New ebook available @Project Gutenberg: The memoirs of François René, vicomte de Chateaubriand, sometime ambassador to England, Volume 1 of 6 by François René Chateaubriand, Alexander Teixeira de Mattos (Translator)

The memoirs of François René, vicomte de Chateaubriand, sometime ambassador to England, Volume 1 of 6The memoirs of François René, vicomte de Chateaubriand, sometime ambassador to England, Volume 1 of 6 by François René Chateaubriand
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Title: The Memoirs of François René Vicomte de Chateaubriand sometime Ambassador to England, Volume 1 (of 6)
Mémoires d’outre-tombe, volume 1

Author: François René Chateaubriand
Alexander Teixeira de Mattos

Release Date: May 18, 2017 [EBook #54743]

Language: English

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When death lowers the curtain between me and the world, it shall be found that my drama was divided into three acts.

From my early youth until 1800, I was a soldier and a traveller; from 1800 to 1811, under the Consulate and the Empire, my life was given to literature; from the Restoration to the present day, it has been devoted to politics.

Page 159:
No event, however wretched or hateful in itself, should be treated lightly when its circumstances are serious, or when it marks an epoch: what should have been seen in the capture of the Bastille (and what was not then seen) was, not the violent act of the emancipation of a people, but the emancipation itself which resulted from that act.

New ebook available @Project Gutenberg: La 628-E8 by Octave Mirbeau

La 628-E8La 628-E8 by Octave Mirbeau
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Title: La 628-E8
Avec le chapitre intégral “Balzac”

Author: Octave Mirbeau

Release Date: April 10, 2017 [EBook #54528]

Language: French

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Its seems this was one of the favorites books of Samuel Beckett.

À qui dédier le récit de ce voyage, sinon à vous, cher Monsieur Charron, qui avez combiné, construit, animé, d’une vie merveilleuse, la merveilleuse automobile où je l’accomplis, sans fatigue et sans accrocs?

Cet hommage, je vous le dois, car je vous dois des joies multiples, des impressions neuves, tout un ordre de connaissances précieuses que les livres ne donnent pas, et des mois, des mois entiers de liberté totale, loin de mes petites affaires, de mes gros soucis, et loin de moi-même, au milieu de pays nouveaux ou mal connus, parmi des êtres si divers dont j’ai mieux compris, pour les avoir approchés de plus près, la force énorme et lente qui, malgré les discordes locales, malgré la résistance des intérêts, des appétits et des privilèges, et malgré eux-mêmes, les pousse invinciblement vers la grande unité humaine.

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
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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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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.

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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: The Autobiography of Goethe. Truth and Poetry: From My Own Life, Vol. I by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, John Oxenford (Translator)

The Autobiography of Goethe. Truth and Poetry: From My Own Life, Vol. IThe Autobiography of Goethe. Truth and Poetry: From My Own Life, Vol. I by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Title: The Autobiography of Goethe
Truth and Poetry: From My Own Life

Author: Johan Wolfgang von Goethe

Translator: John Oxenford
A. J. W. Morrison

Release Date: July 26, 2016 [EBook #52654]

Language: English

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Thus, the Frankforters passed a series of prosperous years during my childhood; but scarcely, on the 28th of August, 1756, had I completed my seventh year, than that world-renowned war broke out, which was also to exert great influence upon the next seven years of my life.

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It now seems necessary to state more circumstantially, and to make intelligible how, under these circumstances, I made my way with more or less ease through the French language, which, however, I had never learned. Here, too, my natural gift was of service to me, enabling me easily to catch the sound of a language, its movement, accent, tone, and all other outward peculiarities. I knew many words from the Latin; Italian suggested still more; and by listening to servants and soldiers, sentries and visitors, I soon picked up so much that, if I could not join in conversation, I could at any rate manage single questions and answers. All this, however, was little compared to the profit I derived from the theatre.

page 78:

Thus, after an unquiet Passion-week, the Good-Friday of 1759 arrived. A profound stillness announced the approaching storm. We children were forbidden to quit the house: my father had no quiet, and went out.

page 267:

At this time the Lives of the Painters, by D’Argenville, was translated into German; I obtained it quite fresh, and studied it assiduously enough. This seemed to please Oeser, and he procured us an opportunity of seeing many a portfolio out of the great Leipzig collections, and thus introduced us to the history of the art. But even these exercises produced in me an effect different from that which he probably had in mind. The manifold subjects which I saw treated by artists awakened the poetic talent in me, and as one easily makes an engraving for a poem, so did I now make poems to the engravings
and drawings, by contriving to present to myself the personages introduced in them, in their previous and subsequent condition, and sometimes to compose a little song which might have suited them; and thus accustomed myself to consider the arts in connexion with each other.

