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Posts from the ‘Books’ Category

8
Oct
Ernest-Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises: A Commentary

Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises is a grand novel about the “Lost Generation” of men and women, who came of age during WWI. It was published in October, 1926. Nonetheless, this is not a war novel, for it takes place after the Great War. Instead, it is an unusual love story, ahead of its time. Read moreRead more

3
Oct
Oscar-Wilde

Sin Tapujos (Openly)

This small, yet fascinating Spanish-written little book was a real enjoyment to read. Sin Tapujos (Openly Speaking) was published by Errepar, in Argentina, in 1998. The prologue, selections and book organization was done by Virna Köble. Of course, how could it not be fun, Read moreRead more

27
Jul
Robert-A

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, is a 1966 science fiction novel, winner of the Hugo Award, and written by Robert A. Heinlein. According to Wikipedia, along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke, they are known as the “Big Three” of science fiction. Read moreRead more

24
Jul
The-Hero-of--a-Thousand-Faces

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” is probably his Magnum Opus. This non-fiction scholarly work on comparative mythology was first published in 1949, and it has been heralded by many, as one the most influential books of the 20th century. Read moreRead more

2
Jul
Joseph-Campbell2

Follow your bliss!

This is a book review on “The Power of Myth”, which I finished reading a couple of weeks ago, enjoyed it immensely and therefore, I highly recommend it. If you are somewhat familiar with diverse topics such as: history, the Greeks, cultures of antiquity, philosophy, western religions, eastern thought, the Bible, literature, poetry, Read moreRead more

8
May
Joseph-Campbell

The Power of Myth

Although I am currently reading “The Power of Myth”, which is essentially the transcripts from the outstanding 1988 PBS six-chapter TV series, in which famed journalist Bill Moyers interviews, mythologist Joseph Campbell, this will not be a book review. Instead, Campbell makes a savvy case as to why marriages fail, today. Read moreRead more

29
Mar
Michael Ende

MOMO or The Men in Gray

MOMO, also called The Men in Gray, is a fantasy novel by Michael Ende, published in 1973. At first, one might be tempted to think that this is a children’s book. And to be fair, it is quite appropriate reading for children; say from 12 years on up… Read moreRead more

10
Mar
An-Ideal-Husband-1

An Ideal Husband

Usually, I do a book or a movie review on something that I read or watched recently. Today, I will do both of them at the same time. An Ideal Husband is an 1895 comedy play by one of my favorite authors, Oscar Wilde. The movie is a… Read moreRead more

21
Feb
Albert-Camus

L’Étranger —An indictment

Albert Camus, a French literature Nobel Prize winner, wrote L’Étranger (1943) or as it was called in English, “The Outsider.” It is a small, no-nonsense and certainly a compelling novel. I had read another work by Camus but I wasn’t sure which one. So I picked up this book, opened it and … Read moreRead more

12
Feb
Raymond-Chandler

The Big Sleep

Raymond Chandler’s 1939 novel The Big Sleep will hit you like a ton of bricks. It is a masterful whodunit thriller which doesn’t mince words, a.k.a. it’s crude and forceful, like meat and potatoes. It has quite a unique literary style which … Read moreRead more

29
Nov
Blade-Runner2

Blade Runner

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, 1968. It is kind of interesting but I have observed that when a novel starts off as kind of dullish, it is a sign that it will turn out to be a wonderful book, in the end. Read moreRead more

27
Nov
The-Grapes-of-Wrath-Movie

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath a master piece novel by John Steinbeck published in 1939. Somewhere I read recently that the Nobel Prize committee needed author John Steinbeck more than John Steinbeck needed them and I suspect whoever said that is correct. Read moreRead more