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CONFESSIONS OF A BOOKWORM “TESS OF THE D’UBERVILLES”

25 Nov

OR… THE DANGER OF EATING A STRAWBERRY.

Hello Bookworms!!

I just finished “Tess of the d’Ubervilles” by Thomas Hardy. And well, let’s talk about it…

The book is beautifully written  it has the Victorian style of saying a simple act like it was made out of poetry. For example “she grab an apple” it becomes “with her slender fingers she moved towards the air full of dust which moved like fairies dancing around the beautiful Tess while her delicate skin touched the red sinuosity of the prohibited fruit”.

Yes I just made that up.

But more or less that was I was talking about. Yes it is beautiful to read a poetical description of mundane things, but sometimes i found myself skipping sentences. To the point please!

I really like the characterization of the characters. This Tess is a bad-ass, i just love her, she thinks she is a victim when she is the strongest of all them all. She is passionate, generous, caring, independent and incredibly strong; She is raped, she has a child, she loses him, she works as hard as anyone can, she encounters bad people, good people, crazy people, fanatic people, her rapist as a religious-fanatic, her rapist as post-fanaticism, her rapist as her guardian, bad parents, bad lovers, bad husband…. She lives trough all of them without losing a peace of her beauty and just a piece of her sanity (i would have gone mad at the beginning of the second part). She is the victim of a society in which a woman has to life forever with the consequences of being raped and having a child before marriage while a man who rapes woman can be forgiven if he embraces religion.

Absolutely fair. (sarcasm sign here)

The writer is brilliant portraying this hypocritical society. But at the same time he is just and observer, he does not blame or fight for anything, he just tells everything as it is. It is like he is saying “well here is Tess, this is what is happening to her, your turn to think now”

The story is well known, I am not going to explain the plot.  It has been adapted by cinema and television several times. I have to admit that I have not seen any adaptation (even though I wanted to), and I had it in my to-read list for several years now. I have to admit. Oh my I am sorry to admit that my curiosity won when I read “50 Shades Of Grey” and between sadomasochistic sexual encounters they  quote this book. Over and Over.

—-OMG, those lost neurons will never come back again. ( I want to talk about Mr.Grey another time)—-

Well, all I have to say I liked the book. Is one of those books that left you with a bad mouth taste. It is not a happy ending, it is not what she deserves. All the struggles she passes she cannot end well, she has to pay for her “sins” while men are aroudn watching her pretty face suffer. I would recommend it for those who like more dense stories and those eagle-eyed readers who can enjoy a good description of hypocrisy.

Summarizing, is a good reading, but not an easy one. And whoever says it is a love story.It is not.

Love,

Lady C.

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THE LOVES OF MY LIFE “LOVE LETTER TO BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN”

25 Nov

Dear Bruce,

Can I call you Bruce? You can call me C if you want. I just have to say that I have been platonically in love with you and your music since I was 12 years old. I saw your for the first time when I was 13 years old and all i had to say is OMG.  That concert change the notion of music for me, because you will agree with me that you haven’t listen to music until you have experienced a life concert. It is kind of ironical, don’t you think, that something you listen to you have to see it to really live it.

I have to admit that the first song that I like of your work it was “Let’s be friends” of the album “The Rising”. It was cute, easy going and the perfect initiation for your more mature and difficult work. It is still one of my favorites  because it remains my of my 12 year-old-self that like that just like that song of all that album, then i began to like “Mary’s Place”, then “Lonesome Day” then “The Rising” and finally I knew by hard all the lyrics of the songs. When I heard life “Born to Run” I had goose bumps for several minutes, so much power in one song, the whole stadium was jumping singing their lungs off just to sing the lyrics with you. That was a breathtaking moment. I remember my seeing my sister crying for almost the whole concert just to see our there (in the next concert I cry too). It was the first time for both of us, and we both singed a life-lasting vow of fidelity with you and your music for the end of the times.

After traveling around to see you, after two days in the street just to enter the stadium, after long night in the street in front of the stores to buy your tickets, you never disappoint. You are the Boss!

After more more than one decade, several new albums, rediscover old records and eight concerts I must say that for me, and for more millions of fans around the world, you are one of the best musicians alive. You have an energy that very few people have, a voice that can silence seventy thousand people and a view about life and current affairs that are worth spreading.

Can I tell you a secret? I really really like Max Weinberg. I have not seen a sexier drummer. I saw him in a concert for the MTV. My mouth dropped to the floor several times. Amazing. I was pretty easily affected by it (so young) but he still takes my breath away when I see playing the drums.

You know that we actually interact once, in a concert in Bilbao. I do not remember what song you were playing, but i was screaming “BRUUUUCE I LOVE YOU” you looked at me in the eyes, you put your hand over your heart and then you pointed your finger at me. I almost faint.

I have heard that you are coming to Europe next spring…please come. I last saw you in London last July, and I need my Bruce dose soon. The sooner the better.

With all my rockin’ love.

Lady C.

I (HEART) JANE AUSTEN (Pride and Prejudice)

24 Nov

It is a truth universality acknowledged that everyone in the world should read (at least once) one book of Jane Austen.

