I posted a commentary from my re-read of GRRM’s A Game of Thrones a few days ago but did not include my thoughts of the HBO adaptation since my brain ran out of steam at that point. Anyways, it was actually this adaptation that prompted me to catch up with ASoIaF =) SPOILERS ahead if you haven’t watched the series/read the books (all 5 as I made a few allusions to later books)
Monthly Archives: July 2011
By: Tatiana de Rosnay
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family”s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.
Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France”s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl”s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d”Hiv”, to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah”s past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.
This book has long been on my to-read list but I didn’t get around to picking it up sooner. Part of it was because I needed to emotionally prepare myself for it, if that makes any sense; this novel deals with the Holocaust, which is always a dark and painful subject no matter what medium it’s in. Prompted by a conversation with my friend and knowing that a movie adaptation starring Kirsten Scott Thomas was coming out, I finally mustered up enough courage to read it. MAJOR SPOILERS ahead!
A Game of Thrones
By: George R.R. Martin
In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning and in the frozen wastelands to the North of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the centre of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and as unyieling as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavours to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
Despite finally catching up with GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire this year (read books three to five this year), I actually haven’t re-read A Game of Thrones in about five years. I meant to but with all the other books I had to read, I decided not to bother. I decided to re-read it again recently because I realised there were a lot of small hints and details here and there throughout the entire series that I had missed. Plus, the LJ community game-thrones was holding a re-read so I figured now was a good time to do so.
Like the other posts I’ve written on the series, the following is more of a commentary than a review of the book. MAJOR SPOILERS if you haven’t read ANY of the books in the series as I will be making reference to them throughout.
Haven’t done this meme in a very long time *blushes*
What’s the first book that you ever read more than once? (I’m assuming there’s at least one.)
What book have you read the most times? And–how many?
Good questions…I could be wrong, but I think the first book I’ve ever re-read was those YA Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? when I was like, 10. Those books were a lot of fun, joining Ben and Maya as they go around the world trying to foil Carmen Sandiego’s criminal plans. I learned a lot of history and geography through those books…not to mention my travel bug really bit me here xD
I’m not sure which book is my most read…it might be Tolkien’s LOTR but I haven’t re-read it in two years now so I think the honour goes to Austen’s Persuasion; been re-reading that book every year for the past seven years xD
It’s like the gift that keeps on giving (in a good way, of course =D)
Some thoughts after the cut (as I watch the video myself):