There is a book I read many moons ago that I thought was so beautifully written and so evocative that when they announced it would be made into a film I could have cried.
Then the film was released and the main character was exactly as I had imagined him to be. More so in fact. The actor took the wonderful lead character and made it his own and I watched in wonder as the book I loved was played out in front of me on the big screen.
It’s not the greatest film ever made, but thought provoking, vibrant and stars a young and very wonderful River Phoenix.
The book is The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux and is about an eccentric and dogmatic inventor who sells up and takes his family to Central America to escape the trappings of the 20th Century, where they live a Swiss Family Robinson-style life – grubbing around on beaches, living off the land.
Until that is, their father’s obsession and mania begin to spiral out of control . . .
Harrison Ford is the actor who plays that tortured genius.
And this is my 4 year old living the ‘wild life’ on the beach when we visited the Gulf Coast of Florida last year.
Discovering seaweed, collecting shells, letting the sea and sand wash all over her body.
This post is for Week 20 of The Gallery: A novel idea.
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