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|Wednesday, July 27th, 2011|
|Saturday, February 17th, 2007|
|Tuesday, January 9th, 2007|
I have refreshed my selling lj, there's a lot of stuff more!
Prices can change if you buy more stuff! totchi_loveu
I have tons of italian book up! ^^
|Sunday, December 17th, 2006|
|Sunday, October 8th, 2006|
German books on eBay
My wife and I are selling a bunch of old American and French novels that were translated into German on eBay. Please check out
ones that have a German title for its description if you're interested.
x-posted to germanic
|Saturday, April 29th, 2006|
I am very happy to let you all know that in October 2006, Toby Press will publish FOUND IN TRANSLATION: 20 Hebrew Poets, translated by Robert Friend, with an introduction by Gabriel Levin. This will be a Hebrew-English bilingual edition, part of the Hebrew Classics Series (http://www.tobypress.com/books/foundintranslation.htm
The Hebrew poets to be translated include Rahel, Leah Goldberg, Gabriel Preil, Yehuda Amichai, Haim Nachman Bialik, and Natan Alterman. Here is one of my favorite translations:
"Summer is dying"
by Haim Nachman Bialik
Translation copyright by Jean Shapiro Cantu
Summer is dying in the purple and gold and russet
of the falling leaves of the wood,
and the sunset clouds are dying
in their own blood.
In the emptying public gardens
the last strollers break their walk
to lift their eyes and follow
the flight of the last stork.
The heart is orphaned. Soon
the cold rains will be drumming.
'Have you patched you coat for winter?
Stocked potatoes against its coming?'
|Tuesday, October 25th, 2005|
Hello, I'm new here. I'm English, a grandma, and I'm addicted to reading all kinds of books - travel, SciFi, fantasy, historical novels, ghost stories, modern novels.
I've just finished Take Me With You
by Brad Newsham. The author is a Taxi driver from San Francisco who decides to take 100 days to visit various countries that he's always wanted to see: The Philippines, India, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa. He also has a wish to give one person that he meets along the way a free four week holiday in the USA. The book is the story of his journey. It's beautifully written, I found it amusing, brutally honest (especially about India), adventurous and moving. I couldn't put it down and was very sorry when it came to an end.
Would rate it 5/5
|Saturday, October 16th, 2004|
58. The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown COUNTRY: FRANCE & ENGLAND
Good plot, not so good writing…I refused to read this book forever. I figured that a book that so many people would like would be…well not that great. However, once I started reading, I found I was half-right. While the plot about a struggle between the Priory of Sion and Opus Dei over the Holy Grail was fast-paced and kept me turning the pages, I wasn’t exactly fond of the author’s writing style. I also thought that some of the symbols the main characters had to decode were extremely easy and I figured out pages and pages before them. Nonetheless, I did enjoy the whole symbolism aspect of the book and I think I would like to read “Angels and Demons” to see the main character, Robert Langdon, in action once again. 3/5
|Sunday, September 12th, 2004|
a pretty good batch!
54. Jennifer Government by Max Barry pgs.320 COUNTRY:Mainly AUSTRALIA
Interesting idea, but quite confusing at parts....
In this story of the near future, American companies have taken over most of the world. You take the last name of your employer. You want a crime solved? You’ll get billed directly from the government. In this strange screwed-up world lives the equally messed-up cast of characters including Jennifer Government to Hack Nike to those two John Nikes that I kept confusing! Hack Nike is approached by the John Nikes to sign a contract to help with marketing their new line of sneakers. Only after does Hack realize he has agreed to help set off Nike’s Mercury campaign, which involves shooting Mercury-buyers to up Nike’s “street cred.” Hack goes running to the cops, but the cops in this world think he wants help…in hiring someone to do the killings for him. Enter the rest of the cast: Violet, Hack’s computer whiz girlfriend; Billy NRA, a supposed trained assassin; Buy Mitsui, a stockbroker; and Jennifer Government, whose on a personal quest to nail one of the John Nikes. While the author’s idea was very original, and I liked the shifting views from chapter to chapter, I sometimes found myself so confused I would have to read several chapters over. I think the fewer times you break off from reading, the better in keeping all the companies straight. 3/5
56. Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman by Eleanor Updale pgs.233 COUNTRY:ENGLAND
Great first novel!
Meet Montmorency. A criminal serving time for a burglary that almost killed him, Montmorency is hated among the other prisoners because of frequent trips out of the prison. Robert Farcett, the young doctor that saved Montmorency after his near-fatal burglary, regularly takes him to lecture halls around Victorian London to show off his medical expertise. It is at one of these lectures that Montmorency hears about the new sewage system and an idea forms in his head. Before long, Montmorency is conjuring up a plan to use the underground network to help him with his burglaries, but he needs a partner…or does he? This novel had great style and characterization. The story was gripping as well. I heard Montmorency is coming back in a sequel. I can’t wait. 4/5
TO DATE: 13363/15000 or 89% done! Current Mood: sore
|Saturday, August 14th, 2004|
#47-52 Goal met. :) Reaching for 70 now!
