Friday, August 10, 2007

Books and movies

I spent the hottest days of the summer reading a book about an expedition to the South Pole: The Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge. This is not the Shackleton expedition, but the one led by Captain Robert Scott in 1912. The group arrived at the pole, only to discover the Norwegians had beat them there. All five men died on the way back to their camp, most notably, Captain Titus Oakes leaving the tent, saying, "I am just going outside and may be some time." He was never seen again.

Watched Kontroll, on the recommendation of a friend.

An interesting mix of suspense and comedy, set in the Budapest subway and a nice change from the usual. Currently shelved among the staff picks at Sneak Reviews.

1 comment:

  1. I loved The Birthday Boys - a good read, I imagine, during this heat. All those images of ice, ice everywhere . . .