about One Hundred Years of Solitude

about One Hundred Years of Solitude

I have to admit that writing about One Hundred Years of Solitude was difficult. For the first time I read it years ago, in polish. And when I think about it now, all I can remember is the feeling of richness of the writing. Thickness of descriptions. There is a reminiscence of beauty too. But the story itself was lost completely.

Some time ago I got it as a birthday gift, so the right time came for the second reading. More careful and attentive one, that was my plan. I’m not sure if I managed to do that, but I definitely tried.
 
While reading, all the thoughts and ideas that were there with me the first time came back. There was also a new thing. A feeling of timelessness. All the sons in the Buendía family were named the same. There were additional surnames, nicknames and so on, but oh my! I was lost many times wondering about who exactly I’m reading about. It was as the loneliness of each of the generation, each of Aureliano and José Arcadio was merged in one. In one endless solitary existence.

This time I also decided to read something about author and about the book itself. And I was surprised to hear that it is a story of the country. This made me realize that there is a lot I’m not noticing. Nuances and details of the history itself. And If I’m missing that, the question is what else?

The answer to this question seems pretty simple. I have the impression that in the year or so only the small reminiscence will stay with me. Details, emotions. Nothing more. And maybe in few years, the story will return to its beginnings and I will start to read the book again, trying to remember and rediscover why I felt this utter solitude breaking out from the book…

something by Virginia Woolf

somethig by Virginia Woolf

I wanted to read something by Virginia Woolf for a long time but till recently I haven’t had such chance. I tried once to read Mrs. Dalloway in English (and not  in Polish) but I failed tremendously. This gave me a  valuable lesson.  So I guessl learned from my own mistakes.  I bought myself a polish copy of “A Room of One’s Own” which was next on my list.

Reading this essay was quite surprising experience. Mostely because of the way it was written. I was expecting anger and yet, it is in some moments almost serene. The injustuice is pointed out so is inequality. But yet again, everything is written without this expected anger… There is this, almost preverbial, message that money and peace is necessary for artist to make art. But for me, this essay was about something more. It almost worn us, that anger can lead to bitterness. That even women are injust to each other. And that living the world fully and truthfully is the most important thing for an artist. Because it is world around us , which teaches and shapes up. And pretending someone else is just not an option. For those who wants to have a good life. Who wants to create a good art.

My polish version had a wonderful addition. There are 5 short stories about well known women: artists, writers or reporters. I was a bit sceptic in the beginning. Mostly because half of them I haven’t known. Those who I know, I haven’t liked. Yet those short stories shown the path of these women to the place were they are right now. To the place where they are free, independent, and I think, happy. Those stories shown that some things have changed, some have not. But still, they give hope. Even if overcoming stereotypse is still dificult, there is hope for the better

                                                                                                                   **** Something by Virginia Woolf in polish:)****

Od dawna chciałam przeczytać coś Virgini Woolf. Na początku sięgnęłam po Panią Dalloway – niestety po angielsku i to był mój błąd. Poległam całkowicie! Ale dało mi to do myślenia, i następną pozycję, esej “Mój własny pokój” zakupiłam już po polsku.

Oczekiwałam złości , jednak styl Virginii jest prawie pogodny i słoneczny. Niesprawiedliwości, nierówności były wytknięte, jednak cały ton jest spokojny, stonowany, przenikliwy. Dla mnie najważniejszym przekazem eseju nie był jednak przysłowiowy pokój, i pieniądze na utrzymanie a to, że gniew może prowadzić do zgorzknienia. Że kobiety same dla siebie nie są często sprawiedliwe. A także to, że najważniejsze jest przeżyć jak najwięcej, doświadczyć świata, być uczciwym i szczerym w stosunku do siebie jak i innych. Myślę, że to rady dobre nie tylko dla artystek i feministek.

Polska edycja książki ma cudowny dodatek jakim są historię znanych i lubianych polek. Artystek, pisarek, podróżniczek… Przyznam, że na początku byłam sceptyczna. Połowę z nich nie lubiłam, a drugą połowę znałam jedynie ze słyszenia. Jednak te historie pokazały jak znane kobiety poradziły sobie z przeciwnościami i trudnościami. By dotrzeć tam gdzie są. Pokazały że pewne rzeczy się zmieniły, część kompletnie nie. Jednak wydaje mi się, że te historie pokazały, że jest nadzieja. Na lepsze. W całkiem niedalekiej przyszłości.

 
 

I am no bird and no net ensnares me…

I'm no bird and no net ensnares me

I am no bird and no net ensnares me…” – I’ve created this little Jane Eyre quote graphic for my Literary Box. So I guess I have to admit that I have vast plans for that particular listing but for now I’m focusing on making more “Bronte theme” related items.

