Poetry, The Classics Club, Translation

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?… Continue reading The Ink Dark Moon

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Classics, Jane Austen, The Classics Club

Persuasion, or the story of a reluctant Jane Austen’s fan

What's all that fuss over Jane Austen? I just didn't get it. Apparently, I needed some persuasion to find out, -he he. In Madrid, during my high school years, we didn't have to read Jane Austen. I don't believe we should force ourselves to read this or that unless it's a cheerfully and self-imposed dutiful… Continue reading Persuasion, or the story of a reluctant Jane Austen’s fan

art/craft/cooking, Classics, Ortega y Gasset, The Classics Club

The Deshumanization of Art

The Dehumanization of Art, and Other Essays, Ortega y Gasset When I bought this book, the title sounded to me as something negative that art was, according to Ortega, undergoing, its dehumanization. As I read the essays, (the first one who gives title to the book, and which contains different sections, being the longest), I… Continue reading The Deshumanization of Art

Back to the Classics 2018, Sigrid Unset, The Classics Club

Kristin Lavransdatter Trilogy

I believe this post on Kristin Lavransdatter will be more popular than last, -at least, this trilogy is better known and well read everywhere around me. Sigrid Undset was born in Denmark, but her family moved to Norway when she was two years old. She was a novelist that was awarded the Nobel Prize for… Continue reading Kristin Lavransdatter Trilogy

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

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

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

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

Back to the Classics 2017, Biography, Book reviews, The Classics Club

10 Fingers for God

Review for Back to the Classics 2017, and Classics Club. Title: Ten Fingers for God, ★★★★✫ by  Dorothy Clarke Wilson, 1965 My Rating System ★★★★★ 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,… Continue reading 10 Fingers for God

Back to the Classics 2017, Book reviews, The Classics Club

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen, ★★★★ Written in 1803, published in 1817 This is my grading system ★★★★★ Not to miss, worth re-reading ★★★★    Books that surely have stayed with me. ★★★       Very enjoyable read, recommendable. ★★          Meh. Nothing remarkable. ★             Run. I bet most of you know Northanger Abbey was written as a satire of the Gothic novels of the… Continue reading Northanger Abbey

Book reviews, The Classics Club

The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey

The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey 1951 ★★★✫ I read this book for our August book club meeting. It's also a suggested fiction title recommended for my daughters in the curriculum we follow, for their junior or high school years. I've also seen this book recommended for book clubs, as one which ensues good… Continue reading The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey

Book reviews, Classics, The Classics Club

Guzmán de Alfarache

GUZMÁN DE ALFARACHE ★★★★✫ Originally published: 1599 Author: Mateo Alemán Genre: Picaresque Fiction Translator: James Mabbe Published in English: 1622 I'm so sad to see there's no papercopy of this book in English. I've found this, though, http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/... What's neat about that, it's that the translation into English by James Mabbe happened close in time to… Continue reading Guzmán de Alfarache