Review by: Rana Deraz
Amidst the heat of an ongoing presidential election, NASA makes a much-needed, earth-shattering discovery. A discovery that could change everything we know about science and history, and that carries monumental political implications, so sufficiently so, that it could sway the fate of the election. However, behind this mysterious discovery is a secret. A secret that very few are aware of – and are willing to kill to protect it.
This novel intertwines exhilarating fast paced action scenes with charismatic characters, resulting in a synergy that is bound to keep you at the edge of your seat. Dan Brown, famous for his extensive research into the topics his novels encompass, simply does not disappoint. By the end of it, this novel had the geeky side of me bathed in the afterglow of intellectual satisfaction.
Get oriented with glaciology, astrobiology and oceanography, while relishing in Brown’s literary genius. Let him take you from the heights of Washington’s power to the chilling depth of the Arctic Ocean, while simultaneously dispelling the tension throughout the book with his witty humor. Albeit being seemingly preposterous, the chain of events is made believable by scientific validation, and that takes undeniable talent.
If you, like me, were disappointed for the Robert Langdon novels coming to an end, do not despair. For Rachel Sexton, Deception Point’s heroine, is an equally knowledgeable expert and charming character. Moreover, it’s a quintessential Brown plot; just as every bit invigorating.
Even though it’s not nearly as mainstream, but I believe Deception Point is on par with his previous bestsellers, The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. The book’s lack of popularity can be attributed to its relatively less controversial plot, but don’t let that deter you from reading it, for this thrilling dose of suspense makes it impossible to put down.
Mona Lisa Smile
Type: Feature Film
Review by: Haya Al-Hady
For some reason, that second X-chromosome seems to have always been synonymous with condemnation; that if by some dumb stroke of luck you surface into this world and find yourself a girl, you are sentenced to a life of constant reminders of your obligatory nature as a cooking, washing, baby-spawning machine.
Mid-1950s Wellesley college for girls never treated any of its students any differently. In fact, it endowed its girls with the best knowledge and training any prospective well-bred bride could hope to have at the time. That was until a woman by the name of Katherine Watson walked into the dear halls of the finishing school in disguise.
An Art History professor who struggled most of her life with the double-standard blade of society when it came to gender, Katherine Ann Watson made up for what she lacked in pedigree, with what she had in brains. She had always wanted to land a job at Wellesley, and land it she did. For all she knew, Katherine Watson was used in this motion picture as juxtaposition to what most everyone considers to be the true role of a woman.
Dealing with women in your everyday life, you probably have figured out by now the how women are pretty much like finger prints; God only knows how different they can be. This movie has focused in the one role expected of every woman and woven a tapestry that in more ways than one allegorized every woman out there. The unorthodox Art History professor of her time was the needle that brought all those threads into one. Through her headstrong, empowered opinions, Watson gave those girls an outlet that couldn’t be further away from the idealistic confined marriage and perfectly mowed lawn. She gave them a reason to live that had nothing to do with their fantasies of unborn children or handsome beaus. She taught them that they were enough to fulfill whatever they aspire to achieve.
Katherine Watson is not a character; she is a message. She is a shout out to every girl out there to stop degrading and maiming herself just for the sake of the role society has been breeding her to perform since she came out of her mother’s womb.
Mona Lisa Smile is not a meaningless chick-flick that leaves you the way you were, it is one of the very select films that might –and will– change your views on what your view is of the role of a woman in our modern society. It is the type of film that you will definitely remember, even long after you’ve seen it.
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