Всегда любила 12 Стульев - тот редкий случай, когда я перечитываю книгу. Самый первый раз читала лет в 10 :) Легко, весело и талантливо - впрочем, экр Всегда любила 12 Стульев - тот редкий случай, когда я перечитываю книгу. Самый первый раз читала лет в 10 :) Легко, весело и талантливо - впрочем, экранизация романа (не часто можно такое сказать!!) - тоже на высоте!!...more
Я просто влюбилась в Акунина: какое мастерство простого русского языка, какое умение увлечь, и какая тонкая ирония, местами переходящая в и ~ЗАЧИТАЙ!!~
Я просто влюбилась в Акунина: какое мастерство простого русского языка, какое умение увлечь, и какая тонкая ирония, местами переходящая в искренний юмор! Одни имена чего стоят, пёсики Закусай, Закидай, Загуляй! А уж про мастерство рассказчика, начитавшего (в лицах!) повесть я и говорить не берусь. Это моя третья книга Акунина, и тоже - пятизвёздочная. Рекомендую!!
I am very prejudiced about this book. I love the way Dina Rubina spins the yarn of her stories and novels. I love how she conv ~WRITER ABOUT HER WORLD~
I am very prejudiced about this book. I love the way Dina Rubina spins the yarn of her stories and novels. I love how she conveys the smallest yet significant details of life. I even love that she grew up in Tashkent, my home town. From this book, I got acquainted with her as a person, a woman, a writer in process of creation... and now I love what a strong spirited, witty woman she is!
I dream that when I travel to Israel (one of the few countries I have not been to yet) I be given a privilege to "land" on her balcony and meet this wonderful lady face to face. Why? Well... before my trip, I think I have some time to search for a really good excuse, so I do not waste her time in vein! :)
I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys Dina Rubina's books. For now, I go around with this book, and read out loud funny pieces to my friends and relative: and every time I am laughing till tears well in my eyes! There is a lot of daily, "simple" wisdom in this book and I hope that people who laughed with me at, for example, Rubina's "translation" of an Uzbek manuscript into Russian, decide to read the book for themselves.
Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya
PS I wish more of her books were translated into English: I would gift all of my English speaking friends with Rubina's masterpieces, especially, the "Leonardo's Handwriting", my favorite as of today. (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...) ...more
Who told me that I need to be well-settled down with my career and family by the time I am 30? Nobody ever said anything like that ~I AM THREE IN ONE~
Who told me that I need to be well-settled down with my career and family by the time I am 30? Nobody ever said anything like that to the three Andreas sisters, either. We get this idea from looking at our parents and other people; we ran to conquer the world seeking for the happiness, convinced that it is hiding across the next field and over the next mountain.
But the biggest secret to life is that we are coming fully to our power through our own journey. And everything happens at the only right (for us!) time.
I love this book because it rings so true to my heart: I am all the three sisters in the body of one girl, and I am dealing with many of the questions they had to face. This quote from the author's interview to Psychology Today sums it up: "There's nothing weird about the sisters, really! I hope that people will find that they have a lot in common with at least one of them - maybe Rose's protectiveness of her family or her struggle to step outside her comfort zone, or Bean's fear that it isn't enough just to be herself without playing some kind of part, or Cordy's sense of humor and unwillingness to grow up. But I chose the title because Macbeth's three witches, also known as the "weird sisters", represent fate and destiny. The novel deals a lot with the sisters' questioning what they had thought they were destined to be and fighting the roles that fate dealt them."
One of the ways they used to fight was... hiding in the books. The whole family reads-reads-reads. Dad, especially, is the one to dive deep into the well of the Shakespearean masterpieces: perhaps, when living with four weird woman it is the only one thing to do to survive! But I have to admit that sometimes books are the only thing that carries me on. I have always been crazy about bookshops, and yes, just as Eleanor Brown writes: "We think, in some ways, we have all done this our whole lives, searching for the book that will give us the keys to ourselves, let us into a wholly formed personality as though it were a furnished room to let. As though we could walk in and look around and say to the ray-haired landlady behind us, "We'll take it."
