The Great Gatsby, Take II

I'm about to review The Great Gatsby for a second time! This was my first review: Be cautious in bestowing admiration, And cultivate a sober moderation.Don't humor fraud, but also don't asperseTrue piety; the latter fault is worse,And it is best to err, if err one must,As you have done, upon the side of trust.Moliere…

Thanksgiving with a Mediterranean Flair

My husband and I, we are adopted Americans, both born in Mediterranean countries. We have adopted many American customs, we consider ourselves Americans, after over 20 years of living here, and 18 years of marriage this November. This Thanksgiving, we celebrated it with our friends and neighbors. We prepared everything the same Thursday. Easy going…

Can’t believe that November is here!

It's been 4 months since I last wrote on this blog. I have not read your blogs either. Let me explain. Last July my mom in Madrid got complications after a colon surgery, and I traveled to be with her for 15 days. She's doing much better. When I came back, my daughters currently in…

A Pale View of Hills

July 5th, and A Pale View of Hills is on my kindle. I had to read it all. A couple of World Cup games would be as long, so, no harm done! After reading it, I can't but admire the title. Ishiguro has a spell bound quality to his writing, most salient in this short…

The Buried Giant, Last Post, #3

This post discusses parts III and IV to the end of the book. If you have not read it all yet, you may want to wait, or you'll encounter spoilers. If you've finished the book, you may probably want to discuss and unload your thoughts with others. That's what I've felt twice! The very reason…

The Buried Giant, Post #2

Welcome to WEEK 2, where we'll discuss CHAPTER FIVE TO END OF PART II   You should know that I've written the 3 posts for this book club in advance, so I have no clue about whatever was discussed last week, -if there was nice participation, or it was a solitary post-. In any case, I…

Remains of the Day Discussion

First and foremost, Happy Memorial Day. What do you do on this day? We've been going for many years to a commemoration ceremony that takes place in a nearby park. After, we'll join friends for a time together. The discussion of The Remains of the Day has started today at Karen's blog. She's done a great…

Missing Categories and Favorite Books

It doesn't fail. As I published my last post, the Ultimate Favorite Books, I remembered those titles I didn't include. For example, a Travel Category, which should have After You, Marco Polo, by Jean Bowie Shor, and The Royal Road to Romance by Richard Halliburton. These two books are written by travelers in the 20th century,…

Ultimate Favorite Books

Some time ago, I made a list of what I called my Most Influential Literature. At times, there's a FB challenge, or a blog challenge or thread that asks us to state our top 3 favorite books, or our 7 best books ever. These are difficult questions, but they always motivate me to contemplate my…

Homage to Galdós

Here you see Galdós painted by master Sorolla. And below, a picture. Benito Pérez Galdós was born on a May 10th, 1843, 175 years ago. I missed my other favorite author, Cervantes, who died on April 22nd of 1616, on different dates (different calendars), but same day as Shakespeare. My first encounter with Galdós was…

Secrets Revisited

Five years ago, (time surely flies), my dear friend Judy Simon surprised me and others with her first book, Before the Door Closes. The book is not that short, yet I read it in no time. Judy's narration flows effortlessly. The topic is one of no importance to many, yet it concerns most of us,…

Confused Review

I turned the last page of Return to Region today. Book by Juan Benet. I can't, however, stop thinking about this book. Do you see these two pictures? They were taken in 2008. The sepia one was at Pedraza, Madrid. I'm facing the camera, one of my daughters in the stroller. My husband is the…

Icarus & The Long Shot

Some weekends or even some weeks, I need to slow down my reading, and I want to watch something on Netflix for a change. This time I went for two documentaries that were fabulous. Icarus was gripping, it took a different turn, it went from jovial to deadly serious, -never loosing the humor. What is…

Reading Ishiguro

Starting May, we'll be reading The Remains of the Day at my friend Karen's blog. In June and early July we'll read The Buried Giant here. THE BURIED GIANT June 21st, WEEK 1, BEGINNING TO CHAPTER FOUR June 28th, WEEK 2, CHAPTER FIVE TO END OF PART II July 5th, WEEK 3, PART III TILL…

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?…

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.…

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…