Sunday, April 8, 2012

The One on End

I'm very sorry about the lack of blogging and reading pertinent to the project. It's just that I realized that to do all the things that I want to do in life right, I must give something up, and the most obvous answer was blogging. To be a good blogger one must dedicate countless hours a week to this hobby, and it oftens gives little in return. However, because I have become too dependant on blogging to leave it fully behind, I have started a Tumblr. I will be reposting some of the things on this blog there, but otherwise it will be mostly new material. Hopefully I will be able to keep that one up, because I've always wanted to have a book-related Tumblr and am very exited.

Go follow me!


Forget the previously mentioned. I have a blog again! It's about writing, and how I would like to become a published author someday. You can find it at

Friday, February 3, 2012

The One on I Like You When You Are Quiet by Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda
Me Gustas Cuando CallasMe gustas cuando callas porque estas como ausente,
y me oyes desde lejos, y mi voz no te toca.
Parece que los ojos se te hubieran volado
y parece que un beso te cerrara la boca.
Como todas las cosas estan llenas de mi alma
emerges de las cosas, llena del alma mia.
Mariposa de sueno, te pareces a mi alma,
y te pareces a la palabra melancolia.
Me gustas cuando callas y estas como distante.
Y estas como quejandote, mariposa en arrullo.
Y me oyes desde lejos, y mi voz no te alcanza:
dejame que me calle con el silencio tuyo.
Dejame que te hable tambien con tu silencio
claro como una lampara, simple como un anillo.
Eres como la noche, callada y constelada.
Tu silencio es de estrella, tan lejano y sencillo.
Me gustas cuando callas porque estas como ausente.
Distante y dolorosa como si hubieras muerto.
Una palabra entonces, una sonrisa bastan.
Y estoy alegre, alegre de que no sea cierto.
I Like You When You Are QuietI like you when you are quiet because it is as though you are absent,
and you hear me from far away, and my voice does not touch you.
It looks as though your eyes had flown away
and it looks as if a kiss had sealed your mouth.
Like all things are full of my soul
You emerge from the things, full of my soul.
Dream butterfly, you look like my soul,
and you look like a melancoly word.
I like you when you are quiet and it is as though you are distant.
It is as though you are complaining, butterfly in lullaby.
And you hear me from far away, and my voice does not reach you:
let me fall quiet with your own silence.
Let me also speak to you with your silence
Clear like a lamp, simple like a ring.
You are like the night, quiet and constellated.
Your silence is of a star, so far away and solitary.
I like you when you are quiet because it is as though you are absent.
Distant and painful as if you had died.
A word then, a smile is enough.
And I am happy, happy that it is not true.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The One with Pablo Neruda Month

Welcome to Pablo Neruda Month.

February, is going to be fully dedicated to the romantic visionary.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The One on José Saramago

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1998 was awarded to José Saramago "who with parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony continually enables us once again to apprehend an elusory reality".
That is probably one of the most exiting of the reasons for awarding the Nobel I have read up to date.

From Wikipedia:

José de Sousa SaramagoGColSE (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒuˈzɛ sɐɾɐˈmaɣu]; (16 November 1922 – 18 June 2010) was a Nobel-laureatePortuguese novelistpoetplaywright and journalist. His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present subversiveperspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor. Harold Bloom has described Saramago as "a permanent part of theWestern canon".[2]
Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998.[3] More than two million copies of his books have been sold in Portugal alone and his work has been translated into 25 languages.[4][5] He founded the National Front for the Defence of Culture (Lisbon, 1992) withFreitas-Magalhães and others. In 1992, the Portuguese government, under Prime Minister Aníbal Cavaco Silva, ordered the removal ofThe Gospel According to Jesus Christ from the European Literary Prize's shortlist, claiming the work was religiously offensive. Saramago complained about censorship[6] and moved to Lanzarote in the Canary IslandsSpain, where he resided until his death.[7][8]
A proponent of libertarian communism,[9] Saramago came into conflict with some groups, such as the Catholic Church. Saramago was an atheist who defended love as an instrument to improve the human condition.
At the time of his death, Saramago was married to Spanish journalist Pilar del Rio, and had a daughter from a previous marriage.[8] The European Writers’ Parliament came from a proposal by Saramago and Orhan Pamuk; Saramago was expected to speak as the guest of honour at its opening ceremony in 2010 but he had died.[10]

Anyways, I'm definetely in for what will NOT be a dull read.

This was one of the books I bought with my grandmother for my birthday, and as I picked it (for I had my eye on José Saramago for a long time, since his death a few years ago) she told me that she had never been able to read Saramago.

