Thursday, August 3, 2017

Hitler's Art Thief

I just got my copy of 

Hitler's Art Thief: Hildebrand Gurlitt, the Nazis, and the Looting of Europe's Treasures

by  Susan Ronald

"When German authorities investigating a peculiar tax-evasion case raided the small, Munich apartment of 80-year-old recluse Cornelius Gurlitt in 2012, they seized 1,280 works of art. The uncovered treasure trove eventually revealed canvases by Picasso, Chagall and Matisse. Valued at more than $1.35 billion, the apparent Nazi heist made headlines worldwide." 

Monday, July 10, 2017

animal envy

My sister-in-law gave me a copy of Ralph Nader's "animal envy" for Christmas. I just sat down to read it last week and I am pleased I took the time.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Spirit in the Wires

Charles de Lint writes exciting, imaginative, creative and highly readable books. I am just finishing, for the second time, Spirit in the Wires. Have you read de Lint, what do you think?

Monday, May 29, 2017

Dragon Seed

I love used book stores and book sales. Here in Campbellton, we have a great second-hand bookstore used books etc and the SPCA sells books on a regular basis.

Why do I love these outlets because I can pick up great books such as Peral S. Buck's "Dragon Seed" for very little money, contribute to a local charity or business and talk books with people who read.

"Dragon Seed" was published in January 1942.  Yes, I could have purchased a new copy online but I enjoy browsing for books in person. I never know what adventures I may find.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Why We?

I find reading a great opportunity to take myself out of my comfort zone. "We" is translated from Russian and was first published in 1928, a very different language, culture and time than the one I inhabit.

The commonality between then and now is the loss of freedom, creativity, and individuality both periods experience. "We" is an extreme form of conformity, obedience to authority and the acceptance of a loss of choice and privacy, both of which are vital issues right now.

Monday, May 15, 2017

We: Yevgeny Zamyatin

Good day, I created this blog to talk about books. I love to read and read deeply in both the fiction and non-fiction categories, Great books I read more than once.

We is one of those books. This is not a review site but a place to talk about what we are reading, have read and why we read.

I read to learn, to relax, to go on a journey. One thing I do not do is force myself to continue to read a book that does not get my attention in the first few pages. I have stopped reading books half-way through because the turn of the plot was disappointing.

Zamyatin's We is a companion to 1984 and Brave New World.