47. A Venetian Affair by Andrea di Robilant Country: Italy
Two lovers with extraordinary lives…
What if your father brought home some letters found in your ancestral palazzo in Italy that seemed to reveal a forbidden love affair? Would you tuck the letters away without a second thought? Or, like the author of this amazing book, would you decide to research the story further and write a book about lovers’ lives? If this sounds like the foundation of a great story, you should definitely pick up this book. The author is related to Andrea Memmo, a son of a prominent ancient Venetian family who fell deeply in love with Giustiniana Wynne, the illegitimate daughter of a British father and a Venetian mother. The letters in the author’s possession, as well as other letters and articles he was able to view, help create the framework of Andrea and Giustiniana’s 18th-century meeting at the home of a mutual friend and the long love affair that followed. Separately their lives would be interesting enough, with friends like Casanova popping up and trips all over Europe. Combined together, their quest to be together is a riveting read. Andrea and Giustiniana’s adventures take you into the final days of the great Venetian society of the past. 3/5
48. The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier Country: France
Many stories woven together by one common thread…
After reading “Girl with a Pearl Earring” last year and loving it, I decided I should check out more of the author’s vivid writing style. This novel did not disappoint. Much like “Girl…” the book revolves around the creation of a great work of art, this time the famous Lady and the Unicorn cycle tapestries. (Which my copy of the book only had small cutouts in the front cover in which to view tapestries.) The rotating viewpoints (which I loved and wished they had touched on a few other characters as well) tell the story of Nicolas des Innocents who has been commissioned by the Parisian nobleman Jean Le Viste to design a series of large tapestries for his great hall. Nicolas ends up falling for Le Viste’s young daughter, which only causes more problems. We follow the tapestries and the fascinating stories of the people creating them from Paris to Brussels and back. Good historical fiction recommendation. 3/5
49. The Great God Pan by Donna Jo Napoli Country: Ancient Greece
Expected better but mildly interesting…
I’ve read some of the author’s other retellings and was a bit disappointed with this one. We meet Pan, the half goat/half god who basically flits around the woods with other mythical creatures all day. It isn’t until he meets Iphigenia and falls in love with her that his life really seems to have a purpose. People with any background in Greek mythology know that Pan had a curse placed on him upon birth that he will never be loved in return. His quest to find Iphigenia again then seems a bit fruitless to the reader, but what we don’t realize is that he may be able to save her from her father’s mission to sacrifice her. This book needed more detail. I felt it was lacking in some other areas as well, as the plot meandered quite a bit. I did like how the author included a family tree at the beginning so we understood how everyone was related however. 2/5
50. Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren Country: Ancient Greece
Good ideas, not the best execution…
We’ve heard the male version of the Trojan War for centuries. What about the women involved? How did Helen feel? What would it have been like to be Cassandra and have to watch your brothers head off into battle? The author takes you there. While personally I believe she could have included even more viewpoints of other women, and switched back and forth between Helen and Cassandra, the author opted to start with Helen’s life as a child and switch to Cassandra’s viewpoint after Helen arrives in Troy. While many would think this would make the book a bit unbalanced, it actually works quite well, as we see Cassandra’s feelings towards Helen greatly change over the many years Troy is under siege. Overall, a pretty enjoyable read. 3/5
Current Mood: okay
|Tuesday, July 13th, 2004|
41. Slave: My True Story by Mende Nazar and Damien Lewis COUNTRY: SUDAN / ENGLAND
It’s all over the news; this takes you right in the middle…
Most of us associate slavery with the days of the American Civil War. Yet, in many parts of the world today, slavery isn’t dead. In this novel, we meet Mende, a young Sudanese tribal girl growing up happily with her family. The first third of the book explores Mende’s childhood among her tribe, the Karko of the Nuba Mountains. Then one night, everything changes. Her village is attacked by Arab raiders. Huts are torched, men killed, women raped and children rounded up to be sold off later as slaves. Mende is among them. We see how Mende struggles to survive as a slave girl and horrors she was forced to go through. Eventually, Mende travels to London as a slave, where it is that she is finally able to make a break for freedom. While Mende’s first hand account is great, describing a young woman’s life as she matures from a child to an adult under horrible circumstances, something I disliked about this book was that towards the end, Damien Lewis seemed to take over the writing and this made it seem less personal. Also, because of Mende’s age at certain points of the novel, I feel like some spots were not as detailed as later chapters. These two minor gripes shouldn’t deter you from reading an unbelievable story of a resilient young woman. 3/5
