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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Bank Street Ready-To-Read)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Bank Street Ready-To-Read)
von James Joyce
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 3,70

5.0 von 5 Sternen Joyce's autobiographical novel: the prelude to �Ulysses�, 17. Juli 2000
"A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" is James Joyce's autobiographical novel, first appeared in book form in 1916. After over 80 years it is still read and studied all over the world highlighting the place it has received in literature. It portrays the early and teenage life of Stephen Dedalus. This is the same character who later appears in 'Ulysses' (1922) as a matured adult.
Joyce walks us through the life of Stephen Dedalus in five stages written in a third-person narrative. Anyone interested in Joyce's intellectual, spiritual and physical journey of life should read this great classic which is the prelude to 'Ulysses', one of the best novels ever written in the 20th centaury.
As Ezra Pound correctly predicted 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' would "remain a permanent part of English literature" for centuries similar to the place 'Ulysses' has reached in literature.


Handwriting: Poems
Handwriting: Poems
von Michael Ondaatje
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Ondaatje: one of the best living poets today, 17. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Handwriting: Poems (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Michael Ondaatje is a major poet. There are no two words about it. He brings his poetic vision and unique signature of lyricism again to words with his latest collection of poems, 'Handwriting'. This is Ondaatje's latest book of poetry since The Cinnamon Peeler published in 1991.
'Handwriting' contains a collection of well-crafted poems reminding us that Ondaatje is undoubtedly among one of the best living poets today.
Most of the poems of this excellent anthology are set in Sri Lanka. Some images and references crafted by Ondaatje come from Sri Lanka where he has ancestral roots. Similar to his classic novel, 'Anil's Ghost' Ondaatje demonstrates his intimate knowledge of the history, art, friends and recent events of Sri Lanka in this collection of poems.
For me, there is also a very personal appeal to the poems in this collection. As a person who grew up in Sri Lanka, I am familiar with places and historical references he brings into his works in 'Handwriting'. However, anyone without any knowledge of Sri Lanka could also understand and appreciate Ondaatje's poems as they have a universal appeal despite the fact he leaves the reader with place or location names such as Galapitigala Road, Mahaweli and Kataragama etc. Even when Ondaatje writes on specific locations or on historical facts he writes about life, love, war and death which has a universal appeal to any reader whether they have an understanding of locations, place names or historical nuances appearing here. Even if you don't have a personal knowledge of Sri Lanka's history or its culture you can still appreciate Ondaatje's poems.
Ondaatje is indeed very different to ancient poets of Sri Lanka who "wrote ... on rock and leaf / to celebrate the work of the day, / the shadow pleasures of the night." But we can still read and appreciate these ancient poems centuries after they were written "on rock and leaf". In 'Handwriting', Ondaatje's achieves a similar goal; he shares his poetic gift with us like donating a precious gem that we can keep and appreciate as long as we live and pass on to the readers of next generation.


Handwriting: Poems
Handwriting: Poems
von Michael Ondaatje
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Ondaatje: one of the best living poets today, 17. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Handwriting: Poems (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Michael Ondaatje is a major poet. There are no two words about it. He brings his poetic vision and unique signature of lyricism again to words with his latest collection of poetry, 'Handwriting'. This is Ondaatje's latest book of poetry since The Cinnamon Peeler published in 1991.
'Handwriting' contains a collection of well-crafted poems reminding us that Ondaatje is undoubtedly among one of the best living poets today.
Most of the poems of this excellent anthology are set in Sri Lanka. Some images and references crafted by Ondaatje comes from Sri Lanka where he has ancestral roots. Similar to his classic novel, 'Anil's Ghost' Ondaatje demonstrates his intimate knowledge of the history, art, friends and recent events of Sri Lanka in this collection of poems.
For me, there is also a very personal appeal to the poems in this collection. As a person who grew up in Sri Lanka, I am familiar with places and historical references he brings into his works in 'Handwriting'. However, anyone without any knowledge of Sri Lanka could also understand and appreciate Ondaatje's poems as they have a universal appeal despite the fact he leaves the reader with place or location names such as Galapitigala Road, Mahaweli and Kataragama etc. Even when Ondaatje writes on specific locations or on historical facts he writes about life, love, war and death which has a universal appeal to any reader whether they have an understanding of locations, place names or historical nuances appearing here. Even if you don't have a personal knowledge of Sri Lanka's history or its culture you can still appreciate Ondaatje's poems.
Ondaatje is indeed very different to ancient poets of Sri Lanka who "wrote ... on rock and leaf / to celebrate the work of the day, / the shadow pleasures of the night." But we can still read and appreciate these ancient poems centuries after they were written "on rock and leaf". In 'Handwriting', Ondaatje's achieves similar goal; he shares his poetic gift with us like donating a precious gem that we can keep and appreciate as long as we live and pass on to the readers of next generation.


