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A story of childhood hobby turned into a professional career and the outcome of such a decision is illustrated with easy relatable sketches. I am under the graphics novella spell and today’s pick was aptly chosen for its title alone nothing else mattered at that moment. If you ask me if it’s worth it, then yes, it did with big heart. The life of the cartoonist is represented as natural as possible to share the everyday turmoils and highlights the crippling impact that could fathom on the self portrait. The main character’s despondent efforts to connect with other people alarms the reason for such solidarity confinement. My expression lacks to convey the true meaning that one might attain from this book perhaps better to leave the room for competent and deserved readers.

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No wonder this author’s books are compelling, intriguing and captivating since its inception state. His criminal psychology background is evident and provides the required detailing of crime props, surroundings and as well as the set ups. The writing format was effortless and the chilling effect is over the roof which is also a reason to be a top notch thriller. With the pace this fast provokes to complete on a single seating. What happens when a killer executes a crime sending waves of shock to those who witness it and cops ending up nowhere in terms of nabbing the perpetrator. If this stirs your curiosity, then grab it to know the answers.

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I find the Iranian poetess to be clumsy of having a composure instead desirous in satisfying her inner demons. First have to thank the translator for the effort of capturing the convincing outlook since many fail to bring the true essence of original book. Each verse reflects the wavering perturbed of sexuality, including the perils of sin, divinity and addiction. This line is echoing in my mind and admit its recklessness – “Tired of being a prude, I’d seek Satan’s bed at midnight and find refuge in the declivity of breaking laws. I’d happily exchange the golden crown of divinity for the dark, aching embrace of a sin”. What I find appalling is the phrasing attempts during the post shah era and the scandals of her polygamy affairs. So give it a go and sneak in to know the hype behind this poetess.

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I chanced upon this classic book of George Orwell with a hope of knowing whether this falls under a memoir of schooling or perks of being a book reviewer or inputs on childhood experiences well, what if this is all combined together. The author had embarked on a self discovery to pen down his vivid memories with a powerful tool of simple language, witty humor and inspiring rain of thoughts. His highlights on the amount of spending over books cuts to the chase without any lengthy lecture or preachy advice. This book is an eye opener to get accustomed on different classic books where the choice of words is more gratifying to read. Now other books by the author are calling my name to tryout so count on me, Here I come.

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Wonder where to start about this playwright and what to offer to justify the true shades of life. After all everything down to how well the living was and the difference it made to serve some purpose. Well, It is about Ekdal ideology that required its countenance and account of his existence which was challenged, tested and dusted by his idealist friend Gregers Werle, who enters his home to tarnish the lie that embroiled within the Ekdal family. Apart from few re known classic mysteries never tried books that deliver the flow of intended meaning through plays of such caliber which is astounding in my honest opinion. My favorite line is “Oh, life wouldn’t be so bad in spite of everything all we poor wretches need is to be left in peace by those damned bailiffs who turn up on our doorsteps brandishing the demands of idealism”. Thoroughly promising fare and highly recommended read for sure.

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How would you define the life altering experience with the consumption of drugs and its repercussions gawking with loathe and misery? I never imagined of someone from ancient time to discuss this historical record of substance abuse, addictions in such a fashion. Since this book is neither a thesis for psychological analysis nor medical study, however, it resembles and has proximity towards it. Beginning with an introduction of the author background and his reasons to adopt such habit will question the behavior behind his actions. But his experiences chronicle in volumes on sufferings, self scrutiny, loneliness and dissatisfaction with life. Not because he chooses this to self destruct but to quieten the pain signals he suffers from unknown disease. A complete emotional, physical and psychological retreat is what I describe about this book.

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Poems from Sanskrit translations are not many since it narrows to limited mythological ancient texts, but the author has made an effort to translate this anthology works which must be applauded. Being a complex language with different metrical forms and subtlety will be demanding to extract its true essence but no where it lagged. Each verse is filled with richness of wisdom from that period into ample of elegance and quality to stretch the imagination. Especially this poem stole my heart – “Ah, poverty, I mourn for your sad fate, so long ago you claimed me as your friend, And ever since have been my constant guest. Where will you find a home when I am dead?” by Sudraka. This shows how introspective, articulate the poet has been which reflects on the works. Try it to prove me otherwise, happy to corroborate.

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How do you unlock the memories that have strong connections, values and well acquainted surroundings. Well, Lampedusa does exactly that with finest details available at his disposal. The intimate descriptions of his aristocratic country homes, estates, rooms, maids and valets are furnished to feed the onlookers. I can only imagine, how luxurious the life must have been for the prince and the perks are visibly natural. Discovering the nuance of reading skills is like mastering the art of learning which is what prince has acquired from his genetic disposition. For someone who admires solitude and the company of their own accord this book gives a sense of satisfaction in lively living.

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This is a magnificent portrayal of Peter Handke’s mother whose suicide raises many questions of her despondent outlook on life. His visions of finding the mystery are sculpted with at most precinct amid this faded world. Every word of his mother pierces the fainted-heart and flashes the fate of a purposeless existence with agonizing attributes. In all of this Handke’s revelation about his mothers keen on reading books evokes necessary muse. I feel sorry for those who had to face the wrath of Nazi political party and make sense of how this could have impacted normal lives of certain people. Totally dashed by the author for his true insights and writings which could have been buried, forgotten if not for his efforts to bring it up. It deserves more applause, standing ovation and many recognition to reach wider audiences, this is what I honestly hope for this confounding book.

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“The TRUTH is, that all of the ‘STUFF’ here on earth we work so hard to buy and accumulate … does not mean a thing.

At the end of the day … people will be cleaning out our ‘STUFF’, going through our ‘STUFF’, figuring out what to do with all of our ‘STUFF’…

This ‘STUFF’ we’ve accumulated in our life.

The only thing of VALUE that remains, are the MEMORIES and what we deposit into others.

May we all learn to spend less time accumulating ‘STUFF’ and spend way more time making MEMORIES.

~ Ignazio Vella ~

Source – Unknown and shared from The HR Diary page on Facebook.

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