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The best intentions : a novel
Bergman, Ingmar
Adult Fiction BERGMAN

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From Publishers' 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From 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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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