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  • Gift Ideas,  Theatre

    Gift Ideas – Drama

    I love drama, I really do. I think theater plays can be read quickly but they usually need a second reading to fully understand them. The following, is my favourite (and no, it is not Shakespeare’s). A Streetcar Named Desire is a 1947 play by Southern author Tennessee Williams. Basically, it is the story of two women in a decadent South, being Blanche DuBois the main character. She is too old to be single, too carless to keep the family’s properties and definitely, too sexually liberated for the 1940’s. But, when she pays her sister and her new husband a visit… everything will change. I must admit that I decided…

  • 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…

  • Gift Ideas,  Grapic Novels

    Gift Ideas – Graphic Novel

    I’ve never been a fan of comics or graphics novels, but last year I watched Tamara Drewe (the movie) and I loved it… so much that my boyfriend eventually gave me the graphic novel on which it was based for Christmas. It was all a shock to face that new re-organization of the information, but also the fact that images narrated as much as dialogues did. It implied a new way or approaching the text and, since I love being challenged, I got into it. I loved it. It became a new favourite of mine. Tamara Drewe narrates the return of the title character to her native town where she…

  • 21st Century,  Gift Ideas

    Gift Ideas – Historical fiction

    When that beloved one loves historical fiction… they have to try Umberto Eco. And I say try because his prose is hard to read. The reason is that Eco knows about everything and writes about everything, so, at the end, on has a book full of references and literary theories put into practice. His last novel, The Prague Cemetery, is a historical novel set in Paris in the 19th century and although interesting, it can take the reader a few good weeks to sail through the culinary, military, historial, geographical and literary references. You can read my review here. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend this book to people who usually read…

  • 21st Century,  Crime fiction,  Gift Ideas,  Random

    Gift Ideas – Crime Novel

    So, this post is supposed to inaugurate the Gifts Ideas series. Because it’s already Christmas time and sometimes we find ourselves wondering what to buy for that friend, that cousin or even our closer beloved ones! The best option is always a book. Crime novels have become really popular recently, but sometimes it is hard to sail through the selves full of titles and authors in bookshops. The problem is that many times, the plots are too easy or predictable, the characters are plain and reading is like eating fast food: it may look good but it leaves you hungry. The crime novel I recommend everyone is When will there…