Dubai Book Cafe'

 Dubai Book Cafe Meet-up 

Dubai Book Café is a Meet-up group for Book lovers in the city of Dubai. We try to meet and read, review, summarize and share our thoughts about books. Here is a summary of the meet-up group:

 

 

Meet book lover folks in a local Meet-up Café somewhere in Dubai.

Fiction or non-fiction, 
Paperback or hardcover, 
Owned or borrowed, 
Young or old, 
let’s meet, enjoy and share our stories and increase our knowledge.

How does Dubai Book Café work? 


Dubai Book Café is open to all individuals. 
We accept all folks no matter of
gender, age, nationality and/or language as long as we can build a group. 
We may meet during weekdays or weekends at a time that will convenience all of us. 
We need to see your picture in your profile while joining; we want to see who you are and get to know you. 
No membership fee.

How is the Dubai Book Café different from other book clubs? 

 

1.  We buy all used books: 10 AED 

 

2.  We sell all used books: 10 AED 

 

3.  You may borrow books from Dubai Book Café to read: 15AED.

  

 

4.  All PDF books are free to use.

 

5.  Members may swap books between each other. Kindly prepare a list of books that you would like to lend, swap or give away. 

 

6.  Your remarks, summaries and/or reviews about discussed books or issues in our club are highly accepted and appreciated.

 

Please feel free to email us with any questions you may have. 

 

Find your book, rent, receive, read, review and return.

 

You may check with our book café if the book you wish to read is available and in case of availability, you may rent and read your desired book and once it is done, you can return it back.

Princess Ahmad

I love to see you one day in our meet-ups

 

  

Journey of continues reading 

 

An Iranian, living in Dubai since 1979, with 17 years experience in customer service and a huge lover of books.

 

We live in a world where everywhere is mixed of different nationalities, cultures and believes and one of the biggest and greatest approach methods to others is SMILE.

Spreading happiness and positivity is the key of maintaining as a Human.

 

 

You're always welcome to reach out me on:

 

Emailme@princessahmadjournal.com

 

List of available Paperback books for rent

Kindly send an email in case of finding your desired book in above list.

Book Confession: They Must Go

They Must Go by Meir Kahane

THE AUTHOR WROTE:

 

LONG BEFORE THE NAME "PALESTINIAN" WAS INVENTED, THE HEBREW PEOPLE, children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, lived in Hebron. There Abraham purchased the cave of Machpela, and there the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the nation were buried. Hebron was the city given unto Caleb, the son of Jephune, for his faith in God. There David ruled as King for seven years before going to Jerusalem, and there Jews and Judaism were entwined for 3,500 years.”

 

I would like to say my opinion as well not to object him nor to correct him but;

I totally agree when he mentioned that children of Abraham, Isaac and David; the great messengers of Allah lived on Land of Hebron for many years (if I am a true believer then I have to admit and accept all the messengers before Prophet Mohammad) but we should not forget as well that later their entire nation scattered.

 

BUT BEFORE SAYING “Long before the name "Palestinian" was invented” let me explain:

The Palestinian word is derived from the ancient Palestinians, the name of a non-Jewish group residing in the small region of South Beach called Phylista. The borders of the Phyllis are located near the Gaza Strip and include five Gaza cities, Ashkelon, Ashdad, Akron, and Jet. In Egyptian works, people who were called pliers were among those who attacked Egypt under the rule of Rameses III. This is likely to refer to the Palestinians. The word optometrist is usually translated into philistine in English and used in the Bible (Pəléshseth in Jewish) to refer to the southern coastal region. In the Assyrian kingdom, Sargon II, the word "Pleshto" was used for the same meaning. In the Persian era, the Greek version of its name was used by Herodotus in the fifth century BC for the first time to refer to a region of Syria called Palaistinêi. In the Roman period, the Jewish area included most of Israel and the territory of Palestine. In the Byzantine period, the whole region (including Syria, Palestine, Samaria and Galilee) was again called Plastina. From the Byzantine period, the Byzantine borders of Plastina (1st and 2nd) were used to refer to the geographic region between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

 

 

Let’s read the STORY OF CHILDREN OF JACOB (ISRAEL) THROUGH THE EYE OF HISTORY:

שָׂרָה : Defeated

אֵל : God

Prophet Abraham was resident of Ur (south of Iraq) and then he and Lot relocated to the land of Canaan. Lot lived in two villages under the name of; Sodom and Gomorrah (Dead Sea) and Abraham went to Hebron (Al Khalil). Years passed long and Abraham got old in age and God gave him Ismail (mother: Hagar, they lived in Macca) and after a period gave him Isaac (mother: Sara) and then Jacob was born from Isaac.

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إِنَّ أَوَّلَ بَيْتٍ وُضِعَ لِلنَّاسِ لَلَّذِي بِبَكَّةَ مُبَارَكًا وَهُدًى لِلْعَالَمِينَ

 (Quran): The first house was placed for the people, which is blessed and blessed to the worlds.

 

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Placed in Arabic word does not have same meaning of built, on the contrary it means set and located therefore it means the house was built from before. Abraham and Isaac rebuilt the Sacred House; there is no argument on that for sure. Jacob or as he was called; Israel (and his people The children of Jacob/Israel) left his fatherland and went to his uncle in Iraq (Torah) and got married (two wives) and came back to his fatherland. He was blessed to have 12 sons, most notable Joseph; who lived in Egypt. If you have read the story of Prophet Joseph, you would legalize that they were living near the border of Egypt (when his brothers left him) and when he reunited with his family later on, Jacob and his sons relocated to Egypt to be with Joseph. Duration between the entry of The children of Jacob/Israel to Egypt and their departure was four hundred years till God sent Prophet Moses to Pharaoh and his people (and Shuaib to Midian). Moses left Egypt to Midian (near the Red Sea, not far from Dead Sea) after killing an Egyptian. Moses stayed for long time in Midian and decided to come back to Egypt with his family (wife). The revelation was given to Prophet somewhere between Egypt and Canaan (at the valley shore, near the Red Sea). We all know what happened to Egyptian during the time of Pharaoh.  Moses and his people departure to the sea (inspired by God), and were saved from oppression.

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ادْخُلُوا هَذِهِ الْقَرْيَةَ فَكُلُوا مِنْهَا حَيْثُ شِئْتُمْ رَغَدًا

(Quran): Enter this city and eat from it wherever you will in [ease and] abundance.

The similar verse has been mentioned in Quran twice, once to Adam when they entered to Paradise and second time to Moses while entering Midian. That means the land was temporary place to stay. 

 

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Samuel, Talout and David were sent after Moses. Together with David, they fought (their first battle) against Goliath (Commander of the Canaanites). They won and entered the Holy Land (Jerusalem). The kingdom was shifted to David.  He built the first kingdom for Children of Jacob/Israel. Based on the Law brought by Moses, The Judgment (kingdom), The Prophecy (revelation), The Capacity for Sustenance and The Preference for choosing them having The Heavenly Message at that time, Children of Jacob/Israel were gathered. When King Solomon replaced David:

قَالَ رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِي وَهَبْ لِي مُلْكًا لَا يَنْبَغِي لِأَحَدٍ مِنْ بَعْدِي إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ الْوَهَّابُ

(Quran): He said, "My Lord, forgive me and grant me a kingdom such as will not belong to anyone after me. Indeed, You are the Bestower."

 

He was given of property, power and governance such as the flow of the wind by his command, ruling the Jinn and using them in constructions, diving, fights and industry, the ability of communicating with animals and Jinn and the power to dissolve the copper and reforming it and having large number of soldiers from Jinn, human and birds. He built the city of Jerusalem and Edifice which now is called; Al-Aqsa Mosque. The construction material consisted of copper, glass and other materials other than stones, and it included niches, statues, small copper pots, and huge water basins or ponds made of Copper, jewels and treasures of pearls, coral, etc., which were extracted by demons/Jinn from deep sea. The Edifice was huge and tall building; the rock was in its center, surrounded by a large square, polished glass floor, through which water was seen below (Perhaps this legendary edifice is what prompted the owner of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, to raid the Children of Jacob/Israel in the first time to loot its contents).

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وَأَوْرَثْنَا الْقَوْمَ الَّذِينَ كَانُوا يُسْتَضْعَفُونَ مَشَارِقَ الْأَرْضِ وَمَغَارِبَهَا الَّتِي بَارَكْنَا فِيهَا

(Quran): And We caused the people who had been oppressed to inherit the eastern regions of the land and the western ones, which We had blessed.

That means they owned it and were residents after the expiration of the years of prohibition (forty years). And the blessed land is the current Palestine (The names "Palestine" and "Palestina" occur four times in the Old Testament portion of the King James Bible: Joel 3:4a = 4:4a Heb / Exod 15:14 / Isa 14:29a / Isa 14:31a)

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That the next prophet after Solomon is Zachariah and after him Yahya, the last of whom was Jesus, peace be upon them all. The three prophets were sent in succession and held each other, long after the death of Solomon; historians estimate that the period between Solomon and Jesus was more than 900 years. What was the resurrection of Jesus, only to renew the law that Moses, after the children of Jacob/Israel lost the Torah and disagreed on it:

أَفَكُلَّمَا جَاءَكُمْ رَسُولٌ بِمَا لَا تَهْوَى أَنفُسُكُمْ اسْتَكْبَرْتُمْ فَفَرِيقًا كَذَّبْتُمْ وَفَرِيقًا تَقْتُلُونَ

 (Quran): But is it [not] that every time a messenger came to you, [O Children of Jacob-/Israel], with what your souls did not desire, you were arrogant? And a party [of messengers] you denied and another party you killed.

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مِنْ أَجْلِ ذَلِكَ كَتَبْنَا عَلَى بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ, أَنَّهُ مَنْ قَتَلَ نَفْسًا بِغَيْرِ نَفْسٍ أَوْ فَسَادٍ فِي الْأَرْضِ فَكَأَنَّمَا قَتَلَ النَّاسَ جَمِيعًا وَمَنْ أَحْيَاهَا فَكَأَنَّمَا أَحْيَا النَّاسَ جَمِيعًا وَلَقَدْ جَاءَتْهُمْ رُسُلُنَا بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ ثُمَّ إِنَّ كَثِيرًا مِنْهُمْ بَعْدَ ذَلِكَ فِي الْأَرْضِ لَمُسْرِفُونَ * إِنَّمَا جَزَاءُ الَّذِينَ يُحَارِبُونَ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَيَسْعَوْنَ فِي الْأَرْضِ فَسَادًا أَنْ يُقَتَّلُوا أَوْ يُصَلَّبُوا أَوْ تُقَطَّعَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَأَرْجُلُهُمْ مِنْ خِلَافٍ أَوْ يُنفَوْا مِنْ الْأَرْضِ ذَلِكَ لَهُمْ خِزْيٌ فِي الدُّنيَا وَلَهُمْ فِي الْآخِرَةِ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ

(Quran): For this reason, we have prescribed to the Children of Jacob/Israel that anyone who has killed a human being without committing self-destruction or corruption on earth is as if he had killed all people, and whoever saved a human being from death is such that It seems that all the people have come alive, and certainly our prophets came to them with clear proofs; yet many of them were subsequently raped and spoiled on earth. For those who fight against God and His Messenger, and who seek to corrupt the earth, it is only that they are killed or hanged, or that their hands (the right) and the feet (their left) are cut off one by one, or from They will be exiled to their land, this is their scandal in the world, and in the Hereafter will have great chastisement.

 

They were punished with the divine decree:

وَقَطَّعْنَاهُمْ فِي الأَرْضِ أُمَمًا مِنْهُمُ الصَّالِحُونَ وَمِنْهُمْ دُونَ ذَلِكَ وَبَلَوْنَاهُمْ بِالْحَسَنَاتِ وَالسَّيِّئَاتِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْجِعُونَ

(Quran): And We divided them throughout the earth into nations. Of them some were righteous, and of them some were otherwise. And We tested them with good [times] and bad that perhaps they would return [to obedience].

 

After their diaspora at the first time they did not have the rise and they were not gathered of diaspora, which is one of the conditions and specifications of the second promise

 

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THE AUTHOR ADDED:

“There, in 1929, occurred a massacre that took more Jewish lives than Kishinev. “

I do not call myself a human right activist but I’m totally against massacre no matter how wrong you think a person or a nation is but Allah has not given you the right to go and massacre them.  You can’t just decide to go and kill, rape, torture or injure people. If you believe you are right and you need to defend your right, Allah has kept ways and indeed massacre is not one of them.

 

After 1929 massacre, all survivors left the city and the Jewish community moved to Jerusalem. In 1931, an attempt was made to establish a Jewish community of Hebron again but all Jew left the city once more (in 1936) following the resumption of tension between Muslems and Jews in Palestine. 

 

 

But let’s see what was the real story behind THE EVENT OF 1929 MASSACRE!

Arthur James Balfour; a British Political man who had a vision to establish a national homeland for Jews in Palestine. He was impressed by the personality of Zionist leader: Chaim Weizmann (first Zionism leader and the inventor of acetone used during the First World War. He treated as a force that can influence international foreign policy, particularly its ability to persuade US President Wilson to participate in World War I alongside Britain. He issued his vision known as Balfour Declaration in 1917. His letter was sent a month before the British army occupied Palestine. At that time the Jewish population in Palestine was no more than 5% of the total population. If you have read the letter, you will notice;

There is a Government that it is sympathetic to the establishment of a national homeland that will include the "Jewish people”, which it recognized the Jews not as poor refugees or oppressed.