I truly love this quote as it shows a real spirit of the heroine. I read this book few times but still couldn’t remember exact moment when Jane said these words. So it was lovely to place them after all as a response to Mr. Rochester while fighting just before his proposal:

“Jane, be still; don’t struggle so, like a wild frantic bird that is rending its own plumage in its desperation.”

“I am no bird and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you.”

I wander if you have your own favorites quotes from this book?

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Ta niewielka grafika z cytatem Jane Eyre została stworzona do mojego Mystery Boxa o tematyce książkowej. Mam wiele planów I pomysłów, które jeszcze czekają na zreazlizowanie. Nowe cytaty i grafiki, może książki, ale nie będę wsztstiego zdradzała tak od razu…

Bardzo lubię ten cytat, ale przyznam że chociaż książkę przeczytałam parę razy, to trudno było mi go umiejscowić w powieści. Po krótkich poszukiwaniach okazało się, że Jane wypowiada te słowa podczas kłótni z panem Rochesterem, tuż przed jego oświadczynami. Ciekawa jestem czy macie swoje ulubione cytaty z Jane Eyre?

Is Sanditon by Jane Austen worth reading?

Sanditon by Jane Austen

Is Sanditon by Jane Austen worth reading? Answer is quite simple if you are a fan. Definitely Yes. But then, what if you are not a big admirer?

There are 3 pieces in my copy of the book so I guess the questions itself isn’t accurate. You can read Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sanditon. First one, is a short epistpolary novel and my favorite by the way. There are also those two unfinished stories. I’m a big fun of Jane Austen so I read all her novels. It took me some time since by the time I was in my Jane Austen faze not all of them were popular or even available in polish. I never had a possibility to read “the rest”. But it happened lately that I finally laid my hands on the Sanditon

                                                                                                            So Is Sandtion by Jane Austen worth reading if you are not JA Fan?
 

I would say no. I’m and will be a great admirer of her works. But reading unfinished novels leaves you with a strange feeling on incompleteness. I though: the beginning is nice. Maybe not perfect, but still nice. It starts looking like Jane Austen story. Her style and atmosphere. Her type of heroines (maybe except from Lady Susan who is quite different) and her type of humor. And then it all stops before it can take a whole polished shape. If you are a fan, you will enjoy those little things in her writing. But however you would look at it, it still stays unfinished and you have only the beginning.

There is and will be the issue of publishing works of famous authors who weren’t meant to be. It’s a tricky case nevertheless I’m happy to have a bit more insight into the world of Jane Austen. I know also that I won’t go back to these pieces. But, I’m highly curious about the tv show based on Sanditon which was released lately. I wander what they made from the Jane Austen idea. 

Sanditon by Jane Austen

Czy warto jest sięgnąć po Sanditon napisane przez Jane Austen? Odpowiedź jest całkiem prosta. Tak, jeżeli jesteś jej fanem. Jest jednak jedno ale…

W mojej kopii książki mam tak naprawdę trzy prace. Lady Susan, mój faworyt przy okazji, Watsonowie i oczywiscie Sanditon. Pierwsza praca to powieść epistolarna z początków działaności autorki, nigdy nie opublikowana. Watsonowie i Sanditon to dwie nieukończone powieści. Jestem wielką fanką jane Austen, czego nie da się ukryć. Przeczytałam wszystkie jej powieści chociaż zajeło mi to trochę czasu. Jednak na Sanditon natrafiłam dopiero w wersji angielskiej i to całkiem nie dawno.

                    A więc, czy warto jest przeczytać te prace jeżeli nie jest się fanem pisarki?

Powiedziałabym, że niekoniecznie. Czytanie nieukończonych powieści zazwyczaj nie jest dobrym pomyslem. Uwielbiam prozę Jane Austen więc z ciekawością przeczytałam to co napisała. Żeby ponownie zanurzyć się w jej stylu, w atmosferze którą tworzy. Żeby spotakać ponownie jej humor i ten typowy austenowski typ bohaterki. Nie zmienia to jednak sytuacji. Sanditon i Watsonowie to tylko poczatki powieści. Zaczątki fabuły. Wręcz boleśnie brak jest dalszej części. Dlatego też jest to lektura obowiązkowa tylko i wyłącznie dla fanów Jane Austen.

Short story about Kafka and The Metamorphosis

Kafka and the Metamorphosis

So here are few things about Kafka and The Metamorphosis. To be honest I was a bit afraid of his works. There is this gloomy dark aura around his writings and what’s more, around Kafka himself. But as I’m living now in his city and his country I thought I would just give it a try.

So, I’ve started with some of his short stories. The book I got was a compilation of all his works published when he was alive. The stories were the ones which the author really wanted to show to the world. As you know or not, his most famous books were published postmortem, by his friend, who was asked by Kafka to burn all unpublished stories.

