Books read

Leticia's books

To Kill a Mockingbird
The Catcher in the Rye
The Great Gatsby
Of Mice and Men
Animal Farm
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Lord of the Flies
Romeo and Juliet
Little Women
A Tale of Two Cities
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Secret Life of Bees
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
The Joy Luck Club
The Da Vinci Code
The Kite Runner
The Shining
The Silence of the Lambs
The Bourne Identity

Leticia's favorite books »

quarta-feira, 31 de maio de 2017

2a. quinzena de maio - aleticiale2017

I've read/Li...

The sweetness of tears, Nafisa Haji
The beginning was a bit dull, but after I picked it up I enjoyed it and considered it good for what it is: a story of many lives connected through real love, be it fraternal, romantic or fatherly.

A touch of love, Jonathan Coe
This one I really disliked. Not only because it is so tragic and awful but because the narrative seemed to me stuck with the coming and going of the many (uninteresting and self absorbed) characters.

A perfect hoax, Italo Svevo
Another story very well told, about something very ordinary. Mario is compared to a child many times, and Gaia is the typical bully who gets punched in the end as our hearts would like to hear. Despite the fact his illusions are declared to be shattered after the whole kaboodle, it is a happy enough ending

A life like other people's, Allan Bennet
It gets a bit tiresome even if his tone is usually light and interesting, with pictures and anecdotes. Probably because the subject is after all so heavy. (The disease and death of some family members, among them the parents and aunts)

David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
And then I found out I knew nothing about this book... I thought it was about an orphan wandering around, but my first hint at the fact it might be more than that was that at 34% of the book he had already found a new abode. I still remained suspicious about this state of affairs for a while, lest the new tutor should die suddenly, but hey, Trot Copperfield was 18! 
And so much happens. With the acquaintances he made, with his irritating naivete, with the unnerving irony. There were moments that didn't hold a candle to any soap opera, and there were others... You gnawed at things.The Micawbers, Dora and later Agnes, Traddles and Steerforth, the awful Mr Mell's episode at the beginning, the craziness with Mr Dick, the constant irony borne of naivety. Dumbfounded, I will say two things that cannot be considered spoilers: one, Dickens was really really something. The talent, mastery of words and sense of irony put others to shame. Two, it is NOT a "book about an orphan". This hardly scrapes the surface of a whole hot biography.Not my favorite classic, but it will hold a dear place in my heart.

A desumanização, Valter Hugo Mãe
**spoiler alert** Melhor do que eu esperava ao chegar no meio. Achei estranho o peso da língua portuguesa e sua poesia com a imagem dosfiordes islandeses, mas provavelmente preconceito meu. O final redime muita coisa, mas não tudo. Acredito que a desumanização vem da própria estrsnheza de ser uma gêmea que perdeu sua metade e com isso sua chance de ser criança- engravidando, lidando com a completa loucura da mãe e a omissão do pai - aos 12 anos.

segunda-feira, 15 de maio de 2017

1a quinzena de maio - aleticiale2017


Cânticos, Cecília Meireles - doçura infinita, a musicalidade que faz parte do movimento poético dela presente em cada página. Essa edição é particularmente fofa, porque traz a transcrição dos originais.

A tia Júlia e o escrevedor, Mario Vargas Llosa
Continuo me surpreendendo com o fato de que me lembro tão pouco dos livros que li na vida. Depois de Travessuras de menina má, esperava que esse fosse incrível, e achei bem menos incrível que essa expectativa. Alerta de spoilers, acho: não me lembrava de que os capítulos alternados remetiam às histórias do narrador de novelas Pedro Camacho, nem de que ele virava uma certa piada triste no final. Também não me lembrava que de que a tia Júlia e o Marito, os personagens principais, se tornavam um casal, depois de muito drama, e quando finalmente acontecia, o casamento acabava em algum momento, sem se explicar o porquê, o que talvez não fosse importante, embora eu tenha sentido falta. O próprio Marito me soou um boêmio meio sem caminho em busca de ser burguês, se é que isso faz sentido. Não curti muito não.

Ilusões do Mundo, Cecília Meireles
Esse é o livro de crônicas da Cecília, e embora seja literalmente poético, não é tão doce e interessante como os poemas. Tem um toque internacional e multicultural bom.

