Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Reel Good Books!

...and there is definitely a pun intended with that title :)

Cinematical reports that Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island is coming to the big screen in 2009. Production is scheduled to begin in March and they are changing the name to Asheville after the asylum in the book.

Via Amazon:
From Publishers Weekly Know this: Lehane's new novel, his first since the highly praised and bestselling Mystic River, carries an ending so shocking yet so faithful to what has come before, that it will go down as one of the most aesthetically right resolutions ever written. But as anyone who has read him knows, Lehane, despite his mastery of the mechanics of suspense, is about much more than twists; here, he's in pursuit of the nature of self-knowledge and self-deception, and the ways in which both can be warped by violence and evil. In summer 1954, two U.S. marshals, protagonist Teddy Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule, arrive on Shutter Island, not far from Boston, to investigate the disappearance of patient Rachel Solando from the prison/hospital for the criminally insane that dominates the island. The marshals' digging gets them nowhere fast as they learn of Rachel's apparently miraculous escape past locked doors and myriad guards, and as they encounter roadblocks and lies strewn across their path-most notably by the hospital's chief physician, the enigmatic J. Cawley-and pick up hints of illegal brain surgery performed at the hospital. Then, as a major hurricane bears down on the island, inciting a riot among the insane and cutting off all access to the mainland, they begin to fear for their lives. All of the characters-particularly Teddy, haunted by the tragic death of his wife-are wonderful creations, but no more wonderful than the spot-on dialogue with which Lehane brings them to life and the marvelous prose that enriches the narrative. There are mysteries within mysteries in this novel, some as obvious as the numerical codes that the missing patient leaves behind and which Teddy, a code breaker in WWII, must solve; some as deep as the most profound fears of the human heart. There is no mystery, however, about how good this book is; like Mystic River, it's a tour de force.

This book elicited a huge rush of popularity a few years ago and Lehane's books in general continue to enjoy a healthy fanbase. We have reordered copies several times in the past few years as faithful readers flat-out read them into oblivion. If you like a suspenseful, well-crafted tale with elements of mystery and intrigue, come on in and see what's on the shelf!

Happy Reading!



Chrissy said...

A book that was recommended to me by a family friend couldn't have recommended a better book. I have to say the best book I've read in a long time by far. I think why - because it could happen to me, it could happen to you and from reviewing the website, it's based on a true story.
Gotta love a true story. I mean in a book you really wonder, is every little detail true, or is this little part made up?? But regardless, it's such a good book, I can't say enough about it. I hope it makes it to the movies it's that good! I could see this winning an Emmy!

Emmet O'Neal Library said...

Thanks for your comment Chrissy! I was not exaggerating when I said we've had to replace these books multiple times just from wear and tear :) Shutter Island in particular has ALWAYS been popular so the movie will no doubt do well.

On a similar note, I just recently saw a book-adapted movie, The Painted Veil, and was blown away! What a great story about love, forgiveness and redemption!
Happy Reading!