The Government that made the promise will not only be satisfied with the wishes but will do its utmost to facilitate the achievement of this goal.

A promise that will not harm the interests of non-Jewish groups residing in Palestine or the interests of Jewish groups that do not wish to contribute to the Zionist project, but would like to continue to enjoy their social integration and mobility.

The promise did not talk about how to guarantee these rights!

 

 

He concluded:

1.    Israel is indestructible. It is unique, it is holy, it is the Chosen of the Lord; it has a reason for being. Its national uniqueness is built on an idea, on an ideology, that it alone has. That is, indeed, reason to be different.

-       The Abrahamic religions and/or holy religions and/or divine laws; all are unique and built on an idea and ideology and all have reason to be different but after each holy religion for a reason of progression of the pervious religion or the guidance of their people, another Prophet was sent with a new Sacred rules and/or books.

 

 

2.    It is impossible to CREATE a holy, unique people that dwell as a minority within lands that belong to others.

-       Create: to make something new, or invent something - Meaning to say it did not exist before!

 

 

3.    Such a state is reserved to the nation to which it was given for ITS PARTICULAR GOAL AND DESTINY.

-       Don’t you believe that every single belief has its own particular goal and destiny? 

 

 

 

4.    And as the Torah clearly commanded: "And you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you. ... But if you will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall come to pass that those which you let remain of them, shall be thorns in your eyes and thistles in your sides and shall torment you in the land wherein you dwell. And it shall be that I will do to you as I thought to do to them" (Numbers 33:52-56).

-       The Israelites needed but to trust in Him and fight with His help. Yet, they were warned against failure. They did not drive them out (Canaanites). The holy verse is about past not now!

 

 

5.    Who blinded us and blocked from our memories the existence and power of the God of Israel?

-       Faith, if we have it then we should believe that He is the Creator and He is and shall remain everyone’s God not only for one nation and not only one belief.

 

 

God is the most Merciful Compassionate, Forgiving and Just and when Adam was created, His spirit was blown in him therefore those characteristics were gifted to us and if it happens and one moment of our life will be empty of these characteristics then we are no longer human.

 

 

3/5*

Book Confession: Flashes of Thought

Flashes of Thought by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Presenting a collection of great ideas and thoughts by Leader of Dubai in 36 chapters.

 

Author’s thoughts:

 

·         Chapter 1: priority of Government is to achieve the happiness of its people.

 

·        Chapter 2: Government to be closer to its people hence to provide its services faster, better and more approachable.

 

·         Chapter 3 & 4: Positive energy is contagious and being positive and optimism will help people to take up challenges in life. Empowerment, education and Emiratisation are author’s development priorities.

 

·         Chapter 5: People should be proud of their language and their heritage.

 

·         Chapter 6: The motive behind building the tallest building in the world; Burj Khalifa is a national accomplishment. Dare to dream and the future will be yours.

 

·         Chapter 7: Uniting heart and spirit before uniting efforts is the success of their union.

 

·         Chapter 8 & 9: Simplicity, believing in yourself and removing the word “impossible” from your goal are the key to success.

 

·         Chapter 10 & 11: Women as well have a great role in leading the country; they should participate in making decisions. Every leader should have a passion in life such as Poetry, horse riding; to add depth and uniqueness to his leadership.

 

·         Chapter 12 & 13: Knowledge and training are the shortest path to victory. Trust in yourself and God and stay optimism.

 

·         Chapter 14: having a role model in your life will lead you to a better leader.

·         Chapter 15: Time management is important but investing our time in ourselves, family and society is more important.

 

·         Chapter 16 & 17: Arab Spring and Investment; achieving stability by helping others and building stable foundation by developing a model for sustainable model.

 

·         Chapter 18: Employees have to be empowered as a source of innovation. According to their creative contributions, employees should be rewarded by their institutions.

 

·         Chapter 19: U.A.E Vision of 2021 built on; education, world class healthcare system, human development, competitive knowledge economy, safe and secure nation, sustainable environment and integrated infrastructure.

 

·         Chapter 20 & 21: Life is full of risks but greatest of all is to take any risk.

 

·         Chapter 22 & 23: Impossible is a word that is used by people who fear to dream big.  Without a vision to guide their path and without a limitless ambition, people will never build a bright future for generations to come.

 

·         Chapter 24:  You can forgive a person who makes a mistake but can’t excuse a person who does not make an effort.

 

·         Chapter 25 & 26: Accession day and U.A.E’s success; Transforming national occasion into interactive social experience has turned to be a great success. The road of success is still on.

 

·         Chapter 27 & 28: Aid to the world is another way to achieve a vision and deliver expectations of people but the development of government is possible only through the development of its workforce.

 

·         Chapter 29 & 30: empowering a person to achieve is the first and best key to motivate a person toward a better performance. Employees are part of the society and it is necessary to ensure their happiness; the job of Government is to make sure their people are happy.

 

·         Chapter 31& 32: People should not wait for tomorrow, they need to build their future; Today. Time is gold and they have to value and use it properly (time management). Launching family-tourism has made U.A.E to become a destination for family tourism all year around.

 

·         Chapter 33 & 34: Redefining leadership and Cabinet reshuffle; leadership is not granted by birth and not guaranteed by best education.  People need to work on themselves and expand their knowledge; if they are ambitious and they have the will to change themselves and desires to change their society. Every achievement and change will bring you toward a better leader.

 

·         Chapter 35 & 36: Importance of horses for Emirati people, and to sound leader in sound body.

 

My thought:

It is true that a leader needs to sharpen his thoughts, decisions and most of all his wisdom to lead and guide his country, so that his nation can have a decent life and achieve success at the highest level, but we must know that ;

The nation can be defined as a great human unit created during historical evolution and based on the foundation of the sharing of land and economy, and national history and culture. The link between that culture and common awareness is the factor behind it. From this bond, the feeling of belonging to each other and the feeling of unity among those belonging to that unit are created.

 

The Ethnic distribution in United Arab Emirates is 19% Emiratis, 23% Arabs and Iranians, 50% South Asians, 8% others.

 

 

Happiness of a nation means happiness of each individual in that country therefore everyone should make the effort and everyone should be appreciated; not only a certain group!

 

 

3.5/5*

Book Confession: Matilda

Matilda by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

The narrator is a young woman who is recounting her memories or in another way she is answering a question;

“You have often asked me the cause of my solitary life; my tears; and above all of my impenetrable and unkind silence."

Matilda is explaining the reason behind being silent most of time, her tear without reason and loneliness to her friend; Woodville. She begins with her parents story how they met and how she was raised by her aunt after her mother’s death. And then we hear her old dark secret that made her depressed and silent. She confesses her father’s sick and wired affection toward her. Growing without father till that time and having no one else in her life, Matilda tries to fix the dilemma between her and the father by explaining that their relationship should remain as a father and daughter. Her father - we never hear his name – writes a letter to Matilda and commits a suicide. Matilda becomes depress and blames herself for not saving her father and decides to live a new life by faking her death!

 

“So day by day I become weaker, and life flickers in my wasting form, as a lamp about to lose it vivifying oil. I now behold the glad sun of May. It was May, four years ago, that I first saw my beloved father; it was in May, three years ago that my folly destroyed the only being I was doomed to love. May is returned, and I die. Three days ago, the anniversary of our meeting; and, alas! of our eternal separation, after a day of killing emotion, I caused myself to be led once more to behold the face of nature. I caused myself to be carried to some meadows some miles distant from my cottage; the grass was being mowed, and there was the scent of hay in the fields; all the earth look fresh and its inhabitants happy.”

 

 

Too dark.

 

2/5* 

Book Confession: نيرنج  by محمد جمال

Neyranj By Mohammad Jamal

Neyrang is a word in Pahlavi meaning religious ceremonies. The Arabic version of Neyrang is Neyranj. In Old written Persian manuscripts of Yasna, Vispard and Vendidad (Avesta; the primary collection of religious texts of Zoroastrianism) a large number of Neyrang or religious ceremonies have been recorded such as Kesti (Kushti) Neyrang where they were reading a brief prayer while tying and/or opening the Kesti belt. In this claim, the Neyrang have been thought to have had extraordinary effects. A great deal of Neyrangs is still available in Pazand language. One of the parts of the Avesta is called Neyrangestaan, which is the book of Persian ceremonies and rituals. After the fall of the Sassanid, Neyrang meant magic, charm and witchcraft.

This novel is a collection of the story of several people who come together in a lively journey and are balancing and completing each other. One of these characters is Hoskold. The blue eyes Aphrodite from the land of magic, whom we should refer him here; the key for the treasure or as he is called by his nickname; Hos was unhappy with his current life; after all sacrifices that he had done for the sake of their land and silent wooden God, he did not receive gratitude from his wife or his people nor from their God. Leaving his birth place, he met Atheer and his friends. For him it was first time seeing people with black hair and darker skin and being under their friendly, generous yet different company gave him live feelings therefore he asked Atheer to travel with them to Baghdad. For him they were a new adventure and for them he was a key to the newly found treasure. Being in Baghdad and among people with different knowledge and belief, Hos craving for learning went up until finally he gets the opportunity to face Maryam and  opens the first page of dialogue where his window opens to a new world.

 

Frontiers are always changing. There are many writers challenging the border between fiction and nonfiction. Here we see clearly that the author has done a great job where he has brought in our hand a sole writing style by inventing a novel with help of reality and facts written in philosophical technique.

I was lost between chapters until maybe half of the book and that’s what I mentioned to the author but I kept my hope high and did not regret when I reach to end. The effort of the author for his researches and reading obviously great books to be able to write his novel is highly appreciated.

 

The book is written in Arabic and unfortunately does not have any English version or other languages as far as my knowledge and my Arabic is not that perfect (believe me Arabic language is one of the hardest languages with tough and strong grammar) however below is a paragraph of the book that I tried to translate for you guys:

 

التنين قال للرسول:

بماذا يفتخر بنو آدم على غيرهم

أ بكبر الجثة

أم بالشدة و القوة

أو بالقهر و الغلبة؟

إن كان افتخارهم بواحدة منها ذهبت الى هناك و نفخت نفخة واحدة أحرقهم من أولهم إلى آخرهم ثم جذبتهم برجوع نفسي فبلعتهم.

 قال الرسول: لا يفتخرون بشيء من ذلك و لكن برجحان العقل و فنون العلم و غرائب الادب و لطائف الحيل و دقة الصنائع و الفكر و التمييز و الرؤية و ذكاء النفس.

 

 

Dragon said to the Messenger:

What is the pride of the children of Adam over others?

Is it because of enlarged body?

Or power and strength?

Or conquer and overcome?

If they were proud of one of these, I will go there and blew one puff burning them from the first to the last one and then dragged them back myself and swallowed them.

The messenger said: They do not take pride for any of these, but the bragging of the mind and the arts of science and the strangeness of literature and the scopes of tricks and accuracy of the works and thought and acumen and vision and intelligence of the soul.

 

The book might be seen as a novel but for me:

Describing places such as Market of Baghdad in golden days

Small yet important details regarding the practice of medicine in the old days

Passion of middle eastern people for knowledge

Reading Ayatul Kursi for keeping away the evil eyes

Astronomy

The love of father for his child

Old terms and phrases

Differences and similarities of nation’s belief and culture

Or the story of the first murder on earth

And power of human’s eternal love for this mortal world

These are called knowledge and History.

 

 

A piece of 1000 and 1 nights.

 

4/5*

Book confession: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A socially famous man; Roger Button is informed of having a newborn son. Heading to hospital to meet his son, he finds out that his son does not look normal like other infants instead he looks old and different. His parents feel ashamed of his situation but they try to adjust with the current circumstances. They finally name him Benjamin.

Benjamin grows in a different way. He grows younger each year. He gets along well with older people and does not act like other children.

When Benjamin grows to be in his twenties, he meets Hildegarde. They fall in love, marry and have a son; Roscoe. But as we mentioned Benjamin grows younger and Hildegarde gets older so he loses interest in her.

Benjamin heads off to participate in Spanish-American war. When he returns as he is getting younger, he appears to be in similar age with his son. Deciding to start his education, he enrols in Harvard and then in prep school. Now he is in similar age of his grandson!

“I shall tell you what occurred, and let you judge for yourself”

From this sentence we understand that the first person narrator wants to share a story with us therefore he is witnessing what is happening with Benjamin. My second read of #Francis_Scott_Key_Fitzgerald. If you have read “The great Gatsby” then you would know that his work involves an unbelievable fantasy:

We read that baby Benjamin actually is not a baby, he is an old man who is growing to be a baby!

We read that an old man born baby gets along with his grandfather better than children in his age!

We read that Benjamin while growing older he gets younger and dies as a baby!

 

With his imagistic conflict and complicated writing style Fitzgerald hits all your senses as you read.

 

 3/5*

Book confession: Lamb to the Slaughter

Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl

One of great short stories by Roald Dahl. Almost whatever I have read by this author can be considered as brilliant unique tales. Here we meet Mary; Mrs. Maloney who is married to a detective and expecting her delivery in next few months. On every working day and near the five pm, she waited patiently her husband’s arrival from work. They had drinks and then small chat. On that particular day they had a plan to have dinner out but when he said “I’ve already told you, don’t make supper for me. I’m going out”, she simply walked behind him and swung him with the big frozen lamb.

 

A very short story but very engaging and exiting one. Tension in the air.

