Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Best Books of the Twentieth Century

The combination of reading and writing is a bivalent skill, vital for us, ordinary mortals, but also the best kept secret of successful writers. Each writer is defined, directly or indirectly, by his personal library.

This top of the best books to read is inspired by "Writers vote their favorite books", a top made with the help of 125 contemporary writers of Britain and United States, including Norman Mailer, Ann Patchett, Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud, and Joyce Carol Oates.

Each autor sent a list of their favorite top 10 works of all time (novels, short stories, drama or poetry), placed in order of their preference.

Each of the 554 titles that were submitted by writers scored from 1 to 10, so, as always, the first title in the list of preferences received 10 points while the latter is priced with 1 point. Finally, the points were collected and te top of "The Best Books of the Twentieth Century" was created:

1. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
4. Ulysses by James Joyce
5. Dubliners by James Joyce
6. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
7. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
8. To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
9. The complete stories by Flannery O’Connor
10.Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

The best fashion books of 2011

This year has brought a number of fundamental changes in fashion, absolutely necessary in an environment that became too fragile for a society driven by information obtained dependent easy and free. In 2011 fashion is slowly if we think of the premises that gave it the special note, intangible note. Dreams are no longer build in front of the monitor, but arise as a result of a permanent journey around the world.

These being said, I urge you to put up a reading fashion list of best books to read and to follow and read the most interesting books that were launched in 2011.

The best fashion books of 2011

Ugly Beauty

If you're into fashion books, "Ugly Beauty: Helena Rubinstein, L'Oréal, and the History of Looking Good Blemished" (Harper Collins Publishing) is a must. Ruth Brandon, novelist and fine connoisseur of the history of culture and civilization, is trying to bring the spotlight on two legendary icons: Helena Rubinstein and Eugene Schueller, L'Oréal founder. The volume is especially interesting to study, because it is a successful attempt to penetrate the secrets of business sites that have dominated the cosmetics market since the early years of the Second World War (“War Paint: Madame Helena Rubinstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden”, “Helena Rubinstein” de Catherine Jazdzewski etc). Definitely a best book to read.

Rose, c'est Paris

"Rose, c'est Paris" is not itself a book of fashion but more of an inspirational volume that you should not miss. Bettina Rheims's vision and Serge Bramly's talent meets in pages that evokes Paris in a whole new way. A city animated by artists, identity is confused, obsessions, fetishes and manipulation concealed in the darkness of nights, which is materialized both in fashion and in the film or photography. "Rose, c'est Paris" is published by Taschen.

Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty

In 2011, fashion stories are told with a more consistent dose of involvement, not necessarily related to marketing. It's all about an area that constantly fascinates female audience. Beautiful story of Sleeping Beauty, The Brothers Grimm is transposed and told in a new and original manner. The fashion dream becomes real and closer to fulfillment for women who have not forgotten to look at the world through the eyes of a child.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Top 10 Books of All Time

Yes, lists are shameful, but irresistible. But let's play a little: the last battle of authors, a transgression of genres (fiction, journal, poetry), even of styles (modern, classic). The result can be interesting.

In addition, it is a kind of parlor game that adapts perfectly at global narcissism that floods the Internet every day. The exercise has been applied and J. Peder Zane has written book, The Top Ten, published in 2007. The author took 125 great names of literature and came up with a sentence. Here are the best books, in his view:

1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy,

2. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert,

3. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy,

4. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov,

5. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

6. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

8. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

9. Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Cekhov,

10. Middlemarch by George Eliot.

(you can find all these books on Amazon)

It is an American point of view, because Zane has applied a survey among Americans that can be said to have a certain insight regarding literature. Maybe that explains why Asians are missing, Kazuo Ishiguro, Murakami or South Americans, Allende, Llosa, Marquez.

There are no women in this top. There is no Muriel Spark, no Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf and Iris Murdoch. There is no Kundera, Musil and Mann. And you should consider ontemporary authors that are not detected by radars of our whimsicaltimes, but that will dominate the literary space in a century from now.

Is there a finality for the game above? It's just a taste of test guidance, reading. For that, we can rest assured that we live in the golden age of reading (never before have so many books been available), but we are tortured by the need to choose. What book to read? Where to start? Zane thinks that modern reader works on coordinates described by opportunity and confusion.

The irony is that dedicated readers does not have an apetit for force reading. Libraries are build out of passion, not according to some lists. Reading a book of our choice may be the last freedom we have.

Friday, April 15, 2011

How to cure molluscum book review

I know this is supposed to be a blog about all the good books I've been reading recently but right now I'm going to recommend you a book wrote buy Clark R. about Molluscum Contagiosum. I'm sure there are many folks out there that will die for a Molluscum treatment. Dermatologists don't know much about this condition and they will tell you that it will pass in 4-6 months. But what they will not tell you is that Molluscum can take up to 2 years until it's gone. That's why you need to speed up the process. I hope you'll enjoy the book!

Click here to read it!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption book review

On a May day in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber plane went down into the Pacific Ocean and vanished, leaving only a spray of junk and a trail of oil, petrol, and blood. But out of thin air and water, a face came out. It was the plane’s bombardier, a teen lieutenant,who was fighting to a Carling float and drawing himself aboard. This is the beginning of the most exceptional odysseys of the Second World War.

Read more about his journey on Amazon.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Autobiography of Mark Twain review

Mark Twain is the king of suspense, keeping us expecting for a century in order to reveal memories of his life. The rumours of his demise became accurate 100 years ago and one of Mark Twain's dying wishes comes to live: an extended, forthright and prophetic autobiography which he committed the last 10 years of his life to composing is finally here. UC Press is gallant to propose for the first time Mark Twain's uncensored autobiography in its totality and incisively as he left it.This major well-written event is just like a gift to the lecturers, supporters, and students. The book is the first of three volumes and introduces Mark Twain's authentic and uninhibited voice, full with humor, ideas, and beliefs, and speaking intelligibly from the grave as he designated.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Decision Points by George W. Bush

Let me keep this straight to the point and simple: this book is fascinating, down-to-earth. Appealing at certain turns and wildly unbelievable at others. The surprise is coming near the end: Decision Points is well-written and it's a pleasant reading.

This autobiography is centered around “the most consequential decisions” of his administration and his personal life from his determination to abandon drinking in 1986 to his decision to invade Iraq in 2003 to his decisions regarding the financial crisis of 2008. It's a book can bee seen as a twist, part asking for forgiveness to the world, part family scrapbook, part self-conscious attempt to rewrite his political legacy.

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