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Coming Home by Rosalind Pilcher (book recommendation and review)

I must warn you that I already blogged about this book. In fact, I dedicated a whole post to it on my other blog.  That post was written while I was still reading it, so it wasn't a review but more of a comment on a book I'm currently reading. Now, that I have finished this book (and returned) it to library, I'm ready to write my review of it. I must admit that I'm a bit torn about this one. There were parts of it that I quite loved but there were also parts that I didn't. It is not an ambitious novel and it is better than most things written in this genre (historical romance). This was my first novel by Rosalind Pilcher and it will probably be my last. That doesn't mean I didn't like this book, I'm just not interested in reading anything else by this author. With so many amazing authors out there, I would feel like I'm settling, but I don't regret reading this one. I gave it 3 starts on goodreads, so I obviously liked it. 
What I probably  loved…

Why is a Shangai Baby by Wei Hung a failed novel? (book review)

I read this novel a long time ago, but as my memory is pretty good (alas only when it comes to books), it shouldn't keep me from writing an objective review. What is my personal story with Shangai Baby? I remember that back then I kept seeing this novel everywhere and its cover being insanely beautiful, naturally made me want it even more. I felt a great sense of satisfaction when I got it in my hands. The opening to this novel looked promising and the prose seemed lyrical. I was all set and ready to go. I divided into story, but very soon I found myself weary of certain things and concepts. As the novel progressed, my feelings became increasingly mixed. Some elements of it seemed like it was written by a sexists to me ( I know that author is a she and that only makes it worse). There were moments when I hated the narrator/protagonist  (Coco is not very likable at all, feels like the author created her only to celebrate herself) and couldn't have cared less for what happens to…

Book recommedation and review: The Importance of Being Earnest, a play by Oscar Wilde

Tonight I'll be reviewing one of Oscar Wilde's plays. Its full title is The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Play For Serious People.  It was first performed on 14th of Februrary 1895 at Saint James Theatre in London. The play as famous for its satire of the Victorian society as it is by its clever word play. It was always my opinion that Wilde deserves his praises; he really is an exceptional playwright. He has a natural instinct for building drama. I regret not ever having had the chance to see any of his works on stage (and this one in particular) but all of her plays are so well adapted to the classical reading experiences, that I can’t say that I mind too much. I believe his plays are as suitable to be read as they are to be performed on the stage. Some writers are good either at one or the other, their plays are either meant to be seen or to read, but Wilde’s plays seem to work perfectly both ways. 


“I really don't see anything romantic in proposing. It is very …

The Rose Tattoo by Tennessee Williams, book recommendation and review

Some people find God in each other. That sentence found its way into my heart and it has inspired this illustration you see here. It is the first thing that comes to my head when I think of this beautiful play. In The Rose Tattoo this line appears in a very significant place. A catholic priest fails to understand a grieving widow. One of the characters says this to him: ‘You love your people but you don’t understand them. They find God in each other. When they lose each other, they lose God and they’re lost. And it is hard to help them.’ These simple words speak volumes about love and about the grieving process. We do search for God in each other and perhaps we’re not wrong to do so. Doesn’t it make sense, searching for the best in each other? To truly love is a serious business. The loss of love is, probably, the most tragic thing that can happen to anyone.
I’m recommending this play tonight and I'm putting my heart into it . I will speak about why I love it so. I’m not trying to …

Ogled i preporuka knjige : Pričaj mi o njoj, Renato Baretić

Roman o kojem danas pišem (napisala sam kreći ogled već na goodreads-u dvadeset dana) je zapravo prvi moj roman Renata Baretića. Kada sam ga vidjela na kiosku, odmah sam ga odlučila kupiti jer ako želimo da domaća knjiga živi, moramo je poduprijeti. Osim što vjerujem da trebamo kupovati domaće autore zbog tih nekih književnih i kulturnih razloga, ja ih kupujem i zato jer iskreno volim hrvatsku književnost. Zapravo često se čudim kako je moguće da ijedna zemlja ima toliko pisaca. Kada o tome razmišljam, sjetim se kako sam znala lutati knjižnicom, spremajući se za ispite iz hrvatske moderne književnosti, pitajući se kako ću ikada uspjeti pročitati toliko knjiga. Ono što me tada fasciniralo, a i sada me nastavlja fascinirati je ne samo broj već i kvaliteta objavljenih knjiga. U školama se podučava tek neznatan dio hrvatske moderne književnosti, a zapravo i nije lako uklopiti toliko broj pisaca u školski plan i program. No, vratimo se ovom romanu. Renato Baretić je javnosti najviše pozna…

Late Bite by John Masui (book review and recommendation)

Today I will talk about Late Bite, a novel by John Masui.  I have read this novel in two sittings. I  must say I took to Late Bite right from the start. In my first reading I got to the middle of the book and ever since I was anxious to finish it. I would have read it on one sitting if I could have had spared the time. Today I had the afternoon off, so I decided to use it to finish reading it. My reading experience was an absolutely positive one. It is certainly a very exciting and though provoking reading, one that kept getting better with every page, right up to the very satisfying and dramatic end. Late Bite is a very interesting and original take on the vampire genre, albeit this is not the first novel where I came across an attempt to scientifically explain the origin of vampire. George R.R. Martin in his Fevre Dream tried to do the same, by portraying the vampires as a separate species. This novel goes a step further and builds upon recent scientific studies about Homo Sapiens …

The Picture of Dorian Gray, a novel by Oscar Wilde ( Book recommendation and review)

I'm finally ready to review an amazingly lyrical and beautiful piece of writing that is also known as The Picture of Dorian Gray. I  shall start by talking about The Preface to this novel because I think it deserves special attention.  Now, The Preface can be studied both on its own and with the novel in mind. I think that as a text it works well either way. Because of its brevity, I will influde a direct quote of it: 
The Preface The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things. The highest, as the lowest, form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as…