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This Month’s Must Read is….
Just One Day Trilogy
Written By: Gayle Foreman
“He showed me how to get lost, and then I showed myself how to get found.”
Allyson Healey is on a European tour, when she meets Willem, a charming Dutch boy, starring in an underground performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. There is an instant attraction, and Allyson is charmed. So, when Willem invites her to spend one day in Paris with him, she does something extraordinary and embarks on a spontaneous journey. That day in Paris is magical as Willem helps her unravel the beauty of the city and she learns to take life as it comes- until he disappears and she’s left stranded.
The unique format of this book is intriguing and well crafted. As the first half unravels the story behind Allyson and Willem’s day in Paris, the second half of the book tells of the year that follows. Each half of the book feels like a separate novel with Allyson’s change in character and a different cast of characters. The use of Shakespeare was a thoughtful touch, as it weaved the two halves of the story together and mirrored relevant themes. Overall, Just One Day shows us the briefest of romances yet tells a heartfelt story of self-discovery, nevertheless.
This Month’s Must See is….
The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas
Written By: John Boyne
Directed By: Mark Herman
“…Who decided which people wore the striped pyjamas and which people wore the uniforms?”
Set during World War II, this story is seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.
Although this film is neither a new release nor a new concept, it is a rare occasion that any movie leaves the viewer utterly speechless. During its initial release in 2008, The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas was surrounded by praise, earning $41,000,000. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas generally sets aside powerful stereotypes and instead offers up the perspective of two innocent boys, one Jewish and one German, neither of whom subscribes to the idea that they are supposed to be enemies. Thus, this movie presents an evicting, tragic story, sending the viewer away with more to reflect on than just the massacres of the Nazi regime.
– Maria S.