Sunday, 10 July 2011

the package


It's a cloudy day in Antwerp, perfect for staying indoors, reading a book and enjoying coffee and chocolate. Seems like a perfect day to also share with you my Amazon package (I know that some are getting a bit curious but I won't name any names). As I've told you before I chose a book and DVD package from hubby for my birthday. So, here is the content with my comments: 

Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser, a biography I once read such good reviews about and have been wanting to read ever since. I started it yesterday and I must say that it's hard to put it down. I had no idea that Sofia Coppola used Fraser's book to write the screenplay for her film Marie Antoinette (2006), which I also ordered. I had never seen it in full length, just clips here and there. I watched it yesterday and it really captured me. At first the 80s music bothered me just a bit but when I got used to it I really got drawn into that wonderful storytelling. I had almost forgot how much I love actress Judy Davis (the emphasis is on almost), who plays the Comtesse de Noailles. She's so good!

Let's move on. I also ordered The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham, which I'm looking forward to reading. I can't say that I've read much by Maugham; a collection of his short stories back in college and last year I read The Painted Veil, which I loved (I really enjoyed the film from 2006 that was based on the novel, starring Naomi Watts and Edward Norton). I also ordered Collins Complete Photography Course by John Garrett and Graeme Harris, which will probably give me more clue of what I'm doing when I turn on my Nikon. And finally I ordered Pride and Prejudice (2005), directed by Joe Wright. I think that one is a compulsory purchase for a Jane Austen fan. I've already watched it twice, with and without the director's commentary, and all the bonus material.

So there you have my package. Tomorrow is my birthday – Giorgio Armani's too. I'm having sushi and white wine but I've no idea what's he's doing, wink.

Have a fine Sunday everyone!

photo credit: Lisa Hjalt

7 comments:

  1. I love Keira Knightly and Pride & Predjuce is one of my favorite movies. xo

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  2. Such wonderful gifts you've chosen!

    Have a fantastic birthday!

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  3. I love books about Marie Antoinette. I have 3 at home!!!!
    Hugs,
    Yvonne

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  4. I love that movie, might just be the most romantic one I ever saw :)
    And a happy birthday to you tomorrow, I hope you will have the most wonderful day!
    So you are cancer as well, same as me :)

    Hugs,
    Signe

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  5. As in Bucharest it's now 00:40: Happy Birthday, Lisa! :) I'm back from a Bon Jovi concert and I had a huntch that I might be in for a surprise on your blog, ha ha! What a wonderful gift you've received! I read Maugham's novel, The Painted Veil, a few years ago and loved it. Loved the movie too. "Marie Antoinette: the journey" I haven't read yet, but I'm eager to and believe it or not, haven't seen Pride and Prejudice from start till end completely either. Have to really soon. xoxo

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  6. Your weekends make me so jealous! I love the Pride and Prejudice movie - unusually, it lives up to the book! It's my favourite movie to watch on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

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  7. Happy birthday Lisa!!! :) These gifts are great, although I can only believe your judgement as from your entire package I have only seen Pride and Prejudice (twice) Love love love! But all of them sound like a wonderful way to spent time and enrich yourself with great emotions and interesting knowledge. Hope you'll have a fabulous birthday today. Wine and sushi sounds gooood.

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