Posts Tagged ‘Drama’

Gran Torino

The movie is about Walt Kowalski (played by Clint Eastwood), a grumpy war veteran. We first meet him at the funeral of his late wife Dorothy.

Walt is a lonely old man a bit estranged from his family, his two sons and their families visit as little as possible. They even try to get Walt into a retirement home at one point. Walt is definitely not amused by that idea and throws them out of the house.

Walt does not like the fact that the neighborhood isn’t what it used to be, there’s to many immigrants there for his likening. He is basically the only Caucasian American left in the neighborhood. His nearest next door neighbor is a Hmong family consisting of Thao, a young teenager pressured by his cousin to join the gang, Thao’s sister Sue and their widowed mother and their grandmother.

Against his will Walt is dragged into the next door families problems. It all starts out when Thao, as a initiation test to his cousins gang, tries to steal Walt’s precious Ford Gran Torino. Thao fails. Embarrassed of the incident the old fashioned grandmother forces Thao to pay of the dept by for a full week be at Walt’s disposal, to help him out. Read the rest of this entry »

Gravedigger’s daughter by Joyce Carol Oates

Had it been a movie I’m sure it would fall under drama, but as far as I know there’s no such dividing up books. Except a few exceptions, like crime story, fantasy and possibly some other as well. Apart from that everything else seem to fall under the label fiction.

However this one is not pure fictional, it is partly based the story of Joyce’s grandmothers life.

It’s the late 30’s, the German-jewish family Schwart arrives in New York, they are on the run from the nazists. The main character of the book, Rebecca Schwart is born on the ship, In New Yorks harbour, automatically becoming a US citizen, and the only one that doesn’t need a visa or passport. Her father kept saying “You are born here, you will be ok”. Read the rest of this entry »