john ahern

“I most emphatically would not mind being stranded on a dessert island, but I’m afraid I couldn’t get by with a single male ! Life being what it is, different human beings are inclined toward different long suits and virtues charmes, if you prefer in which they’re specialists. So if you don’t mind, I’ll take the excursion with a dozen gentlemen, all tried and true. I hope you won’t mind the fact that they all hail from Hollywood. Not having met Toscanini, William Saroyan, Lucius Beebe, Sir Anthony Eden, Hank Greenberg or Mahatma Ganhi, I’m not in a postion to judge very well. Here they are :

  • GLENN FORD heads the list because he knows how to make a fire with two sticks and that can be very helpful, unless you’re fortunate enough to be stranded with a flintrock or a cigarette lighter that works.
  • ROBERT TAYLOR is definitely an ungetalongwithoutable. Palm trees and sand can become very monotonous. Handsome Bob would provide some excellent scenery in his own right.
  • BRIAN AHERNE is a must, if only because he could read the Oxford Book of English Verse so beautifully. And what’s an island or a romantic adventure, without poetry ?
  • CARY GRANT because he never takes anything seriously. He would be the balance wheel fot this gay lark. Neither flood nor famine would perturb him.
  • DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR., by all means. Because he is consumed with the ambition to play Hamlet. What would be a more logical setting for him to practice up ? For want of a better subject, I would be his Ophelia.
  • CLARK GABLE rates a portfolio in this unholy twelve because he is Clark Gable, which is recommendation enough.
  • BING CROSBY – Imagine an island interlude without Bing’s crooning ! I’d just as soon not be stranded. Bing could come and name his own price.
  • JOHN CARROLL for his wonderful sense of humour, his gift for making a lie seem truer than a multiplication table, no matter how fantastic the tale. When he wasn’t spinning tall tales he could be wrangling with the natives and conning them out of their bridgework.
  • GARY COOPER would be super. A wonderful shot, he’d bag us wuld turkey. A level-headed citizen under pressure he’d be our Rock of Ages.
  • GEORGE SANDERS – Worth his weight in rubies. Sinister but nice, he would be on hand to keep the lady conscious that life can be real, life can be earnest, as only such a distinguished screen « wolf » can do. A little harmless frightening would be okay.
  • W. C. FIELDS – Dead weight ? Not on your life ! Mr. Field in motion is superb entertainment, which is a must-needed commodity on any desert island.
  • EDWARD JUDSON – Because adventure is exciting, romance is fascinating, glamour is soul-satisfying and Edward Judson is my husband.”  

                                                                                     Hollywood Magazine, 1941

A volte, abbiamo bisogno soltanto di un gesto impercettibile. Uno sguardo, o un sorriso. Qualcosa che sappia ancora farci tremare il cuore.
—  Roberto Pellico
La tua bellezza ha una storia, e alcune storie sono così. Si fa fatica ad accettarle perché fanno paura.
—  Roberto Pellico
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School’s out but that doesn’t mean that we should stop reading. Summer is the perfect time to relax and let your imagination run. Drop that Science book and exchange it with these entertaining novels that will let you experience life through different perspectives.

1. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Young love is simply the cutest thing. From the first moment Juliana Baker met Bryce Lowski, she knew that it was love at first sight. Bryce on the other hand, felt nothing but annoyance when Julie was around. But when their worlds suddenly turn and Julie gets mad at Bryce, he suddenly gets confused about what he feels for Julie. You will reminisce your first encounter with love and feel giddy all over again when you read Flipped by Wendellin Van Draanen. This book will surely lighten up your summer.

2.  An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Summer is the perfect time for an adventure. Right after graduating from High School, Colin Singleton decides to go on a road trip with his best friend Hassan Harbish. He wanted to take his mind off a recent break up with the nineteenth Katherine he ever dated. The trip leads Colin and Hassan to meeting new people that will forever change their worlds. Join Colin Singleton as he goes on an adventure of a lifetime that will change his perspective in life.

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Kinney

Bring out the inner kid in you as you flip through the pages of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series. This Satirical fiction novel, tells the dilemmas of an average middle school boy through the eyes of Greg Heffley. You will never get tired of reading this illustration filled book. A humorous series that will be enjoyed by readers of any age.

4.Love Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

A story of unrequited love. Love, Rosie tells the story of two childhood friends Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart. Rosie and Alex practically grew up together but when Alex’s family decides to move to another country, their lives suddenly tear apart. But destiny has its ways and after years living their separate lives, their paths suddenly intersect. Watch out for the film adaptation of this book in October.

5.The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Another great read that will be hitting the theaters soon. The Fault in Our Stars tells the story of a sixteen year old Cancer patient, Hazel Grace Lancaster. Hazel had nothing to look forward to in life anymore, that was until she met Augustus Waters, a fellow Cancer patient. The two form an unlikely friendship that blossoms into something a little more. A perfect book to read just before the summer ends since the movie adaptation will be released this June.

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