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The Wind Rises

The anime movie, Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises), released in Japan in 2013 is the last film directed by Studio Ghibli‘s Hayao Miyazaki before he retired in September of the same year.  The story is based on the real life of Jiro Horikoshi, the aircraft engineer who designed the Mitsubishi A5M and A6M Zero, which…

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The World Cup Bar Scene

Originally posted on The Misanthropologist:
It’s not an exaggeration to say that the World Cup brings people together. Even in countries where football is not a popular sport, bars which show live broadcasts of the World Cup games are packed with people. Watching a game live in a bar is always exciting, with people energetically…

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The End of The Affair

Over the weekend I successfully finished listening to The End of the Affair – my first ever audio book.  The End of the Affair, by Graham Greene, was published in 1951.  The audio book I listened to was narrated by distinguished British actor Colin Firth. Told from the 1st person perspective of a writer, The End…

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Listen Up!

Is listening to an audio book considered “reading?” I know, obviously, it’s not considered reading, because reading uses the eyes, and audio books uses the ears, but what I mean is, if I listened to an audio book, can I say that I’ve “read” that novel?  Is listening to a book the same as reading…

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The Remains of the Day

You would think a novel about stuffy old butlers and housekeeper of “great” houses in England would be written by the likes of Jane Austen or the Bronte sisters in the 1800’s, but The Remains of the Day, which is primarily about a butler’s life and memories, is written by Japanese-born British author, Kazuo Ishiguro, in 1989.  On…

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2014 Mid-Year Reading Assessment

It’s about that time of the year again when I look back on all the books I have read so far.  Again, I’ve set my Goodreads reading challenge for 50 books, even if I know there’s no way I’m ever going to manage all that in one year.  I’ve never been able to finish 50 books…

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The Dinner

True to its title, Herman Koch‘s The Dinner is about a dinner date between 4 people – 2 middle-aged Dutch married couple.  The two men in the husband-wife pair are brothers – Paul and Serge Lohman.  Paul, a former History teacher, married to Claire; and Serge, front-runner in the upcoming elections for Prime Minister, and…

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The Goldfinch

Worst. Book. Ever.  – If I write that and nothing else about Donna Tartt‘s The Goldfinch, it would be the most honest, if not shortest, review I’ve ever done.  But because I’m feeling particularly snarky today and don’t really have anything to do, I will elaborate on why the novel was not to my liking. The…

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A Handmaid’s Tale

A Handmaid’s Tale is another book I know I should have read ages ago.  I remember vaguely seeing the movie and thinking at the time that it was really strange.  Of course, at the time I didn’t know it was a novel.  It wasn’t until later when I kept seeing it on Top Sci-fi/Fantasy novel…