Bob Carr was the Premier of NSW (my State) Australia for 10 years and in 2007 he launched the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge. (encouraging young peop...moreBob Carr was the Premier of NSW (my State) Australia for 10 years and in 2007 he launched the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge. (encouraging young people to read).
Bob's book covers the books in his personal library and what he thinks of them. There are many I want to read, but I don't think much so far of his comedy section. I guess his list is probably typical of a politician ~ and I don't often find them funny.
Well I am done with this untidy book of reviews. I say untidy because it is arranged very haphazardly. I gave it 3 stars mainly for the books reviewed & will list my pick of the bunch later. It's heavy on politics, history and the pathos of mankind. In the beginning there's not much of Bob Carr coming through but towards the end you get a sense of him. He's also a big Shakespeare fan. I did not realise he was big on environmental issues while he was serving as Premier, I guess Party politics diluted that info from becoming known. He used to strike me as creepy in television coverage but it seems he's an all round very intelligent nice guy.
Library chuck out.(actually the edition I have is the 7th edition 1997) (a rather serendipitous find - two textbooks I don't have to spend big bucks on...moreLibrary chuck out.(actually the edition I have is the 7th edition 1997) (a rather serendipitous find - two textbooks I don't have to spend big bucks on!)(less)
P.40 “I told him if I wanted to hear psychobabble, I could visit a shrink cheap on Medibank. I’m not casual about sex, far fro...moreSome quotes & notes;
P.40 “I told him if I wanted to hear psychobabble, I could visit a shrink cheap on Medibank. I’m not casual about sex, far from it.. I’m actually very picky. I prefer the fit few to the mediocre masses. But I’m not big on wringing out other people’s soggy hankies, and If I wanted a partner, I’d Join a law firm. If I do choose to be with someone, I want it to stay light and fun. It gives me no pleasure, none at all, to hurt people’s feelings, especially not tragic cases like Ozren, who is clearly a spectacular human being, brave and intelligent and all the rest of it. Even handsome, if you can cope with the unkempt thing. “ ~ Hanna
“As for my dysfunctional co-called family, it’s true that I’ve inherited a core belief, to wit: don’t rely on some other sod for your emotional sustenance. Find something absorbing to do – something so absorbing that you don’t have time to dwell on the woe-is-me stuff.” ~ Hanna
p.43 “ “The joke was that anyone in Vienna who wasn’t carrying a musical iinstrument was either a pianist, a harpist or a foreign spy.”
P.70 “Your life is not yours,” he said. “Every extra day you are given belongs to those of your families who have died. We will see our country free, or we, too, will die. There is no other future for us”. ~ Branko
“Afterwards, Lola lay awake on her hard pallet feeling lost and alone, longing for the gentle warmth of Dora’s rounded little back. She did not want to accept the truth of what Branko had said, that her family was dead. Yet the hollow place inside of her left little room for hope. The escape from the city and the flight through the countryside had filled her mind. But now, as she listened to the snores of strangers, she felt a dull ache. From then on, everything she did would be like moving through a fog.”
p.99. Note; Try coffee in the Arabic style with cardamom.
p.101 “…..Tell me, Hanna, have you ever read Schnitzler? No? You must? You cannot undertand anything about the Viennese, even today without Arthur Schnitzler.” ~ Werner
p.116 re Vienna ~ “Discretion; a valuable commodity in this city, capital of carnality, where scandal and gossip were the fuels that stoked the social engine.”
p.117. “What was it that Dante wrote about the pope who abdicated his throne to become a contemplative and yet is condemned to one of the lowest circles of hell? Something about being punished for having turned his back on a great opportunity to do good in the world……”
p.186 “He sank down upon a bench, exhausted and heartsick. God might forgive sins against his laws, but Aryeh knew – he had preached it often enough – that forgiveness also must be sought from, and atonement made to, those who had been damaged by sinful acts.”
p.188 “ Kaddish had always been one of Aryeh’s favourite prayers – the prayer for the dead that did not mention death, or grief, or loss, but only life and glory and peace. The prayer had turned its face away from burial plots and mouldering remains and set it’s eyes on the firmament. “
p.196 of Judah ~ “All around him, pedestrians turned to stare at the mad Jew. He felt their eyes, their hatred. He began to run. The blood eddied, trapped and sluggish, in the fissured chambers of his breaking heart. As his feet landed on the hard stone, fists seemed to strike his chest, the blows of a giant.’
p.197 ‘ The voices. You must do this, always.” The blowing of the sand of that desolate town. “The voices”. And the other one, the language he must not speak. “Dayenu”! He cried the word aloud – “Enough.”
p.201 “I’d fallen into a funk. It was a familiar feeling for me: an occupational hazard. It was as if I was up against some genie who lived within the pages of old books. Sometimes, if you were lucky, you got to release him for an instant or two, and he would reward you with a misty glimpse into the past. Other times, pouf-he’d blow it all away before you could make sense of it, and stand there, arms crossed; Thus far, and no farther. “
p.211 Jewish frum = ??
“Someone handed me vodka in a shot glass. Somehow I hadn’t pictured shivah like this. I guess that was the Russian part of Russian Jewish.”
p.216. “”It was short, just two lines, written with an artist’s charcoal pencil in big swooping letters.” “What I do is for me, for what I came”. I recognised the line, it was from a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins.”
P.218. “Suddenly, here I was, surrounded by strangers who were my blood relations.”
P.220 “I would have been a different person if I’d had this family”. “They were all so warm – plying me with food, hugging me even. I’m not used to being hugged. I was trying to recast myself as someone who belonged in this setting, someone half Russian Jewish.”
P.242 “For Ruti had a secret life of which her father could not conceive. For more than three years ,Ruti had been immersed in the study of the Zohar, the Book of Splendor. “
P.244 “But Reuben had been raised by the letter of the law. She could still hear her father’s voice – constantly critical. Scrape it off and do it again. Do the page again. “ Do it again, and again, and again.
“Never once did her father open the door for Reuben to the glory that swirled in the dark ink. Her own mind was incandescent with it. Any tiny letter was a poem, a prayer, a gateway to the splendour of God. And every letter it’s own road, its own special mystery.”
P.260 note; in 1483 ~ the queen’s confessor Tomas de Torquemada had been named Grand Inquisitor of the Holy Inquisition Against Depraved Heresy.”
To be continued……
Wrote a review and some quotes from this....sigh.....lost it all into the air after I hit save.....pfffft! Not sure I can be bothered doing it again. Should have done it in word first. This happens quite a lot lately and getting more annoying each time..
Finally after months my library has this!!! So now must read quickly.(less)
The way my local library is throwing out books, there won't be need for librarians soon. I wonder why I am studying to be one. On the plus side I scor...moreThe way my local library is throwing out books, there won't be need for librarians soon. I wonder why I am studying to be one. On the plus side I scored this and 7 other books for $3.(less)