A story that has captured my attention in any form ever since seeing the movie Agora. This telling is enjoyable and a quick read, meaning I didn't wanA story that has captured my attention in any form ever since seeing the movie Agora. This telling is enjoyable and a quick read, meaning I didn't want to put it down, yet marred by an obvious author bias. Think of it as historical fiction with a message. I'm left wondering how much is Longfellow and how much is Hypatia. And am now incredibly anxious to get my hands on the two biographies on Hypatia of Alexandria by historians: Hypatia of Alexandria and Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr. Longfellow includes these two in her bibliography so I feel that a comparison and judgement of this version may at best be left incomplete until I have read further. I'm looking forward to digging through my university library in the fall for them and now prepare in the interim to dive into Carl Sagan's Cosmos, the next place I was told I could find Hypatia after the movie.
Hypatia is an immensely enigmatic figure. What was it about her that drew the influential and learned to her door and her lectures. Did her personality charm? Her wit steal their affection? Her mind have them sit in awe? Or was it a combination of all mixed and inseparable from the rarity that such qualities were packaged in, of all things, a woman? I do not know. But I search for what she taught and who she was. ...more
Drop everything... well maybe not your patho book because that would hurt your toes. Let's try thatIf you are a nurse or nursing student, read this.
Drop everything... well maybe not your patho book because that would hurt your toes. Let's try that again...
Drop everything except your overpriced textbooks and buy this inexpensive treatise on nursing. It will teach you how to speak for and fully inhabit your profession. For myself, it has also collated - translated - coalesced years of daydreaming and yearning into Go! time....more
I liked this way more than I thought I would. A great summer read. Pulled me along through an early summer's day and I ignored everything else. Some aI liked this way more than I thought I would. A great summer read. Pulled me along through an early summer's day and I ignored everything else. Some aspects were a bit too naive or obvious or not that well thought out, but it is what it is: a fast-paced adventure driven geeky ride. And it just so happened to be what I needed -- a break from reading too much non-fiction. I agree with my husband that this will make a fun movie. ...more
Today I finished reading your book, “The Making of a Nurse.” Although you’ll probably never see this, I want to offer my thanks for yDear Ms. Shalof,
Today I finished reading your book, “The Making of a Nurse.” Although you’ll probably never see this, I want to offer my thanks for your words. All of them. Each and every one.
Twice I’ve begun nursing school and been unable to finish due to life-altering personal issues. In the wake of my second departure, grief, fear and rejection on a nuclear scale saw me, in turn, go on to reject all that I have ever known, including my chosen profession. Ever since, I’ve been wandering on the inside, desperate for someone to save me and give me the answers. But it was only once I stopped flailing and looking for others to pull me out of deep water, that I found I could save my own life by following my heart.
That began a gingerbread trail away from the neurotic cottage of isolation where I could (not that long ago) be found bouncing off padded walls muttering repeatedly “Who am I, who am I?” towards the trees, the wind, the sunset and flowers that beckoned down the path of real life. One of the blooms turned out to be your book, as it grabbed my attention in Chapters one random day.
Of all the books I brought home that day, I read yours, cover to cover, first. You had me at page 50 when you said, “First I got to know a patient’s veins, and then I got to know the patient.”
Walking with you through your life and career to date, I recognized too much of myself to recount them all, but here are a few. Treasuring being with your patients at those most precious moments in their life, having been inspired by a television doctor and nurse pairing, appreciating how nurses are the constant caregivers so different from the doctors who are in and out, and the instropection on hands. My “What is nursing?” paper in university started off with a poem written by a nurse about how we use our hands.
Most importantly, your words cleared the path ahead of me. I see now that I am a nurse already, albeit one without a certificate. But it’s in my heart, there’s no denying it. (Even in video games, I end up playing a healing character, one who’s singular purpose is to help others.) I feel both committed and enthralled by the profession, inspired rather than daunted by its challenges. I look forward to finishing school as soon as I can.
I commend you for writing your story, for doing something about the problems rather than merely complaining, for encouraging future and practicing nurses and for all your years of caring.
Sincerely, the nurse without a degree… yet
“I have never had a problem or a worry, either big or small, that couldn’t be made better by meeting with a girlfriend and talking about it over coffee. If only world leaders could do the same, I’m certain wars could be averted."...more
This is a very "boyish" book of battles and blood. It's fierce, but the story was so poignant and the Spartan culture so alive that it's one of my favThis is a very "boyish" book of battles and blood. It's fierce, but the story was so poignant and the Spartan culture so alive that it's one of my favorites ever....more
Dumbfounding, elegant truth that I can't wiggle away from. The ending was pretty weak but I didn't notice so much because I was still reeling from theDumbfounding, elegant truth that I can't wiggle away from. The ending was pretty weak but I didn't notice so much because I was still reeling from the punches he consistently dealt to (perhaps) every assumption I've ever held.
