Marco Aurelius, Meditations

I remember reading this book when I was young, and finding it of profit. It’s zero intimidating. Doesn’t it startle you a bit, to commune in thought and gain wisdom from a Roman Emperor who was born on April 26th, year 121, and died on March 17th, 180? His stoic philosophy came across clearer this…

The Ink Dark Moon

The full title is The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Ono No Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan, translated by Jane Hirshfield and Mariko Aratani. These two women wrote in the Heian era, which lasted from 794 to 1185. Ono No Komachi (834 – ?), and Izumi  Shikibu (974?…

Classics Club Spin, #17

What’s the Classics Club? It’s an initiative for whoever wanted to participate, to pick a least of 50 or more classics to read in the span of five years. (A classic is difficult to define, thus, I keep it simple. I pick books that are 50 years or older, and that are acknowledged as classics,…

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…

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.…

Classics Club Spin, #16

It’s time for another Classics Spin! What is the spin? It’s easy. At your blog, before next Friday, November 17th, create a post to list your choice of any twenty books that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list. This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books by the end of the…