What Alice Forgot

12/13/2011 at 12:16 PM (Books, Nostalgia) (, , , , , , )

When Alice wakes up, her first concern is about her the first baby she is to have with her husband Nick. The problem is that baby was born in 1998, Nick is in the middle of a divorce hearing with her and she has had two other children. As Alice starts to recall the events that led to her collapse and eventual memory lapse, she realises that the person she has become isn’t someone she likes very much and starts to sets things right again.

What Alice Forgot is light reading material – it’s the kind of book with which you would read a couple of chapters before leaving the rest for another day. This chick lit offering by Liane Moriarty deals with a 40-year-old protagonist called Alice Love who collapses at the gym one day and forgets the past 10 years of life. This would have been fine if it wasn’t for the fact a lot has happened to Alice in the past 10 years. The amount of drama in her life in that span of time could have made a full season of a television sitcom.

What Alice Forgot

Source: lianemoriarty.com.au

The narrative is provided to us readers via two perspectives – one by the Alice who is trying to fit bits and pieces together after her memory loss and rest in journal entries by her sister, Elizabeth, who has enough troubles of her own. So we enter the lives of these two women who are struggling to keep their lives in order while learning some life lessons along the way. As Alice starts to recall the past, she can’t help but wonder if she should have started mending bridges when she recalls the drifting apart had been her own doing. This is one of those tales that ponders the What If question in an interesting way even if predictable.

While the prose is easy to read, the clever tactic of revealing tidbits of flashbacks without giving much away helps in making it to the end. Unfortunately while the journey to the destination was nice, reaching it was a disappointment as it was rather abrupt.

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Toy Story 3

08/08/2010 at 10:33 AM (Movies) (, , , , , , )

Toy Story 3 is Pixar’s latest instalment of the story that introduced us to Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen). With Andy having turned seventeen and being ready to go to college, the toys finally decide it is unlikely he will ever be play with them again and find the prospect of being donated to Sunnyside Daycare where children will play with them far more appealing than being relegated to the cosy but lonely attic.

Woody tries to discourage them from pursuing this course of action but their misguided anger at Andy for a simple accident of circumstance gets in the way and leads to unfortunate consequences when they place their trust in welcoming teddy bear, Lotso (Ned Beatty), who happens to be hiding his true colours.


Luckily for the toys, they find some unexpected allies who help them to defeat the villainous bear with the help of Woody who returns to rescue his friends and finally end up finding a suitable home at Bonnie’s (Emily Hahn) where they are treated with love.

The dialogue between Ken (Michael Keaton) and Barbie (Jody Benson), Molly’s rejected toy, who hit it off on meeting are a highlight and will have you in stitches while Buzz in his Spanish mode makes for an interesting romantic development between him and Jessie (Joan Cusack) so humour is ever present and allows for some light-heartedness.

Toy Story 3 is the most perilous adventure the toys have been on to date as it is at its most dramatic and darkest and the final climactic moment makes for one very sentimental scene leading you to wonder how toys that once belonged to us and were treasured so lovingly, then got dispatched and promptly forgotten. It is far more likely you’ll see the adults get touched at the heartstrings way more than the children.

With Toy Story 3, Pixar takes the audience on a journey back to their childhood and powerfully reminds them of what it was like back when they were innocent, free and dared to dream to infinity and beyond.

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