It’s been several days since I’ve made any blogging entries and will amend that shortly. I’ve been caught up in a sort of writer’s block.
A Night To Remember written by Walter Lord is about the final hours of the H.M.S Titanic. I had read this book back in the mid-70’s for a book report. Even though I knew the basics of the story I had decided to give it another read once again for the 2018 Ultimate Reading Challenge.
It’s a pretty compelling read an Lord puts together the accounts of the survivors on that fateful night. Lord had spent hours with survivors getting their point of view, thoughts and expressions on that night. He also shifted through a ton of newspapers clippings, and research on the matter. And it shows in the writing.
Once again I was drawn into the tale and a compelling page turner. Lord had chronicled anything and everything, of the thoughts of people on what had happened, from the mundane taks of what people where doing to disbelieving that the ship was sinking.
A Night To Remember is a fantastic read and a breath taking account of one of the most enthralling tales ever told.
I just happen to be a fan of Lee Child’s since he put out the first Jack Reacher novel back in 1998 and I read them as soon as I can find them. The novels reminded of the Gold Eagles book I read; The Executioner, Stony Man, Mack Bolan, Heathlands, etc.,
One Shot by Lee Child is the ninth book in the Jack Reacher series. Written in 2005 and since then has been turned into a movie called Jack Reacher and starring Tom Cruise as the lead character.
One Shot is taken from the motto “One shot, one kill” . A sniper fires six shots, kills six and one shot is a deliberate miss. The clues to the sniper is found due to a seemingly perfect trail of evidence left behind.
Once apprehended the sniper, James Barr, declares that “The got the wrong man” and then “Get Jack Reacher for me.”
The novel is a solid read and I couldn’t put it down, once Jack Reacher enters the scene bound and determine to crucify Barr, since the sniper had done something similar a few years ago during the war. But then he begins to investigate and is drawn into a conspiracy.
The movie kept the premise of the novel but strayed away in a few places, omitted a very important person and then changed the villain a bit and drastically the ending as well. Im glad that I got to read the book first before seeing the movie adaption (which I enjoyed for what it was). Then I went back and gave the book a re-read to refresh myself in the tale told in the book.
I know I’m a couple weeks behind in posting my reads for this year’s challenge and I’m playing catch up at the moment. So the book I picked for this particular week was a classic.
It’s the name of the main character and it’s been a long, long, long time since I had read it. So, I figured I’d give it a re-read due to nostalgia as well. I was in a high school production of the musical adaption of this tale.
I played Mr. Bumble when our high school had put on the play Oliver! I still remember the song I had to sing as well, it was one of my biggest moments to shine on stage. It was early enough in the play that I got to go and change and become a member of Fagin’s street gang.
Nostalgia aside though, once I began to read the story. It was all just song and dance and a light hearted tale of an orphan boy. Charles Dickens dives in on the issues of the time; child labour, criminals and their sordid lives, street urchins and a very seemingly underbelly of the city. A not so romantic tale of a life of an orphan and street urchin.
I’m glad that I got to read it again. I had forgotten what a magnificent story Dickens had wrote.