Archivio mensile:ottobre 2016

The home corner by Ruth Thomas

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I’ve found this book in a remainders’ shop,  near the hugest library of my town. It was completely new, untouched, and I can’t understand how it’s arrived in my little town in the south of Italy, but still…

The story is quite nice, even if I think it should be better edited. The novel is too long for a short story like that. The plot is perhaps too “easy” to justify this number of pages. The last part of the book, for instance, is incredibly long. The story starts finishing too soon, and it finally finishes too late. There’s something that is a bit unrealistic, too, in particular everything which concerns Mrs Ellis and her role in Louisa’s life. Characters are either too good or too bad, as if in a story that’s meant for children. Perhaps, this book really IS for children and extremely young teenagers, but still I’ve found it too simple and linearly written. It’s a “cold” writing, I couldn’t feel anything at all during the reading but the strong need to slap Louisa into her face.

In conclusion, I don’t feel like advising this reading to you. What a shame! But it doesnt’t matter: the next reading will be better!

Acrylic on canvas

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Blue, cyano, white. A bit of yellow. That’s pale green. And then all over again.

Seven years ago, I drew a little croissant and a fork plunged into it on canvas. Then, I abandoned it. For years it’s been there, among the magazines I wrote for and the books I still have to read. Yesterday, I surprised myself thinking “The day’s come to finish what I’ve started”. And I’ve done it. I’ve searched for my acrylics and the brushes, I’ve set the palette, I’ve started painting. It was midnight. My mum has looked at me, still in her nightdress, and she’s said: “You’re completely fool”, which is actually true. I’ve carried on painting until 2 am. Then, I’ve washed the colours out of the palette, I’ve washed my hands and looked at the almost finished plunged-into-heart brioche. Seven years to complete it, but now I’m really satisfied. So it’s true: the time always comes to complete what you’ve once thought of. Sometimes it’s a matter of a couple of days, sometimes it’s a matter of years, but the time will come. Now, my hands are green with acrylics and I’m sleepy but it doesn’t matter. I’ve finished what I’ve started. That is always a good way to spend your days.

Goodmorning, miss!

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These mornings I’m experiencing something completely new, for me: I’m reading books in classes from 6th to 8th grades, at school. It’s incredibly funny! Can you believe that? The best moment is when you enter the room and they don’t know you yet. They look at you, they smile ironically and try to understand if they can laugh at you or listen to you and trust you. And then, the miracle: they suddenly feel at their ease ‘cause you’re acting as if you were a student just like them. You’re sitting among them, you’re reading Fred Uhlman, you’re answering their questions and they’re answering yours. You speak all together about friendship, love, hate, future. You’re having fun and they’re having fun. THIS is the secret. And it’s something I’ve never thought it would suit me, and instead… here we are. Yesterday a young, redhead boy from 6th class, sitting just in front of me, has asked me: “Have you a boyfriend? I’m asking you that because my cousin’s boyfriend has dumped her because of her writing”. And I’ve answered “I’ll pick a writer: problem solved”, which could actually be true.

The youngest students are smart, funny and incredibly curious about life, love and… books, too. They want to know how much money you’re earning, in what does your editor’s job consist, why have you suddenly started writing down everything which passed through your mind. A girl has asked me where do I find inspiration, and I’ve said: “Everything that surrounds you IS part of the inspirational process. YOU yourself, while you’re sitting there asking me questions, are part of my inspirational process”, and it’s extremely true.

My parents have been working as primary school teachers for years and years. The main part of my life has been characterized by “schoolish” conversations. And I can remember the infinite times I’ve said “I’ll never become a teacher”. I’m not so sure about it anymore.

The importance of a private journal

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I’ve been taking a journal since my 6th grade. “What a childish thing to do!”, some among you could say. Yes, maybe it is, but it’s also a useful practice, as I’m gonna explain to you. For instance, think about a big crush you have upon a nice boy. You write everything about him and about the “déroulement” of your crush. At some point, something goes wrong. Then, you come back to your journal, you read it again from the beginning to the end, and suddenly you understand WHY something’s gone wrong. A private journal always hides the truth. Maybe it’s because we’re completely honest while writing it: we know no one else would read it. On the contrary, when we rethink of some memories of ours, often we slightly edit them, maybe in order to preserve ourselves from the rush of truth. Truth is seldom nice to look at.

There’s also another reason at least that should convince you to take a journal. When you’re writing for yourself only, you can experiment your creativity and let it increase. If you like drawing figures but you’re still insecure about how they look, you can practice on your journal and nobody is gonna watch them. If you like writing poems but you just don’t feel like someone should read them, here we are again: write them down on your journal.

So, now maybe it’s clear why I keep doing this “childish thing”. Make a try and let me know if it works for the best 🙂

New Release: The strategist by Giovanna Barbieri

Hi! Today I’m showing you another great book by an Italian author that’s a friend of mine and an editor too: Giovanna Barbieri. If you love historical fiction, you can’t definitely miss that!

