yourself an enormous favor and rent it immediately. It's funny, romantic, and heartbreakingly tragic, all in one two hour movie!
Dave thought so, too. In fact, Dave was so moved by all the elements of "Life is Beautiful" that he said it made him want to stop directing altogether. He said he could never produce anything as beautifully moving as this film, and instead of inspiring him, it made him want to permanently remove his director's cap in respect. I confess I couldn't fully comprehend Dave's perspective initially. The movie was awesome, why didn't it INSPIRE him to do as well, instead of the alternative? Until...
Jodi's books are thoughtful, well-written, thoroughly researched stories that are impossible to put down. Her characters are always deliciously multi-dimensional. There is no clear black and white in her tales, she makes you feel empathy for bad guys and hatred of good guys. Her stories take you everywhere from Amish farms to maximum security prisons, and each location is so impeccably described, you swear there is absolutely no way Jodi didn't grow up in that very place. Until you read the NEXT book, and the setting is a completely DIFFERENT location, and you think the same thing!
I was under the impression that the only authors who publish a book a year are those that write "cookie-cutter" trashy or Harlequin Romance-esque novels. Hers are neither, but I'm SO glad she is such a machine! The minute I finish her latest book, I immediately crave the next.
I'm telling you this because there's a very good chance that once I purchase my new treasure, I will be off line for a day or so while I DEVOUR Ms. Picoult's latest offering (OK, so I'll be checking in from time to time to see if I have any new comments or followers!). And there's also a REALLY good chance that when I DO return, I'm going to be really, really depressed that: A.) I've finished the book and have to wait a WHOLE year for the next one to be written, and B.) I will NEVER be worthy enough to shine this woman's writing quill, let alone aspire to someday tell a story like her!
So, in conclusion, I'll probably be a big, hot mess next time I'm here, consider yourself forewarned! In the meantime, please feel free to look around my place, read some old posts, and make a comment or two if you like. You can even use the pretty guest towels, and sit on the good furniture! Hey, why don't you go pick up a copy of "Life is Beautiful" while I'm gone? Dave and I think you'll be glad you did!!
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