Saturday, June 11, 2005

After looking at a profile of someone who put every single Dickens novel under "Favorite Books," I've warmed up to the notion of the book/movie lists conveying useful information. Accordingly, I've updated mine (over on the right).


At 10:30 PM, Blogger Kate Marie said...

"A Clockwork Orange"?? :)

At 1:01 AM, Blogger alex said...

You didn't like it?

Incidentally, have you seen No Man's Land? I think you might enjoy that.

At 1:29 AM, Blogger Kate Marie said...

I thought it was an interesting movie, but I think after Paths of Glory (which was brilliant), everything Kubrick did was a bit overrated. I was just trying to "yank your chain" a little, though.

I've never read "A Clockwork Orange," but did you know that the last chapter of the British edition (in which what's his name -- Alex, is it? -- voluntarily reforms) was left out of the American one? Kubrick filmed the version without the redemption, of course.

I haven't seen No Man's Land, but I've heard and read a lot of good things about it. Thanks for the recommendation.

At 4:53 AM, Blogger alex said...

Ah, yes, many clockwork orange fans are a touchy lot. I'm not though - I can understand how someone might have entirely different perspectives on movies.

Not so with the books though! I'm very imperial about my preferences there.

I have actually not read the burgess novel. The presence of russian keeps bothering me - I am a native russian speaker and I always get distracted by his use of the words, which does not follow the plain meaning.

At 11:40 AM, Blogger Kate Marie said...

You're a native Russian speaker and your list doesn't include Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Turgenev, Gogol, Pushkin? For shame!

Nice new look for the blog, by the way.

At 1:22 AM, Blogger alex said...

Er, I liked each of them at various points in my life. But then I think I eventually grew dissapointed - I suppose you expect more from books that have been so admired and so widely praised over time?

The "old" look was actually an accident - a blogger bug I meant to fix but somehow never got around to for months.


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