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review 2017-04-20 15:47
Conservatorio Di Santa Teresa - Romano Bilenchi

Quando si parla di romanzo non possiamo riferirci al numero delle pagine, né alla presenza di un intreccio. Un romanzo deve cogliere lo spessore della vita, che è fatta di oggetti e di eventi concreti, ma anche di sogni e d’immaginazione. L’importante è cogliere quei rari momenti di turbamento, di emozione in cui l’uomo riesce ad ascoltarsi vivere, a prenderne coscienza. (Romano Bilenchi)

 

Conservatorio di Santa Teresa uscì nel 1940. In poche settimane vendette più di quattromila copie. Per l’epoca, un successo. Bilenchi rifiutò la seconda stampa per ragioni politiche e per ribellarsi ai tagli apportati al romanzo dalla censura fascista.

In un’intervista, di esso affermò: Conterrà molti difetti, tutto quel che vuole, ma se lo rileggo ora è l’unico mio libro che mi emozioni e mi sembra il mio libro migliore, anche se quando cominciai a scriverlo avevo soltanto ventisei anni ed ero molto, ma molto più asino d’oggi.”

 

Sergio è un bambino dal sentire amplificato, dalla fantasia sfrenata. Facile agli entusiasmi e altrettanto pronto a disperarsi.

Sergio contempla il mondo che lo circonda. Contempla la vita, quella della natura e quella degli uomini. Ne è attratto. E un po’ la teme.

Sergio è troppo adulto per i suoi anni. Sarà immaturo domani.

Sergio vive fuori del tempo, ma il suo scorrere lo porterà dal sogno al disincanto.

Sergio è emozioni mai gridate. E quando accade, è un grido improvviso e muto. È lo sguardo meravigliato, è la bocca spalancata per la gioia esasperata o l’angoscia soffocante.

Sergio è ricerca d’amore e paura dell’abbandono.

Sergio è una lacrima succhiata in fretta. È lo spavento di precipitare.

Poesia del disagio e del desiderio, Sergio rimane sulla pelle. Come la salsedine dopo che s’è salutato il mare. Solo che non se ne va sotto l’acqua che scorre. Resta.

 

Scrittura intima, pura. Onesta.

E bella, bellissima.

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review 2017-04-18 23:02
Good Story and Characters
Montana Secret Santa - Debra Salonen

Krista had to tell her best friend Amanda and business partner that she had become substandard , uninspired and had adequate amour with a  big cup of cocoa . Krista had created Blue Sky Promotions.Since Krista moved to Montana  none of her family members bothered to visit her. Her mother was a producer/screenwriter.Krista was the only one in her family that wasn’t in the entertainment business. Krista’s family drives her insane when they are together.   Normally Krista was too busy to care but it hurt her at holiday time. But now Krista had to tackle the business with her best friend.  Amanda. It had been pretty fantastic to start a business with Amanda. Amanda bought her local contacts  and Krista had  a lot of connections of both coasts  When Krista had got cocoa and started to walk to her office  then a dog  barged into Krista . The man was walking three dogs  Bindi, River Jack and Bear.as he was watching  the dogs for his mother. Jonah’s parents had went to Florida to try to help his sister and her kids as his sister was now a widow. The man’s name was Jonah Jonah was also to take his parents as a Secret Santa volunteer.Secret Santa  fills wishes that are sent to the group. Emily wanted Jonah to take over as President of the Secret Santas  and get Krista on board as his VP. Jonah was intrigued by Krista and Jonah was definitely attracted to Krista. Then Krista found out Amanda was pregnant and that was why she had been dragging at work she was a lot more tired and wanted to nap. But didn't want to lose her place in the company and wanted t make sure she had a place there after the baby was born, Jonah  had just sold his company for a lot of money.  Christa does co-chair with Jonah for the Secret Santa Society.  Sparring with Krista every morning at the Secret Santa meetings was the most fun Jonah had in a long time. Then Krista’s family decides to come visit for Christmas. Neither Krista nor Jonah want a relationship  and Jonah lives and has his lab in Silicon Valley in California. Neither really have time or energy for a relationship. Krista had an ex boyfriend she thought might be the one he said he wanted to marry him but really only wanted a part in her mother’s nest movie. Then he walked away when that didn’t happen so she is leery of men and being hurt again.    As they spend more time the closer they get and the greater the attraction gets for both of them. Jonah has an obsession when he works and he had lost his last girlfriend because of it he even took him to court for not taking care of her sexually.. . Will a long distance relationship work for Jonah and Krista?

