This is one of my treasured personal collection - purchased from the museum shop! I'm glad they carried the soft-bound copy because I wouldn't be ableThis is one of my treasured personal collection - purchased from the museum shop! I'm glad they carried the soft-bound copy because I wouldn't be able to afford the hardbound version. But before you buy the book as souvenir, I'd suggest you to visit the museum first. VMFA is truly a gem - located right in the vicinity of quiet Univ. of Richmond. The atmosphere is somewhat reserved and you'll probably come across some hip academia dining alfresco in the cafe overlooking a sculpture garden.
VMFA is free and open until 8PM every Thursday, but with only 2 hours to spare - and a 30min stop at the museum shop (an honest mistake!) - it wasn't long enough for me to admire the magnificent sarcophagus in the Egyptian Room. If I were to visit this award-winning museum again, I'd need at least a day to see and photograph each exhibits. The museum has a fine collection of American Art and Egyptian Art, not to mention South Indian.. so many!
This catalog covers a few highlights of the permanent exhibits, including the famed Faberge eggs. The accompanying photographs are taken properly and the texts finely written. Don't let the cover of Manet's On The Beach fools you; the book has far richer content than just Impressionist works.
Another book I wish I'd bought the English edition for in the first place! The synopsis describes the book as a fictional account of a young female teAnother book I wish I'd bought the English edition for in the first place! The synopsis describes the book as a fictional account of a young female teacher, with 12 little kids surrounding a lady as its cover. I say, it's another teacher story - bring it on then!
The story revolves around the life of Ms. Oishi (later, Mrs. Oishi), a young lady fresh out of a teacher's school. Because of her lack of experience, and her youth, she's assigned to a village school, located just across her own village in rural Japan.
Set during the start of WWII with Japan entering the Pacific theater as major player, it was the time when the Japanese government required all men to go to the front line and fight for the country. When she's just started teaching, Ms. Oishi had 12 students in her first grade class. Later on, through many adventures, we learned that most of these kids managed stay in touch with Ms. Oishi until the end of WWII, right after Japan's Emperor declared that the country has lost the war. I don't want to give away much of the unraveling of Ms. Oishi's life - it's been made into a movie in 1954 and there's now a movie village that preserves the old set - but I'd like to share the gist of the book - that it unabashedly supports pacifism without being preachy. You can't help feeling helpless when Ms. Oishi learned about the fate of most of her male students who lost their lives fighting in faraway land. You can't help thinking like she did about how young talents and opportunities for better future were wasted in the name of war. Certainly, when looking at how Japan had come a long way from its past, I can understand why its armed forces are almost nonexistent. The Japanese now choose to pick their battles by winning the war through the advances of technology and education. Maybe they've learned from the past war, after all, but not many countries did..
Baca buku ini rada2 jijik (maklum, style kartunnya ga bersih seperti Tintin hi3) tapi nge-demenin. Sejam juga bisa tamat, tapi kalo mo detil ngeliat kBaca buku ini rada2 jijik (maklum, style kartunnya ga bersih seperti Tintin hi3) tapi nge-demenin. Sejam juga bisa tamat, tapi kalo mo detil ngeliat kartun tiap halaman mungkin butuh waktu lebih.. Udah gitu bukunya terbit 5 tahun lalu, ada beberapa bagian yang udah ga relevan, misalnya taneman Anthurium.. Jangan kuatir, sebagian besar masih relevan kok, seperti pegawai kantoran, anggota Dewan, dan korban banjir.. Jadi, emang udah bertahun-tahun Jakarta dilanda banjir dan korbannya itu-itu juga tampangnya! Jika saja buku ini di-update versi tahun politik, akan lebih seru (hmm.. bete juga kalo mesti beli lagi, sayang duit..) karena akan ditampilkan Jokowi & Ahok, dan bu Ani dengan Instagramnya.. he3...more
Not many children books dealt with experiences under repressive government. I'm glad to have come across this book. The story is simple, and happenedNot many children books dealt with experiences under repressive government. I'm glad to have come across this book. The story is simple, and happened within a day or two after the narrator's father was arrested by his own government. Sasha Zaichik was a boy living during Stalin's reign of terror in the Soviet Union. In the heart of Life is Beautiful (the Italian Oscar-winning movie), Sasha's naivety and the way he sees his world saves him throughout the day following his father's arrest. Sasha's father is a Secret Agent; he and Sasha live in the biggest room in a cramped apartment shared by 30+ other people. Some people bound to resent the fact that a family of two gets the biggest space, so one of their neighbors called the Secret Service and told lies about them. Apparently, Stalin encouraged his people to 'snitch' on each other. Sasha's little, albeit harrowing, adventure starts from this event.
Sasha is not a hero. He worships Stalin and daydreams of meeting the big man in his office in Kremlin. Eventually, through some incidents at school he finally realized his foolishness. The book is finely illustrated y pencil, and the author added some insights on the settings (Kremlin, Lubyanka Prison, Gorky, life in Soviet Union under Stalin..)
I desperately want to see this book just like another favorite of mine, The Giver, but the way the storyline jumps between Sasha's daydreaming and his real situation can be somewhat confusing, even to adults reading this book. However, the historic content of this book, and the ending (reminds me of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) are superb, and would be a good addition to any children's library. ...more
Do you know that in 1935 race law was created by the Nazis? It's called the Nuremberg Laws and it segregated the Jews from the rest of the Germany's pDo you know that in 1935 race law was created by the Nazis? It's called the Nuremberg Laws and it segregated the Jews from the rest of the Germany's pop. It's one of many things I learned from this historical graphic novel, published by Anne Frank House Foundation. The clean BD-style and the recounting narrative help readers to understand the horrific experience of Holocaust survivors who lost their parents in the Nazi death camps.
The story started in present day Netherlands, where two omas and their grandsons met to talk about their younger days before the War. One of the pair are Jews, and the Jewish grandma recalled how she escaped the day her family was round up and taken to the death camp.
This book can be read in one sitting, and the graphics were done in Tintin style, but it'd be worth adding to anyone's personal library - anyone interested in not seeing history repeating itself in the future.....more
Bukunya teryata sudah jadi koleksi beberapa tahun sebelum aku di-interview di satu sekolah. Belum pernah seumur hidup 6 jam waktu interview dihabiskanBukunya teryata sudah jadi koleksi beberapa tahun sebelum aku di-interview di satu sekolah. Belum pernah seumur hidup 6 jam waktu interview dihabiskan untuk mengerjakan soal2 psikologi. Jangan2 sekolahnya salah kali yak, dikira aku mau dijadiin konselor.. kan background-nya guru fisika, kalo disuruh jadi konselor anak remaja, bisa2 jurusan IPAnya membludak, atau malah ga ada peminat! Beberapa bulan setelah interview, iseng2 aku bersih2 lemari buku yang sudah tebal oleh debu dan tai cicak, terus ketemulah ini. Buka2 bentar, kok ada yang familier. Siwalan! Kalo baca buku ini sebelum interview kali bisa lebih sukses dapet 'nilai' bagus (gak juga, karena akhirnya posisisnya aku tolak.. he3)
Salah satu yang aku inget pertanyaan tentang "Burung Berwarna Biru" - jadi kita memelihara burung warna (1) biru, besoknya kita bangun burungnya berganti warna jadi (2) kuning, besoknya lagi jadi (3) merah terang dan besoknya jadi (4) hitam. Pada keesokan harinya, burung tersebut akan berubah warna menjadi: a) tetap hitam b) biru c) putih d) emas
Jawaban terakhir yang kupilih... eng-ing-eeengg.. artinya menurut buku itu aku orangya tidak kenal rasa takut dan tidak mengenal tekanan. Apakah ini berdasarkan penelitian ilmiah dan sudah dibuktikan, walahualam dah! Sebenarnya warna emas aku pilih karena lain sendiri, dan kalo mau nurutin logika deret matematika, jawaban yang tepat adalah bisa warna apa saja selain hitam karena hitam sudah pernah disebutkan sebelumnya.. (gak bakat gw jadi psikolog!)
Tapi kalo ingin lebih mengenal diri sendiri, buku ini cukup membantu.. walopun secara logika suka bikin aku garuk2 kepala..
I lost my younger brother to heart failure as a complication of the dengue fever he contracted a week before he passed away, last July of 2013. I bougI lost my younger brother to heart failure as a complication of the dengue fever he contracted a week before he passed away, last July of 2013. I bought this book around Easter the same year, way before learning that I wasn't going to see him again forever. At the time I bought the book, I remember now, I only thought of the famous author of this book, Arswendo, a familiar name from my teenage years gone by, and the sweet and neat book cover - I just had to have it! I had no idea at that time that I would be short of one brother (I still have another one, the youngest, albeit estranged one but that would be another story..) before long..
When I learned about his passing, I was halfway around the world, waiting for the worst news. My family have informed me that his condition was getting worse, but I still refuse to think that this giant of a guy with a sensitive heart and two little kids in tow, would eventually succumb to dengue fever. I contracted the fever at the beginning of the year, and stayed in the hospital all by myself for 4 straight days, lost 5 lbs, and emerged just fine. Dengue fever can be deadly, but healthy people usually takes only a couple of days until the incubation period end, even my nephew (his son) contracted the same fever and survived without spending a day in the hospital, and he was 6! His heart condition just did it for him - it was the way for him to leave this world. I wonder if God had sent his best angel to meet him and guide him across the 'threshold,' to live in one of His many mansions (John 14:2) and probably get together with our beloved grandma (he had always been her favorite, having a face that closely resembled our grandad!) along the way.
When I started reading this book - the first 10 chapters are introduction to several dying characters - I thought it'd be just another book of life after death, instead, it actually celebrates life. Life is precious, but death is inevitable. There are certain ways to live life. Some people got lucky, have it easy, and just go through life until the angel of death comes calling. Others have to go through suffering, having no other options than plowing through, but somehow along the way God blesses their lives, even without them realizing it.
When you arrive at Ch. 17 then you learn that the book is about an angel; the angel who can only understand things as they are, just like the way the sun is the center of the universe, but not feeling it. He is sent to 'pick-up' dying people before they eventually cross over. He's going to accompany each and every one of them in 'purgatory' until each one of the is 'snatched' to the other Other Side. Mr. Angel in this story has been doing his job since life begins probably, but in Ch. 17 he met his contemporary, a little girl he's supposed to pick-up. No, it's not like the kid version of "The Bishop's Wife."
The girl is the antithesis of Mr. Angel. She's probably an angel in waiting. She's probably an angel about to get her wings. In this book, she taught something about life to Mr. Angel, to someone who only knows how to take someone's life.
Would it be something to think about, whether the universe is created by the Great Designer, or just the extension of our limited understanding.. I used to have a Korean classmate who was an atheist (he probably still is) and no matter how convinced you are that every human being comes to the world with a purpose, he would adamantly say that we are just like a reed that would eventually rot and die. To tell you the truth, even after reading this book, I still don't know which belief system I should believe in, but Arswendo helped me look through the darkest of the human heart, and convinced me that God probably is just waiting for us to return to Him. That is why we learn from our ancestors that there are angelic beings. That is probably the purpose of this book. In the meantime, I'm going to read my Bible again, just to be sure.. and so should you, go back see your own Book of Life, and celebrate your life!...more
This is hard - giving only 2-star, but looking at other reviews, I can understand. I think the author has hope, after all, he's got several true-crimeThis is hard - giving only 2-star, but looking at other reviews, I can understand. I think the author has hope, after all, he's got several true-crime novels under his belt. I'm not sure why it's so hard for me to finish the book. Murder-mystery is supposed to be fast-paced, and not as confusing as this.
To recap: The Hay-Tay (that's Hayley and Taylor Ryan) twins are at it again. Their next-door neighbor Katelyn, who used to be buddies when they were younger, apparently took her own life and found dead in her bathtub by her own mother. Her family's broken up, and her parents couldn't stand each other. Katelyn's being left in the social dust by her best friend after failing to make the cheer team. Meanwhile, Hay-Tay started to get the vibes that Katelyn's death's not due to suicide.
I've been warned by some reviews about this book, but when a bookstore had this title on sale for $3 (still expensive for this kind of writing quality) I couldn't miss out. I didn't regret it though, because the cover is pretty - weird but pretty - and the clue-finding along the way had been interesting enough. The author also managed to paint a pretty picture of the setting, that is of Port Gamble, Wash. and the Kitsap Peninsula area. I'm curious how this sleepy town look like and found some pictures of Port Gamble on flickr.
* this last picture above might be the 'bridge' referred to in the book? *
One major flaw is how the author try to (unnecessarily) hide some facts. I didn't have the patience to plow through the book and skipped 20 or so pages just to get to the answer. No wonder I fell asleep reading this book most of the time, no kidding, so after that I tried to read the book after lunch (and fell asleep again sometimes) - am I just glad that it's finally over.
Again, this book holds promise because the core of the story - cyber-bullying - and the characters are interesting, but I'm staying away from the series. I think Mr. Olsen has to stick with true-crimes. While the characters in Hay-Tay universe feel real enough, the writing makes the reading experience goes haywire. I'm being abstract here, but please don't waste your time to read the book if you have more interesting titles waiting in your closet. ...more
It's unfortunate that I found this book as more of a bore than what it's supposed to be. I'm not into this kind of story-telling: slow-paced, heavy onIt's unfortunate that I found this book as more of a bore than what it's supposed to be. I'm not into this kind of story-telling: slow-paced, heavy on (unnecessary) wording. But I get the story. I love the story. It's just that it could've been better written to the YA-and-general-audience. This kind of writing reminds me of Paulo Coelho's books millions love them, but count me out of those mils!