 

4/5

Book confession: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Logans #4)

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Logans #4) by Mildred D. Taylor

The narrator of the story is Cassie Logan; a 9 years old girl among her siblings. She is kind, brave and intelligent but very naive about racism. Her other siblings are Stacy (12), Christopher (7) and Clayton (6). The Land where Logan family lives was bought by their grandfather from Harlan Granger.

In the school, Ms. Daisy Crocker who - I did not like her – is also black and perfectly should understand children’s feeling but instead is a careless and emotionless person and we read that clearly when while giving books to children she does not remove the chart where its mentioned “Nigra”.

Children are well raised by their parent though of all difficulties that they witness but still are raised with love, care, respect and hope. No matter of hard times that they have but eventually we see the success of the Logan family.

Cassie; the 9 years old girl grows through the course of the novel, naturally girls in her age still play with doll and joke around but she learns that racism is something to fight when possible and tolerate when necessary.

The name of a place where Cassie is living does not appear in the book but we learn that she is somewhere in rural Mississippi near a place called Strawberry. The story takes place in 1933, during the Great Depression. Mr. Logan works on a railroad and Mrs. Logan is a teacher. They both work hard to make sure their children are raised better, independent and proud.

Principles, Values, Ethics, Morals and Ideals not just have been changed, they are dead.

 

1933:

Cassie’s world was changing and not everyone was happy about it.

2017:

 

Our world is changing and not everyone is happy about it.

 

5/5*

Book confession: First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (Daughter of Cambodia #1) by Loung Ung

A heartbreaking biography of a human rights activist during her childhood. She remembers when her life crumbles around her and her family members disappeared one by one. She adores her father who is a member of military police and when the events gets missed up, her father position puts them in a danger.

The Khmer Rouge Regime: A group of followers of the communist party of Kampuchea, was formed in 1968 and finally in 1979 the Regime was removed by the Vietnam in Cambodian-Vietnamese war. During their active years they killed almost one quarter of the population of Cambodia.

Loung Ung was a 5 year little girl and what we read is a horrible memories that she is sharing with us. As a child she is happy living in her joyful boundary with her siblings, friends and parents and no child deserves such crucial incident to be part of her life.

This is a book that once you touch you will not keep it down.

This is a memory that once is shared will not be erased from your mind.

 

This is a story that if you are a human will hunt you forever.

 

5/5* 

Book confession: The Mist

The Mist by Stephen King

One of the sci-horror books of an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. Yes when we say these that means when you read his books, your hint wisdom does not work!

The whole time I was just wondering who will survive at the end.

 

I should admit after finishing the book, I watched the movie which was away different from the book. I love the movie’s ending much more than the book but I do not mean that the book was not great. As usual his writing keeps you uninterrupted consequently you will carry on reading and that’s what I like more in Stephen King’s books. It is a nowadays classic where things just happens without “why”s and that’s the creepiest part in King’s writings. But then the movie went in a different way and a kind of I liked the movie more. I was going to rate it 4 but by seeing the movie my rating went down to 3.5.

 

 

3.5/5*

Book confession: Sketches of Young Couples

Sketches of Young Couples by Charles Dickens

The Couple Who Dote Upon Their Children

The couple who dote upon their children have usually a great many of them; six or eight at last. The children are either the healthiest in all the world, or the most unfortunate in existence. In either case, they are equally the theme of their doting parents, and equally a source of mental anguish and irritation to their doting parent’s friends.

The couple who dote upon their children recognize no dates but those connected with their births, accidents, illnesses, or remarkable deeds. They keep a mental almanac with a vast number of innocent’s-day, all in red letter. They recollect the last coronation, because on that day little Tom fell down the kitchen stairs; the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, because it was on the fifth of November that Ned asked whether wooden legs were made in heaven and cocked hats grew in gardens.

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Collection of short stories of Couples (young, old and matured) under different subjects describing their actions, thoughts and decisions as couple. These subjects are chosen as a moral essay to raise the awareness and information in young couple for coming generation of both sexes.

 

The Young Couple

The Formal Couple

The Loving Couple

The Contradictory Couple

 The Couple Who Dote Upon Their Children

The Cool Couple

The Plausible Couple

The Nice Little Couple

The Egotistical Couple

The Couple Who Coddle Themselves

 

The Old Couple

 

4/5* 

Book confession: 1984

1984 by George Orwell

If you have noticed, most of readers in instagram have a post of 1984 book. This is my first time reading 1984 but my second read of George Orwell (Animal Farm). I always was wondering why on all book covers “eye” is there. Frankly speaking the cover never attracted me but I love books with numbers, they sound fishy. Anyways one of the books that I just recently read in our current month; Sept.2017 was 1984 by George Orwell. Let’s talk about the plot first:

Winston Smith is a member of ruling Party in London. Wherever he goes he is being watched even in his own home, not only him but the whole nation of Oceania. The Big Brother -as they call the Leader of this Party – has a new plan to implement on people; forcing an invented language called Newspeak. By impalement this language they want to prevent political rebellion so that mean you are not allowed to have rebellious thoughts! Therefore our Winston hates the Party and gets frustrated and to overcome his frustration, he illegally purchases a diary and records all his criminal thoughts (I started to like this guy but…). On the other hand he becomes obsessed with one of powerful Party member who he believes running a secret group to overthrow the Party but the most important of all he receives an “I love you” note from the dark-haired girl; Julia.

We notice in the society that Winston is living there are different Ministries that are handling different matters such as Ministry of Love, truth and so on where they have their means to pressure you and get what they want.

In one simple phrase:

 

1984 is a different version of our current world where Big Brothers (hidden hands) are creating a mysterious Party operated by O’Brian (corrupted governmental leaders) to destroy Winston (revolutionary countries) and control Julia (needy nations).

 

4/5*

Book confession: My Name Was Armagan

My Name Was Armagan by Yoshie Akira

Armagan (Gift) is a nine years Afghani girl who always plays outside of their yard with her brother Atash (Fire). One day while playing they here a horrible sound and their mother calls them to come back to her in a frighten voice. The voices makes her more scared and she tells her mother that she is scared and when she looks up to see her mother all that she sees is; RED color and Atash is ...
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These kind of true stories are all over the world. We do hear constantly a child, a mother, a father, a neighbor , A HUMAN is killed; shot to death. 


We grow, we educate ourselves, we learn, we build a civilization but we are far away from being civilized by lacking the major adjective as a human being: HUMANITY.


Where we have reached by killing others?
Where we have reached by destroying other lands?
Where we have reached by pretending being civilized? 

 

 

4/5*

Book confession: O Pioneers!

O Pioneers! (Great Plains Trilogy #1) by Willa Cather

The story is set sometimes in 18..’s in a town of Hanover and told by the narrator: The narrator introduces four main characters who are:

1.    Emil Bergson; the young man

2.    Alexandra; the older sister

3.    Carl; the friend

4.    Marie Shabata; the little child

 

-   Alexandra had a very strong personality, full of courage and strength. As the eldest child she took care of the family and became an ideal of the strong American Pioneer while she was a child of Swedish immigrant family.

-   Emil was the youngest son of the family, the tall, athletic and the motto for American’s immense promise who fall in love with his neighbor! He was free from all obligations. Went to college and explore the world.

-   Carl who had a very special friendship relation with Alexandra that through the years became stronger was sensitive, intelligent and gloomy guy.

-   Marie the love of Emil, the pretty bohemian lady. She gave a tragedy to the story.

Difficulty in relationship between people and the society was one of the greatest theme discussed in the novel at least that what I understood from the novel or what I thought the author message was. Alexandra was the symbol of an individual who resisted with all her power against the universal and all the human desires to be a remarkable personality.

And at the end I would like to you;

O Pioneers!

 

What are you teaching to the world?

Book confession: Suzy

Suzy by Gary L. Beer

When you are extremely upset , disappointed and are not able to control your action that’s the time you make a wrong stuff, Suzy she kills her boyfriend and chops him into pieces and digs a huge hole and buries him..

Suzy had a long term relation with Doug, though he was cheating her with someone else and spite of being beaten but still she was giving him a second chance – what a crazy girl! –

One day while they are in middle of some argument, unable to control her action she grabs the letter opener and plunge it to his neck. The next she realizes that Doug is on floor floating in blood.

One of her old admirer; Lewis gives her visit at home and he suspects of fishy things around the house and she finally confronts him with the truth. Lewis decides to be of assistance and eradicates Doug’s body parts from her house and he becomes officially a crime partner…

I don’t know why but during the whole time of reading I Imagined Suzy middle aged chubby brownish color skin with some southern accent, don’t ask me why or how because I absolutely don’t know the answer all I know that my imagination was on whole time. Suzy’s character was strangely weird and supper cold, I mean she killed the guy and the next day was chatting and roaming around with Lewis like nothing happened. And then Lewis; charming and pretty clever or I should admit pretty well in getting rid of dead bodies like this was his talent and Sharon!!

And then the ending… that was not what I guessed!

 

What do you think? Was it a bad decision? Was it something that she should regret for? What would you do if you were Suzy?

 

 

3.5/5*

Book confession: The Daughter

The Daughter by C.B Cooper

Couple of year s back, Gracie’s father left her with her cruel mum and her spoiled by mama; brother. When her mum got sick and died after a while she buried her and the brother left her alone. She was handling everything in their farm. After passing almost four years her loveable father returned home but she had only the chance to spend one night with him. She could feel when something bad was going to happen but when she informed her father, it was too late. A group of outlaw men came, raped her repeatedly and shot her and then killed her father. But she did not die; she came back to life but was that her? or they have awaken something dark? Without resting and very determined she went out to chase those criminals. Reverend Sharp heard the news. He loved Gracie as his daughter. He removed his white collar and became “Sharp, Sam Sharp” and decided to “track down poor Gracie and help her exact revenge on the worth piles of human shit that killed her pa”.

 

Reading The Daughter reminded me of watching old cowboy movies where they were trying to avoid Indians but the real problem was among themselves. Characters of this book were pretty deep where through the reading gradually you’ll end up knowing them better and deeper. Since I enjoyed the reading so I began searching for part two and I was glad to find what was hidden for Gracie or as she started to call herself “Angel”.

 

3/5* 

Book confession: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls #2)

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls #2)  by Ally Carter

I was searching for some adventure read and I picked the first that I found free to read: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy. I should admit that I did not have a clue about the book but I loved it from the first written phrase which says:

“Just be yourself”.

 

This is the thing that I repeat telling myself as well others: just be yourself. So the book got my attention and started to read but then stopped in the middle since my self-vocation started and as some know I don’t read during my vocations. As soon as I returned the book was again in my hand and I finished it within the next couple of days. The story was amusing, fun, humorous and a kind of young adult book. I got super stocked with it and was not disappointed. The plot line was appealing and overall it was a light read.

 

4/5*

Book confession: My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

Darkness, mystery and suspense, more than what we notice in Rebecca. I liked reading Rebecca but I guess I liked Rachel more; it gave me the creepy feeling from the start.  

Though she is the topic of the story but we meet Rachel in the mid of the book. The first couple of chapters there are only notes, remarks and some gossips about her character and existence. Imagine if only some comments regarding her keeps you in continues struggle of anxiety then what will happen when you finally meet her?!

Philip is raised by his cousin Ambrose since he was an infant. They complete each other. The love, attention, passion, understanding and the most important the correlation between them is more than anyone imagines. As well as having Ambrose in his life, he has his godfather; Mr. Kendall. Mr. Kendall has a daughter who is a close friend with Philip. They are used to share their thoughts and understand each other. When Ambrose decides to spend his winter in a warmer place as of having some health issues, he and Philip regularly write to each other. They are far from each other but still they are aware of each other’s steps. One of the letters gives a sense of joy and at the same time strange feeling to Philip. Ambrose is happy, overflowed with joy, new love and comfort but strange because this cousin is found sudden from nowhere! Rachel is a widow from Italy who is portrayed by Ambrose as perfect as you may imagine but each letter keeps Philip more suspicious, more curious with fear specially when he receives the last letter.

 

With all the elements of anonymity and tension, the touch of romance are surprisingly is felt all over the book. Until the last sentence, please be my guest and keep your mind ready for hints.

 

 

 4/5*

Book confession: A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Though the story was short with simple plot and easy to follow but it took me time to analyze and put my thoughts into a review. Through the reading it is obvious that The Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge is cruel and harsh in his talk and even behaviors to other but he has done no harm to a person other than he has lost his way to become a charitable person, well as his name refers it is very clear that he is stingy with the money and nothing else matters more.

 One day when Scrooge comes back to his dark, cold and lonely flat and while opening the door, he gets a visit from a ghost. That ghost is the spirit of his dead partner; Jacob Marley whom he informs him that some more visits he will receive from other spirits. In his new experience he falls in a deep sleep and inters a journey to a past where the new sprits shows the world that was surrounding Scrooge’s life “ a shadow of the things that have been, they are what they are”.

 

For the next three nights he experiences different feelings, stages and journeys and struggles to finally find his lost Christmas spirit to remain a kind, generous and affectionate human. The spiritual values every so often get change, lost of replace in our life for different reasons but it will be very grateful if we keep practicing ethical sacred values which were inherited by our ancestors who made our history with their dignities.

 

 

4/5*

Book confession: Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

This is one of old books promised by me to be read but always left on the corner of wooden bookshelf. I was intending to read the book next month but I do not go with the plan so the next I found I was on the 6th page reading Northanger Abbey.

Novels!

