Book Review

Digital minimalism by Cal Newport

A year ago, I shut down my social media accounts. I also removed all unnecessary Apps and notifications from my IPhone. That was not new to me as in many instances earlier, I had done a series of digital detox. When I got more familiar with Newport’s theory, I was delighted that there was actually a movement towards digital minimalism: the art of knowing how much technology is just enough!

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Tristan and Isold by Joseph Bedier

Love stories come in different shapes and forms. I have read love stories from ancient ages and other modern ones. What I miss in the stories of the XX century is the enigma. I will be reviewing a legend from the Middle Age. It may not seem relatable. However, it is. In many ways.

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The English patient by Michael Ondaatje

Dear readers – This is a post by my friend and frequent contributor Ken. Ken decided to review a book called The English Patient. I learned about this book and the related movie at a young age. They are both my mother’s favorites. It is quite a disarming story. The reason may be that I have lived in a warzone and in a war period; I may be able to relate to what wars destroy: Love and Lives.

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The letters of Abelard and Heloise

Thank you Ken for yet another generous contribution into my blog. I have had the luxury of watching The Letters of Abelard and Heloise on stage... I thought it was harsh to see how love hurts. I am not sure how it would feel when one reads it.  As I promised you, I will promise subscribers with more "artistic" reviews. I will next review Tristan and Isolde (Iseult for the francophone) - the influential love story factoring in thoughts around Wagner related Prelude.  Stay tuned!

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The 5 a.m. club by Robin Sharma

As you read this book, you are caught by the story. This is not a typical self-help book. It is actually a story told in a very smooth style. The messages that the author tries to convey are subtle and they come to the reader close to self-realization. I loved the characters in the book as well as the flow of events that are quite thrilling. 

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Femme au miroir by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt

This post is written by my friend Ken Mckellar who is a frequent contributor to my blog. For new subscribers, my first language is not English. It is French hence the name of my blog. It is a reminder to myself about how writing and reading helped me sharpen my English without forgetting my French.  Thank you Ken for reviewing a French book for the first time on this blog knowing that French is not your first language. Kudos!

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The secret diaries of Miss Anne Lister

For those who are new to my blog, my friend Ken Mckellar is a regular contributor whose generosity is quite disarming. He was keen to share with me another review for a book he has read. I happen to have watched the related movie. It was a British movie released in 2010.  The story also inspired a series starring Suranne Jones: The Gentleman Jack. Enjoy the review and if you are a fan of this genre (Non Fiction. Biography. LGBT. History), you can purchase the book here.

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Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood

Goodbye to Berlin teaches an important lesson for our times. Totalitarian regimes never burst on to the scene: they creep up stealthily, step-by-step, on a vulnerable population hungry for change. And before the population knows it, the dictator is in control. By the time Isherwood published his novel, seven years later, Europe was at war.

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World order by Henry Kissinger

Some qualify this book as a meditation on the roots of international order and disorder. Kissinger, the author, is one of notable diplomats of the modern era. He was the security adviser for a number of presidents and he spent his life studying foreign policy events.
In this book, Kissinger reveals the challenge of the twenty-first century: how to bring order into a world where perspectives are contradictory.

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Why we sleep by Matthew Walker

My friend Ken has been saving me from my complacency. I am not sure how neuroscience explains when we are behind, when we miss deadlines we put for ourselves, when we prioritize items at the expense of others, etc.  I personally think that sleep deprivation impairs my productivity and most importantly my creativity. In an earlier post, I shared my thoughts about the fan #1 of sleep: Ariana Huffington. I was back then reviewing her book that focuses quite a lot on the importance of sleep in our life.