Went to the bookstore today. It's been quite sometime since i last went there. Been pretty busy. i always like going to the bookstore to check out all the new books, immerse in books. don't think that it is too strange. i know that it might sound a bit crazy to people. YOU ARE ALREADY SURROUNDED BY BOOKS EVERYDAY!! Guess that it is different. At work, you can't browse and take your time. it's always rush, rush, rush. Do more with less time and more effort. Does it sound familiar to you?
Anyway.. so there i was in the bookstore browsing.. and guess what i discovered? One of my secondary 1 (grade 7/8?) literature text was made into a movie starring Ben Tibber and Jim Caviezel. And a pretty good one from what i heard, winning several film festival and best actor awards already. i don't know if the movie will be out in Singapore.. but i really hope that it will. Most films in Singapore make it here only if they are viable commercially.
Hands up to those who have read I am David (movie link) by Anne Holm.
To think that i almost threw that book out when i was packing my books just last week. Did a flip through and decided to keep my worn and tattered 15+ year old book.
I will probably do a re-read of the book one of these days.. but just to pip your interest and for me to try to do a fuzzy recollection - the book is about this boy called David who was locked up in a concentration camp till he was 12. With the help of a guard, he manages to escape and coupled with a compass, he is to travel north, from Eastern Europe to Denmark. Having lived in isolation, he has to cope with life outside of the concentration camp, first learning to survive and finding food to eat to trusting dogs and people. Knowledge of things that we take for granted is unknown to him. Stuff like how you can't eat an orange peel etc. (Spoiler ahead) i know that i always cry when i reach the part where his dog gets killed at the border.
Something else too... Avi was a librarian for 25 years before he become an author.. and you can become a published book author by writing blogs (see Mimi Smartypants). So there's still hope for me despite of my numerous rejection letters from various publishers such as HarperCollins, Simon&Schuster etc etc... Or, i can start a collection of rejection letters? How's that for a new hobby? What do you think?