This book has been sitting on my shelf unread for some time. I am reading it now because the numerous and false gods called upon by characters in a fictional fantasy world, followed blindly, manipulated, destroyed and called upon once again reminded me way too much of our own God or gods or god. It seems like folly, all, and yet we as humans cannot resist his (her?) siren call. Do we want to be followers? Should we be? Is it inevitable or as faith would have us believe true and good and right? Each answers for himself. I am still looking.
Cosmos was overwhelming to read - intellectually and emotionally. I strained to grasp the physics but it was worth the effort because the greater lessCosmos was overwhelming to read - intellectually and emotionally. I strained to grasp the physics but it was worth the effort because the greater lesson is in how he brings all that science down to earth and redefines what it is to human. Brilliant man. A must-read for our age.
"We have begun to contemplate our origins: starstuff pondering the stars; organized assemblages of ten billion billion billion atoms considering the evolution of atoms; tracing the long journey by which, here at least, consciousness arose." ...more
Rich, educational - in that I knew so little about Ethiopia - and endlessly beautiful, I loved this book.
I believe that this is a family's story. WhiRich, educational - in that I knew so little about Ethiopia - and endlessly beautiful, I loved this book.
I believe that this is a family's story. While Marion is our narrator and guide, the tale is a woven mat of choices each of the members make over their years together. Between them all, there is betrayal, selfishness highlighted by selflessness, redemption, suffering and great celebration. I loved having been part of their (ficitional) lives and feeling the extremes of emotion that are evoked when we love.
Just fabulous. It taught me about forgiveness, its true meaning, which is not easy for me to hear right now. I will always treasure the story of the slippers.
And while I am automatically partial to stories of medicine, fictional or otherwise, this one was easy to love. I felt as if I was learning, identifying and growing as a health care provider. I felt as if Verghese spoke to me, reaffirming my life choices and egging me on to relish every future moment left to me.
My favourite quote, other than the famous ones associated with the slippers, is:
"I found the bricks and mortar of medicine (unlike, say engineering) were words. You needed only words strung together, to explain what went wrong. The words were unfamiliar, but I could look them up in the medical dictionary, write them down for future use." ...more
My feelings towards this book could be equated to a school girl crush -- blushing, eyelashes fluttering, grinning stupidly as I'm forced to close theMy feelings towards this book could be equated to a school girl crush -- blushing, eyelashes fluttering, grinning stupidly as I'm forced to close the book and attend to some other task requiring my attention.
One of my favourite quotes: "...a book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us, that when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind"
Zafon conjures up amazing images - the one in the scene of the nun walking away from Daniel and Fermin where he describes her wearing her shadow like a veil is one that I will forever carry - but the lyrical quality and those almost soap opera pauses that he begins and ends the early chapters with slack off toward the end. I missed them so much. But that is when the story rockets off. So perhaps, just maybe, the pace is justified as revelations, one after another, are made.
One of my critiques would be that the biggest secrets in the book which I will refrain from spoiling - but you know which I mean, right? - is used very little as a plot device. I almost forgot about it totally until it was barely mentioned in one line at the end.
My other would be that at times I forgot who my narrator was. Daniel became so closely linked with Julian that I had to literally pull myself out of the past and back into Sempere and Son's bookshop and world.
Those are the reasons for not giving it a full 5 stars. But it deserves a rousing round of applause for every one of four stars. Beautiful story!...more
Not read all of these stories, only The Hedge Knight by George R. R. Martin and New Spring by Robert Jordan. What a fortuitous collection of short stoNot read all of these stories, only The Hedge Knight by George R. R. Martin and New Spring by Robert Jordan. What a fortuitous collection of short stories this was. Both are add on stories to my favourite fantasy worlds. I look forward to exploring the rest of these when I'm done reading the other series I am invested in.
Fans of Martin may be tempted to pick this up to get more of the world in his gigantic The Song of Ice and Fire series. For best results and the most payoff in connecting the two, I recommend reading The Hedge Knight right after Book Four, A Feast for Crows. Or maybe just before. Or maybe just before and then again just after. Come on, it's a very short story. You can do it. ...more
What a blessing. This book is primarily written for those who lost their mothers while still children themselves. My mom died only a year ago. And yetWhat a blessing. This book is primarily written for those who lost their mothers while still children themselves. My mom died only a year ago. And yet, I find myself highlighting passages on page after page. Regardless of age, wisdom - and hopefully healing - waits here. ...more