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Memoirs Of A Geisha – Arthur Golden (1998)

I remember the first time I watched Memoirs of a Gheisha close to 14 years ago. And the second time. And the third time. And the fascination I’ve developed for anything Japanese. Kimonos, tea ceremony, hair styles, even those silly flip flops.

So you’re probably wondering – if I liked it this much, how come I didn’t read the book? Isn’t the book supposed to be way better than the movie adaptation? That’s why. I liked the movies so much that I thought by reading the book, somehow, the experience I’ve had would be diminished, tarnished. But then I thought – what if it glows even better now that I have the full story?

So I’ve read the Memoirs.

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Fanfiction

“The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

Finished the book in tears.

It’s a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Death is recalling the story and Death will be the one to visit Liesel three times.  During the second World War,  Death has never been busier. People dying on both sides – the English, the Russians, the Germans sent to fight on foreign fronts and Jews.

Mass extermination is well known and all I could think of when reading this book is how could it be, that now, in the 21st century, there are people that still think that Second World War never happened and the Holocaust is a massive conspiracy. You don’t believe me? Just google it and you’ll be surprised what some people believe…

With this in mind, thread carefully into to the book and the life and adventure of Liesel as she goes to her new adoptive family on Himmel street.

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Excerpts

The truth about War – from Game of Thrones book 4

Poorly shod and poorly clad, they march away beneath his banners, ofttimes with no better arms than a sickle or a sharpened hoe, or a maul they made themselves by lashing a stone to a stick with strips of hide. Brothers march with brothers, sons with fathers, friends with friends. They’ve heard the songs and stories, so they go off with eager hearts, dreaming of the wonders they will see, of the wealth and glory they will win. War seems a fine adventure, the greatest most of them will ever know.

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Then they get a taste of battle.

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Book Reviews

The Red Badge of Courage

4527In a very simple and sparse language Crane succeeds in conveying the battle waged in Henry Fleming’s mind (dreaming of heroism but confronted with cruelty and horror), and he does it with tremendous impact. So small a book yet so powerful, this is a gem everyone should read.