-How One Small Country Built the Modern World-
By Harry Bingham – A book Review
This read is a must for all Brits, and if you are naturally curious about the behavior, both past and present, of your global neighbors, then it’s a must for you too.
Harry Bingham is an accomplished author and writer of famed novels such as, Lieutenant’s Lover, Glory Boys and others.
Harry, in this, his first non-fiction write, demonstrates a truly unique skill in assembling historical facts about Great Britain over the last couple of centuries and making them read like a humorous novel, whilst never losing their stated significance in making Britain great.
Continue reading “This Little Britain”
A Book Review.
“At that moment, it seemed to him that time stood still and the Soul of the World surged within him. When he looked into her dark eyes and saw that her lips were poised between a laugh and silence, he learned the most important part of the language that the world spoke – the language that everyone was capable of understanding in their heart.
It was love; something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. Something that exerted the same force whenever two pairs of eyes met, as had theirs, here at the well. She smiled and that was certainly an omen – the omen he had been awaiting, without even knowing he was, for all his life. The omen he had sought to find with his sheep and in his books, in the crystals and in the silence of the desert.
It was the pure language of the world. It required no explanation; just as the universe needs none as it travels through endless time.
What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. He was more certain of it than anything in the world. He had been told by his parents and his grandparents that he must fall in love and really know a person before becoming committed.
Maybe people who felt that way had never learned the universal language; it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.”
Excerpt from ‘The Alchemist’, by Paulo Coelho.
Paulo Coelho must rank among the great contemporary writers of our day. The Alchemist must feature as his very best. As it has sold in excess of 30 million copies, translated into 63+ Languages; it would surely be a candidate for the title of a classic.
Continue reading “The Alchemist – by Paulo Coelho”
By Sebastian Faulks – a book Review
“Dark House by which once more I stand, here in the long unlovely street, doors, where my heart used to beat so quickly, waiting for a hand….”
‘In Memoriam’. By Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
Continue reading “Where My Heart Used To Beat”
By Marguerite Poland
The author is South African and the story takes place in and around the southernmost point in Africa, the south eastern coast of South Africa.
Who should read this book?
• Those that are interested in the history and mystery of lighthouses, of the many stories these tall concrete edifices could tell if they had a voice.
• Those that have wondered what it was like to be a ‘Keeper’, to live the solitary and often dangerous life of these souls.
• The romantics, like me, that have fantasized what it would be like to spend a year or so, with my partner, living in a lighthouse. Perhaps buying one and converting it into a guesthouse with a restaurant.
• Those that would enjoy an easy and uncomplicated read that has a mixture of mystery, intrigue, romance, sorrow and humor that magnetizes you to the place of wanting to know how it all turns out in the end.
Continue reading “The Keeper”
In the original book review, I discussed aspects of the book written by Antoine De Saint-Exupery.
However, as promised, I will now take you on a behind the scenes journey in terms of the lives of the author and his wife, Consuela Suncin and finally the death of the author.
Continue reading “The Little Prince – Book Review Part Two”
A Book Review
The Little Prince was authored by Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1943), a French nobleman, in 1943.
De Saint-Exupery was an aviator and the author of several bestselling novels, but the Little Prince far exceeded his wildest dreams. Continue reading “The Little Prince”
Book Review: ‘Tanamera’ – Noel Barber
First Published in The United Kingdom in 1981.
Who should read this book? Continue reading “‘Tanamera’ – By Noel Barber”