Overall a powerful read. It's half a little girl's diary, half a professional journalist's work, and at times feels like yet another Khaled HosseiniOverall a powerful read. It's half a little girl's diary, half a professional journalist's work, and at times feels like yet another Khaled Hosseini story — with quotes of Lincoln, political passages and such. I wonder how different is the real story from the book.
It's stunning how brave is the family to stand up despite the horrifying increasing life threat, and even more I'm impressed with how lucky they were to stay alive, get attention of the world, get the right treatment at the right time — thousands of similar cases don't end so well. Indeed it makes a great inspiring story: when everything around the protagonist is being destroyed, she miraculously escapes the danger into a happy ending. I understand that probably it's the only way such terrifying stories can be told to the wide audience — when it almost borders with a work of fiction.
Leaving the story aside, It's educational and rich of insights on Muslim mindset and everyday life in Pakistan: routines, sayings, customs, domestic wisdom. I would suggest any Westerner unfamiliar with these ways of living as it's an empathetic, yet relatively light book to read....more
I couldn't imagine this story could teach me so much about faith, education, character, and dedication. Brilliant book.
The first third of this book isI couldn't imagine this story could teach me so much about faith, education, character, and dedication. Brilliant book.
The first third of this book is telling the life of a criminal making it in New York during WW2. Selling drugs to musicians, surrounded with pimps, prostitutes, clashing with police while being barely 17 — already addicted to drugs himself. At 21 he's imprisoned for a series of house burglaries in Boston. During the next 8 years in prison you witness him reborn into a curious, faithful religious student — and later a radical religious leader preaching that "white man is the devil" in black ghettos for over ten years. For most of his life, he stood against civil rights struggle leaders of his time, including Martin Luther King Jr., whose measures he found too soft and insufficient to make a difference in the struggle. "If you turn the other cheek, you can be enslaved for 1000 years"; “I don't advocate violence; but if a man steps on my toes, I'll step on his...”. He often was accused in preaching racism and violence. He didn't live to see his own autobiography being published dying a violent death at one of his lectures.
Worth noting that though Malcolm X had grown disillusioned with the Nation of Islam by 1964, the book captures this part of his life while he was still a faithful follower of Elijah Muhammad and it was not altered later. So while the story changed it's course as new events unfolded, the book rather objectively shows how Malcolm's thinking developed in the later years....more
I was skeptical at first as I couldn't think that any book could provide meaningful insight or practical advice on happiness and enjoyment. But otherI was skeptical at first as I couldn't think that any book could provide meaningful insight or practical advice on happiness and enjoyment. But other than being another fictional book of happiness, "Flow" defines a system that is brilliantly simple and rather intuitive, to learn to enjoy any activity, distinguish pleasure from enjoyment, showing how attention, memory, knowledge contributes to one's ability to experience joy which is completely unrelated to external conditions. Through the same perspective it also explains parenting and friendship, education, politics, games, making use of one's leisure, enjoying walking, eating, having sex and listening to music.
As I finished this book I read it once again the same evening, writing detailed notes on every chapter. It's clear that Robert Greene, the author of Mastery, my other favorite book of this year, was highly inspired and influenced by this book. And believe it makes sense to read these two together....more
Still hard to believe that such a complex book could be mass printed in 1956 (though some of great Munari's book were successfully printed even in warStill hard to believe that such a complex book could be mass printed in 1956 (though some of great Munari's book were successfully printed even in war time, like Le Macchine di Munari published in 1942).
Nella Notte Buia is in many ways my favorite of Munari's books for kids, as it illustrated so many of his ideas and creative approaches: the use of colored paper, transparent pages to create depth, a story which you can explore in both directions, the holes in paper which come alive, meticulous and masterful illustration work. There are so many ways in which you can explore this book and not be bored with it. I bought one copy for my collection and ordered the other — to save for my kids in future....more