Reading many will keep us delusioning between reality and idealism and reading a few; shunts our knowledge. In fact the truth is Novels are part of our life, no they are based on our life.

Allen’s family offer Morlands if possible to take their sweet daughter; Catherine to Bath: a kind of resort to British society for wealthy members and they agree. The 17 years old Catherine though is a beautiful, talented, sweet and wise girl yet she naïve and has a wild imagination for the reason that of reading too many novella – aren’t we all like her? –

She discovers a new world through new friends that are introduced in the new society. She finds a new friend; Isabella who waste no time flirting young and wealthy guys and as well she expands her new friendship with Tilney’s siblings; Henry and Eleanor and soon she is invited to a short visit by the Tilney’s to their father’s castle. During her visit her imagination grows wider and darker and starts to create new ideas that may match the darkness of her imagination. In this short time her friendship with Eleanor grows becomes closer to Henry. Her feelings to Henry grow deeper but when she confronts him about her theory then the relationship shaken and …

One of the themes in this novel is reading. Here we notice how Ms. Austen is trying to tell us reading can be a treasure but then we all know that treasures may benefit us or detriment. And another great theme which we observe that has a great impact on the character’s behavior and manners is the society and class; money my dears talks here! There is an old Indian proverb which really describes this theme; says:

 

“paisa feko tamasha dekho”, which means: throw money and watch the show. If I was a person living in those times or in such society, believe me I could not stand a second breathing such filthy air, frankly speaking our current society moreover is not any different since we are witnessing that people have a incorrect understanding of “Class” definition.

 

 

3/5*

Book confession: The House of the Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The House of the Seven Gavle; the house with a long history.  This house or we shall call it a mansion belongs to Pyncheon family. Colonel Pyncheon coveted the house from Matthew Maule, the local farmer who originally built the house. Well there is a saying that Matthew Maule was accused by Colonel Pyncheon with witchcraft and he was hanged. Another saying was that Matthew Maule cursed Pyncheons family forever. And the worst; some said the curse persists in plaguing the old house and its inhabitants.  

Now there is an old lady living in the palace; Hepzibah Pyncheon. One day her niece arrives at home and she notices the cheer in the house so she asks her to stay for another couple of weeks. They notice that despite the darkness of this old mansion, Phoebe handles to lessen it and the joys is seen everywhere. And then Clifford, Hepzibah’s brother arrives as well and his mental health gets much better while being around Phoebe.

And then Phoebe goes back home.

We notice the darkness that is shadowed by the curse and controlling the house and people who are living in this house seems powerless to help themselves. There is also extra portion of elements are seen in all characters. For example Phoebe was too sweet, Clifford was too funny, Hepzibah was too amused and Holgrave was too dry but I guess together all of them make the story; fatty.

The story is set during the time of Salem witchcraft, were lots of people were accused of practicing sorcery and were hanged. Our author also was born and raised in the same place so I guess he took the help from his around. Actually he is one of descendant of Judge Hathorne; one of the characters in the book. Judge Hathorne was also one of the judges among others in the witch trials in Salem.

 

I appreciate the effort of the author for writing the story of The House of the Seven Gables to relay us the true story of his ancestors which was part of a great history as well. Real stories always have a special part and respect in my heart.

 

 

4/5*

Book confession: The Castle of Otranto

The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

 

·         The Prince of Otranto Castle; Manfred plans to marry his son; Conrad to daughter of Marquis of Vicenza; Isabella.

·         Conrad dies by a giant helmet on the day of wedding and everyone thinks it’s because of Theodore the magician.

·         Since he has lost his son, Manfred asks Isabella to marry him.

·         Isabella’s father the Knight suddenly appears.

·         Manfred makes a deal with Knight, he offers his daughter; Matilda to marry him in return so he be able to marry Isabella.

·         Matilda gets killed by the hand of her father.

·         And then we notice that the true heir for The Castle of Ortanto is…

 

One of the oldest British novels by novelist Horace Walpole. A barbarian, gothic and illusory story. The cruel Prince Manfred was ruling not only the castle but as well the people in the castle and around it. His character was full of anger. Through the reading you will notice how ruthless, bad tempered, wicked and heartless he was. Having such corrupt personality, he believed that he had the power to control and plan for everyone’s life. There was an ancient prophecy that said “the castle and lordship of Otranto should pass from the present family, whenever the real owner should be grown too large to inhabit it” and he blindly believed in that. He banished his wife, picked a wife for his son and a husband for his daughter and when this plan did not go well he arranged another one. Just because of a mysterious prophecy, how far someone can go?

 

 

4/5*

Book confession: Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

The Yorkshire farmer and the owner of Wuthering Heights; Mr. Earnshaw bring an orphan boy to his home. The boy will be called Heathcliff in a memory of a lost child of Mr. Earnshaw. Heathcliff is asked to live together with Mr. Earnshaw’s children; Catherin and Hindley but none of his children like or accept the boy. They grow up and the affection of Catherine toward Heathcliff changes and she begins to accept him. After the death of Mr. Earnshaw the insults and discriminations gets worst and Heathcliff begins to think about revenge.  The flame of revenge grows hotter and he loses his touch of humanity and he becomes a copy of people whom he did not like once.

“You teach me now how cruel you've been - cruel and false. Why did you despise me? Why did you betray your own heart, Cathy? I have not one word of comfort. You deserve this. You have killed yourself. Yes, you may kiss me, and cry; and wring out my kisses and tears: they'll blight you - they'll damn you. You loved me - what right had you to leave me? “ 

Nemesis and malice, Vindictiveness and malice.

I have seen lots of good comments and the rating for the book was quiet high so forgive me if my review does not match with others. The book had a dark bitter plot in general with cheerless feelings; it felt like reading #Villette by #Charlotte_Brontë. Villette made me feel hopeless and Wuthering Heights made me feel bad. Picking books of Bronte sisters gives the joy and happy feeling of reading classic books but this was the second book that I did not sense those feelings. On the other hand, there is no doubt that Bronte’s writing style is unique, wise and pretty excellent:

 

“Seventy times seven times have you preposterously forced me to resume my seat. The four hundred and ninety-first is too much. Fellow-martyrs, have at him! Drag him down, and crush him to atoms, that the place which knows him may know him no more!’

 

 

3.5/5*

bOOK CONFESSION: Burn for Burn Trilogy

Burn for Burn Trilogy by Jenny Han

My longest summer read: Burn for Burn Trilogy.

“The words come out of my mouth, but they don’t sound like me. I don’t sound like me. Probably because I know it’s all lies. But I can see that they’re lies that Reeve believes. He swallows them whole. His eyes go blank. Empty. He completely shuts down.”

Bad things can happen, even to good people and here we mean good girls, they don’t cry; they get even, they don't wait for karma, they arrange the karma.  

Lillia: does not trust boys any more. (Alex)

Kat: rumors and insults caused by her ex-best friend. (Rennie)

Mary:  she left the jar island four years back because of a boy. (Reave)

Jar island; the quiet peaceful and safe place that parent sleep while doors are open and now….

Three girls with different background and different ambition now get together in Jar Island to make everything right, they do not want to wait for karma to catch up those people that hurt them for that reason they want to plan for a perfect revenge.

The titles, the book covers and the story grabbed my attention, it even made me irritated actually in a good way that I felt a kind of relaxed, I mean I remembered how some stupid students were bullying some other classmates and they were not able to do a thing and I hated that. I never liked these kind of stuff and was always reporting these incidents to the principal but never seen an action. So by reading Burn for Burn I was happy that the girls took their revenge by their hands. Among the three, Lillia is more strong and smart.

 

Books are involved about the friendship and revenge at any cost. If you are a fan of paranormal stuff then you will definitely love the paranormal elements that it brought to the story.

 

 

3.5/5*

Book confession: Indiscretion

Indiscretion by Nina Kari

“Benjamin Collins” a guy who has BA in child education but actually a kind of a person who makes a wrong choice with some children. During his history class in his new high school he meets couple of students who really have some behavior and attitude issues – tell me about it – and tries his best to help them but then the story goes in a different direction. One of the students that gets his attention is Katerina. She has a twin sister by the name of Kathelene, although they are twins but their personalities, attitude and behavior differs.  Kathelene has a childish, weak or let’s say a follower character and opposite of her Katerina is strong, matured and antagonist. Since the mother is a drug addict she is her sister’s keeper, she is the one managing their life. One night Ron decides to surprise his friend; Collins and cheer him up so he forgets his miserable marriage life. He meets Kimberly who is a look alike of Katerina, he thinks! Is that a coincidence? Is she a copy of her or she is …

 

This is my second read of Nina Kari. Her writing style is very simple. Subjects that she chooses for her storytelling are good but if she will be more realistic and goes deeper, I guess the book will be much better.  Trust, harassment, parental right and responsibilities, teenage behavior, drugs and addiction are very deep themes which needs to be addressed in our current life but when we choose such subject we need to deal with them in a clear realistic method so the readers or audience will understand the importance of above mentioned issues and handle them more seriously.

 

 

3/5*

Book confession: Forbidden Fantasy

Forbidden Fantasy by Nina Kari

Oh God, there was too much heat in the air! That book was not my type hahahahaha. There were too many 4 and 5 stars ratings in Goodreads and I thought it’s a kind of puzzle to be solved but it was all about romance. There was no single chapter where you don’t feel the heat. I don’t mean to say it was not worthy reading it but maybe it would be better reading it when I was 17! And believe me during those ages I was still reading Tolstoy; Leo is my all time hero (for God sake what kind of teenage I was?).

Anyways the story was about a teacher/student relationship, I mean a different relationship.

The only relationship I had with my teachers was a hate-teasing one! I even remember on a teacher day I dried some flies, lizard and cockroach and packed them so beautifully and gave it as a gift to one of my Physics teacher - Poor that guy - .

It was a very very easy read and fast one, honestly I skipped couple of lines (I’m sorry I get bored with romantic books) but it had its magic to retain you not leaving the book. Full of romance as I said but with some little action and mystery. A Seventeen old high school girl while having her own boyfriend from the same school – only school knows about it – falls in love with his English teacher who is older than her a couple maybe 7 to 10 years (they say language teachers always have the charm!). This guy does not have a history. From the first chapters you feel his creepy, a kind of guy with mysterious past but then through the storytelling you will figure what, why, when! The girl also is a kind of weird person, I mean come on make your mind and chose one. Her relationship with her stepmother was not a happy one. She always had to find a reason not to be involved with her in any kind of chat or issue but she knew that she is the woman who makes her papa happy. Getting involved in a kind of wrong relationship kept her always on the edge of fear that what if someone finds out and …

 

The plot was simple yet I guess it was a kind of important issue within the society but it could be brought up to more mature level. There were childish acts all over the book even from the adults a kind of. And then the ending! I was not expecting that but I guess that’s what lovers and some readers hope.

 

3/5*

Book confession: Hush

Hush by Jess Wygle

Let’s read the past and present of Olivia and Callem together. Let’s find the old secret that Callemis keeping away from Olivia. Let’s see what can a secret and a silence may cause to your and others life. 

Book has several chapters that each are divided between Olivia and Callem with a mark of the past and present. The book tells us the story of 2006 and 2013 and what is in between.

“You’re angry with him. You’re angry, but rational. Don’t lose your head. Don’t let him win. You have demands, too. You have to fight.”

She falls for him though he is much older than her but guessing than the maturity together with the respect and love will bring a peaceful life in her future drives her to spend her life with him. They meet in a very odd event as strangers but then they become close and closer. She was 21 and he almost 34. She is an Oncologist and he is a kind of Business man. At first I did not like when I was moving from the future to past but then it got excited and made me curious and started to read faster to know them better.

“She was like a disease. She infected my mind at all hours of the day. “ … “Yes, I did. If I had been thinking rationally, I wouldn’t have, or I would have consulted you first. Rational thinking seems to have left the building since I met you. I don’t know what you’ve done to me. You’ve bewitched me body and soul.”

I fall for the last couple of chapters more; full of action, mystery and kept me anxious to know more and what was next and I hated how it ended and I hated more when I found that the next book is still not published! But I did not regret reading H U S H. It gave a beautiful feeling that made me satisfied, you might ask how or why?! Well you will find everything in this book, the author is great in writing, the style and the storyline, the romance and the thriller, then the mystery and action and at the end those hints…

 

Waiting for the next sequel: #Set_Fire

 

 

4/5*

Book confession: Dauntless

Dauntless (The Lost Fleet #1) by Jack Campbell

This is the first in a series of The Lost Fleet.

Military sci-fi and I rarely pick a sci-fi but this is the second one this month!

Central character Captain Geary recovers from survival hibernation by the Alliance. He wakes up after a long long time that when he wakes up he finds out that his name is just a legend. He has a mission now to save the entire Alliance Fleet and get them safe back home, can he do that?

 

The book had slow pace but if you have the patience and passion for the law of physics then this story is yours. In long run, the book raises the stakes significantly and gives you full understanding of our character’s skills. The plot, the writing, the characterization and the setting is simple yet deep therefore it is an interesting read. 

 

3/5*

Book confession: Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

 

Willy Loman is a salesman. He returns back to his home in Brooklyn after his sales trip. Linda; his wife, requests him to ask his boss to shift him to New York and he promises Linda that he will talk to Mr. Wagner the next day. They have two son; Biff and Happy. They all are unsatisfied with their lives. Displeased with the reality, he starts to fantasize a world of their own where they have a ranch, own a car and a happy relation with their father. A daydream is what he needs to feel happy. But when the daydream grows bigger that’s the time the danger alarm gets red. While playing card with his neighbor he assumes that his boss is entering their door asking him to prepare himself for a trip to Alaska. Charley (the neighbor) when not seeing anyone near the door gets confused and asks Willy if he is ok but Willy gets upset. The daydream develops larger.

