What's Going On Here?

There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Another Carmen!

Walter Dean Myers has a section at the end of his book titled "Why Another Carmen?"  in which he addresses why he chose to do a hip-hop, modern version of Bizet's opera.  I liked what he had to say, but personally I am good with whatever Myers wants to do.  I love Myers. 
What I meant by another Carmen was that, if you remember, gentle reader, not so long ago I read The Fortune of Carmen Navarro which was also a Carmen.  Critics panned it, but I loved it.  But that's okay by me!
I really enjoyed WDM's Carmen as well.  While Fortune is a regular ole book, WDM's Carmen is written just like an opera, a libretto and music and all.  The back of the book says that you can go to a couple websites and hear the music, one of the Myer's website, but I couldn't find it on the site, but I didn't look too hard yet, but I will go back! 
I think it is too hard to compare Forture and WDM's Carmen because they are so different but I did enjoy Fortune better.  Still, WDM's Carmen is a great read and I would love to see it on the stage some day.  Mr. Myers is a man of many, many talents. 
Best line from Carmen:  If you don't love me, I love you, If I love you, keep guard of yourself!

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