I know…I know… This quote is overused and over missused, but come on…IS.THE.BEST.LINE.EVER (the real one I mean)

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” The best line to hook the satiric consciousness of the reader. Brilliant!

I must say that Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorites books, and with Persuasion my faves from Jane. (Yes I call her Jane). I have read P&P ten times and every time I read it I discover new things and details hided from me before. I remember the first time I read it that I actually understood ALL the ironies in the book. I think it was the fourth time I’ve read it and I just kept smiling all the time with her genuine humor. Once all the wits and satires were understood, I found in Jane Austen an incredible female writer.

All the stories I knew until that point of first-I-hate-you-then-I-love-you were copied from here. HUNDREDS OF STORIES following the (almost) same structure as this magnificent book. Movies, more books, series, TV shows…Over and over the same structure, Where is the originality everyone???

Some readers may say that Jane Austen was… How to say it…Dispassionate?  No kisses, no touching?? REALLY???

I have to say, eventough I sometimes found myself thinking “Darcy, Wentworth, WHOEVER pleaase kiss the girl!!” Jane Austen talks about love without sugar or spice: she talks about love that people feel but do not express.

Lizzie is a great character; young girl, lots of free time to read and to think about her life and the life of other’s, high opinion of herself (she is right in part, she is awesome) she is pretty, smart, and her father’s favorite  Here comes a rich and handsome gentleman who is not interested in her. WHAAAT?? How is that possible?? I am going to ignore and despise him as he did to me.

So the magic begins… The Proud and the Wit. They take for granted the feelings of the other, that is why everything in the book is like a surprise, they just do not understand each other. That takes us to my favorite part of the book.

Place? Netherfield.

People involved? All Netherfield party and Lizzie (Jane is coughing upstairs).

Dialoge? Awesooome!!! Is the first time that someone is verbally “disarming” Mr.Darcy while he cannot find the right words to express himself  but he is enjoying enormously being teased in that way. (chapter XI)

“Certainly,” replied Elizabeth — “there are such people, but I hope I am not one of them. I hope I never ridicule what is wise or good. Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can. — But these, I suppose, are precisely what you are without.”
“Perhaps that is not possible for any one. But it has been the study of my life to avoid those weaknesses which often expose a strong understanding to ridicule.”
“Such as vanity and pride.”
“Yes, vanity is a weakness indeed. But pride — where there is a real superiority of mind, pride will be always under good regulation.”
Elizabeth turned away to hide a smile.
“Your examination of Mr. Darcy is over, I presume,” said Miss Bingley; — “and pray what is the result?”
“I am perfectly convinced by it that Mr. Darcy has no defect. He owns it himself without disguise.”
“No” — said Darcy, “I have made no such pretension. I have faults enough, but they are not, I hope, of understanding. My temper I dare not vouch for. — It is I believe too little yielding — certainly too little for the convenience of the world. I cannot forget the follies and vices of others so soon as I ought, nor their offences against myself. My feelings are not puffed about with every attempt to move them. My temper would perhaps be called resentful. — My good opinion once lost is lost for ever.”
“That is a failing indeed!” — cried Elizabeth. “Implacable resentment is a shade in a character. But you have chosen your fault well. — I really cannot laugh at it; you are safe from me.”
“There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.”
“And your defect is a propensity to hate every body.”
“And yours,” he replied with a smile, “is wilfully to misunderstand them.”

Maybe its me… I love to tease people and I would like to be able to tease someone in that way, so brilliant, delicate and subtle. So British, so to speak. As much as I love teasing people, I have not been able to have this kind of conversation with anyone. Ever. Where are the regency gentleman when you need one?

Love,

Lady C

PET LOVE : LENY!!!

14 Nov

HELLO!!

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As my friend Lady A II posted about her lovely Sir Munchis, I present my furry love Leny. We adopted him 8 years ago, and I have to say he is the most genuine dog you can imagine. His is named after a character of  the lovely movie “Shark Tale” in which one of the main characters is a super cute vegetarian shark; Leny.  His name in the shelter was Vito (after the Godfather) was really cool, I though it may be a little harsh fur such a cute little dog.

Oh girl how mistaken I was…He was two moths old when we adopted him, and after the last vaccine he was playing with other dogs and from the first moment he showed how stubborn, independent and cranky the little dog could be he loved his dog-friends (he even had a girlfriend, now they not together anymore) he was very suspicious about the new people that arrived in the park and he defend his pack as just a “gangsta” dog would do, even Pit Bulls have anything to do with him.  He always cheers the human before the dog (he knows who has the candy) so he has all humans he know eating in his paw. He is the Godfather of the park.

About the breed, he is part Teckel, Schnauzer, Yorkie and Cairn Terrier. Some that we can find similarities. But please…Look at the picture… Even for a mixed breed dog he is the cutest!!

