art/craft/cooking, Book reviews, books, History-Geography, Poetry

Serendipity

Just a quick update of my current reads. Choosing Civility. This is a gem of a book. Not too long. Nothing new. Just a warm and wise way of expanding on the concept of civility. We exist and we perceive our identity not in a vacuum but rather in relation to others. Life is relational.… Continue reading Serendipity

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art/craft/cooking, Book reviews, Don Quixote, Magritte

Magritte, Don Quixote, and Quantum Physics

More than twenty years ago, I stumbled upon a book with different paintings by Belgium Reneé Magritte. I felt an instant fascination for his paintings. I couldn't stop looking at them, dwelling on the many thoughts they inspired. I found his stone still life paintings captivating. Time, eternity, death, the futility of human activity and… Continue reading Magritte, Don Quixote, and Quantum Physics

Back to the Classics 2018, Book reviews, Episodios Nacionales, Galdos, The Classics Club

The Court of Carlos IV

It's possible that some of you know that Cervantes is my favorite author, but over the years, Galdós has been gaining in ranking. Now I would say the #1 position is shared between these two. Benito Pérez Galdós was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and his mom sent him to Madrid to study… Continue reading The Court of Carlos IV

Back to the Classics 2018, Book reviews, Classics, The Classics Club, Virginia Woolf

A Room of One’s Own

A Room of One's Own, by Virginia Woolf Essay, published in 1929, ★★★✫ My first longer book by the author (I had only read and much enjoyed another essay, How Should One Read a Book? in a collection of essays by various authors. This essay is aimed to answer the question of the role of women… Continue reading A Room of One’s Own

Book Club, Book reviews

The Other Einstein

The Other Einstein, ★★✫ (To be placed between very enjoyable read, recommendable, and meh, nothing remarkable.) Marie Benedict, Published in October 2016 This was another of our book club books, 11 fairly recent books. I'm fine with that. Book club provides me with a list of books I'd otherwise not pick. I like the non fiction choices.… Continue reading The Other Einstein

Alfanhuí, Back to the Classics 2018, Book reviews, The Classics Club

Alfanhuí

Alfanhuí, by Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio, ★★★★★ Worth Re-reading! Published in 1951 In English, Alfanhuí Considered the first magic realism book in the Spanish language. Alfanhuí has made a dent in my soul. Colorful and tender, unexpected, unassuming, Alfanhuí is magical. An ode to language, but language that draws with it solid meaning and pregnant with the… Continue reading Alfanhuí

art/craft/cooking, Artist-Composer, Book reviews

Art, anyone?

I'm enjoying reading from my art book small collection. I've bought several books through the years, primarily for the pictures, to enjoy the art with my daughters, but since last year, I'm rediscovering the pleasure of reading the actual text. I've been lucky so far. Last year I read a wonderful pocket size book on… Continue reading Art, anyone?

Back to the Classics 2018, Book reviews, The Classics Club

Look Back on Happiness

The title is strange, the book is different, the author is a mystery, but I couldn't help but loving my experience reading it. It's short, 180 pages my Kindle says. I met Knut Hamsun reading a book reviews blog that reviewed his more well known title, Hunger. Then I found out he's also a Noble… Continue reading Look Back on Happiness

Book reviews, Classics, Classics Book Tag, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Classics Club, Uncategorized

The House of the Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables, ★★★✫ Nathaniel Hawthorne, written in 1850, published in 1851 ★★★★★ Not to miss, worth re-reading ★★★★ Books that surely have stayed with me. ★★★ Very enjoyable read, recommendable. ★★ Meh. Nothing remarkable. ★ Run. The half star, ✫, would make it closer to the higher category, an in-between of sorts.… Continue reading The House of the Seven Gables

Book reviews, C.S. Lewis, Shakespeare, Steinbeck, The Classics Club

3 Reviews in One

The pictures have nothing to do with the book reviews. They are of products we buy in Europe that we don't find in the States. Nice crunchy muesli, Nice biscuits, natural yogurt with sugar (typical from Spain), cup-a-soup, and Rio mare tuna salad, which comes with olives, corn, peas, carrot pieces, and, of course, tuna,… Continue reading 3 Reviews in One

Book reviews, Classics, The Classics Club

My Antonia

My Antonia, Willa Cather, 1918 ★★★★★ Not to miss, worth re-reading ★★★★★ Not to miss, worth re-reading ★★★★    Books that surely have stayed with me. ★★★       Very enjoyable read, recommendable. ★★          Meh. Nothing remarkable. ★             Run. The half star, ✫, would make it closer to the higher category, an in-between of sorts. I had been wanting to read My Antonia for… Continue reading My Antonia

Back to the Classics 2017, Book reviews

Back to the Classics, 2017 Wrap Up

What a fascinating third year of the Back to the Classics challenge. This challenge suits me, my personality is satisfied by reading of varied classics. What I like it's to go for at least one solid and intimidating classic, some well established ones, fun classics, minor classics, and obscure classics. I'll tell you a bit… Continue reading Back to the Classics, 2017 Wrap Up

Back to the Classics 2017, Book reviews, Spanish Authors, Spanish Books, Translation

El Jarama, The River

El Jarama, (The River), ★★★★ by Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio 1955, Premio Nadal of the same year, also Premio de la Crítica de narrativa castellana, 1957 One of the best 100 novels in Spanish in the XIX century I’ve changed my reviewing method. This is a full star, ★, and this a half star, ✫ ★★★★★ Not to miss,… Continue reading El Jarama, The River

Book reviews, Elizabeth Goudge, Reading with Kim, The Classics Club

The Scent of Water

The Scent of Water ★★★✫ 3 & 1/2 By Elizabeth Goudge, 1963 I’ve changed my reviewing method. This is a full star, ★, and this a half star, ✫ ★★★★★ Not to miss, worth re-reading ★★★★    Books that surely have stayed with me. ★★★       Very enjoyable read, recommendable. ★★          Meh. Nothing remarkable. ★             Run. The half star, ✫, would make it closer to… Continue reading The Scent of Water

Book reviews, books, Spanish Books

The Storyteller, by Mario Vargas Llosa

The Storyteller, by Mario Vargas Llosa, 1987, ★★★★ I’ve changed my reviewing method. This is a full star, ★, and this a half star, ✫ ★★★★★ Not to miss, worth re-reading ★★★★    Books that surely have stayed with me. ★★★       Very enjoyable read, recommendable. ★★          Meh. Nothing remarkable. ★             Run. The half star, ✫, would make it closer to the higher category, an… Continue reading The Storyteller, by Mario Vargas Llosa