Monthly Archive for December, 2007

The World’s Fastest Indian

The World’s Fastest Indian (12/31/07) Air New Zealand Flight (2007 ***) Written and directed by Roger Donaldson. I am a real sucker for this kind of movie. Based on a true story and set in the mid-1960’s, Anthony Hopkins played Burt Monro, a New Zealander who late in life pursued his dream of racing his motorcycle at the Bonneville Salt Flats. It’s easy to cheer for the underdog, and there was plenty to cheer for in this film. My only negative comment is that it seemed at every stop on Burt’s odyssey that he encountered people who were surprisingly nice and wanted to help him to achieve his dream. His “insurmountable obstacles” invariably melted in the dessert sun as people repeatedly said, “Awe shucks, Burt, how could I turn down a lovable rascal like you?”

Coimbra

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Porto

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Porto

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A Prayer For Owen Meany

A Prayer For Owen Meany (12/28/07) Novel (1989 ****) Written by John Irving. This was the third time I’ve read this very dense, very Dickensian work, and it won’t be my last. Owen Meany is both an amazing character and a hell of a good book. It’s not perfect — the present-day framing material sometimes ran a bit long — but then how many things in life are perfect? I laughed and wept in equal measure as I read. When I got to the final page I was tempted to return to the beginning to start all over. Yes, the book is that good. Here’s my highest praise: Reading it again frequently reminded me of why I still aspire to be a writer. Thank you, John Irving. Thank you.

Tomar Christmas Eve

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Tomar

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Tomar

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London

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Madam Tussaud’s

 

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