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Friday, May 28, 2004

the hannibal

it took me exactly 1.5 days to finish this one. "the hannibal" . contrary to what my friend surendra was saying, the hannibal is the next part of the comes after the silence of the lambs. so i have read the books in the order that they are supposed to be read. now it will be interesting to watch the movie. this is a current fad with me. read the book and then watch the movie. i have done several pairs liek that since ive come here to toledo. the godfather(all parts and book), sveral of mr michael crichton books and movies etc.

well coming back to dr lecter hannibal: this is about dr lecter completely. silence ofthe lambs shows that lecter is instrumental in the capture of buffalo bill. here the theme is capture of the hannibal the cannibal. the scene is set for 7 years after the escape and setting of the "silence...lambs". there is this one rich guy who was a victim of the hannibal who had survived.this guy was fed to the dogs. the dogs bit off his face and most of his body.mason. he has a sister called margot who is a lesbian and takes hormones to become a man.her fiancee is judy. clarice starling is setup in a way in a shooting that makess her look bad. she has to shoot a woman who's holding a baby. the baby's safe but clarice take blame.
so the scene is set. dr lecter instigates the follow up in himself once clarice is defamed. he sends her stuff and brings the heat upon himself. the italian police is in trouble as they realsie that lecter is in a place called florence in italy. dr lecter gets appointed as the curator to a museum. mason sets him up and gives a few sardinians the contract to get lecter fed to the pigs.mason is the leader for the pig industry. dr lecter somehow finds out from the plice officer who is upposed to catch and point him to the sardinians. lecter cuts him up and escapes.
he then travels to detroit and escapes the officials form noticing him. and so lecter is back on the land where he has killed so many ppl. mason realises that lectre might contact starling since she is the object of deisre of lecter. he plants an article in the enwspaper suggesting that clarice may have helped lecter escape. and so clarice is ssupended from duty. asclarice's bday approches mason is sure that lecter is going to gift her something personally. this turns out to be true . but mason's men are ready and they capture lecter. they take him to mason's farm for the pig-eating-man-alive ritual. clarice sees the sardianinas capture lecter and goes after them on her own. shes finds them ready to feed lecter to the pigs. she intervenes and frees lecter but gets shot. lecter takes her and escpes. most of the sardinians are killed. the one left is paid by margot to leave usa forever. he does so. she then kills mason after extarcting semen to impregant judy for thier baby. and they live happily ever after with the money. lecter and clarice become a pair and they with each other as more of a father -daughter relationship. they keep escpaing the law always and are seen in brazil also. here i find the story denegrating. the end is not as expected nor as exciting. the end few chapters taper down to a boring and dull finish. a few chazracters like barney, krendler for silence of the lambs make a reappearnce. leaves a disppointment at the end. :(
while searching for the hannibal inks, found this very picture..i am goinna just putit up here.

and also the link to the place go .

Sunday, May 23, 2004

là où les aigles osent

i finished reading the book "where eagles dare" today. its a nice book about ww2 times. there is a subtle plot undergoing within the main plot. it is the age of double crossing and some treble crossing also. a brief desciption of things ahppening in the book along with the setting. its a typical alistair maclean(i though his name was mclean).
abt the book:

a team of british commandoes(along with 1 american) parachute into the high peaks of the austrian alps in the depths of winter. their mission: steal into a seemingly impreganble alpine castle - hq of the gestapo - and rescue a captured american general before he reveals the allies plans for the invasion of europe. but almost nothing is as itseems in alistair maclean's compulsively readable tale of special forces, black ops, and unpredictable allainces. where eagle dare - more timely than ever - is one of the greatest spy thrillers of the past half century.
main character: john smith(schmidt)
his heroine:mary austen
side kick: schaffer(american)
his gf: heidi(cutely described)
more abt heidi:( iliked the way maclean descibes her);read on:
one of them approaching caught smith's eye. it wud be surprising if she hadn't. it wud have been surprising if she dint catch the attention of everyman there. but there was no surprise. she did.she wud have won any miss europe contest hands down if she had had a face other than her own which though pleasant and plump, was rather plain. but any possible lack of attraction in that cheerfully smiling face was more than compensated for elsewhere. she was dressed in a gaily patterned dirndl and tyrolean blouse, has a hand span waist, an hour and a half glass figure and on obvious prediliction for low cut blouses that, in terms of attracting local custom, must have been worth a fortune to the gigantic proprietor behind the bar. she drew a gr8 deal of attention from the assembly soldiery, not all of it consisting of admiring glances: if she wasnt wearing armour plating, smith reflected, she must be permanantly blue and black. she approached smith, brushed back her blonde hair and smiled the gesture as provocative as the smile...
"can i help you,sir"
"dark beer,please" smith saif politely."six".
"with pleasure,sir" .again the provocative smile this time accomapnied by a half appraisal ,half lingering look from cornflower blue eyes, the nshe turned and walked away, if her method of locomotion could striclty be descibed as walking. schaffer, a slightly dazed expression on his face, stared after , then caught smith by the arm.
"now i know why i left montana, boss". his voice held somthing of the dazed quality on his face." it wasnt bcoz of the horses after all".