O livro das ilusões, Paul Auster
Paul Auster é um desses autores que eu considerava um favorito. Relê-lo foi interessantíssimo, é como me redescobrir. Esse livro tem toques de genialidade maravilhosos. Tem um momento no qual você sorri pensando "isso aqui é muito "Paul Auster", com o 'inner life of Martin Frost', uma parte na qual o personagem escreve um capítulo e a musa inspiradora definha enquanto ele termina, como se fosse a mitologia tomando vida; ao perceber isso, ele queima a obra-prima, escolhendo o amor, algo muito sutil e muito surpreendente na narrativa. Fantasticamente escrito. Mas é uma parte bem breve. O livro em si é sobre um sujeito que perdeu a família e está no fundo do poço, e se fascina por um astro do cinema mudo que desapareceu. O simples fato de que ele consegue descrever cenas infinitas do cinema sem se tornar entediante é testemunho de como ele escreve bem. Assim mesmo, não acho que é o melhor livro dele.

I've read...

Leviathan, Paul Auster
The book starts with someone who literally blew himself up. Then it is difficult not to get involved with the myriad of characters and to find out who is in love with whom, - and there's a bunch of those... , how they got there and why. As most of Auster's books, the story is unbelievable, absurdly well written, subtle and full of human, deep stuff. At the end, you barely know how to describe what you read, but you feel something.

Mr. Vertigo, Paul Auster
This is, in my opinion, one of the most American stories he wrote. I think it is the feeling of picking up a boy and the road trips, searching to sell his talent, the Native American + the Negro + the Orphan, the Jew and the Rejects, the Bad Uncle, the characters with this kind of capital letters, you know? that he makes a point of emphasizing. all the archetypes that seem to be put together literally with magical talents. I was mesmerized through the whole reading.

Travels in the Scriptorium, Paul Auster
One of my least favorites. To this point, have no idea what was the deal with Mr. Blank, the main character. Oh, there we go. Mr. Blank - see the pun?

The Rotters'club, Jonathan Coe
Coe was another one of my favorite writers, till I started re reading. The thing is, he writes very well. The first 100 pages are involving and fun and interesting, but at some point there is so much going with so many people you start to lose track and patience -  not all of them are terribly amusing, that is the truth.

The closed circle, Jonathan Coe
Sequel to the Rotters'club, so whomever was interesting keeps being so, whomever wasn't is even more boring.

The Undomestic Goddess, Sophie Kinsella

Ask the dust, John Fante
I'm sure I'm a dumb bell and deserve a scolding, but honestly, I just hate Bandini and his horrible personality, and I think it kept me from enjoying the book's other qualities, whatever they are. Come to think of it, I think this is what people like about Bukowski and Nelson Rodrigues, and I don't get them either. I feel prudish and bothered by them, keep wanting them to show some redeeming qualities after all. Sorry. Sue me.

A pale view of hills, Kazuo Ishiguro,
The narrative is involving and so subtle and full of nuances, the book is worth reading just for it. Some things bother me, though: there is this suspicion that Etsuko may in fact be Sachiko, the traumatized post war kitten killer - and maybe child killer- and Mariko might be Keiko, the latter suicidal daughter, which would explain a couple of things such as what happened to S and M or why Keiko killed herself or the glimpses of personality you see in Etsuko. 
There is slso the possibility this is too much imagination and in that case all of that is unanswered and deeply dissatisfying.
So, three stars it is.

The dwarves of death, Jonathan Coe
Another forgettable book, sadly. Well written, with some surprises, not obvious: it could be a crime book, but it is more than that. It could be a contemporary book, but it is more than that. And in this it relies the genius of the author. But I did not love it, and it will go to the pile of 'to sell/trade/give away'.

sábado, 6 de maio de 2017

6on6 - abril

Da visita à Pinacoteca:

O quadro retratando a terra do meu pai eu não resisti a registrar...

Entrada da Pinacoteca, imitando Victor Brecheret. Demais, né?

E essa estátua, que só falta um celular para estar tirando uma selfie, rs?

Não pode faltar minha duplinha dinâmica, né? Olha como o Panzerotti já tá crescido <3

Presentinho de Páscoa do nosso chefe para o escritório: um rolo de 700 g da Chocolat du Jour. Difícil, viu?

 Presente de Páscoa, um incensário vintage da minha mãe roubado, e o Panzerotti fazendo figuração ali atrás.

Prue é muito fotogênica, né não?