Books on the big screen

In Book Review, Miscellaneous on February 23, 2012 at 10:21 pm

With the BAFTA winners announced and the Academy Awards  on Sunday the awards season is upon us. This year’s nominees feature a number of literary adaptations.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
by Jonathan Safran Foer

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor. When his father is killed in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, his inward journey towards some kind of peace takes him on an odyssey through the five boroughs of New York, as he attempts to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father’s closet.

The Help

Kathryn Stockett

Aibileen is a black maid, raising her 17th white child, but with a bitter heart after the death of her son. Minny is the sassiest woman in Mississippi. Skeeter is a white woman with a degree but no ring on her finger. Seemingly as different as can be, these women will come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk

We need to talk about Kevin

Lionel Shriver

Who is to blame for teenage atrocity? Narrator Eva Khatchadourian’s son, Kevin, murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker and the much-loved teacher who tried to befriend him. This novel is an examination of the effect tragedy has on a town, a marriage and a family.


James Sallis

I drive. That’s what I do. All I do.’ Much later, as he sat with his back against an inside wall of a Motel 6 just north of Phoenix, watching the pool of blood lap toward him, Driver would wonder whether he had made a terrible mistake. Later still, of course, there’d be no doubt.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

John Le Carre

Now a major film. Mr George Smiley is small, podgy, middle-aged and disillusioned. He is also compassionate, ruthless, and a senior British intelligence officer. Smiley comes up against Karla, his old Moscow adversary, and so begins a long battle of wits.

War Horse

Michael Morpungo

War Horse is the story of Joey, a thoroughbred horse, and how he is forced into the thick of the harrowing, poorly-led battles of the First World War.

The Descendants: A novel

Kaui Hart Hemmings

Made into a film starring George Clooney. A descendant of one of Hawaii’s largest landowners, Matthew King finds his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control; his thrill-seeking wife, Joanie, lies in a coma after a boat-racing accident and will soon be taken off life support. Suddenly the King family must come to terms with this tragedy.

Woman in Black

Susan Hill

When Arthur Kipps attends the funeral of Alice Drablow he is unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind her house. It is not until he glimpses a woman dressed all in black at the funeral that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold.

Red Dog

Louis de Bernieres

The narrator of this story travels to a small mining town in Western Australia to host a literary dinner. Whilst there, he comes across a statue to Red Dog. He is intrigued, and resolves to find out as much as he can about this splendid dog.

The Lorax

Dr. Seuss

Using the sort of crazy characters and nonsensical situations that are the hallmark of Dr. Seuss, The Classic Collection brings together his zaniest stories, silliest rhymes and craziest drawings.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Paul Torday

An extraordinary, beguiling tale of fly-fishing and political spinning, of unexpected heroism and late-blooming love, and of an attempt to prove the impossible, possible.

We bought a zoo

the amazing true story of a broken-down zoo, and the 200 animals that changed a family forever.








  1. Oh, I wrote a post not so long ago about how interesting it is that 6 out of the 9 best picture Oscar nominees are films based on books! You might be interested:
    One small step for these books, one giant leap for literature 😉
    Happy reading!

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