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Hemingway in Love and War

When Ernest Hemingway was 19 years old, he signed up as a volunteer with the American Red Cross which were looking for ambulance drivers to send to the Italian Front during World War I. Having just graduated from high school, it was his first time to travel abroad. He was hungry for adventure and eager…

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August Book Loot

I seem to have a very short attention span lately; if I don’t like the book I’m reading, I wouldn’t think twice before putting it  down in favor of something else. I usually stick with a boring book until about halfway, or even till I eventually finish it, but lately, I don’t seem to have…

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July Book Loot

Bought several types of books in July – 4 novels, 11 short stories, and 3 technical books.  So, I guess you can say that June was a great month for book buying (not so much for saving money though). I read about 3 books back in July:  Austerlitz (W.G. Sebald), which I read with 2 book buddies, Murder on the Orient…

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The First Half of 2015

Back in January, I was confident that I could accomplish my reading goal of 50 books this year.  Up until February, I was doing pretty well – I was even ahead, according to the Goodreads Reading Challenge tracker.  Come March though, my reading slowed down, partly because I participated in a group reading of Middlemarch. After…

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The Pilgrimage

The Pilgrimage (O Diario Un Mago), Paulo Coelho‘s first official novel, published in 1987, describes his personal journey along the El Camino de Santiago, or The Way of St. James. In 1986, after failing his spiritual initiation as a Master of the Order of Regnus Agnus Mundi (RAM), Coelho loses confidence in himself and starts to question…

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March Book Loot

I only read one book in March because I was buddy-reading Middlemarch with a couple of people, but that didn’t stop me from buying new (and used) books to read sooner or later.   Before I Go To Sleep – S.J. Watson The Woman in the Dunes – Kobo Abe White Teeth – Zadie Smith Dept.…