But back to the topic, reading slowly through my book, I was heading slowly but surely to the Metamorphosis. I was curious. In a bad way. It’s not normal being curious about the story of the man who turns into a big insect. And yet, I think it provokes such strange uneasiness and well, curiosity in each and every person that it becomes normal in some wayBecause we are human. We are curious by nature about wired things. So after all, Kafka got a plus from me. Just by reminding me that I’m like everyone. In every way.

And then the story came. And again I think it is about us. Humans. About our nature. But not the idealized one, or the demonized one. The true nature of human which is mixture of goodness and badness, selfishness and empathy. Cowardliness and bravery. And all what is between. And I have to admit, that Kafka presented it in unique beautiful and a bit creepy way. By telling a story about a big bug…


Even though 
Kafka and The Metamorphosis will make you sad, it is definitely worth reading. I still feel sad when I think about it, yet I want to read it again. Just to take deep dive in, into all the facets of the human nature. Maybe I will understand it better next time…

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Born Free by Joy Adamson

Born Free by Joy Adamson

I’m usually quite hesitant when it comes to the books about animals. They are generally sad stories and without happy ending. Or even with happy ending! But the way to it is usually so dramatic that it’s just not for my nerves;) Hovever Born Free by Joy Adamson was a gift. And it was a real story about the tame lioness so I couldn’t resist.

Technically, the story is about tame lioness who was successfully released into the wild. Easy and simply. But only techically. I would warn you that this is something quite different than it appears. I guess it is above all, a story about friendship. Passionate and a bit intrusive from the human part and graceful but strong from the lioness part.

There was an undeniable bond between the author and Elsa. And because of it, because of this love they were always close to each other. Joy Adamson tried to be there for the lioness and she, the lioness came to her always. Well, almost always. And when she didn’t, the heroine was sure to go looking for the lioness. I’m sure that it was all for the good reasons but still… The love she was showing to Elsa was, it seems, something which wouldn’t let the lioness go completely free and wild…

If you are an animal lover, activist or vegetarian, Born Free by Joy Adamson is definitely the book not for you. I was a bit horrified how many goats were sacrificed for the purpose of feeding the “already released to the wild“ Elsa. As I don’t want to say too much about the plot I will stop here with only one more comment. There are a lot of doubtful and controversial moments in this book but nevertheless, there was undeniable link between two main actresses of the book. And that is beautiful. That is the reason why this book is worth reading.

Born Free by Joy Adamson

About creating bookmarks…

About creating bookmarks

You know I love to read, and as an obvious result of it, creating bookmarks was something quite natural for me. Firstly, I’ve created some strictly wire bookmarks but after some time I wanted to make them a little more colorful. A bit thematic maybe. Definitely more colorful. I guess I wanted also to create something new. From time to time I have this feeling that I want to make something out of my comfort zone. Not much out of it. But at least a bit;) and so this series of bookmarks was created.

So generally speaking I take some beautiful paper, often recycled one, from old notebooks or scraps from packing paper and I wrapped it with wire. I guess I like this idea because in the end, it’s like a little picture framed with wire.

 

          I always thought that a nice bookmark is a great addition to a perfect reading experience. This doesn’t prevent me from using a metro ticket or a receipt as a bookmark if the situation demands it. But if you want to plunge into reading, after a long tiring day at work. With a cup of hot tea and some cookies. If you chose your book carefully and then light some candles to make the room more cozy. I guess in this kind of situation a beautiful unique bookmark is a must.

 And now a little add part for this short post about creating bookmarks;) here is my bookmark shop section: HERE  and in my etsy shop HERE

About creating bookmarks
Jane Austen Bookmark

blogging about books

blogging about books

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What do you say about blogging about books? I have some plans for this blog, some are bigger, some not so much. One of them is to post here some thoughts about books I’ve read. I would love to take gorgeous photos of books I’ve read, tell you what do I think about them. Maybe recommend or not. But then, there is the realization of  the idea! It’s always a tricky thing, these discrepancies between thought and reality. And reality always causes some problems. I need to chose a book. I need to photograph it. What if it’s not a good book to share with you. When I find the time to make those gorgeous photograph?s. Should I finish first the book before sharing it with you? (with this particular question I think the answer is yes) and so on and on. I wont tell you all the questions which are rumbling in my head, they are noisy and irritating but I try no to make more of them than that.. I’m already happy that I will take some photos of the book because it’s fun! It would be really nice to get out of my head all those thoughts and impressions about the books I read. Because it’s simply great to share the thoughts about books. Mostely, in my opinion, because it helps you understand it better. Well, anyhow, there is also posting, and here is is, the first post is created! First photo taken. I hope you will enjoy my blogging about books which will follow!

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