…valhalla

Män som hatar kvinnor / The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo / Men Who Hate Women (2009) Dir. Niels Arden Oplev
Wallander (One Step Behind, Firewall, Sidetracked) (2008) Dir. Philip Martin

Minor spoilers!

I decided to compare these two titles, instead of writing about each separately. They have a lot in common, but one thing’s for sure – they’re both worth watching.

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…very, very bad

L.J. Smith “The Awakening” (The Vampire Diaries),
The Vampire Diaries (2009) Dir. Marcos Siega (season 1),
Stephanie Meyer “Twilight” & “New Moon,”
Cassandra Clare “City of Bones” (Mortal Instruments)

I’d like to comment on a few popular titles that I find absolutely worthless. I’m not going to review them, but rather express briefly what I think of them. From time to time, I experiment with literature, especially bestselling books, just to see what such a wide audience finds attractive. My “experiment” boils down to reading the beginning chapter(s) of a book to see how unbearable it gets (if it does).

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…Vladimir, Victor, V

“The Real Life of Sebastian Knight” Vladimir Nabokov

Sebastian Knight

His genius always seemed to me a miracle utterly independent of any of the definite things we may have both experienced in the similar background of our childhood. I may have seen and remembered what he saw and remembered, but the difference between his power of expression and mine is comparable to that which exists between a Bechstein piano and a baby’s rattle. (Ch. 4)

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a few words about a book. It’s time to change that!

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…veracity

“Doubt, a parable” (2004)

“Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty. When you are lost, you are not alone.”

Doubt_A_ParableI have recently had the pleasure to read “Doubt.” Written in 2004 by John Patrick Shanley, this Pulitzer Prize winning play is highly absorbing, and left me with more questions than answers. The action takes place in a Catholic school in the Bronx. It is the year 1964. There are very few characters, except four central ones. The play focuses on Father Flynn, a parish priest and a teacher at the school, Sister James, a young nun and another teacher, Sister Aloysius, the principal of the school, and, finally, Mrs. Muller, the mother of Donald Muller, one of Father Flynn’s student’s.

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