Interpreter of Maladies
Interpreter of Maladies
von Jhumpa Lahiri
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,90

5.0 von 5 Sternen Unique and extraordinary stories, 15. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Interpreter of Maladies (Taschenbuch)
It is difficult even for a well-established writer to be the Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction! When a new writer grabs the prize with his or her first collection of stories, it is important to read the book rather than go by the label!
I was impressed by the unique and extraordinary nature of Ms Jhumpa Lahiri's short stories. She is a writer of extraordinary elegance. She portrays the pains of being a foreigner in another country by narrating her stories objectively without dwelling too much on emotions. Ms Lahiri provides valuable insights into marginal characters who travel between two worlds.
Lahiri's "Interpreter of Maladies" is also a great contribution to new and emerging diasporic literature in which lives of people who are living away from their home and their displacement, rootlessness, and the ambivalence is portrayed. In these stories Ms Lahiri does more than that. Her stories provide powerful insights into life, love, relationships moreover the pains of living away from home. The stories are unique and extraordinary.


World Almanac and Book of Facts 2000 (World Almanac & Book of Facts)
World Almanac and Book of Facts 2000 (World Almanac & Book of Facts)
von World Almanac
  Taschenbuch

3.0 von 5 Sternen A lot of valuable information.. but!, 15. Juli 2000
The 1024 pages World Almanac 2000 is real bonus. It contains a lot of valuable information.
My only criticism is that the Almanac has a real bias towards "American information".
As it is a "World Almanac", the editors should understand that non-American readers would like to see that it has a broader base. I'm sure the editors will rectify this shortfall in the next edition!


Harvard Business Review on Crisis Management
Harvard Business Review on Crisis Management
von Norman R. Augustine
  Taschenbuch

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4.0 von 5 Sternen A useful tool, 19. Juni 2000
Acquiring required skills and tools to effectively manage or mitigate crises is essential to the success of modern organizations. 'Harvard Business Review on Crisis Management' is a collection eight essays presenting new ideas and concepts on how to manage, mitigate crises and other related key issues in a rapidly changing business environment.
Some of the essays in this collection are written by leading management consultants and CEOs. Topics covered include; 'strategic approaches to product recalls', 'leadership', 'what happens when an executive defects' and how companies can develop better media policies and plans as part of crisis management and preparedness.
My favorite is Norman R Augustine's essay titled 'Managing the Crisis You Tried to Prevent'. In this well researched essay, Augustine describes six stages of a crisis drawing lessons from several well-known crises. The important issue emerging is that "almost every crisis contains within itself' the seeds of failures as well as the "roots of failure." Drawing quotations from Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde, the author provides very useful insights into understanding, managing and preventing a crisis.
This book is a useful tool for executives and managers who need to upgrade their knowledge or gain access to leading experts on topics related to crisis management.


