"Perhaps we are all immigrants. Trading one home for another. First we leave the womb for air. Then the suburbs for the filthy city in search of a better life. Some of us just happen to leave entire countries."
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.
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!
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.
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!
Many know Peter Thiel as a famous American entrepreneur who co-founded a number of companies including PayPal. Thiel is also the author of one of my favorite business books: Zero to One.
A while ago I started a blogpost with a question: “what would you do if you were not afraid”? I cannot remember the number of times I asked myself this question. Yet, in the past few months, I have asked myself a different question: “do you do things out of fear or out of love”? Over time, I also learned to ground myself through another important question: “would you rather be happy or right”? I have recently read a book called “so good they can’t ignore you” by Cal Newport.
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.
For those who do not know me, I have a peculiar relation with technology. This time, I decided to review reading Apps. For so many years, I have struggled reading using an Ipad, a Kindle, or any other technology. To be honest, I still do not. However I recently discovered a few interesting Apps that added great value to my reading journey.
To be completely honest, I have had a tough week at work. It was long, demanding, included travelling, and more. I did not have a chance to write a personal blog post. But, as usual, my dear and now standing contributor Ken saved me. It is not like something bad would happen if I do not blog once a week. However this is a level of consistency I am committed to. Also when you are so overwhelmed with the readers' reactions, comments, shares, and likes - you feel that you have no choice but honor every reader's expectations. Ken reviewed a book I have not read. His review will surely make me read it. I hope it does that to you too. Enjoy.
Dear book addicts, I am so happy that the request from guest contributors is increasing. Here is a post by Farah Al Dabbagh. Farah is a very talented young Saudi woman who I got the chance to work with. She literally embodies a future thought leader. I am honored to have her write on my blog as we share a common passion: books. I wanted to make sure that she is given the space to express herself, freely. I am thrilled to have a woman guess contributor from the Kingdom.
Purpose in corporate life is a key aspiration for our times. It is simply not enough now, for various reasons, to fulfill our own or our organization’s objectives in corporate life. The wider objectives of a civilized society also need to be addressed and aligned with individual and organizational objectives in a three-sector approach. In her thorough and fascinating book, Anitta Hoffmann returns to this three-sector approach time and time again.
I am very happy to announce that I will be adding, going forward, a star rating to every book review. I thought that this will ease readers’ selection for books you would like to read. It is visual, consistent, and easy to understand.
Lean In is a management guide. And this is not what I will be writing about. As much as it contains practical for sailing through the challenges that arise in career advancement (the author describes as a “jungle gym”), this is not what I liked about the book.
The book is about a Jewish family’s exodus from old Cairo to the new world. It is actually a memoir full of stories about family, tragedy, and triumph. This is a book I recommend particularly if you are passionate about politics. Still, you would enjoy it if you would like to read a memoir (something I personally enjoy very much).
It is about how we can achieve more by doing less in a world full of distractions and what the author calls “daily barrage” of emails, texts, tweets, meetings, and “other things”.
If you are struggling to develop joyful thoughts, if you are on the lookout of your life's mission and calling, if you are searching for ways to cultivate self discipline, if you wish to understand how time is your most important commodity, and many more sufferings we want to heal and other secrets we wish to uncover: this book is for you.
Back in 2012, I met Tarek, a colleague and a friend. He recommended a book: a man’s search for meaning. We were both passionate about psychology. He was the first person to introduce me to logotherapy. I then learned that Frankl was the founder of logotherapy based on his experience and theories around the need to find purpose in order to be motivated, fulfilled, and happy.
If you run a quick Google search about Derek Sivers you will get to see that he is a writer, an entrepreneur, and an “avid student of life”. I allow myself to say that Sivers is a philosopher and in his book, “anything you want”, he lays the ground for a philosophy about life, work, and Love.
I read this book about a year ago and it soon became among my favorite books. In French we call it “livre de chevet”, a book you keep by your bed, one you read more than once, one you open at random pages at random times.