- Taschenbuch: 208 Seiten
- Verlag: Riverhead Books; Auflage: Original (6. Oktober 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1594484538
- ISBN-13: 978-1594484537
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 1,1 x 19,7 cm
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An Education (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. Oktober 2009
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Nick Hornby is the author of six internationally bestselling novels (High Fidelity, About a Boy, How to be Good, A Long Way Down, Slam and Juliet, Naked) and several works of non-fiction including Fever Pitch, Songbook and Ten Years In The Tub, a collection of his 'Stuff I've Been Reading' columns from the Believer. His screenplay for the film An Education was nominated for an Academy Award. He lives in Highbury, north London.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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I wish though that we had gotten a slightly less polished draft. It fits so closely to what is in the actual movie that I have a feeling it was retrofitted a little for publication, which is nice for those who just want a transcription of the movie, but for those more interested in the transition from page to screen and the changes that need to be made it may be a little slight (the addition of an alternate ending notwithstanding). Still it is a masterful screenplay of one of the year's best movies.
David's character is understandably attractive to Jenny: he has a sports car, knows the best night clubs, goes to art auctions, takes trips to Paris, and uses charm instead of hesitation. Jenny's dad is, well, her dad.
David's image is largely from the trappings of wealth, and the screenplay lends itself to an argument about a man's character and the source of his money, but I don't think it's a good one. There're certainly ethical issues: some theft, and real estate deals taking advantage of buyers who don't know any better. But a person can make money in questionable ways and be tortured by it. David's not tortured, though he's not a villain, either.
Hornby based this screenplay off a short story memoir. It's invention on top on invention on top of a real story, then. Jack and David were deliberately created for the screen, and they seem to characterize William James's self esteem equation. James says a person's self esteem is accomplishments divided by pretenses. A person can increase her self esteem by increasing her accomplishments; though, he argues, it's easier to do so by decreasing pretension. David seems to have that ratio backward: his self esteem comes from pretense.
And that's probably because he doesn't care about anything. The only moments he seems to be a man are when he's walking up to a door to con somebody. It's an Instagram image: deriving character from the image of doing a thing, instead of doing something meaningful. David comes across mature when he gives off the image of doing work.
This is sharply contrasted by Jenny's father. He's dull, risk averse, and cares about his daughter. In some cases he comes across uncultured and suburban, but, more often, he comes across as a strong father. What's important, though, as in a lot of cases, is what's unseen. Jack was once young. Presumably he had the same self certainty that most young people do, and the interest and know how of city life that David does. Jack became Jack. It doesn't seem he was forced to. Growing, for him, was natural, and had a strong element of choice.
Much of this movie is built on conversations and how they take place. A person who can connect in conversation has a certain degree of substance. Jokes and charm can be distancing. At the end, David and Jack have to talk to Jenny. It's uncertain whether David lies to Jenny when he says he loves her and wants to divorce his wife. And there is indeed logic to waiting a day to talk to her parents. However, while doing so will let some air into the situation, it also puts immediate burden on Jenny, because she has no choice not to see her parents. It's a matter of character, then, to talk to them the same night. He has to, to save her.
A man gets only so many chances to prove his character. Eventually, he has to grow up.