Theatre Review – The Diary of Adam and Eve (Jurnalul lui Adam şi-al Evei)

Have you ever wondered what did the first woman and the first man think of each other? And how did their relationship develop, as they were the first couple on Earth? Last Sunday I went to a play that imagined the answer to these questions by taking a playful and witty approach to the widely known religious subject.

The Diary of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain (adapted by Eugen Gyemant and interpreted by Dana Rogoz as Eve and Dan Rădulescu as Adam) tells the story of the two biblical characters, who were not only the first man and woman, but also the first husband and wife.

We are presented their lives from their own perspectives, from Eve’s birth to her death. If you imagine they were sad and bored, being just the two of them on Earth, think again! Just like anyone’s life, theirs was a journey of self-discovery sprinkled with funny moments, couple issues, care for their children, and curiosity toward everything around them.

Eve sitting in a tree (Ro: pom), and Adam sitting on the grass (Ro: iarbă). Picture from

Continue reading “Theatre Review – The Diary of Adam and Eve (Jurnalul lui Adam şi-al Evei)”

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

When a novel gracefully combines facts and fiction about a famous person whose life is very little documented, you may end up not knowing where to draw the line between reality and fantasy. That’s what I experienced while reading Girl with a Pearl Earring, a book that fell into my hands by chance at the most appropriate time possible: when I was living in Delft, the place where the story’s action takes place.

Image from Penguin Random House

Continue reading “Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier”

The Girl Who Beat ISIS: My Story by Farida Khalaf and Andrea C. Hoffmann

There are countless ways a book can leave its print on reader’s conscience, but a well-told real story is all the more haunting and dreadful, as the factor of authenticity adds weight to the events. It was the cold, fearless look of the Arabic woman on the cover that sent chills down my spine and drew me to read Farida’s story.

Image from

Continue reading “The Girl Who Beat ISIS: My Story by Farida Khalaf and Andrea C. Hoffmann”

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

A few months ago a friend sparkled my interest in this book by recommending it as one of the best books he’s ever read, so I decided to try it out. The story in a tiny nutshell: communism, amorous relations, censorship, sex, and lightness/heaviness of being, all under an umbrella of philosophical reflections.

Image from Faber & Faber

Continue reading “The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera”

What will Santa bring this year?

Yes, it’s that time of the year when you see Christmassy decorations everywhere! Even though it’s considered one of the best times of the year, for some (including myself) it’s also a time of intense struggles to find the most appropriate presents for family and friends. That’s why I have compiled a list of present ideas that I inspired me and I hope will inspire you as well  🙂
Continue reading “What will Santa bring this year?”

The Magus by John Fowles

During my teenage years I’ve read three of John Fowles’ books (The Magus, The Collector, and The French Lieutenant’s Woman), but recently I’ve realized that for the book I remember I liked the most (The Magus) I couldn’t really remember the plot … So I decided to read it again, to see whether after almost 10 years I still enjoy it 🙂 

Image from Hachette Book Group

Continue reading “The Magus by John Fowles”

A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz

I am sure there are many better and more academic ways to review this book, but I will not go on that route (for the simple reason that I would not be able to do that). Instead, I will share how I perceived the book, what I made of it and what it made of me.

To start from the general impression to the particular things that stuck with me: Amos tells us how it is to be the child of his parents and extended family, a children in the Jewish Jerusalem after the war, together with the fears, frustrations and joys he inherits from all of these.

Image retrieved on

Continue reading “A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz”