Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The One on Found

Murphy's Law

Ps. Check in tommorow! The start of a month fulla surprises

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The One on The Future

December is going to be a special month, full of cheery Holiday gifts.

Like which?

  1. I have challenged myself to read at least 10 books throughout the month of December, including finishing Lés Miserablés, so that means a ton of book reviews here on The Years of the Nobel.
  2. I have also challenged myself to post every single day in December here on The Years of the Nobel. (I have been the last five minutes of my life trying to figure out how to make this bit of information un-underlined, and discovered that some things are, in fact, impossible.)
  3. Finally, I will be starting a Goodreads group for this project, so that you can join in on it too!

In conclusion, there is no way, there is no other option, I don't care about holiday gifts you have to buy or graduations you have to attend to or end of the year presentations, you must check in on The Years of the Nobel yes or yes.

That's it, see you on Thursday!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The One on Made Bookmarks!

Pictures for the bookmarks found through

Quotes for the bookmarks found HERE.

Following my love for books and reading, follows a naturally tendency to love and adore bookmarks. Additionally, one of the results of my sparse creative outbursts generally produce bookmarks.

According to my mom, one of the best gifts she has ever received was a bookmark I made for her, which  was half poem about how much I love her and half glitter. And I don't care if I was 7 and if she's my mother, I do indeed believe it was one of the best gifts she's ever received.

So, there, you have an idea for Holiday gifts!

Have a nice Thursday night and Friday!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The One on WB Yeats Conclusion

I'm going to make this conclusion short and sweet, and not just because I don't have much time to write a 10000 word paper on it. (Hello Biology.)

It's also because

a) I didn't enjoy reading Yeats as much as I thought I would
b) This has taken me about two months and therefore I can't make it as detailed as I otherwise could.

Anyways, above all, Yeats doesn't sentimentalize. He criticizes and he analyzes and maybe sometimes even beautifies somewhat, but he never sentimentalizes. In Spanish Literature class, there's a type of poetry called poesía carmínica, or "song poetry" which concentrates on the author. What the author is feeling, thinking, experimenting, etcetera. Yeats doesn't care about himself, and he thinks that you don't care about him either. (I'm thinking that he hasn't had much experience reading poetry.)

I didn't like it. The structures of his poem was fine. If it were remarkable I would have liked it.
I didn't like it. The themes of his poem were fine. If they had been developed in a more lyrical way, I would have liked it.

I can't recommend Yeats poetry, yet I somewhat understand why some find his poetry intriguing.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The One on The Tower

This is the final poem by WB Yeats before crossing him off the list!

The Tower is his most famous poem, however, it's extremely long, for which I took snapshots of what I thought were the highlights and here they are:

I don't think these are exactly in order.

Anyways, I want to start by saying that the purpose of this project is not for me to read literature that I can't quite full comprehend and then sing very hypocrital praises to the century old authors of the works.

I am, in fact, saying that I didn't like this poem.

WB Yeat's most famous poem.

Maybe it was a great thing I did to read it, because up to now I have been posting poems that nobody knows about him but that I liked.

Why didn't I like it?

Because, even though I admit to have read it only twice, I didn't understand it. And I didn't understand it because I didn't feel like understanding it. Upon reading it once again today, especially these highlighted terms of The Tower, I feel nothing. A strong poet, on my opinion, is able to impact with a piece of lyrica from the first up to the millionth time of reading a poem. Every time I read in time of daffodils, a poem by ee cummings that I posted a few days ago, I feel and learn something new. That is a great poet. Because if you feel the beauty or harshness of what they are saying, if you feel the beauty or harshness of their language, then you will read it again and again and keep it in your heart forever.

Because isn't poetry after all about feelings and passions and love and hate and LIFE?

Of course I understood imporant portions of what Yeats was trying to make us understand, but I wasn't interested in putting these pieces together in my mind.

How do you feel about poetry? Do you agree that the feeling is more important than the message conveyed?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The One on Daffodils

In Time of Daffodils
by ee cummings

in time of daffodils (who know
the goal of living is to grow)
forgetting why, remember how

in time of lilacs, who proclaim
the aim of waking is to dream,
remember is (forgetting seem)

in time of roses (who amaze
our now and here with paradise)
forgetting if, remember yes

in time of all sweet things beyond
whatever mind may comprehend,
remember seek (forgetting find)

and in a mystery to be
(when time from time shall set us free)
forgetting me, remember me

I had to analyze this poem for English. What my review basically consisted was about how the beauty of this poem consisted in its optimism.

In its capacity of telling you that you ARE able to do what you want to do.

To dream. To be inspired. To adventure.

To grow as much as flowers grow in spring.

This poem by ee cummings, besides all of its literary wonder (count the syllables on each verse!), has an amazing power to motivate.

Be motivated. If you didn't feel it the first time, read it again, and again.

Read it until you feel like a daffodil or a lilac or a rose.

What do you do when you're feeling uninspired?

Friday, November 18, 2011

The One on Follow Friday, Again!

Although I don't really celebrate Christmas, this is my list of books I would like for the holidays:

  • The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
  • Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  • A collection of poetry by Mario Benedetti
  • A collection of poetry by ee cummings
  • Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokhov
  • Blindness by José Saramago
However, I'll be going book-shopping with my grandmother soon in honor of my birthday. (It's tradition!) I'll be uploading results of my finds as soon as it happens.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The One on New Blog

I've started a new blog! Maybe it was finally time to dedicate this one to what it's meant for, books. The other one concerns every aspect of my life!

Check it out at or by clicking HERE.

Please do check it out!

