South of Main Street written by Robert Gately is a contemporary novel set in small-town Pennsylvania which explores the intangible ties that form a family, a community and the influence that one man can make crossing social and economic lines.
Aha to All in by Jonathan Hagmaier and his co-authors William Long and Jeffrey Smith is not only a memoir of Jonathan’s entrepreneurial phase of life but also contains many lessons that have he struggled and conquered during his journey.
The third book in the trilogy of Smugglers in Paradise is set in the contemporary world. After going through 50 years of the Ramos family and two generations, Tyler take his readers back in United States for an exceptionally well finale.
Life continues to move on since it consists of time and time is the constant, a frequently changing substance that we all are bound to. Same goes Family that we were introduced by Tyler in the first book of the trilogy: Smugglers in Paradise.
Published: 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Cover Rating: 5/5
First in the trilogy of Smuggles in Paradise is set in the post World War II to era. Gilberto Ramos, originally from Philippines, leaves United States to return to his beloved homeland. Newly wedded with an American wife, Sophia, happily joins him on his journey to satisfy her own wanderlust. Soon they have bear four children and raising them with all the love a family can offer with the help of music and the sea surrounding them.
No, I did not watch this video before reading Mastery by Robert Greene book. Though I do watched it after reading the book and it made me read the book again and get deep into it. Malkhaz has elegantly and importantly described the whole 310 pages long book in almost 13 minutes and if you are not going to read this post, at least watch the video. You’ll definitely learn something new. If you decide to read this post, keep in my mind that I’m only writing about this book is because I enjoyed reading it and simply want to share my thoughts on it.
I was first introduced to Robert Greene’s works in 48 Laws of Power when I saw that red binding, vertical blue stripe in the middle of the cover in a local bookstore. I had a series of thoughts in parallel and some of them were extreme and exciting. After reading a few pages, he become my company for the next few days, especially morning and night. Not many books do I enjoy reading in the morning, but I can say Robert Greene’s writing is definitely the one to be enjoyed in the morning bliss. Wake up, get yourself together and Greene’s words will help to get hold of yourself for the rest of the day.
Q. Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Briefly, about yourself?
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be interviewed by you. So, a little about me…I’m an Ohio native who loves to garden and read and bake really delicious pies.
Q. What genre is/are your book(s)?
Q. What draws you to this genre?
I just write what’s in my head, and it happens to be what is categorized as literary fiction. What is beautiful about this genre is the opportunity to really get deep down into a character’s soul.
Q. Briefly, what led up to last/latest book?
Also, Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence. In one sentence I’d say: “The devil comes to town.”
Q. What was the time frame for writing your last book?
I wrote The Summer that Melted Everything in one month during the summer I was twenty-eight.
Q. How much research do you do?
It varies from novel to novel. With The Summer that Melted Everything I had to research the 1980s. How people dressed and how they were as a collective culture of that decade. It wasn’t too much research involved with this novel. But my most recent novel had much more research because it takes place during the Second World War, so I had to research the major events of the war, the Holocaust, and make sure I got the timeline concrete to the truth.
John William’s book Stoner barely sold when it came out in 1965. Now, it is one of the great American novels of 20th Century. It’s the story of William Stoner, as you may have heard of, a boy born in the end of nineteenth century in a farming family. From his childhood days he learns the value of work. The novel goes through the protagonist’s life chronologically as he gets older. He enters the university as a freshman, becomes a professor, a disappointing marriage, father to a daughter, recognises love and lust, and his love for literature. It is indeed a tale of a simple life that John Williams describe through his words and characters and he has done that with some perfection.
From the start, the fluency of words, the narration is enough to grab any reader’s attention. It grabbed mine and I could not put down the book until I was on the last page reading the last line, and the last word. The novel is not huge neither will it tire your eyes. It is an interesting piece of literature which is display an ordinary tale of an English Professor that is observed and decrypted in front of a reader. William Stoner appears as a typical academic but he is more than that. He is a human breathing air just like you and me. He is in endurance like everyone else.
The bestseller 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene is often considered as an evil piece of work, however, the evilness in the book is the reality of the world we are part of. This is how world works and 48 Laws of Power is an understanding, a concise one. Robert Greene certainly help us to improve our understanding of the world better. There’s no harm in that.
Reading this book will definitely increase one’s awareness as he will become more conscious to what and how is it going around. Some of the laws will inspire you as they did to me, towards empowerment of your own and some will help how not to lose that conscious mind in somebody else’s hand. Greene encourages an individual to be fluid in his plans and actions as actions are what matters and not the words.
Focus on the smaller internal changes that lay the groundwork for a much larger change in fortune. It is the difference between grasping an illusion and emerging yourself in reality, and reality is what will liberate and transform you!- Robert Greene
Last year, at this time I was excited on getting to know that Harper Lee’s getting her second book published: “Got Set a Watchmen“, which I found an average piece of tale in comparison to her previous and only work: “To Kill a Mockingbird“. There is an impression left in the mind of a reader who mingles with Lee’s words in To Kill a Mockingbird. That impression is hard to describe in exact words (or a sentence, if you prefer) since it has many forms. One form is Atticus Finch.
After reading about her death, earlier in February, I went back to “To Kill a Mockingbird” (or TKAM if you prefer), certainly to read out some memorable lines of words that I would like recall here.
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.
People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.
Likewise there are lines in this book one can quote from on several occasions while mingling with his daily activities. The normal or as I love to call, ordinary human perception has been put into simple words by Lee. (more…)