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March 28th, 2004

Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding. It doesn’t quite match Bridget Jones Diary but it’s a good read. Notable for adhering to the romantic convention that the heroine should remain chaste throughout the novel even though it’s made clear this was not the case before the action began.

I also went to see Goodbye Lenin which I thoroughly enjoyed. This charming film says more about the social construction of reality than a shelfload of postmodernist tomes. For those who’ve missed it, the hero’s mother, a devout Communist has a stroke/heart attack and misses the fall of the Berlin Wall. When she awakes from her coma, her son maintains the pretence that the German Democratic Republic is still in existence, eventually fabricating for it an ending far nobler than the one that actually took place.

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  1. March 28th, 2004 at 21:15 | #1

    Hmm, didn’t realise Goodbye Lenin was still screening. One of my favourites from late last year too.

  2. James Farrell
    March 29th, 2004 at 09:51 | #2

    Goodbye Lenin is a gem. Very funny, very clever, and great cinematography. The sequence that inspired the film’s title is mesmerising.

  3. March 29th, 2004 at 11:20 | #3

    i thought the film was quite good as well.

    i agree with james, that the “goodbye lenin” sequence is the highlight, and makes the film…

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