I enjoyed this story a lot. It was a novella but still had everything it needed for the story to be complete. The plot was very good and it was an easy read. But it started a little slow but I don’t really believe it took away from the story. I loved the dogs hi jinks  they added a lot to the story. I laughed a lot and out loud and that is always good. I loved how Jonah took time out of his life to dog sit the three dogs, I enjoyed the slow burning romance between Krista  and Jonah. Also could Krista and Jonah manage a relationship while online. I did love the characters  and the  in and outs of this story and I recommend.

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review 2017-03-13 01:53
Book 5/100: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus - L. Frank Baum

When I was young, the toy-mation movie adaptation of this book was one of my favorite Christmas movies ever. It still is, although I don't watch it with the regularity of, say Muppet Christmas Carol. It was always a bit obscure -- it was not played every year like Rudolph or Frosty, and a lot of people had never seen it. I was thrilled to finally find it on VHS and later on DVD so that I can enjoy it for every Christmas and share it with my own kid(s) someday.

All of that preamble is to say that it was impossible for me to read this without my perception being clouded by nostalgia. Because the movie actually follows the book very well, reading the book was like seeing the movie in my mind once again -- and we've already established that I love the movie. Objectively speaking, if I read this without the context of my fondness for it, it may have felt a little like one of those books that was just one thing happening after the other without a really clear through-line. On the other hand, the prose was very often quite beautiful and it was easy to get swept away in the magic of the setting and the nostalgia of a Christmas origin story. I do think it's a pity that this is not as well known as Baum's Oz books, because I found it to be just as magical (although, like the Oz books, it did get a little clunky at the end.)

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text 2017-03-09 12:08
Paryska nieznajoma - Montefiore Santa

Większość pisarzy mówi, że trudno jest im myśleć o kolejnej książce, kiedy wciąż mocno przywiązani są do tej, którą właśnie skończyli. Uwierzcie, że nie jest łatwo podjąć następne wyzwanie i zacząć kreować nowych bohaterów oraz linię fabularną, gdy w głowie nadal uparcie tkwią postacie, które jeszcze tak niedawno stanowiły centrum życia autora. Santa Montefiore nie mogła i nie chciała umieszczać akcji swojej kolejnej powieści we Włoszech, ponieważ ta, którą właśnie ukończyła nierozerwalnie wiązała się ze słoneczną Italią. Postanowiła więc oddać w ręce czytelników coś zgoła odmiennego. Autorka mnóstwo czasu spędziła w Szwajcarii, gdzie mieszkała matka jej ojca. Tak więc praktycznie każdej zimy cała rodzina Santy Montefiore wyjeżdżała do malowniczej Szwajcarii. Choć jako dziecko Autorka bardzo lubiła spędzać wakacje w miejscach, gdzie mogła wygrzewać się w promieniach słońca, to jednak wykorzystywała każdą okazję, aby móc wyjechać na narty. Nigdy nie narzekała, że tak właśnie się dzieje i że musi zamienić słońce na śnieg. Uwielbiała jeździć na nartach i podziwiać piękno gór, które sprawiały jej równie dużo przyjemności, jak toskańskie morze.

