Sunday, June 29, 2008
Ps I love You and the Jane Austen Book Club
It was a lazy Sunday in the Boon household, a week of stormy weather set the scene for DVD heaven and sitting knitting. Once we'd managed to quieten down the troll of the house ( also known as DH) He just seems to take great delight in being the biggest grump in existence. Still this blog is not about him.
I wanted to get PS I love you and it was on order from the Video store but when I got there they'd given it to someone else. I was a little miffed to say the least but managed to control the smoke pouring from my ears and to say in a perfectly reasonable voice if a fraction more strangled than usual "what did they expect me to do now". I wasn't really expecting much of an answer but to my surprise they offered me a free new release, while they tracked down another copy for me. Still feeling a little hard done I mooched around determined not to find anything. I wasn't letting them get off so easy, but then The Jane Austen Book Club glinted at me and I melted.
I didn't read the book, it was never in the library and the one time I was going to break my resolution and buy it the shop had run out of copies. Maybe fate. I hadn't seen the movie, the troll doesn't do chick flicks. So just in case you've been living on Mars or some other planet for a while here's a brief synopsis.
As five women and one enigmatic man meet to discuss the works of Jane Austen, they find their love lives playing out in a 21st century version of her novels. Sylvia (Amy Brenneman), is shocked when her husband Daniel (Jimmy Smits), leaves her after 20 plus years and three children. Jocelyn (Maria Bello), her unmarried best friend, distracts herself from her unacknowledged loneliness by breeding dogs. Prudie (Emily Blunt) is a young French teacher, in possession of a worthy husband yet distracted by persistent fantasies about sex with another man. The many times married Bernadette (Kathy Baker) develops a yearning for one more chance at happiness. Beautiful, risk-taking Allegra (Maggie Grace), Sylvia and Daniels lesbian daughter, has quit talking to her lover. And Grigg (Hugh Dancy), a young science fiction fan and computer whiz, seems horribly both out of place and obliviously at ease as the only man to be invited into the book circle.
I enjoyed every moment and not least because in most scenes Bernadette is knitting or teaching Prudie to knit. It was beautifully done, the discussions abut the books deep enough to engage the Austen initiated and yet also include those who might not have any such previous knowledge. I like the tidy happy ending and the fact that while predictable it wasn't slushy.
In this hospital scene Prudie is knitting, Bernadette has her knitting on her lap and Allegra is making some jewellery
I enjoyed the flim so much that I really want to read the book now and will have an attack on the libraries in the area tomorrow to see if I can locate a copy.
I also managed to get my copy Of PS I love you, also for free and that will be tonight's treat. Grumpy troll has to just lump it on this occasion as it's pay back for a nasty procedure I'll have to endure tomorrow.
I just love this cute vintage toddler sweater. Isn't it just darling? I think the collar is an extra fine detail and I am sure it would look just as good today as it did in 1918. What do you think? I found it on A good yarn's site.
I am also quite taken with the little girl's hat and doll. I'm not sure how easy the pattern would be to follow and I guess I might find it difficult to find anyone who could decipher for me.
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Well that was my Sunday afternoon (morning was church) hope everyone else has a fun filled weekend.