‘It’s not the fairy-tale ending that I love in this book. It is this picture of Sara, lost in thought, looking up above the rooftops, finding a way to imagine herself as she wants to see herself, regardless of her circumstances.
It is very hard to teach ourselves how to do this, much less to teach a child. I think most of us spend our whole lives learning how to be who we are in spite of whatever.
I love her little hand wrapped around a bowl so full of cracks that it seems as if it must be only the strength of her hand that keeps the bowl from falling apart.
Sometimes that is literally all we can do: try to hold ourselves together by some inner strength and keep on giving in spite of our circumstances.
If you have a little girl in your life, oh, I do hope you will make sure that she hears or reads this book as soon as she is old enough for it. She may need its message when she goes out into the world as a child.
She may need it even more when she is older, for not everyone’s life ends up with the fairy-tale ending. She may have to find a way to hold on to her image of herself and to the fantastical notion that there is still something in her bowl to give to the world.’
But the books are the things that I enjoy — on the whole — most. I feel sometimes for hours together as though the physical stuff of my brain were expanding, larger and larger, throbbing quicker and quicker with new blood — and there is no more delicious sensation than this.
Virginia Woolf, The Early Journals 1897 - 1906.
The Two Loves of Andre Maurois : The New Yorker
Postscript: Jack Gilbert, 1925-2012 : The New Yorker
Judging a Book by Its Lover. It is one of the coolest book trailers I’ve ever seen online. Going through it is such an experience. Thanks, Golda for sharing. Check it out: Judging a Book by Its Lover: A Field Guide to the Hearts and Minds of Readers Everywhere.
“Within it´s very formal framework and it´s very well mannered framework, it´s actually about desperation and hugely about sex and desire but couched in deliciously, seemingly refined terms. And so it all come through all the more strongly. And if I´ve had to change things, which obviously I have throughout really, I’ve hoped to do it in the spirit of Jane Austen herself.”
(Deborah Moggach, Screenwriter)
“I wanted to create a very close proximity to landscape and nature. I had the idea that if you made it very earthbound, if you made Elizabeth´s surroundings very earthbound, then her aspirations for romantic love would be all the more heroic. If she´s got her feet in the mud then the reaching for the stars would be more heroic.”
(Joe Wright, Director)