Theatre review: The story of Chevalier d’Éon, a French male & female spy

It seems that the end of 2019 is successful in terms of participating to cultural events 🙂 A few days ago I went to another play at the National Theatre of Bucharest - "The mute parrot. Stories almost true about an almost forgotten spy" (RO: Papagalul mut. Istorii aproape adevărate despre un spion aproape uitat). … Continue reading Theatre review: The story of Chevalier d’Éon, a French male & female spy

Every woman is the architect of her own fortune: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (book review)

Don't you love the feeling when you read a book review and you think "oh, this sounds like a book I must read"? That's exactly what happened when I read Izzy's review of "The Miniaturist". And here I am now, writing my own review of this lovely book.

When truth is stranger than fiction: The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco (book review)

Hello, dear readers, and welcome to a new book review on Readers' High Tea! This post is about "The Prague Cemetery" by Umberto Eco, a book recommended to me by a close friend. This was my second read by Umberto Eco, as I previously read "The Name of the Rose" and I enjoyed it a … Continue reading When truth is stranger than fiction: The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco (book review)

A teaching novel about an intellectual rebel: The Spinoza Problem by Irvin D. Yalom (book review)

Not long ago I was sharing with you my thoughts about "When Nietzsche Wept" by Irvin D. Yalom. Through a series of fortunate events (you can call it serendipity) I started reading another book written by the same author: "The Spinoza Problem". Oh, how much I enjoyed it and I also started to appreciate "When Nietzsche … Continue reading A teaching novel about an intellectual rebel: The Spinoza Problem by Irvin D. Yalom (book review)

A teaching novel on psychotherapy: When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom (book review)

What approach do you take before reading a book? Do you do a research on the story, or you just start reading the book without any prior information? As I personally prefer the latter option, I started reading "When Nietzsche Wept" without having any idea what it was about ... The enthusiastic recommendation of my … Continue reading A teaching novel on psychotherapy: When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom (book review)

Leaving everything you love for duty: March by Geraldine Brooks (book review)

A few months ago, before going on holiday to Australia, I decided to "prepare" for the trip in a bookish way - by reading books written by Aussie authors. That's how I discovered Geraldine Brooks and her Pulitzer-awarded book "March". Father of Little Women  Let me begin by explaining why this book is special. You … Continue reading Leaving everything you love for duty: March by Geraldine Brooks (book review)

Building the Death Railway: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (book review)

When a couple of months ago I asked the blog's readers for recommendations of books written by Australian authors, "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" by Richard Flanagan was one of the books I was told about (thank you, Robin!). The novel was awarded the 2014 Man Booker Prize, being described by the jury … Continue reading Building the Death Railway: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (book review)

A chronicle of colours’ history: The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair (book review)

"Colours are the smiles of nature" said the English writer Leigh Hunt, and I couldn't agree more. It fascinates me how something as simple as catching a glimpse of a certain colour can induce a happy mood, bring up a dear memory, or remind you of a good friend. I am a visual person, that's … Continue reading A chronicle of colours’ history: The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair (book review)

A dual perspective on war: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (book review)

Have you ever started reading a book with no expectations at all? That's how I started reading "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr, a book I received as Christmas present. Little did I know that this book would irreversibly win my heart with its touching stories and beautiful language, all wrapped up … Continue reading A dual perspective on war: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (book review)

A servant’s life and a master’s obsession: Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (book review)

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 … Continue reading A servant’s life and a master’s obsession: Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (book review)