Deschutes Public Library News
Screen The Man Who Would Be King
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 4/13/2005
Screen the epic adventure of two lovably roguish British soldiers who set out to make their fortunes, at the LaPine Public Library on April 28 at 6:00 p.m. This program is part of the Novel Idea … Read Together, community-reading project offered by Deschutes Public Library with the support of the Friends of the LaPine Public Library, the Deschutes Public Library Foundation, The Source Weekly, and KLRR 107.7. The program is free and open to the public.
Based on a short story by Rudyard Kipling, the 1975 film, directed by John Huston and starring Michael Caine and Sean Connery, tells the rollicking tale of Danny and Peachy, two former soldiers in Her Majesties Army. When the Empire no longer needs their services, Danny and Peachy find themselves penniless and stranded in India. The two must choose between returning to Britain to menial jobs or remain in India, living as petty thieves. Not satisfied with either possibility, they hatch a plan to journey to a forgotten corner to make their fortunes by conning the locals of remote Kafiristan. Peachy and Daniel illustrate the pitfalls of Imperialism, and comically weave a cautionary tale that resonates as strongly today as it did in Kipling’s time.
During the months of April and May, the Library will be hosting a variety of events in support of the Novel Idea … Read Together project. The programs are designed to give residents of Deschutes County a glimpse into the culture, history and people of Afghanistan. Much of The Kite Runner, this year’s selected novel by Khaled Hoseini, is set in the author’s native country, Afghanistan. For a complete listing of Novel Idea programs, please call 312-1032.