Which is a confusing welcoming to the book.

By the way, I haven't mentioned it yet, but I will be reading Blindness. You are welcome to join in on our group discussions HERE.

Have a nice day! 

Monday, January 9, 2012

The One on 30 Books to Read Before You Die

  • Perfectly Prompted's list of 30 books to read before you die:

  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse – A powerful story about the importance of life experiences as they relate to approaching an understanding of reality and attaining enlightenment.
  • 1984 by George Orwell – 1984 still holds chief significance nearly 60 years after it was written in 1949.  It is widely acclaimed for its haunting vision of an all-knowing government which uses pervasive, 24/7 surveillance tactics to manipulate all citizens of the populace.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – The story surveys the controversial issues of race and economic class in the 1930’s Deep South via a court case of a black man charged with the rape and abuse of a young white girl.  It’s a moving tale that delivers a profound message about fighting for justice and against prejudice.
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess – A nightmarish vision of insane youth culture that depicts heart wrenching insight into the life of a disturbed adolescent.  This novel will blow you away… leaving you breathless, livid, thrilled, and concerned.
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway – A short, powerful contemplation on death, ideology and the incredible brutality of war.
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – This masterpiece is so enormous even Tolstoy said it couldn’t be described as a standard novel.  The storyline takes place in Russian society during the Napoleonic Era, following the characters of Andrei, Pierre and Natasha… and the tragic and unanticipated way in which their lives interconnect.
  • The Rights of Man by Tom Paine – Written during the era of the French Revolution, this book was one of the first to introduce the concept of human rights from the standpoint of democracy.
  • The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau – A famous quote from the book states that “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.”  This accurately summarizes the book’s prime position on the importance of individual human rights within society.
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez – This novel does not have a plot in the conventional sense, but instead uses various narratives to portray a clear message about the general importance of remembering our cultural history.
  • The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin – Few books have had as significant an impact on the way society views the natural world and the genesis of humankind.
  • The Wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton – A collection of thoughts, meditations and reflections that give insight into what life is like to live simply and purely, dedicated to a greater power than ourselves.
  • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell – Gladwell looks at how a small idea, or product concept, can spread like a virus and spark global sociological changes.  Specifically, he analyzes “the levels at which the momentum for change becomes unstoppable.”
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham – Arguably one of the best children’s books ever written; this short novel will help you appreciate the simple pleasures in life.  It’s most notable for its playful mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality, and camaraderie.
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu – One of the oldest books on military strategy in the world.  It’s easily the most successful written work on the mechanics of general strategy and business tactics.
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – One of the greatest fictional stories ever told, and by far one of the most popular and influential written works in 20th-century literature.  Once you pick up the first book, you’ll read them all.
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens – This is a tale that lingers on the topic of attaining and maintaining a disciplined heart as it relates to one’s emotional and moral life.  Dickens states that we must learn to go against “the first mistaken impulse of the undisciplined heart.”
  • Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot – Probably the wisest poetic prose of modern times.  It was written during World War II, and is still entirely relevant today… here’s an excerpt: “The dove descending breaks the air/With flame of incandescent terror/Of which the tongues declare/The only discharge from sin and error/The only hope, or the despair/Lies in the choice of pyre or pyre–/To be redeemed from fire by fire./Who then devised this torment?/Love/Love is the unfamiliar Name/Behind the hands that wave/The intolerable shirt of flame/Which human power cannot remove./We only live, only suspire/Consumed by either fire or fire.”
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – This book coined the self-titled term “catch-22” that is widely used in modern-day dialogue.  As for the story, its message is clear: What’s commonly held to be good, may be bad… what is sensible, is nonsense.  Its one of the greatest literary works of the 20th century.  Read it.
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Set in the Jazz Age of the roaring 20’s, this book unravels a cautionary tale of the American dream.  Specifically, the reader learns that a few good friends are far more important that a zillion acquaintances, and the drive created from the desire to have something is more valuable than actually having it.
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – This novel firmly stands as an icon for accurately representing the ups and downs of teen angst, defiance and rebellion.  If nothing else, it serves as a reminder of the unpredictable teenage mindset.
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – A smooth-flowing, captivating novel of a young man living in poverty who criminally succumbs to the desire for money, and the hefty phychological impact this has on him and the people closest to him.
  • The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli – This book does a great job at describing situations of power and statesmanship.  From political and corporate power struggles to attaining advancement, influence and authority over others, Machiavelli’s observations apply.
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau – Thoreau spent two years, two months and two days writing this book in a secluded cabin near the banks of Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts.  This is a story about being truly free from the pressures of society.  The book can speak for itself:  “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
  • The Republic by Plato – A gripping and enduring work of philosophy on how life should be lived, justice should be served, and leaders should lead.  It also gives the reader a fundamental understanding of western political theory.
  • Lolita – This is the kind of book that blows your mind wide open to conflicting feelings of life, love and corruption… and at times makes you deeply question your own perceptions of each.  The story is as devious as it is beautiful.
  • Getting Things Done by David Allen – The quintessential guide to organizing your life and getting things done.  Nuff said.
  • How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – This is the granddaddy of all self-improvement books.  It is a comprehensive, easy to read guide for winning people over to your way of thinking in both business and personal relationships.
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding – A powerful and alarming look at the possibilities for savagery in a lawless environment, where compassionate human reasoning is replaced by anarchistic, animal instinct.
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – Steinbeck’s deeply touching tale about the survival of displaced families desperately searching for work in a nation stuck by depression will never cease to be relevant.
  • The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov – This anticommunist masterpiece is a multifaceted novel about the clash between good and evil.  It dives head first into the topics of greed, corruption and deception as they relate to human nature

