what Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and others read


Leonardo DiCaprio: “Road to Change” by Richard Yates

Leonardo DiCaprio played one of his best roles in a duet with Kate Winslet in the film adaptation of the novel by the American writer Richard Yates, which in 1962 was shortlisted for the main US literary award – the National Book Prize, and was immediately proclaimed a literary masterpiece. This is the tragic story of Frank and April Wheeler – an intelligent, beautiful and talented married couple, languishing with the banality of suburban life. Frank works as a clerk in a large New York firm, April brings up children at home and dreams of an acting career, but they strive for something more, something exceptional. And here they are given a unique chance – to leave for Paris, to start everything from scratch.

Tom Hanks: Murder in cold blood by Truman Capote

One of the most talented Hollywood actors considers this novel to be an important work of Capote. It is based on the history of a real crime and reveals the nature of violence as a complex social and psychological phenomenon, and is also the ancestor of the genre of “reporting novel”. The prudence and open-mindedness of the author’s position, the brilliant accuracy of the style, the versatility of the image made this novel an example of documentary and fictional literature. In the list of the 100 best books of the 20th century, according to The Guardian newspaper, “Murder in cold blood” took 84th position.

Hugh Jackman: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The star of the sci-fi movie “X-Men” is a big fan of the cult novel “The Grapes of Wrath”. “Bunches of anger are filling and ripening in people’s souls – heavy bunches, and they will not mature for long now …” – this is how Steinbeck described the social mood during the Great Depression, when many families of ruined farmers were forced to leave their homes and earn a living by seasonal work. Such are the characters in this book. Along the famous “Road 66” across America, like millions of other unemployed, they go to the coveted California. But what awaits them there? The author received the Pulitzer Prize for this novel and was later awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Kate Winslet: “Teresa Raken”, Emile Zola

The actress was seriously preparing to play the main role in the film adaptation of Emile Zola’s novel. Dreams of great love bring the provincial beauty Teresa Raken, vegetating in an unhappy marriage, to murder. Readers will witness how an abyss of feelings (from unbridled passion to complete clouding of reason) lead to the irreparable. Remorse for what they have done becomes a greater punishment than court and prison.

Owen Wilson: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

The American actor, screenwriter and producer, known for his roles in the films of Wes Anderson, appreciates the English classics of teenage literature. The lively and kind Huckleberry Finn is close to him for his love of freedom and love of adventure. As we remember, this character ran away from home and went on a voyage down the Mississippi with the fugitive slave Jim. On the way, they met many colorful characters, the main of which were the two swindlers “The Earl” and “The King”, as well as the brave girl Susan Wilkes.

Will Smith: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Will Smith has stated more than once that he not only read this book himself, but also made his children read it. The actor appreciated the idea of ​​the Brazilian writer that everyone has their own destiny. Like the main character of the novel – a simple shepherd Santiago, who must go in search of the treasure. His path will be full of dangers, unexpected encounters, discoveries and revelations. Santiago is only required to trust his fate and not lose sight of its signs. The writer is convinced that “if you really want something badly, the whole universe will contribute to the fulfillment of your desire.”

Marilyn Monroe: “Ulysses” by James Joyce

It is with this novel in her hands that Marilyn Monroe is captured in the famous photograph taken by Eva Arnold in 1955. The actress claimed that one of the most difficult to understand texts in the world of fiction reads aloud to herself in order to better understand its meaning. This is what millions of ordinary readers and eminent philologists around the world have tried to do. The former admired the intricacies of the plot, the latter noted with delight that this novel absorbed all world literature with its diverse styles and techniques of writing, and also expressed everything that art can express in a person.

Charlize Theron: “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy

The South African actress loves “awkward” books in which authors pose difficult philosophical questions. Is there any point in living if there is no future? Does it make sense to live for the sake of children? These are the questions the main characters of the novel try to answer as they walk through the scorched lands after the disaster. This story is about the fact that everything in life is relative, that such concepts as good and evil, under certain conditions, stop working and lose their meaning. But what is really important in life under any circumstances?

Julia Roberts: Wild Palms by William Faulkner

One of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood believes that it was Faulkner who created such a tragic love story that she “can destroy the reader.” In this novel, the author intertwines two storylines. New Orleans, 1937, a man and a woman throw themselves headlong into the madness of forbidden passion and flee from her husband. Ten years earlier, in Mississippi, a convict crosses a jutting river to rescue a pregnant woman. From individual stories, Faulkner creates a symphony of salvation and damnation, survival and self-sacrifice, making the heart beat faster.

Kate Moss: The Beautiful and the Damned by Francis Scott Fitzgerald

The British actress and supermodel loves the frivolous, graceful and tragic “age of jazz”, which was announced to the world by Francis Scott Fitzgerald. The novel by the American author introduces readers to the new heroes of the “Roaring Twenties” – the brilliant Anthony Patch and his beautiful wife Gloria. Waiting until the multimillionaire grandfather Anthony dies and leaves them his enormous fortune, they spend their lives in New York, dine in the best restaurants, rent the most prestigious housing. They do not immediately understand that each choice has its own price – sometimes too high.

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