Very briefly: After seeing the unfortunate, movie tie-in edition’s cover, I had an Oh-No! It’s a Romance moment. So I read, disregarding the cover, de
Very briefly: After seeing the unfortunate, movie tie-in edition’s cover, I had an Oh-No! It’s a Romance moment. So I read, disregarding the cover, defiantly at times. And I read. Read more. And all of the sudden, the airiness of the text, the nice use of iteration and variation, and as much as I hate to say, the plot, began working in my favor. Quotes won’t really do for this one, at least not quotes of the sort I like to liberate. It’s the absence of text, the lightest hint of language, that makes it work so well. Comfortable language, cozy, gentle. If you wondered, it’s not a Romance, not really, it’s merely romantic.
Five stars, without qualification. Right book at the right time.***********
Briefly: For me, reading a book of aphorisms, like reading short books of poetry, provokes a tendency to charge through them, getting them accomplishe
Briefly: For me, reading a book of aphorisms, like reading short books of poetry, provokes a tendency to charge through them, getting them accomplished, adding them to my Read list. Unfortunately, that contributes to a lack of any significant understanding of those poems or aphorisms or them actually receiving the consideration they deserve. Too bad for me. On the other hand, it does, occasionally, prompt the go-back-and-reread urge that might occur when I hit an aphorism or poem that seems to shine—as so many in this slim volume do.
The things of mine that are utterly lost are the ones that, when I lost them, were not found by someone else.
Almost always it’s the fear of being ourselves that brings us to the mirror.
Because they know the name of what I’m looking for, they think they know what I’m looking for!
Most of the aphorisms were pretty amazing, thought-provoking, or, at the very least, seemed to be worthy of additional consideration. Feeling that way about them made the ones which fell flat seem to fall with a THUD; I’m quite open to idea that it was my reading, not the aphorism itself, which was lacking.
4 stars, limited by what I brought to the reading. A special shout out to PGR Nair for recommending the title and writing a far better review with more examples which can (and should) be found here.