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The Far Pavilions
The Far Pavilions Reviews

Review: Actually 2.5★ - I liked it well enough to keep reading for more than two months, but in the end it was just too damn long (my ebook edition ended on p1289).

This is the story of Ashton Pelham-Martyn, born to British parents in India in the mid 1800s, but brought up as the son of an Indian Hindu widow. As a child he meets the Princess, Anjuli, and they form a bond, which becomes key to the plot later on (many, many, many pages later...)

Some would say that this is a romance novel, b... Read more

Where the Red Fern Grows
Where the Red Fern Grows Reviews

Review: This book did nothing for me. I forced myself to finish it. Perhaps I should have read it as an adolescent?

Full disclosure: I'm a cat person.

The story follows a young hillbilly, named Billy (how fitting!) as he obsesses about getting some 'pups' but not just any old pups, he wants Redbone Coonhounds which cost ~$50 or so. His family is poor and live in the country (plus this book was written in the early '60s) so that monetary figure is no small amount. I wouldn't say it's a spo... Read more

Laocoon: An Essay on the Limits of Painting and Poetry
Laocoon: An Essay on the Limits of Painting and Poetry Reviews

Review: „Der Endzweck der Wissenschaft ist Wahrheit. Der Endzweck der Künste hingegen ist Vergnügen.“

Ein weiteres Buch auf der langen Liste der „Die Uni wollte es so“ – Bücher. Trotz eines Ratings von gerade mal zwei Sternen muss ich sagen ich fand Laokoon an sich nicht wirklich schlecht, ich hab ganz einfach nur nicht alles so richtig verstanden.

Lessings Schreibstil ist recht flüssig und angenehm, ins Besondere für ein Sachbuch und es hat sich recht schnell gelesen, besonders i... Read more

The Library of Greek Mythology
The Library of Greek Mythology Reviews

Review: the bibliotheca of the pseudo-apollodorus, rather. nice little summation. Read more

La vida del Lazarillo de Tormes
La vida del Lazarillo de Tormes Reviews

Review: This first picaresque "novel"--more of a novella really--is an excellent introduction to the genre and a good book on its own merits. It is also funny (I laughed out loud more than a few times, and I don't do that for anybody but Wodehouse), the atmosphere is realistic and gritty, filled with memorable character portraits (the down-at-heels gentleman who would rather starve than reveal his shameful poverty is a particularly notable--and characteristically Spanish--example), and the overall tone ... Read more

Salomé
Salomé Reviews

Review: Starts slowly but sucks you into its hazy moonlit darkness and lets you simmer in a sense of your own doom. I would argue on the basis of Salome that Wilde does tragedy even better than comedy.

It’s like having a dream- a nightmare, really- you feel it so unconsciously. You know it doesn’t really make sense, but that’s why everything in it feels even more threatening- because it’s incomprehensible and illogical and therefore unpredictable and dangerous.
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Poema de mio Cid
Poema de mio Cid Reviews

Review: La historia es muy entretenida, la vida de Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, más conocido como el Cid, guerrero español de gran valor que fue la defensa contra los moros.

Es una historia que enseña muchas cosas como el honor, el valor, la caballerosidad, la lealtad a un ideal o concepto que sería el rey de España, que lleva a el Cid a batirse hasta el día de su muerte.

Acompañado además de riñas, amores y desamores es una gran historia que enseña mucho de la vida de aquella Europa medieval. Read more

Azul...
Azul... Reviews

Review: Leído para el reto La Vuelta al Mundo en Libros: Nicaragua. Read more

The Great Dune Trilogy
The Great Dune Trilogy Reviews

Review: This is a marvelous book. The first book I know of to recognize two great themes in sci-fi writings: the rise of a tide of thinking machines, and the evolution of a human collective unconscious. Herbert started so much that we still read about and see in the movies. One of the greats. Read more

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