I have not found the "key-book" but I sure have loads of the ones that help me through life. This book is one of them. And when I think about one of my favorite quotes "There is no problem that a library card can't solve." which can also be said about bookstores, I am quite surprised that I never (yet!) longed to become a librarian. Perhaps, I need to start a really good bookstore in my home-town, the kind I am devastated we do not yet run, and live a quiet and content life, forgetting my rush across the valleys and mountains of the globe. Perhaps, the true happiness is closer than I think, and I do not need to wait until I am nearing Andreas girls' age to realize it.
The first person plural narrative was a lovely way to show that no matter how much the girls "doesn't like each other that much" they are a closely knit family, and are, indeed "weird" in the good way: sadly, this type of family is less and less common, even in such "traditional" countries as mine. Flowing in the slow and steady river of narrative, I imagined what would my life be if I had a big family, and, despite the egoist I am, I was sure it would have been wonderful.
Funny and sad; wise and simple; the language that flows: I love the Audible.com unabridged recording and I am going to get a Kindle copy of the Weird Sisters, too, to read it once again. It is a brilliant book and deserves to be both, listened and read! My deepest gratitude to Eleanor Brown for this lovely book!!!
DuQuette's cute masterpiece was the first book on Qabalah I read. I read the book attentively and even highlighted the phrases I thought to ~HELL, NO!~
DuQuette's cute masterpiece was the first book on Qabalah I read. I read the book attentively and even highlighted the phrases I thought to be useful for later work. Well... I have NO idea what Qabalah is and how to use it. Should I be upset about it? Hell, no! I am a Chicken Qabalist!!!
I will share with you the two Highly Profound Thoughts that stumble into my head while I was reading this book (I am sure they simply got lost on their way to Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford's mind, but you know what... let's not worry about it, after all he and I are Chicken Qabalists!!):
1. Everything is Sacred, everything contains the ultimate sense, everything is the ONE.
2. Be what you are and do what pleases you: you are here exactly for that reason. Do not compare yourself, but live the life that pleases YOU and once you have the ingredients together something that is greater than the parts emerge and you will be surrounded with people who treasure the YOU that you are, and who will need exactly what you have to offer. Basically, "build it, and they will come."
"The Qabalah doesn't enable me to merely interpret what somebody else meant to say; it forces me to hear what I need to hear! Each time I make another connection on paper, I am creating a new connection in my head (or perhaps reattaching a connection that was disconnected from heads of our ancestors vast ages ago), and I am one step nearer to the realization that everything in Heaven and Earth is connected to everything in Heaven and Earth." (p.186)
"Gods, archangels, angels, spirits, intelligences, and demons are personifications of all our abilities and potential abilities - a wondrous hierarchy of consciousness that represents the subdivisions of our own soul." (p.130)
Since I did not know what I needed to learn about Qabalah and what exactly it was, I could not figure out if the writer was making too much fun, or if the descriptions were much too simplified or if it was even worth wasting time trying to finish this book (which reads more like a short O'Henry story than a "study" manual) but in the end it all, magically, came together. I did not have a clear and loud "A-HA!" moment (do I care about it? Hell, no! I am a Chicken Qabalist!!) but I did get more light onto the question of what Qabalah is, what is "inside" of it, and, most important HOW TO use a trick or to to enhance my own life and lives of people who turn to me for friendship, help, advice, support: you name it. AND I learned a new way to uncover messages from above, be it in the repeating numbers I meet through the day, in a phrase that is stuck in my mind or in the additional layer I can, with some practice, put out of any Tarot spread.
For me, the whole book was a prelude to the Chapter 9 The Chicken Tarot and Holy Guardian Angel, an astonishingly practical view on how to "place" all the cards in your head and how to use Qabalah, Astrology, timing, magic: you NAME IT! - in your Tarot readings. And once again, the last chapter, on the numbers-letters and other Qabalistic "games" is an awesome how-to guide on getting Divine messages every moment of your existence.
