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Anna Karenina…a long read…

Posted in Books, Film with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2012 by Mj Rains

…by the time I’m done the new Anna Karenina movie, starring Keira Knightley, will be out, thus saving me from the torment of getting though all the pages on my Kindle…okay, it’s not torment. I actually love reading it. It was the first tomb of a book I downloaded back in January. No, I’m not that slow of a reader, but with any disastrously long novel, I kind of lose it mid-way, and find myself veering off to other literary terrains. I feel a wit-bit guilty, since this is so thought of as one of the ultimates in classic literature. So my goal is to finish this book in the next week if possible. My Kindle says I’m at 64% into the story since it doesn’t display page numbers. Can I finish it? Do I have a chance?

So here’s the beautiful preview of Anna Karenina. It looks breath-taking, though the Vronsky actor choice has me confused. Keira looks like perfection however.

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Book Beginnings – Anna Karenina

Posted in Book Beginnings with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2012 by Mj Rains

So I’ve been reading away on my new Kindle in the new year (at least I’m getting something done!) and am still reading the first tomb of a book I downloaded, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. At well over a thousand pages this one may take me a while. Reading other books in between I guess isn’t helping my progress. If you haven’t read this classic nothing is wrong with you my dear. It simply isn’t for everyone. I confess I started it and set it down years ago, thinking it was boring, but it feels fresh to me today, and perfection in a literary find.

This book beginning will be a short one; it’s actually the first line. And it’s one that everyone, even if they are not a classic literature fan, or a Tolstoy fan, can relate to I am sure. Perhaps you have heard it quoted before.

The Beginning of Anna Karenina:

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

There are a number of movies versions in the past:

Greta Garbo as Anna Karenina, 1948

And I can’t believe, the same year, 1948, Vivian Leigh was Anna Karenina? This stunning gown was so well described in the book; it seems the costume designers nailed it here.

Sophie Marceau as Anna Karenina in 1997.

Some inspired book covers and art…

Anna Karenina by Clifford Bailey

mixed media by Ludmila Kalmaeva

Anna Karenina by Reno Photo

Why I’m a Book Lover Considering a Kindle…

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 14, 2011 by Mj Rains

Okay, okay! I know, I know! … an avid fan of the printed page, the smell of a new book, the smell of an old book, supporting ancient classic publication, the easy access to any page, anytime…all those valid reasons to swear devotion to the printed word. A real book is a treasure, and I even sport that badge on this blog – that stack of books over there in the sidebar which upon clicking declares my promise, vow, whatever to read, and only to read, the printed word. (I’ll have to take that down if my thought goes thru…). In any case, here is why I’m seriously thinking about going with an e-book reader, particularly the Amazon Kindle.

First off, the bugger is on $79 bucks right now! Seriously. And my mum’s offered to gift it for me for Christmas, reading fan that she is (She loves our local book swap store! and fears technology, yet she thinks I’d like this…and honestly, I do).  I looked up all the free books I can download…classics…for FREE! Like Anna Karenina, a tomb of a book at 862  pages that even a paper-back version isn’t easy to handle comfortably or carry around easily. And speaking of huge books, how about Gone With The Wind? 1,048 pages of classic fiction that is not easy to throw into your purse and pull out while you’re waiting at the dentist’s office. (I once had, and I stress HAD, a first edition copy, which is a whole other post on why you lend books to no one – family members, friends, priests – no one!) Now I can download GWTW on the Kindle for $9.99 and read it in it’s nearly weightless existence.  The Kindle can also be linked up to free library book lending using your local library card or now Amazon offers a one book a month free lend, which you can read with an option to purchase at the end.

So, with all that, and seeing it featured on the internet, and in the Best Buy and Staples flyers every weekend for weeks now, I ventured over to my local Staples and checked out this progressive disruption into my book-only-lover-life.

The Amazon Kindle via Tecca

It was smaller than I thought – which was nice I must say. It’s about as thick as an 80 page note-book and only about 7 inched long.  Roughly, it’s about the size of a paperback novel, but sleeker, smoother and so light in my hand. The screen is not shiny, which means glare-free reading anywhere, even in sunlight, and when it boasts to read like it book, I have to admit the pages do look like regular paper pages. Ads say you can bookmark and highlight text also. I haven’t done that, but I’ll take their word.

This little e-reader is nothing like reading on a computer. I can take it anywhere (not like my computer) and literally sit in my favorite chair by the fireplace (pun intended because it’s true!) and read. With a month-long battery life before it needs charging I think I’ll be okay.

I was told by the kind Staples employee that it holds 14oo books. OMG! Not 400, but 1400!  (The other more pricey Kindles hold 3500). I was impressed too that I can easily slip this into my purse and have it on hand anytime – and for me there are so many times when that I wish I had brought my book with me – like at the doctor’s office waiting room, waiting for kids at school events, boring dinner parties…;)

So, for me, the promise, vow, declaration, whatever it was, to read only the printed word is in dire jeopardy. The progress of technology has me in it’s clutches…Is the printed word on its way out? Is this the future for readers world-wide? Will we save trees?

I’ll still love, love, love my books. I’ll still buy and borrow the printed pages. I will still haunt the library book sale for a treasured tomb or two.  I’ll be anticipating this little baby at Christmas, and in the mean time will be lining up all those free books I plan to download…and ask for Amazon gift cards for Christmas from everyone else!

What’s you preference – real books or e-readers or a combo of both?
Or, if you have a Kindle, how do you like it? Let me know.

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