|I'm getting into pre-spring mode|
1. the re-reading of books from our school days
2. old movies
Between us we were of various age groups and therefore came up with a whole host of different titles.
Most of us were in our 50's and came up with
To Kill A Mocking Bird - Harper Lee
Lord of The Flies - William Golding
The Water Babies - Charles Kingsley
Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriett Beacher Stowe
Animal Farm - George Orwell
1984 - George Orwell
To Sir with Love - ER Braithwaite
War of the Worlds - HG Wells
The Diary of Anne Frank - Anne Frank
Carries War - Nina Bawden
Tom Browns School Days - Thomas Hughes
One lady is approaching her 60's and came up with
Cider with Rosie - Laurie Lee
Kestrel for a Nave - Barry Hines
Goodbye Mr. Chips - James Hilton
Far from the Maddening Crowd - Thomas Hardy
The younger generations came up with
Of Mice & Men - John Steinbeck (two of mine did this one at GCSE)
The Color Purple - Alice Walker (My daughter had this for her GCSE)
Educating Rita - Willy Russell (one of my son's had this one)
Goodnight Mr. Tom - Michelle Magorian
Quite a list I thought especially after partaking of an alcoholic beverage. Of course some also threw in the old classics of the Bronte's, Austen, Dickens and Shakespeare
Then of course we got on to the old films. Now to me an old film is something from the 40 & 50's As I'm.a 60's child I don't like to think of that as being that old. As you can imagine that sparked yet another debate of what were the best films.
Titles they came up with were:-
Kind Hearts & Coronets
In the Heat of the Night
Whistle down the Wind
Saturday Night/Sunday Morning
Imitation of Life
To Sir With Love (featured again)
A Taste of Honey
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
Rebel without a Cause
One Flew Over the Cookoo's Nest
The King & I
Goodbye Mr. Chips (again)
From Here to Eternity
The Long Good Friday
The lists went on and on.......
My conclusion from all of this was that although my challenges for 2014 in my mind were to watch OLD films, by which I mean those from the 40's, 50's and 60's and to read some of the books listed above that the possibilities for future challenges are endless. I'm so glad that Jo at Through the Keyhole had the bright idea last year to watch an old film a month as it's really got the thought processes going as to what other challenges could lay a head.
So what I would like to know is did any of you read a book at school that's not listed above if so what was it. And if any of you have an all time must see films from yesteryear I'd love to know what it is.
Hope you're having a good week one and all.