I know, it looks like I am in love with the dog, I love him as much as one can love a dog without falling into the sick-love-for-a-pet type. I owe him long hours of company, the love, the friendship that just a dog can give you. For a dog (or a cat) it does not matter if you are tall, thin, fat, you have a limp, you are blind, you are not wearing make up or your hair is a mess, if you forget to wax your legs or if u have a day of fuck-off with everyone. For them, you are the most perfect creature in the world. That is how dogs love, Ladies and Gentleman.

Love, 

Lady C.

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CONFESSIONS OF A BOOKWORM “ADDICTED TO BOOK SERIES”

13 Nov

Hello Bookworms!!!

Did I tell you that I am obsessed with book series? Well. I am. Lately I have been in a mood of light-page-turning reading, and I found a couple of jewels that are worth reading.

Poison Study. By Maria V. Synder (Part of the Study Series)

Yelena is  imprisoned for murder, she has been living almost a year in a disgusting dungeon waiting for her death sentence.  She is given the opportunity to postpone her death becoming the food taster of The Commander. She has to decide between dying the next day and be free of the terrible ghost of her pass OR to become a food taster and live with the notion of every meal can be her death sentence. As a courageous woman she is, she takes the risk and tries to live.  She will be trained as a food taster by Valek; a loyalist to the Commander who will make the impossible to test Yelena in every possible way to prove her loyalty to the cause.  During the story we will know more about the life of Yelena, how and why she ended in prison. and we will know more about her past to discover a great female character; strong, intelligent and powerful. Yelena will prove to anyone that she is not what she seems. Everything is tinted by a certain portion of magic and fantasy. The romance part is really well put together (you can understand why Yelena fells with…….) without falling into cheesy-pink-romance.

The settings are well described, the characters well portrait and the story well written, you can even found several four-syllable words (not very common in this kind of literature).

Magic Study: Now away from Ixia, (vanished by the commander because of her magical powers) Yelena has to run away from everything that she can call home to return to her past and to learn how to control her magic. In this book Yelena will discover in who she can really trust (she will find some surprises in the way) and how powerful she really is. Will she be reunited with her life from Ixia? Will she find her lost family, and will they embrace her after fourteen years?

Now in Sitia, Yelena will have to deal with powerful dark magic, horrible murderers and a chevalier without kingdom who looks for his place in the world (yeah, kind of Aragorn type of guy but in this case HE WANTS to be king).

All friends and new friends, family and love, mind-reading animals (say whaaaaaat awesome!!!) and lots of magic and exotic places. A good continuation to Poison Study, highly recommendable.

BUT! I love this two books really much, easy reading but well written at the same time, good plot and characters. Although the decline of the plot can be noticed in the second book, Magic Study is worth reading. I have read the reviews of the third and last book of the series, Fire Study and all of them are a disaster, on the one hand i want to see how it ends, on the other hand I don not want to spoil the experience by reading a bad book if i liked so much the other two. Let’s see!!

Love,

Lady C.

Sir Munchies, Ladies and Gentleman!

9 Nov

Distinguished Ladies and Gentleman, let me introduce to you the noble Sir Munchies. Sir Munchies here present has moved into my estate recently and hase proved since to be the most adorable baby bunny. Today my dear Sir Munchies has gathered intelligence of the existence of an unexplored land upon my bed. On collecting the first instances of it, I got the impression that he did not think the lands fertile and that he wanted to leave them evermore. However, what was my surpries upon re entering my bedroom after tea with some lovely ladies to see Sir Munchies in a frenzy of jumps across my bed. Still he had no clue about how he would get down this time… However, as the gentleman he is he found a suitable and dign way to descend the heights of my bed ad retur to his domains of the lowlands. He has hereafter proved his preference fot keeping his tiny feet on the ground but has also attested his heroic value by visiting the unknown locations of the bedlands. 

Below I offer you a picture of his return from the hazardous expedition.

 

Yours, 

Lady A. II

“In vain have I struggled.

9 Nov

It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You MUST allow me to tell you how (…)” many series I am following right now.

Even tough I sotmetimes think I may have a problem I won’t admit to that. Instead,I’ll go and watch another episode. In fact I’ll do that right now…

Ok, I am ready now. These days I am heartily following 25 series, so what? I still have a life, trust me, I’m a doctor. Actually you may blame Hose M.D. for it since it is what began this spiral of series watching that has grabbed me to never, ever let me go. I don’t know that you care about any of this but if I had to choose from allthe series I watch I’d probably say Supernatural is my favourite. This new season is still setting its ground but I have blind faith on the Winchesters. However, I am not enclosed in my liking of series by any genre. From How I Met Your Mother to Spartacus going through Two Broke Girls…Once Upon a Time, Adventure Time, The Simpsons Time, any time. Recently I have also begun watching Boardwalk Empire and I have to say it is amazingly well done. Watch it. I command you. Better, I recommend you. Having said that and that Game of Thrones is way different from the books tough it pleases me plenty both ways. For I have yet to decided if I like myself writing long posts I’ll leave it here.

Fare you well always, yours,

Lady A. II

P.S: I had to write this post twice because my notebook freaked out and closed chrome so if there is something unconnected or weird know that it was connected to something before that I don’t remember now but made sense at some point. The weird  was weird already, bite me.

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