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Epitaf carskog gurmana: Veljko Barbieri

Vrhunska knjiga, ostala sam iznenađena koliko je dobra jer koliko god da mi je Barbieri simpatična osoba nekako nisam očekivala da je toliko nadaren pisac. Mislim gledam njegove emisije o kuhanju i uvijek uživam, doista se vidi koliko čovjek voli kuhanje i hranu, koliko poštovanja ima prema bogatoj hrvatskoj kulinarskoj tradiciji, ali ovaj roman je nešto puno dublje, takva sveobuhvatna kritika režima da sam ostala zapanjena. Mislim dalo bi se usporediti s 1984 i Kafkinim procesom. Komunistički režim predstavljen je bez puno okolišanja, u svoj svojoj ružnoći recimo to tako, pa me pomalo podsjetilo i na Tribusonovu Povijest pornografije.

Vrlo ozbiljna pitanja postavljena i konačno pomalo teška priča ispričana tako lagano, jednostavno i s odličnim smislom za humor. Kraj romana mi je genijalan, a velik plus su mu i gurmanski opisi hrane. Doista, kuhanje je metafora za slobodu u ovom romanu, ali zar nije hrana sloboda na neki način? Gdje možemo više vidjeti gubitak slobode nego u nečijem miješanju u nešto tako intimno kao što je pripremanje hrane?

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All the King's Men,a novel by Robert Penn Warren ( Book Review and Recommendation)

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Invisible cities by Italo Calvino (book review and recommendation)

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I listened to an audio version of this book twice (which technically puts it into a 'reread' category), for two days in a row, while I was working on a new painting. The painting turned out pretty much perfect, should I thank Calvino for that? I'm not kidding, perhaps the beauty of his prose really helped (or somehow improved) my painting process. It is not such a far fetched idea as it might seem at first. The first time I listened to this book, I was mostly focused on the form that is to say…

The Lagoon, a short story by Joseph Conrad (book review and recommendation)

Published in 1987, this story is one of the shortest works by Joseph Conrad. Like many of Conrad's other works, The Lagoon is a framed narrative. Before I continue this review, and explain what the book is about, there is something I need to comment on. Most publishers and sites I've come across describe Lagoon as a story about a white man called Tuan, but I personally can't agree with that description. 
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