"I have my mother's mouth and my father's eyes; on my face they're still together."
FAVORITE poetry book, ever. I've gone through it like 10 times or more? I keep it by my pillow. I read it again if I'm feeling down, it's the best company.
"No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark."
Warsan has an unique way of writing; I don't say this because of punctuation marks, drifts between stanzas or heavy, loaded, complex words used to tell a story, this is not the case at ALL. In fact, her words are subtle, lightweight but so powerful; she includes Arabic and Somali words that just blend in right, that aren't adorns or fancy words, they fit the purpose just perfectly.
It's unique to me because it's not like anything I've ever read, it's her way of pairing words next to each other that awaken very strong feels, who knew that her words would resonate with my life so much, leaving me in awe at 3am, wondering how is it possible that we could be sharing and carrying the same troubles, similar experiences while growing into black women in a foreign city with bodies that not always feel our own. It's the way the words never fail to evoke all the scents of tamarind, cardamom, honey, cinnamon.. It's the way how it brings all the people in flesh and bones and doesn't make me feel like it's talking about someone else's family but mine, too. That incredible way to relate to someone/their writing.
Even if I like the entire collection, my favorites are Ugly, Grandfather's Hands, Bone, You Were Conceived, Conversations About Home, Tea With Our Grandmothers, The Kitchen....more
Just finished it and I have to say it's been a pleasant surprise. I picked the book while searching for nordic/scandinavian authors 'for begginers', IJust finished it and I have to say it's been a pleasant surprise. I picked the book while searching for nordic/scandinavian authors 'for begginers', I guess, and ended up craving more pages. I'm bummed it's over.
I loved the detail, the landscapes, the suspense.. It's such an engrossing story. The characters had enough depth, I got to feel like a spectactor on the corner of the house. Such mystery and the way it goes back and forth in time and perspectives.. I had trouble picturing Estonia in those years and I'm still considering whether it's historical fic or not (I have to double check the facts) but it was a great story I might read again.
Again, I loved the detail. The flies, the scents, the woods, the horseradish, everything. I think that's exactly what makes it so great. (SPOILERS, maybe?) I had absolutely no idea the impact World Wars had on nordic countries and even if fiction, this book describes a bit of the raw and the intense of keeping a "normal" family together while these circumstances. The trust. The feelings. The infinite lies. Damn.
The Bound Between Sisters could be an alternative title, too....more
Increíble, los últimos capítulos me los acabé tan rápido que todavía no puedo creer que ya no hay más páginas.
Compré este libro casi por impulso porquIncreíble, los últimos capítulos me los acabé tan rápido que todavía no puedo creer que ya no hay más páginas.
Compré este libro casi por impulso porque no estaba leyendo nada en español y latinoamericano en el momento, y la verdad es que ni sabía que era ficción histórica. De acuerdo con la contraportada Roncagliolo es el ganador más joven del premio Alfaguara gracias a esta novela (aunque por lo general nunca tomo muy en cuenta premios sino la trama) y definitivamente se nota que trabajó mucho por lograr el realismo y recrear la situación, sin exagerar en las descripciones y de una manera que hace que uno se absorba por completo en lo que se lee.
Desconozco toda la historia del comunismo en Perú y del PCP-SL pero me encanta el acercamiento que le hizo Roncagliolo. Me recordó muchísimo a Noticia de un Secuestro de Gabriel García Márquez pero a la vez, Abril rojo es diferente. Estas novelas hablan sobre cómo el terrorismo, los bandos, a veces los narcos y la policía son todos uno solo y básicamente exprimen el pueblo para sus fines. Mientras algunos desayunan muerte, el martillo y la hoz otros están celebrando las fiestas, cultivando el turismo, viendo la tv y pensando "ya la guerra se acabó".
Chacaltana Saldívar es un fiscal peruano que siempre va por la línea, llena sus informes con detalle y busca que por todos los medios se cumpla la ley y los documentos de rigor al pie de la letra. Vive solo y con mucha tranquilidad después de la gran guerra y considera que tiene un trabajo honrado y una vida de la que no podría exigir más. Los fantasmas de su pasado siguen vivos, palpitantes y los ve cada día pero es parte de su diario vivir.