I Could Read the Sky: A Novel
I Could Read the Sky: A Novel
von Timothy O'Grady
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen A lyrically crafted novel about dislocation and exile, 5. Juni 2000
I am very familiar with the works of old time Irish writers including the works of James Joyce who wrote about Ireland in exile. I still don't know much about modern Irish novelists until I had the opportunity of meeting and listening to parts of Timothy O'Grady's novel at Perth Writer's Festival early this year. Immediately afterwards I bought a copy and later talked to Timothy briefly about writers in exile and their struggle with dislocation. This story is not only about dislocation and exile. This is the story of a man coming of age and following a journey during which he struggles to make sense of his life, dislocation, loss of love and loneliness.
This lyrically crafted novel is a great collaboration between O'Grady and photographer Steve Pyke. They collectively create a visual journey of a musical Irishman, his journey from one location to another, looking for work and the love of his life. O'Grady's begins his novel with a description of the protagonist's life back at home as a child:
"This room is dark, as dark as it ever gets - the hour before dawn in winter. I have sounds and pictures but they flit and crash before I can get them..."
For me, it is a metaphor of not been able to recreate the places and the people he left behind as a result of his journey.
O'Grady ends his novel with a similar narrative:
"In the room now a breeze comes in through the window and on it there is the smell of spring. Downstairs the girl turns on her radio... There is a time after long work when you can look for strength and there is nothing there....
In the morning light I let go."
In between, we learn about his journey, his recollection of Irish landscapes, the places left behind, the music he played and his love. But this is not just a mere description of a nostalgic mental journey of an Irishman in exile. This can happen anywhere, anytime, and to anyone.
Reading this novel is like watching a visually crafted documentary embedded with voice and music that we can see and hear.
I'm glad that I met O'Grady and read his novel as my introduction to modern Irish novelists. But this novel had another positive effect on me. When I met O'Grady I was writing a novel about my own dislocation. This novel inspired me to look at my private journey again and again, and continue my writing in exile!
I recommend this book to anyone interested in the beauty and tragic of moving from one place to another.


Living Loving and Learning
Living Loving and Learning
von Leo F. Buscaglia
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,90

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Reading it again and again since 1984, 4. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Living Loving and Learning (Taschenbuch)
I first learnt about Dr Leo Buscaglia and his works in May 1984 when I received the wonderful gift of the book, 'Living, Loving and Learning' from my then boss and life-time mentor Fred Davis while working in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Although I studied and grew up in a culture which had given me some knowledge into all three concepts covered in the book, I found it to be a useful resource kit. I have read the book so many times since 1984 and still reading it again and again.
In May 1984, I was young, strong, irrational and did not fully grasp the value of love and or human relations but I thought I knew about living and learning. I received the book just three months before our daughter was born and realised the important of 'love' as a 'behaviour modifier'. Ever since, I have learnt many other things from this book as well from other sources. Dr Buscaglia writes about love and the importance of giving as well as receiving this unexplainable desire from the time of our birth to death. Now I know that life is nothing but a journey of seeking, giving and rejection of love.
A few months ago our daughter was very down, apparently due to the pains of growing up. Perhaps I would have been a major party in that process. May be she had peer pressure which she didn't want to communicate with me. Perhaps she thought that I was not listening to her needs (and I still do that mistake)!. When she was very down, I approached and 'tactfully demanded' her (like many parents do) to read the book. I even highlighted the section that she should read. A few days later she returned the book and said: "Dad, this book has a lot of what you always talk about!". She smiled and thanked me. It was a very precious moment in my life. Then only I realised how much I have unconsciously acquired Dr Buscaglia's wisdom over the years despite still making mistakes as an adult as well as a parent.
Now, getting closer to my mid-life, after having travelled round the world, up-rooted myself and my family from our country of origin, receiving and perhaps not receiving enough love as a behaviour modifier, I still read the book because I am still growing up.
I am at a point in my life where love and affection as Dr Buscaglia defined in this book are much needed for my further growth and development. Now I am learning the need to care, respect and love everyone I live and work with, meet, talk or write sometimes even seeing them at all! Dr Buscaglia cites a good example in this book where he had not cared enough for a student who he thought was learning well in one of his undergraduate classes. He assumed that he was communicating well with this student because she sat in front of him, smiled when he emphasised something and took down notes carefully. He writes: "Then one day she stopped coming... and I kept looking for her... Finally, I checked with the Dean...and she said, 'Haven't you heard?'" Dr Buscaglia learnt that the student had killed herself by jumping off a cliff. He writes: "It bothers me still and I thought to myself--what are we doing stuffing facts at people and forgetting that they are people, that they are human beings?"
This book is not about stuffing facts or giving us just citations from psychology or sociology books. He shares the wisdom he has gathered from several sources on 'Living, Loving and Learning'. This book is a guide to help us to be good human beings. For those who only want to read new world stuff may think that this book is a bit of an old fashion or just a basic one. Yes, it is a basic guide for us to be good human beings.
That's why I am still reading this book 16 years after receiving it from my mentor. That's why I am still sharing the knowledge I gained from it with those who are closer to my heart wherever they live. Because I had the gift of receiving books, I always returned the same to those I love very much. Recently, I gave a gift of books to a person that I have never met because of that person's loving qualities and wisdom shared with me despite my colour, creed, race and age! Now I regret that I could not include this book in my gift pack.
For me this book is still a one sure way of 'Living, Loving and Learning'.
Just read it!
Sunil Govinnage
June 2000


