I loved this novella written by Mrs. Oliphant. It reminds me in some way, Proust's style of writing with very long paragraphs but still keeping our at...moreI loved this novella written by Mrs. Oliphant. It reminds me in some way, Proust's style of writing with very long paragraphs but still keeping our attention into the plot.
A magnificent book which was kindly recommended by Karen, I really appreciate.(less)
An astonishing gothic story written by Somerset Maugham.
Location 122: Dr Porhöet knew that a diversity of interests, though it adds charm to a man´s personality, tends to weaken him.
Location 140: One of my cherished ideas is that it is impossible to love without imagination.
Location 277: She had learnt long ago that common sense, intelligence, good-nature, and strenght of character were unimportant in comparison with a pretty face.
Location 384: I shall not have lived in vain if I teach you in time to realize the rapier of irony is more effective an instrument than the bludgeon of insolence.
Location 480: Yet magic is no more than the art of employing consciously invisble means to porduce visible effects. Will, love, and imagination are magic powers that everyone possesses; and whoever knows how to develop them to their fullest extent is a magician. Magic has but one dogma, namely, that the seen is the measure of the unseen.
Location 504: You should be aware that science, dealing only with the general, leaves out of consideration the individual cases that contradict the enormous majority.
Location 741: Man can know nothing, for his senses are his only means of knowledge, and they can give no certainty. There is only one subject upon which the individual can speak with authority, and that is his own mind, but even here he is surrounded with darkness.
Location 1002: We should look for knowledge where we may expect tp find it, and why should a man be despised who goes in search of it?
Location 1053: Fools and sots aim at happiness, but men aim only at power. The magus, the sorcerer, the alchemist, are seized with fascination of the unknown; and they desire a greatness that is inaccessible to mankind.
5* The Razor's Edge 5* Of Human Bondage 4* The Painted Veil 4* The Narrow Corner 4* The Moon And Sixpence 3* Liza of Lambeth 3* Ashenden 3* The Magician TR Cakes and Ale TR The Circle - A Comedy in Three Acts
Even if the first part of this book is quite boring, making the reader to lose the interest of...moreThis is the final book of the trilogy The Passing Bells.
Even if the first part of this book is quite boring, making the reader to lose the interest of the plot, in the following parts the author managed to regain the proper narrative.
Location 2905: I trust my heart. I know there must be millions of people in Germany who are as dismayed by Hitler's excesses as we are. The nation of Goethe, after all, as well as Nietzsche. Those people must be encouraged to add their voices to the cry for peace.
Location 3232: Our General Dyer massacred Hindus at Amritsar in nineteen and now we let the Mahatma march past out armed cars and place flowers on the machine guns.
Location 4379: There is apathy in France. A shrug of the shoulder. A gesture with the hands. Hitler will take what he wants. There is no point in treaties. The Maginot line stands sullen and powerful from the Ardennes to the Swiss border. There is no danger to the west. Hitler would never bloody his legions against French cannon.
4* The Passing Bells 4* Circles of Time 3* A Future Arrived (less)
This is not a biography of Zelda Fitzgerald but a work of fiction which is based on the lives of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald.
It is amazing how Zelda wa...moreThis is not a biography of Zelda Fitzgerald but a work of fiction which is based on the lives of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald.
It is amazing how Zelda was diagnosed with schizophrenia when her real illness was bipolar disturbance.
The animosity between Zelda and Hemingway was quite remarkable and we can see how much his malignant influence on the Fitzgerald's affected their own lives.
Page 96: Before their reign, before a smart, young writer named Dorothy Parker said too much too well and was fired for it, before Scott's success, before people everywhere had been ravaged by war and flu, there'd been little glamour in the literary world.
Page 130: "What is it? It's Dorothy Gish. She needs a new movie." And Mr. Griffith - "Will pay me ten thousand dollars if I can write up a suitable scenario."
Page 130: The Montgomery girl I still was on the inside kept waiting to stop and gape, to take in the wonder of the scene or event. The New York woman I was becoming, however, didn't have time for that girl.
Page 131: They say Sinclair Lewis started out like you, Fitz, writing popular stuff for the magazines - he really built himself a following that way."
Page 200: We got acquainted with Hemingway the writer before we met Hemingway the man.
