Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough


After Reading Gone with Wind , I wanted to read some Classic and came across The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough 

The Book is about Meggie Cleary and Ralph di Brisscart. Meggie Cleary is the only girl in a Cleary family dominated by men. When Meggie is 10 the Cleary's move to Austrailia from New Zealand for a great job opportunity. At this time Meggie meets Ralph di Brisscart - a priest. Their love for one another at first seems quiet harmless as she is 10 and he is 28 but as she turns into a women and doesn't understand why she can't have Ralph to herself as her husband their love for one another is tested by distance, time apart, and decisions that they each make in their lives.

Set in the back drop of the Austrailian outback, TTB covers a 25 year time span and 3 generations of Cleary's. The book touches on important world events such as, WWI and WWII in the back drop at points. And also delves into two important issues: religion (and it's roles in society)and philosophy, beliefs, morals (and their role combined with religion in society.)

Once I started to read it I couldn't do anything in my life but to keep reading untill I finish it
you laugh, you cry, you feel bad and you feel happy you feel like you became a part of the story living every single details.what a book !! I would say it was a MUST read.(less)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Open by Andre Agassi, J.R. Moehringer


"The scoreboard says I lost today, but what the scoreboard doesn't say 
it is what I have found. Over the last twenty-one years I have found loyalty: 
You have pulled me on the court, and also in life. I have found inspiration:
You have willed me to succeed, sometimes even in my lowest moments. 
And I have found generosity: You have given me your shoulders to stand on,
 to reach for my dreams - dreams I could have never reached without you. 
Over the last twenty-one years I have found you, and will take you and the memory 
of you with me for the rest of my life."

I came across this book reading an article about self-development books,
 which was mentioning Open as an inspiring and motivating lecture. I couldn't agree more.
This is one of the most amazing autobiographies that I have read,
 a captivating life-confession that I have enjoyed until the last word. 
Even though I didn't know much about tennis I was fully engaged in each and every match described. 
I could feel all the emotions: the dedication, the anxiety, the fury, the happiness, 
the disillusion. One can identify with this destiny, as we all are struggling throughout our 
lives to find out who we truly are and what we truly want to do with our lives.

I have a lot of respect for Andre Agassi and for the courage
 it must have taken to write this memoir in which he revealed his tough
 upbringing and unhappy childhood. I admire the way he was so open and
honest about his life and this book has to be one of the best autobiographies 
I’ve read yet. Furthermore, I was touched when I read the passage 
in which he dedicated his book to his children and confessed that 
he was late in discovering the magic of books and he hopes that 
his children avoid the same mistake he made. As an avid reader, 
this brought a smile to my face!