 

Akcja powieści Paryska nieznajoma została umiejscowiona w angielskim hrabstwie Hampshire, zaś miasteczko, w którym żyją bohaterowie powstało na wzór Alresford. Jeden z przyjaciół Santy Montefiore posiada wspaniałą i malowniczą rezydencję na obrzeżach tegoż miasteczka, położoną w wiosce o nazwie Ropley. Tak więc pewnego dnia Autorka pomyślała sobie, że będzie to idealne miejsce do umieszczenia akcji powieści. Oczywiście wiele elementów związanych z powieściowym Fairfield Park zostało wymyślonych przez nią samą. A zatem farma fikcyjnych Framptonów to nic innego, jak połączenie dwóch posiadłości, czyli szwajcarskiej należącej do rodziny ojca Autorki oraz tej, której właścicielem jest jej przyjaciel. Przyznam, że to naprawdę wspaniałe, kiedy można tak bez ograniczeń żonglować wyobraźnią, aby ostatecznie wymyślić coś zupełnie nowego, lecz mimo to wciąż tkwiącego w prawdziwych realiach.

 

 

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review 2017-03-08 07:16
I'm on a blizzard streak!
Whiteout (Seasons of Love) (Volume 1) - Elyse Springer
4 HEARTS-- Before reading : Amnesia and a stranded trope?

*cackles wildly*

Want!

After reading : Damn, no matter how hard I try, I just can't escape the Santa jizz. ;P

Debut novel by Elyse Springer, Whiteout has more to offer than just Jizzmas (thankfully). I went in expecting a lot of snow, a guy with amnesia possibly regaining his memory, some romance and more snow.



And we do get that.
But it's more than just a standard amnesia trope. (Gah, do I enjoy the amnesia trope)

Noah Landers wakes up not remembering who his is after hitting his head while on his Christmas Colorado vacation. His older lover, Jason O'Reilly, attends to injured and memory lost Noah's every need as best as he can while they are stuck in their vacation cabin. Following medical orders from a doctor on the phone, Jason lets Noah work through his thoughts and see if his retrograde amnesia will sort itself out as Noah heals.

The thing is, something is off to Noah. In the back of his consciousness, something is ringing false. Who can he trust while he is stuck in the woods, and has rely on a man he feels a connection to but isn't sure if he can trust.

Springer creates a mystery, slowly piecing along the puzzle of Noah Landers. Can we trust Jason with the crumbs of info Noah gets out of him? Can we trust Noah? With all these questions, the lovers have a shared chemistry that can't be faked. The author doesn't have her men jump directly into the sack for the couple of days of being stranded. The sexual tension builds as well as the intrigue.




Whiteout is separated in two parts, Part 1 set in a small Colorado cabin - 60% and Part 2 is back in NYC. Part 1 is the entire mystery of Noah, which I solved somewhere around 25% of the story. But I couldn't stop from reading to see their individual reactions. Even with the sugar and Jizzmas feels that Jason slathered in that cabin. I know there are Christmas tradition people out there, but I was leery along with Noah with some of the demonstrations.

Expect sweet romance that got to be borderline sugar coma for parts of Part 1.

And when it ends, well that's when the true work begins for Noah. (You can kinda guess how part 1 closes out)

Part 2 was well matched for part 1, despite being slightly shorter in length. It made me appreciate and adore the schoompy sugar of part 1. No more mystery. Now we get to read the men in their habitat. Kudos to the author writing a great portrayal of NYC (including Brooklyn). It definitely read like winter in NYC.

What I didn't except was the love affair with Broadway.




That passion along with the hurt/comfort aspect, second chances and learning who the real Noah is with him for the second time around was exciting to read. The author had a great balance with main and secondary characters (glad to see Noah's friends will lead in the other three books in the series) They were really great friends. And flashbacks go either way for me when I read a flashback heavy romance. Springer did a great job with using them without the main plot getting lost.

This was definitely plot heavy without making the story too angsty to read. With solid characters, realistic angst (part 2) and reading how a certain someone redeems himself...how could I not be hooked. I don't have much issues with Whiteout, the editing, pacing were great. The sugar was a tad heavy but after reflecting back, it's just the kind of guy Jason is. The revenge angle...personally I could have done without it but it's necessary for the plot.

When you read the novel, you'll see. ;)

Great couple, great characters and a sweet plot with droplets of hurt/comfort to break it up.

Recommended for fans of second chances with a side helping of amnesia.

I'll be reading more from this author for sure.




A copy provided via Netgalley for an honest review.
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