The ones I've read:
  1. Lord of the Flies
  2. The Great Gatsby
  3. One Hundred Years of Solitude
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird
Ones I plan to read soon:
  1. Siddhartha
  2. The Grapes of Wrath
  3. Lolita
  4. The Catcher in the Rye
Which books have you read from this list? Which books do you plan on reading?
Do share!

Have a nice day,

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The One on TED

I am totally in love. Go. Run. Click faster than you have ever clicked before. Watch a TED talk because they change your perspective on things in less than 18 minutes. There's such a cool bunch of people in this world.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The One on Wislwawa Szymborska Conclusion

I loved her poetry. There is nothing else to say, aside from the fact that there is a lot more to read from her, and that is what is next on my to-do list.

Have a nice day!

P.S. I won't be posting as much as I'd wish for the rest of January, however, this doesn't mean anything other than check in about once a week, and I'll definetely see you again in February!

Monday, January 2, 2012

The One on Doktor Faustus by Thomas Mann

I couldn't have picked a worse first choice for the Goodreads Nobel Group. Here's my Goodreads review:

Doctor FaustusDoctor Faustus by Thomas Mann
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I can't say that there's nothing behind Thomas Mann's reputation. He was obviously one of those rare men who are so intelligent that you simply wish you had never met them. Parallel to that thought, he's one of those authors so smartingly bright (pun intended) that you wish you had never read them.

I honestly hope I could say I finished this book. I did, in fact, finish it, but not in the truest sense of the word. That is, because after the arudous effort behind turning on page 300, my reading became, actually, skimming. I couldn't help it. It seemed as if I could foresee what Mann was about to say, so that my eyes flew over the words and in my mind all that I read was "bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla."

I don't think my mind was wrong,though, for every time I took it upon myself to read a page seriously, I found out that I hadn't missed a thing and then on went the "bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla blabla bla bla bla bla bla."

Again, not my fault, really.

I will, however, give Mann a try again. I found a copy of The Buddenbrooks in my father's study which might call at me during some point or another, and I understand that my Mom ownes a copy of The Magic Mountain. Yet, for now, I'm satisfied with the thought that after all the work that it was to get to page 300, I still can't proudly announce to my inferiors that I have read Mann. (Which sounds sort of confusing if you don't really know who the bastard is.) I'm satisfied because it means I can stop putting myself through that torture.

PS. I do accept comments willing to enlighten me as to why this book is good.

View all my reviews

Anyways, it pretty much sums up what I thought of Thomas Mann. I'd give him another try, but in another decade or so.

Have a nice day!

The One on 2012

I'm exited about 2012. I have a feeling it's going to be a good year.

Just like I have a feeling that my 16's are going to be good.

Like I said, I'm looking forward to everything at the moment.

(Not like my 15's. I was reading my journal entry for when I turned 15 and discovered that, hey, I didn't have a good feeling about my 15's, and they turned out horrible. I guess that points to my good skills as a   foreteller. I forget what the name of someone who can predict the future is.)

One of my goals this year is to read more than 30 books. I will complete it this year. I know that I completely failed at it in 2011, reaching no more than a pitiful 17 books, but that's okay, because 2012 is going to be the year of reading.

Other of my resolutions were:

  • Whenever the opportunity of helping someone comes up, take it.
  • Try to see the good in people.
  • Run 800 m in Track and Field and actually be good at it.
  • Come up with more resolutions.
See you tommorow!
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