Instant Calm: Over 100 Easy-to-Use Techniques for Relaxing Mind and Body
Instant Calm: Over 100 Easy-to-Use Techniques for Relaxing Mind and Body
von Paul F. Wilson
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen simple, jargon-free ideas and instructions, 4. Juni 2000
I don't agree with the synopsis of this book. The book does not contain mere "quick-fix solutions to relieve the stress and anxiety of daily life". 'Instant Calm' although is about crisis control, brings together over hundred of the most powerful stress management techniques known to the humans from ancient times to the discoveries of modern research on stress management. These include meditation, yoga, ancient relaxation techniques such as Tsu-sanli, Feng-Chih, acupressure, self-hypnosis, massage, aromatherapy, exercise, diet and much more. Some of these 'other' remedies include 'dance', 'unfold chair' and 'calm hugs' which has been described as "one of the most effective techniques of finding comfort in troubled moments..." For those who don't have the luxury of receiving 'calm hugs' can try listening to 'calm music' and or 'calm your own wrist' with the other hand!
What I liked most about the book was simple, jargon-free ideas and instructions. I liked the page on 'calm affirmation'. It reminded me that the list of the words at the end of this section can help me to convert the negatives into positives. For example, 'panic' can be replaced with 'peace'. The 'anger' can be turned into 'love' and 'failure' can be substituted with 'success'.
The book is packed with immediate remedial and effective methods of eliminating stress, negativity and lack of energy from our life.
It is a handbook for those who have to live with stress and worries in this modern 'age of anxiety'.


Magic Of Thinking Big (A fireside book)
Magic Of Thinking Big (A fireside book)
von David Schwartz
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen It tells us the importance of positive thinking, 3. Juni 2000
John Milton in his 'Paradise Lost' wrote: "The mind is its own place and in itself can make a heaven of hell or hell of heaven." Lord Buddha also said that "mind is behind all our action" over 2,500 years ago! Now Dr David J Schwartz gives a similar message in his motivational book. However, there is a difference. Dr Schwartz's book presents us with a carefully designed program for getting most out of all aspects of our lives: job, marriage, family and the community. It tells us the importance of positive thinking and how we can turn a defeat into a victory and many more including achieving financial security. He guides us to reach all these goals through our own will.
No wonder why more than 4 million copies of this book have been sold! I'm sure that there are few of us who haven't read the book would consider extracting some wisdom from this wonderful book.


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