Saturday, May 22, 2004

racine bière: suce

i read the book just for fun by linus torvald the guy who created linux ...check thes quotes from him..its a nice book..i finished it in one nite... i usally take 2-3 nights to complete a was just
read the next the way as an active user of bloger, i got a gmail acct and i also got an acct for my mom as it was mothers day afew days back. she doesnt know how much ppl are speaking abt gamil yet..probably she will in a few days.

hers the quotes
Portability is for people who cannot write new programs"
-me , right now (with tongue in cheek).
Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux

Root beer sucks
Boy ,that has to be an acquired taste.I'm guessing it started out with
Puritans who cudnt drink beer bcoz its alcohol.So they concoted a
beverage that dint have alcohol in it abd happened to be made with
roots and they called it root beer to foll people into thinking it was
good stuff. and after tenm generaions ofppl being foooled into
thinking it was good stuff, ppl bought into it.tODAY AMERICANS LIKE

Monday, May 17, 2004

Silence des Agneaux

Today I think I finally completed "Silence of the Lambs". by Thomas harris -- also made into major feature film. I've seen the movie before so the plot was kinda known to me, but it was interesting none the less.
clarice Starling is a to-be fed agent in fbi school. her mentor to be ,a guy whose abt to lose his wife, takes clarice under him. he gives her some work to do. i.e talk to dr hannibal lecter. this lecter guy is a notorious serial killer.
hes a psychiatrist whos killed his patients or has mended his patients into killing some one for him. he believes that killing someone is the best way to get rid of his problem"permanently put into peace"..i think is the way he puts it himslef.
now that was the background info. there is a serial killer on the loose. hes killing young women who are large in size. clarice goes into the investigation herself and gets clues into the case through lecter's thoughful thoughts. the villain mr jame(s) gumb is a guy who believes hes a travestite , but has been rejected by 3 different sex-change hospitals. hes basically making a suit for himself by skiinig nhis victims.
the hullaboo is raised by media when the daughter of a senator gets kidnapped. the senator offers to free lecter int oa lesser restictive environment in ecahnge for the name and identity of the killer.
clarice has been doing something of the same,but shes been exchanging info abt gumb for details of her personal life. her childhood..her being orpahaned... her living in a farm where horses and lambs are slaughtered.... her running away with a horse coz it was gonna be killed..etc
the silence of hte lambs comes from this context as in the she felt peace after getting gumb thru various clues as repercussion for the bleating of the lambs in her sleep. only when the killer has been captured clarice gets a peaceful sleep without waking up to the lambs screaming. SILENCE OF THE LAMBS.
there is also a connection about a insect of some kind

it shuid be interesting to read the sequel or prequel to this book -- hannibal and red dragon...i think im gonna borrow those later.
on the whole, like every other book , i was thoroughly impressed by this one too. the detial is formidable, the language impeccable... although requiring a second reading sometimes.. it took me a while to complete this one ...not coz of my speed but various other things cropping up. like submisisions blah blah
i coud complete a few pages at a was like th ecase of reading the end and forgeting the beginning. dr hannibal lecter is a character that wont be forgotten easily. one more news: lecter escapes !! he outthinks the guards and runs away from his interim prison...
another adventure completed...with lamb chops..