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Carissa Green Reads

I read widely from many genres. Perhaps this blog will feature fewer ratings and reviews, but I certainly intend to write about my reading life - it's the subject I most find myself wanting to talk about.

Currently reading

The Luminaries
Eleanor Catton
Three Sisters, Three Queens (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)
Philippa Gregory
A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry
Czesław Miłosz
The Gay Science: with a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs
Walter Kaufmann, Friedrich Nietzsche
A Kierkegaard Anthology
Robert W. Bretall
The Guns of August
Barbara W. Tuchman

Notes on Adaptation: The Theory of Everything

A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan

So I broke the rule: Always read the book first. It's kind of like breaking the Prime Directive in Star Trek. It's important most of the time, but every once in a while, it's convenient for the plot to ignore.

 

I went to see "The Theory of Everything" without reading first the book on which it was based, "Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen." The book was not available at either of the two libraries to which I have access locally. I didn't want to deal with Interlibrary Loan and its unpredictable time tables. And I had seen the PBS program on Hawking just a year or two ago, in which Jane Hawking plays no small role.

 

So I substituted by reading Hawking's own "A Brief History of Time," which I had always meant to pick up. Check.

 

Now, having seen the film, I really want to read Ms. Hawking's book. Aside from seeing how the material is adapted from one medium to another, I am quite interested in how emotionally honest she is with regard to loving and living with a person with a degenerative disability.  The film is all about emotion - love and loyalty and the decisions made around those emotions. 

 

-cg