My Story (Marilyn Monroe) – Book Review

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Title: My Story

Author: Marilyn Monroe

Release Date: 1974

Rating:  ☆☆☆☆☆ – Phenomenal!

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Marilyn Monroe!
Judging by her songs and movies, I’ve always looked at her as a sex icon! I’ve never imagined her to be such a deep and wonderful writer!

I can’t believe I’m gonna say this, but I can tell you that as of this moment, this woman has become one of my favorite characters! She’s become one of my teachers!
She taught me a very important lesson: not to judge people, and to know that when I judge people I actually judge myself! When I say: “Marilyn is a bad person”, I actually say: “I’m a bad person”!!!

“People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of a mirror instead of a person. They didn’t see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts. Then they white-masked themselves by calling me the lewd one.”

After I finished this amazing memoir, I mourned Marilyn. Her entire life – especially her childhood – was tragic! Now, when I look at her pictures I see a huge amount of bitterness in her eyes! I know now that, regardless of her enormous fame, she was a very sad person!
She was just a little innocent sweet girl, who wanted to be happy.
She didn’t know her father, and her mother was sent to a mental institution when Marilyn was little! Her only family was her aunt Grace.

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{ this is one of my favorite parts }:

“But there was no bitterness in my aunt. Her heart remained tender, and she believed in God. Nearly everybody I knew talked to me about God. They always warned me not to offend Him. But when Grace talked about God, she touched my cheek and said that He loved me and watched over me. Remembering what Grace had said I lay in bed at night crying to myself. The only One who loved me and watched over me was Someone I couldn’t see or hear or touch”

I highly recommend this book to all of my dear friends.

R.I.P Marilyn.

There is a God – Book Review

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Title: There is a God

Author: Antony Flew

Release Date: 2007

Rating:  ☆☆☆☆☆ – Phenomenal!

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Excellent. Awesome. Brilliant. Magnificent!!
This book is much better than I expected, and it’s very important – not because it supports the existence of God, but because it encourages rational thinking.
Antony Flew inspired me. His story can be summarized:
Born Christian — Skeptic Christian — Atheist — Skeptic Atheist — Believer.

In his journey, Flew followed the Socratic principle: “We must follow the argument wherever it leads.” And the argument led him through so many deep and dark caves of skepticism until he saw the light of God. He deserves to be called a “True Believer”.

“I must say again that the journey to my discovery of the Divine has thus far been a pilgrimage of reason. I have followed the argument where it has led me. And it has led me to accept the existence of a self-existent, immutable, immaterial, omnipotent, and omniscient Being.”

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Flew inspired me because he’s a “True Believer”, and true believers are so few in this world. A born Muslim, or a born Christian, who didn’t experience skepticism isn’t a believer!

Sheikh Ahmed Deedat once said: “you’re a Muslim? You’re parents are Muslims? Then, no congratulations to you! You’re a Christian? You’re parents are Christians? No congratulations to you too!”  Deedat means that it’s not a privilege to inherit your religion. The real privilege is to find your religion – to find God.

Flew has found God – but he didn’t find religion. In his book – before he died – He said he couldn’t contact God through religion yet, but he hoped for that to happen someday.

“The discovery of phenomena like the laws of nature—the communications network of the parable—has led scientists, philosophers, and others to accept the existence of an infinitely intelligent Mind. Some claim to have made contact with this Mind. I have not—yet. But who knows what could happen next?
Someday I might hear a Voice that says, “Can you hear me now?”

This is one of my favorites. I highly recommend it.

Divergent (Divergent, #1) – Book Review

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Title: Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth

Release Date: 2011

Rating:  ☆☆☆☆☆ – Phenomenal!

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Divergent is Veronica Roth’s first book, which may make you feel better or worse about your own accomplishments when you learn that it was published when she was only 22-years-old. It’s the first book in a series, with Insurgent (2012) and Allegiant (2013) as numbers 2 and 3. So if you’re hooked on Divergent, Roth will be keeping you busy with awesome books for years to come.

The super super short, Tweetable plot summary is: “Young woman in weird future leaves her family for exciting life, learns it’s hard, and ruins villain’s plan to destroy government”

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“I am Divergent.
And I can’t be controlled.”

How many languages are there in this world?
How many beautiful colors? How many touching words?
How many loving hearts? How many romantic feelings?
Bring them all, mix them all, put them all elegantly into a one perfect, beautiful and extraordinary picture. Look at it. Observe it. Do you see how nice it is? It’s fabulous, isn’t it?
Well, If you want to describe how beautifully Divergent is written, then you’re gonna need to imagine something even more perfect, more beautiful, and more extraordinary than that! Because Divergent is, simply, INDESCRIBABLE!

To be honest, I didn’t expect it to be that awesome and deep! I expected it to be shallow!
It surprised me – and that’s the kind of novels I love.
It encourages you to listen to your own voice, to believe in your own abilities and to do what you really want. It tells you that humans, by nature, are flawed! They do mistakes, and they can be so cruel. Humans are not always good.

