|A Passage to India, by E. M. Forster
Narrated by Sam Dastor
|3.5 stars for good coverage of an excellent topic|
The second documentary I watched was The Third Sex, which was episode 10, season 5 of National Geographic’s Taboo series.
3.5 stars for dynamic filmography and interesting topic
|Narcopolis, by Jeet Thayil
Narrated by Robertson Dean
2012 Book 50: Kim, by Rudyard Kipling (3/20/2012)
Reason for Reading: 12 in 12 group read
My Review 4/5 stars
Kim is an orphaned boy living on the streets of Lahore. When he meets a Buddhist monk who is on a quest to find a healing river, Kim joins the lama as his student and friend. Together they travel, learn lessons, and have adventures. I enjoyed watching Kim grow up in this story, and enjoyed the colorful descriptions of the people Kim and the lama met. However, I’m still trying to figure out what the deeper meaning of this story is. Perhaps time will help.
2012 Book 23: The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgeson Burnett (2/5/2012)
Reason for reading: Working on reading some of the classics that I should have read when I was a child but never got to (despite my parent’s encouragement).
My Review: 4/5 stars
10-year-old Mary was being raised as an emotionally neglected, but very spoiled, brat in colonial India when she is suddenly orphaned by a cholera epidemic. She is sent to the house of a rich uncle in England, where she is ignored. Despite these tragic events, Mary somehow manages to make friends, and discover the magic of nature, for the first time in her life. This was an adorable book, though greatly contrasted from A Little Princess, in which the main character was sweet and lovable all the way through. I hadn’t thought I’d seen the movie when I read this book, but clearly I have since I knew the story too well. I will have to re-watch the movie now.
2012 Book 9: A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1/18/2012)
A Little Princess is a classic story of a rich little girl who is put under the care of a bitter, selfish schoolhouse matron. At first, the girl is treated as a star pupil; but when her father dies a ruined man, she is cruelly forced to become a servant of the schoolhouse—but her sweet, vibrant nature keeps her alive during these hard times. I have seen quite a few movie adaptations, but the book is much better than the movies. This is a good book for people of all ages to read. 4/5 stars.