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The Sizesaurus: From Hectares to Decibels to Calories, a Witty Compendium of Measurements
The Sizesaurus: From Hectares to Decibels to Calories, a Witty Compendium of Measurements
von Stephen Strauss
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Get a sense of all the measures and scales, 5. Juli 2000
This is a fun book to read, and must have been a fun book to write. There are two parts in the book. Part I consists of 14 interesting essays, answering the questions such as: What would Santa Claus have to do to deliver all his presents in one night? Which celestial body is equal in volume to 54,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 Big Macs? How loud must a noise be to have lethal effects? How hot would Hell be and how cold would Hell have to be before it froze over? What is the amount of air pressure required to burst a condom? Part II defines and explains all sorts of common and uncommon measures and scales, with lots of tables, illustrations and interesting examples.
My favorite essay is: How many jumping Chinese does it take to start an earthquake?
This book gives the readers a new understanding of all the measures and scales, in a very witty way. That's all I have to say about this book.


Eternal Curse on the Reader of These Pages
Eternal Curse on the Reader of These Pages
von Manuel Puig
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 16,35

4.0 von 5 Sternen An inspiration on the reader of this novel, 5. Juli 2000
Don't be scared of the title. You won't be cursed.
Almost the entire book consists of conversations betweent two men, Ramirez and Larry, taken place in New York City. Ramirez is a 74-year old man from Argentina who has lost most of his memory and is now in a wheelchair. Larry is a 36-year old guy (with a Ph.D. in history but now is jobless) who is paid to push Ramirez around three times a week. Following their conversation, the readers will figure out the identities of these two people, their personalities, their past, their dreams, their regrets, their views on life, work, politics, love, sex, etc., as well as what is happening to/around them at that time.
This is my first Puig's book. I picked it because of the sinister title. This book shows that Puig has a creative way to construct the plot and a deep understanding of human minds. Very often I stop and smile at the dialogue, because I am reminded of the real way that people talk: sometimes inefficient and frustrating.
My friend recommends all his other books, incudling Kiss of the Spider Woman and The Buenos Aries Affair. This book is good enough for me to go on reading his other ones. That's all I have to say about this book.


Rick Steves' Best of Europe 2000
Rick Steves' Best of Europe 2000
von Rick Steves
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Good tour book for planning your first visit., 24. Juni 2000
We travelled Europe for the first time in the summer of 1998. Beside the Lonely Planet guide for information on cheap hotels and accurate maps, I also took this book for suggestions on planning for the cities we were visiting (London, Paris and Vienna). This book, like all other Rich Steves' books, is written in a very friendly manner which is especially helpful for the first time visitors. We followed the suggested itineraries and successfully avoided the crowd (we were in Paris at the time of the World Cup soccer games). And I love the hand drawn maps in the book.
The reason I don't give this book 5 stars is because we only visited 3 of the 29 destinations the book includes, so it is a little too heavy to carry the whole book. I doubt if anyone would visit more than half of the destinations in one trip. Maybe it is better to get the individual tour books from which this book is assembled. If you plan to visit the museums, I strongly recommend Rick Steves' Mona Winks: Self-Guided Tours of Europe's Top Museums.
Overall, Best of Europe is a good tour book and I will still take it with me next time I visit other cities in Europe in spite of the extra weight. That's all I have to say about this book.


High Fidelity
High Fidelity
von Nick Hornby
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 12,84

5.0 von 5 Sternen Funny and talkative. Do all guys think like Rob?, 21. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: High Fidelity (Taschenbuch)
I saw the movie first and loved it. It follows the book so closely that the book is almost like a movie script. But the parts that are not in the movie are equally funny and smart.
Rob is a very self-conscious guy. Following all his thoughts, even the ones he tries not to think about, is an eye-opening experience for me. I especially enjoyed his string of thoughts right before he had sex with Marie. Is that how a guy thinks? So different from us girls.
Overall, Rob is a very believable character. Even if you have seen the movie, this book is still a fun read. That's all I have to say about this book.


Color Purple
Color Purple
von Alice Walker
  Taschenbuch

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4.0 von 5 Sternen The more I wonder, the more I love., 18. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Color Purple (Taschenbuch)
"I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ast. And that in wondering bout the big things and asting bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, he say, the more I love." These words intrigued me.
I saw the movie first and then read the book. The movie has captured the mood of the book successfully, although the book has a little more stories about Nettie in Africa and about the love between Celie and Shug.
This book is not only about black women. It is also about finding love and contentment in daily life, especially in adversity.
"If she (Shug) come, I be happy. If she don't, I be content. And then I figure this the lesson I was suppose to learn." And this is the lesson we all should learn. That's all I have to say about this book.


Color Purple
Color Purple
von Alice Walker
  Taschenbuch

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4.0 von 5 Sternen The more I wonder, the more I love., 18. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Color Purple (Taschenbuch)
"I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ast. And that in wondering bout the big things and asting bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, he say, the more I love." These words intrigued me.
I saw the movie first and then read the book. The movie has captured the mood of the book successfully, although the book has a little more stories about Nettie in Africa and about the love between Celie and Shug.
This book is not only about black women. It is also about finding love and contentment in daily life, especially in adversity.
"If she (Shug) come, I be happy. If she don't, I be content. And then I figure this the lesson I was suppose to learn." And this is the lesson we all should learn. That's all I have to say about this book.


Rick Steves' Mona Winks: Self-Guided Tours of Europe's Top Museums (Mona Winks: Self-Guided Tours of Europe's Top Museums, 4th ed)
Rick Steves' Mona Winks: Self-Guided Tours of Europe's Top Museums (Mona Winks: Self-Guided Tours of Europe's Top Museums, 4th ed)
von Rick Steves
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Europe's museums for dummies, 18. Juni 2000
When my parents and I went to Europe for the first time, we wanted to visit all the top museums but didn't know how to get started. I got Mona Winks because I love Rick Steves' guide books. I followed the instruction, ripped up the book, and carried only the chapters we needed. My parents (they only speak Chinese) were a little suspicious about it. Our first stop was the National Gallery in London. We went there at the hour that the guide recommended and the museum was almost empty. We went through all the important paintings in two hours, and learned a great deal of art and art history. In the museum, we met a couple holding the same ripped pages from the same guide!
With the help of this book, we visited five other museums including the British Museum, the Louvre and Versailles. We avoided the crowded hours and the expensive local guided tours. This book saved us a lot of time and money, and helped us gain a lot of basic knowledge of history and art of Europe.
After the trip, I mailed back all the pieces from the book and $5.00 to Europe Through the Back Door, and they sent me a new copy! Next time when I visit Europe, I will take the book with me again. If you are a art dummy, this is really the only book you need to tour Europe's top museums. That's all I have to say about this book.


Brideshead Revisited
Brideshead Revisited
von Evelyn Waugh
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen A very beautiful book, 17. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Brideshead Revisited (Taschenbuch)
This is a very beautiful book. It stirs all my senses with vivid description of colors, sounds, smells, tastes, touches, and feelings. That's all I have to say about this book.


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