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“Human beings as a whole cannot be good for long before the bad creeps back in and poisons us again”

I liked the idea of Factions. I think they masterly depicted the different types of people in this world. In conclusion, I think the main idea of this novel is to encourage us to be Divergent! It shouts into your face: “DO NOT SELL YOUR MIND TO ANYONE! DO NOT IMPRISON YOURSELF IN ONE FACTION! YOU CAN NOT BE CONTROLLED“.

And always remember:
“Every faction conditions its members to think and act a certain way. And most people do it. For most people, it’s not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thought that works and stay that way. But our minds move in a dozen different directions. We can’t be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can’t be controlled. And it means that no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them.”

This is a very powerful and important message. I highly recommend this novel to all of my divergent friends ^_^

The Book Thief – Book Review

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Title: The Book Thief

Author: Marcus Zusak

Release Date: 2006

Rating:  ☆☆☆☆☆ – Phenomenal!

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Based on its title, you might think that The Book Thief  is a spy thriller or a Holmes-style detective story.  But really, this is the emotional story of a young girl living in Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.  Yep, a ten-year-old girl is the title’s thief.

Liesel Meminger, a young German girl growing up in Nazi Germany, is the star of the show. She’s also the chief book thief in the novel, which is narrated by Death. When Liesel’s foster parents decide to give refuge to a young Jewish man hiding from the Nazi regime, the characters grow and change in horrible and beautiful ways.

At times hilarious (believe it or not), at times heartbreaking, The Book Thief is rich and creative. It’s a heartfelt reminder of the power of words – they can destroy or heal, depending on how we use them.

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“There were people everywhere on the city street, but the stranger could not have been more alone if it were empty.”

I can’t put my feelings into words. I would say I loved this book, but actually I can’t! I’m very hesitant! It’s the first time I feel that the word ‘loved’ can’t express my true love! The Book Thief robbed my heart!

Imagine a world where being a real and passionate person means an everlasting strife! Imagine a life in which you’re always afraid of something or someone! Scared of anyone knocking on your door at night! Or as the book said: “Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day.”

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I will help you imagine all these things, just follow the steps below:
1. Close your eyes
2. Come closer, and bend down your ears
4. Listen to me, I’ll give you one word:
5. “The Führer” 
( Yes! Do you see all this destruction and horror? Look around you! That’s it! )

There is light, though, amid all of the destruction. There is love, friendship, honesty, and real human bonds – these emotions keep us alive! With these emotions we conquer everything, even death!

The Book Thief hurt me, made my heart bleed with agony. It filled me with hope too, that our hearts are invincible, they don’t die! If we could keep them pure and loving, we’re immortals.

The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

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Title: The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

Author: T. S. Eliot

Release Date: 1972

Rating:  ☆☆☆☆☆ – Phenomenal!

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Oh God! I loooooove this book. I read “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” maybe a million times! It’s my favorite poem.
This particular poem takes you in a journey to a world where people are asleep – just like the world we’re living in today! A world so ugly, like a “sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:”

Prufrock is so sick of that world, he wants to shout, scream, and tell people that they are sinking, and that their lives are going in the wrong direction. But! …. But he’s so hesitant! He doesn’t dare! He keeps saying:

“Do I dare
Disturb the universe?”

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He doesn’t dare, not because he’s a coward, but because he knows nobody would ever listen to him! His words would be in vain! Because he believes that people are drowning and there is no way for him to help any of them. So, he prefers to remain silent.

Prufrock says: “We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.”

This book is just great. I highly recommend it.

The Fault In Our Stars – Book Review

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Title: The Fault In Our Stars

Author: John Green

Release Date: 2012

Rating:  ☆☆☆☆☆ – Phenomenal!

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Hazel Grace is just a normal teenager who is bored with life and likes to quote philosophers (no big deal) when she meets Augustus, a grade A hottie. It would be your typical teenage-girl-meets-boy story if it weren’t for the particulars of how they meet: Hazel and Augustus first lay eyes on each other at a support group for kids with cancer. Ugh.

This is a love story in the bleakest sense. Usually when teenagers fall for each other, it’s all exhilaration and excitement and promises of forever. But even though Hazel Grace and Augustus experience that kind of giddy obsession with each other their relationship is, well, a little complicated by their medical statuses. You see, they live in an era where they’ve been able to slow the progress of their tumors, but not totally get rid of them. So for kids like Hazel Grace and Augustus, the future is one big question mark.

In the end, no way is right or wrong. And no way is easy.

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“That’s what bothers me most, is being another unremembered casualty in the ancient and inglorious war against disease. I want to leave a mark.”

