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The Best Intentions
     

The Best Intentions

by Ingmar Bergman, Joan Tate (Translator)
 

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Set in the decade beginning in 1908, The Best Intentionsis, ultimately, a love story on many different levels: a man and woman in love; parents and children; and love as miracle, that love which is overriding and ,so often inexplicable.

Bergman was inspired to write this loosely biographical novel when he began rummaging through the voluminous family picture

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Set in the decade beginning in 1908, The Best Intentionsis, ultimately, a love story on many different levels: a man and woman in love; parents and children; and love as miracle, that love which is overriding and ,so often inexplicable.

Bergman was inspired to write this loosely biographical novel when he began rummaging through the voluminous family picture albums. That, plus family letters and records, and his own memories and unique imagination, helped him recreate this lost world in evocative and graphic detail.

Incorporating some of the elements of stage and screen, including filimic dialogues and personal "asides", which he weaves artfully into the narrative flow, Bergman has written a novel of great beauty and uncompromising honesty, a work filled with joy and sadness, sacrifice and reconciliation---and above all, abiding love.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bergman's affecting account of the romance between an upright divinity student and the daughter of an aristocratic family is based on the courtship of his own parents; Masterpiece Theater tie-in. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Who exactly are our parents? That question underlies this first novel by the renowned Swedish film director ( The Seventh Seal , 1956; The Virgin Spring , 1959; Cries and Whispers , 1972), who mused over albums and letters to re-create the often vexed courtship and first years of marriage between his clergyman father and nurse mother during the second decade of the century. He successfully incorporates dialog and expository bridges, offering this explanation of the writing process: ``Sometimes it attaches great importance to a few lines in a letter. Suddenly it wishes to fantasize over fragments that appear out of the dim waters of time.'' Bergman's characters are sometimes enigmatic, occasionally irritating, and always compelling, with emotions fanned or restrained by pleasant summers and harsh Scandinavian winters. While providing grist for the mill of film scholars, the novel stands on its own as an affecting portrait. The current motion picture--the script for which was written by Bille August, not Bergman--won the Golden Palm Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992. For large fiction and film collections.-- Kim Holston, American Inst. for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Malvern, Pa.
School Library Journal
YA-Bergman uses old family photographs to provide visual images as he sets out to portray his parents' stormy love affair and life together as he imagines them. He infuses the tale with profound sympathy for all characters involved, switching from dialogue in which the players reveal themselves, to his own asides, in which he draws both characters and readers offstage to explain the tone he is looking for in an evolving scene. The director's voice and the ``You are there'' quality add to the originality of the book without slowing its pace. YAs will enjoy this story for its plot and characterization, and will learn from it about converting photographic and dramatic action into fiction.-Margaret Nolan, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Caryn James
The closest thing imaginable to a Bergman film without pictures or sound. -- The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559702492
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/1994
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

Ingmar Bergman was a Swedish director, writer, and producer for film, stage,
and television. He has few peers as one of the most renowned film directors in history.

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