Recent reads

I should read more non-technical literature - being human means I need stories. In order to remind me of that (and let others use the titles below as suggestions or maybe inspire them) I came up with this transparent approach.

Date [Language] Title Author ISBN Opinion (short)
2017 - Mar [en] The short stories
=> only read a couple of them
Ernest Hemingway none; published 1953, New York, by Charles Scribner's Sons The Light of the World - 2 young men (or should call them teenagers?) wandering around, enjoying their youth, observing the world and teasing the people they interact with. In the Preface, Hemingway states that no one seems to have liked this story - well, I only started liking it after 1 day or so :)

A Clean, Well Lighted Place - It is about truly understanding your business model and/or job, and caring enough to do it right.

The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber - Funny. Nice story. A classic (published 1936), given the great number of what we may now consider cliches and/or the predictability of the story. I won't reveal how it ends - it is so good, written so well by Hemingway... :)

The Capital of the World - The storyline develops slowly - there's not much of a story, in fact :) - rather describing the lives (routine, challenges, problems etc.) of about a dozen people, and one's rather stupid death.

The Snows of Kilimanjaro - Sweet.
2016-Iun: 2/3 din carte
2017-Mar: integral
[ro] Flash-uri din sens opus Marian Godină 9786065888609 Carte frumos scrisa, sincera.
Te binedispune.
Te pune pe ganduri cateodata.
De multe ori, povestea are o morala.
[Review integral pe blog.]
2011 - Oct [en] A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway 1857151496 Hemingway has a strange way of telling a story. It is like his thoughts flow onto the paper - it is not the classic & careful storytelling, you know; it is like he is telling the story besides you there, at times making mistakes, at times being slightly incoherent, or remembering things randomly.
The funny parts of the novel pop up suddenly.
Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley make a crazy match.
It is a sad/bitter novel overall, due to WW1 and characters' suffering because of it. Nevertheless, you shall enjoy it, so I recommend you to read it.
[Full review on my personal blog]
2011 - late March, early April
[en] Nineteen Eighty-Four

(Complete book title: The Complete Novels; the last novel, i.e. the 6th, is Nineteen Eighty-Four)
George Orwell 0141185155 Captivating. Interesting.
Explains the _how_ (parts 1 & 2) and then the _why_ (part 3) regarding the paranoid & schizophrenic society described in the book - you must read the novel to understand.
A really good novel to read; all details fit perfectly. Orwell constructed a very coherent & plausible world.
[Full review on my personal blog]
2010 - Nov
(+late Oct, +early Dec)
[en] Losing My Virginity (The Autobiography)
Sir Richard Branson
0753506483 Great book.
Great insights on the world of business & banking/financing. Now I understand why when a crisis strikes things tend to collapse although they seemed to work just fine until then.
Branson proves himself as a skilled entrepreneur in the sense he always had the flair to choose the people to empower and/or risk money (money which many times he had to borrow :p so to invest).
[Full review on my personal blog]
2010 - Aug [en] The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide Douglas Adams 0517226952 Extremely funny in its sequence of improbable events. Strange things keep happening all the time - Don't panic! but enjoy it.
2010 - Jul [en] Peter Pan J.M. Barrie 0670841803 Great/Sweet novel (fiction) for children. Great story for a grown-up - do read it to enjoy being a child again!


Note: This list completely and deliberately ignores the bits & pieces of technical (ranging from computer science to finance/economy to human behavior etc.) literature I get my hands on. For example, if it tells a story about people then it gets on the list, but if it's about explaining human body language then it's technical, therefore doesn't count.
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