I’ve been working through Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth. I’m enjoying it but was sidetracked when my Paper Back Swap book arrived. It was a copy of The Godfather. The Godfather has LONG been one of my favorite movies, but strangely, I had never read the book. So the past 1 1/2 days have been spent reading the book. I have to say, the movie adaption is one of the very very very best I’ve ever seen of any book. My opinion of the movie is only strengthened by reading the book. The book was interesting, especially having seen the movie first. There was a lot more in depth study of characters in the book who are in the movie, but don’t get a lot of special treatment. The movie makes a lot more sense now.
Here’s the original trailer of The Godfather. If you’ve never seen it, it’s worth putting on your Netflix list. Old as the movie is, I don’t recommend it for kids under 16 (and only mature kids in the 16-18 range). It’s a beautifully made movie, but it’s violent and sometimes gruesome. More importantly, the themes of the movie would be hard to talk to about with a lot of adults, much less a teenager.
In the meantime, if you haven’t already, check out PaperBackSwap.com. It’s great if you read a lot and are on a tight budget. I’ve found it costs me about $2.50 to send a book to someone. It’s cheaper than buying a new paperback at the bookstore and you can be choosier than you can at the thrift store. When we’re not “doing” school, I can go through 1 to 1 1/2 novels a day, so this site has been a lifesaver for me. For homeschoolers, I’ve found a bunch of great supplemental reading for the boys over the years using this site.
OK – plug finished.