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Aida_Nam

Aida_Nam

Joined January 2021

You Shouldn't Trust The Story-Teller; Only Trust The Story.

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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Mehso-so

A simple romcom in a graphic novel shell. The plotline is quite predictable and cliche. The illustration is quite good. The autumn theme and color pallette gives an aura to the illustrations.

Rating : 2.5/5
Image source : amazon.com

#rainbow #pumpkinheads #rainbowrowell #teen #romance #autumn

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Letters from Tove | Tove Jansson
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More of a conversation with Tove than a mere epistolary. The compilation gives us a sneak peek into the different facets of her life and work. Even while describing something mundane, her words and descriptions make it sound all the more alluring.
Rating : 4.5/5

Image sources : wikipedia and Amazon. Com

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Letters from Tove | Tove Jansson
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It's wonderful how the fact that she is an artist always peeks out in her descriptions, similes and metaphors.

#tove #jansson #art #letters #epistolary

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Letters from Tove | Tove Jansson
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I am not sure who she is quoting, however these words seemed to have had an impact on her.

#tove #jansson #letters #epistolary #life

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Letters from Tove | Tove Jansson
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Letters from Tove | Tove Jansson
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Tove describes the cities she visits like it's a work of art. She conveys the essence of the cities and it's people so eloquently throughout her letters. Even though she adds tiny illustrations in her letters, I feel she already paints a magnificent picture through her words.

#Tove #Jansson #Letters #LettersFromTove #Epistolary

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Letters from Tove | Tove Jansson
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The sentence confuses me a little. I am curious about how Paris manages that though..

#letters #tovejansson #epistolary

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Letters from Tove | Tove Jansson
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Isn't it true for all art forms in a way?

#ToveJansson #Letters #Epistolary

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Mehso-so

The story had a good start. It felt promising at first however midway it fell flat. Hoping that the next part will give more clarity.
Illustration : beautiful and maintains a mysterious aura
Plot : lacks depth but a fine attempt
Characters : not very memorable

#ThroughLyaEyes #Carbone

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A Streetcar Named Desire | Tennessee Williams
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The play builds up on 'conflict' - between the characters, their personalities, their ideals and what they represent. It is extremely tragic. It paints a horrific picture of the horrors of a patriarchal society. It triggers you to debate a number of social issues, some of which seem relevant even within the present society.
Language : 3/5
Plot : 4/5
Characters : 3/5 (other characters not delved into)

#TenesseeWilliams #AStreetcarNamedDesire

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A Streetcar Named Desire | Tennessee Williams
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I have never associated primary colours with power and directness. It had always appeared childlike and fun but the description here gives a new perspective.

#TenesseeWilliams #AStreetcarNamedDesire #colours

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A Streetcar Named Desire | Tennessee Williams
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A Streetcar Named Desire | Tennessee Williams
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I wondered why the description of her beauty culminates in the comparison to a moth. But as I am proceeding through the scenes, I feel it was intentional and a form of foreshadowing.

#TenesseeWilliams #AStreetcarNamedDesire

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Mehso-so

I don't read political works. My initial apprehensions aside (due to the title), I was pleasantly surprised that the content didn't deal with political action. It focusses on artists, their individuality and the ideal environment to nurture true art. It zeros in on an artist's soul and deconstructs the inadvertent obstructions set by the society in the journey to self fulfillment. He gives abstract solutions to the crisis.

#OscarWilde

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The work explains so eloquently the need to see a person for who he is rather than to measure one by what he has. It was interesting to see how this dominance of possession and assets over personality is shown to be entrenching deeper roots in the society than we first perceive.

#OscarWilde #Individuality

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I suppose I never thought about it this way. This is the first non fictional work by Oscar Wilde that I am reading. I am surprised a little because I am more used to the very satirical plays by him.