Durante el carnaval ocurre un asesinato y mientras él redacta el respectivo informe, pregunta a sus superiores por lo extraño de las circunstancias, empieza a curiosear y considerar posibilidades, dentro de su pequeño papel de fiscal. A partir de ese momento ocurren una serie de hechos que parecen casi inexplicables; muertes, insultos en quechua, corrupción política en todas las esferas y ¿el renacimiento de Sendero Luminoso? ...more
Before reading this book I knew little to nothing about Ernest Hemingway besides the kind of characters he liked to depict in his stories, and of courBefore reading this book I knew little to nothing about Ernest Hemingway besides the kind of characters he liked to depict in his stories, and of course, the several quotes that float around the internet and libraries about writing and books. This book gave me a wider and really unexpected view into who he actually was.
I read "The Sun Also Rises" a long while ago and I found it sad but real, magnificently raw as he likes to describe things: the more straightforward, the better. Then a year ago I read "To Have and Have Not" and I was miserable while reading that book. It was a new low, sad and so hard to read and keep focused on it. I hope it's not true that you must beat your alcohol limit to be able to read things as he wants you to picture them: it's not forced, but you want to see what he sees. A friend lent me "The Paris Wife" and I had no expectations at all, just some interest because it was 'historical fiction'. But this book surpassed all my thoughts and sometimes I even had to drop the reading for a while because I didn't want the book to end.
Paula McLain does an incredible job landscaping all those cities, and the portrayal of every single person in the story is amazing, too. She managed to nail most of what I know about Ezra Pound, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein, and it was in a way that you should definitely choose whose side are you in. Hadley Richardson, as written in this book, would be seen as naïve, stoic, old fashioned and completely out of the poets-and-writers-living-in-Paris-after-the-WWI idea: this was a time when freedom was redefined, art was exuberant and the conventional life led years before was buried in the past, no one wanted to keep the old ways and have kids. Here's where Hadley serves as an anchor to Hemingway, something to return to when the glam 1920s life isn't fulfilling or inspiring.
If you haven't read anything from Hemingway you would probably still like this book. It's romantic and funny, it's his first (and real love, some say) wife talking to you and that line between what happened and what didn't is blurred, you never know and that's the attractive thing. There will be people that won't like it at all because Hadley is passive and it feels like you want to shake her so she stops playing innocent all the time. Overall, this book was great (sadly, it ended) and made me feel like revisiting all I've read of Hemingway and try to match things to see if they were real: the suicidal writings, the post war sadness and thirst for acceptance... All of it....more
Strongly recommended for any tech students and whatnot. Actually, everybody interested in the origins of our recent electronic devices.
This book explaStrongly recommended for any tech students and whatnot. Actually, everybody interested in the origins of our recent electronic devices.
This book explains how, from the hands of Carver Mead and his interest of "listening the technology" and Federico Faggin, both the father of the microprocessor and business stunt, several companies stablished in Silicon Valley with the purpose of integrating/applying neuroscience in the development of new technologies and the creation of consumer electronics that recreated at its best the behavior of human analog functions.
I loved this book from beggining to end. It's a nice personal tale, and it described all the ups and downs of mixing electronic/mechanical/electric engineering with business administration, that process of transforming a regular brainstorm session at the Caltech lab to applying each new idea into a new product that could improve actual technology. It makes one wonder how do these fields collide today, and if we will ever be able to surpass Moore's Law, or did we?
The floating gates, the microprocessor, the silicon retina, the digital camera, the touch pad, the TI calculators, all the software needed to control these tools and all the people that influenced their creation. It doesn't do a instant praise to Intel or IBM as the one and only recognized giant corporations; it highlights the entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and amateur engineers that made it happen on the low, probably without even knowing all this technology would come to this point.
The greatest parts are the chapters focused on Michelle "Misha" Mahowald. It was pleasant to see a woman included in the hard work, and it's remarkable how all the interest she and Carver had in Biology made such an impact on how their team oriented all the future research in trying to represent human brain functions and replicate them to make electronics more intuitive, reliable and efficient....more