New ebook available @Project Gutenberg: Letters from Switzerland and Travels in Italy. Truth and Poetry: From My Own Life, Vol. II by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, John Oxenford (Translator)

Letters from Switzerland and Travels in Italy. Truth and Poetry: From My Own Life, Vol. IILetters from Switzerland and Travels in Italy. Truth and Poetry: From My Own Life, Vol. II by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Title: Letters from Switzerland and Travels in Italy
Truth and Poetry: from my own Life

Author: Johan Wolfgang, von Goethe

Translator: A. J. W. Morrison

Release Date: October 4, 2016 [EBook #53205]

Language: English

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Page 16:

Faith is a holy vessel into which every one stands ready to pour his feelings, his understanding, his
imagination as perfectly as he can. With Knowledge it is directly the opposite. There the point is not whether we know, but what we know, how much we know, and how well we know it.

Page 112:

But youth still retains this trait of childhood, that it harbors no malice against good companions; that its unsophisticated good nature may be brushed somewhat roughly indeed, to be sure, but cannot be permanently injured.

Page 134:

It must be confessed that travellers upon removing to a distance from the restraints of home, are only too apt to think they are stepping not only into an unknown, but into a perfectly free world; a delusion which it was the more easy to indulge in at this time, as there was not as yet any passports
to be examined by the police, or any tolls and suchlike checks and hindrances on the liberty of travellers, to remind men that abroad they are subject to still worse and more painful restraints than at home.

Page 192:

And then the line of glittering glaciers was continually drawing the eye back again to the mountains. The sun made his way towards the west, and lighted up their great flat surfaces, which were turned towards us. How beautifully before them rose from above the snow the variegated rows of black rocks:—-teeth,—-towers,-—walls! Wild, vast, inaccessible vestibules! and seeming to stand there in the free air in the first purity and freshness of their manifold variety! Man gives up at once all pretensions to the infinite, while he here feels that neither with thought nor vision is he equal to the finite!

Pages 214-215:

And as no man, not even the most ordinary character, was ever a witness, even for once, of great and unusual events, without their leaving behind in his soul some traces or other, and making him feel himself also to be greater for this one little shred of grandeur, so that he is never weary of telling the
whole tale of it over again, and has gained at any rate a little treasure for his whole life; just so is it with the man who has seen and become familiar with the grand phenomena of nature. He who manages to preserve these impressions, and to combine them with other thoughts and emotions, has assuredly a treasury of sweets wherewith to season the most tasteless parts of life, and to give a pervading relish to the whole of existence.

Page 375:

I am now beginning to revisit the principal sights of Rome: in such second views, our first amazement generally dies away into more of sympathy and a purer perception of the true value of the objects. In order to form an idea of the highest achievements of the human mind, the soul must first attain to perfect freedom from prejudice and prepossession.

Page 477:

The whole time of my residence here, I have heard scarcely any topic of conversation at the ordinary, but Cagliostro, his origin and adventures. The people of Palermo are all unanimous in asserting that a certain Joseph Balsamo was born in their city, and having rendered himself infamous by many disgraceful acts, was banished. But whether this person is identical with the Count Cagliostro, was a point on which opinions were divided. Some who knew Balsamo personally asserted they recognized his features in the engraving, which is well known in Germany, and which has also travelled as far as Palermo.

New ebook available @Project Gutenberg: A Mão e a Luva by Machado de Assis

A Mão e a LuvaA Mão e a Luva by Machado de Assis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: A Mao e A Luva

Author: Machado de Assis

Release Date: September 20, 2016 [EBook #53101]

Language: Portuguese

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I made the proofreading this book for Free Literature and it will be published by Project Gutenberg.

The original files are provided by Biblioteca Nacional.……

Opening lines:
—-Mas que pretendes fazer agora?


—-Morrer? Que ideia! Deixa-te disso, Estevão. Não se morre por tão pouco….

—-Morre-se. Quem não padece estas dores não as póde avaliar. O golpe foi profundo, e o meu coração é pusillanime; por mais aborrecivel que pareça a ideia da morte, peior, muito, peior do que ella, é a de viver. Ah! tu não sabes o que isto é?

Page 10:

—-O amor é uma carta, mais ou menos longa, escripta em papel velino, córte-dourado, muito cheiroso e catita; carta de parabens quando se lê, carta de pezames quando se acabou de ler. Tu que chegaste ao fim, põe a epistola no fundo da gaveta, e não te lembres de ir ver se ella tem um « post-scriptum »…

Man Booker Prize announces 2016 shortlist

Paul Beatty, Deborah Levy, Graeme Macrae Burnet, Ottessa Moshfegh, David Szalay and Madeleine Thien are announced as the six shortlisted authors for the 2016 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Their names were announced by 2016 Chair of judges, Dr. Amanda Foreman, at a press conference at the offices of sponsor Man Group.

