I was only familiar with an England I had seen by watching films that extolled the empire. He became close friends with Powell, introduced him to his future wife Thelma Schoonmaker , Scorsese's longtime editor , and attended his memorial service in the Cotswold village of Avening. Now he has spent the last three years restoring Colonel Blimp to its original condition, and on this particular afternoon has no interest in discussing anything else.
It would be great if audiences could experience the film the way it was made, the way the camera moves, the way it was supposed to be seen. The whole story has an eloquent sadness to it. Colonel Blimp is a paean to a particular idea of Britain, one that was already going out of fashion in A romantic comedy filled with preposterous facial hair and ridiculous hats, it is also a film with a serious, moral undercurrent. Blimp extols the virtues of good sportsmanship and fair play, virtues that were always more popular with the upper classes, because the lower classes had little time to play, and even less time to be sporting.
In it, Clive and Theo slice up one another's faces during a youthful duel in Berlin. The German winds up with a scar on his forehead; Candy's wound is sustained on his stiff upper lip, henceforth covered by a prodigious moustache that gets progressively sillier. Candy, played with staggering aplomb by Roger Livesey , is such a swell chap he lets his German rival Anton Walbrook marry the girl of his dreams Deborah Kerr while he is still on the mend.
It would violate his sense of fair play. It's like Kind Hearts and Coronets — the villain kills eight people, but he's a perfect gent about it. Candy spends the rest of the film ruing the one that got away.
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He marries a nurse who looks exactly like her she, too, is played by Kerr and during the second world war secures the services of a driver who also bears a striking resemblance Kerr, just 21 at the time, plays her, too. Powell was having an affair with the actress at the time, even though Kerr had warned him that she would ditch him if she got a call from Hollywood — which she did.
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I am pretty impressed with Brandon Mull. I have read a lot of YA fiction recently since I try and read everything Jdog wants to read before he reads it. I think Mull is easily the best recent writer. There are other fun series like Percy Jackson, Ranger's Apprentice, Artemis Fowl, etc but they are not written as well. This guy is actually a great writer!! I loved the Fablehaven series. Candy Shop War is not quite as good So Candy Shop War is not quite as good.
This book is similar but different enough that if you weren't looking for it you probably wouldn't be able to tell. The major con with this book Great for any age but probably made for slightly younger young adults Sep 11, Ian Epp rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. This is a book in which a group of kids wish to find a way to make more exciting. Maybe go on an adventure together. Well, when a new candy shop opens the kids go in wishing for some sweet treats. But they get more than they could have ever hoped for. Candys that makes you weightless, gum that makes you a super athlete, sweets that change you'relook but only for a time.
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Mar 08, Tanis rated it it was amazing. I get a kick out of writing directed to younger writers, but Mull's books are among my favorite. I'm reading the Fablehaven series too, and those are awesome, but I think this was my favorite of his so far. This book is so imaginative and fun. I really couldn't put it down! I highly recommend this book to anybody who likes adventure and fantasy.
View all 4 comments. Aug 25, Connie rated it liked it. This book is a lot of fun, it's exciting, it's not overly scary, and the ending is set up very nicely well in advance although I must say I didn't see it coming. It's well-written, and if the ethical dilemmas the kids find themselves in aren't very novel, well, at least they make a clear moral message.
Remember, kids, robbing graves is wrong! So why only three stars?
Well, because even though the writing would normally cause me to give this book four stars, I yanked a star off for the race is This book is a lot of fun, it's exciting, it's not overly scary, and the ending is set up very nicely well in advance although I must say I didn't see it coming.
Well, because even though the writing would normally cause me to give this book four stars, I yanked a star off for the race issues. Yes, it's gonna be one of those reviews. Deal with it. There are a lot of, uh, issues in this book, and they're all woven in a messy little package of ick that really mars this otherwise great book. Let's start with the demographics of the main characters.
We've got four kids and their families, but for the sake of convenience I'll count each family as one unit , three bullies, two magicians, and a mysterious guy whose job I can't divulge for spoiler reasons. And a teacher, and a janitor. That's just unrealistic. I should be suspending my disbelief to deal with magic, not messed-up racial demographics.
The white people are described with a variety of adjectives - "honey-blond hair", "portly", "bleary-eyed in a stained corduroy jacket", "short, pudgy with thick black hair", "blond with curly hair", and on one memorable instant "plump, balding, with a goatee". The last is not an exact quote. The non-whites all minor characters, I can't think of any that persist for more than a page or two are described They're black, Asian, "Asian with sliver eyes" wtf?
Compare "a black female police officer" with "the police officer, a muscular man with short hair and chiseled cheekbones" and something starts to seem It's like the author thinks that simply giving somebody's race is sufficient to describe them. Unless they're white, of course, because the hidden message here although I'm sure it was unintentional is that white people a. The few times another adjective is used, it's something that's stereotypically of that race - a woman is Vietnamese, "small and slight".
A crying kid is Asian and also "tiny". Likewise, when the children change appearance, the book makes a point of mentioning that what changes and the ONLY thing that changes is their race. They look like them, but Asian or black or Hawaiian or "full-blooded Native American". The comments they make "I kinda was hoping for black" or "Now would be a great time for a victory hula" smack of exoticism, and why? Because white people are normal.
I know, I know, he didn't mean anything by it!
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I'm sure he didn't. I'm sure the author is not really a bigot, and is probably quite a nice person who believes in equal rights for everybody, etc. This does not mean that the underlying message in these lopsided descriptions isn't there. There's also the thing with the candystore wooden Indian, an "ancient chief" with feathers and buckskin and a tomahawk, who looks "weary but courageous". I took away one star, and I suggest that you read this book before you buy it, especially if you plan to use it in a classroom.
It's not really the lack of non-white characters if that's your criteria, the unfortunate reality is you'll find yourself with very few books indeed that you can read with your kids, and most of the ones you have will be depressingly "uplifting" instead of fun , but more, as I said, how they're described. The cumulative effect of all this left me feeling exhausted, and I'm not sure I want to read this with my young nieces. After re-reading this book, I am starting to discover many more themes that I did not notice the first time around; for example, a theme that sticks out through out the entire book is that trust is earned, not given freely.
Near the beginning of the book, the blue falcons discovered Mrs. Whites magical candy and blindly trusted Mrs. White, even though she did not do any thing to gain their trust. Soon they discovered that Mrs. White was evil and was after an ancient yet powerful treasure, at the sa After re-reading this book, I am starting to discover many more themes that I did not notice the first time around; for example, a theme that sticks out through out the entire book is that trust is earned, not given freely.
White was evil and was after an ancient yet powerful treasure, at the same time discovering they have gotten themselves tied into a magical war between magicians who are content on using them as pawns. Later on in the book, the blue falcons met John.
ittisaratalli.tk John earned his trust by spilling all of the secrets the magicians denied. Even after their past experiences with Mrs. White, the blue falcons couldn't deny their trust. In the end, John proved to be faithful, and supported the blue falcons in the defeat of Mrs. White, and prevented a catastrophe.
May 14, Angie rated it liked it. This was an "interesting" book. I loved the premise - kids eat magical candy that give them powers. However, I didn't like the adult situations the kids were put in - robbing a museum, digging up a grave, etc. Also, all of the adult eat addicting white fudge and are basically "drugged out" the entire time. I read this book with Lindsey and she absolutely loved it! She and I were able to discuss the parts I was most uncomfortable with, so it led to a few good talks. Overall, the book wasn't bad, This was an "interesting" book. Overall, the book wasn't bad, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it for younger kids.