Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Reader was Nominated for Best Picture


As you know, I saw and enjoyed The Reader and I read and completely loved the book. I was happy to see that it got nominated for Best Picture in this year's Academy Awards. I hope that this will help many more people discover the book. I know that many people feel it was nominated instead of The Dark Knight and were disappointed by this. I have to say, though, I rewatched The Dark Knight the other day and as much I do really like that film, The Reader is just in a completely different league. Of course, it's now impossible for me to separate the book from the film and I feel the book is outstanding. I have no commentary on the nominees, because I haven't seen any of them.

Anyway, in honor of the nomination of The Reader and in light of my most recent Sunday Salon post, I wanted to share this quote from the book with you:

Because she knew nothing about the authors, she assumed they were contemporaries, unless something indicated this was obviously impossible. I was astonished at how much older literature can be read as if it were actually contemporary; to anyone ignorant of history, it would be easy to see ways of life in earlier times simply as ways of life in foreign countries.




Amy

9 comments:

Nymeth said...

I haven't watched or read it yet, but I'm really looking forward to it. And I love that passage!

Alea said...

The Dark Knight? To me that's just an action movie, no way should that be nominated. Yeah Health Ledger was really good but the movie as a whole, blah. I'm still not sure about these Tropic Thunder nominations, very weird.

Kailana said...

This movie never ended up playing here. Maybe it will now that it is nominated, but otherwise it looks like I have to rent it!

S. Krishna said...

Gah! The book is sitting on my shelf and I still haven't read it! Or seen the movie! Sigh...

Amy said...

Nymeth, I hope you enjoy it!

Alea well said. ;) It's so funny, b/c in the theater I was completely into the intensity of the Dark Knight but watching it at home just wasn't the same and it seemed really long.

Kailana--bummer! I hope the nomination gives your local theaters some extra incentive.

S.Krishna--it's a short but rich read. Especially as quickly as you read!

Alea said...

Yeah... I watched it at home. I guess I would never expect a movie that revolves around action or a superhero to be worthy of an Oscar or be very moving, that's probably mean to say but really it's just for fun hehe :P

Beth Kephart said...

such a perfect quote from a great book.

monnibo said...

I'm getting so excited for the Oscars! I highly recommend seeing Slumdog Millionaire. I definitely want to read the book "The Reader". I've seen the movie already, but from the sounds of it, I could still enjoy the book.

bermudaonion said...

I've got the book and hope to see this movie soon.

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