I finally had the opportunity to watch The Wife, streaming on Starz. If you are an author and haven’t seen the movie, you may wish to check it out.
The movie is based on novel of the same name, and stars Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, and Christian Slater. Glenn Close plays the wife, Joan. Her husband, Joseph Castleman, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, and they travel to Stockholm with their son for the award ceremony.
It’s a convoluted story, with flashbacks from the present to the past. Flashbacks include young Joan, who falls in love with her professor, Joseph. He teaches writing, but Joan is actually the talent between the two. Set in 1960, Joan is faced with the reality that most publishing houses are not interested in female authors. However, she is driven to write.
In a poignant conversation with an author at a reading, come these lines. They are spoken in a conversation between the young Joan Castleman and an author by the name of Elaine Mozell, who is disillusioned with the publishing house gatekeepers (those rascals are still around by the way).
“I love to write. It’s my life.” (Joan Castleman)
“Don’t do it.” (Elaine Mozell)
“A writer has to write.” (Joan Castleman)
“A writer has to be read, honey.” (Elaine Mozell)
After Joan marries Joseph, who attempts to write a book, she helps to rewrite his poorly devised first draft. As the genius between the two, and because he is a male, the book gets published and it a runaway best seller. As the years follow, Joan writes, while he keeps house and watches the kids. Now that they are in their twilight years with grown children and grandchildren, the Nobel Prize is now Joseph’s crowning achievement. No one is wise as to who really wields the pen in the background, except for another author who wants to write Castleman’s biography.
Joan, of course, is frustrated after years of living with a narcissist husband who takes all the credit for her hard work. He’s been unfaithful to his wife throughout the years — just one of those men who can’t control his urge to stray. But Joan, you see, has been the good wife, until finally the typewriter ribbon of life breaks and she’s had enough.
Glenn Close received multiple nominations and awards for her performance. I will say that I’ve not always been a fan of hers but she is outstanding in her performance. The movie is also fraught with dysfunctional family ties between father and son, which becomes part of the conflict but not the central story.
In any event, I write this review because I have to write, and I love to write. The problem is when you are an author, you really are driven to write. You attempt to stop. I know I do when sales on my books suck, and no one reads them. I mean what’s the point? A writer needs to be read. I tell myself the same story — don’t do it. Just give it up. Of course, I don’t heed that advice.
Interesting article. Netflix has picked up the first two seasons. Diana is working on another book. This article was published in Oprah Magazine on May 15. Follow link to read.
Gabaldon is currently working on the series’ ninth book titled Go Tell the Bees I’m Gone.
Thank God for Acorn TV for us across-the-pond fans. Line of Duty, the BBC hit and highest rated series in the UK, is now on Acorn TV. It started May 13th. Like a junkie on drugs, I watched five episodes straight in the row until I couldn’t keep my eyes open. Savored episode six with dinner the next day while eating my microwave TV turkey and gravy (what else). What a freaking season! This show is addicting.
Bent coppers – that’s what it’s about. You don’t know who to believe. Suspicion with a capital “S” pointing to Superintendent Ted Hastings. By the end of the episode, you’re raging on Twitter #lineofduty – Free Ted.
Here’s a good rundown from DigitalSpy about Season 5 and how it may be frustrating to some viewers. Naturally, the mystery remains. People you thought were the good guys are turning out to be the corrupt guys. Where is Season 6 going to take us?
Season 5 is interrogation overload, for sure (…let me turn your attention to page…), and by the end there still is corruption in the force. Of course, the writers and producers are going to make us wait again to find out what comes next. Buggers.
And one last thought, for a woman who can play parts such as docile Mrs. Darcy in Death Comes to Pemberley, Esther Summerson in Bleak House, or Bessy Higgins in North & South, Anna Maxwell Martin can really play a woman on a mission with a bitchy attitude that makes you squirm in your seat. Let’s face it, when you want to gag a character in a TV show, the actress is doing a great job of making you despise her. Well done Anna.
And last, but not least, there definately (pun here) should be multiple kudos flung at Adrian Dunbar. Well done, Superintendent. You had me shaking in the hot seat with you.