• Découverte

    EDLS #33

    The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirious of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn of say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.

    On the road – Jack Kerouac
    Description
    On the Road is a novel by American writer Jack Kerouac, based on the travels of Kerouac and his friends across the United States. It is considered a defining work of the postwar Beat and Counterculture generations, with its protagonists living life against a backdrop of jazz, poetry, and drug use.

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    Résumé :
    “Sur la route” est centré sur le personnage obscur et fascinant de Dean Moriarty, alors considéré comme le chef de file de la Beat Generation.
    En révolte contre l’hypocrisie morale de l’Amérique bien-pensante, Jack Kerouac parcourt les Etats-Unis à la recherche d’un nouveau mode de vie.

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  • Découverte

    EDLS #32

    The sun sets
    The weapons Wake up
    Tonight again we distroy
    Tonight again we kill
    The morning
    It is raining
    It is raining on the city and its ruins
    It is raining on the bodies and their wounds

    Syngué Sabour – Atik Rahimi
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    Description :
    In Persian folklore, Syngue Sabour is the name of a magical black stone, a patience stone, which absorbs the plight of those who confide in it. It is believed that the day it explodes, after having received too much hardship and pain, will be the day of the Apocalypse. But here, the Syngue Sabour is not a stone but rather a man lying brain-dead with a bullet lodged in his neck. His wife is with him, sitting by his side. But she resents him for having sacrificed her to the war, for never being able to resist the call to arms, for wanting to be a hero, and in the end, after all was said and done, for being incapacitated in a small skirmish. Yet she cares, and she speaks to him. She even talks to him more and more, opening up her deepest desires, pains, and secrets. While in the streets rival factions clash and soldiers are looting and killing around her, she speaks of her life, never knowing if her husband really hears. And it is an extraordinary confession, without restraint, about sex and love and her anger against a man who never understood her, who mistreated her, who never showed her any respect or kindness. Her admission releases the weight of oppression of marital, social, and religious norms, and she leads her story up to the great secret that is unthinkable in a country such as Afghanistan.
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    Résumé :
    A Kaboul en Afghanistan, pays en guerre, une femme veille sur le corps de son mari, blessé d’une balle dans la nuque par l’un des hommes de sa milice, et plongé depuis trois semaines dans un coma profond. Cet homme, aux yeux grand ouverts et au souffle régulier comme les prières inlassables de son épouse qui le maintient en vie par perfusion d’eau sucrée-salée, est un combattant de toutes les luttes qu’a traversées son pays. Homme d’armes et de guerre, il fut un mari absent, violent, marié en son absence à cette jeune femme dont il a eu deux filles. La femme entame un long monologue avec son mari, faisant de lui selon la culture perse sa syngué sabour, sa pierre de patience, présente pour recueillir les confessions du monde et les absorber jusqu’à son implosion finale. Elle lui dévoile tous ses secrets d’enfance, de jeune fiancée mariée par son père, et d’épouse qui malgré la peur et la violence de son époux a appris à l’aimer. Les confessions se succèdent, et la femme se délivre au milieu de la guerre qui l’entoure et la touche au plus intime, espérant par là même faire sortir l’homme de son coma que rien ne semble perturber. Après une ultime révélation ou peut-être dans un songe, la syngué sabour, comme le prétendait la tradition, éclate.

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  • Découverte,  Extrait

    EDLS #30

    Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.

    All the light we cannot see – Anthony Doerr
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    Résumé :
    Ce livre nous entraîne, du Paris de l’Occupation à l’effervescence de la Libération, dans le sillage de deux héros dont la guerre va bouleverser l’existence : Marie-Laure, une jeune aveugle, réfugiée avec son père à Saint-Malo, et Werner, un orphelin, véritable génie des transmissions électromagnétiques, dont les talents sont exploités par la Wehrmacht pour briser la Résistance.
    En entrecroisant le destin de ces deux personnages, ennemis malgré eux, dans le décor crépusculaire d’une ville pilonnée par les bombes, Anthony Doerr dessine une fresque d’une beauté envoûtante. Bien plus qu’un roman sur la guerre, c’est une réflexion profonde sur le destin et la condition humaine. La preuve que même les heures les plus sombres ne pourront parvenir à détruire la beauté du monde.

