Gone With The Wind. Oh, this book. I love books that are thick and bewitching and lavish, and GWTW is definitely one of those. It’s expansive and luscious and crammed full of accurate little details about life before, during, and after the American Civil War. I might hate Scarlett and Rhett and barely tolerate any number of other characters, but I was never bored while reading the thing, and there were enough good, even splendid, characters to make the experience worthwhile (and, yes, it was an EXPERIENCE). GWTW is an epic in the fullest sense of the word, although I wouldn’t say it’s a romance. There’s too much immorality and heartlessness, in my opinion, to make it a romance (in fact, I can’t think of any couple I whole-heartedly shipped…except maybe Gerald and Ellen), but it’s still an impressive book. I can see why it’s such a classic.
Now to watch the movie, though I’ll never forgive the People In Charge for cutting Will and Archie out – they were two of my favorite characters!
And since I’ve finished GWTW, I’ve started in on my annual reading of Lord Of The Flies. I really can’t handle more than a once-a-year read-through of it, because it’s very disturbing and depressing (sort of in the way The Ox-Bow Incident is), but the writing is breathtaking (style, plot, characterization…everything), so I mainly read it for that. I wouldn’t say it’s a favorite book, exactly, but it does grip me each time I read it.
We are awash in Dana Andrews movies over here. We really are. I’ve calculated that in the less-than-two-months since I first watched The Ox-Bow Incident, I’ve seen (counting TO-BI) nine Dana films. And re-watched a few as well. Most recently, it’s been State Fair (re-watch, which cemented my longing to LIVE in that movie), The Devil’s Brigade (it’s not reeeeally a Dana movie, since he just has a charming little cameo, but, eh, I still kinda count it in anyway), The Purple Heart (don’t even want to talk about it), and The North Star (ditto). From watching all these films, I’ve come to realize one important fact: if you’re a Dana Andrew character in a WWII movie, don’t go anywhere near planes. If you do, you’ll end up 1) with PTSD (The Best Years Of Our Lives), 2) captured by the Japanese (The Purple Heart), or 3) dead (The North Star). Or all three, because all those things happen in The Purple Heart, pretty much.
And if you’re a Dana Andrews fan and you haven’t seen The Ox-Bow Incident or The Purple Heart yet, DON’T. Just…don’t.
Glenn Miller! I broke down and bought a CD with nearly all my favorites on it since I was tired of the ads on Youtube whenever I wanted to listen to a playlist, and I’m rather glad I did now. Very handy when I’m washing dishes and I want something fun to listen to. Oh, and the little pamphlet inside the CD case listed ‘Chummy MacGregor’ as the piano player for ‘Tuxedo Junction’ which made me very happy indeed. I did discover a couple GM songs that I hadn’t listened to before (*gasp*), and they’re both wonderful. First, there’s ‘Perfidia’ – the lyrics are a bit odd, but the tune is so lovely. (Reminds me a bit of ‘Beyond The Sea’, actually). And then, ‘The Army Air Corps Song’. *tears* I have a tendency to get emotionally attached to songs that I hear in favorite movies and I forever link those songs with those movies. ‘Little Brown Jug’ and The Glenn Miller Story, for instance. Or ‘Oh Come, All Ye Faithful’ and ‘Jingle Bells’ with Stalag 17. Or ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ with The Great Escape. (And don’t even get me started on ‘Red River Valley’. Please.) So, the Air Corps song reminds me of the ending to The Purple Heart, so naturally it tugs (rips?) at my heart a little whenever I hear it. And it’s such a great arrangement too.