“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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    “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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