Each month, beginning with November 2013, The Academies and the University Libraries will be promoting one book and one film per month from our two lists, 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films.
We’re starting off this month with the book The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, and the film After Life (Wandafuru Raifu) directed by Hirokazu Koreeda . We encourage you to explore and enjoy the 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films lists fullest by using them as they were designed – to read and watch one film a month for your four year college career. So, grab your favorite brew, a cozy spot, perhaps some friends and some popcorn, and you’re good to go.
The God of Small Things – by Arundhati Roy
Lockwood Library Book Collection, 5th Floor
PR9499.3 .R59 G63 2008
In her first novel, award-winning Indian screenwriter Arundhati Roy conjures a whoosh of wordplay that rises from the pages like a brilliant jazz improvisation. The God of Small Things is nominally the story of young twins Rahel and Estha and the rest of their family, but the book feels like a million stories spinning out indefinitely; it is the product of a genius child-mind that takes everything in and transforms it in an alchemy of poetry. The God of Small Things is at once exotic and familiar to the Western reader, written in an English that’s completely new and invigorated by the Asian Indian influences of culture and language.
New York Times review
Annenberg Lerner Introduction to World Literature
After Life (Wandafuru raifu) – 1998, Director: Hirokazu Koreeda (Japan)
Silverman Multimedia Collection, 1st Floor, Capen
PN1997 .W36 2000
In this fantasy speculation about the after-life, when people die, they spend a week with counselors, also dead, who help them pick one memory, the only memory they can take with them to eternity. They describe this memory to the counselors who then work with a crew to film and screen each memory at week’s end; eternity follows. The film documents one week’s work of three counselors and a trainee. One old man struggles to find a memory, others pick their memory quickly, and the film crew gets right to work. The trainee, 18-year-old Shiori (Erika Oda), helps a teenage girl choose a memory other than Disneyland. The youthful staff has secrets and feelings which also play out, especially Shiori’s affection for her mentor, Mochizuki (Arata).
After Life on Mubi
“A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.”
― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid
For the complete lists and to find out why we chose the number 48, read more about the program on our web site.