Opening: A GEORGES SAND. Ceci, cher Georges [Bien que Sand ait toujours écrit son prénom, George, sans s, nous respectons ici la graphie de l'édition...more
Opening: A GEORGES SAND. Ceci, cher Georges [Bien que Sand ait toujours écrit son prénom, George, sans s, nous respectons ici la graphie de l'édition Furne, que Balzac n'a pas corrigée.], ne saurait rien ajouter à l'éclat de votre nom, qui jettera son magique reflet sur ce livre; mais il n'y a là de ma part ni calcul, ni modestie. Je désire attester ainsi l'amitié vraie qui s'est continuée entre nous à travers nos voyages et nos absences, malgré nos travaux et les méchancetés du monde. Ce sentiment ne s'altérera sans doute jamais. Le cortège de noms amis qui accompagnera mes compositions mêle un plaisir aux peines que me cause leur nombre, car elles ne vont point sans douleurs, à ne parler que des reproches encourus par ma menaçante fécondité, comme si le monde qui pose devant moi n'était pas plus fécond encore? Ne sera-ce pas beau, Georges, si quelque jour l'antiquaire des littératures détruites ne retrouve dans ce cortège que de grands noms, de nobles coeurs, de saintes et pures amitiés, et les gloires de ce siècle? Ne puis-je me montrer plus fier de ce bonheur certain que de succès toujours contestables? Pour qui vous connaît bien, n'est-ce pas un bonheur que de pouvoir se dire, comme je le fais ici, Votre ami, DE BALZAC. Paris, juin 1840.
Location 11254: Si l'amour est la vie du monde, pourquoi d'austères philosophes le suppriment-ils dans le mariage? Pourquoi la Société prend-elle pour loi suprême de sacrifier la Femme à la Famille en créant ainsi nécessairement une lutte sourde au sein du mariage? Lutte prévue par elle et si dangereuse qu'elle a inventé des pouvoirs pour en armer l'homme contre nous, en devinant que nous pouvions tout annuler soit par la puissance de la tendresse, soit par la persistance d'une haine cachée. Je vois en ce moment, dans le mariage, deux forces opposées que le législateur aurait dû réunir; quand se réuniront-elles?
Location 11671: Le plus bel attribut des grands principes de morale, c'est d'être vrais et profitables de quelque côté qu'on les étudie.
Location 11740: Oui, la femme qui ne fait pas, comme moi, quelque secret mariage d'amour caché sous les noces légales et publiques, doit se jeter dans la maternité comme une âme à qui la terre manque se jette dans le ciel!
Location 12892: Le monde est un grand comédien; et, comme le comédien, il reçoit et renvoie tout, il ne conserve rien.
Location 13045: En substituant des sentiments durables à la fugitive folie de la nature, elle (la société) a créé la plus grande chose humaine: la Famille, éternelle base des Sociétés.
3* La maison du Chat-qui-pelote (1830) 3* Le bal de Sceaux (1830) 3* La Bourse (1830) 4* La Vendetta (1830) 3* Madame Firmiani (1832) 3* Une Double Famille (1830) 4* La paix du ménage (1830) 3* La Fausse Maîtresse (1842) 3* Étude de femme (1830) 4* Albert Savarus (1842) 4* Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées (1841)(less)
A mild book about the French Resistance since the author did not go deep in the main question.
Additionally, I have nothing against the back and forwa...moreA mild book about the French Resistance since the author did not go deep in the main question.
Additionally, I have nothing against the back and forward style into the plot but the author did not manage how to use properly this tool to the narrative without breaking the natural flowing of the reader.(less)
Location 1139: “Man is born free but is everywhere in chains,” wrote Jean-Jacques Rousseau in The Social Contract in 1762.
Location 1160: Slavery was one...moreLocation 1139: “Man is born free but is everywhere in chains,” wrote Jean-Jacques Rousseau in The Social Contract in 1762.
Location 1160: Slavery was one thing for the empire, however, and another thing entirely within France itself.
Location 1236: Everything is free in a Kingdom where liberty is seated at the foot of the throne, where the least subject finds in the heart of his king the feelings of a father.… No one is [a] slave in France.”
Location 1240: The problem was not slaves in France. The problem was blacks in France.
Location 1362: In late-eighteenth-century France, the term “American” was usually used synonymously with “man of color.”
Location 1372: Louis XVI’s government supported the Americans to get back at England for France’s humiliating defeat in the Seven Years’ War— for the loss of French North America and humiliation in French India.
Location 1860: The Estates-General got its name from the traditional division of France into three “estates”: clergy, nobility, and commoners.
