As 2011 hurtles to a close, we bring out a selection of books to go for. ~Inessa
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Jack Kerouac - On the Road, the legendary first draft - rougher, wilder, and racier than the 1957 edition, was issued on the 50th anniversary of this iconic book. Now, in 2011, there's an app for that.
Who says old books can't be made new again? Certainly not Penguin Classics, which is focused on revitalizing literature that has been available in print for decades and sometimes even centuries. For the imprint's first experimentation with apps, it has created an amplified edition of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, which features the text of the 1957 edition of the novel, along with photos, interactive maps, and a detailed history of the author's contemporaries, who he famously dubbed "the beats."
Chuck Palahniuk - Damned. We know Chuck from Fight Club (made into a film by David Fincher of now, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo fame). Here comes more unexpected writing from the Oregon Book Award winner. If you like tastelessly hilarious gallows humor about a teenage girl in hell, this book's for you!. More HERE.
And here come two books that are also movies.
Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret. What a feast. The Caldecott award-winner is like no book I have seen. Book form rethought by Selznick. It's also Martin Scorsese's first family movie. See the trailer below, and check out more about the book HERE. (There are all sorts of bells and whistles at that site. Be sure to take a look!)
John le Carre - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Look, I won't kid you. This masterful story is dense with detail. And much like Shakespeare, it takes a while to get comfortable with the layered language and detail of the story. But you will get used to the rhythms. And then! Off you go into the dark world of the Cold War and spies. After you read it, go see the movie for the ultimate experience: "Read the book. See the movie".
I was at a recent film junket in NYC for the screen version. Check out the roundtable interviews with Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, and also one with the director and screenwriter, below. Trailer follows.