E, sem querer, encontei três dos melhores livros que já li sobre luto.
Ainda vou a tempo das listas de 2018?
Once upon a time, I ran into a work colleague who had his nose stuck in a book. If there is one thing book-lovers have in common (other than the love of reading), is our cat-like curiosity about the books someone else is currently having an affair with. So I asked him what he was … Continue reading On why literary snobbery is meadow muffins
Some books you'll cary around only for a quick escape. They may be deep and engaging, heart-wrenching and thought-provoking but (be honest), they are like a casual date with an interesting someone whenever you're able to fit them into your schedule. They fill in the spaces between home and work, or help you digest a … Continue reading Love affairs
Started reading The Plot Against America because of the current political scenario all over the Western world. Had to put it down after the result of the Brazilian elections, because of the current political scenario all over the Western world. Picked up David Mitchell's Slade House instead. Because reality is scarier than horror fiction and, … Continue reading Horror stories
There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in. Leonard Cohen, Anthem There is tremendous power in joy. It recharges you. It can be used as a shield against big, bad, scary creatures that threaten you with darkness. Better yet, it can be stored for subsequent use when these gloomy creatures … Continue reading Make Good Art
[Book review may contain spoilers] A few lifetimes ago I used to study and practice certain rites at the fringe of reality. Mostly, the focus would be on the history of arcane knowledge and beliefs throughout the various periods of mankind but, more often than not, I'd plunge into them myself. I have long since … Continue reading Maiden, Mother & Crone: Neil Gaiman’s Ocean
No one has the right to spend their life without being offended. Nobody has to read this book. Nobody has to pick it up. Nobody has to open it. And if you open it and read it, you don’t have to like it. And if you read it and you dislike it, you don’t have … Continue reading Isidora & Censorship
As much as I would love to, I’m not someone who finishes all the books she starts, most of the times due to my chronic impatience: “Oh dear, I’m wasting all this time reading this here when there’s a gazillion others over there I want to read as well!” (An absurd reasoning but, being a … Continue reading Dystopia Time
Only just noticed that Hey Rosetta! quote The Handmaid's Tale on a song from their debut album.
Stayed up late last night watching interviews with the stunning Margaret Atwood and a Pullman lecture on the importance of book illustrations. Because I'm hardcore that way.
Muito mais elegantes. Muito mais cruéis. ilustração: Anna + Elena Balbusso
Não sou pessoa de reler livros. Porque sou uma leitora lenta e há sempre mais livros que ainda não li na lista de espera. Mas a obra-prima do tio Pullman é uma excepção e o Will continua a ser melhor que qualquer Darcy. Abençoado Kobo que me deixa trazer uma trilogia inteira na mala. ilustração: … Continue reading dust
Regresso ao Mundo do Disco, onde acabo sempre por voltar. Desta vez com minúsculos Pictsies escoceses e com muitas saudades de quem mo ofereceu. "When I'm old I shall wear midnight, she'd decided. But for now she'd had enough of darkness." I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett
Company of Liars by Karen Maitland My rating: 4 of 5 stars 'You won't like the ending', said the friend who lent me the book. Multiple reviews complained about the build up that led to a not-very-spectacular-revelation. But good stories aren't always about the twist. They're about the Truth. Those big, timeless, human truths. And … Continue reading who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?
A organizar um tarot do Game of Thrones.
There are some books that refuse to be written. They stand their ground year after year and will not be persuaded. It isn't because the book is not there and worth being written—it is only because the right form of the story does not present itself. There is only one right form for a story … Continue reading crenças
She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time; but alas! Alas! She must confess to herself that she was not wise yet. Persuasion, Jane Austen Alguém me disse, em tempos, que era o melhor livro da amiga Jane. Talvez já não tenha idade para eles, talvez, por ter sido o último, estivesse à espera … Continue reading austenismos
Like everyone else in the house, she suffers from dreams. Pure, Andrew Miller
From time to time I discover a dead master and feel a sudden urge to bring them to our present. I would take Oscar Wilde out for dinner and invite Stephen Fry. I would show heavy metal music to Beethoven. I would offer Birthday Letters to Sylvia Plath, gift-wrapped with a red bow. Being almost … Continue reading Isidora & Big Brother
In the longer-than-necessary The Order of the Phoenix, Harry asks Luna why are they the only ones who can see Thestrals, a species of skeleton-like winged horses that everyone else deems invisible. "They can only be seen by people who've seen death,” she replies. This little sentence sums up what I see as the special … Continue reading Isidora & The Boy Who Lived
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Being in love was like China: you knew it was there, and no doubt it was very interesting, and some people went there, but I never would. I'd spend all my life without ever going to China, but it wouldn't matter, because there was all the rest of the world to visit. Philip Pullman, The … Continue reading china
You told me once that we shall be judged by our intentions，not by our accomplishments. I thought it a grand remark. But we must intend to accomplish - not sit intending on a chair. E. M. Forster, Where Angels Fear to Tread
Um grande e aplaudido "bravo!" aos senhores da Fnac, que já incluem o Isaac Asimov na secção de literatura dita normal.