Fiction Book Club December 2020 (Online Activity)
The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern
On Christmas Eve Protected content , George contemplates suicide while standing on a bridge, dissatisfied with his life path, after he has given up on his dreams to help others around him. When approached by a stranger, George emphatically wishes that he had never been born.
Upon seeing the different, often worse life paths of the ones he loves, if he had not been born, George realizes his mistake and confronts the stranger, only to be reminded that he had already been given the greatest gift of all, the gift of life.
It's a Wonderful Life is considered one of the greatest films of all time. It was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. AFI (American Film Institute) recognized the movie as one of the Protected content American films ever made and listed it as No. 1 on the list of the most inspirational American films of all time.
The director Frank Capra revealed that it was his favourite among the films he directed and that he screened it for his family every Christmas. In Protected content , the film was designated as ‘culturally, historically or aesthetically significant’ and added to the American National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
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