These are my picks for June:
“British comedy television series based on two very different twenty-something people, Daisy Steiner and Tim Bisley, who pretend to be a professional couple to secure tenancy of a North London flat. The two along with their assortment of co-conspirators, tortured artist Brian, would-be soldier Mike, fashion fascist Twist, rock casualty landlady Marsha and Colin the dog, tackle the big questions of the 21st century.”
If you like what is known as “The Cornetto Trilogy,” (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End), you will love this TV series. Written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, the same people responsible for those three movies, this show was their first successful foray into the type of satirical, fast-paced, nerd culture based film-making that they are known for. Be prepared for many pop culture references and very strong opinions on the Star Wars prequels. I watched this series when I was living with roommates who are essentially part of my family now, and Tim’s impassioned speech at the end of Season 2 really sums up how I felt about the show and what I think one of its main messages was: “Marsha, they say the family of the twenty-first century is made up of friends, not relatives. If that’s true, then you’re the best auntie I’ve ever had.”
“Jane Austen’s final novel is the story of Anne Elliot, a woman who gets a second chance. As a teenager she becomes engaged to a man who seems perfect for her, Frederick Wentworth. But she is persuaded to break the engagement off by her friend Lady Russell, who believes that he is too poor to be a suitable match. The episode plunges Anne into a period of bleak disappointment.
Eight years later, Frederick returns from the Napoleonic Wars flushed with success. Anne’s circumstances have also changed; her father’s spendthrift ways mean he has been forced to lease the family home to a naval family. Will Anne and Frederick rediscover their love? Can their changed fortunes inhibit their feelings? Persuasion is a story of self-knowledge and personal regeneration, of social change and emotional politics. It is Austen’s most mature work, and also her most wickedly satirical.”
I once decided that I was going to read all of Austen’s novels, one after another. While Pride and Prejudice will always hold a special place in my heart, Persuasion stood out for me during that Austen-binge. There is a sadness to the character of Anne that is far more palpable and desperate than the heroines of Austen’s other novels, which makes her story, in a way, more compelling. There is a definite maturity to this novel that isn’t necessarily lacking in the others, but is more developed. If you read it, you can also partake in my favorite reward for reading classic literature– watching the film adaptations! This movie with Sally Hawkins is excellent.
All summaries are from http://catalog.ccls.org/.