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“Why am I trying to become what I don’t want to be … when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am.” 

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The themes that were discussed in this book were certainly great topic abandonment, betrayal, disappointment and achievement. The early abandonment by his father and brother gives his a fear of not being able of raising a perfect family. He feels betrayed when his son does not fulfill his expectations and he certainly is disappointed when everything he dreamed goes wrong.

 

 3.5/5*

Book confession: Metro 2033

Metro 2033 (Метро #1) by Dmitry Glukhovsky

One of the books that I was fooled by the cover, I do not mean the book was bad on the contrary the book was pretty good but I was thinking the story is about something else. Like the other stories, novels and Russian books this one also has the bleak tone. Set in early of 21st century, after a nuclear war group of people are striving to live a new life in subway of Moscow having their own internal war. Humanity has failed with these people. There are two groups; the Dark side and the other ones that trying to survive and we may call them Bright side.

It is a very well written novel where you feel horror in every corner. Artyom is a young man who has forgotten the past, staying in one of the metro stations trying to live his life day by day. For him this is a journey where he is seeking to find the humanity in himself by going through lots of crazy events and stepping on his deepest fear.

 

a mixture of hypnotic unexplainable horror, sci-fi and fantasy where you end up holding your breathe while finding the meaning of humanity when you want to survive.

 

4/5* 

Book confession: The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

“He looked at his own hand. It was quite clean, and then he remembered that the door of his room had been open when he came down from his study, and that consequently he had not touched the handle at all. He went straight into his room, his face quite calm--perhaps a trifle more resolute than usual. His glance, wandering inquisitively, fell on the bed. On the counterpane was a mess of blood, and the sheet had been torn. He had not noticed this before because he had walked straight to the dressing-table. On the further side the bedclothes were depressed as if someone had been recently sitting there.”

Written in a realistic simple way, The Invisible Man tells us his story. The story of invisibility. I, first listen to the audio book which I finished it in less than two hours, her voice and her reading style were good combination that made me continue. Then I grabbed the book which was slipping in my shelf for years. And another Sci-fi book!!! But this one evoked a great interest in me.

 

A strange man in overcoat with wrapped bandages all over his face arrives in small strange village. It is a stormy night. He takes a room at the inn and stays all night and the next day in the room. He stays away from socializing with others. Actually even before this incident he didn’t get along with anyone and now that this happened… he uses the science to create something (that human can’t yet do) and he successfully invents what he desires but his goal changes and uses his inventory for evil and the worst part is when we find out that the secret of this extremely fascinating yet scary is in a hand of another wrong guy. A constant discord was seen in whole story, I mean the invisible man from the first page we clearly knew that he does not want anyone to know about him, as much as he could he wanted to be away and invisible but then the robbery, befriending with Marvel and then reveling his secret it did not turned right.

 

3.5/5* 

Book confession: A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Reviewing work of great authors such as Ernest Hemingway is not an easy thing to do and undoubtedly I’m not the right person to do it. What I loved in our high school was our Persian Language Classes and Literature specially when it was about essays. The fear was all over me at the start of class and joy and passion at the end of class, that’s funny isn’t?! Our teachers always where harsh in choosing the next subject or book for the essay. It was Persian language and literature class but they usually from Five books, One was not Persian. As we were forced to read Hafez, Khayyam and Saadi we were obligated as well to read and know about out of Persian literature. That One was chosen very self-contained yet with insist and full of rich and deep content; Dostoevsky, Shakespeare,  Voltaire, Dumas, Dickens, Bronte, Fielding, Swift, De Cervantes, Flaubert, Alcott, Tolstoy, Eliot, Twain, Kafka, Marquez, Hemingway and lots of other great authors. I proudly appreciate effort of all of our teachers who let us discover valuable works of great writers. One of writers that I really love to read his books was Hemingway.

“All of the sadness of the city came suddenly with the first cold rains of winter, and there were no more tops to the high white houses as you walked but only the wet blackness of the street and the closed doors of the small shops, the herb sellers, the stationery and the newspaper shops, the midwife—second class—and the hotel where Verlaine had died where you had a room on the top floor where you worked.”

Here Hemingway enlightens us about the struggle that he went through as a writer away from and on his land. Hemingway and his wife; Hadley travel to Paris for a new experience as a writer. One of the confessions that he mentioned in this book was his fall for more than once as he says “the old trick”. He befriended a female fashion reporter; Pauline who later cheated his wife because of her and was the reason for their divorce. Later the new couple moved to Florida.

If you are reading #A_moveable_feast or have read it I recommend you as well to read #Hemingway_In_Paris: A Biography of Ernest Hemingway's Formative Paris Years by #Paul_Brody and #A_Farewell_To_Arms by #Hemingway and his most beautiful work about a marvelous story during Spanish Civil War #For_Whom_The_bell_Tolls

 

 

He wrote world’s most amazing stories while he was busy between battlefield, plane crash, fishing, and boxing and under pressure of his family matters, if he was freer imagine what more astonishing he could write!

 

5/5*

Book confession: Don Quixote

Don Quixote By Miguel de Cervantes

Don Quixote de la Mancha

Since my childhood and I’m in love with Latin.

Don Quixote was one of the first cartoon characters who really liked, adored and appreciated him. Whenever the carton was showing, my dad was calling me “come the crazy guy is on TV”, I was like “please Dad don’t call him like that”. For me he was sweet, gentle, sensitive and brave old man.

Dan Quixote was a middle aged gentleman from Spain obsessed with courteous ideals that he read somewhere in books. He decided to sit on his horse and took his sword and started his adventure for the cause of helping and rescuing the needy people and searching for the glory as well and on top of all these to meet his invented love: Dulcinea Del Toboso; the lady whom Don Quixote envisioned her as a princess.

During his adventure Sancho Panza accompanied him while riding on his donkey for the hope that one day Don Quixote will stop his outlandish fantasies and keep his promise and make him the Governor of an island.

Reading too many books about chivalrous knights, he goes mad and starts foolish things.

 

 

Don Quixote’s story covers all the issues in our life; journey, romance, moral matters, battles, trading and culture, punishment, and disloyalty and … but if we analyze the story we should chose the satire genre. It is satirical quest of Cervantes to show us the madness of Don Quixote and to let us enjoy while reading humorously grandiose story of what an Old Mad Man can do for glory and love. 

 

 

4/5* 

Book confession: Billy Budd, Sailor

Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville

Newly assigned as a foretopman, the young Billy starts his new mission. He is eager to learn everything and tries not to fail in any of his assigned tasks and specially avoids the punishment:  the violent lashing given to sailors in case of the failure! He works hard and soon he will earn the affection of his colleagues, BUT…

Summer of 1979 / New York.

The setting is in the last decade of the 18 century. The story is narrated in an omniscient third person voice and has a live and strong effect that gives colors to events and tells the tales of all characters but the main focus is on Billy. You easily will see the conflict between characters such as the goodness, kindness and the innocence of Billy and the spuriousness horrible character of Claggart. 

 

The individual versus society; A deep thematic story.

 

 

4/5*

Book confession: Thinner

Thinner by Richard Bachman (Pseudonym), Stephen King

“In many ways the world is nothing but a pile of shit. But it can also be very beautiful.” 

They are right when they say ‘be careful for what you wish for”.

A tale of a Gypsy curse and its physical and psychological toll and then the “curse of the white man from town”, let’s go deeper and discuss.

The overweight Billy is going through a diet wishing to lose couple of Kg’s. The wife always tracks his weight and encourages him to carry on with his plan to reach his goal. One day while driving the car, he gets distracted and loses the control and hits an old Gypsy lady. She dies.

This thriller story is about the justice, punishment and taking the responsibility for your action. None of the characters in this book are angel; all of them have their flaws specially the main character: Billy Halleck; an arrogant, shallow, fat guy. The curse spreads and does not have mercy even on the most innocent one. 

Not short but a very fast page-turner

 

“Thinner” did not disappoint me.

 

 

4/5*

Book confession: Mortal Remains

Mortal Remains by Peter Clement

Medical.

Mystery.

Fiction.

Suspense.

Agatha Christie in ER.

When all what you love gets together in one place that’s the time you will finish the book within 6 consecutive hours.

One of the shortest sentences that can illustrate this book was “A compelling read.” By Publishers Weekly.

Kelly got disappeared under mysterious circumstances 27 years ago. Dr Garnet was once her secret lover. Dr Charles - The abusive Husband - does not have a clue about the issue. Sheriff Evans is trying his best to resolve the case. Dr Roper is taking the case personally and apparently no one knows what had happened. Now after 27 years a body is found in their small town’s lake.

I loved the small yet deep details that were mentioned by the author such as: Monday, October 22, 10:00A.M. Near Hampton Junction in the southern Adirondack Mountains… The book keeps you tensed and on your toe from the first couple of pages. Your total nerve system is under the control of author while reading each paragraph of Mortal Remains.

 

Well developed characters. My first medical thriller, my first Clement read and certainly my craving genre. 

 

 

4/5*

Book confession: The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

One of the important authors that we were forced to read his works and summarize and the worse part to analyze them in the school. He has a unique writing style. An Italian poet from 13/14th century. Dante was almost nine when he fell in love for the first time. Most of his poetries are about, around and related to that particular person; Beatrice who did not even marry Dante! Her presence is pretty obvious in his work specially in #The_Divine_Comedy

He was lost in the forest. By seeing the bright mountain he decided to climb it but he found a leopard, lion and the wolf stood in his way. He goes back to forest where he meets Virgil. Virgil promises him to lead him on a journey through Hell so that he will be able to enter Paradise. They enter the doorway of Hell and what are not to be seen is seen. They reach to Acheron river where they meet Charon; the ferryman. He takes them to Limbo; the first circle of Hell. They carry on and arrive at second circle meeting Minos. In each circle they move, they do meet all the poets’ resident there. They share their thoughts, dreams and do talk plenty.

 

When we start to search for the right path, it does not mean specifically that we are on wrong path or we have committed a sin. When we read this beautiful jesting poem it is evident that Dante was in a search for truth and as it has been addressed one of Catholic theology: Man must consciously strive for righteousness and morality. What Dante believed was that the man must be aware intellectually of his own need in order to perform the righteous act therefore according to what he believed we can figure out that he thought also the sin is an immorality of the intellect so the darkness in this story refers to unconscious person when he is away from the right path. Through this path he continuously grows wiser trying to find his own salvation.

 

5/5*

Book confession: Self-Reliance and Other Essays

Self-Reliance and Other Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not seek outside yourself = Extra te ne quaesieris = به خارج از خودت نگاه نکنلا تسعى خارج نفسك

 

A journal of thoughts and actions that became an essay for Emerson.

·         Self-Reliance

He explains the importance of self reliance as individual and as in society. It encourages self reliance as a perfect asset. Emerson was born in a Boston. His father was pastor and died from stomach cancer when he was almost eight.  He was raise by his mother and aunt who had a great impact on his life. He went through tough time specially with his health issue; he had TB and actually married a person who had TB as well who died after a year of their marriage.

“Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that. Do the things at which you are great, not what you were never made for.” 

·         Nature

This was his first major work. Emerson explains that nature does not have a personality of its own. When the weather is stormy, we say the nature is upset but actually we are pointing the human feelings and emotions to the nature.

“Prayer that craves a particular commodity—anything less than all good, is vicious. Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view. It is the soliloquy of a beholding and jubilant soul. It is the spirit of God pronouncing his works good. But prayer as a means to effect a private end is theft and meanness. It supposes dualism and not unity in nature and consciousness. As soon as the man is at one with God, he will not beg.” 

·         The American soldier

 

Emerson clarifies in his work the influence of the past and books, actions and education of thinking man. The time that he wrote his essay, the higher education was only allowed for men, the essay was published in an honorary society of male college; Harvard's Phi Beta Kappa Society.

 

4/5*

Book confession: The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

 

“Well, hello Clarice.”

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The hunted and the hunter.

Clarice Starling; our star for this unbelievable thriller.

Clarice is a FBI agent who her specialty is exploring behavioral science. She is a young, beautiful yet matured, intelligent and brave from a small town. She always wanted to discover things out of her world and she was pretty capable to achieve most of the things she desired but she never turned against her roots. After the death of her father, she grows up with her relatives in a farm.  

 

“Lecter: you still wake up sometimes, don’t you? Wake up in the dark and hear the screaming of the lambs.”

 

We constantly read that Clarice is reminded about her dream of Lambs but we don’t see a single lamb around her. Saving those lambs in Clarice’s nightmare is a sign for something else which Hannibal Lecter trying to analyze it for her through a thriller journey.  On the other hand our crazy extraordinary serial killer; Hannibal, a Psychopath who likes his meat rare!!! He is a freak but I kind of love him (I’m another monster who falls for abnormalities). Though he has his beast wildish side as he does not know the sense of guilt but he is charming as well; Lecter is a cultured man, he appreciates art and beauty while he eats people in his spare time!

 

 

“LECTER: Why do you think he takes their skins, Officer Starling? Thrill me with your acumen.

CLARICE: It excites him. Most serial killers keep some sort of trophies.

DR. LECTER: I didn't.

CLARICE: No. No, you ate yours.”

