24 janeiro 2017

My brilliant friend - Elena Ferrante

Most times, after I read a book, I come here and sit to write a book review, or something like it. Most times, I just write a brief summary and then all the mixed and amazing feelings that I felt. But this time, I am gonna do something different. 
Some weeks ago, I finished reading the novel My brilliant friend by Elena Ferrant, an Italian novelist who excel in her writing and the way to overview an entire life of a woman also called Elena. When I was looking on the internet for some sources to discuss it with you, I found a book review on the website The guardian that made my heart goes faster and that made all my feelings being translated by it. So instead of posting my opinios here, I'm going to indicate this review to you guys and I hope you like it.

The Neapolitan series, which is Ferrante’s most ambitious project to date, represents an evolution in her work. Three of the expected four novels have been published in English: My Brilliant FriendThe Story of a New Name, and, now, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay. Taken together, the novels span some 50 years, chronicling the life-long friendship between Lila Cerullo and Elena Greco. With them, Ferrante has written both a capacious story of Elena’s coming of age – Elena, who has become a novelist, is the narrator – and a social novel explicitly dealing with Italian politics and history where the earlier work confined itself to internal psychic dramas. The Neapolitan novels are set in a chaotic, impoverished neighbourhood where the Camorra reigns, in the local form of the dominant Solara brothers, Marcello and Michel, and where, during a domestic dispute, one might see an iron and furniture flying out of a window, and where even mild-mannered fathers like Elena’s routinely beat their children and their wives. (In one passage, Elena overhears Lila being beaten by her father, then sees her come flying out the window, her arm broken.)
Despite their circumstances, the girls’ brightness seems destined to set them apart. They excel in school. (To continue the review, please click here to check The Guardian's review

23 janeiro 2017

13 books to read in 2017

I totally forgot to post this in the beginning of the year! But I selected 13 books to read this year and I will try hard to read all those stories. So here they are:

  1. A paixão segundo GH - Clarice Lispector. I saw something on the internet saying that the name of the book in English was something like The passion according to GH. But I don't know if the source is reliable. But anyways, this book sounds amazing and a lot of people say that it is life changing and I wanted to include at least one Brazilian book on my list.  The work takes the form of a monologue by a woman, identified only as G.H., telling of the crisis that ensued the previous day after she crushed a cockroach in the door of a wardrobe. 
  2. Bliss and other stories - Katherine Mansfield
  3. War and Peace - Liev Tolstoi
  4. Neuromancer - William Gibson
  5. Emma - Jane Austen
  6. O sol e o peixe - Virginia Woolf (Book review)
  7. A amiga genial - Elena Ferrante (Book review)
  8. Never let me go - Kazuo Ishiguro
  9. The magic Mountain - Thomas Mann
  10. A tale of two cities - Charles Dickens
  11. Harry Potter - JK Rowling (All the books that I can possibly read LOL)
  12. Swann's way - Marcel Proust
  13. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame - Victor Hugo
As I did this post a little bit late, there are some books from this list that I have already read. And everytime that I read something from this list and make a review post, I will come back here and update it. 

22 janeiro 2017

Quarter-life crisis or something like it

I rarely post about myself here, most times I just post something about what I've been watching or reading, but not about my personal life and how things are going. But the point is, this week I'm turning 27 yrs old and I'm slightly freaking out and this is something called quarter-life crisis.
I always had problems concerning ageing, however, things just got crazy when I turned 25.
When you are younger, you sort of think that when you get older, things will be easier, you will seatle down, you're gonna have a nice job and you will be ready to have kids and die eventually LOL but as I am approching 27, I feel like none of these situations mentioned neither has happened to me nor to my closest friends.
Brazil's economic crisis is also not helping, but apart from it, even in small events life has been pretty harsh to almost everyone that I know. It is an expectation vs reality that hits us while we are sort of pretending to know what we are doing , but we don't.
What are we supposed to do when this happens to us? What our parents did? Did they know what to do at all? Or do they pretend as hard as us? 
I feel that most of my dreams when I was younger just faded, and now when I think about those dreams they all look impossible or even ridiculous and when I see someone younger than me sharing thoughts about life in the future I just catch myself thinking horrible things like "Oh, this is not gonna happen" or even "Dreams are just dreams".
So for my 27th birthday, I wanna do something different, I wanna choose something from my top 30 things to do when I grow up list (that I made when I was 16 yrs old) and just cross it. Buy a trip to a different destination, get a large tattoo, go on a trip without a place in mind, or anything else that will keep me alive. And what about you? Do you have the same fears and thoughts?

13 janeiro 2017

#O1/2017 - The Essays of Virginia Woolf in O sol e o peixe

My first reading of the year was a collection of essays by Virginia Woolf in a book called O sol e o peixe. As I was researching, I found out that all the essays that were inside of this book were from different sources. So at the end of this post, I will share where you can find all of them if you are not from Brazil and you want to know where you can read them, so we can maybe discuss them.

I will open my heart and say that I was a little bit disappointed with this book. I'm not disencouraging you to read it or anything, I was just expecting something more. However, I will try to put in words why I didn't like it as much. 

The first piece of writing of the book is called Montaigne, and it is a review of the book Essays and this first text kept me going, because the way she talked about her reading was so envolving. The reasons why she loved it, the reasons why she admired him, the reasons why she thought that this book deserved some space on everybody's schedule was simple honest, moving and delighting. I remember that by the end of it, I immediately open my Wish List at Amazon and added the book on it. That was the perfect beginning for it and I thought that all the texts would move me as much, however, that didn't happen. 

