Wednesday, June 21, 2006

52 Influential Books #5 - Vision

Out of Rosenheim (Bagdad Café) is a look into the minds and lives of some people most of us have met but few of us know much about. This tale exemplifies how one person in the right place can affect a community of lives. The book/movie seem to express the view that all change and "magic" comes from hard work and mutual acceptance. A well-crafted view of the lives of tourists everywhere and the difficulties they can face. A whimsical and lovingly photographed look at the vast wasteland that is too often ignored by much of humanity.

Bagdad Cafe may seem like a peculiar choice since the word "vision" does not appear in the title. However, there is a moment in the movie that is deeply moving and our heroine literally exhales the words, "My Vision". It is a truly breathless moment and so, just like that, Bagdad Cafe became Influential Book #5 on my list.


Becca said...

A vision of people coming together to create community is magical! This is beautifully and lovingly crafted.

Have you ever read the book Broken for You, by Stephanie Kallos? It's a beautiful story about an elderly lady who inadvertently creates a community of people who come together to find support and love in very unexpected and unusual ways.

I enjoyed our visit earlier, and am grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with you!

trailbee said...

The American movie version of this book is one of my very best favorite movies. Jack Palance was in it, and Tony Curtis' ex Christine Kaufman, plus a whole bunch of great people. I dote on this movie! I wasn't that impressed with the TV version, saw it only once.

paris parfait said...

I haven't read the book, but I liked the film - great photography of vast open spaces in the Southwest and of course, great music.

paris parfait said...

Oh and forgot to say I love your collage! Well done, Annie.

Daisy Lupin said...

I have just seen your influential book no.5. Have you got more in your archives? I will have to look. No fairy day, is not an English tradition, its from a website all about fairies and fairy art. The idea is to celebrate fairies on that day, and of course, I think that day is, depending where in the world your live, midsummer day. Love Daisy Lupin x

Beth said...

Sounds like a wonderful book,,and your card is truly awsome.