09
Oct

Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

Stories never end and many beautiful stories were not told yet, and some are written right now. The proof is the performance of the writer J.K Rowling with the seven books about Harry Potter. Very popular and belonging to the fantasy genre, the books reveal the wizards’ world in which takes place the conflict between the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, and his only victim who survived, the young wizard, Harry Potter. Most of the action takes place at Hogwarts, The School of Magic and Witchcraft, where Harry Potter with his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger and supervised by Dumbledore takes part in a series of attempts in his fight on the good side.

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Since the launch of the first volume, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, in 1997, the books have gained immense success and popularity worldwide. All seven books have been translated into 67 languages. The seventh and final book of Harry Potter’s series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released in July 2007. Also, J.K Rowling’s books have paved the way for a successful film series. Those who love the fantasy genre will certainly enjoy reading these wonderful books.

06
Oct

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

Gustave Flaubert depicts in the novel Madame Bovary the tumultuous life of a multifaceted and complex character, whose waves fall throughout the book. Madame Bovary is the symbol of eternal moral decay, of human collapse and of unleashed senses. The beautiful young girl who becomes by a boring marriage Madame Bovary lives an exalted existence, sunk in dreams of second hand inspired by books of popular use of knights and awnings. She denies the reality, looking for love painted in books, even if she lives near a dull man who does not suspect anything of the emotional turmoil that marks his wife’s existence. The woman’s beauty draws admirers, but her thirst for imaginary love is not soothe, Madame Bovary becoming, without consciously willing to, a fallen adulteress.

This classic French novel is more than 150 years old and from start to finish, it is full of passion and excitement.In this book, you will notice that Flaubert is a perfectionist when it comes to his writing and once even claimed to always be searching for ‘le mot juste’, which means, ‘the right word’. 

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Flaubert’s genius is distinguished by many techniques for developing the character. Emma Bovary is, thanks to him, a complex being, whose essence cannot be grasped and understood than through the entire novel. The book Madame Bovary is a work of art and is admirable Flaubert’s genius to put himself in the place of a woman.

03
Oct

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

The book is often acclaimed as one of the best novels ever written, from a very good reason: it really is. But, surprisingly, its incredible influence doesn’t come from being a perfect novel, but because of its small imperfections. We could say that it is rushed here and there, or even unfinished, and this is just what makes it magnificent – it is imperfect, like the characters it describes. Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s heroes live in intensity, are so real that the novel itself might well be a historical treatise about real people who lived, loved, suffered and died.

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But the most important quality of The Brothers Karamazov is probably its accessibility. One hundred and thirty years after its writing the novel remained as relevant, because it deals with universal themes such as morality, free will or the existence of God and makes it with a subtle humor and a remarkable enthusiasm.

The Brothers Karamazov proves to be conclusive in terms of both the perspective of the author’s worldview, and from the artistic point of view.

28
Sep

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

One of the definitions of art is to represent human activity in all its forms and at all levels. Following this thread of thought, Moby Dick is one of the best novels, because the American author Herman Melville was able to draw a perfect parallel between the tumultuous existence of the human spirit and the noble art of whaling.

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We can say that Moby Dick is about the struggle between man and fate, the confrontation between free will and divine justice, or the impact of the human spirit with an irremovable demiurge, but Moby Dick is actually about everything. The whaleship Pequod, travels the globe like a modern Noah’s Ark, carrying with it all religions and human philosophies, to seek out the famous white whale, and if you make only one trip by boat in your life, you should do it on this one. If you have not read the book yet, I hope you do it.

26
Sep

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

A novel has never managed to present better the change of an era than The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald capturing in his work the charm of the jazz era, and also its lowest points. The book captures the transformation of America in the late 1920s, when the promised land became for many young people returned from war a land deserted by values, morality and meaning.

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Gatsby himself, a young boy from the country turned into a gangster to regain the girl of his dreams, represents the right of each of us to follow our dreams, but serves as a warning for how and how far should we go to fulfill them.


The Great Gatsby
is a parable located in times not so far or different. It teaches us to choose carefully our dreams and to be carefully how far we go to fulfill them, because a dream you have to sell your soul for doesn’t worth be reached. There is something of James Gatz in each of us, as we have something of Jay Gatsby. In a society that is still in a moral decline, we must choose carefully our dreams.

