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今年开始就很慌乱 在家里修养生息了四个多月 什么书都看不下去 后来是快到四月底了 去日本之前 才开始想吃东西 从想吃东西开始生活的其他细节终于也慢慢恢复到了还算正常的水平 下半年做了很多义工 所以看书的时间 确切的说看闲书的时间少了很多 所以今年看了这十三本书 希望自己能继续学习怎样处理压力和焦虑 能够从内心深处真的放松下来 一个人的感受可以很骗人 要慢慢学习寻找和聆听自己的身体或者心灵上的真正的感觉 和自己的内心建立亲密无间的关系 才能找到自己待人处事的很多原因 才能发现自己的恐惧 发现妨碍自己的东西真正是什么 这是一个很难 很漫长的功课 我在这条路上才刚刚开始 但是希望阅读能够帮助自己的前进

1. An everlasting meal

2. How will you measure your life

3. 21 The unfinished journey of Jack Aubrey

4. Blue at the mizzen

5. The help

6. Taking charge of your fertility

7. The hundred days

8. 上海电影一百年

9. The art of fielding

10. A word child

11. Brief encounter with Che Guevara

12. Spanish stories and tales

13. Parisan Chic

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I read this one a few months ago, probably in September or October but apparently forgot to write about it.

It is a great story. I love all things Southern — they seem to have a special knack at telling a story. I am absorbed from beginning to end and now feel a lot more comfortable if the movie comes my way and i have to watch it 🙂

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The last book of the Aubrey/Maturin series. I felt a tightening heart as the remaining pages diminish. Last book. There is no more of Aubrey and Maturin any more. What a sad thought. As if to ease the user about their pain, the book saunters from beginning to nearly the end, with me wondering where are the promised action that will make Aubrey hoist his own flag? [Note this is not spoiler as the title of the book already told you it is going to happen!] The climax came in the end, in maybe two dozens of pages, and it climbs to the top at the very end. I don’t think the author knew that this would be the last book he would produce, but the end is proper.

If I had any reservations, I feel Maturin moved from Diana to Christine, another love target too quickly. I couldn’t help thinking Maturin loved Diana dearly. He made his intentions known to Diana from the second book but spent the next few books trying to convince an unmoved Diana that staying monogamous to him is a better idea. Remember the time Maturin duel’ed Diana’s lover who she had been living with without marriage (and therefore causing herself great harm in reputation). He himself was badly hurt but he left a note before passing out to Diana telling her he has bought her a sea ticket and she should return to England and stay in her relative’s house. It was moving to read that how he took Diana’s future seriously and put Diana’s life in front of him. The most irony is Diana got on that ship but run away with an American rich man to New York before the ship reached destination. So Maturin saved Diana spectacularly and Diana ditched Maturin spectacularly too.

But Maturin moved onto Christine with nearly the same interest, barely a book after Diana died in a chaise accident. He loves Brigid still but it is hard to imagine with so much devotion he would move on so fast.

Well that is what i thought. Which doesn’t hurt a single bit the greatness of the series. Maybe I should start another post about some final remarks about the series, instead of pouring it here 🙂

没什么意思 最前面稍微有点意思 其他的太套路了 介绍一下人物 复述一下他的有名剧本大概是讲什么的 给个评语 我已经看不了这样的东西了

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I like the first half, which is like five stars. It feels like the author loses his grip on the characters and plots in the second half of the book. For one thing, the architect showed up and ate dinner and were just gone, without any other splashes. For another thing, the great namesake of the fictional bible for a shortstop in the book showed up and ate dinner with the team and were just gone too, when I totally expected he would be cruicial in helping Henry to regain his confidence.

The build up to the climax is exceptional — fully developed characters (with very familiar cliche’s, sometimes) which draws you in. However, the climax is nowhere to be found. Don’t get me wrong — I love the premise of the book: self-doubt and its eradication. Who never has any doubts about themselves? Who never think of the question whether they are right or not? Or how did they do what they do? I was expecting quite some soul-searching, introspection on the way to confidence again but the book didn’t deliver on the solution, thought it describes the problem very well.

