Few stories captivate me so, that I cry. The agony and fear, the desire and lust for music, this young man was not just gifted with music he was blessed with it. A story so deep and dark, you have to put everything else aside in your life to read this book – you can’t put it down because you have to know … “Will he survive?” Next to Schindlers List, The Pianist is second to none when it comes to the era of Jewish suppression and German warfare – their fear was as real as the music that sings from the keys of his piano. Fascinating! Brilliant! Remarkable!
I think every word in the English language (and many others) have been used to describe this story. Words like fascinating, thrilling, brilliant, time-honored, smashing, genius and they are all true in their description. If by chance you have yet to visit the theaters, live theatrical plays and/or the big screen theater, do the story the justice it so deserves and read the book prior to any visual outside the mind’s eye and imagination. The culture, the time of the era, the costumes, the words to every song have deep meaning and you will not want to miss a moment of this classic.
This book has been on my reading list for several years, but I finally got around to reading it last winter. Shortly after which, we curled up with a bowl of popcorn and watched the film, starring Elizabeth Taylor – a woman with a wicked temper she feels no need for a man, letting her poor father know it. Shakespeare’s writings have always enthralled me and The Taming of the Shrew was one that not only captured my full attention but tickled my funny bone with humor as I followed this young feisty woman through a world of male domination and female suppression while she fought to maintain her independence.
Yes I know it’s a classic, but I am not fond of the genre – thus, the lower rating. I tried several times to get through this book, until recently when I admitted to myself that I don’t like sci-fi reading. Call me a realist, sure, but don’t say I didn’t try to enjoy it because I did. For those who have a greater appreciation of the genre, you’re likely to enjoy this book completely. Even so, there have been several great stories stemming from The Time Machine, as well as films.
Offering both inspirations to writers everywhere and moviemakers alike, this Swiss Family has only two things on their mind; survival and family. Wyss was a genius in his day when it comes to writing great books, and this story has been reworked several times to create films the whole family can enjoy. Adventure, struggles, laughter … a family that works together, survives together. A wonderful family read.