How hard it is when people look at you and you see in their eyes that you are nothing but a poor little shadow walking desperately towards its death.
There are so many people, in this world, suffering in silence with only one single hope that, someday, death would pay them a visit!
It’s really weird, isn’t it? That we – so called normal people – are looking forward to live longer, enjoy life, achieve more in our times, marry beautiful girls, have smart kids and stash more money … etc. while on the other side, the so called “invalid people” are just waiting impatiently to have a merciful death, and hoping to leave a mark by which they’ll be remembered after they’re gone.


When I finished this novel, I wondered: Am I really alive?
You know, I heard a very powerful words from the movie Braveheart said by William Wallace ( Mel Gibson ) : { Every man dies. Not every man really lives }
I think these words describe the novel pretty well.
Death will come to us all, but life – real life – will not be granted to us all! And that’s the question [To be or not to be]
This novel taught me not to think much about death, but to think about life, notice it, and value it, because it’s a real gift that we should work really hard to deserve.

“So dawn is going down today,
Nothing gold can stay”

This book is a must read. I highly recommend it.

 

Thus Spake Zarathustra – Book Review

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Well, I didn’t expect that .. AT ALL!!
I thought I’d love this book! What happened?! Damn it!
Zarathustra! Please man! You were such a boring little prophet!

Look, to be honest, I liked many lines in this book. I marked and even memorized them. But the book as a whole was a BIG disappointment.
The main – and only – idea, was that: Zarathustra believes God is dead. So, he seeks to wake the Superman up. And that Superman is supposed to be God. All humans are capable of being Supermen. So, theoretically speaking, everyone of us is a God-to-be!
Further more, Zarathustra hates emotions, and he wants us to hate them as well. He hates it when people help each other.
I think he would love to see people fucking each other instead!! Cuz, you know, he doesn’t want us to be Supermen – no, he wants us to be Superfucks! That’s his message: a world with no love (that’s how I see it)

I’m very angry and disappointed at this moment! I thought this book would be one of my favorites!
Damn you Zarathustra! You spoiled my fun!

Brave New World – Book Review

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Oh Mr. Savage!
I say with you: “Oh, forgive me! Oh, make me pure! Oh, help me to be good”

What would you look for in a brave new world?
Happiness? Love? Everlasting Youth? A Pain-Free Life?
Don’t worry!
In this “Brave New World” All your dreams will come true!
But in time, you’ll yearn for misery! And why is that? Because you’ll discover that you’re not a REAL HUMAN BEING, and that a life full of happiness and love and beauty, isn’t a REAL LIFE!
A Real Life, is a life where a Real Human Being can find happiness and misery, beauty and ugliness, love and hatred. All mixed together.

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This novel is a very powerful one. It’s like it describes our “Modern” world with all it’s ugly-beautiful illusions! It’s painful. It really hurts.

I highly recommend it to all my fellow Savages in this world!

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The Road Less Travelled By

imageLike everyone else, I keep wondering: ” Who Am I? ”
It’s dazzling how life – as simple as it is – could sometimes be very complicated, that we can’t figure out whether it’s a dream or reality!

Months ago, I read a very interesting quote. It describes us, humans:
” You are a spiritual being having a human experience “.
I think it’s true. I hope it’s true!
I mean, we have to be spiritual beings! It wouldn’t make any sense if we were just a combination of “flesh and blood”!

 

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I believe in Magic. I think we are all magical creatures.
We don’t – and shouldn’t – belong to this artificial human form. We’re not meant to remain like that, imprisoned in those cells we call bodies!

Many people I see have got used to their false nature. They are ready even to defend it with their lives! They’re so in love with it! They’re not aware of the fact that they’re actually living in a maze of dreams and illusions. It’s a real battle, and everyone of us is a freedom fighter yearning to wake up and to relieve himself (his true Godly self) from his false self!
Unfortunately, so many people are fighting the wrong battle! I don’t know, maybe the right road is destined to be the road not taken.

I recall here some lines for Robert Frost:
” Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference ”

And some other lines for Edgar Allan Poe:
“O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?”

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These two quotes, in my opinion, abbreviate the whole story.
We are living in “a dream within a dream”. And we’re so happy with it that we refuse to change.
Some of us woke up and took a different road – “the one less travelled by”, and that choice “made all the difference”.

 

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The Ocean At The End Of The Lane – Book Review

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Wow!
Did that really happen? Was it a dream or reality? What if a dream was reality, and reality was a dream? Or is it just like what Poe said: ” All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream “?
I have too many questions on my mind at the moment! I think I won’t be able to sleep tonight! This novel blew my mind.

“Perhaps it was an afterimage, I decided, or a ghost: something that had stirred in my mind, for a moment, so powerfully that I believed it to be real, but now was gone, and faded into the past like a memory forgotten, or a shadow into the dusk”

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If there is a lesson I can learn from this novel, it’s that we don’t know anything in this life! We shouldn’t brag about our knowledge, because no matter how much we know – or think that we know – there are still much more stuff that we don’t know.

I mourned Lettie:( that poor little thing:(
This novel is a must-read.

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