Henry Rider Haggard – King Solomon’s mines
It is the first adventure novel that I’ve started in years. I wanted to take a little breath from history…
It is the novel that inspired a cinema version in 1985 with Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone.
H.R. Haggard is often compared to the Italian contemporary Emilio Salgari, the one of Sandokan fame.
Le ultime 18 ore di Gesù (Jesus’s last 18 hours of life)– Corrado Augias
It deals with an enquiry by which the author, one of the best Italian journalists, tries to investigate deep into the latest hours of life of Jesus, as a Prophet, as the man. It is also a piece of history of Ancient Rome, Israel and the Middle East at the time of Jesus, on Jesus’s last day.
There is lot of history: Israel, Ancient Rome and Middle-East… 2,000 years ago, which is so fascinating to me.
The most delicate part of the book is to balance the share of guilt of “killing our God” of both Israel and of the Romans, avoiding to be biased, to throw any blame and keeping telling just the facts. At the end of the book, you are supposed to know probably the real reason why Jesus’s life was sacrificed.
I am reading and learning: nothing reads to be biased, because the writer is known to be a non-believer and it gets you curious to go deep with him in the tale. In the final “credits” portion you can read the list of other books and sources the author got inspiration from.
Dalai Lama – The beauty of being patient
I purchased this book with a “hint” of irony, because being myself not very patient at all in my real life, I said: “Wow, Dalai Lama is my healer…LOL!”
Instead, according to Buddhism, there are rules and theories on the very concept of “patience”, how to gain it, how to “feed” it, how to keep it. According to Buddhists patience brings beauty and health and it can improve our society.
Actually I read about their concept of “soul”, “afterlife”, “prayers”, God”, which are not the same as in my religion, but similarly. I read of Dalai Lama acknowledging that the Catholic religion shares a couple of points with Buddhism – in fact I know peeps of my circle, who in the past turned Buddha followers, the bodhisattvas – His Holiness Dalai Lama also warns that if one day they’d regret on their choice, their turning back to the original religion might be painful.
Another part of the book I enjoyed is when Dalai Lama explains what do with your enemies, the people around you that you do not like, how patience and tolerance could be opportunity, not a waste of time: amazing!
The essential things to know about Buddhism are the last 15-20 pages, where there is also a glossary, which features the key words from A to Z about the religion.
I can’t say that by the end of the book you’ll be a Buddha believer, but you will have learnt amazing things on the religion. I was shocked, at first, I was afraid I could be “upset” by the words in this book. No worries: it is more than a translation of the Dalai Lama tales, the author/translator stops by and explains what you need to know, those stops are sort of “pit stops” on the path;
I did not feel forced to understand, or to believe in all what I was reading.
Christian Jacq – The Ramses’ son, The damned tomb
This the first of the three books of the saga, written by this awesome author, known to be fond of the Ancient Egypt. It might recall the legendary best seller “Sinuhe the Egyptian” of Mika Waltari and probably there is a “fil rouge” that keeps the two stories together.
It is well done because I could “visualize” the scenes described in the tale and only awesome history novels are able to make me feel like this.
I have found the differences and made a comparison like the following within these three writers: Glenn Cooper is history and suspense, Ken Follett is history and fiction balanced mix, this author is more fiction than history.
I think I am not going to get and read the next two chapters of the saga: it is granted it will be a final “happy ending”! I just got this book, because I was curious to read about this author.
Next update: in June 2019
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