Title: Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.
Author: Stephen King.
Genre: Fiction, novella, crime.
Publication Date: 1982.
Summary: Andy Dufresne, a banker from Maine, is convicted for the double murder of his wife and her lover, a crime he did not commit. He is sent to Shawshank State Penitentiary to serve a life sentence. There, he meets Red, a prisoner who smuggles items from the outside world and learns how to use his skills for protection and furthering of his own mysterious claim. He ultimately seeks a strange and startling escape and revenge.
My rating: 8/10.
♥ “But you don’t do it. Because guys like us, Red, we know there’s a third choice. An alternative to staying simon-pure or bathing in the filth and the slime. It’s the alternative that grown-ups all over the world pick. You balance off your walk through the hog-wallow against what it gains you. You choose the lesser of two evils and try to keep your good intentions in front of you. And I guess you judge how well you’re doing by how well you sleep at night... and what your dreams are like.”
♥ “You underestimate yourself,” he said. “You’re a self-educated man, a self-made man. A rather remarkable man, I think.”
“Hell, I don’t even have a high school diploma.”
“I know that,” he said. “But it isn’t just a piece of paper that makes a man. And it isn’t just prison that breaks one, either.”
♥ There are others like me, others who remember Andy. We’re glad he’s gone, but a little sad, too. Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.
♥ Wondering what I should do.
But there’s really no question. It always comes down to just two choices. Get busy living or get busy dying.