The biography is based on journals that Da Vinci kept, in addition to secondary sources of information. I found the inclusion of things like Leonardo'...moreThe biography is based on journals that Da Vinci kept, in addition to secondary sources of information. I found the inclusion of things like Leonardo's grocery list a little tedious at times, but I appreciate how much detail the author included for the reader's benefit.
I started reading this book as most people would, from the beginning to the end, and ended up putting it back on the shelf for awhile. I picked it up again and skipped to the chapters I was most interested in and ended up reading the remainder of the book out of sequence. It seems to work though because the author wrote chapters that can pretty much stand alone.
The author's input about famous artists' biographers like Vasari was very interesting. He included so much detail and background so the reader could really get a full idea of what life was like in Renaissance Italy.(less)
I learned so much from this book, I don't even know where to begin. I borrowed this book from my brother who is studying political science/government...moreI learned so much from this book, I don't even know where to begin. I borrowed this book from my brother who is studying political science/government and read this for a class. He recommended after I had dealt with some unethical behavior at work.
A lot of people have said it's repetitive, which I agree with to an extent, and some points I felt were not well argued. Overall, this was very enlightening to me as someone outside the field of politics, law, etc. It has reinforced my stance on ethical behavior for one thing. I'm tempted to give it to my boss to read, I think it would change how she runs our office.(less)
Recently re-read this book. I was unpacking some boxes and was thinking about giving it away, flipped open to a random page and started reading. I had...moreRecently re-read this book. I was unpacking some boxes and was thinking about giving it away, flipped open to a random page and started reading. I had just moved to Germany and opened up to the page where it says the Frank family lived in Frankfurt am Main, right near where I currently live. I had to keep reading at that point.
Anyway, I first read this about 20 years ago in school and obviously did not get much out of it at that time. All I seemed to remember were the parts that a 12 year old would giggle about: when Anne got her period, when she kissed the boy, etc. So as a 12 year old I could not understand anything, really, about their situation. I hadn't read much about World War II or the Holocaust at that point. I didn't have the writing abilities Anne had and I couldn't appreciate her ability to express her feelings in her diary. This time around, and this is so trite, but I laughed and cried throughout so many parts of the book. Wished that I had a friend like Anne, wished I could write like her, wished she had made it out of Belsen-Bergen. To me the saddest part of this was the potential she had as a writer and that the world never got to see her live beyond this diary.
In July I went to Amsterdam to visit the Anne Frank House and it was one of the most powerful experiences of my life. I know this sounds overly dramatic, but when I got up the stairs to the bookcase, I just lost it. To be in that actual spot was sad and eerie. I felt like I knew that family, I cared about them. I'm so glad that they were able to preserve their house and the annex, and that Otto Frank decided to publish Anne's diary.(less)
A lot of people call Scientology a cult, I think it's more like a pyramid scheme and for that reason it's banned in many countries. Reitman was brave...moreA lot of people call Scientology a cult, I think it's more like a pyramid scheme and for that reason it's banned in many countries. Reitman was brave to write this book. She provides a great overview of the history of Scientology and all its craziness.(less)
**spoiler alert** You would think that if he was going to make stuff up, he'd make the characters a little less cliche, and leave out all the puking d...more**spoiler alert** You would think that if he was going to make stuff up, he'd make the characters a little less cliche, and leave out all the puking details.
It was ok. Having family members that have died from drinking, and also those that have recovered (thanks to AA) gives me a different perspective, maybe. I don't see how anyone with alcoholism could overcome it by simply staring down glasses of whiskey.
I knew starting this book that a lot of it was fake though, and I was duped anyway. Certain things were obviously fabricated, other things were harder to tell.
In conclusion, I would say that I hope there are better books/memoirs about recovery. I liked Augusten Burroughs' Dry.(less)