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William Nicholson (1) (1948–)

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William Nicholson worked for the BBC as the director/producer of more than forty documentary films, and has authored screenplays for such feature films as Shadowlands, Sarafina!, Nell, First Knight, and Gladiator, as well as books one and two of The Wind on Fire trilogy, The Wind Singer and Slaves näytä lisää of the Mastery. Mr. Nicholson lives with his family in England näytä vähemmän

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Tuulen laulu (2000) 1,839 kappaletta
Ylivaltiaan orjat (2001) 1,077 kappaletta
Tulilaulu (2002) 997 kappaletta
Les Misérables [2012 film] (2012) — Screenwriter — 691 kappaletta
Seeker (2005) 504 kappaletta
Elizabeth [1998 film] (1998) — Screenwriter — 366 kappaletta
Jango (2006) 261 kappaletta
First Knight [1995 film] (1995) — Screenwriter — 247 kappaletta
Elizabeth: The Golden Age [2007 film] (2007) — Screenwriter — 228 kappaletta
Shadowlands (1993) — Original play/Screenwriter — 196 kappaletta
The Society of Others (2004) 195 kappaletta
Noman (2007) 189 kappaletta
Shadowlands (1989) 174 kappaletta
The Lovers of Amherst (2015) 108 kappaletta
Motherland (2012) 101 kappaletta
The Wind on Fire Trilogy (2002) 87 kappaletta
Rich and Mad (2010) 75 kappaletta
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom [2013 film] (2013) — Screenwriter — 53 kappaletta
Nell [1994 film] (1995) — Screenwriter — 52 kappaletta
The Trial of True Love (2005) 43 kappaletta
All the Hopeful Lovers (2010) 40 kappaletta
The Golden Hour (2011) 35 kappaletta
Breathe [2017 film] (2017) — Screenwriter — 30 kappaletta
Reckless (2014) 25 kappaletta
I Could Love You (2011) 21 kappaletta
Adventures in Modern Marriage (2017) 18 kappaletta
Firelight [1997 film] (1997) — Director/Screenwriter — 10 kappaletta
Crash (Modern Plays) (2010) 1 kappale

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Gladiator [2000 film] (2000) — Screenwriter — 1,095 kappaletta
Shadowlands: Novelization Tie-In (1993) — Screenwriter, eräät painokset159 kappaletta
C.S. Lewis Through the Shadowlands [1985 film] (1985) — Screenwriter — 83 kappaletta

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"Amherst" is a new take on exploring the story of Emily Dickinson, the genius, recluse, and "the myth." This book merges two story lines -- a historical fiction tale of Emily's brother, Austin Dickinson and his lover Mabel Todd; as well as a modern day plot of advertising executive Alice Dickinson who visits Amherst from the UK to research for her screenplay about Emily. There she meets British ex-pat Nick.

The historical tale of Austin Dickinson and Mabel Todd is fascinating and well done. Although each married to other people, Austin and Mabel fall deeply in love with each other. Mabel's husband actually encourages this relationship, while Austin's wife, understandably, vehemently opposes the two spending any time together. It's a complicated relationship, to be sure, and readers who like books where there's a thin line between what is morally right and wrong will appreciate wrestling with whether Austin and Mabel should have followed their desires.

Although they never meet face-to-face, Emily Dickinson and Mabel develop a relationship via letters and the written word. Ultimately, the world has to thank Mabel Todd for tirelessly working to have Emily's poems published after Emily's passing (after meeting rejection after rejection).

While the historical story line of "Amherst" is like a delicacy to be savored, the modern day story line will likely leave readers with a tummy ache. This story line is unbelievable and melodramatic. Main character Alice is somewhat likable, but her counterpart Nick is a navel-gazing, narcissistic, man-boy who is supposed to be "deep," but only comes across as a spoiled, vain person who needs to grow up. I'm not sure if that's what the author intended, but I had not one ounce of sympathy for the character. Whatever likability Alice had disappears when she goes on and on about "being in love" with Nick ("He makes me happy. Oh! He makes me happy!") after about two days. Sexual tension between the characters? Yes. Love? No way.

The modern-day story line is a drag on the whole book. I listened to this on audio. I suppose if one was reading it, s/he could just skip the modern day story line and have a much better reading experience. 1.5 stars for the modern day story line. 4 stars for the historical storyline. 3 stars over all for the book.

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jj24 | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 27, 2024 |
SHADOWLANDS is a mature romantic drama, opting for a more withdrawn emotional façade in telling an otherwise looming tragedy. While Debra Winger displays admirable control in her character's acerbic edge, it's Anthony Hopkins who traces a clearer emotional arc that packs a punch. One of the greatest love stories.
 
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jgcorrea | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 14, 2024 |
 
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BooksInMirror | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 19, 2024 |
This reminded me a bit of The Giver by Lois Lowry when I first read it. It still kinda does. I didn't much like The Giver when I had to read it for school so I guess it made it hard to get into the first time through. But as much as there are dystopian vibes, The Wind Singer has a lot of fantasy elements once you get past the dystopian society. And I've evolved as a reader. Or something like that anyway.

The story follows the Hath family, an orange ranked family in the city state of Aramanth. The Hath family are smart but they're not much good at tests meaning their family ranking is and remains low. When Kestrel and her twin brother Bowman forget their homework they have to move towards the back of the classroom but Kestrel is resentful of the punishment and decides to move all the way to the back of the class where a boy named Mumpo sits in rebellion. The teacher is furious at her dissent. Mumpo is excited that he might have a friend and he tries to hug Kestrel but she's disgusted by his running nose and terrible odour. The teacher sees this and takes it as a win, making sure to mock Kestrel and her new friend Mumpo for the rest of class. At lunch, Kestrel decides to ditch and Bowman and Mumpo both follow her.

She ends up climbing the Wind Singer - a mysterious tower that was built many years ago and is said to sing but has been silenced for many years. Kestrel climbs to the top and insults and mocks the entirety of Aramanth, the people, the structure and the mindlessness in the loudest voice she can. Her punishment sees not just her, but the entire family punished for their disobedience. But in the midst the family finds that there may be more sinister behind the sameness of Aramanth - that great evil runs afoot. And so starts Kestrel's journey to find the key of the Wind Singer and restore uniqueness to her people.

I liked Kestrel for the most part. She can be a bit whiny but she's brave and daring and set on marching to the beat of her own drum. Bowman was the perfect foil to her brashness, full of kindness and heart and compassion. I liked Bowman as well - I liked the loyalty he had to Kess. Mumpo was sad. I felt really sorry for him and the life he leads. I liked the bravery he portrayed and the loyalty he had when it came to his friends and I liked that Kess and Bowman may not have been overly nice to him but they did return his loyalty, doing their best to keep him safe.

Ira Hath (the mum) amused me with her prophetess routine. And I liked the gentleness and caring Hanno (the father) has for his family. The plot was a bit slow at times. Although I did enjoy the craziness of Ombaraka and Omchaka and the logic they used convinced if you weren't one, you had to be the other.

There are still quite a few questions left unanswered but it is the first book in a trilogy. I vaguely remember them being answered when I first read the series. Overall it was an average fantasy read. It will likely appeal more to fans of dystopian societies than true fantasy readers. If you liked The Giver by Lois Lowry this will probably be a real win for you. 3 stars.
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funstm | 37 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 1, 2023 |

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