The real “English Patient” wasn’t a womanizer…he was gay, letters reveal

April 5, 2010

Author Michael Ondaatje, penned the extremely moving story of The English Patient, based on the life and love of Count Laszlo de Almásy.

Letters have surfaced, written by Laszlo, to his lover, a young Nazi soldier named Hans Entholt.

Further details can be found here. We can surely imagine another book, based on the letters and the true-to-life love affair of these two men, might be forthcoming in the future.

Count Laszlo de Almasy

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Neil Gaiman’s Secret Room

April 4, 2010
Neil Gaiman first gained our notice with his complex and literate 75-issue comic series The Sandman, and has since broadened his scope to write award-winning and bestselling novels (American Gods and Anansi Boys), screenplays (Beowulf). And he hasn’t stopped writing comics, all the while. His books Stardust and Coraline were both adapted for the screen and his most recent novel The Graveyard Book was awarded the Newbury Medal and the Hugo Award for Best Novel.
It would be natural to assume that someone whose work is filled with references ranging from literary to mythological would have a fairly extensive library but even so, the actual scope of his personal library is wonderfully shocking!  In the basement of his house of secrets he keeps a room that’s wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling with books, and the occasional scattering of awards, gargoyles and felines.

Free Book – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

December 14, 2008

200px-benjamin_button_poster1Brad Pitt’s new film opens on Christmas Day (December 25) and already has 5 Golden Globe nominations. I regret to say I hadn’t read it, so decided to buy a copy of the book for a quick read. First, it’s a short story, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, first appearing in his book entitled TALES OF THE JAZZ AGE back in 1922, published by Scribners (current value with a decent dustjacket is in the thousands). Obviously it has fallen out of copyright and is now in the public domain…thus, free copies of it are readily available all over the web.  I read it here , or, if you’d rather read it later, here’s a link  to a PDF you can download and print out for a paper version.  It’s a quick read and well worth the twenty or so minutes you’ll spend enjoying it.   No spoilers posted here, but the plot of the story becomes evident quickly at the beginning of the story, so you won’t have to wait long once you’ve begun reading.

The movie is “loosely based” on the Fitzgerald tale, so I anticipate a sweet and probably intense romance that doesn’t exist in the original story. Sounds like it will be a great movie to see during the pre-New Year lull at the bookshop. Can’t wait!

Karen