Page 310:

Yet this dissipation and dismemberment of my studies was not enough, they were to be once more seriously disturbed; for a remarkable political event set everything in motion, and procured us a tolerable succession of holidays. Marie Antoinette, Archduchess of Austria and Queen of France, was to pass through Strasburg on her road to Paris.

Page 408:

Ecclesiastical history was almost better known to me than the history of the world, and that conflict in which the church–the publicly recognised worship of God–finds itself, and always will find itself, in two different directions, had always highly interested me.

Page 420:

From his youth upwards, Voltaire’s wishes and endeavours had been directed to an active and social life, to politics, to gain on a large scale, to a connexion with the heads of the earth, and a profitable use of this connexion, that he himself might be one of the heads of the earth also. No one has easily made himself so dependent, for the sake of being independent. He even succeeded in subjugating minds; the nation became his own. In vain did his opponents unfold their moderate talents, and their monstrous hate; nothing succeeded in injuring him. The court he could never reconcile to himself, but by way of compensation, foreign kings were his tributaries; Katharine and Frederic the Great, Gustavus of Sweden, Christian of Denmark, Peniotowsky of Poland, Henry of Prussia, Charles of Brunswick, acknowledged themselves his vassals; even popes thought they must coax him by some acts of indulgence.

page 422:

Diderot was sufficiently akin to us, as, indeed, in everything, for which the French blame him, he is a true German. But even his point of view was too high, his circle of vision was too extended for us to range ourselves with him, and place ourselves at his side. Nevertheless, his children of nature, whom he continued to bring forward and dignify with great rhetorical art, pleased us very much; his brave poachers and smugglers enchanted us; and this rabble afterwards throve but too well upon the German Parnassus. It was he also, who, like Rousseau, diffused a disgust of social life–a quiet introduction to those monstrous changes of the world, in which everything permanent appeared to sink.

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The resolution to preserve my internal nature according to its peculiarities, and to let external nature influence me according to its qualities, impelled me to the strange element in which Werther is designed and written. I sought to free myself internally from all that was foreign to me, to regard
the external with love, and to allow all beings, from man downwards, as low as they were comprehensible, to act upon me, each after its own kind. Thus arose a wonderful affinity with the single objects of nature, and a hearty concord, a harmony with the whole, so that every change, whether of place and region, or of the times of the day and year, or whatever else could happen, affected me in the deepest manner. The glance of the painter associated itself to that of the poet, the beautiful rural landscape, animated by the pleasant river, increased my love of solitude, and favoured my silent observations as they extended on all sides.

Book review: Viagem a Portugal by José Saramago

Viagem a PortugalViagem a Portugal by José Saramago
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loc 109:

Em Miranda do Douro, por exemplo, ninguém seria capaz de se perder.

Loc 156:

Aqui (Cacarelhos) diz Camilo que nasceu o seu Calisto Eloi de Silos e Benevides de Barbuda, morgado de Agra de Freimas, heroi patego e patusco de “Queda Dum Ano”, novela de muito riso e alguma melancolia.

Loc 227:

Eh em Azinhos, aldeiazinha perto (Mogadouro), que começa a nascer a paixão do viajante por este romântico rural do Norte.

Loc 240:

Em Castelo Branco, quinze quilómetros ao sul o ar parece ter passado por uma peneira de cinza, so na cor, que de pureza ate os pulmões estranham.

Loc 336:

O natural serial, estando em Bragança, ver o que a cidade tem para mostrar, e depois deitar as vistas em redor, pedra aqui, paisagem cola, respeitando a hierarquia dos lugares.

Loc 1894:

Ir ao Museu de Aveiro eh uma aventura. Tem como todos, suas horas de abrir e fechar…

Loc 2137:

Não faltam em Portugal povoações que parecem ter ficado a margem do tempo, assistindo ao passar dos anos sem mover uma pedra daqui para ali, e contudo sentido-las vivas de vida interior, ouve-se bater um coração.

Loc 2544:

Belmonte eh a terra de Pedro Alvares Cabral, aquele que em 1500 chegou ao Brasil e cujo retrato, em medalha, se diz estar no claustro dos Jeronimos.

Loc 2827:

Deu uma volta grande, escusada, passou por Almofala, que não tinha muito para mostrar, salvo o cruzeiro, a pequena distancia, no antigo caminho que os preferidos tomavam para is a Santiago de Compostela. Eh este cruzeiro um caminho de cruzes alçadas, adornadas com a vieira, símbolo da peregrinação, e motivos de liturgia.