Talking about blogs, comment with your blog's URL to let me see what my blog readers are cooking up! :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The One on Currently

I am currently concentrated on my final exams, however, as soon as December 1st hits stands this will end.

I have, however, started working on Les Miserables again.

What are you currently reading? Any book for the project that you recommend to me?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The One on Weekend Reading

Somebody get me a copy of A Farewell To Arms quickly pleaseeee!

Friday, November 11, 2011

The One on Summer Journals

When I was smaller, a recurrent summer vacation assignment was a summer journal. I probably was the only student in my class to be exited every time the shimmering new notebook was passed around. This was to become our personal project for the next few months, and I loved it.

Until the last day of vacation rolled around and I realized that I was about a month and a half late.

Anyways, last year, the idea resurged. I thought about doing a summer journal, although this time, it would be a bit different; less "diary entries" and more receipts, pictures, drawings, poems, etc..

This was last year's:

It says Summer in Spanish :)

I'm going to post pictures of this version's Summer Journal and of art journals I find online and inspiring!

P.S. I sort of hope/promise that my next post will be book-related. It's hard though, because I'm not reading anything! I don't have any books to read, surprisingly, especially because I lost my copy of A Farewell to Arms and I'm trying to find another one.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The One on Birthday

Sadly, I got no happy birthday wishes from my blog readers. :( That's okay, because I can't remember ever having left a happy birthday wish to one of the authors of the blogs I read ever. 

I guess karma is a b*tch.

Anyways, as a birthday gift, I got an iPhone! I'm super happy not only because I had the same prehistoric cellphone for more than three years, but also because it has a ton of apps that help me not only be a more tech-addicted person, but a better blogger too!

My favortie, of course, is Instagram:

See ya! Have a happy Thursday!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The One on Wish me a...




Photos to come

P.S. Maybe as a birthday gift I could receive a copy, or preferably the original, of the misplaced A Farewell to Arms. *sigh*

Monday, November 7, 2011

The One on Creativity

I want to create.

I want to learn how to play the piano.

I want my poetry to be big, to affect, have its effect, touch and feel at the same time.

I want the world to envelope me with the warmth of its colors.

I want the sounds of nature to sound like the keys of piano and guitar strings mixed with the coo of my mother.

I want to love like nothing has ever loved before.

I want to live.

I want to jump.

To run.

I want to give more than I have ever received.

I want to know.

I want to help.

I want to master the guitar, to sing like an angel, to smile like a princess.

I want to grow in trees.

To have the music cross and mutilate me.

I want to read all the books in the world.

To understand all that is written in prose and poetry.

So much to want, so little to do.

Friday, November 4, 2011

The One on Many Things

First of all, I'm super exited because my parents announced a family trip to Cali in February! It has been a life-long golden dream family vacation of theirs, because we lived in San Diego for a while over a decade ago. Also, my parents studied in UCSD. However, we had always been too young for a road trip like this, and it's finally going to come true!

And my latest Tweet:

Lost my ex school's library's copy of A Farewell To Arms when only had 50 pages left. FTW

Great, now I have no weekend reads.

The One on Ernest Hemingway

I might be doing this post a bit too tardy, since I'm almost finished with A Farewell To Arms, regardless, I think it's interesting to do it anyways.

Here is Goodread's biography of ole Ernest:

Awarded the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style."
Received the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Literature for 
The Old Man and the Sea.

Phooey, boring bibliography. What I understand about the guy is that he went to WWI, and, as a matter of fact, A Farewell To Arms is farely autobibliographical.

Here are some interesting facts I found out about him on Wikipedia:

The Iceberg Theory (also known as the "theory of omission") is a term used to describe the writing style of American writer Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway is best known for works such as The Sun Also RisesA Farewell to Arms, and The Old Man and the Sea. Hemingway began his writing career as a journalist and in the 1920s, while living in Paris, worked as foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star. As a journalist he learned to focus only on events being reported, and to omit superfluous and extraneous matter. When he became a writer of short stories, he learned to write a surface story in which he omitted or hinted at the point of the story. Hemingway believed the true meaning of a piece of writing should not be evident from the surface story because the crux of the story lies below the surface. Literary critics claim his iceberg theory, or theory of omission, in combination with his distinctive clarity of writing, functioned as a means to distance himself from the characters he created.

That's interesting to know, especially since I was having mixed feelings about Hemingway's style.

Anyways, I had already read The Old Man and the Sea. It was a long time ago, though, and I remember being extremely moved and liking it deeply. However, I couldn't say anything more about it, because it seems that only recently I have become a proactive reader (I guess.)

Maybe I shouldn't say it here, but whatever. I haven't been extremely impressed with A Farewell to Arms so far. Oh well, let's see. It has, however, been quite entertaining.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The One on Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and MenOf Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like most great books, it gets better the second time you read.

And since you already know many of the crazy metaphors and such, re-reading them is an adventure.

View all my reviews

Since this was my second time reading this book, I can't count it for the project. However, I thoroughly enjoyed it, once again. The thing is I want to read The Grapes of Wrath, so I'm leaving that book to complete John Steinbeck.
What's particular about Of Mice and Men is that its narrator is third person, yet not omniscient. Steinbeck supposedly did it this way because the story was intended to be portrayed as a dramatic work too, so a partial knowledge narrator (I can't remember what they're called in English!) was the best way to achieve this duality.

Anyways, I leave you with the following song, wishing you a merry weekend!

P.S. It's my birthday on Wednesday. Just saying...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The One on LIfe Lately

Spending the weekend with friends in good old Buenos Aires is a pretty nice way to live out life, aye?
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