The judges remarked on the role of the novel in exploring culture and in tackling unfamiliar and challenging subjects, and on the shortlisted authors’ willingness to play with language and form. The shortlist features a variety of voices, from new names to award winners. The books cover a diverse range of subjects, from murder in 19th century Scotland to classical music in Revolutionary China.

In the third year that the prize has been open to writers of any nationality, the shortlist is an even split between two British, two US and two Canadian writers. Three novels from Penguin Random House are shortlisted alongside three from small, independent publishers.


2016 Man Booker Shortlist

The 2016 shortlist of six novels is:

Author (nationality) – Title (imprint)

Paul Beatty (US) – The Sellout (Oneworld)

Deborah Levy (UK) – Hot Milk (Hamish Hamilton)

Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK) – His Bloody Project (Contraband)

Ottessa Moshfegh (US) – Eileen (Jonathan Cape)

David Szalay (Canada-UK) – All That Man Is (Jonathan Cape)

Madeleine Thien (Canada) – Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Granta Books)


Amanda Foreman comments:

‘The Man Booker Prize subjects novels to a level of scrutiny that few books can survive. In re-reading our incredibly diverse and challenging longlist, it was both agonizing and exhilarating to be confronted by the sheer power of the writing. As a group we were excited by the willingness of so many authors to take risks with language and form. The final six reflect the centrality of the novel in modern culture – in its ability to champion the unconventional, to explore the unfamiliar, and to tackle difficult subjects.’

Deborah Levy is the only previously-shortlisted author (for Swimming Home in 2012).

Oneworld is in the running again this year with Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, following Marlon James’ win with A Brief History of Seven Killings in 2015, which has gone on to sell over 360,000 copies in the UK and Commonwealth, as well as 120,000 in the US.

Granta makes the list with Do Not Say We Have Nothing after its success with Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries, which won in 2014. Eleanor Catton is adapting The Luminaries for the BBC, which will commence filming in New Zealand in 2017.

Fellow independent publisher Saraband appears on the shortlist for the first time with His Bloody Project, a significant achievement for the tiny Glasgow-based house run by two people.

Amanda Foreman is joined on the 2016 panel of judges by Jon DayAbdulrazak GurnahDavid Harsent and Olivia Williams. The shortlist was chosen from 155 submissions, published in the UK between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016.

Luke Ellis, CEO of Man Group, comments:

‘On behalf of Man Group, I would like to congratulate the shortlisted authors. We are honoured to sponsor the Man Booker Prize, recognising the hard work and creativity of the authors of outstanding fiction. The Prize underscores Man Group’s charitable focus on literacy and education as well as our commitment to excellence and creativity. Together with the wider charitable activities of the Booker Prize Foundation, the prize plays a very important role in promoting literary excellence that we are honoured to support.’


The 2016 winner announcement  

The 2016 winner will be announced on Tuesday 25 October in London’s Guildhall, at a black-tie dinner that brings together the shortlisted authors and well-known figures from the literary world. The ceremony will be broadcast by the BBC.

In the meantime, there will be a number of public events featuring the shortlisted authors, including two events at The Times & The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival (Saturday 15 October). The traditional Man Booker Prize Readings will take place at the Southbank Centre on the eve of the prize, 24 October, hosted by comedian and writer Sara Pascoe.

A special Man Booker Prize edition of Artsnight will air on BBC Two on Saturday 22 October. There will also be a range of further events with the winner, which will be announced in due course.

The shortlisted authors each receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book. The winner will receive a further £50,000 and can expect international recognition.

For the first time ever, RNIB has ensured that braille versions of the shortlisted books are available in time for the announcement. The Booker Prize Foundation has a longstanding partnership with RNIB to provide Man Booker Prize books to the tens of thousands of blind and partially sighted members of the RNIB Library.

Book review: Tracks by Matthew Broughton

TracksTracks by Matthew Broughton

From BBC radio 4:
The first in a major new nine-part conspiracy thriller, starring Romola Garai. Written by Matthew Broughton.

1/9: When Dr Helen Ash witnesses the brutal and disturbing crash of the plane that is carrying her father, the incident sets her on an investigation into a dark conspiracy. Florian Chauvin was flying to Wales to tell his daughter something important, but his plane fell out of the sky.
What was Florian coming to tell Helen? Who was he travelling with? And why did his plane crash?

2/9: Florian Chauvin was flying to Wales to tell his daughter Helen something important, but his plane fell out of the sky. Now Helen wants to know why. In the aftermath of the crash, Helen and Freddy investigate why one of the passengers doesn’t seem to have a heart.
What was Florian coming to tell Helen? Who was in his party of five? And how is the shadowy medical corporation, Mayflower, implicated in the plane crash?

3/9: Following a mysterious phone call, the crash of Flight 259 is declared an accident. Nothing makes sense anymore. And, as Helen continues investigating Florian’s fellow passengers, she uncovers another disturbing medical mystery.
Is Florian somehow to blame for everything? And will Helen be able to find her father before someone more dangerous does?