I five this book 4 Stars only because I feel that Lon Milo DuQuette could have put so, so, so much more into it. I feel like he has uncovered a tiny look-through hole in the fence between me and the rest of the World. I wish he showed me where the door is :) But then, as Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford said, "I've worked hard to gain enlightenment just so you won't have to" (p.149) Oh, well...
Does DuQuette, the author, care that I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars? Hell, no! He is the Chicken Qabalist!!!
Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya
PS I cannot leave without assuring you that if you ever wanted to learn Hebrew Alphabet: how to write letters and their meanings, the guide in the book is THE solution to your quest. It is so easy that after reading it once I may not remember the names of the letters yet, but I will never confuse Gimel and Nun, for example, for my eyes have been trained to see the subtle difference.
PPS you HAVE TO learn Hebrew Alphabet to apply Qabalah knowledge in Tarot and every-moment-everywhere-divine-message-readings! ...more
Egypt is in my heart: they say if you once drank from the Nile, the return to its banks will haunt you forever ~I HAVE DISCOVERED MISS AMELIA PEABODY!~
Egypt is in my heart: they say if you once drank from the Nile, the return to its banks will haunt you forever. I spent a couple of extremely short years in Egypt, mostly in Cairo, with weekend trips out to deserts and sea banks, with numerous 10-15 day long travels all over this land of the mysteries and a thousand cats...
I had a wonderful company and all the possible comforts to endure into such travels, including, oh my, that was a TOTAL luxury! - a shower bag, which you secure on top of your Jeep and it gets so pleasantly hot by the end of the day that you can take your evening shower in much comfort and meet the coolness of the night by the fire, all freshened up :)
Miss Amelia Peabody and her friends did not have such arrangements. They were traveling on donkeys, bringing some comforting things and clothes from the dahabea (boat) to the caves in the Amarna desert, where they soon encountered love and hate, betrayal and some scary... o, I shall stop! It is nearly impossible to tell you about the book without giving up the clever twists and turns of the events!
I will tell you this much: I HATE doing home chores, but listening to this audio book, read BRILLIANTLY by funny, sarcastic, charmingly witty Barbara Rosenblat, I kept on cleaning and washing and folding clothes and even considered making dumplings, for I needed to justify listening to this lovely book to the very end! It made me laugh and brought me quite a lot of nostalgia, too.
The first in the Amelia Peabody series, Crocodile on the Sandbank is written in 1975 and covers the 1884–85 years. I learned that the series go on for another 19 (!!) books with the last one published as recently as in April 2010! "Elizabeth Peters" is a pen name of Barbara Mertz, born in 1927, a PhD in Egyptology (so you can rely on the abundance of facts she presents you with in her books!!) Mrs. Mertz started her writing career with academic books on Egypt; under a pen name of Barbara Michaels she writes Gothic and supernatural thrillers. What a talent!!! I hope she takes a good care of herself and I am sending her loads on Angels to help her be well and sound and continue writing!!! I am quite determined to go onto a second book in the series: The Curse of the Pharaohs, and of course, it is going to be an Audible.com purchase: read by the same narrator, it is going to be quite a treat!
Charm, fun, witty, intelligent: if you want a spec of these in your life.... PLUS getting the chores done quickly and with more pleasure than you have ever had when cleaning your house or walking a dog or running on a treadmill.... then this audio book is for you!
This is a wonderfully funny book! I have truly enjoyed it's light writing and hilarious situations the main character found hersel ~RECOGNIZED MYSELF!~
This is a wonderfully funny book! I have truly enjoyed it's light writing and hilarious situations the main character found herself in. I am not that good with housekeeping either; so I read about something that might have easily happen to me, especially since at the time of reading I was occupied in a law-related job, too! :) I took the book to Uzbekistan, and gave it to my dear English Language Teacher, Galina Vasilievna. I am sure she and her students will enjoy it.