Location 1897: Yet on July 14, instead of doing their job and defending the Bastille, the French Guards joined the rioters, and would soon declare themselves the National Guard.
Location 1924: It is said that when the mayor first presented the cockade to the king, it was only red and blue. Then Lafayette stepped in to propose adding the Bourbon color white to acknowledge the king’s gesture of accepting the Revolution.
Location 2010: These words were written by Lafayette, with the help of Thomas Jefferson, then serving as American ambassador in Paris, and formed the preamble to the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, approved by the National Assembly in that tumultuous month.
Location 2040: The hall’s strange, narrow design, with tiered seating on both sides, caused the deputies to divide themselves according to their political opinions: radicals to the left of the Assembly’s president, conservatives to his right, the origin of the political terms “left” and “right.”
Location 2101: For the first time Louis used his new title, “King of the French”— not “King of France”— thus symbolizing his duty to the people.
Location 2395: The government had already begun experimenting with a new system for recruiting fighting men based on an archaic French model dating back hundreds of years: the “free legions,” units independent of the regular army that could be called up in war and disbanded during times of peace.
Location 3730: He was disturbed by the generals’ growing idolization of General Bonaparte.
Location 3781: The man the Austrians called the Black Devil continued to rout them out of the Adige River Valley.
Location 3831: Napoleon also gave Dumas a new nom de guerre, hailing him as “the Horatius Cocles of the Tyrol”— high praise indeed in that era.
Location 4081: He (Napoleon) was a dictator, a destroyer, and a harbinger of totalitarian leaders to come; he was also a liberator from a tyranny that had stalked Europe for a thousand years.
Location 5147: France had a new government, with Napoleon appointed first consul at the head of a ruling body of three consuls.
Location 5151: The decade of French republicanism and democracy— the age of seemingly infinite emancipation, with all its expansive horrors and hopes— was over.
Location 5460: Citizens! The Revolution is made fast to the principles which began it; it is finished.”*
Location 5779: And of course Napoleon is ultimately the man behind Edmond Dantès’s suffering and imprisonment;
This is a splendid historical research work performed by Tom Reiss revealing the military career of Dumas' father - the Black Count. (less)
Buddy-read with Hannah, Misfit, Willowfaerie, Jeannette, Laura, Leslie, Kim, Joanne, Marg, SarahC, Jemidar, Willofaerie
Page 2: How was I to know, that...moreBuddy-read with Hannah, Misfit, Willowfaerie, Jeannette, Laura, Leslie, Kim, Joanne, Marg, SarahC, Jemidar, Willofaerie
Page 2: How was I to know, that lovely quiet afternoon, that most of the actors in the tragedy were at that moment assembled in this neat, unpretentious little Provençal hotel?
Pont du Gard, Avignon
St Benezet Bridge (Pont d'Avignon)
Page 18: I looked about me, resigned to the fact that almost everybody in the hotel would probably be English too. But the collection so far seemed varied enough. I began to play the game of guessing at people’s professions – and, in this case, nationalities.
Rue de la Republique
Page 34: Sur le pont d'Avignon L'on y danse, l'on y dance...
Page 37: We sang ‘Sur le pont d’Avignon’ in the style of Jean Sablon, and David told me the story of St. Bénézet who confounded the clerics of Avignon, and built the bridge where the angel had told him...
Written in 1842, Albert Savarus is a work of a circumstance at the same time a personal testimony. In correspondence since 1832, lovers in 1834, Balza...moreWritten in 1842, Albert Savarus is a work of a circumstance at the same time a personal testimony. In correspondence since 1832, lovers in 1834, Balzac and Madame Hanska were promised to be married. But the death of the old is Mr. Hanski was waiting.
The story which parodies and depicts French society in the period of the Restoration and the July Monarchy (1815–1848).
3* La maison du Chat-qui-pelote (1830) 3* Le bal de Sceaux (1830) 3* La Bourse (1830) 4* La Vendetta (1830) 3* Madame Firmiani (1832) 3* Une Double Famille (1830) 4* La paix du ménage (1830) 3* La Fausse Maîtresse (1842) 3* Étude de femme (1830) 4* Albert Savarus (1842)(less)
Written probably in February 1830, this tale was published in the periodical Mode in March of the same year, signed as: "The author of the Physiologie...moreWritten probably in February 1830, this tale was published in the periodical Mode in March of the same year, signed as: "The author of the Physiologie du marriage." It has suffered largely the same avatars as Madame Firmiani: October 1831 included in the novels and Romans et Contesand stayed in Scenes de la vie parisienne in 1835, under the title of Profil de marquise, and in 1842, with its title in the Scenes de la vie privee.
