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30 Day Book Meme, Day 9

A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving:

Be honest with me: if your first introduction to a book was through a film adaptation and Nicolas Cage’s terrible Italian accent, you wouldn’t be expecting too much of the book either, would you? Watching Captain Corelli’s Mandolin had me thinking the book, Corelli’s Mandolin, was some sort of sappy romance novel about the dude from Con-Air (best. movie. ever.) marching around being a goofus for Penelope Cruz. Terrible casting decisions should never be a reason to not read a novel, but Nicolas Cage overpowered the movie – he was the wrong fit, he had the wrong accent, and he managed to turn every scene into a joke.

Louis de Bernieres’s novel, though, when I finally got around to reading it (and that was the result of little more than desperation, having nothing to do last summer and not seeing any other halfway decent books in the Peace Corps library) is incredible, a testament to love and playing with questions of time and loyalty in ways the movie never did. I had to put about ten years between watching the movie and reading the book, and I’m glad I had that amount of space in there. By the time I started reading I’d forgotten Cage’s worst offenses, and I was able to marvel at de Berniere’s style. He brings together these wide-ranging stories and elements, of war and love and history and the stories we tell, infuses them with a dose of magical realism, and leaves us with a book that, thank heavens, has proven indestructible even by Hollywood.

If you want to torture yourself, here’s the movie trailer. If you don’t want to torture yourself…go read the book.

30 Day Book Meme:
Day 01 – The best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than three times
Day 03 – Your favorite series
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
Day 06 – A book that makes you sad
Day 07 – Most underrated book
Day 08 – Most overrated book
Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 10 – Favorite classic book
Day 11 – A book you hated
Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore
Day 13 – Your favorite writer
Day 14 – Favorite book of your favorite writer
Day 15 – Favorite male character
Day 16 – Favorite female character
Day 17 – Favorite quote from your favorite book
Day 18 – A book that disappointed you
Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie
Day 20 – Favorite romance book
Day 21 – Favorite book from your childhood
Day 22 – Favorite book you own
Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t
Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would’ve read
Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most
Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 – Favorite title
Day 29 – A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 – Your favorite book of all time

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I haven’t watched the movie, but being Penelope Cruz on it, I don’t think I’d like it. However, the book sounds pretty more interesting, dealing with more important issues.

Do you mind if I copy this 30 Day Book Meme? I’d love to post it on my blog. Thanks!

Comment by Elena

I like a lot of Cruz’s recent work – but in this movie especially, she doesn’t add anything. Definitely, check the book out…it seems like one of those oddities that you’ll always find in a bookstore or library, that is loved by people who’ve read it, that’s had some commercial success…but still, it’s easy to pass over.

And of course you can grab this meme. I stole it from another blog myself, and I’d love to see how someone else responds to these prompts.

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