Book Review: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / September 10, 2012

Twelve year old Hugo shoulders a lot of responsibility for his age. His parents are dead and his caretaker is his drunkard uncle, tender to the train station’s clocks, which one day simply disappears.

Son of a watchmaker, Hugo who loves to tinker with mechanical toys takes it upon himself to maintain the clocks while hiding in the hidden world of the train station. One day he finds an automaton, a mechanical man, which was cherished by his late father.  Hugo restores the toy using his father’s notebook as a reference, he gets his parts by stealing them from the old man who owns a toy kiosk in the station.

Thoughts on: The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / March 15, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: The Book of Lost Fragrances by M. J. Rose on Blogcritics. About: The Book of Lost Fragrances by M. J. Rose is fictional book in the Reincarnationist series. This is the fourth book in the series, however they are all standalone books. 384 pages Publisher: Atria Books Language: English ISBN-10: 1451621302 My rating for The Book of Lost Fragrances – 4 Great price on this book in paper or elec­tronic for­mat through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account More books by M. J. Rose Thoughts: I have read the previous three books in M.J. Rose’s (website) Reincarnationist series but I have to say that I enjoyed The Book of Lost Fragrances the most. While many people don’t read fiction, and I was one of those, I changed my mind with the condition that I’ll learn “something” from the book. That something could be about history, human condition, or anything else. I especially appreciate the Author’s Note at the end of such books which tells me what is real and what isn’t.  Actually, if there isn’t an Author’s Note I might not even bother reading it. The Reincarnationist series deals with certain objects which help people remember past…

Fun Facts Friday: Victor Hugo and Adèle Foucher
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / October 14, 2011

Tomorrow, October 14 1822, we will celebrate the anniversary of famous writer and poet Victor Hugo marrying his childhood sweetheart Adèle Foucher. The marriage survived infidelities, children and scandal. 1 )      Hugo’s brother suffered a nervous breakdown at the wedding breakfast 2 )      That same year Hugo published his poetry collection which won him a pension from Louis XVIII. 3 )      Adèle was Hugo’s neighbor’s daughter. 4 )      Mrs. Hugo was against the marriage, believing her son should marry into a better family. The couple got together after Mrs. Hugo’s death. 5 )      Victor & Adèle had five children. 6 )      Victor started messing around with Juliette Drouet, who became his mistress. 7 )      Around the same time Adèle became involved with a critic and Victor’s good friend Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve. 8 )      Drouet became Victor’s unpaid secretary and even though he had several affairs he always came back to her. 9 )      Victor and another mistress, Léonie Biard, got busted during one of their escapades. Biard went to jail for adultery. Victor walked away, being a pair de France he had immunity from prosecution. (Robb) 10)   Alice Ozy was the fiancé of Victor’s son. However she was unfaithful and he asked…

Book Review: And The Show Went On by Alan Riding
4 Stars , Non-Fiction / January 14, 2011

The ambiguities and complexities which are presented in this book when it comes to the artists resisting the occupation are astounding. A famous anti-Semite kept insisting after the war that he hated the Germans as well. The Paris nightclubs made a killing amusing German soldiers.

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