Under The Tuscan Sun


  Under The Tuscan Sun is a  romantic-comedy movie, based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book by Frances Mayes. Although If i knew there was the book, i wouldn’t have watched the movie before i read the book. But I did it anyway.

So, It’s a fun movie to watch, when you have nothing to do on a Sunday afternoon, with a cup of tea 😉 I know you might be saying, there are billions of fun movies, why this? well, it’s just that I love Italy, and there were some quotes/sayings that have inspired me (at the right time) with a sense of humor.

 

“…Between Austria and Italy, there is a section of the Alps called the Semmering. It is an impossibly steep, very high part of the mountains. They built a train track over these Alps to connect Vienna and Venice. They built these tracks even before there was a train in existence that could make the trip. They built it because they knew some day, the train would come.”

 

” Listen, when I was a little girl I used to spend hours looking for ladybugs. Finally, I’d just give up and fall asleep in the grass. When I woke up, they were crawling all over me. “

“What are four walls, anyway? They are what they contain. The house protects the dreamer. Unthinkably good things can happen, even late in the game. It’s such a surprise. “

“Do you know the most surprising thing about divorce? It doesn’t actually kill you. Like a bullet to the heart or a head-on car wreck. It should. When someone you’ve promised to cherish till death do you part says “I never loved you,” it should kill you instantly. You shouldn’t have to wake up day after day after that, trying to understand how in the world you didn’t know. The light just never went on, you know. I must have known, of course, but I was too scared to see the truth. Then fear just makes you so stupid. “

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Thanks For The Memories


Thanks For The Memories by Cecelia Ahern

As a result of an accident, Joyce loses her child and needs to have a blood transfusion, After losing her marriage along the way, she moves in back with her father, and that’s when she starts to remember things she doesn’t have the slightest idea about, know about places she has never been before and dream of a little girl she has never seen before. Little did she know, then, that the blood she received from the anonymous donor did more than just keeping her alive.

A chick lit book, predictable, yet very enjoyable  as the characters are very appealing and funny-especially Joyce’s father-and the style of writing is just refreshing!

PS: Thanks Phatima for recommending this book, looking forward for the other books of her 🙂

 

 

 

Highlighted lines:

“How can you even die when you haven’t even been born yet?”

“Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you”

” Its nice to be important but its more important to be nice…”

Shantaram


Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Life teaches us so many things. Gregory David Roberts has managed to put all he has learned within the covers of the book “Shantaram”.

Shantaram;a name given to Lin, meaning man of God’s peace; escapes from prison in Australia and travels to India, becoming Australia’s most wanted man.

Hiding in the slums of Mumbai and seeking for a new start, he becomes the slum’s doctor and becomes involved in Mumbai’s mafia, gold smuggling, fake passport business and then in a war in Afghanistan…

He falls in love,

And he will make you fall in love with his book.

 

I, Personally really enjoyed reading it, despite its 933 pages and some unnecessary details. However, it’s very rich in describing and exploring different cultures and criminal’s lifestyles. Yes, If you like India, you’ll like the book. If you don’t, then you’ll definitely change your mind 😉

As for the favorite lines, paragraphs  or quotes, i hardly managed to choose the best ones from all 🙂

It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to be in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured.

Truth is a bully that we all pretend to like.

A dream is a place where a wish and a fear meet. When the wish and fear are exactly the same, we call the dream a nightmare.

Silence is the tortured mans revenge

If fate doesn’t make you laugh, you just don’t get the joke

One of the ironies of courage and why we prize it so highly, is that we find it easier to be brave for somone else than we do for ourselves alone

At first, when we truly love someone, our greatest fear is that the loved one will stop loving us. What we should fear and dread instead is that we won’t stop loving them, even after they are dead and gone.

News is about what people do. Gossip is about how they enjoyed doing it. 

Nothing grieves more deeply or pathetically than one half of a great love that isn’t meant to be

Civilization, after all is defined by what we forbid, more than what we permit.

Poverty and pride are devoted blood brothers,until one, always and inevitably kills the other.

Some of the worst wrongs, were caused by people who tried to change things.

We live on because we can love, and we love because we can forgive.

It’s the characteristic of human nature that the best qualities, called up quickly in a crisis, are very often the hardest to find in a prosperous calm.

A good man is as strong as the right woman needs him to be.

It’s always a fool’s mistake to be alone with someone you shouldn’t have loved.

Whatever you do in your life, do it with courage and you won’t go far wrong.

 

Tuesdays With Morrie


Tuesdays with Morie written by Mitch Albom is based on a true story about a student (Mitch Albom) and his college professor (Morrie).

After losing contact for 20 years from Albom’s graduation and when Morrie was now dying from ALS disease, both meet again to discuss “life” from a new perspective of a man who believed death is the end of a life not a relationship.

