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The Graduate
The Graduate
by Charles Webb
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the movie!, 2 Nov. 2003
This review is from: The Graduate (Paperback)
Okay, I know the movie is a classic. But when you read the book you realize that the movie works so well just because it's so faithful to the novel!
It's also interesting to know that Benjamin, the freshly-graduated aimless protagonist, disappears for a while in the book... turns out he was off doing odd jobs and sleeping with prostitutes. Strangely, they left that bit out of the movie... I wonder why?

J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography
J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography
by Humphrey Carpenter
Edition: Paperback

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A personal, illuminating view of Tolkien's life and writing, 28 May 2002
If you've loved Tolkien's books all your life, and wondered what kind of person it takes to come up with works of genius like The Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit and The Silmarillion, this book will be just what you wanted.
Carpenter makes illuminating connections, linking Tolkien's early fascination with languages to the fact that the author first studied languages with his mother (who died while he was quite young). That nostalgic attachment to language led him to a lifetime of study of all sorts of Scandinavian and Germanic myths and epics, which ultimately inspired him to create his own mythology.
Carpenter also mentions that Leaf By Niggle, one of Tolkien's short stories, expressed his own bittersweet feelings about having spent most of his life writing the Silmarillion and Lord Of The Rings; especially given that advancing age made it increasingly unlikely that they would be finished in his lifetime. This was news to me, so I tracked down the story in a secondhand copy of The Tolkien Reader... it was really quite touching.
I'm planning to read The Letters Of J.R.R. Tolkien by Carpenter and Christopher Tolkien next. I'm pretty sure I won't be disappointed.

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