RECOMMENDATION FIRST HALF 2016

BE WITH YOU by Takuji Ichikawadownload (2)

Takkun and Yuji have been living alone for a year, after Mio, wife and mother died. But as she promised, “When the rainy season returns, I will come back to see how the two of you are getting along.”

And she did so.

The ghost of Mio returns to take care of them

Love’s stories are completely different in Japanese literature. Their stories are full of memories, shared moments, delicacies. Their loves stories are more as art’s books about human feelings than romance.

I enjoyed the explanation of Mio’s returns mainly.

THE MAN WHO FORGOT HIS WIFE by John O’Farrelldownload (3)

Vaughan forgot his life on a 22nd of October. Every person, every place, his name all has been erased from his memory. Even his wife and children.

His disease is called retrogade amnesia, but is called second chance as well.

It is a funny story, and full of push-up. It must be horrible to lost your past, but Who wouldn’t like it to have a second chance with life.

download (4)THE LONG WALK by Stephen King

In the US where The Change and The Squads, have made life even more challenging for their citizens. The Mayor, who rules the country, organizes every year a competition for those young men that are not yet eighteen years old. One hundred of young men are chosen between all of those who wants to participate, but only one of them can win.

The prize, money and whatever thing the winner will desire. But, for the winner achieving his goal, will mean that the other 99 participants will die.

King wrote this book as Richard Bachman. I didn’t find any similarities between his horror stories and this dystopian story at all.

Sad, and make you think, Why most of the dystopian stories go through the destruction of the youngest, through some stupid competition for keeping their lives?

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APPLE & GRAPEFRUIT and MASALA CHAI

DSC_0002My last visit to London was a productive one. Not only for some interesting visits and shopping of books. But for these two new teas to taste.

I arrived at Camden town early in the morning. Only a few of the shops and stalls were open at this time and even less visitors.

At Camden Lock, I found this small stall TEA SHIRT (http://tea-shirt.co.uk) with a small selection of teas that you could smell before deciding.

I decided for a Tea Fusion: Apple & Grapefruit and a Tea Classic: Masala Chai. On the back of the bags, you will find the information about ingredients, type of tea and preparation.

The first one, Apple & Grapefruit is the first tea that I taste that requires as much time as 10 to 12 minutes in hot water (100º C.) The ingredients are apple pieces, rose hip peel, hibiscus, lemongrass, orange peel, orange triangles, natural aroma, strawberry pieces.

The smell is spicy and bitter. Aromas of fresh grass and pine. The taste is something different, more light, but still a strong saviour. The colour is lilac.
It is my favourite one for weekend breakfast when I have time to have a couple of cup before starting the day.

The second one, Masala chai, is a black tea. The ingredients are black tea, cinnamon pieces, ginger pieces, cardamom seeds, cardamom pods, vanilla pieces, flavouring.

I didn’t follow the instruction written on the pack because it includes milk, and I don’t like it, but for me, it is perfect with honey. The smell is spicy and itches a little when smelling it. The flavour is robust and tasty. The colour is black with a brown background.
This is a good tea to start early the mornings during week days.

CHANGING MY MIND, Occasional essays by Zadie Smith

imagesMy second book by this author, and fortunately, this time, a success for me (I don’t want to speak about the first one.) The book is divided into five parts: reading, being, seeing, feeling and remembering.

The author makes a profound analysis of books, films, other writers, family memories, experiences, etc.

Besides being a writer Zadie Smith is, of course, a reader and her reflections make me think about some things that I never read before such as:

“White readers often believe they are colour-blind.” And maybe she is right, but I still think that I am a colour-blind reader, usually are the personality of the characters of the book that make me feel more or less close to them. I am never “reading them” with colours or races, and even when I have not read a lot of black writers, I have read a lot of different continents with different colours and races, and never thought of them as something else, I read them as described by the author. But, just in case, I will be more aware to my next read of a not-white author.

“Nowadays I know the true reason I read is to feel less alone, to make a connection with a consciousness other than my own.”  I would add other few reasons for me reading, but this one is quite good for me.

“Other peoples’s words are the bridge you use to cross from where you were to wherever you’re going.”

I don’t a reader of poetry, but I liked the thinks that Smith found in Wallace’s poems:

“… as his attention to that singular point in our lives when we realize we are closer to our end than our beginning.”

“… the inexorability of time made all human effort faintly ludicrous.”

“It is unimaginably hard to do this, to stay conscious and alive in the adult world day in and day out.”

Zadie Smith was born in London, England, on October 25, 1975. At age 21, Smdownloadith submitted some 80 pages of what would become White Teeth to an agent, and the book was published in a few years later to rave reviews, winning numerous awards, including the Whitbread First Novel Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her third novel, On Beauty, was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and won the 2006 Orange Prize for fiction.