This book is as simple as it gets, few characters and a simple plot. It is very well organized, for every Tuesday they meet, there’s a new theme.

I think this book inspired me a lot, because me and my grandmother used to discuss the same subjects as Morrie and Albom did, and she as well…is now where Morrie is.

QUOTES FROM THE BOOK

“The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it.”

“Love each other or perish.”

“Aging is not decay, it’s growth. It’s not negative that you are going to die, it’s positive that you understand that you are going to die and that you live better when you understand it.”

“Learn how to die, and you learn how to live”

“We…need to forgive ourselves…For all the things we didn’t do. All the things we should have done. You can’t get stuck on the regrets of what should have happened.”

“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”

“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

“Now that I’m suffering, I feel closer to people who suffer than I ever did before… I’m almost…drawn to them.”

“We are too involved in materialistic things, and they don’t satisfy us. The loving relationships we have, the universe around us, we take these things for granted.”

“Listen. You should know something. All younger people should know something. If you’re always battling against getting older, you’re always going to be unhappy, because it will happen anyhow.”

The old man and the sea by Hemingway


The Old Man and The Sea by Hemingway


“The old man and the sea” is known as the best of Hemingway and has led him to his receipt of the Nobel Prize in 1954. This very short novel talks about an epic struggle between the old fisherman (Santiago) and an enormous fish.

After 84 days of unluckiness, Santiago, alone, decides to go further in the ocean than any fisherman usually goes, and expertly hooks a wondrous Marlin; that turns out to be larger than his skiff; hence, he cannot pull it in. The fisherman holds on to his fishing rod to make sure the fish doesn’t go away, and here he experiences the biggest fight of his life.

He says to himself “fishing kills me as it keeps me alive” because the attempt could kill him, but by letting the fish go, he might die of poverty.

So the old man continues to fight and faces a great deal of injury, tiredness, hungriness, thirstiness and more troubles, but he never gives up hope of meeting his goal. “It is silly not to hope; besides I think it’s a sin” The fisherman just did what needed to be done, even when things were impossible and beyond his abilities

What I got from this book is that when facing insurmountable obstacles and finally not getting the outcome you expected, you’ll sure come out a better person on the other end. It is also obvious that the most important challenges in your life are accomplished alone, with one’s self.

I’d like to quote this as a perfect summary for this book “A man can be destroyed but not defeated”

 

Random parts from the book:

“But he thought, “I kept them precision”. Only I have no luck anymore. But who knows?Maybe today. Everyday is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready””

“You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food. You killed it for pride and because you are a fisherman. You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after. If you loved him, it is not sin to kill him. Or is it more?

 


 

The Thorn bird


The Thorn Bird

 

Long ago, there was a bird that sang just once in its life.

From the moment it left its nest, it searched for a thorn tree.

 And it never rested until it found one.

Then it began to sing more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth.

 And singing, it impaled its breast on the longest, sharpest thorn.

 But as it was dying, it rose above its own agony to out-sing the lark and the nightingale.

The thornbird pays its life for that one song and the whole world stills to listen and God, in His heaven ~ smiles.

 As its best was bought only at the cost of great pain.

 Driven to the thorn, with no knowledge of the dying to come.

But when we press the thorn to our breast,

 We know……

We understand……

And still…… we do it.

I just love this quote!!

The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafón


The Prince of Mist

  During the world war II, Max’s father decides to move his family to a beach side house in a small town, to escape from the dangers of the war.

  But what the family is not aware of, is that now they are endangered more than ever. The horror begins, when Max, his older sister Alicia and their new friend, Roland, experience a chain of weird events, starting from the movement of the eerie statues in the enchanted garden near the house, the uncanny creature, that they witness in the sunken ship and the appearance of the incarnate evil-The Prince of Mist.

  Max, curious about the rumors and the stories about the previous owners of the house and the mysterious death of their son, he begins to explore and investigate every single detail, until at last he discovers the box of the films his dad has found the other day. The films suddenly clear the bluriness of the past and add intense fear to the present.

The prince of Mist is back from the past, to get something that belonged to him and  he won’t leave untill he gets it!

A quote from the book: “nothing is as powerful as a promise”

Although I didnt see “The Prince of Mist” as hillarious as  “The Shadow of The Wind”, yet this novel has it’s own haunting characteristics! Its dreadful, imaginary and gripping. What I always like in Zafon is the atmosphere he creates especially when it comes to the dark and mysertious ones And the details he gives to each one of the characters within the story. It almost makes the scenes alive, vivid and happening in front of you :D!! Enjoy the read.

( PS: don’t read it at night and ALONE wuhahah)