I loved “How to be Parisian”, but their new book, “Older, but Better, but Older” wasn’t as appealing.
Maybe it’s because I am older and I’m already aware of a lot of what is in the book, but I was really bored reading this. To be honest, I skipped through a few pages. (I think I was hoping for more tips to aging gracefully.) I will say I did find myself giggling in some parts and a lot of it is spot on to getting older.
I picked these two books up in Romania based on a recommendation from one of the book store employees. Both books are reflections of Romanian life from/during the Russian ruled era of the country.
Winner of the Nobel Prize, Herta Müeller writes this true story of a Germanic-Romanian sent to a Russian gulag for 5 years at the age of 17. Surviving on a piece of bread and “cabbage” soup daily, he lives with what he calls the “Hunger Angel”.
This book almost feels like you’re reading poetry.
The second book was written by Matei Calinescu called, “The Life and Opinions of Zacharias Lichter”.
This books is kinda kooky. Each chapter is the thoughts or opinions of Zacharias Lechter on a particular subject. He’s a homeless man in Bucharest who preaches his interpretations of life as he feels touched by God. His views can be considered eccentric with truth often being found in them.
Persepolis is the true story of a girl growing up in Iran during the early 1980’s. What’s awesome about this book is it’s in comic book format. It made for easy understanding of the government’s transition of power and how life was during that time (seen through the eyes of a 12+ year old). I read this in a few hours and went to the bookstore for Persepolis II.
If you want to read a book that will pull at your heart strings, this is it. I was crying by page 8, underlining passages, giggling through parts and then crying some more. This story is told from the dogs viewpoint which is funny, sweet, and full of wisdom.
309 pages in 48hrs. I bought this book in honor of October and Halloween. I wanted to read something scary. The book implies scary, but it’s really a mystery/thriller. Regardless, I literally had a hard time putting the book down. It reads like a movie (which according to the back of the book is in the making) and I was engaged at the get go. I found myself reading faster and faster toward the end because I couldn’t wait to find out who did it. Two thumbs up!