How come you won’t fall for these two?! Remarkable, they absolutely understand each other, they read each other, both they have gone through a harsh life trauma and were lack of love and care leaded them to be unable to connect but each of them showed in different way. Lecter’s emotional range appears shallow but he has the ability to understand others emotions and the same we notice in Clarice.

 

I loved the psychology method of notifying us how early age trauma may affect whole life one person.

 

 

5/5* 

Book confession: Villette

Villette by Charlotte Brontë

“The love, born of beauty was not mine; I had nothing in common with it: I could not dare to meddle with it, but another love, venturing diffidently into life after long acquaintance, furnace-tried by pain, stamped by constancy, consolidated by affection’s pure and durable alloy, submitted by intellect to intellect’s own tests, and finally wrought up, by his own process, to his own unflawed completeness, this Love that laughed at Passion, his fast frenzies and his hot and hurried extinction, in this Love I had a vested interest; and whatever tended either to its culture or its destruction, I could not view impassibly.”

 

The novel opens with Lucy’s visit to her godmother. Lucy is sheltered girl who is now under protection and care of Mrs. Bretton. She grows and she will be left on her own; alone in the world. She travels to London and then to Villette and here is that she finds out how unprepared she is for life, how lonely she feels among people and how depressed are her emotions.

There was a sad feeling in her chapter, darkness in the story. Loneliness, sadness, depression, rejection and surrender were all over the book, but I can’t call the book; bad! Maybe we should say: a beautiful heartbreaking story. It was a kind of Jane Eyre with differences.

Lucy Snowe is telling us her story. She is a young woman with no family and friends. She is shy and lonely and does not believe in finding a true friend or love but at the same time she is intelligent and observant. The past and her later future are hidden; she does not relay any information to us, no clue of her past and keeps us guessing about her future.

 

I guess Lucy is the darkest character among all other Bronte’s personalities.  

 

3/5*

Book confession: Prisoner of Night and Fog

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Historical fiction; that what takes my full attention.

I heard lots of good comments and read lots of good reviews and let me tell you this book every good note that you guys had mentioned.

With a foggy atmosphere “Prisoner of Night and Fog” takes you to life of Gretchen Muller whom in this novel is Adolf Hitler’s niece.

Historically speaking Hitler had a niece whose name was Angela Maria –Geli- Ruabal. She lived with him and it has been documented that she committed suicide while she was young. The history says that she was the she was treated as a prisoner; she was harassed by Hitler and not allowed to have relationship with anyone. She was found dead from a gunshot in Hitler’s apartment and with his pistol. He did not attend her funeral and later he declared that she was the only woman he had ever loved.

Back to our story:

 

The combination of the reality and fiction in this novel was fantastic. The author used the basic information of the real life of Geli and the historical locations and blended with fiction and what came out was: Prisoner of Night and Fog. The way that she described the places it’s amazing, you will definitely feel you are in the scene and following the journey. The book is eventful and keeps you anxious but you will breathe the fresh air when Gretchen meets Daniel. Some parts of the book were slow but were worth the wait.

 

5/5*

Book confession: The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope

Lady Carbury; a female author is worried about her daughter and son’s feature. She wishes to find an heir to marry her son; Sir. Felix and struggles to convince her daughter; Hetta to marry her cousin; Roger Carbury who is deeply in love with Hetta but Hetta is in love with Roger’s friends; Paul (ya ya ya life is always complicated). Paul had a fiancé whom he adored her but Roger persuaded Paul that Mrs. Hurtle is not the right person to be a wife of an English man and now that Paul has a feeling for Hetta, Roger is feeling a kind of betrayed (well you eat what you plant!).

“I have all the world to choose from, but no reason whatever for a choice.” 

I should admit that I love the writing style of #Anthony_Trollope. This was my first read of his work but I really enjoyed it. There was a dark satire in his novel, I don’t know about his other books but if the rest are like The Way We Live Now then I’m absolutely in love with this guy. 

Trollope’s portray of the characters is the reflection of our real life. Lady Carbury is a loyal wife and loving mother yet despicable; she flirts with editors so they can review her book. Roger is a sensitive decent English gentleman who sacrifices his own love to make his love happy. When the society is corrupted by fraud, finance and economic dishonesty we require these kinds of authors. Trollope was trying to tell us that in order to rectify the problem we need to analyze the situation fully to know the factors that contributed to the problem.

 

A long but very exceptional novel. 

 

 

5/5*

Book confession: Leaves of Grass

Leaves of Grass By Walt Whitman

WHEN I READ THE BOOK

 

 

When I read the book, the biography famous,

And is this then (said I) what the author calls a man’s life?

And so will someone when I am dead and gone write my life?

(As if any man really knew aught of my life,

Why even I myself I often think know little or nothing of my real life,

Only a few hints, a few diffused faint clews and indirections

I seek for my own use to trace out here.)

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COME, SAID MY SOUL,

 

Such verses for my Body let us write, (for we are one,)

That should I after return,

 Or, long, long hence, in other spheres,

 There to some group of mates the chants resuming,

 (Tallying Earth's soil, trees, winds, tumultuous waves,)

Ever with pleas'd smile I may keep on,

Ever and ever yet the verses owning—as, first, I here and now

Signing for Soul and Body, set to them my name.

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The most beautiful book of poetry I have ever read. By reading Leaves of Grass I found out how a person can explore, discuss and observes his individuality. How to understand the achievements, capabilities and possibilities. How to grow your mind. How to value the greatest gift: Life. If you discover your soul, understand the nature, precious the time, get in piece with your theology, accept the death and combine all these then that’s the time you'll know who you are, why you’re here and what your purpose is.

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4/5*

Book confession: Tree and the Storm

Tree and the Storm by PF Farraday

Paperback

Published: April 10th 2017 by Create space Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1545180164 (ISBN13: 9781545180167)

 

2017 International Book Awards Winner! 

Children’s category: 

Body / mind/ spirit / Fiction / Classics

 

 

Do you believe if destiny?

I don’t plan what will be my next read, I just chose the book when I search or read about a subject or if I see the book somewhere and the title or the book cover grabs my attention. This book was meant to be read by me.

I love nature, I love trees and plants, I love leafs and I love everything that is green therefore I could not resist “Tree and the Storm” and I don’t regret for picking this book.

 

If your roots are strong then no matter what situation in life you might face, the result might not be what you want but you will survive.

 

4/5* 

Book confession: A Gentle Feuding

A Gentle Feuding by Johanna Lindsey

Paperback: 329 pages

Published: February 5th 2002 by Avon (first published 1983)

Original Title: A Gentle Feuding

ISBN: 0380871556 (ISBN13: 9780380871551)

 

 

 

Scotland.

Am I the only one who thinks this land is full of passion? The places that are rich in history, nature and culture are absolutely positively attractive. We stand speechless in front of these beauties.

This book is set in 16th century and yes it is in Scotland. 16th century was full of events for Scotland. Actually if you read the 16th century’s world history you will see that most of lands had ups and downs, lots of war, revolutions and changes.  

Raised for many years as a son, the oldest and favorite daughter of Mr. Fergusson; Sheena is given one option to wed Jamie MacKinnion; the handsome and powerful divorced guy.

 “They were married in the late afternoon on that very day, bound by a kirkman whom Jamie had summoned the day before. In the presence of her clan and his, before God, Sheena became wife to The MacKinnion.

The clans, also, were bound by the marriage. The Fergussons were delighted. It was a day for great celebration a marriage and the end of a bitter feud. For most, it was a day to be happy.”

 

Presenting the language of the time and those historical setting by the author was done in a very good way.

 

3.5/5*

Book confession: Never Assume (The Absurd Tales of Mr Griffs, #1)

Never Assume by J. Joseph

Published April 26th 2016  

By: Keren Joseph

ISBN13: 9781311768711

 

“Having had enough, she called out, ‘Mr. Griffs! Stop that at once. What are you doing to that poor turkey?’

Mr. Griffs spun around to face his wife. ‘Poor turkey? You know I love animals, but that thing was eating my nuts!’

Seeing that his wife was not impressed by his explanation, he changed tactics. ‘Nuts aren’t good for them, you know. I was just trying to save the animal from having high cholesterol.’

Mrs. Griffs raised her eyebrows, not believing a word of what her husband was saying. “

 

I love old people specially when they are having green garden.

 

Here we meet Mr. Griffs; an absurd old guy with his bushy eyebrows who takes care of his garden and loves everything that his neighbor hates. One day while carrying his pocket radio and listening to his favorite show “The Garden Report” and happily planting his flowers, his annoying neighbor; Mr. Steve was caught by his wife while snooping on Mr. Griffs one more time trying to satisfy his curiosity!

 

I loved Mr. Griffs’s simplicity, kindness, naughtiness and specially his method of describing individuals such as when he said “you know the man with the feather and the cap. The hooded man. He wore tights and lived in a forest. The English fellow from mu country.” and I loved more how Mrs. Griffs understood her husband; “you mean Robin Hood, don’t you?”

Never Assume is a story of that little “Griffs” in all of us out there.

 

 

With a bucket of my mixed nuts, I’m waiting for “Cool as a Cucumber”.

 

4/5*

Book confession: A Room of One's Own / Three Guineas

A Room of One's Own / Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf

Paperback: 480 pages

published: May 7th 1998 by Oxford University

Original Title: A room of one's own / Three guineas

 

 

 

A Room of Ones Own

 

With her famous sentence "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction", she wanted to address the absence of women’s writing and their voices throughout history.

 “Call me Mary Beton, Mary Seton, Mary Carmichael or by any name you please—it is not a matter of any importance";

she is telling us in this great essay that what matters are those words that you leave behind not your name for the reason of that there were many of writers who did not had signatures or they turned out to be someone else later on.  Through her investigation she finds so little evidence of women’s writings which made her feel their existence is imaginary.

 

“When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even of a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet, of some mute and inglorious Jane Austen, some Emily Bronte who dashed her brains out on the moor or mopped and mowed about the highways crazed with the torture that her gift had put her to. Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.” 

The characters that she used or created in this essay were great specially “Mr. A”; the imaginary male author.

 

Three Guineas

This book includes her series of letter where she wrote for the cause of preventing war and it was recognized or I should say it was published a decade later. here she points about the attitude of women towards war and military.

 

“What we have to do now, then, Sir, is to lay your request before the daughters of educated men and to ask them to help you to prevent war, not by advising their brothers how they shall protect culture and intellectual liberty, but simply by reading and writing their own tongue in such a way as to protect those rather abstract goddesses themselves.” 

 

 

 

A timeless voice of a woman to be heard by all readers specially women. 

 

4/5*

 

Book confession: Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Paperback: 438 pages

Published August 5th 1999 by Wordsworth Classics (first published March 20th 1852)

Original Title: Uncle Tom's Cabin or Life Among the Lowly

ISBN: 1840224029 (ISBN13: 9781840224023)

 
THE EVIL OF SLAVERY.

Uncle Tom is one of the slaves owned by Arthur Shelby. Shelby is forced by debt to sell Uncle Tom and one more of his slaves; Harry. He decides to sells his two slaves to a trader named Haley. Harry is a young boy whom his mother – Eliza – is slave of Shelby’s wife. When she hears about the trading, she decides to take her children and run away but Uncle Tom decides to stay and he will be taken to New Orleans. Haley hires couple of slave-catchers and chases Eliza and Harry.

 

“Perhaps it is impossible for a person who does no good not to do harm.”

 

While Tom is on Mississippi river in a boat, he saves a little girl from drowning. Under the request of the little girl; Eva, the father buys Tom from Haley. The old man and little girl build strong relationship and she discovers new stuff but after a period he finds out that Eva is sick and her condition is getting worse. Eva with her sweet soft warm heart lets everyone love her and when she dies, everyone mourns her. Eve’s father promises not to sell any of his slave but he dies and the wife starts to sell all the slaves including Uncle Tom.

The new horrible life begins for Uncle Tom when he finds that his new owner is not only a slave-owner but worse; he uses his slave for sexual affairs.

 

Fiction, Historical, Classics, Literature, Religion and Spirituality.

 

Racism in 1850’s was huge. African-Americans in the civil were fighting for their freedom. It was more than a person telling the other “I’m better than you”, they publically hurting or killing a person just to prove their point!

 

The book was a great but it could be greater. There were some points that I believe it could me said in a better, right and more truth way but anyways every author has their own right how to tell us their story.

 

“That is the real issue. That is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles -- right and wrong -- throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time, and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, "You work and toil and earn bread, and I'll eat it." No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.”

Abraham_Lincoln

October 15, 1858 Debate at Alton, Illinois

 

 

 

The main character of the story; Tom is a very religious person and it is noticeable very much for the reader. His strong power, extended patience and generosity come all from his strength of faith. He spreads love, goodwill and kindness. We notice that he reads Bible, helping maybe to lessen the pain of slavery and boost the hope of salvation. When I read the part that he refused to run away with Eliza, I honestly called him covered and when I read deeper and more of the book I noticed that because of his strong belief in his God, he believed that He shall be the One to end his captivity.

 

4/5*

Book confession: Hiroshima

Hiroshima by John Hersey

Paperback:  208 pages

Published February 28th 2002 by Penguin Modern Classics (first published 1946)

Original Title: Hiroshima

ISBN: 014118437X (ISBN13: 9780141184371)

 

 

“Green pine trees, cranes and 
turtles ...
You must tell a story of your 
hard times
And laugh twice.” 

