June 27, 2005


two for the price of one...

coral island; lord of the flies
who can forget j m ballantyne's coral island, where ralph, peterkin and splendid leonine jack are marooned on a deserted island in the south pacific?
a twisted version of this got william golding his nobel. (lord of the flies- beelzebub) lots of little kids are marooned on an island, and even as they plan to organize things, they begin to go over to the dark side..

candide; decline and fall
my favourite twofer.
i read decline and fall first and was isntantly charmed by waugh. instantly! what can you say about a book that has the school porter saying "I expect you'll be becoming a schoolmaster, sir. That's what most of the gentlemen does, sir, that gets sent down for indecent behaviour."
paul pennyfeather mirrors the troubles that voltaire's candide goes through. memorable for its scathing indictment (or so i thought anyway) of pangloss's "It is proved that things cannot be other than they are, for since everything is made for a purpose, it follows that everything is made for the best purpose."

more tenously linked:

dirk gently's holistic detective agency; the rime of the ancient mariner
make sure you read coleridge's rime and kubla khan, then read doug adams' masterpiece, then read coleridge again. and so on. until you too understand the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. and then please explain the end of dirk g to me, i still don't get it.

bridget jones's diary; pride and prejudice
bridget jones is prejudiced, mr darcy is proud, as are elizabeth and mr darcy. most importantly, colin firth plays both darcys, in the televised/filmed versions of both books. he's a natural darcy. stern, saucy and smouldering.

tchach! returning to the booklist, anyone have any ideas?


Ludwig said...

Have allus wondered why Colin Firth got to be Darcied in both versions, and where Gurindher Chadha was when all this was happening?

Kind of a bleah comment, but I got to go.

Gaurav said...

Do Beegha Jamin and City of Joy
Rickshaw pullers, Calcutta, poverty..... Lapiere sure was inspired by Roy

Foucault's Pendulum and Da Vinci Code
Knight templars all around. TDVC is the poor man's FP.

Two so far. Rejoice!

Orcaella brevirostris said...

hmm, i felt that about the name of the rose and TDVC- havent read FP.

of course if you go way back enough, everything can be traced to kalidasa or shakespeare or pliny.

"we all came out of gogol's overcoat" as dosteovsky remarked.

is that what mj was referring to when he sang "keep it in the closet"?

D said...

The Catcher in the Rye & Vernon God Little (have both if you need them)

American History X & No Man's Land (movies)

Pyaasa & Pather Panchali

I will stop here before this turns into a blog!