Friday, June 5, 2015

Istanbul or Bust! A Double Dose of "Travels With My Aunt."

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?  Graham Greene's only comedic novel, Travels with My Aunt, addresses this paradox delightfully.

Both the book and the movie based on the book will be featured on Tuesday, June 9, as the Reading Circle selection (at noon) and the Literary Flick film (at 6:30 p.m.)

The book, written in 1969, tells the story of Henry Pulling, a rather dull, retired bank clerk whose mother just died. His one passion in life is his garden of dahlias.  He meets his flamboyant Aunt Augusta at his mother’s funeral, and is drawn into a whirl-wind adventure of a lifetime.

In the 1972 film, Maggie Smith takes center stage as Aunt Augusta, the indomitable 70-year-old (although the actress was 33 at the time), simultaneously shocking and intriguing her oh-so-proper nephew, Henry (played superbly by Alec McCowen).  She embroils him in a plan to raise ransom money to rescue her former lover, taking Henry on a mad dash across Europe to Turkey aboard the Orient Express. Directed by George Cuckor, the movie won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. It also received three nominations: for Best Cinematography; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration; and Maggie Smith for Best Actress.

Both programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 541-265-2153 or go to its website,

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