I think the author has potential. The book is full of literary references. Having not read Moby Dick, or the books or poems they were citing, I am sure I missed lots of the references. Had it had a better second half, I might go back to read the book once I finish reading all the classics 🙂

I am spending less time on an airplane to read so the amount of reading is dropping significantly — it used to be a plane ride = a book read. I came across this guide on weibo about how you should kill the however many hours of flight between China and US — i cannot stop feeling fidgetting after reading it — do people lose their capabilities of spending sometime with themselves??? I don’t understand why you need a guide to kill time and I don’t understand why that ten, twelve, fifteen hours can be so intolerable to some people that after reading what they write i feel as if i was spending some intolerable time myself.

Anyway, back to the novel. The first chapter or so was a bit dragging, with a young hand at writing — I think this gotta be an early work in Murdoch’s career that you can sense the naivety with which she wrote and planted plot devices. However, everything changed a few chapters into the book and it became a page turner, plot wise. I don’t exactly like the ending, since it is too much, too impossible for a person to be in such position. All in all, I like the Bell a lot better but I will keep on reading Murdoch since she appears to be writing about our weaknesses more frequent than other people.

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I came across this book through this article from New Yorker: Late Boomers. It is an article on why we think genius has to equate to precocity. I find it ringing so many bells with lots of things I want to say for a while. It is especially true with Chinese people: every time I talked to someone newly met, they would check up on your schools, years, then estimate your net worth, and how far you have made milestones in life such as house and kids. It is miserable talking with these people. They usually end their inquiries with a look that says oh so you are normal, even a bit behind schedule (in terms of kids), so no big shots. Sometimes they would launch into this talk on which big shots they know, and why they are big shots. The “big shots” are usually younger, or at least younger than their class/generation, reached money, or kids earlier than everyone else, and kept that step ahead until last time they heard of them (which is more likely through a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend …). It is as if there is a single race in life, and you not only are evaluated by it singlehandedly, you have to reach finish a lot earlier than other people. Otherwise you are doomed, or at least not worth discussion, or worth getting to know as a person.

I feel so confused by all those underlying assumptions. Isn’t life expectancy reaching 80’s? Shouldn’t our generation be expecting to live into old age with much better life quality than our previous generations? Doesn’t that mean you have to keep inventing yourself until the end? Even if life is a race with everyone shooting for the same finish line, isn’t it more like marathon that you have to keep at it for a LONG time? Those people made you feel as long you are get out of the start line faster than other people, and reached the first mile marker earlier, you will be good for life. How wrong.

Enough lashing out. That is why I like that article. It says most people reach their personal best, no matter what they are, through hard working, through years of practicing. That is more like me. The article named a writer, Ben Fountain, who started writing after law school and stayed at home and did nothing for the next ten or fifteen years and finally having his work published recently, which is the book we are reviewing here. Of the ten or fifteen years, his wife (they met in law school) took on the lawyer job in a small town so a single salary can have them live rather comfortably. His wife lets him do what he wants to do most and never gave him anything about money, not a single time. It is another Lee Ang story, essentially.

I like the article (it is from author of Blink btw) so I picked up the book before our Japan trip. Unfortunately I have to report, writing is something that needs talent. The stories feel a bit flat. I might remember one thing or the other of a tiny detail of a story, but not enough to be really impressed by it. Characters are distant people, except the title story with the hero probably writer himself. It is only when the writer writes about himself that I feel a somewhat draw. In other words, he is not that successful in constructing a believable world inhabited by lovable people. So despite I have lamented so much about hardworking, the book just says the opposite: at least in artistic expression, talent probably comes foremost.

This is not to say the people of less talent should stop practicing their craft in the hope of perfecting it along the way. But we should set realistic expectations on what we can achieve in the end, with the cost in mind.


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