#oscar #wilde

BookishMarginalia I have to admit that I never thought about #OscarWilde writing nonfiction! 12mo
Aida_Nam @BookishMarginalia I can relate. I came across this work of his from an online article. However it's an interesting new perspective into his works. 12mo
BookishMarginalia 👍🏼 12mo
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"The majority of people spoil their lives by an unhealthy and exaggerated altruism—are forced, indeed, so to spoil them. They find themselves surrounded by hideous poverty, by hideous ugliness, by hideous starvation. It is inevitable that they should be strongly moved by all this. The emotions of man are stirred more quickly than man‘s intelligence" - Oscar Wilde

#oscarwilde #man #emotion #intelligence #altruism

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This One Summer | Mariko Tamaki
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4/5

A well written young adult graphic novel. The story deals with multiple mature themes tastefully. It resurrects a nostalgic love for summer through indigo shades.
Artwork : Complements the story, simple yet powerful portrayal of emotions
Characters : Interesting, relatable and well written
Story: Engaging, well composed
Language : Simple, witty, direct

Pic source : https://www.cbc.ca/books/mariko-tamaki-how-i-wrote-this-one-summer-1.4022789

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This One Summer | Mariko Tamaki
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' I am vegan not delusional'. For some reason I absolutely want this on a T-shirt 😅

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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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4/5

Witty, heartwarming and surprising. The title appeared sort of grim but the story is no where so. It's not a masterpiece but a good weekend read, especially after a hectic work week.
Language : quite straightforward but it has its moments
Storyline : simple yet engaging
Characters : lovable and relatable

Pic courtesy : https://feeds.aarp.org/entertainment/books/info-2020/richard-osman-the-thursday-...

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This One Summer | Mariko Tamaki
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I am drowning in a sea of work and Awago sounds like a siren call to me right now. Awago does sound like a place where summer break never ends.

#thisonesummer #summer #holiday #mariko

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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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This One Summer | Mariko Tamaki
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This appears so ominous. I don't know if the author meant it to be a joke but the way this book begins, reminds me so much of 'spirited away'.

#summer #holiday #eerie

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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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It's a simple sentence, but it made me stop and smile.

#thursdaymurderclub #richardosman #thursday #humour

CarolynM 😂 12mo
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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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what drives us? The fear of death or fear of dying without actually living?

#richardosman #thursdaymurderclub

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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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"It was the type of house he had always dreamed of. A house built on hard work, on making the right choices, cutting the right corners and backing his own talent. A monument to what he had achieved, in brick, glass and tempered walnut." - there is no better kind...
#richardosman #thursdaymurderclub

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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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Age and frailty is only skin deep when it comes to standing up for what one believes in. The spirit within never ages.

#thursdaymurderclub #richardosman

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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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'Beloved' is a work of art. It transcends genres. It's a disturbing historic account of the evils inflicted on a community, it's a psychological analysis of the turmoils of a simple woman caught in extremely harsh situations and somehow the supernatural element complements the story. The usage of dialogues and memories as a medium of narration establishes a link between the reader and characters.

Image sources: guardian.com and wikipedia.com

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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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"THERE IS a loneliness that can be rocked. Arms crossed, knees drawn up; holding, holding on, this motion, unlike a ship‘s, smooths and contains the rocker. It‘s an inside kind—wrapped tight like skin. Then there is a loneliness that roams. No rocking can hold it down. It is alive, on its own. A dry and spreading thing that makes the sound of one‘s own feet going seem to come from a far-off place."

#beloved #tonymorrison

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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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"They had become an occasional mutter—like the interior sounds a woman makes when she believes she is alone and unobserved at her work: a sth when she misses the needle‘s eye; a soft moan when she sees another chip in her one good platter; the low, friendly argument with which she greets the hens. Nothing fierce or startling. Just that eternal, private conversation that takes place between women and their tasks."
#beloved

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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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"to get to a place where you could love anything you chose—not to need permission for desire—well now, that was freedom." ..... It's like she answered the question she posed in the foreward of the book.