3* La maison du Chat-qui-pelote (1830) 3* Le bal de Sceaux (1830) 3* La Bourse (1830) 4* La Vendetta (1830) 3* Madame Firmiani (1832) 3* Une Double Famille (1830) 4* La paix du ménage (1830) 3* La Fausse Maîtresse (1842) 3* Étude de femme (1830)(less)
Opening line: L'aventure retracée par cette Scène se passa vers la fin du mois de novembre 1809, moment où le fugitif empire de Napoléon atteignit à l'...moreOpening line: L'aventure retracée par cette Scène se passa vers la fin du mois de novembre 1809, moment où le fugitif empire de Napoléon atteignit à l'apogée de sa splendeur.
Location 5848: Un trait de cette époque unique dans nos annales et qui la caractérise, fut une passion effrénée pour tout ce qui brillait: jamais on ne donna tant de feux d'artifice, jamais le diamant n'atteignit à une si grande valeur.
After the Chouans and the Physiologie du marriage, La paix du menage is the oldest text that Balzac has collected in the Comedie Humaine. It has appeared in Scenes de la vie privee in 1830 and is still in all successive editions, moving relatively to one another; it should be noticed that the colonel of cuirassiers only took its current name Montcornet in 1842.
Location 5635: L'amour, ma chère, répondit Granville avec une sorte de surprise ironique, vous n'êtes pas en état de le comprendre. Le ciel froid de la...moreLocation 5635: L'amour, ma chère, répondit Granville avec une sorte de surprise ironique, vous n'êtes pas en état de le comprendre. Le ciel froid de la Normandie ne peut pas être celui de l'Espagne. Sans doute la question des climats est le secret de notre malheur. Se plier à nos caprices, les deviner, trouver des plaisirs dans une douleur, nous sacrifier l'opinion du monde, l'amour-propre, la religion même, et ne regarder ces offrandes que comme des grains d'encens brûlés en l'honneur de l'idole, voilà l'amour...
Location 5761: Louis XV n'aurait-il pas donné tout son royaume pour pouvoir se relever de son cercueil et avoir trois jours de jeunesse et de vie? N'est-ce pas là l'histoire d'un milliard de morts, d'un milliard de malades, d'un milliard de vieillards?
Location 5811: Le défaut d'union entre deux époux, par quelque cause qu'il soit produit, amène d'effroyables malheurs: nous sommes, tôt ou tard, punis de n'avoir pas obéi aux lois sociales.
This novel was published in April 1830 in the second volume of Scenes de la Vie Privee, under the title "Femme Vertueuse" (a fragment, "La Grisette parvenue" was published the same month in the periodical le Voleur. It was used from 1835 to 1839 in Scenes de la vie parisienne and returned in 1842 in Scenes de la Vie Privee, with its original title.
I won't miss this one. Also available at iTunes for download and podcasts.
As stated by the Moby Dick Big Read project, Moby-Dick is the great American...moreI won't miss this one. Also available at iTunes for download and podcasts.
As stated by the Moby Dick Big Read project, Moby-Dick is the great American novel. But it is also the great unread American novel.
This is quite comprehensive, that's why I decided to join Hayes and some other friends in this interesting project which provided a chapter per day from the period of September 15 2012 to January 29 2013. An international body of artwork had accompanied each chapter, a quite huge project which was hosted by Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University. In parallel, I have also read the ebook version of this work.
The Moby-Dick Big Read aims to inspire and reach new readers and is part of the Plymouth International Book Festival, an annual event that celebrates and promotes literature in Plymouth and the South West. This project would not have been possible without the support of Plymouth Marine Institute, Plymouth University and Bath Spa University, as well as the Leverhulme Trust which supported Philip Hoare as Artist-in-residence at the Marine Institute.
Among the narrators, the fabulous actress Tilda Swinton (Chapter 1), Stephen Fry (Chapter 10), David Cameron, the the Prime Minister of the UK (Chapter 30), Sir David Attenborough (Chapter 105). We really appreciated their work as well as of the remaining staff for volunteering in this magnificent project.
Some interesting and additional links to this MB's project: