First read this work when I was 12 years old in 1945. Following the reprehensible atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and consumed with a youthf...moreFirst read this work when I was 12 years old in 1945. Following the reprehensible atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and consumed with a youthful passion to learn more about science.
I’d heard about Einstein and his famous equation E=mc2 which I thought I understood. Also aware of his vigorous opposition to using this horrible weapon of mass destruction
I didn’t follow my my passion for physics and science becoming a visual artist in the advertising industry. Now 69 years later I undertook to read this work in an updated version al the way through. I was humbled, could hardly comprehend the dissertation; clocks, measuring rods, railway coaches, embankments I certainly understood as I sank into many theories by other physicists and scientists. Soon lost in verbiage and quite a few typos in this edition, they certainly didn’t help my visualization and understanding.
Certainly can’t blame this presentation for my atrophying mind. Although not for me, I’d recommend this book to young and older schooled readers. Can’t blame Einstein, his writing is lucid and sharp, the only real fault lies with the opacity of my mind. (less)
Reading through the first part of this book became more of my struggle than the authors. Sentence followed sentence of boring minutia of this guys ear...moreReading through the first part of this book became more of my struggle than the authors. Sentence followed sentence of boring minutia of this guys early life. Suddenly, half way through, Karl Ove Knausgaard’s writing inexorably began to move me. His story became alive with the spilling of his intimate thoughts about beauty, sex, love, fear, death and all that, brilliantly poetically polished prose as the facets of a diamond. Unabashed Karl Ove reveals his innermost feelings about what he is experiencing. Reading of this book became a Vulcan mind meld for me. Shadows lifted brilliant insights illuminated his struggle at last. I do hope he can keep the flow of his insights through book 2 in this 6 book series for me. (less)
Statistically boring with nuggets of great value amid in the scholastic rhetoric. The illuminating bright spots for me were the repo...moreA Statistical Yawn
Statistically boring with nuggets of great value amid in the scholastic rhetoric. The illuminating bright spots for me were the reportage concerning dyslexia. As a functioning Aspie I found them to be instructive, fascinating and inspiring to read. The law and order reportage was also inspirational particularly the parts about Belfast and Northern Ireland. I had a great friend from Belfast in the Falls Road who later circumnavigated the globe solo in a 32 foot sloop. Declan supplied many instructive comments about his hometown that corroborated Gladwell’s comments about the misuse of power that was reflected in the struggles in the Southern States and California in the USA.
A useful and compelling reminder of the use of government force against innocent citizens and the power of forgiveness of the fundamental human psyche.
A 4 star valuable scholastic read strewn with too many statistical academic land mines that slowed the hell out of the drama of really what the author is reporting.(less)
A selection of thoughts dating from 1930 which reveal the human reality of Enstien. Prophetic observations and warnings that have...moreA sampling of genius
A selection of thoughts dating from 1930 which reveal the human reality of Enstien. Prophetic observations and warnings that have been coming true with crushing consequences. It was refreshing to be reaquated with a mentor from my youth. 5 pale stars for what this book provides.(less)
This story is about a growing young Mexicano boy from my village of Los Barriles in Baja California Sur. A boy with an inherent athletic ability and a...moreThis story is about a growing young Mexicano boy from my village of Los Barriles in Baja California Sur. A boy with an inherent athletic ability and acrobatics that he employs playing football in the little concha in the center of town. He acquired his phenomenal sense of movement and balance through fishing with his father in an open panga on the Sea of Cortez. He is spotted by an American Soccer coach and awarded a scholarship at a California university to play on their college soccer team. Working with the team he soon comes of age, withstanding the false values and cultures, surrounding him in the United States. He stays true to the core of his own worth, with honesty and humility, despite the overwhelming culture of materialism surrounding him. His plight and internal dialog brought a lump to my throat and misty tears in my eyes as he resolves his self worth. The writers should be a acclaimed for their plain vanilla writing style that shows us through action packed soccer sequences what life is really about. A wonderful antidote to read, such a relief from corrupt moral values so prevalent among young North American culture in our times. It was a good clean healthy and refreshing read.
My only regret is not reading this book ahead of the others on my to read list. A contemporary fictional parable concerning the rapidly declining mora...moreMy only regret is not reading this book ahead of the others on my to read list. A contemporary fictional parable concerning the rapidly declining morals of a bought pseudo democracy. Wonderfully spun out and delivered in contemporary brutal American vehicular. The attempt by an politically innocent running for election to congress in the USA against an ensconced incumbent's juggernaut of big money, connections and subterfuge. Ostensibly this story is about Martin Truth's, yeah that's his name, attempts to be elected after several humiliating failures. His mixed bag of dedicated campaign committee volunteers, believe in him, but know in their hearts he is doomed to failure once again. A bright young female political intern arrives and turns the morality and vision of Martin Truth and his volunteers into a fervent politically smart vote getting brigade. She uses simple outside the box clear thinking based on the frustrated concerns of voters. A gripping David and Goliath tale that kept me turning those cliff hanging pages until the nail biting ending.
Reading this fictional tale based on historical and ongoing events In the American government made me feel damn good that I'm a Canadian citizen.(less)
An autobiography awash in an Irish Sea of Salty tears.
The writer’s naive eloquent dialogues showed this reader through her lyrical lilting poetic cade...moreAn autobiography awash in an Irish Sea of Salty tears.
The writer’s naive eloquent dialogues showed this reader through her lyrical lilting poetic cadence how dire things were growing up and existing in a Southern Ireland immersed in miserable poverty.
The spirit of the Blarney Stone must’ve traveled up from County Cork one night to Carrick-on-Suir and kissed this innocent deserving woman, bestowing upon her the inexhaustible gift of gab.
This is not a happy book full of fun and jollies. No, it’s an addictive read, chock full of tragic foibles expressed by Bridget Knight’s wry humor, humanity and unshakeable faith in Jesus. Thought provoking life lessons taught through heart wrenching examples.
Pathos, ethos, and bathos are liberally sprinkled throughout this memoir. Surprise, no Hollywood happy ending awaits the reader, I was left wanting to know whether the writer has gone on to find happiness behind this veil of tears. Surely there’s a sequel?(less)
The naked facts about writing sex scenes taught by a successful writer. Candid, step by step explorations, humor and examples each chapter a lesson. I...moreThe naked facts about writing sex scenes taught by a successful writer. Candid, step by step explorations, humor and examples each chapter a lesson. Inspriational and showed me that it's all about the characters, their feelings and thoughts foreplaying their way to the act itself. How they are changed by the raw intimacy. This manual certainly has bouyed my confidence to write compelling sex scenes in my novels. Thank you Stacia Kane. (less)
This was alugubrious read for me. kaleidoscopic views and observations consciously expressed in psychedelic streams of consciousness from the POS of t...moreThis was alugubrious read for me. kaleidoscopic views and observations consciously expressed in psychedelic streams of consciousness from the POS of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Mulitleveled and fascinating impossble to read quickly. A definite work-out for my puny brain. A visceral churning of 9/11. Brilliant! Original! (less)
Incredible graphic descriptions and details of the photographic process succeeded in painting vivid images...moreI didn’t read Properties Of Light, lightly.
Incredible graphic descriptions and details of the photographic process succeeded in painting vivid images directly on my mind. So damn tangible they transported to my art directing days and photographic explorations of my own experiences.
Historic manipulation of light and shadow color to generate visceral responses in the reader/viewer. Those wonderful images achieved by the curious fictitious photographer untilzing intelligence, chemistry are now easily captured. Today almost anyone can use computerized digital software. This seems to me a sad technological leveling, a denigration of the achievements of an original artist.
Mixed in with this verbal melange of graphic images captured photographically are glamorous flights of sexual fantasy, graphic couplings and peccadillos from the dark side of light.
Linton Robinson is a master storyteller evident in his word paintings displayed in this graphic tour de force. A recommended adult read.(less)
As the husband of a former Anoerexic wife and the mother of four daughters who were caught in her snare of the disease this is wonderful day by day de...moreAs the husband of a former Anoerexic wife and the mother of four daughters who were caught in her snare of the disease this is wonderful day by day description of this crippling imental impairment. My exwife never recovered, 2 of my three daughters have with damaging after effects. My third dauthter at 50 years old, still has to attend periodic stays in a hospital to recover when the disease overcomes her.
This is a book written from the heart of a young woman. No stylish poetic renderings just candid naked reality. Plainly spoken sans poetry or clever turn of phrase. An unvarnished narrative that simply tells the reader how it is.
There is one very moving and poignant section. When her grandfather dies, the description of his death is beautifylly rendered. Her uluegy delivered with passion is full of love and caring, heartfully told and entirely different than the minuses of her daily life of lost lusts and a lost baby.
A day by day factual recounting of the life of an Anoexic. Well worth the reading effort to understand the lasting ramifications of this modern affliction.(less)