On this beautiful Saturday afternoon, I went to the bookstore, and caved in on getting The Fleurville Trilogy, by the Countess de Ségur. I’d been looking at them, the last few times I visited there, but waited to see if I could get them on Amazon.com. It doesn’t really look like it, but I suppose I could be wrong. Written during the 1860s, or thereabouts, they’re French classics which tell the story of Sophie and some other little girls, and the mischief they get into.
I love a good children’s story, these have stood the test of time, and are now printed in English. But for those who like to rant on the subject, making sure your book has a good cover design is the best way to sell a book. It definitely caught my attention with these. The individual books are Sophie’s Misfortunes, Camille and Madeleine, and The Holidays. So, when I finish reading them, I’ll let you know how I liked them.
While at the store, I was looking around for a book I came across, several weeks ago, and have since been researching online. Originally printed as Empty Cradles, it’s now on the shelf as Oranges and Sunshine. It’s also being made into a movie, starring Hugo Weaving, Emily Watson, and David Wenham. This is a story that I really want to read, which tells the true story of the +100,000 children that were shipped from England to Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. I’m not quite sure of the years, but I believe this happened from the late 1800s to the 1970s. Many (or possibly most) of these children were told their parents were dead, when they weren’t. Some of their parents had put them in orphanages, unable to care for them, and then the parents were told the children were adopted. Instead, they were sent to Australia, to lives of abuse and backbreaking labor.
Again, I haven’t read the book yet, but I’m going to the library, next week, to see if they have it. Margaret Humphreys, the author of the book, was the social worker and whistle-blower that discovered how the government had hidden this story, and only within the last two years have the Australian and British Prime Ministers even addressed or apologized for this travesty.
I’m not sure how wide a release this movie will be having in the U.S., but if any of my friends at home hear of it, go see it.
My other book find for the day was called Finnikin and the Rock, a young adult fantasy book that first drew my attention with the fantastic cover design, but the title of the book just has a ring to it, don’t you think? I’ve never heard of Melina Marchetta before, but I’ll be looking her up at the library soon, too. She did win the Michael L. Printz Award (American award for excellence in Young Adult Fiction) for her Jellicoe Road, but I’ve still never read it.
Outside of my bookstore selections, I have the next books in the two series I’m reading by Tamora Pierce (The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, Lioness Rampant, Emperor Mage), and The Night is For Hunting, book 6 in the Tomorrow series, by John Marsden.
But before any of that can be started, I’m re-reading Pride and Prejudice, on my Kindle. It’s been a long time since I’ve read it, and it’s kind of funny, because as I’m re-meeting some of the characters, I’m picturing the actors from three different movies, in no particular order. I know that Colin Firth is the predominant choice for Darcy, but you can’t help picturing Eliot Cowan (from Lost in Austen), occasionally. Jane is well-played in both new and old version of P&P, as well as L in A, so she rotates around just fine. Mr. Collins is best in the 1995 version, and if I try not to think of him in L in A, because then I’ll lose my appetite. Or my lunch. Or something.
Wickham has just appeared on the scene, and listening to his description, I can’t think that they picked him well at all in the 1995 version. I’ve never found that guy attractive at all, so why would the Bennet sisters have done so? Aside from the red uniform. Come on, he had to have something going for him, to compete with Darcy! Rupert Friend, in the new P&P, is probably the handsomest of the bunch, but Tom Riley’s Wickham in L in A takes the cake. Very nice looking but he’s loaded with CHARM, which will drag the girls in, every time. Of course, you find in that movie that Wickham isn’t what he has always seemed, but anyway…
I could keep going, but I suppose I should save my rambling for another post. I need to do a much more in-depth comparison of all the characters. For now, this ends my Saturday ramblings on (nearly) favorite occupation. : )