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27
Nov
J.-D.-Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye is a 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger. I am not a fast reader. However, I started reading this book yesterday and I was done reading it today. From the first line in the book, I was hooked. And then, how can you not be. I mean, it just hits you like a ton of bricks. The only criticism that I have is to myself for not having read it, … way, way, way before. Read moreRead more

26
Nov
Sirr-Ken-Robinson

Do our schools kill creativity?

This TED.COM conference video by educator Sir Ken Robinson is five years old. I have watched it before and it always strikes me as being quite funny and relevant to boot. Hope you enjoy it as much as millions already have done so too. Read moreRead more

26
Nov
Ernest-Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, published in 1952. This possibly the best known novel by Hemingway, and according to Wikipedia, it was his last major work of fiction. When released, it became an instant success and it continues to be widely read. Read moreRead more

25
Nov
Das-Rheingold

Das Rheingold

Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold) is the first of four Operas called “The Ring of the Nibelung” by the great German composer Richard Wagner. These are only the  first few minutes to the opera. It is a fantastic and uplifting music and like one poster said: “Sounds like when the universe was created!
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25
Nov
Arthur-C.-Clarke

Childhood’s End

The novel Childhood’s End was written by Arthur C. Clarke and published in 1953. Although I have read several fiction and non-fiction books by Clarke, stylistically, the first few paragraphs of this book bothered me a lot, to the point that I was tempted to put down the book for good. However, I stuck with it and a few pages into the book, I was hooked. Read moreRead more

24
Nov
J.-M.-Coetzee

Youth: Scenes from Provincial Life II

Youth: Scenes from Provincial Life II by J. M. Coetzee, 2002. Caveat: I am unfamiliar with the works of J.M. Coetzee who was the recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in literature. Therefore, I can only speak based on the Spanish version of this book. Read moreRead more

23
Nov
Voyage-in-a-Circle

Voyage in a Circle

Voyage in a Circle by Tito Graffe, 20

Evoking the heady sixties and using a quick writing style which keeps the reader, engaged until the very end, VOYAGE IN A CIRCLE is, above all, highly entertaining. Read moreRead more

23
Nov
Gabriel-Garcia-Marquez

Strange Pilgrims

Strange Pilgrims (Doce Cuentos Peregrinos) is an anthology of twelve short stories written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and published in 1992. To say that I like Garcia Marquez’s writings is not good enough: I simply love it. And this easy to read compendium of 12 short stories is no exception. Read moreRead more

21
Nov
Morris-West

Proteus

Proteus is a novel by Morris West which was published in 1979. This is a fascinating high finance high wire thriller that although at times it may seem a bit dated; nevertheless, it captures the essence of an international double life Wall Street saga. Read moreRead more

18
Nov
Graham-Greene

The Power and the Glory

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene, 1940. I have read Graham Greene before. So when I saw the title of the book I was captivated by it. However, the book had nothing to do with what I had imagined. Nevertheless I am very glad I read it. Read moreRead more

15
Nov
Pearl-S-Buck

The Good Earth

A novel by Pearl S. Buck published in 1931. The first book of a trilogy, The Good Earth is a marvelous epic novel that takes place in China, almost at the time of the 1949 Communist revolution.
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14
Nov
Antoine-de-Saint-Exupery

The Little Prince

The Little Prince is a novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry which was published in 1943. Every decade or so, for one reason or another, I seem to stumble upon this fascinating children’s book. And it always feels like a breath of fresh desert air. Read moreRead more