GIOVANNA BARBIERI was born in Verona in 1974 and she actually lives in Volpicella. In 2001 she graduated in Political Sciences, school of International economics.
She’s a member of EWWA (European Writing Women Association) and she’s a freelance editor at http://righerosse.wordpress.com/

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PLOT:
History and fantasy wrapped into one novel.

After a strong storm Alice, a young woman from the 21st century, finds herself in 1163, in a forest in the beautiful Valpolicella area. What happened? Who sent her back to the period of the struggle between Emperor Federico Barbarossa and those against him? And why? Was it a coincidence or a divine plan?

Hurt and confused, Alice is rescued by a family of peasants that take her to the Abbey of the Sacred Heart in Arbizzano, where she is treated by the kind nuns and learns the use of medicinal herbs. Once healed and brought to the castle of Fumane, she will have to decide what to do: fight to return to her time or, to escape the unjust accusations of witchcraft, take part in the 1165 siege of Rivoli beside Sir Lorenzo Aligari, with whom she will fall madly in love.

LINKS:
https://www.amazon.it/Strategist-D-1164-English-ebook/dp/B01KFXSHKQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1477045292&sr=8-1&keywords=the+strategist+ad+1164

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-strategist-ad-1164-giovanna-barbieri/1124334064?ean=2940153392899

And for those of you who enjoy reading in German language, here’s the German version of the same book!

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DIE STRATEGIN, AD 1164
Genre: FICTION / HISTORISCH
Es handelt sich um eine surreale Zeitreise ins zwölfte Jahrhundert, während der anti-imperialen Kämpfe von 1164-1165
Nach einem starken Unwetter findet sich Alice, eine junge Frau aus dem XXI. Jahrhundert, ins Jahr 1163 versetzt, in einen Wald des wunderschönen Tals Valpolicella. Was ist passiert? Wer hat sie ins Jahr 1163, in die Zeit der anti-imperialen Kämpfe gegen Kaiser Federico il Barbarossa geschickt und vor allen Dingen, warum? War es ein Zufall oder ein Plan Gottes? Verletzt und verwirrt wird sie von einer Familie halbfreier Bauern gerettet, die sie in die Abtei des Sacro Cuore nach Arbizzano bringen, wo sie von freundlichen Nonnen gepflegt wird und wo sie die Anwendung von Heilkräutern lernt. Nachdem sie geheilt und in die Burg von Fumane gebracht worden war, muss sie sich entscheiden, wie sie handeln soll: Kämpfen, um in ihre Zeit zurückzukehren, oder, um den ungerechten Vorwürfen der Hexerei zu entkommen, an der Belagerung von Rivoli im Jahr 1165 an der Seite des Ritters Lorenzo Aligari teilzunehmen, in den sie sich dann unsterblich verliebt.

LINKS
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/die-strategin-giovanna-barbieri/1124115800?ean=2940153395838
https://www.amazon.it/Die-Strategin-German-Giovanna-Barbieri-ebook/dp/B01K7K0TGC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1477045622&sr=8-1&keywords=die+strategin

New Release: The Fox by Aura Conte

Hi guys! Today I’m gonna show you the new book release by an Italian author and friend, Aura Conte. The book’s written in English and you can easily read it. And there’s also something about Ireland, so… You should definitely read it!

THE FOX
by Aura Conte

ISBN: 9781370250943 (Ebook) – 9781537679273 (Paperback)
ASIN: B01LZSJMK8

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Plot:

Brian “the Irish fox” McNamara is one of the most charming bachelors in the state of New York, with just one flaw. Emma Abbott is a photographer, the second child of two lawyers and shares an apartment with her best friends. One evening, during an all girls night out, Brian and Emma worlds collide into each other. When back at home, Emma looks for Brian online and she discovers that, though, the young man is tall, Irish and handsome, he also belongs to the “wild” side of the law.
Brian is a hitman, with a huge problem (denial) about dealing with his feelings.

YOU CAN FIND IT HERE:
Link Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LZSJMK8
UK:https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01LZSJMK8
IT: https://www.amazon.it/dp/B01LZSJMK8

Don’t forget to leave a review!

Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens

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Being an Italian reader, this book has been a real adventure for me. It’s funny to see your country through the eyes of an English author of the XIX century. From Genoa to Florence, from Rome to Naples, my beloved Italy has been told and described by one of the authors I love the most. Descriptions are accurate as usual, and there’re also a lot of funny sketches about daily life in Italy. Some pages have made me laugh, some other have made me angry, of course. There’s something I’d wish to say to Charles, old chap, about our country and our uses but it’s too late to do that, I suppose. What has surprised me the most was the enthusiastic view of Milan, but we should consider that Dickens has visited this town BEFORE the great industrialisation. This is why he tells us about its architectural and artistic beauty, passing through natural spots that perhaps don’t even exist anymore. The most interesting feature of these notes (because these ARE notes and nothing more) is how ironically they’ve been written, but it doesn’t surprise me very much. Dickens has always written like that, and it’s really interesting to read something of his that is not a novel and that contains the main features of a real, autobiographical logbook.