July 7, 2010

"Everything that I Know, I Know Only Because I Love..."





Everything that I Know,
I Know Only Because I Love...

That's a quote from War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy, possibly the most celebrated ficiton writer ever.

Pretty artsy and literary quote, huh? Impressed? Excellent!

Confession time: I haven't read War and Peace. I am however gonna download it onto my Kindle and read it one of these days. Really. I am. Truly. Trust me. Would I lie to you?

Why is this top of mind now? Because I just watched a fantastic movie on DVD with Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy and Helen Mirren as his wife, called The Last Station.

Tolstoy is elderly and dying in The Last Station, and considering giving away all his money to the followers of his new upstart religion Tolstoyism (think free love commune kind of deal). His devoted if not exactly sane wife is not happy about this at all. James MacAvoy is his new secretary and basically our eyes, learning about the people and the struggle between them.

Despite its pedigree, this is not a stuffy drama, it is witty and sexy and warm and funny and endearing. It's about love and marriage and religion and communism and social justice and passion and money. If I had seen it last year, when it came out, it would have been one of my favourites of the year.

Hell, maybe I will make it one of my favourites for this year. I consume tons of movies in theatres and especially on DVD, and most of them are totaly crap. This one is sensational. See it!

16 comments:

JenniferfromLaJolla said...

Sounds like a good movie, will add it to my Netflix queue.

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injaynesworld said...

Thanks. I've been waiting to send my current Netflix DVD back till I found something I really wanted to watch. Love Helen Mirran, so I'll give this a try.

Midwestern Mama Holly said...

Had to read it in school. Too bad the movie wasn't out then.... but that was WAY before talkies. =]

Gadgerson said...

Love the story of War and Peace, but I find Tolstoy very difficult to read. I did however read it...don't know that I would do that again. Side note* Don't you just love your Kindle? I adore mine!!

vanita said...

War and Peace . . . nope not my literary choice at all. Too truthful, too heart breaking . . . just can't bare it. Give me a good paranormal romance so i can leave reality behind.

Thanks for stopping by. I left you a huge apology in my comments area. Mostly excuses, but an apology's in there somewhere.

i need a weekend off to rest from the weekend i had.

and as i said before, i love your blog, always something different and always interesting. that's why i passed the award along to ya'. Brahm, not Alfred. :-D

thenaiveblogger said...

Hey nice! Will definitely watch it. Thanks for the info or review(that's what I would like to call it).

bmat10 said...

Totally off the subject, well not totally perhaps just a side road as we are still talking about the classics. Have you ever read the 'Agony And The Ecstasy" by Irvin Stone? It is about Michelangelo, one of my favourite lines in the world comes from that book. Mikey was commisioned to paint the sistine chapel by the pope so he couldn't refuse, but he couldn't get to the chapel. One of the medici's gave Mike a horse, and you can't charge the pope so the horse was costing Mike more than he could possibly earn. Mike's father says, 'Never accept a gift that eats'

Have I totally bored you yet, trust me the book is excellent. So is 'Of Human Bondage' by Somerset Maugham, but it was very long.

Climb2Nowhere said...

I've wanted to see that movie! I can't wait to see it. Thanks for the recommendation!

Brahm (alfred lives here) said...

I am not sure this is a review, is more of a recommendation I think?

And yes Brian a bit off topics, that being said I have read the agony and the ecstasy and loved it. back in univ I think. I may have tried Of Human Bondage a long time ago and given up on it; I did see the old movie (Bette Davis?). Love old movies. And that is a good one.

Lauren said...

I have a copy of War and Peace. I haven't gotten through it yet. But I will! The beginning was good, I just got distracted somewhere near the middle. I loved Anna Karenina though so I know I will finish Tolstoy's other novel some day. Thanks for the tip on the movie. I shall check that out.

Annie (Lady M) x said...

Thanks for the recommendation, this movie sounds right up my street.

I read War and Peace... took me nearly two years. It took some effort to keep track of the characters (tons of em), and the book had a tendency to drift into historical text book mode, but other than that, it was pretty good.

Mrsblogalot said...

War and Peace?...the long one with no pictures? Yeah, er,... me too...

I'll take your recommendation instead (-:

Brahm (alfred lives here) said...

And yes, I totally heart my Kindle!

Greg said...

Thanks for the review. I've been debating about whether or not to see The Last Station, but it sounds good.

Jabacue said...

Always wanted to read that one too.
Will have to get The Last Station on some rainy day. Thanks for recommendation.

The Mindful Merchant said...

I love Christopher Plummer (sound of music - oh yah! lol) and Helen Mirren IS the Queen. Thank you for the movie suggestion.

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