I is for It’s Ian Into Isabel

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movieIt Happened One Night, 1934

It Happened One Night (1934) PosterClark Gable and Claudette Colbert were flawless in this slapstick romantic comedy.  She, a spoiled heiress, and he, a reporter on the story, match wits and sparks fly.  It won 5 Oscars (Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Writing) and is well worth checking out.  One of my all time faves.

bookInto the Wilderness by Sara Donati

This is a must read for fans of Diana Gabaldon, or for those who love epic tales of adventure and romance. Elizabeth Cameron sails to New York in the late 1700’s to join her father; judge of a small mountain village called Paradise. It chronicles her journey from genteel England, to the rough laws and harsh prejudice of the New World.  Paradise is full of unique characters,  rife with hostility toward the Mohawk living on Lake in the Clouds. Elizabeth comes to be a teacher, but her father has other plans for her. To secure his own wealth, Elizabeth’s father intends for her to marry Richard Todd, the wealthiest man in Paradise. Instead, Elizabeth falls in love with Nathaniel from Lake in the Clouds.

actorIan McKellen

His recurring roles of Magneto in the X-Men films and Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings  and Hobbit trilogies have cemented him as the go-to guy for complex characters.  He is fun to watch, even if he’s being bad.  Do you have a favorite of his outside of these roles?  I admit I’m not as familiar with his other movies as I should be.

authorIsabel Allende

I read her first book, The House of Spirits,  and loved it.  This 1982 novel, with strong women and magical realism, put this Chilean on the map.  I’ve only read one of her other novels, Daughter of Fortune, and loved it too.  I want to read more.  Do you have a favorite Allende book?

13 thoughts on “I is for It’s Ian Into Isabel

    1. You are so right, Tony!! I can’t believe I forgot to include that one. I loved him in that and probably was the first movie that really put him on the radar for me. Could have been X-Men since I;m not sure of the timing of those two films, but definitely a role that got my attention.

    1. I admit that I haven’t read the series. I have Lake in the Clouds but haven’t read it yet. Sometimes books are so good that I don’t want them to be a series, if that makes sense. They are perfect and complete.

  1. Squeee love the Wilderness series, I don’t know why it’s not more widely read. I haven’t read anything by Allende but I think I have Island Beneath the Sea somewhere lol

  2. I need to watch some classics, it seems! I love Clark Gable. So swoon worthy in Gone With the Wind!

    He doesn’t have a huge part, but Ian McKellan still does a great job as the bad guy in The Scarlet Pimpernel with Jane Seymore.

    I read Allende’s House of Spirits a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. She’s an amazing writer.

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