 

August 6.1945:

The first atomic bomb was dropped from an American plan on countless residents of Hiroshima Empire/Japan. Cities were destroyed. Numerous people died. Plenty of residents suffered with disabilities. The whole Empire was full of radiation, carrying Illness and adversity.

Mrs. Hatsuyo was watching her neighbor’s house and her children while they were sleeping, now suddenly is covered in debris, her house is destroyed. 

Miss. Toshiko was leaning on table trying to talk to one of the fellow workers, now suddenly is trapped in her work place.

Dr. Fujii was reading on his porch, now suddenly he is captured into a river.

People are shocked gazing in wonder at the scene outside. They try to search for their loved ones. In the hours and days after the bombing, going from one person to another, searching for survivors, helping injured ones and finding shelter; is everyone’s job. The injured and dying are so numerous that doctors no longer help the badly injured because they do not have a chance for survival.

 

August 9.1945:

The second atomic bomb was dropped from an American plan on countless residents of Nagasaki Empire/Japan.

 

August 15.1945:

The Emperor of Japan gives a radio address informing his people that Japan has surrounded.

 

“Do not work primarily for money; do your duty to patients first and let the money follow; our life is short, we don't live twice; the whirlwind will pick up the leaves and spin them, but then it will drop them and they will form a pile.” 

 

Before adding any comment, I would like to apologize for any wrong, low and bad disintegration I might have on this post. The book was almost 200 pages but took me more than 10 days to finish it. It played with my emotions. While reading #Hiroshima I tried my best to imagine and understand the event and believe me even though we say “we understand” but we are million times wrong, we never understand anyone unless we go through the same situation and we are that person.

 

The book was enormously great, detailing lives of the survivors after the bombing, the journey of tremendous try to repair their life that is ongoing up to date. The irony, setting and suspense in this book was dramatically catching. Writing style was what I love.

Let’s pray for all war victims who lost their life or were affected by conflict.

 

 

 

5/5*

Book confession: The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Paperback: Modern Classics, 177 pages

Published February 24th 2000 by Penguin Classics (first published 1925)

Original Title: The Great Gatsby

 

ISBN: 0141182636(ISBN13:9780141182636)

 

 

 

Every time I open my Goodreads account or Instagram and I would definitely end up seeing someone reading this book!! Or even when talking about movies most of people were ending up talking about the movie!!! I was like maybe for the reason that the hero is; Leonardo DiCaprio!! For your information I never watched the movie and I had the book kept in my shelf for several years as my Mum says for decoration.

The story is told by Nick who is sorry was Gatsby’s neighbor. He is a bond salesman. He has a cousin by the name of Daisy who is married to Tom. Jordan Baker is a professional Golfer whom Nick meets her while visiting Daisy. Tom is a wealthy man who is living lavishly in luxury and although he is married but has a mistress; Myrtle.

As I mentioned before; Tom has a neighbor called Gatsby. He is a mysterious guy, living alone but hosts weekly parties for the rich and fashionable. One day he is invited to Gatsby’s party and there he bumps into Jordan. Story goes on and Nick begins to see Jordan more and builds a friendship relation with Gatsby as well. Year’s back Gatsby was in love with Daisy but did not had enough means to support her and now he was trying one more time to be noticed by her. And now every hopeless effort was made to be reunited with his lost love; changing his name, his life style and himself.

Sorry but for me he was The Brainless Gatsby. Once you are born; your place in the world is set and no matter what you do or where you reach and what you achieve, people’s thoughts remain same. If you want to do something or become someone it should be only for your sake not for sake of others. Jimmy Gatz evolved into Jay Gatsby. He fall in love but was not successful. He changed to a totally new person disconnected from his past just to satisfy a lost love! Yes we all feel the pull of the past but that is not meant to use it to live for present. We need that power to remind us how we were and now how we should be in a better way. By focusing on his dream of Daisy, he went to deep in fantasy world and could not deal with reality.

Some pleasurable points were nice to read in this book specially the changes that were made in 1920s era such as PROHIBITION: Eighteen Amendment to the United States Constitution. This amendment made it illegal for anyone to manufacture, sell, or transport liquor of any sort. By reading the Great Gatsby you will also understand that most of men in this book had served in WWI so mostly had changes in their personalities and as well the women. They were in charge when men were at work so consequently they had some personality and attitude issues! And then there was Nineteenth Amendment enacted in 1920: giving women the right to vote so it made them more independent. and another point that although it was a fiction book but was talking essentially concerns the reality in the society, there were and are and will be people that love to use thoer power in a dirty means to stay on top of that ladder.

 

3/5*

Book confession:  The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Paperback: 324 pages

Published July 5th 2007 by Vintage Books (first published 1985)

Original Title: The Handmaid's Tale

 

ISBN: 0099740915 (ISBN13: 9780099740919)

 

 

“I didn’t invent femi­nism and it certainly didn’t invent me.”

Margaret Atwood

 

It’s 2017;

The Handmaid’s Tale was originally written in 1985 however while reading the story I felt nowadays people though they seem educated and modernized but their mind is still same as in 1985; did not grow.

“A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze.”

The novel’s tone was dark. Rape, sexual violence, religious terms and lots of other terms were used for political purposes.

The book though was a fiction genre but did discuss certain non-fiction issues such as freedom, human right, society’s rule and fertilization which are major and important subjects in human’s life; I liked that. What grasp my attention was it gave a picture of hierarchy that is separated on more than gender lines. Female although dominated by the men but they had strong power in hand and what I did not like at all was abusing hopeless, women to fulfill their dream but this is anyways a kind of reality. Their all rights are taken. They are not allowed to plan for their life nor their children’s destiny.

Republic of Gilead is a kind of new corrupted system which has occupied the whole society and is presented as a country. In Gilead the men in power and their childless women have the authority to eliminate all other individuals’ right and decide on behalf of them. One of these decisions is to take away females from their families and prepare them to be Handmaids.

Offred!

The narrator of the story and all her female friends. She was a handmaid, a fertile woman who was forced to bear child/ren for barren couples. She tries couple f times to escape from Gilead to run from all these madness. For me she was a submissive character.

Aunt Lydia!

“Ordinary, said Aunt Lydia, is what you are used to. This may not seem ordinary to you now, but after a time it will. It will become ordinary.”

This lady she is full of plans. She plans which girl to choose. She plans how to prepare her. She plans to schedule a perfect time. She plans for everything in this tale.

The Commander!

The founder of Gilead. He is that rotten tomato that needs to be removed otherwise the whole society will be wreck.

 

 

“I am not your justification for existence.” 

 

4/5*

Book confession:  Notes of a Native Son

Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin

Paperback: 192 pages

Published November 20th 2012 by Beacon Press (first published 1955)

Original Title: Notes of a Native Son

ISBN: 0807006238 (ISBN13:9780807006238) 

 

Have you seen how the world praises Shakespeare; everyone loves his name, his stories, his style, everyone knows his work though they have never read it!!! Well the same way or might be more I adore James Baldwin, I love James Baldwin, I cannot resist his charm of writing and speach. There are things in him that I do not agree but sometimes disagreements does not mean hate! Sometimes those disagreements are mandatory for us to understand why we are what we are.

Words are influential power and a very few writers handle words more effectively.

This is my second James Baldwin book this year and I am definitely promising you guys will read more in coming future EnshaAllah.

“I don't like people who like me because I'm a Negro; neither do I like people who find in the same accident grounds for contempt. I love America more than any other country in the world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually. I think all theories are suspect, that the finest principles may have to be modified, or may even be pulverized by the demands of life, and that one must find, therefore, one's own moral center and move through the world hoping that this center will guide one aright. I consider that I have many responsibilities, but none greater than this: to last, as Hemingway says, and get my work done.
I want to be an honest man and a good writer.”
 

 

James Baldwin wrote so beautifully that wishing or not you will fall for his books, he tried to cover complicated themes such as racism.

 

World is lacking of James Baldwins.

As I said before: You always need a Baldwin book by your side.

 

 

Eternal, marvelous, I’m just speechless! 

Book confession:  Making Faces

Making Faces by Amy Harmon

Paperback: 300 pages

Published February 21st 2017 by Spencer Hill Press (first published October 12th 2013)

Original Title: Making Faces

 

ISBN:163392095X (ISBN13: 9781633920958)

 

 

This book was not even on my read list nor did I have it. I was going through some pictures on the net and my eyes fell on the cover of this book and don’t know why I fall in love with the name “Making faces” so I investigated and found pretty amazing comments in goodreads with almost 5 rating star. I should say this book was a very beautiful read. I enjoyed all the minutes, pages and the whole tale.

The truth of finding the beauty in a person.

If it happened and what or whom you want the most is hard to get or beyond of your living reality wall, what would you do? This is a story of almost all girls or I should correct myself and say most of us out there. We want to be noticed by others, by the world, by people we desire. A deep yet simple is Making Faces.

Fern is a simple and young girl living in a small town with her family and friends and she is noticed only by them and no one else! She was a mellow character in the story. On the other hand Ambrose is a handsome popular young boy who is observed by all. She had a crush on him but no courage to admit and show! She expresses her feeling in writing a letter on behalf Of Rita to Ambrose!!! (I did not like that thing)

It is time for college and Ambrose is not ready to go through the pressure of college. He joins the army together with his four friends and when he returns back he is not that proud, famous and spot light boy, instead he wants to live under the shadow, stay away from people and be in his shell. Each beautiful story has a special character and in this one it was: Bailey. He was lovely, fun, smart, strong and a great companion for Fern. From the first page you hear about him; a very positive person. He had a kind of disease that eventually his bones will no longer be able to function but you will notice that he never lose his spirit.

“It’s hard to come to terms with the fact that you aren't ever going to be loved the way you want to be loved.”

Bailey.

If he was a real person I would definitely fall in love with him.

Making faces constantly was telling me that outside figures means nothing.  Beautiful people may be ugly inside and vice versa. This is one of the books you need to repeat reading to remind yourself that beautiful hearts do exist in this world.

 

 

P.S.: our balcony at work; my cherry tomatoes and some types of flowers that I do not know their names…

4/5*

Book confession:  A History of Iran

A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind by Michael Axworthy

Paperback: 352 pages

Published May 24th 2016 by Basic Books (first published May 6th 2008)

Original Title: Empire of the Mind: A History of Iran

 

ASIN: B01AFE3B88

 

 

It took me too long to finish this book especially writing the review, maybe because I just wanted to be fair in my judgment.

“Iran is a land of contradictions. It is an Islamic republic, but one in which only 1.4 percent of the population attend Friday prayers. “

GoodReads

I’m sorry GoodReads but I do not agree with that. I believe all lands are full of contradictions, name me one that is not! Attending the Friday prayer also is not obligatory. Praying the five prayers is a must and a Muslem can pray in congregation or individually, not only in the mosque but anywhere. Prophet Muhammad said: “The whole earth is a mosque.” We can judge a person’s religious part just because of his number of attendance to Mosque, Church, Kenesset or Temple.

I did not read the book to know more about my country or its history. We all know much more about our lands more than any foreigner I’m pretty sure about that, but I read to know what might other know about Iran and what might other think of Iran.

It was nice to see and read selection of some beautiful poems by great Iranian poets such as Hafez:

"Again the times are out of joint; and again

For wine and the loved one's languid glance I am fain.

The wheel of fortune's sphere is a marvelous thing:

What next proud head to the lowly dust will it bring?

Or if my Magian elder kindle the light,

Whose lantern, pray, will blaze aflame and be bright?

'Tis a famous tale, the deceitfulness of earth;

The night is pregnant: what will dawn bring to birth?

Tumult and bloody battle rage in the plain:

Bring blood-red wine, and fill the goblet again!"

Assyrian, Babylonian, Sumerian, Akkadians, and Persians were one of the first civilizations to emerge and as I have motioned many times before; writing a document regarding those Great Empires, culture and humanity is a holly thing to do, I really appreciate and adore. The start of the book was rich and strong but the ending was not what I was guessing to be.

what I was guessing to be. what I was guessing to be. 

We open our door to go out for a walk and we meet our neighbor who is originally Iranian but was born in Germany and now living in Spain. We are in an era that each single individual needs to know about the person next to her/him for a better interaction and communication.

Reading A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind led me read about the author. Since 2005, he has thought Middle East history at Exeter University. In 2008, he became the head of newly established centre for Persian and Iranian studies and now he is the senior lecturer in the university’s institute of Arab and Islamic Studies.  

3/5*

 

Book confession: To All the Boys I've Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

 “There's no use in asking what if. No one could ever give you the answers. I try, I really do, but it's hard for me to accept this way of thinking. I'm always wondering about the what-ifs, about the road not taken.”

If you sit and grab the book, I believe you will read it fast and might finish it in a day or two since the book is written in a very easy and simple way, no complications at all to guess or to search or to ask. I loved her writing style, very good for young generation but not recommended for adults.

It’s a story about Lara Jane, living with her two sisters: Margot and Kitty and her beloved father. She tell her story in present language but recalls the past every now and then. Margot the elder sister breaks up with Josh; the neighbor boy before attending the college then we will find out that Lara was in love with this boy from start but she never said so. The family bond within the story was strongly told or described which attracts the reader. The girls had no mother therefore the elder sister was acting as one. Lara Jane was the middle girl and was trying to copy her sister while she is away but sometimes she was ending up being a child, a typical teenager, well I guess it’s normal. When we are teenager; we are growing, our emotions develops, grows and changes as well with our body so I don’t blame Lara Jane for her acts. Let’s not forget she was American-Korean. When two cultures get mixed we need always guidance not restriction and control.

