Saturday, June 05, 2010

Paulo Coelho's The Winner Stands Alone

Image credit: http://www.amazon.com/Winner-Stands-Alone-Novel/dp/0061750441

The Winner Stands Alone gave me a "backstage pass" to Cannes film festival which I only see and hear from T.V.. This book takes on the interesting lives of different people - models , directors , actors , producers, locals - who attended this event. Its a sneak peek on the lives of the superclass and trying to be superclass. The plot and the characters are conventional, the main characters are trapped in the web of reaching their dreams at all costs.

Igor is a rich man whose desperate to get his wife back. The universal truth about break up stories is there are 3 sides: Igor's story, his ex wife's story and the truth.

Gabriella is a struggling actress who is getting the break she has always dreamed of.

Jasmine is on the brink of modeling success.

Hamid, a fashion designer in the middle of glitz and glamour at Cannes.

Criminal detective Savoy who wants to unveil the mystery.


Funny as it seems, I thought about the lyrics of Miley Cyrus' song The Climb, hey its right on the spot!

"Aint about how fast I get there
Aint about what's waiting on the other side
Its the climb"

A Beautiful Mind, A Beautiful Film



"A Beautiful Mind," is a story of Dr. John Nash, a genius and a victim of schizophrenia. The movie showed how his great mind have brought discoveries that guides humanity today but also how it almost betrayed him and ruined his life and family. Dr. Nash went from madness to greatness as he was able to prove his worth on the academic world, restore his life and family after all the delusions.

This movie, made me believe in the power of love AGAIN, on holding on to your loved one as shown by Dr. Nash' wife Alicia, played by Jennifer Conelly, who stayed by his side and continuously "believed that something extraordinary is possible."

Here's a funny quote from Dr Nash while courting his wife
"Ritual requires we proceed with a number of platonic activities before we have sex."

I was fascinated by Dr Nash's life, his journey to success and his vision of coming up with an original theory. It is inspirational because Dr Nash and his wife did not let his mental illness stop them from living their lives.

It made me reflect on my situation and its about time that I rise and take action!