Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Martian


The Martian,  Andy  Weir’s bestselling novel of 2011, is the selection for discussion on Saturday, August 12 at Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, St. Johnsville.    The discussion will begin at 10 AM.
 In Weir’s novel, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.  After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, Watney won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.   

Not ready to give up, Watney  draws on his ingenuity,  engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit as he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next working to overcome the impossible odds against him and survive.

The book was optioned for film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, and released in the fall of 2015.  Both the novel and film were critically acclaimed. 

Judith Prest will facilitate the discussion.   Ms. Prest is a poet, photographer, mixed media artist and creativity coach. Her work has been published in several journals including Mad Poet’s Review, Chronogram, and the Akros Review.  The program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature and is sponsored by the Reaney Library in cooperation with the Mohawk Valley Library System.

Anyone desiring further information or wishing to reserve a copy of the book is invited to contact Library Director Dawn Lamphere at 518-568-7822. 

1 comment:

  1. Watch The Martian online free on zmovie now. I really looked forward to this movie. High score both on IMDb and rotten, so all lights seem to be green....but the score has to be influenced by the studio as it goes almost every time with 'big' movies last few years. Mediocre or worse movies scoring like masterpieces :-(. Everything positive you read about this movie you can safely wipe from memory. Only two positive points: nice 'spaceshots' and a few moments of good acting from Damon. Too few to make the story believable or to really care about his character. It's what I would call a 100% Hollywood movie. Cliché-filled and therefor to forget asap...but then again that's just me.. you may like it. See more: http://moviesbox.live/the-martian-putlockers.html

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