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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (Book 3)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (Book 3)
by Jeff Kinney
Edition: Hardcover
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My son's review of DOAWKTLS, January 15, 2009
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last StrawThe first 4 pages are funnier than the whole 1st book. I give it 5 stars. And -- "Does my scab smell funny?"

The Molly Maguires [VHS]
The Molly Maguires [VHS]
Offered by Sugarhouse Book Works
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99 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's get several things straight..., April 19, 2001
This is as good a movie about coal mining as you get until Matewan comes along. Connery, Harris and Eggar are excellent; Ritt's direction is wonderful. I am the descendent of Irish immigrant miners who worked the same fields as the film portrays, and I do not detect a false note in the portrayal of "patch" life, even after numerous viewings. BTW, the "patch" portrayed in this film is an actual town in Pennsylvania -- Eckley, about 10 miles outside of Hazelton -- and has been restored by the State Museum Commission as a bit of living history.
That being said, a few additional comments:
1. "It's dark and gloomy..." -- DUH! IT'S ABOUT LIFE IN A COAL MINE!
2. Walter Bernstein's script did not have the benefit of Kevin Kenny's "Making Sense of the Molly Maguires" (1997). If he had, his script would have been very different, because the Mollies were, to a large degree, a fiction devised by Franklin Gowan to justify the virtual slavery of Irish immigrants in his coalfields. Yes, many Irish miners were hung for murder. No, these murders were never proven. These men were labor martyrs.
3. The myth of Molly violence led to the hiring of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, which made its money in the 19th century by infiltrating labor organizations and framing their members (who had the temerity to suggest things like a living wage) on any number of trumped up charges to the authorities. McKenna was a particularly loathsome example of the sort of human dregs they hired.
In short, this is a lost American film classic, as good in its way as John Ford's "Grapes of Wrath". It has the power to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable -- and what better can be said of a work of art?

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