I tend to do a lot of my reading in bed, lying down, relaxed at the end of a long day, and rested enough to truly enjoy a good book. Not everyone can read in bed, some just can’t find a comfortable position to read and hold the book. Some find the light needed to read is disturbing to their bed partners, and others just are too darn tired at the end of a day!
I sympathize with you all, I’m rarely comfortable enough to read properly, and yet, I still need my fix, I used to often have “light issues” with my wife when I read in bed, and felt bad if I read til the wee hours with the light on. Recently with the purchase of a lighted tablet, that’s no longer a problem (Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0), but as a result, I feel more comfortable reading later than ever before, so I tend to sleep at 2 and sometimes 3 in the morning! Not good if you have to get up at 7. Fortunately for me, it’s the summer, the children are home from school, doing their own sleeping in, so I get a chance for some extra sleep time.
As it happens, I tend to read what I think are pretty good books, ones that make you want to read “just one more chapter” until you realize that that glow out the window isn’t the streetlights, it’s the sun!
While I was on vacation in D.C., I had the opportunity for some family movie nights. We decided on the movie of the night by vote. The first movie night, we had the options of “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”, and “Oz the Great and Powerful”. Curiously enough, two films that involved magic, Oz won the vote, and although it had what I think was a great premise, it kind of missed the mark. It was too long, and slowly caused me to lose interest. Strike one. So a couple of days later, we decided to try again, and we chose the Chinese movie “The Sorcered and the White Snake”. Although the action scenes were pretty cool, the sub-titles were far to fast to actualy make anything out of the movie, it looked good, maybe I’ll find a dubbed version, but this was not a good film, Strike 2. Now it comes to our last night in D.C. and we’re crazy enough to try again, so here we go, “Life of Pi”. Wow, what a film!
“Life of Pi” the movie, and book I read shortly afterwards, is the story of a young man who survives a shipwreck and spends most of a year lost at sea. The movie was great, and the story moved along very well, we finally had a winner on our hands, just as it seemed we might strike out. The movie was so good, I decided that I needed to read the book as well, and it’s that book that I finished at the end of last week. Truth be told, had I read the book first, I would probably have thought more of it, than having seen the movie first. While the movie was well paced, there were moments in the book that dragged a bit. I know, I will probably be lambasted for daring to spout such nonsense! But that’s how I felt, it was a great book, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it nonetheless. I did, however, find it strange that the book was partly set in Toronto, while the movie use Montreal as it’s “present” location. No matter, I just assume filming in Montreal was cheaper than filming in Toronto. In either case, it was the Sea, the Boy and his Tiger that were the stars of both the film and the book. without a doubt, worth the effort!