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review 2017-05-16 16:42
La quarta Italia - Joseph Roth,S. Aigner

Il regno di Testapelata il dux, descritto da Joseph Roth per i lettori del quoridiano Frankfurter Zeitung.

 

Il catechismo del fascista recita così: «Io sono l’Italia, la tua padrona, il tuo Dio»; «Credo nel genio di Mussolini»; «E nel nostro Santo Padre, il fascismo, e nella comunione dei martiri»; «Nella conversione degli italiani e nella resurrezione dell’Impero…».

Alalà!

Poi c’è stato piazzale Loreto. Ah! Là! Là!

Amen.

 

P.S. Avrei goduto di cattiva cattivissima reputazione. Come tutto il parentado, del resto.

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-15 23:57
Divergent - Veronica Roth

The main character of the divergent novel is named Beatrice Prior. She was born and raised in the Abnegation (selflessness) faction. But she’s always felt like she doesn’t fit in in that faction because she’s not as selfless as her mother, as kind as her brother, or as good of a citizen as her father. With the choosing ceremony coming up, she takes her test and finds out that she’s Divergent, meaning that she doesn’t fit neatly into one faction like society wants her to. Because she’s alway felt different, she decides to leave her family and transfers factions.

 

I don’t read as much as I used to, but I’ve read enough books to know that we usually like, or at least kind of like the main characters because we know every part of their story better than everyone else’s. The number one reason I like Beatrice Prior so much is that she’s self-sufficient. In lots of stories, the protagonist has to be saved time after time because they can’t save themselves. But in Divergent Tris can save herself, and she’s independent. She symbolizes woman empowerment, and she’s strong even when things seem hopeless.

 

Not only does she never give up, but she’s smart and strategic. She can come up with plans to get out of sticky situations and can carry them out. What’s so special about her is that she really would die for her friends and family. Her test results were partly Erudite, Dauntless, and Abnegation. Her bravery is constantly proven throughout the story. When she chooses to transfer to Dauntless, in her simulations, when she got on the train after being beaten so badly by Peter, and so many more times. Her knowledge is proven when she forms the plan to shut down the simulation, and in her test when she responds to the dog attacking the girl. She shows selflessness when she takes Al’s place in front of the throwing knives target.


Beatrice constantly surprises us, and usually in a good way. She’s a unique character, and it’s super interesting to read her story, and the way that everything was detailed and described made you feel like you were there with her, and you could clearly imagine what was happening. The character was created extremely well. It was a great story to read and would definitely recommend it.

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review 2017-05-14 15:58
For the Absolute Beginner
African Flower Crochet: The Absolute Beginners Guide - Learn How To Do Basic African Flower Hexagon - Grace Roth

I have been knitting for 10 years (self-taught), I have been crocheting for 41 years (self-taught) and cross stitching for over 20 years (taught by a friend). I am currently learning how to sew (with a sewing machine) and books, with my children (homeschooled) and we are working on simple things at the moment. 

 

I love to buy books that teach new techniques for crochet, knitting or cross stitch and read them as fast as I can. I was disappointed with this book as the author states that chaining 5 and connecting at the beginning is a magic circle. Since this was how I had always made starts in my amigurumi creations, I found this interesting as I had learned about 5 years ago how to make a magic circle and it looked like this and was not happy with that bit of misinformation. 

 

The next problem I had was that you have to read through a lot of descriptions to find out each step on how to make the African Flower. While this would be good for a very early beginner, it would have helped (since I had wanted to make an African Flower) to have the instruction and then the description of what she wanted people to do. I lost interest quickly and decided to keep searching for another pattern. If she rewrites this book, I will gladly look at it again, but I will be deleting it from my Amazon account and from my Kindle (it was free). 

 

If you are an absolute beginner, check out the book, but if not make your own decision. 

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text 2017-05-12 17:17
Review on Divergent
Divergent - Veronica Roth

The best way to describe this book is a cliff hanger. This book had me on the edge of my seat. It honestly had me heart broken when the author killed off the parents. That part had me almost in tears.

I don't usually get interested in books, they really aren't my thing. This book has to be my favorite book ever. This book captured my attention, unlike any other. I liked being on the edge of my seat. I feel like I'm there in every scene. I really think the author did a really good job at describing the characters in little details here and there. She didn't just dump a whole lot of information about them in two or three paragraphs. She gave us little hints in every other chapter or so. So we'd love the characters even deeper. I really like the character Tris.

Tris is a very different breed of person. Well, she's divergent. She's an outsider. She isn't built like everyone else. She's her own person, she grew up as abnegation, but that isn't necessarily her thing. She's very independent. She's very close to herself. I'd say she isn't very close to anyone not even her own mother.She never feels like she belongs, but she loves to explore. If she could live in every faction, I would think she would.

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review 2017-05-10 22:42
Carve the Mark
Carve the Mark - Veronica Roth

I honestly don't know how to feel about this book.  I wanted to like it, but I couldn't help but notice the vaguely racist tone to it.  And that turned me off the entire story.

 

The story revolves around Akos and Cyra, two people from different tribes.  They share a planet, but share no peace.  Akos is from the Thuvhe nation, the son of one of the three Oracles.  This places him in the equivalent of the upper middle class.  And he is white.  Normally, I could care less about race and rarely find a need to even mention it, but it is important here.  Cyra is from the Shotet nation, the sister of the tyrannical leader of their people.  And she is black.

 

Why is race important?  Because the Thuvheits are portrayed as peaceful and civilized, while the Shotet are brutal savages.  Yes, the race lines are blurred between the two main characters, but the characterization still exists.  Even the languages of the two tribes is described in privileged ways.  The Thuvhe language is described as beautiful and lyrical, while the Shotet language is called harsh with its stops and hard sounds.

 

There were moments where the brutality displayed by the Shotet ruler were essentially rape.  True, it wasn't sexual, but it involved forcible entry and theft into another's mind.  It makes sense within the book, but I don't want to give it away.

 

It was because of this brutality that Cyra's gift manifested, the trigger being pain.  When medical advice is sought, she is told that the pain she feels comes from herself, is her choice, and is her fault.  Later, she makes the comment that she deserves it.  The pain was caused by what amounts to rape, but her character feels she deserves the pain?  That idea is very reminiscent of the rape culture.

 

And lastly, the religion of the Shotet seemed to be based at least in part on the Muslim faith.  There was a lot of negativity in its portrayal and that just seemed to perpetuate stereotypes.

 

Even aside from all of that, I just couldn't connect to the characters.  The story was slow and even when it did pick up, it was too late for me.  All in all, I think I will pass on the rest of the series.

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