Category: books

Book Review and Film Versions of Jane Eyre

Every ten years or so, there arrives a new version of the Charlotte Brontë classic, Jane Eyre. If I see the film and Jane is pretty, I’m immediately repulsed because a major theme of the story is whether the measurement of beauty is external…

Greece, Part II: Haviaras Book Review and Athens

I escorted a group to Athens/Aegean cruise in 2002. When we arrived in Athens, we stayed at a great hotel in the Plaka district where the neighborhood shops and restaurants surrounded us. My room was on the fifth floor. As I stretched out on…

Gertrude Bell, Lawrence of Arabia, and Ridley Scott

I read the other day that Ridley Scott wants to make a biopic of Gertrude Bell. Fantastic! Can’t wait to see it. Who the heck is Gertrude Bell, you ask? I first learned about her from reading a biography by Janet Wallach called, The…