Jane Austen – My Favorite Quotes

Maybe you think Jane Austen is hard to read. She’s not. Here’s an example of her writing. Most are from Persuasion. “Let us never underestimate the power of a well-written letter.” “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be […]

Friday Book Review: Patricia Highsmith’s Deep Water

In WSJ, Gillian Flynn, the author of Gone Girl, says about Deep Water, “When you decide to pair yourself off with someone for life, it’s supposed to be this psychologically and emotionally safe place you can retreat to. And often it doesn’t turn out like that, and there’s something very frightening about revealing not just […]

Klariti Book Review – Time Out Of Joint by Philip K Dick

I’m not a big sci-fi fan, but Philip K Dick is the exception. If the name sounds familiar, he’s the man who wrote, what were later to become, BladeRunner and Minority Report amongst others. His books aren’t sc-fi in the traditional sense and this is one of the appeals for me. Instead, he jumps forward […]

Klariti Book Review – The Widow by George Simenon

The Widow (New York Review Books Classics) If you like Elmore Leonard, Hitchcock or Patricia Highsmith, you should enjoy this. It starts with a very simple sentence. ‘A man walking.’ That’s it. No contrived drama or major event has occurred. A man is walking down a country road doing much to nothing. But the widow, […]

Book Review – The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Mishima

I didn’t like this book when I first read it, which was thirty years ago. Of course things change over time and one is a new appreciation of Mishima. Saying that, let’s not dwell too much on Mishima the personality as the controversy which surrounds him deflects from his talent as a writer. And he […]

My 10 Favorite Novels of All Time

Yesterday one of my friends asked me on Twitter if I still have time to read fiction?  Or do I read business books only? Books are my guilty pleasure, especially the Classics, History and Philosophy. But I still read a ton of fiction. Here are ten of my favorites. My 10 Favorite Novels of All […]

The 100 Words You Need To Speak Any Language

Ever wanted to speak French? Or Italian? Or maybe Spanish, so you could travel to South America and have more than Buenos Dias? Or Arabic, Chinese, or Japanese.  Most of us never start. It’s too hard. But, if I told you that all you need is 100 words and then you can get by – […]