Dec 17, 2012
Dec 1, 2012
Nov 3, 2012
Suggested reading schedule coming soon.
Oct 31, 2012
Oct 14, 2012
Some questions to open the discussion: Is Colombe leaving forever? Is she becoming one cannibal? What do you think of the prank on Aude?
Oct 1, 2012
What do you think of the new characters? How is life on earth after traveling the seas? Do you find it very realistic that Colombe can still pass for Colin? What about the new intriguing character presented at the end of the chapter, Pays-Lo? What about the first interactions between the colonialists and the tribes? Share your thoughts!
Sep 10, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
Aug 6, 2012
We'll be back in the following days with a reading and discussing schedule, but we have to get the book first!
Jul 31, 2012
- First of all, this book won the Goncourt Prize in 2001. The prize is supposed to be awarded to promising beginning authors, age being unimportant, (therefore we can still win the prize, if you manage to write an interesting book in French :). To know more about this prize: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prix_Goncourt
- But more importantly, because I have read another JC Rufin´s book (le parfum d´adam) and I got immediately hooked, it was the kind of novel that is very entertaining with a nice blend of adventures, traveling in different places and an interesting end (and I don´t say the end of the story, but rather the epilogue). Therefore I want to read again a book that is supposed to be even better, and also entertaining and instructive...
- I also find the life of the author quite interesting (copied from wikipedia from now on): Jean-Christophe Rufin (born 28 June 1952) is a French doctor and novelist. He is the president of Action Against Hunger and one of the founders of Médecins Sans Frontières. He was Ambassador of France in Senegal from 2007 to June 2010. In 1977, after medical school, Rufin went to Tunisia as a volunteer doctor. He led his first humanitarian mission in Eritrea, where he met Azeb, who became his second wife. As a doctor, he is one of the pioneers of humanitarian movement "without borders," for which he has led numerous missions in eastern Africa and Latin America. In 2003, Rufin was commissioned by French Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin to write an in-depth report on the upsurge of anti-Semitism in France.
That are several reasons why, my dear cookies, I propose to read now this book: it will probably be good literature, probably entertaining and indeed coming from an interesting author with a deep and wide knowledge of the world... What else do you need to go now and buy the book? :)
Jul 26, 2012
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Jul 3, 2012
We hope you keep enjoying learning about what is going on in different places of the planet that could make our lives in the future better.
Though, like almost with everything, there are different ways to understand challenges, innovation, changes and experiments. For instance, when it comes to global warming, what is your approach? Sceptic, pessimistic, optimistic, hesitant…
Let us know how you see it!
May 22, 2012
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Feb 6, 2012
I was a bit sceptical when I read the note on the author in the prologue: a journalist having written articles about “childhood, development and the flu, not to mention hair dye, Shopping and what it takes to be cool”… what could he say about neuroscience? Well, I must say I am enjoying the reading. It’s easy to read. He does not deepen into complicated explanations but he gives instead plenty of examples to prove the snap decision theory. That’s the point that I like most so far.
What I am curious about is the continuation, he has for the time being illustrated that we all have this unconscious intelligence and that we are capable of thin slicing information. But how can he train us to take advantage of it? Always following our guts? Let’s see…
If you are interested about this subject and how free we are to chose against our unconscious , you can watch the following Punset’s programs. It’s amazing how biological factors decide for us!
Jan 10, 2012
An optimist's tour of the future, by Mark Stevenson
The Tiger's Wife, by Tea Obreht
Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell
Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal, by Tristam Stuart
Auntie Mame, by Patrick Denis
Jan 8, 2012
I have made an effort to read the book on time and to post my comments also on time… let’s start the year on time! ;)
I have enjoyed the book in some ways, for example, the way the author guides us through the two stories, one in the past and one in the present, and how they converge into one at the end of the book. I do like how I got hooked reading the book as it was progressing. I also like to have some historic references or other place’s description, it makes me ‘travel’ being at home.
I have not enjoyed the book in some ways, because it has too much sex, too much violence (both too explicit). It is true that that’s related to the homicide police work, but I think that many of the scenes in this book could be avoided or, let’s say it in another way, could be written in a more elegant way. Sometimes I find that the story is a little bit forced in its development and outcome, as some of you have already said.
But I guess this is it, this is the book, with some things we like and some we don’t, and both together come to our final review of it. I find it very entertaining, but sometimes disgusting, I like some of the narrative resources the author has chosen but not others… If I have to say a single word about it I would say entertaining, that’s all. I think it is not a neither bad nor good book, but it is more for mass book consumers, it can be better in many ways, but in some parts I got addicted to it and wanted to know, wanted to see…
Regarding the story, I thought that the mastermind behind all this vengeance was Felsen himself. Has anyone had that in mind too? I thought that was him punishing Manuel, and Oliveira, I even thought that it was him the one that killed Pedro (remember the accident? There was a BMW involved!). My personal opinion is that the book may be better with this end; everything would be solved with the same characters, coming full circle. I think that this author has some potential… I’d give him a second chance! :P
And the title? Why is it Small death in Lisbon? Almost everybody is dead in the end!
Thank you for share your thoughts and for make us choose books that otherwise I'd never read!
Ps: I have to say that, as always, I totally agree with Nayra’s comments ;)
Jan 7, 2012
Rocio & Macarena