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 🙂
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.
This book fell into my hands while wandering through the second hand section of a bookshop. I’d heard about Umberto Eco before, so when seeing “The name of the Rose” and its beautiful cover, I could not resist buying it. I started reading it that very afternoon.
If you enjoy reading books, there are high chances that you also enjoy visiting bookstores. I am very keen on discovering bookstores when I visit a city, as I feel it gets me closer to the culture and spirit of that place.
During the two years spent in the Netherlands I’ve discovered three very nice and cosy bookstores. Two of them are situated in Amsterdam, and the other one in Maastricht. Below I will tell you why I consider they are worth visiting if you live in The Netherlands or you visit the Dutch lands.
The Midnight Palace is part of the author’s teen series, written at the beginning of his career and published in 1994. Carlos Ruiz Zafón is mostly famous for The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, which is one of my favorite series and it will be for sure featured soon on this blog 🙂
After having reviewed a book written by a contemporary writer (The Circle by Dave Eggers), now it’s time for a classic one – Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. This book was recommended to me by my brother as an “easy one” compared to other Dostoevskian masterpieces, and it is the first book by Dostoevsky I’ve ever read.
The first book to be discussed during our high tea party is “The Circle” by Dave Eggers, a book I’ve received as graduation present and one I’ve enjoyed greatly. More than just telling a thought-provoking story, The Circle presents a dystopian future of our society where the online aspects of our lives are much more important than the offline ones.
Hello! Before diving into the book sharing posts, I would like to tell you a bit about myself and my vision for this blog.
To begin with, I am a M.Sc. graduate with background in Management of Technology and Computer Science. In my free time I enjoy reading fiction books, and I plan to experience with other types of books soon. Currently I have quite a lot of spare time, thus I thought it is the perfect moment to start this project that I’ve thinking about for a while. Apart from reading, I also like traveling, snowboarding, and I have a recent interest in calligraphy.
Regarding this blog, I envision it as a meeting place for book enthusiasts, a cosy place where you can share thoughts about books, discuss different novels, and find what book to read next. The blog will also contain other book-related posts, such as nice bookstores you can visit or places where you can enjoy reading a book while having a cup of tea 🙂
These being said, let’s get the readers’ high tea party started!