It’s not quite a literary interior this week, but I couldn’t think of a book I’ve read recently, having a Moroccan background so I turned my attention to movies. Le Souk invited me to curate a shopping board from their online shop/travel website, so I used the “Literary Interiors” series to integrate the board into a post about a Moroccan spaces. Even though I am not aiming a Moroccan/oriental style for my home right now, this type of exotic shapes are part of any eclectic interior, sometimes even mandatory, used as accents or as one central bigger piece. Le Souk is the result of a big passion for oriental shapes, for the buzz and energy of oriental markets and for the scent of exotic and magic orient. Whether you want to experience the atmosphere of Morocco …

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“Better later than never” applies perfect to me, reading this book.  But what a reading experience! The plot, having the Great Depression in the US as background and dealing actually with really serious issues, like rape and racism, is being revealed with the voice of Scout Finch a six-year-old tomboy girl, who transforms everything into a gentle and often amusing reporting of the events going on around her. It is amazing how the author, Harper Lee, manages to tell the whole story using the angle of view of a child. With some censorship, it could be a bedtime story reading. A very educational one. And a beautiful one. Many of the characters in the novel, and much of the action is inspired by the author’s childhood and environment. Her brother was indeed four years older, her …

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I’ve been in Vietnam twice. Both, in 2012 and 2013, I visited Saigon. Besides the fact, that just in one year, Vespas seem to be more an more replaced by cars, the french colonial flair of the city still persists, especially in the city center. The communist regime preserved to a certain extent the french colonial architecture, the food is a tasty mix between French and Asian cuisine, and the interiors remained often faithful to the colonial heritage. Although I have mixed feelings about colonialism, my craving for interiors and juxtaposition of contrasting styles in architecture and interior design keeps me very attracted to the former colonies countries. This last visit, we’ve spent a few days at the Vietnamese beach side, and I had time to read Graham Greene’s book, “The quiet American”, while being there. …

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  I Kindle-searched-and-bought “The Goldfinch” after bumping into several reviews on blogs and websites I am following. The fact that they claimed it to be a 800 pages book was just more inviting, as I looooove long books with complex plots and large cast. Using a real painting named “The Goldfinch” as well, by Carel Fabritius, as the story trigger, Donna Tartt builds a beautiful multifaceted novel with vivid characters and a fair share of action and suspense. Theo Decker, the main character, is introduced to the readers in the very first chapter of the book – a grand one that leaves you just wanting to read some more – surviving a bomb attack in New York’s Metropolitan Museum, losing his mother in the same attack and leaving the Museum after the attack with the famous …

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This post was inspired by Laura, a friend of mine, the owner of the restored Art Deco boudoir set.  She used to say that she pictured Madam T. owning that furniture. So I recalled the book “Prokrustes Bed” (Patul lui Procust), which I’ve read long time ago in high school, and remembered being fascinated about the perfume of a lady’s life style, living in Bucharest at the dawn of the 20th century. “Ti-am spus, de altfel, ca in odaia de dormit, varuita alb si cu vreo doua dungi aurii, nu e decat divanul alb, scazut si vast, tabloul de Luchian, ceasornicul si, la capatai, o masuta alba pentru becul cu abajur de faianta ca sa pot citi seara. Incolo nimic. Nici covoare pe parchetul lucios ca o oglinda de stejar, nicio mobila de-a lungul peretilor goi …

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    “Reading Lolita in Tehran” is a book about books. Among many books discussed by the Iranian university teacher Azar Nafisi with her students at the Tehran University, the controversial Great Gatsby gets a lot of attention. I have seen the Robert Redford featuring movie many years ago, but the movie did not trigger any wish to read the book. What did, was these “memoires in books” of Azar Nafisi, so – thank God for Kindle – I instantly ordered it on Amazon. Funnily enough, the Leonardo di Caprio featuring movie was running on the big screens in Romania just while I was reading the book. A post about a The Great Gatsby “literary interiors” is the most natural thing to do, especially because houses, clothes and cars are the symbols of the book, incorporated …

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    … at least that’s how I suppose, the title of Joel Dicker’s book, “La Vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert”, will sound in English when it will be translated to English. So far, the book has been translated only to Romanian (!!), therefore I will refer here to an excerpt of the Romanian translation, adding, for the ones who don’t speak the universal language – Romanian –  only and approximate English version. “Cunosteam bine Aurora, de pe vremea cand eram student si il vizitam adesea pe Harry. Locuia intr-o casa superba din piatra si lemn de pin masiv, situata in afara orasului, pe Route 1, spre Maine, si construita pe malul unui brat de mare inscris pe harti cu numele de Goose Cove. Era o casa de scriitor, dominand oceanul, cu o terasa pentru zilele frumoase, de …

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  Besides interior design and everything (even remotely) related to interior design, I love reading. It is my ultimate leisure activity indoors or outdoors, at home or abroad. I don’t really make parti pris’ when I choose what to read, but I love books that along the entertainment factor have also the educational element and teach seamlessly and apparently without effort about history, philosophy, history of art, science and all the other tough topics. I guess that was useful when I decided I need more structured and theoretical knowledge on different topics like art and furniture history and started to read also theoretical literature. Nevertheless, when I really really need to unplug, I turn to my big guilty pleasure, the Scandinavian crime fiction (although the “guilty pleasure” part might be unfair to a certain extent, as …

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