Loc 3523:

Em Castelo Branco, todos os caminhos vão dar ao jardim do paco Episcopal.

Loc 3773:

O Convento de Tomar eh o portico, eh o coro manuelino, eh a charola, eh a grande anela, eh o claustro. E eh o resto.

Loc 3822:

Sao muitas aa voltas para chegar a Fatima. Ha certamente caminhos mais rectos, mas dos lados donde o viajante vem, com mistura de mouros e judeus, não eh de estranhar que tenha achado o percurso longo.

Loc 3883:

De Leiria não viu muito o viajante. Culpa sua, culpa do acaso, ou irremediavel necessidade, diga-o quem souber.

Loc 3903:

Começará, sim senhor, por ir a Batalha, e a seguir, por Sao Jorge e Cos, ira olhar Nazaré.

Loc 4005:

Estes são os túmulos de Pedro e Ines, os imortais amantes que esperam o fim do mundo para se levantarem e continuarem o amor no ponto em que os “brutos matadores” o cortaram, se tais continuações se toleram no céu.

Loc 4005:

Ja na Batalha o vistante mal se apercebe do vulto conjunto de D. Joao e D. Felipa, deitados lado a lado, dando-lhe ele a mao a ela, na figuração dos Bem Casados…

Loc 4111:

Santarém eh cidade singular. Com gente na rua ou toda metida em casa, da sempre a mesma impressão de encerramento.

Loc 4443:

Das Caldas da Rainha a Óbidos chega-se num suspiro.

Loc 4619:

O Convento de Mafra eh grande. Grande eh o Convento de Mafra. De Mafra eh grande o convento. Soa tres maneiras de dizer, podiam ser algumas mais, e todas podem se resumir desta maneira simples: o Convento de Mafra eh grande.

Loc 4663:

Todos os caminhos vão dar a Sintra. O Viajante ah escolheu o seu.

Loc 4689:

Explicar o Lacaio de pena eh aventura em que o viajante não se metera.

Loc 4839:

E de túmulos não falemos mais: o Mosteriro dos Jeronimos eh uma maravilha de arquitectura, não uma necrópole.

Loc 5704:

Que Évora fosse a que Giraldo conquistou, não eh o viajante capaz de imaginar. Quantos mouros havia para defender a cidade, não sabe.

Loc 5710:

Em Évora ha, sim, uma atmosfera que não se encontra em outro qualquer lugar; Évora tem, sim, uma presença constante de Historia nas suas ruas e praças, em cada pedra ou sombra; Evora logrou, sim, defender o lugar do passado sem retirar espaço do presente.

Loc 6479:

O fim duma viagem eh apenas o começo doutra. Eh preciso ver o que não foi visto, ver outra vez o que se viu a, ver na Primavera o que se vira no Verao, ver de dia o que se viu de noite, com sol onde primeiramente a chuva caia, ver a seara verde, o fruto maduro, a pedra que mudou de lugar, a sombra que aqui não estava.

4* Ensaio Sobre A Cegueira
4* Viagem a Portugal
TR O ano da morte de Ricardo Reis
TR Baltasar and Blimunda
TR História do Cerco de Lisboa
TR Cain
TR The Elephant’s Journey
TR Terra do Pecado
TR The Cave
TR A Jangada de Pedra

Book review: Deep South – Four Seasons on Back Roads by Paul Theroux

Deep South: Four Seasons on Back RoadsDeep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads by Paul Theroux
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From BBC radio 4 – Book of the Week
Paul Theroux’s account of his car journeys through America’s southern states is timely, and abridged for radio by Katrin Williams:

1. He’s in Tusacaloona, in a car park, thinking about going to church. In a vehicle beside him sits Lucille, all black silk and lacey sleeves – “You lost, baby?” Her welcoming words are typical of the South..

2. In Greensboro he meets the impressive Rev. Eugene Lyles, aged 79, who has his own church, his own barber shop and runs the local diner on Main Street. So, time for a haircut, then some lunch.

3. The author stays at the ‘Blue Shadows Bed and Breakfast’ in Greensboro, and through its owner, Janet May, meets Randall Curb. And through Curb he will then encounter the legendary Mary Ward Brown, short story
writer, aged 96.

4. At Aiken’s steeplechase event he meets well-healed locals, mainly horse people and cotton baron descendents. Then he visits a hovel, once inhabited by Melvin Johnson, who has stories to tell.

5. He takes to the backroads of Georgia and Alabama, which smell of sun-heated tar. The fields are full of cotton and the big rivers beckon.

Reader Henry Goodman

Producer Duncan Minshull.