22
Sep

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

There aren’t many books that can capture that unique world of childhood and keeps it forever, but The Chronicles of Narnia is one of those books. C. S Lewis’s books come from a better place and time where lions speak and people turn into dragons if they sleep on the pile of treasure. C.S. Lewis wrote the series in a time when fantasy genre was flourishing.

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The series consists of seven books. In each, a group of children is transported from the real world in the fabulous world of Narnia, to save it from the forces of darkness. Here they discover magic and amazing creatures, inspired by the northern folklore and the classic mythology, and also terrible witches or evil demons. There are noticeable, also, the strong Christian influences that the story has, symbols appearing everywhere.

The style is very descriptive yet alert, the narration always keeping the reader’s attention. The chapters are short, and the books sometimes prove too short. Lewis manages to create a lively and exciting Narnia, both for adults and children. The Chronicles of Narnia form an unforgettable story and a world of the eternal childhood.

16
Sep

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

Chuck Palahniuk’s novel, the Haunted is a collection of human types, of vices and social taboos, which has the courage to put the finger on many bleeding wounds of contemporary society, thing which is revealed from the beginning by nicks in which the characters are hiding in order to write / tell stories.

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The author presents through the story-frame 19 characters who tell their story, and each story digs deeper into the personal drama of each one, hardly delimiting facts from fiction, just to get to the idea that we live on a planet of suffering and solitude, but, ultimately, creation requires sacrifice and suffering. The novel could be interpreted also, as a great allegory for the trauma that every artist suffers when creating his work, being forced to give up a part of him with each new creation.

Haunted is a macabre novel, but fascinating, and the experience of its reading is a very special one, as, indeed, is any experience with one of Palahniuk’s novels, precisely because he does not ‘refrain’ from dealing with taboo topics, about the less pleasant face of humanity.

15
Sep

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

The novel Angels and Demons by Dan Brown was written before The Da Vinci Code and has many similarities with the latter, from the same main character, Robert Langdon, and the same 24 hours in which the action takes place, until the religious issue and ‘the saving of the situation’ with the symbols that Langdon know so well.

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In brief, the famous professor is awakened in the night, when he is presented a picture of a corpse which has noted on the chest an ambigram that represents the name of a secret society which was thought that no longer exists, the Illuminati. Thus, it is released the theme of the novel, namely the conflict between religion and science.

The book “Angels and Demons” is full of surprises and twists of situations, but it will take you less time to read it than The Da Vinci Code; if you liked the last one, surely you do not want to miss the book Angels and Demons. For those who have not read or who have not liked The Da Vinci Code, still try the presented novel.

14
Sep

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

To consider this book For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway just a novel of war would be a big mistake. Because an important part of the book is devoted to the relationship between Maria and Robert Jordan, to the love that is born between them and their attempt to adapt in a world they are forced to live. The fatality of this love is that it takes place at the wrong time and place. The impossibility of the characters to detach from the present becomes the leitmotif of their love.

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The book begins and ends with Robert Jordan, alone, lying in a pine forest. This image gives the war a hint of endless event that is repeated obsessively. Although a large-scale novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls is a very compressed work in terms of time, space and characters. It is a very exciting and dynamic reading, covering a large diversity of topics: war, love, loyalty, sacrifice, ideology and death. It is a good book that should not miss from the library of any lover of books.

13
Sep

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

This is one of the most exciting books and undoubtedly one of the most popular novels of Alexandre Dumas. The Count of Monte Cristo is the kind of book you hope not to end.

The count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas The count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The action of the book begins with the return of the young sailor Edmond Dantes in Marseille. Ambitious, coming from a poor family and supported by the captain of the ship of whose crew was part, Dantes is advanced, and that joy is magnified by the thought of reviewing her father and his fiancée, Mercedes. But that joy does not last long, because his ‘friend’ denounced him as a Bonaparte’s conspirator; the reason for this ‘betrayal’ is on the one hand, the beautiful Mercedes, on the other hand, Fernand’s envy on the success of the young sailor.

After he escapes and recovers a treasure on the island of Montecristo, he assigns the title and name of Count of Monte Cristo and is determined to have revenge on those who have kidnapped him 20 years of life. Even if the idea of ​​revenge is quite common in this novel, it gets a slight tinge of obsession.

Overall, The Count of Monte Cristo is a novel that captures many moments, primarily through the ingenuity of the ‘Count’ and, secondly, through the ambition and consistency with which he follows and achieves his plans.