Posted in Literature

Gunter Grass: Crabwalk – walking sideways into a story

Gunter Grass, author, Nobel prize winner was not someone on my to-read list.
But I was on holiday in a rented cottage and need something to read. Someone had left a copy of Crabwalk.

His fictional story revolves around the sinking of a ship, the Wilhelm Gustloff, in 1945 with the loss of over nine-thousand lives. The worst single ship loss in history. Grass somehow tells the single story from the perspective of three people who Continue reading “Gunter Grass: Crabwalk – walking sideways into a story”

Posted in Architecture, Literature, London, Railways & Trains

Re-reading Harry Potter

I find the Harry Potter series enthralling. I have read the whole series at least three times now. Generally, if I can I’ll read them one after another. I read quickly but this is still a fortnight of Hogwarts. I am currently halfway through the Goblet of Fire, episode four of the set. It is not my favourite! The first one is still the best. I just love the fairy tale quality to it, it has an excitement and innocence that I love. The wand shop in Diagon Alley is a favourite location, it reminds me of a very old shop near where I live. Though it was stacked high with small boxes of Airfix models, rather than wands. Continue reading “Re-reading Harry Potter”

Posted in Films, Literature, London

84 Charing Cross Road

84 Charing Cross Road though relatively little known is minor masterpiece. Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins are the two main characters in this film adaptation of the twenty-year correspondence between author, and avid reader, Helene Hanff and Frank Doel, from Marks & Co. a book seller in London’s West End.

I lent my copy to a friend recently. I think she sums it up well:

“I loved watching 84 Charing Cross Road. What an amazing film. And why had I not ever watched it before?

There is a site dedicated to the play and film here. A list of the books sought by Ms Hanff can even be found here. A cult film? Perhaps, if not I really feel it should be :)