4/9: Determined to discover who’s responsible for the plane crash, Helen continues her search for her father. But when child services become involved, new information points Helen in the direction of the Iraq war.
How is Florian connected to the little boy in the coma? And have Helen and Freddy been chasing the wrong lead?

5/9: Confined to her hospital bed, Helen is desperate to continue her investigation into the plane crash and find her missing father, Florian. But with the mystery child locked in a coma upstairs in the same building, is Helen safe?
Where is Florian Chauvin? What did he do to the little boy? And is Helen on the right drugs?

6/9: As Helen uncovers disturbing details of a dark and illicit industry, she enters territory more vast and dangerous than she could ever have imagined.
What was the medical experiment carried out on the boy in the coma? And how does it connect to the plane crash?

7/9: Helen is kidnapped by the organ traffickers she has been investigating. To make matters worse, so is her mother, Rosie. As they wait for death in a tiny room, the secrets between them begin to unravel.
What do the traffickers want with them? Will they get out alive? And why won’t Rosie talk about Helen’s mysterious long-lost sister Elizabeth?

Tracks: A story in nine parts about life, death and the human brain.

Original music by Stu Barker

Directed in Wales by James Robinson.

Review of Episode One The Guardian.


Episodes 1,2,5,8,9 – James Robinson @mcgrin

Episodes 3,4,6 – Helen Perry @bellaperry

Episode 7 – Abigail Le Fleming @haywarddollerton

New ebook available @Project Gutenberg: Énide by Alfred Tennyson, Francisque Michel (Translator), Gustave Doré (Illustrator)

ÉnideÉnide by Alfred Tennyson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Enide

Author: Alfred Tennyson

Illustrator: Gustave Doré

Translator: Francisque Michel

Release Date: September 1, 2016 [EBook #52950]

Language: French

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Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

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Book review: Vanessa by Hugh Walpole

VanessaVanessa by Hugh Walpole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Free download available at Project Gutenberg Australia.

Free download available at Faded Page.

Vanessa is the fourth book of the six-volume series “The Herries Chronicles.”

Even if some editors claim that this is final volume of the Herries Chronicles, the saga will continue with two more books, The Bright Pavilions and Katherine Christian.

The book begins with Judith’s 100th birthday party and we do regret her death since she was one of the most predominant and memorable character of this series, since its second volume.

During the plot, Vanessa’s father dies in tragic circumstances (no spoilers here) and the love triangle between Vanessa, Ellis and Benjie deepens.

Two new characters will show up in this book: the mid-brothers Sally and Tom. And lets hope someone will publish Judith’s memories.

As historical background, we have the Boer war, the Great War, and the period between War I and II.

This is one of the best family saga I have ever read, so far. And once you start to read this series, you won’t be able to stop reading it.

Loc 6352:
No man escapes the past, nor the fields where he was as a boy if that poison is in his blood. With some of us it is, with some of us it isn’t. What do Thirty or Violet or Ellis care for this country? That’s why they’ll never understand us nor why we do what we do! We are the gipsies, with the smell of the ground always in our nostrils. That’s our history, mixed up with the country, with Cumberland, with England.

Loc 9220:
As a family (for they had only the slenderest connection with the Scottish Herries) in 1730 they had been nothing, in 1780 a little something, in 1820 people were aware of them, in 1850 they counted, in 1900 they were prominent, and now in 1930 the were everywhere….


Herries Chronicles series:
5* Rogue Herries
5* Judith Paris
5* The Fortress
5* Vanessa
TR The Bright Pavilions
TR Katherine Christian

Rising City series:
TR The Duchess of Wrexe
TR The Green Mirror
TR The Captives

Book review: Wish Lanterns: Young Lives in New China by Alec Ash

Wish Lanterns: Young Lives in New ChinaWish Lanterns: Young Lives in New China by Alec Ash
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From BBC Radio 4 – Book of the Week:
The stories of young Chinese lives, particularly those young people born under the one-child policy of the 1980s, as they seek to negotiate the expectations of those around them and their own inner desires for self-fulfilment.

Dahai is a military child and a rebel, Fred is a daughter of the Party and Xiaoxiao grew up in the far north and longed to travel south. All were infants when the tanks rolled through Beijing in 1989 and none really know much about their country’s recent past. But the way China develops in the future is very much something that will affect their lives – and their behaviour and decisions will affect ours.

There are approximately 322 million Chinese aged between 16 and 30 – a group larger than the population of the USA and destined to have an unprecedented influence on global affairs in the coming years. The one-child policy has led to a generation of only children. There is intense competition for education and jobs, and a tug-of-war between cultural change and tradition, nationalism and the lures of the West. We know the headlines of their lives, but what of the details?

Written by Alec Ash
Read by David Seddon
Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.