TO DATE: 10121/15000 or 67% done! Current Mood: full
|Saturday, July 3rd, 2004|
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy pgs. 297 COUNTRY: POLAND
Words cannot describe the feelings this book gave me…
Every child knows the story of Hansel and Gretel, the two children abandoned in the woods by their father and evil stepmother, who eventually discover the witch’s hut. What if the story was real? In this incredible novel by Louise Murphy the story is changed slightly, but the main elements are still there: the evil stepmother, the bread crumbs, the “witch”. Hansel and Gretel aren’t the real names of the two Jewish children who are left in the woods during WWII by a desperate father and stepmother trying to flee the Nazis. Their real names must remain secret, so the young children will be hopefully be taken in and suspected to be Christian. The first person they come upon in the woods is Magda, a midwife who lives alone in the hut near a village. Magda is suspected to be a witch by the villagers and the children alike, but she agrees to take them in and feed them despite their fears. As the war nears its’ end, we see how the Nazis stationed in the nearby village frantically try to keep control of the villagers and remain true to their goals of wiping out “undesirables”. Madga suspects the children are Jews, but has vowed to keep them safe at all costs. The wonderful weaving of the main themes of Hansel and Gretel with a survival story during WWII makes for a simply amazing read. The one minor problem I had was that ending didn’t wrap up everything as well as I would have liked. Otherwise, a unique work that I urge you to read.4/5
Current Mood: full
|Saturday, May 29th, 2004|
The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn
by Robin Maxwell pgs. 231
Great historical fiction, must read more!
This was my first reading of one of Robin Maxwell’s books, and I must say it won’t be my last. I already can’t wait to read the next two! However, I’m getting ahead of myself. This novel moves back and forth in time from Queen Elizabeth in the present, to her mother, Anne Boleyns’, life in the past. Elizabeth is presented with a diary that Anne kept, which chronicles her life right up to very end. Apparently, it was Anne’s wish that eventually Elizabeth would read her writings. Elizabeth finds any time she can to sit down and get a glimpse into her mother’s life. It’s also an escape for her, for in the present she is advised to marry quickly and stop her relationship with Robin Dudley, which is deemed inappropriate. Elizabeth gets to know the parents she never really knew, and uses lessons her mother learned in her current affairs. The writing is detailed, and brings you into both women’s lives. And the author never makes the mistake of confusing the reader by not clearly separating the two stories. A recommendation for historical fiction fans. 4/5 Current Mood: hopeful
|Sunday, April 25th, 2004|
24. The Endless Steppe
by Esther Hautzig pgs. 243 COUNTRY:POLAND/RUSSIA
WWII from a different perspective…
It’s during 1942 when little Esther Rudomin’s life changes forever. A resident of Poland, who lived a comfortable life with her parents and extended family, Esther, along with her father, mother and grandparents are arrested by the Russians, suspected of being “capitalists” and ripped from their home. They are piled into cattle cars, their destination unknown. When the train finally stops, they realize they are in the harsh region of Siberia. For the next long five years, Esther recounts the struggles her family go through for food, clothing and shelter. We also see how Esther tries to fit in as a young teenager in the Siberian society. I found the book opened my eyes to an event I knew nothing about, while at the same time revealing to me the Siberian way of life during WWII.3/5 Current Mood: cold
|Sunday, March 7th, 2004|
Yes I'm new here, hope you don't mind. First of all, let me introduce myself.
I'm Alex, I love to read and hang out with friends. I am fourteen years old and I'm a quadruplet. We are all girls. Here are some pictures of me (behind the cut)( picciesCollapse )
The books that interest me that i have read and not read are....
Catalyst(read...and loved it)
Boy meets Boy (read and loved it)
Girl meets Boy (I'm still reading this one....I love it so far)
Zel (read and loved it)
Gone-Away Lake (read and LOVED it)
My alltime favorite book though is Catalyst. You should check it out, ughh damn, i forget who wrote it though, but its such a great book, you'll be on the edge of your seat through the entire book. And Terri really is a sweet girl in the book. Its definately a page-turner...haha.
Alright well thats enough of me, You can add me to your friends list or whatever, and I'll probably add you back seiing that my journal is friends only. Alright I'll talk to you guys later...
also posted in teensreading
|Saturday, March 6th, 2004|
#12. A Bone from a Dry Sea by Peter Dickinson pgs.199 COUNTRY: AFRICA
Interesting ideas about our ancestors...