 

She has written down her feelings to all those boys whom she had once upon a time CRUSH and her heart was BROKEN. The letters were more as a goodbye letter than a love letter to help her cross this stage.

3/5* 

Book confession: The Oil Kings

The Oil Kings: How the U.S., Iran, and Saudi Arabia Changed the Balance of Power in the Middle East by Andrew Scott Cooper

Paperback: 546 pages

Published (first published January 1st 2011)

 

ASIN: B004G8QSD0

 

 

 

YESTERDAY:

How America’s unappeasable thirst for cheap oil led to foreign-policy bungling in the Persian Gulf?!
Once upon a time, United States of America was the world’s number one oil importer with Iran as his foremost ally in Middle East. To Americans, The Shah was the guardians of the Gulf. It was with United States of America’s approval that Shah raised the price of the oil and that kept America’s on top of richest countries in the world. 
“I like him, I like him and I like the country. And some of those other bastards out there I don’t like, right?”
Richard Nixon – 1971

Him in “I like him” was Shah: The person who could run the country better, but instead he fell into the wrong trap.
Bastards: please you take the hint.

If you would remember the recession of 1969-1970, you would know that it lasted for almost 11 months. The beginning of it was in Dec.1969 following an economic slump which began in 1968 which became serious by end of 1969. One of the plans to rescue from this recession was having access on Middle East petrol! 

It's always been about oil when it comes to the Middle East!

Various exploratory ventures were launched in Persia (present: Iran) at the turn of the 20th century. The first concession was formed between Baron Julius de Reuter, founder of the Reuters news agency, and the Persians in 1872 but it was later dissolved due to opposition within Persia and Russia. 

“Now is time to cash in credit with Iranians.”
Henry Kissinger – 1972

With Iran’s annexation of Abu Musa, Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb, Mohammad Reza Shah was confirmed in his self-designated as Guardian of the Gulf. 
“Iran will get all available sophisticated weapons short of the atomic bombs”
Mohammad Reza Shah – 1972

“We were going to make the Shah the Guardian of the Gulf. Well, if we were going to make the Shah the Guardian of the Gulf, we’ve got to give him what he needs— which comes down to giving him what he wants.”
James Schlesinger – 1972

But Iran’s Arab’s neighbors were not happy with that. In the summer of 1972, a few weeks after Nixon’s meeting with the Shah in Tehran, the Saudis made it clear they wanted to renegotiate the terms of the oil production monopoly enjoyed by Aramco, as an alternative to nationalizing its operations outright. Late January 1973, United Sates was running low on sullies of natural gas. The shortage forced the Nixon administration to abandon the import quotas of the Eisenhower era in April. The oil shortage and Saudi’s success in taking over the oil companies convinced Shah to try similar tactic and he was successful. Iran took the control of Iran’s oil industry and Nixon agreed to remove the restrictions on conventional weapons sales on Tehran. Shah was seeing the plan as a great opportunity for his growth but to them it was a plan that had the potential to ignite a religious-based war pitting Shi’a Iran against its Sunni Arab neighbors and potentially draw in the Soviet Union but;
September 1, 1973: Colonel Qaddafi announced the expropriation of 51 percent of the assets of foreign oil companies operating in his country.
October 6, 1973 the combined armies of Egypt and Syria attacked Israel.
October 10, early on the morning Schlesinger phoned Kissinger to inform him that the Soviets were resupplying Arab forces and that King Faisal had committed Saudi troops.
October 13, the Israelis were bogged down, having lost a quarter of their air force.
October 19 Colonel Qaddafi imposed an oil embargo against the United States and raised the price of oil.
October 17, Arab oil ministers meeting in Kuwait agreed to monthly 5 percent cuts in production until Israel evacuated the territories it had seized in 1967.
October 21, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and Dubai announced that they were joining Saudi Arabia, Libya, Algeria, and Abu Dhabi in halting oil shipments to the United States. 
November 25, President Nixon went on national television to announce strict limits on weekend sales of gasoline, a blackout on all unnecessary outdoor lighting.

Watergate scandal,
Nixon’s resignation,
Shah’s sickness,
U.S.‘s withdrawal from Vietnam,
Nation’s disappointment,
Start of revolution.
And plan got changed.
American started to increase their dependency on Saudi Arabia

Most of the book consists of historical descriptive narrative of US policy decision-making and diplomatic relations with Iranian and Saudi counterparts addressing the high oil prices and their impact on US and Western European economies.


TODAY:

China is the world’s largest net importer of crude oil, and in recent years, China’s crude oil imports have increasingly come from countries outside the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded in Baghdad, Iraq, with the signing of an agreement in September 1960 by five countries namely Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. They were to become the Founder Members of the Organization.
These countries were later joined by Qatar (1961), Indonesia (1962), Libya (1962), United Arab Emirates (1967), Algeria (1969), Nigeria (1971), Ecuador (1973), Gabon (1975) and Angola (2007).
As the EIA reports in recent blog post, , while OPEC countries still made up most (57%) of China’s 7.6 million barrels per day (b/d) of crude oil imports in 2016, crude oil from non-OPEC countries made up 65% of the growth in China’s imports between 2012 and 2016. Leading non-OPEC suppliers included Russia (14% of total imports), Oman (9%), and Brazil (5%).




“The Oil Kings” is a captivating and interesting read worthy of confidential explosive political and economic informations.

4/5*

Book confession: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

Paperback, Anniversary Edition: 372 pages

Published November 9th 2004 by Free Press (first published August 15th 1989)

Original Title: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

 

ISBN: 0743269519 (ISBN13: 9780743269513)

 

 

 

Habits are powerful factors in our lives. They have a root in building our characters as well. No matter we are young or old, male or female, working or not; all of us we have a habit to do something. They determine our level of effectiveness or ineffectiveness. As all of us are aware, gravity pull like any natural force works with or/and against us. We might not realize it or might not admit but, habits have a huge gravity pull. We can use the gravity pull of habit to create the adherence to set up success in our lives. 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is based on principles of effectiveness that lasts and can be used personally and professionally. 

Habit 1: Be Proactive
Being responsible for our behaviors, results and growth. We can’t keep blaming everything on our parents, friends or others. Being responsible means being “response-able”, therefore proactive people do not blame genetics, circumstances and conditions for their behavior. 

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
The time and energy are important elements; we need to focus on saving and controlling them. Once upon a time all of us have been asked “what do you wanna be when you grow up?” and now when we search for the answer “are we what we wanted to be that time?”. Being honest is the key. We should not be afraid of achieving our dreams that might seem empty, shallow or silly to others. Working hard helps us to achieve that dreams when from start we set our vision. 

Habit 3: Put First Things First
Focus on your highest priorities. It is ok to say no when it’s necessary. We need to study our surroundings and put them in order so we will be able to recognize what is more important or has more priorities. 

Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Working effectively and efficiently with others. If we look around us, most of us are struggling to learn thru comparison and competition. When we see someone has failed, we grab that opportunity and try to win. The “win game” should be for both of us, mutually beneficial and satisfying. You will be possessing three vital traits when you practice win-win attitude: integrity, maturity and abundance mentality. 

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Do you listen to others or you just hear them when they talk or when you intent to reply? Listening is important part of communication skills that we need to practice in improving it. We learn, study, read, write and speak for years but we don’t listen. We usually grab and select the words that we want; we hear. When we study or read or write or speak we actually get a kind of training to practice these skills but what about listening? 

Habit 6: Synergize
“The more the merrier”, the more people there are, the better situation will be. It is a process of teamwork and sharing ideas for a better solution that have always lead people to a permanent success. 

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
We need to seek continues improvement in all areas of our life: physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual. We are learning new things every day, we are growing, we are changing, therefore we need to sit and renew ourselves so we can add, practice and handle the new change in our life. 


Your habits determine your destiny.

 

5/5*

 

Book confession:  How to Be Creative

How to Be Creative by Hugh MacLeod

Hardcover:  49 pages

Published by John Wiley & Sons (first published January 1st 2010)

ISBN: 0470380373 (ISBN13: 9780470380376)

 

 

 

“I’m just not a creative person.”
.
.
We all were/are born:

Humble, clever, creative, fast, thoughtful, emotional, sentient, patient as a human, but the level of all these is different from one individual to another. Excellence is borne not of any particular innate ability, but of practice. We can be good or great at whatever we want if only we keep practicing. 
If you think some people are just born creative, you are wrong. All of us were born having wellspring of creative energy, talented skills

Talent is about having both skill and passion for something. Passion bridges the gap between being good and being great.
We can be good at something but without necessary passion we will never reach to very good level of that skill. Together with the passion, skills should be developed.
Being creative is not only a skill but it is a talent. Talent comes in all shapes and sizes. If you look around and see the talented people, you will notice the only common thing between them is: doing thing that looks easy for them! They have been practicing over and over, that’s why they are so good at doing what they are doing and since we don’t have a clue and think that we can’t practice what they are practicing; we end up admiring them!
Every artist is looking for their big, definitive “Ah-Ha!” moment, whether they’re a Master or not.
It is not too late to admire yourself. 


To read free online:
http://changethis.com/manifesto/6.HowToBeCreative/pdf/6.HowToBeCreative.pdf 

 

the idea is 5/5*

but the book: 3/5*

Book confession:  The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye (Philip Marlowe) by Raymond Chandler

 
 

 

Paperback: 379 pages

Published August 12th 1988 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (first published 1953)

Original Title: The Long Goodbye

 

ISBN: 0394757688 (ISBN13: 9780394757681)

 

 

“I now intend to take them all and lie down on the bed. The door is locked. In a very short time I shall be beyond saving. This, Howard, is to be understood. What I write is in the presence of death. Every word is true. I have no regrets-except possibly that I could not have found them together and killed them together. I have no regrets for Paul whom you have heard called Terry Lennox. He was the empty shell of the man I loved and married. He meant nothing to me. When I saw him that afternoon for the only time after he came back from the war-at first I didn't know him. Then I did and he knew -me at once. He should have died young in the snow of Norway, my lover that I gave to death. He came back a friend of gamblers, the husband of a rich whore, a spoiled and ruined man, and probably some kind of crook in his past life. Time makes everything mean and shabby and wrinkled. The tragedy of life, Howard, is not that the beautiful things die young, but that they grow old and mean. It will not happen to me. Goodbye, Howard."


Corruption of American society! I’m sorry but this what Raymond Chandler was pinpointing in most of his books and especially in this one.

Philip Marlowe befriends Terry Lennox while trying to help drunken Terry to get in car and reach home. After couple of months later, Terry comes to Marlowe and asks a favor to drop him near the border of Tijuana. After the long trip back from the Mexican border, Marlowe gets arrested. It seems Terry is suspected for his wife’s murder but after receiving a written letter confirming that Terry is the one who has killed Sylvia and hearing the news that he has died in Mexico, they release Marlowe. Once again someone else asks him for a help. During his new assignment he discovers that Terry was once known as Paul Marston and was married too! Case after case and he gets more involved.


It is fascinating to read the book and see the characters are developing and aged throughout the story. Marlowe was one of the Chandler’s favorite characters I guess that grew together with the writer. 
Keeping you guessing and then ending up with “oh no, missed it!” is the key of success in mystery reads which Chandler has passed it well. 

You need a cup of strong coffee and plenty of silence. 

 

4/5*

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Book confession:  Six Thinking Hats Revised Edition

Six Thinking Hats Revised Edition by Edward de Bono

Have you heard of ‘Six Thinking Hats” before?

 

First time when I heard that was in one of meet-up gatherings. I did not have a clue about it. The meet-up finished and I awaked full of knowledge.

 

Six Thinking Hats is a system designed as a tool to describe the group discussion and individual thinking involving the six colored hats. Now these six colors are:

 

1.     Green      : Creative thinking, represents the creativity, concerning alternative options, new ideas and giving a different understanding and concept to words.

2.     Red           : Emotional thinking, represents the style of emotional thinking, passion and choices in all situations.

3.     Yellow      : Positive thinking, represents a dreamy, optimistic thinking style that focuses on positives.

4.     White       : Neutral thinking, represent the digital thinking which believes in language of numbers, documents and proofs.

5.     Black        : Negative thinking, represents pessimistic mood of thinking which focuses on negatives.

6.     Blue          : Oriented thinking, represents the style of thinking that manages the agenda, plans, organizes the rest of process.

 

The main idea of this Six Thinking Hats is the need of training human’s mind to practice all these patterns during all situations so as to avoid falling into the trap of confusion. These are hidden psychological hats that we wear them in all our reactions: replying to an answer, solving a problem, creating a logo, choosing a dress, handling a new task and etc…

 

When I mentioned all situations it really means all situations in our life no matter educational, media, personal and professional relations, and business and/or judiciary fields so we can make a better decision. Identifying the six modes of thinking and using them as structure to develop our thinking process is one of the must tasks to practice in our daily routine.

 

Now let’s try solving this puzzle by using Six Thinking Hats:

 

Q.   A man lives on the tenth floor of a building. Every day he takes the elevator to go down to the ground floor to go to work. When he returns he takes the elevator to the 7th floor and walks up the stairs to reach his apartment on the 10th floor. He hates walking so why does he do it? Clue: on rainy days he goes up in the elevator to the tenth floor.

The man lives in 10th floor and on normal days stops the elevator till 7th floor and although he hates walking, he walks the rest of floors!!!

Maybe his hands do not reach till 10th floor button!

 

Maybe he has a companion on rainy days!

On rainy days he carries umbrella!.