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  • 20th century,  Random

    Last week of August!

    After a week suffering from summer flu and being in bed, unable to read (what a bore!) I’m back! Basically, I spent the last week in bed, watching ER and looking at my books, deciding what to read next, even leaving them next to bed just in case I felt like reading, which I did not. Now, I plan on reading, but definitely not making up for the lost week. School will start in a few weeks and although I’m eager to start this new year in which I will be doing research, I don’t want to overwork myself. Enjoying the last weeks of summer has always been key for…

  • 20th century,  21st Century,  General Fiction

    Re-Reading: The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald

    June has been a roller coaster for me! Despite my free time I haven’t devoted that much time to reading and I just kind fell on a lazy routine of watching TV, tidying up my bedroom (much needed) and, in a very cathartic way, putting away everything college. Now I can breathe, I am free! After getting my Sony e-reader, it was pretty clear that my first reading on it would be The Great Gatsby. I had longed to revisit it for a long, long time. What a joy to reread! The characters My impression on the characters is still the same, but more intense. I still do not trust…

  • 20th century,  General Fiction,  Southern

    The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty

    Some years ago I decided my thing was Southern literature. I had never read anything by a Southern author, but the setting and the history were interesting enough to me to take for granted I would love Southern literature. After some research, I decided Eudora Welty (whose work as a photographer produced the image on the banner) was the perfect author to start reading about the South, from a Southern perspective. My choice was The Optimist’s Daughter. I structure this review because I did not want to leave anything important behind. Buy at Book Depository: The people of Mount Salus, Mississippi always felt good about Judge McKelva. He was a…

  • 20th century,  General Fiction

    The Escort by Daphne DuMaurier

    The Escort is quite a short short-story sharing the eerie tone of the rest of the stories. Basically, it is the story of a ship threatened by a German submarine and how they are offer the escort of another English ship. What I liked the most is that the characters are not the main protagonists of the story. I felt that the sea and the German threat were more powerful characters. This may be due to the story’s length but it just felt perfect and the story was as scary and eerie as other short stories. I don’t want to give anything away, obviously! But this is a great short…

  • 20th century,  General Fiction

    The Birds by Daphne DuMaurier

    First things first: I do not like birds. They scare me to death. They terrify me with their little eyes and they make me think that all they want to do is attack human beings because they want us to be their slaves. Paranoid thoughts apart, we just do not like each other. So, at first I was not really willing to read Daphne DuMaurier‘s The Birds but then, it is such a classic, with the Hitchcock movie always appearing as a reference (and in my mind any time a pigeon gets in my way unpredictably) that I gave it a try. The Birds tells the story of a family…

  • 20th century,  General Fiction

    Don’t Look Now by Daphne DuMaurier

    Sadie Jean gave me Don’t Look Now and Collected Stories by Daphne DuMaurier for Christmas and I’m loving it. I read Rebecca last year and it was a wonderful, intriguing and psychologically intense reading and her short stories now feel the same. Don’t Look Now is the first of the short stories that gives title to the book. It is set in Venice and it tells the story of a couple who lost her little girl recently and are trying to recover. However, everything changes when a couple tells them her little girl is sitting besides them… From that moment on, the story turns as eerie and as decadent as…

  • 20th century,  General Fiction,  Gift Ideas

    Gift Ideas – A Classic

    Buying classics is no longer in fashion since they can be found online for free. But I still like a good physical book, on my shelf… and with a good cover and they make such a classic and elegant gift! The recommendation of today has it all. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a modern classic (published with a great cover by Penguin Modern Classics) from the roaring 1920’s that tells the story of Gatsby, his friend, the narrator and Daisy Buchanan and her husband. The plot and style are typically modern, full of symbols and the story is universal: Gatsy is still trying to gain his teenage…

  • 20th century,  General Fiction

    O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

    A great professor of mine lent me O Pioneers! by Willa Cather a year ago. It is a wonderful edition from the late 80’s: the paper is already old and it has wonderful little annotations that highlight the best lines and excerpts. However, I waited til this year, when I took American history lessons, to read it. 3/5 Summary from BD: ‘For the first time, perhaps, since that land emerged from the waters of geologic ages, a human face was set toward it with love and yearning. It seemed beautiful to her, rich and strong and glorious.’ Willa Cather’s second novel, O Pioneers! (1913) tells the story of Alexandra Bergson…

  • 20th century,  Grapic Novels,  Random

    Bookish Christmas

    Every Christmas I try not to fill my wish-list with books, but all I ever do is try… and fail. But, aren’t book the best gifts? These are the one I got for being such a good girl and reader: Our Kind of Traitor (John LeCarré) – After reading his wonderful The Constant Gardener, I thought his last book, that takes places during the economic recession in England, must be great as well. It promises social criticism, love, crimes and intrigue.   Lamb (Christopher Moore) – I am such a big fan of Christopher Moore! He is a wonderful and hilarious writer plus, he answers fan emails back. This is…