It is not only good food and wine that make the perfect pairing, a classic novel paired with an iconic red wine is a match made in heaven. Here are six classics to rediscover while enjoying Roodeberg, a 67 year-old blend steeped in history.
Just as these books were written by some of the greatest writers and re-mastered by some of the greatest filmmakers the world has ever seen, so has Roodeberg been skilfully blended and enjoyed the world over.
1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The novel chronicles the “Jazz Age” era, focused on bootlegging, unscrupulous behaviour and the Prohibition era it’s perfect for a cozy winters evening to delve into the 1920’s Fitzgerald world. This classic was re-mastered into a film in 2013 by Baz Luhrman.
2. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Made famous by its innovative style and infamous for its controversial subject makes for a heavy read as the protagonist Humbert Humbert, becomes obsessed and sexually involved with a twelve-year old girl named Dolores Haze. The movie directed by Adrian Lyne became a classic in 1997 when it was released onto the silver screen. A glass of wine is needed to calm the nerves.
3. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
This was Dickens thirteenth novel and his penultimate completed novel. Takes you on a journey of personal growth and development of an orphan nicknamed Pip. Set in Kent and London in the mid-19th century delves into themes like: wealth, poverty, love, rejection and the triumph of good over evil. Classically revived in film by the box office hit directed by Mike Newell in 2013.
4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll
Any novel that has been around since the 1800’s and still being adapted in modern times is a shining example of how influential the characters and imagery from this story have been in popular culture.
A number of film adaptations have been produced but in 2010, Alice in Wonderland directed by Tim Burton allowed people of all ages to rediscover this classic and more recently this year with the movie Alice Through the Looking Glass.
5. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
This classic novel is the fourth-most translated book in the world and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. It is a poetic tale about a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince fallen to earth from a tiny asteroid. This charming tale was rediscovered as a movie last year by director Mike Osborne who took this 1943 French novel and turned it into a animated movie which became the most successful French animated film abroad of all time.
6. The Stand by Stephen King
A post-apocalyptic horror fantasy novel originally published in 1978 and re-released in 1990 as a complete and uncut edition, considered one of Kings finest works. A four-part miniseries was also released in 1994, which starred the writer himself in one of the lead roles.
The story takes you into the new world, the day after the world “ends”. Either you choose, sides or are chosen. Grab a glass, light the fire and settle in to meet some unnerving characters.
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