As I continued, I started to feel disconnected with the reading, I knew it was well written, but I was not interested enough on the reading. Of course, I read everything, but there was a  an essay called The love of reading, that it reminded me of a book that I read recently called Sobre a leitura by Marcel Proust, and both texts were about reading and loving this activity. But it sounded that Virginia was talking to someone who is from a literary world, maybe someone from the critics, but Proust was talking to me, to my best friend, to my best friend's friend, and everybody that I knew that loved reading. It was more personal, and Virginia's text sounded sometimes so tecnical, like she was trying to explain her love of reading, while Proust was showing it to us. 

It sounds terrible to compare two completely different artists, but it was what I felt and I'm trying to be open and honest about it. Maybe this is just a matter of preference, maybe you will like her essays more than anything, maybe you will say that I am completely crazy, but let's try to respect everybody's opinios and feelings about this reading. 

Of course, I will continue reading things written by Virginia Woolf, because she is just so lovely and brutal at the same time. But for this year, I think I had enough of it.
If you wanna discuss all the texts with me, you can find them on:

The sun in the fish - Time and Tide
Pictures - Nation & Athenaeum
The cinema - Arts
Street Hauting: A London Adventure - Yale Review
Evening over Sussex on a Motor Car - The death of the Moth and other essays.
On being ill - New Creterion
Montaigne - Times Literary Supplement
A daughter's memory - The Times
The love of reading - Preface

See you guys tomorrow!

12 janeiro 2017

Week O1 and O2 - TedTalks

One of my year goals is to stay out of Youtube or at least watch something more useful than vlogs. It is not going to be something daily, I thought about selecting one interesting video to watch per week and who knows, maybe in the future I can watch more than that, but let's not be ambicious. let's be realistic for some time. These are the choices for the first and second week of the year and I hope you like it as much as I did.

"The actual path of a raindrop as it goes down the valley is unpredictable, but the general direction is inevitable," says digital visionary Kevin Kelly -- and technology is much the same, driven by patterns that are surprising but inevitable. Over the next 20 years, he says, our penchant for making things smarter and smarter will have a profound impact on nearly everything we do. Kelly explores three trends in AI we need to understand in order to embrace it and steer its development. "The most popular AI product 20 years from now that everyone uses has not been invented yet," Kelly says. "That means that you're not late."

With words like shards of glass, Chinaka Hodge cuts open 2016 and lets 12 months of violence, grief, fear, shame, courage and hope spill out in this original poem about a year none of us will soon forget.

11 janeiro 2017

Top 3 korean dramas that I wanna watch this summer

It's been while since I last talked about a korean drama. But I'm very excited to spend some time of my vacation to watch some popular shows. If you are wondering, I watch all of them on the Drama Fever website! Here in Brazil this is one of the best and complete options and it is actually cheap, if you think about the variety of dramas that you are going to be able to watch. So here we go!

Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016/ 21 episodes):  During a total solar eclipse, a 25-year-old 21st century woman, Go Ha-jin is transported back in time to Goryeo Dynasty. She wakes up in the year 941, in the body of Hae Soo and there, she encounters the many royal princes of the ruling Wang family. And I believe that talking about it a little bit more would be spoiler LOL But I'm very excited for this one and this is going to be the first of my list because I have never watched anything that it takes place in the past, so I think I'm going to learn a lot about the korean traditions back then and I will also have a blast with the fights and the ancient korean fashion.

The heirs (2013/ 20 episodes)The series follows a group of rich, privileged, and elite high school students as they are groomed to take over their families' business empires, overcoming difficulties and growing every step of the way. I KNOW, it looks very teen and Gossip Girl, and full of rich people and their foolish lives, but I wanna watch it to understand the hype.

Goblin the Lonely and Great God (2016/ 16 episodes): Kim Shin is an immortal goblin who is also a protector of souls. He lives together with an amnesiac grim reaper who is in charge of taking deceased souls. Together the two of them see the dead off into the afterlife. One day Kim Shin meets a girl, Ji Eun-tak who is destined to be his bride and return him to ashes, with a special ability to see ghosts. Reason number one to watch: Gong Yoo, I just loved his perfomance on Invasão Zumbi and I hope he gives his all on this new series. And I know that are some supernatural aspects, but I am ok with it, to be totally honest one of my favourite korean dramas is My love from another star LOL

When I finish these dramas, I will come here and update this post with the grades and opinios about the plot.

See you guys soon,

10 janeiro 2017

#O1/2O17 - Moana

Yeah, I know it's been while, but I can't help it, at the end of the year I was all over the place and I didn't have time to write here on the blog. 

But, let's leave the excuses aside and let's focus on Moana! The plot is pretty simple in Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain's daughter's island, she (Moana) answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. But the important part here is not the story itself but how the story is told. The soundtrack is essencial for the success of this plot, the songs are very catchy and I remember that by the end of the movie, almost everybody was singing together and that reminded me of how The Lion King's soundtrack had the same effect on me when I was a kid. The song is not just a song, it is how the character is feeling and it is how he/she expresses it. I was also blowned away by the effects and how the characters moved. For example, there is a point that Moana's grandmother is dancing and we can notice how realistic it is her movements and how real it is her hair and how it moves as the wind blows. 
The message of the story, the actions of this new Disney Princess shows that Disney is starting to recreate themselves and what it is the real role of a woman in the twenty first century and they are more awared of the kind of moral that they wanna pass to this genereation.

Moana (2016)       5/5