As I said, the book tells an interesting story. It's about a boy who found out that he's awaken from the dead. He's starting to remember things from his past, but he couldn't fathom why he found no one in the world he's waking into. He wonders if it's hell, having to wander the place he's awaken to alone, or if it's heaven, having nobody to order him around. This is the first part.. the Part I found it hardest to read on. I almost gave up reading, until I skip a few pages to Part II and discovered some more characters.
I can imagine myself being the lone survivor of an apocalyptic event, having no one to talk to and relate with, having no one telling me what to do as well. Boy, would it be hell! Upon reading this book, I'm so grateful for my being in this world with both the good and nasty people that revolve around me. I also thank the world for my parents and my family, with all the skeleton in the closets, I still need them to keep me company until I finish my journey on Earth. That's how this book impacts you. That's why, when I was going to give this a 2*, I decided to add one more....more
This is one strange vampire-ish book. I'm not against them vampires, since being introduced to Edward Cullen many moons ago, but writing about night oThis is one strange vampire-ish book. I'm not against them vampires, since being introduced to Edward Cullen many moons ago, but writing about night owls, bats, or vampires and the likes (zombies, too!), would require more creative brain work. Those people who can manipulate readers to believe an alternative world where vampires or zombies rule the day (or night!) have my respect, indeed..
The Hunt is one of those survival story not unlike Hunger Games at heart, but with a boy as the lead (so refreshing!) and some adult supervision, albeit in the form of non-human creatures. In Gene's world, vampire-like creatures do rule the night. There's a hint that it wasn't used to be like that, but after his dad got 'bitten' (which wasn't explained too clearly, so I'm still not sure whatever happened to his dad) and had to leave their house, Gene has to fend for himself in this somewhat post-apocalyptic world. A lot of precautions and rituals have to be taken in order to avoid his 'heper' status being known, or else his high school classmates would devour him in seconds.
I agree with a lot of the reviews that there are too many holes in the story, but somehow you kinda sweep them under the rug because the thrill of the hunt. The idea of a human forced to disguise himself as another creature and being handpicked to play in a hunting game (just like Hunger Games all over gain) where these creatures have to hunt for human, is fascinating. I don't want to list common-sense deviation that Gene has to overcome and the book easily neglect to explain, it's like believing someone as handsome as Edward Cullen can be 127 and marry a 20-y.o. maiden. That's the power of a story. If the author can convince me to read his or her book without stopping for a bag of Doritos, then the book is good enough for me.....more
Across the Universe series is one of those rare YA speculative fictions I've come to love. If the 1st book is about human preservation using cryogenicAcross the Universe series is one of those rare YA speculative fictions I've come to love. If the 1st book is about human preservation using cryogenic technology and inter-galactic space flight, and the 2nd book is about confined life inside a spaceship and how to survive it, then the last book is about starting a new civilization. It's basically similar to Under the Never Sky (UNS) series, with an inter-galactic setting and lesser romance. In fact, I don't mind with the lack of romance - it's refreshing! If you want to read a sci-fi with romantic action a tad below the level of New Adult genre, then read UNS. If you want something 'brainier' then this is the right series!
The last installment of ATU finds Amy and Elder getting ready for the New Earth. With them, comes new characters in the form of Amy's parents and the other newly melted (Sol-)Earth soldiers from the cryo-chambers.
Amy's dad turned out to be harsher than Amy's expected, and it's understandable that we readers would learn how Amy would act differently around her dad. I can imagine if my dad (who was a retired Naval officer, no less!) were to be my boss.. I'd probably never amount to anything in his eyes and would just cower everytime he enters the door with all his gruff. Yes, I agree it can be frustrating to some reviewers to see Amy act beside her usual self, but I think it's understandable. Moreover, Elder is coming out of his senses now. He's depicted as being more patient to Amy, and able to hide his longing for her. I love it that Ms.Revis managed to write his desperation when another character is introduced to woo Amy. (I just hate spoiler!)
In general, the whole thing about space travel just intrigued me, and I wish Ms.Revis would've written more detailed tales of Godspeed's journey to Centauri-Earth, or about the latest news from (Sol-)Earth. I know that the series is intended for young ones, but give them some slack and come up with more elaborate dystopian tales is what I'm asking......more