Thursday, February 24, 2011

The One with The Best Of!

I made a Goodreads list about books by Nobel Prize authors.

The idea is that you have to vote on which are your favorite.

Please don't call me hypocritical for adding books that I haven't even read yet to the list, it's because I want it to become more popular! (Yes, I'm like a mother with a child in High School.)

So go and vote!

Click HERE for the link or copy paste the following:

Thank you very much! I am very exited about this project!

P.S. Although it would be no surprise if you actually got here through the list.
P.P.S. BTW, I finished reading this:

La Vida Del Lazarillo De TormesLa Vida Del Lazarillo De Tormes by Anonymous
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very strong, profound book. The message is clear, and although this book is older than "Don Quixote", it is still very modern.

I would highly recommend looking past the antiquated language used and into the great literature that can be found here. The satire and symbolism are impeccable.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The One with Cuba

I don't have a political or economical ideology. Maybe it's good to have one, but I'm only 15, recently breaking out from the influence of what my parent's think, and I still have at least three years to really think it through.

One thing I do know for sure is that I am definetely not against socialism. Not because capitalism works better does it mean that a socialist nation can't function well. And I think it's ideals are beautiful. (A horrible reason, but hey, I still have to read Marx.)

As a 15 year old, I hope that you will forgive me when I say that I still don't understand completely the U.S./Cuba conflict.

(My excuse for the following is that I don't live in the U.S.)
Today I found out about how the U.S. has frozen Cuba from the rest of the world because of it's ideology.
Yes, it is ruled under a tyranny, but it's the Greek kind of tyranny. And I haven't heard of the U.S. halting the import of Lybian oil, so that must not be the problem.
And so socialism/communism... (I will call it socialism from now on because communism is basically a dream, right?)
Wasn't that an ideological conflict from the Cold War? And I should think that the Cold War is over! So why is the freezing out still going on? Isn't the U.S.'s main goal to maintain everybody's freedom, or well-being? (At least that is how it appears from the outside!) So why are they purposely negatively affecting millions of people for what we can call a "grudge," as it is just a conflict of thoughts. What about freedom of speech, of action?
And the fact that the U.S.A. is an EMPIRE makes it's freezing out even the more terrible because it has repercusions to every countrie's trade with Cuba.

Anyways, I want to end by saying that I still don't fully understand the conflict, so if I did make any mistakes in what I previously said, please do correct me in the comments and I will try to solve the problem.
And I don't want to offend anyone. What I am attempting is a cry out to the so called freedom of speech, freedom of action, freedom of thought!
And are it's defendors really that?
It seems to me that the well-being of an entire nation has nothing to do with what it believes in.
If everybody had tolerance in mind, maybe political ideologies wouldn't be necessary.

However, I do acknowledge the fact that I'm taking a pretty naive view of the situation, but it's just because I want to go back to basics.

Feel free to contradict and insult me as much as you want in the comments, I'm all ears.
After all, I have a decision to make and only three years to make it.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The One with Yau!

Maybe I should start with something interesting.

I mean, this is the first post. It should be something memorable, and unique.

But it doesn't have to be. So I will give a horribly boring account of what this blog was, is, and will be.

The idea for "The Years of the Nobel" came to me as I was reading (and am reading still, for it is nothing if not a horribly verbose book) The Adventures of Augie March on a trip to the Chilean Patagonia. For some reason, I always get ideas for blogs when I am traveling. (Maybe because I can't actually work upon my ideas during that time.) And so, The Years of the Nobel began. Although initally it was The Year of the Nobel! But how was I supposed to read about 100 books in a year, plus keep on top of my schoolwork and social life, and remain sane? Please.


Will be:
Well. I am currently reading:
  • The Hill of Evil Counsel by Amos Oz
  • The Chosen by Chaim Potok
  • The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellos (hey! a Nobel Prize)
  • Exodus by Leon Uris
  • The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes by Anonymous (that guy really has written a lot of books ;)
Of course, I am a multi-reader. (Like multi-tasker, but in a reader scenario.) Some people can't understand how I manage to read so many books at the same time, yet I can't possibly imagine not being able to. I don't see where the difficulty lays.

If you are wondering what this has to do with what this blog will be it is because one of my missions for this year is to read this baby:
(I'm in pijamas in that picture so don't judge.)

Lés Miserablés by Victor Hugo. A very, very, very tiny book. A thousand something pages.

So I decided that the day that I finish this mammoth of a novel, I will start my four year project!

And, of course, if you want to know what this project is about click on the "The Mission" tag way up there :)

Much love,

(I will keep this blog anonymous for my lovely sake. Or I will make up a nickname or something. We'll see.)
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