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    Summary : 
    Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.
    In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.

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  • Ecrivain

    EDLS #28

    I wish I could tell you all the little things that light up my soul in such small, beautiful ways.

    To be loved by you – Aubrey Vivant
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    Summary :
    “To Be Loved By You” is a poetry book about love, time, the spirit, and society. It upholds the value of love, self-care, and forgiveness, while eviscerating toxic masculinity and r*pe culture.

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  • Ecrivain

    EDLS #26

    We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with then and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness -and call it love-true love.

    True love – Robert Fulghum 

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    True love by Robert Fulghum

    Summary :
    The beloved author of the modern classic book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten  now tackles life’s most mysterious, joyous and most confusing topic — love. An irresistible collection of real-life love stories, mixed with Robert Fulghum’s own quirky insights and unmistakable homespun observations, True Love tells the many unpredictable tales of love. Here it is: the intriguing story of the woman who marries her mother’s high school flame; a man who learns that “old love” and new pajamas are a dangerous mix; a man who miraculously reunites with his first love (after 20 years) on an LA freeway; the touching tale of a husband’s love for his wife after her disabling stroke; a 14-year-old’s philosophy of looking for love on the boardwalk; the brief moment of connection of a smile shared at a stoplight; and so many more.

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  • Ecrivain,  EDLS

    EDLS #25

    AUJOURD’HUI, LES GENS CONNAISSENT LE PRIX DE TOUT, ET LA VALEUR DE RIEN.

    Le portrait de Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde 
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    Nombre de pages : 324
    Résumé :
    Le héros de l’unique roman d’Oscar Wilde doit rester éternellement jeune : son portrait seul sera marqué progressivement par le temps, les vices, les crimes, jusqu’au drame final. Dans ce chef-d’oeuvre de l’art fin de siècle (1890), l’auteur a enfermé une parabole des relations entre l’art et la vie, entre l’art et la morale, entre le Bien et le Mal. Les apparences du conte fantastique, et du roman d’aventures, où le crime même ne manque pas, fascinent le lecteur ébloui par les dialogues étincelants de l’auteur de théâtre, les paradoxes de l’esthète, la phrase du poète. La tragédie vécue par l’écrivain, le bagne, le déshonneur, la mort prématurée laissent ainsi, lisse et pur, son roman unique.C’est à Oxford qu’Oscar Wilde (1854- 1900) a la révélation de son esthétique personnelle: l’harmonie ” grecque “.Aux années d’Oxford succède la vie londonienne: il ne faudra que trois ans au jeune Wilde pour devenir la ” personnalité ” la plus en vue d’Angleterre. C’est l’étape charnière des débuts de Wilde mal connue du public, que ce que met en lumière.


    Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

    The picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde 
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    Page numbers : 324
    Summary :
    Dorian Grey is the subject of a full-length portrait in oil by Basil Hallward, an artist who is impressed and infatuated by Dorian’s beauty; he believes that Dorian’s beauty is responsible for the new mode in his art as a painter. Through Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, and he soon is enthralled by the aristocrat’s hedonistic worldview: that beauty and sensual fulfilment are the only things worth pursuing in life.
    Newly understanding that his beauty will fade, Dorian expresses the desire to sell his soul, to ensure that the picture, rather than he, will age and fade. The wish is granted, and Dorian pursues a libertine life of varied and amoral experiences, while staying young and beautiful; all the while his portrait ages and records every sin.
      
     

  • Non classé

    EDLS #24

    What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.

    Wouldn’t take nothing for my Journey Now – Maya Angelou

  • Non classé

    EDLS #23

    You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go…

    Oh, the places you’ll go ! – Dr Seuss