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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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I was expecting introduction of the medieval era of philosophy with a scoop of positivism which apparently was not the scenario rather a subliminal drag on the inclination of other standing philosophies. The ideology of Averroes on single minded self is an unwarranted strike on the main stream thinkers. His statement that “All humans share a single mind” smells of Edmund Husserl principles of consciousness. But have to blow author had rushed up his points at the end of the book with attacks on how lopsided medieval philosophy had been. It is significant to get the right historical data irrespective of sidelining its prominence which is an irrevocable hiatus for overall educational and political growth. So relieved to see author voice on this topic and hope its essence is thoroughly exhibited.

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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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This book explains the true meaning of an actual companionship. How a wanderer finds the solace in a street cat is the nutshell of this story. It sounds more like a memoir of the author than a series of events surrounding the cat. This story is so provocative and may influence to adopt a pet sooner..

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This is a story about Zhila Shirazi journey of life who as well happens to be a deaf. Her struggles towards life is simply put and have to thank the author for his efforts to bring her events into this ink medium. One may find her views optimistic and the emotional bonding with her siblings shows us the substance of a well knitted family. The partner in hell and heaven, Michael deserves a special mention for his forbearance with constant ebbs that is thrown at him. Do peek to understand the world of hearing impaired with the assistance from this book. Hope the echoes are heard far off.

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Did I finish reading this book? It is really hard to believe that I was when am breathing every word of this author journal. Firstly, existing with an illness is not a joke and notice my own reflection at many battling places. Secondly, Having the right and enlightening doctor is pure luck considering the conditions and gruesome functionary of the medical world. When Dr Najar diagnoses Susannah from her drawings of the clock moved me so much that can’t express in words. A big applause and standing ovation for the entire medical community who have involved to diagnose this rare illness and saved many like Susannah’s.

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On multiple occasions, I was breathing the metaphors used in this book. As a chronic illness sufferer, I could reflect on Paul’s battle with illness and his quest to find out different books on the subjects gives a hope that, I am not alone. It really made me to realize all of the hard work that goes into being a neurosurgeon. I recommend this book for anyone looking for intimate, meaningful and thought provoking read. I am sharing an excerpt from it that stole my heart – “I had spent so much time studying literature at Stanford and the history of medicine at Cambridge, in an attempt to better understand the particularities of death, only to come away feeling like they were still unknowable to me”.

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This book is about Randy Pausch, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University and was diagnosed with a terminal illness – pancreatic cancer. It offers many wisdoms into his approach as an academician and his morality is echoed throughout. Well, I thought its contents to be a memoir sorts containing battling details but turned out different and quite preaching in my honest opinion. This thought provoking statement in the book “Luck is indeed where preparation meets opportunity” has absorbed me and will remain to stay forever. A very heart wrenching tale and had made a strong impact on me.

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I admire the author views on the analysis of a snail species and as a tool to represent the solidarity with a purpose. It made me realize the therapeutic effects offered for those with the illness and thus shine through the elements of hope when warranted. This book is like a reflection, study through the props such as “snails” and a journey of survival and perseverance. The gastropods is a term I learnt anew from reading its contents and embrace such valuable inputs. This statement is so true and suits well for the person like me – “It was perplexing how in losing health I had gained something so coveted but to so little purpose”.

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