There are really two, very parallel, stories told in this book, and they are only separated by a couple of million years. In the present, a young teenager named Vinny has convinced her mother to let her spend summer vacation with her father in Africa. Her father, Sam, is working in an archeological site in Africa without much success. Vinny turns out to be his good luck charm. Flip back to the past and we see a teenager called Li that is half-ape, half-human that thinks way beyond her time. Each chapter goes back and forth between past and present. A couple of times I was lost in the paleontology talk and the present storyline was a bit boring, but I liked the author's way of describing the past storyline. 2/5
TO DATE: 3118/15000 21% done!
15000pages 50bookchallenge teenreading teensreading worldlit Current Mood: grumpy
|Sunday, February 22nd, 2004|
#9 & #10
#9. “Dust” by Arthur Slade
A Sci-Fi Mystery... Country: Canada
During the Great Depression, Robert’s younger brother Matthew disappears from a small dusty prairie community in Saskatchewan, after Robert refuses to walk into town with him. Plagued with guilt, Robert finds himself at first drawn to the new stranger in town, Abram Harsich, who claims he can help the town’s dry spell by building a “rainmill.” However, as the rest of the townspeople fall under Abram’s spell, Robert and his Uncle Alden seem to be the only ones who think that Abram isn’t who he says he is. More children start to disappear and eventually Robert starts to piece together the mystery. The premise of the book was interesting, but all the supernatural elements were kind of strange. And the ending was just unfulfilling. 2/5
#10. “Drown” by Junot Diaz
Nice guy, poor collection... Country: Dominican Republic
In this collection of ten stories, the narrator is a young Dominican Republic boy who grows up with his father in America and is waiting for him to send for the rest of the family. The stories explore everything from his parents’ marriage falling apart to interracial dating. However, I disliked the style of stories going back and forth in time, it was confusing, and sometimes it took it a while to tell if we were in America or the Dominican Republic still, or how old the narrator was, I liked how the author used Spanish words thrown in to the story; it helped it sound more realistic. However, his spare style bugged me. I got to meet the author, and he read us a story from another collection, which I liked a lot better. 1/5
15000pages 50bookchallenge Current Mood: drained
|Monday, January 26th, 2004|
#5. “Venetian Stories” by Jane Turner Rylands
Not bad for a collection of short stories... Country: Italy
I enjoyed almost all 12 stories in this book, and I liked how much of them interlock in some way or another. The descriptions of Venice made it come alive, and the different viewpoints encompassed a wide variety of people from a visitor to the city to the mayor. You could really tell that the author wanted you to see that the city's upper-class life was fading in most of the stories. However, I had some problems as well. About three of the stories I didn't really "get". They just seemed to make no sense whatsoever. I also found it odd she only wrote about four women, I had wished for more a balance there. Lastly, I often felt like the author was being condescending to the reader, which was a bit of a turnoff. Alright, but nothing great. 2/5 Current Mood: full
|Tuesday, January 20th, 2004|
#3 & #4- Maus I and Maus II
3. Maus a Survivors Tale: My Father Bleeds History
by Art Spiegelman
An interesting way of looking at a much-written about topic
This first book tells us the story of Art’s parents, how they met, and how their lives changed as Hitler took over Europe. The story moves back and forth from Art’s father’s life in WWII Poland to 1980s New York. I felt that the drawings showing depictions of different races as animals put such a different spin on the Holocaust. Plus, when you think that the Nazis treated the Jews at “less than human” it seems to make sense on more than one level. I was eager to start the next book, for this book ends with Art’s father arrives at Auschwitz. 3/5
4. Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began
by Art Spiegelman COUNTRY: POLAND
A continuation of a riveting story...
I strongly recommend reading the first Maus before starting this book. In this book, the author's relationship with his father is explored further, and we get to see how his father survived the Holocaust. The horrors this one man went through make it seem unbelievable that he is alive to tell his story. The theme of Art's struggle of accepting his religion is also explored as a sub-theme. The illustrations are also much more detailed than a first thought, so make sure you take a good look at them. 3/5TO DATE: 929/15000 6.2% done! Current Mood: cold
|Wednesday, January 14th, 2004|
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt COUNTRY:IRELAND
You will connect with the main character...
When most immigrants come to America from Ireland, they don’t return. Frank McCourt’s family did. After finding conditions in NYC less than desirable, especially when you have an alcoholic father who can’t hold down a job, Frankie, who was born in America, and his family return to Ireland. His memoir of a family trying to survive during extreme poverty as he grows up is quite moving. However, for some strange reason, I felt the film, of the same name, did a better job of portraying Frankie’s experience to me. Perhaps it had something to do with the author’s style, which I sort of disliked. If you don’t see the film, then you should read the book. And I really want to see what happens in the sequel, for you did really start to care for young Frankie and want to see if he will make it. 2/5
50bookchallenge Current Mood: cold