Just a short note about the book I just read, ‘At Home: A Short History of Private Life’ by Bill Bryson. Despite the enormous amount of information, more than someone can actually process, this is a fascinating and enjoyable book. Bill Bryson did a prodigious amount of research on the history of nearly everything from architecture to epidemics and toilets to crinolines and wigs.
Κοπέλα που σε λένε Φίνι. Τόσο βίαιο και συγχρόνως τόσο τρυφερό. Το θέμα του σκληρό, οι χαρακτήρες μοιάζουν να είναι απόκοσμοι και ταυτόχρονα συνηθισμένοι και καθημερινοί. Οι καταστάσεις που βιώνει η ηρωίδα της ιστορίας, Φίνι, απάνθρωπες, συχνά σταματάς το διάβασμα, αναρωτιέσαι μέχρι που μπορεί να φτάσει η σκληρότητα, αλλά και η ανθρώπινη δύναμη και αντοχή.
Συνεχίζεις όμως. Δεν μπορείς να σταματήσεις. Χάνεσαι μέσα στον κόσμο της Φίνι. Ο αγώνας της για επιβίωση και ελευθερία, η απλότητα του λόγου της σε συνεπαίρνει και δεν μπορεις παρα να την ακολουθήσεις μέχρι το τέλος, όταν πια όλα αποκαλύπτονται με απρόσμενο και τραγικό τρόπο.
I finished Maya yesterday afternoon, and it is still in my mind. I had some time to reflect upon this fascinating, playfull and imagitive philosophical novel and think twice about the big ideas that Jostein Gaarder addresses in this book.
Why do you collect the books you collect?
The author Chloe Aridjis read from her debut novel “Book of Clouds.” I bought the book the same evening and I read it few weeks later. At the beginning I was captivated by the words. And then by the story, a complex, multi-layered story, poetically, almost magically, weaved .
“Electronic bookplates? I don’t think so. “We have created a library for you on Amazon.com,” the manufacturer of the popular Kindle says, but I know they’re just kidding.
Most people remember J.D. Salinger for the Catcher in the Rye. It is a wonderful book but in my personal opinion his best work and probably one of the best books I ever read is his far less well-known, “Nine Stories”.
This is not a review — you can read hundreds of them in literature journals and blogs. I am writing about this book, because I am probably one of the very few persons out there that I liked the “Angel’s Game” more than the “Shadow of the Wind,” the most popular book of Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
The old books ought this particular smell in the degradation of the compounds and products of paper. Scientists now say that they have developed a technique which can describe the condition of an old book and tell why it has degraded, only by its odour. Matija Strlič and her team used this technique called “material degradomics” to “sniff” 72 historical books and documents from the 19th and 20th centuries without altering the documents themselves.
Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy.
The New Yorker Writer Malcolm Gladwell claims that successful people are not “self-made” but instead they “are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot