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review 2018-11-21 08:46
Got Gusticed for 5/10
The Zahir - Paulo Coelho,Margaret Jull Costa

Score: 5/10

My wife is always right. As they all are…

…would be, I’m sure, a very polarising beginning of a review which is aimed to connect, so I will start a little differently.

(I’m sure though, I would get some “Totally know what you are talking about…” Just sayin’…)

She (my wife) said: “I think he is writing his books only to seduce as many women as possible…”

And she (still my wife) is absolutely right and he (Pablo) even admits so much in this book and he thinks it’s even good, which it probably is, but THAT just can’t be IT…

Now tell me honestly, when reading Coelho, don’t you get that feeling “I don’t believe him to be that enlighted as he pretends to be.”? Or better yet, don’t you wish him to be a little more spiritually advanced person than he is (in those autobiographic ones)? Wouldn’t it be a good sign? Don’t you feel like you are “following” the wrong “messiah” when reading him?

I think it’s because of this. I think it really is because his books (as good and life-changing as they are – a MAJOR KUDOS for that) are soaked in that self-insecurity and it would be ok if they wouldn’t be written in that Let-me-tell-you-how-to-live mode, but they are.

And again, there are some beauties (ideas) in this book too (mainly- live everyday as if it was your first, i.e. forget your previous life thingy – it’s a rich one and I ABSOLUTELLY love the concept of strange people meeting up to discuss their personal problems, to share also their mishaps, we, usually, so desperately try to burn within), but the most telling thing has to be the fact that the backside of the cover reads:

“His books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people.”

– Nothing noteworthy about this book in particular, eh?



And yeah there is an antidote for this (disease?). As a matter of fact, I would so want return the favour Pablo has given me, in particular, by making him read this: Slow Sex by Diana Richardson (https://www.amazon.com/Slow-Sex-Fulfilling-Sustainable-Sexuality/dp/159477367X) . BUT, I have some doubts about us being able to make him do so and I haven’t finished the book yet, so I’am a bit reluctant to make Pablo to waste his time in case it turns out for a bad one… So Pablo, if you are reading, don’t press that “Proceed to checkout” button in just yet!

Favourite line (And it’s so good that I do these, as going through all my low-dog-ears I realised that there was in fact many of a beautiful thoughts in this one…(6/10 perhaps?):

“My dream is now realisable, but if I try and fail, I don’t know what the rest of my life will be like; that’s why it’s better to live cherishing a dream than face the possibility that it might all come to nothing.”

https://somethingreallyeasytospell.com/portfolio/paulo-coelho-the-zahir/

Source: somethingreallyeasytospell.com/portfolio/paulo-coelho-the-zahir
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text 2018-10-30 10:09
October wrap-up
The Magic Cottage - James Herbert
Force of Chaos: The Coming of Age of the Antichrist - Lin Senchaid
Hippie - Paulo Coelho
End Times: Rise of the Undead - Shane Carrow
The Amulet Thief - Luanne Bennett
The Second Sister (Amendyr Book 1) - Rae D. Magdon
The Moor - John Haysom
The Cask of Amontillado - Edgar Allan Poe
Dark Ride - P.G. Kassel

Well, 9 books for the month isn't bad. I accepted a week ago that I just haven't been able to read fast enough to expect to finish any more, even though I have several still in progress. Maybe saving my longer books for the second month of Bingo wasn't the best strategy. Oh well, it's been enjoyable anyway.

 

Of the above list, I would happily recommend any of the first 4 (yes, even the zombie book). The others were mostly decent reads. The only disappointment was The Amulet Thief. I had high hopes for that one but found it boring.

 

So not a bad month over all. I haven't managed Bingo blackout. I will finish my Bingo books in progress. There are 6 of them and 3 of those are Netgalley reads. I also have 6 more Netgalley books not yet started. Guess what I'll be doing for November!

 

Only one of my Bingo books never got started, the Mary Shelley. From what I've heard it's a bit slow, but I want to read it anyway. Whether I do it soon or save it for next year is yet to be seen. My priority for the moment is shifting to Netgalley commitments.

 

I also want to have a blitz of my samples. I may not get to it in November with so many Netgalley books but I'd like to just take some time to sit and read them, keeping in mind that many never take more than a couple of pages to reject. Whether I do any holiday reads this year may depend on how far I get with both samples and Netgalley. I'd like to start the new year with a clear samples folder, though I find it easy to slip in short books. I'll let my mood take me where it will.

 

Bingo has been fun. I expect to get one more from tomorrow's call, but that's it for me. Next year I'll make sure I don't lumber myself with any bricks!

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review 2018-10-23 13:24
Hippie
Hippie - Paulo Coelho

by Paul Coelho

 

Non-fiction

 

This is an interesting take on an interesting era. It's the 1960s-1970s and all over the world people are questioning social structures and getting experimental with everything from drugs to free love to world travel for the purpose of spiritual awakening. So many documentaries have been made about the era, usually focusing on London or New York or San Francisco. This one is written from the perspective of someone from Brazil.

 

He makes the pilgrimage to Machu Pichu and discovers that the high altitude can be dealt with by chewing Coca leaves, gets arrested as a terrorist because his girlfriend is from a Communist block country and goes through many other adventures that are generated by the times and social movements.

 

I found it fascinating to see his travels through the eyes of someone who wasn't either American or English. His time in Amsterdam made me smile as my own visits to the city, decades later, were very similar.

 

The writing was wonderful and had a certain dreamy quality that seems to come with writers from South America. This was a trip of nostalgia for a time and place I've never been and was a very enjoyable read.

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review 2018-08-20 11:33
Spiritual Poetry: "Hölderlin - Poemas" by Friedrich Hölderlin
POEMAS - Friedrich Hölderlin,Paulo Quintela


If Hölderlin did it why can’t I do it too? Here it goes:

Yes, we need some good poets
And I think we all know it’s
Something we’re lacking….
My mind I am fracking
But still failing to see
how wishing makes it be.
They fuckitup,
We suckitup.

When I was young, appendectomy was done under local anaesthesia. I was so afraid, I might end up in a situation like that, that I memorised some of Hölderlin's poems in a Portuguese translation by Paulo Quintela, as ways of coping with my fear. I never had an appendectomy as a child, but I still recite in my mind some of those long ago learned Hölderlin's poems when I have to sit in a dentist's chair...

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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text 2018-03-04 09:24
Fevered with Love's Anxiety: "Phantom Thread" by Paul Thomas Anderson

 

This movie made think on one of Saint John of the Cross' poems.

 

At 3am the dragon set forth along the Caparica beach and stared out over the water, lit only with the full moon:

 

In an obscure night, Fevered with love's anxiety (O hapless, happy plight!), I went, none seeing me, Forth from my cave, where all things quiet be,” said the dragon, to no one in particular. But someone was there, creeping around in the shadows. Arthur, Arthur Scargill the vampire, twiddling his strangely long thumbs.

 

'Zombies! Zombies everywhere!' Cried the Dragon. 'Quick!' Said Arthur, 'Get in my futuristic looking Ford Sierra. Don't mind Stig he does that.' 'What's that thudding sound?' Said the dragon, 'Don't mind them. That's me killer robots.' Said Arthur as they crashed through some barriers and narrowly missed going over a cliff. 'What am I sitting on?' Said the dragon gloomily. 'That's just big bird.' Said Arthur.

 

Vampire Arthur Scargill wasn't in the mood for a moody Dragon, and had come to look up to the Beast, through the sunroof, as a source of inspiration. "You just turn that frown upside down, Laddie."

 

He stopped the car and told the Grumpy Dragon to look behind them; nothing but chaos, dust, and a shed on a tow-rope.

'Go and look in't shed, eh? I've got Mr. Sheen in there.' The Gloomy Dragon flapped his great wings, and whooooosh was half-way out of the sunroof in a second. 

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, read on.

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