#beloved #tonymorrison

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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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"In Ohio seasons are theatrical. Each one enters like a prima donna, convinced its performance is the reason the world has people in it."
#beloved #tonymorrison

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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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"But her brain was not interested in the future. Loaded with the past and hungry for more, it left her no room to imagine, let alone plan for, the next day. "

#beloved #tonymorrison

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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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"Where bits of news soaked like dried beans in spring water—until they were soft enough to digest." - some news takes a lot from us...

#beloved #tonymorrison

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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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"Suspended between the nastiness of life and the meanness of the dead, she couldn‘t get interested in leaving life or living it" ... Somehow feels apt for the dilemma during this pandemic.

#beloved #tonymorisson

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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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Loving the imagery in an otherwise straightforward introduction to the story...

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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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A sentence from the forward that I almost overlooked, but something about it made me stop and wonder.. What is freedom? Why did it come to hold a different meaning for women?

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Pathummayude adu | Vaikom Muhammad Basheer
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A chronicle of events from the daily life of the author, yet the goat plays a major role. True to the nature of the author, the light hearted narration, the seemingly simple conversations and observations which shroud deeper meanings stand out. It was interesting to get introduced to a wide array of characters with their diverse quirks, aspirations and expectations. The book portrays the down to earth strands of life. Excellent read.

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Pathummayude adu | Vaikom Muhammad Basheer
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From the book Pathummayude Aadu. This line gives me a nostalgic feeling reminding me of my ancestral home which I visited as a child.

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Pathummayude adu | Vaikom Muhammad Basheer
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"These are the human beings.
In addition to them there are other occupants. A few refugee cats, now belonging to mom who migrated here from somewhere. Thousands of rats in the attic, hiding there fearing the cats and the millions of crows on the trees. Also hundreds of chickens who act like the owners of this household. Their countless kids. The hawk on the tree eyeing them, waiting to snatch them. My home is always bustling with commotion. "

Aida_Nam The author's description of the occupants of his house, after listing out the human residents. 1y
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The Secret Lives of Colour | Kassia St Clair
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The authour is an adept storyteller. The colours discussed in the book attain an anthropomorphic quality as we read about them. It is not merely a chronicling of facts. It is a narration of history, facts, symbolisms, perceptions and science brought threaded together with a poetic language.

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The Secret Lives of Colour | Kassia St Clair
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The book came to a close as beautifully as it began. It began and ended with two colours that we humans perceive as divine and beautiful and yet terrifying.

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Secret Lives of Colour | Kassia St Clair
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It was Shakespeare who cemented the relationship between green and envy. With The Merchant of Venice, written in the late 1590s, he gave us “green-eyed jealousy”; in Othello (1603), he has Iago mention “the green-ey‘d monster, which doth mock / The meat it feeds on.” - Kassia St.Clair

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The Secret Lives of Colour | Kassia St Clair
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"Color can be found in the most unpromising of places." - Kassia St. Clair

It was an almost inconsequential sentence in the book but it made me wonder about what makes a place unpromising. Also we have a tendency to associate colours with a notion of positivity, so it seemed intriguing if taken in a literal sense...

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The Secret Lives of Colour | Kassia St Clair
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As with most myths, this one contains a nub of truth overlaid with a great deal of embellishment.

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The Secret Lives of Colour | Kassia St Clair
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In an article on baby clothes in the New York Times in 1893 the rule stated was that you should “always give pink to a boy and blue to a girl.” Neither the author nor the woman in the shop whom she was interviewing were quite sure why, but the author hazarded a tongue-in-cheek guess. “[T]he boy‘s outlook is so much more roseate than the girl‘s,” she wrote, “that it is enough to make a girl baby blue to think of living a woman‘s life in the world.”

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The Secret Lives of Colour | Kassia St Clair
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The author's take on Orange's personality is very intriguing...