Saturday, 23 May 2009

Weekly Geeks - Memorial Day/Start of summer

 


  • With Memorial Day in the U.S. this coming Monday, I thought it would be appropriate to focus on the military. Either share your favorite book on war or movie on war and why. Provide a clip from the movie if you'd like or a passage from the book that shows us why you it's your favorite book or movie. Or do both. OR choose your own military theme, for example, if you have a relative or friend in the military and you would like to send them a video or a message of thanks, do that on your blog. OR do all three. The book and movie also don't have to be "patriotic" necessarily. For example, one of my favorite fictional books on war is Johnny, Get Your Gun by Dalton Trumbo.

 

  • Again with Memorial Day Weekend here in the U.S. starting traditionally on Friday evening, it also is unofficially the start of summer. You've probably been asked this in other meme groups in which you participate, but do your reading habits change over the summer? Do you choose lighter fare? What do you enjoy to take to the beach, for example? What is the ultimate summer book? OR what are your favorite travel guides -- official or unofficial guides? Again, an example, I think of Holidays In Hell by P.J. O'Rourke, of places I'd rather not vacation. Along those lines, where do you vacation? Any places you recommend or even don't recommend?

 

We are spoilt for choice this week.. not only is there something to have us doing some research but also something that we just have to look at those TBR pile mountain somewhere in our living room, bedroom or wherever we are currently hording the,

 

Favourite book or movie on war -  

 

I have a few books on war that i absolutely love, for various reason – the military precision, the strength in the face of adversity and of course the photos – features, pose, humanity at it’s best and it‘s worst.

My favourite war film was a book first so i will concentrate on that – From Here To Eternity – James Jones is simply, simply brilliant.

The title was inspired by a line from Rudyard Kipling's poem "Gentleman Rankers"

Gentlemen-rankers out on the spree,
Damned from here to Eternity,
God ha' mercy on such as we,
Baa! Yah! Bah!

 

 

The Book Blurb

Set in the summer and autumn of 1941 at the Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, the story follows several members of G Company, including Captain Dana “Dynamite” Holmes and First Sergeant Milt Warden, who begins an affair with Holmes's wife Karen. At the heart of the novel lies a struggle between former bugler Private Robert E. Lee Prewitt, an infantryman from Kentucky and self-described "thirty-year man," and his superiors. Because he blinded a fellow soldier while boxing, the stubborn Prewitt refuses to box for his company’s outfit and then resists the "Treatment," a daily hazing ritual in which the non-commissioned officers of his company run him into the ground.

 

 

There was never any question i think that any producer could resist this book going to film, it  is a brilliantly written book – however as with most books there is some level of sanitization for screen that lessen the impact of what the book is about. However what made it to film was just spectacular.

Obviously not alot is known about the book, other than essayist – the public at large knows little about the book and know the film – for the Burt Lancaster and Debra Kerr kissing scene.

The film was released in 1953 and it has been booed and praised in equal measure – however it still remains one of my most loved war movie of all times and i try to watch it at least two time a years. It still has not lost it appeal for me.

The book was well received when it was released and over the years it has gotten glowing reception: From Here to Eternity

The film went on to win a slew of award as well – Accolade for From Here to Eternity 

 

 

 The Film Blurb 

For me, the key role in “From Here to Eternity” is that of Robert E. Lee Prewitt, as portrayed by Montgomery Clift. It is Prewitt who drives what I see as the major theme of the film, that of how does someone maintain his individuality in a system that demands conformity. Prewitt will not turn his back on his own moral code, not even for the Army that he loves so much. Walden knows how to play the game; in the military there is no room for individuality; you must conform for the good of the “team.” He sees Prewitt as just being stubborn. Prewitt’s rebellion is that of a person who knows who he is in life

http://twentyfourframes.wordpress.com/2009/02/05/from-here-to-eternity-1953-zinnemann/

 

 

 

The Original Movie poster….

 

A few scene from the film – click to enlarge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kiss


 

 

        My Summer Reads

I don't really change my reading habits for the summer, I have a TBR pile mountain that i try to whittle down as much as i can during the year. However for the past few years i have been earmarking a few books to get through over the summer months. As i am always on a rush with the kids so having the books in my bag already save half the time.

I find the longer summer days ideals to get suck into some crime fiction and my trusty crossword puzzles for when i need a break from it all.

I am already looking forward to it…

My current summer reading  list looks like this……

The Virus of Protest – Peter Evans

The Twilight Series – Stephenie Meyers

Severed -Simon Kernick

A good Day to Die -  Simon Kernick                                                                                

Dead Line - Simon Kernick

The Children of Hurin – J.R.R Tolkien

Speeches that change the world – A Hardback Transcripts

Hangman Blind – Cassandra Clark

Remind me Again Why i Need a Man – Claudia Carroll

 

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12 Speak To Me:

pussreboots on 24 May 2009 at 00:05 said...

Despite my love of old books and films I am remiss in not having read the book nor having seen the film! I will do both one of these days.

Maree on 24 May 2009 at 03:18 said...

I loved The Children of Hurin, I hope you enjoy.
Happy Weekly Geeks :)

anothercookiecrumbles on 24 May 2009 at 03:54 said...

Not read any from your summer TBR list, but.. I am a big fan of suspense thrillers/mysteries/crime books while on vacation. It just makes sense (to me, at least).

Barbara on 24 May 2009 at 04:38 said...

I haven't read any books in your summer tbr save the Twilight series--which I enjoyed. I hope you like it.

As for a military movie and book--wow, I really have to think on that one.

Dreamybee on 24 May 2009 at 12:22 said...

I had no idea that From Here to Eternity was set in Hawaii...or that it was a book...or that it was about the war! What can I say? I always just thought it was a romance movie that culminated in that kiss on the beach. Learnin' new things every day! I might have to pick that up now.

Cecile on 25 May 2009 at 04:07 said...

Hey Sandra!!! I hope you are having an awesome weekend!!! Thanks for the post, it is amazing what a person can learn from someone else!! Thanks for always enlighten me and educating me!!! Love ya honey! And I hope you are having an awesome weekend!!!

Erotic Horizon on 25 May 2009 at 14:15 said...

Hey Pussreboots

Quite alot of people have never heard of either...

so you are in good company - hope you get the chance to see it someday...

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Erotic Horizon on 25 May 2009 at 14:19 said...

Hey Maree

I am looking forward to that book - Happy weekly geek to you too

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Erotic Horizon on 25 May 2009 at 14:21 said...

Hello Anothercookiecrumbles...

my thoughts exactly - the long days are ideal for the long reads...

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Erotic Horizon on 25 May 2009 at 14:25 said...

Hey Barbara

I am looking forward to the Twilight series very much.

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Erotic Horizon on 25 May 2009 at 14:26 said...

Dreamybee

Everytime i read about it - i learn something new....

it is really a beauty film

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 25 May 2009 at 19:52 said...

Hey Cecile'

Hope the weekend is good for you too.... enjoy..

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