Book reviews, Christianity, Classics, The Classics Club

The Confessions, Agustin

I started to read Agustin Confessions in July. It took me six months to read it, and I'm glad I took it slowly. I won't try to give a complete analysis of the book, or get into deep theological questions. My purpose is to give a simple review of how the book related to me… Continue reading The Confessions, Agustin

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Classics Club Spin

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… Continue reading Classics Club Spin

Kafka, The Trial Book Club

The Trial, #3 and final post

Remember where we left K.?, escaping Titorelly's studio with those paintings he didn't want but bought from him. In the book, he took the canvases and placed them in one of his drawers at the office. But this photo from Orson Wells's movie of K. running with the falling off full framed pictures makes it… Continue reading The Trial, #3 and final post

Kafka, The Trial Book Club

The Trial, by Kafka, #2

Welcome to part #2 of The Trial's book club. I'll be discussing these chapters: Chapter 4,  In the empty courtroom / The student / The offices Chapter 5, The Flogger Chapter 6, The Uncle / Leni Chapter 7, Lawyer / Manufacturer / Painter This section is loaded, my friends. I'm glad I have a bit of perspective now that's been… Continue reading The Trial, by Kafka, #2

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

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

Mariam Petrosyan, The Gray House, The Gray House Book Club, Yuri Machkasov

Interview with Yuri Machkasov

I finished reading The Gray House, but I am not closing the book. From the day when Yuri Mackasov surprised us, readers, here, I knew I wanted to interview him about the book. As time passed, his presence, his help, proved indispensable, and the pangs to continue the conversation with him more acute. When I… Continue reading Interview with Yuri Machkasov

Mariam Petrosyan, The Gray House, The Gray House Book Club, Yuri Machkasov

The Gray House, Week 10!

The picture of the House, I'm not sure it was specifically done with The Gray House in mind. I found it here, but I liked it. I am realizing I never included a picture of Tabaqui. I found this one by Angel T. This artist is amazing. So sad we can't know more about him/her.… Continue reading The Gray House, Week 10!

Mariam Petrosyan, The Gray House, The Gray House Book Club, Yuri Machkasov

The Gray House, Week 9

  Drawing of watch and snake by this artist WEEK NINE Week 9 (pp. 605-670) Tabaqui Smoker WEEK 9 AUDIO: cuts 46 – 50 Tabaqui: I'm going to quote the opening paragraph: The days are wound tightly, like strings. Each tighter and higher than the one before it. I feel like I'm sitting on a string waiting for it… Continue reading The Gray House, Week 9

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