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All About Creating Japanese Gardens (Ortho's All about)
All About Creating Japanese Gardens (Ortho's All about)
by Ortho
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars All about the essentials in creating a Japanese garden, 25 Aug. 2012
This is a practical book filled with essential insights about creating and maintaining a Japanese garden. It takes up all kinds of details about rock gardening, stones, gates, ponds, paths and plant selections. It is a very useful book for the persons interested in the Japanese garden architecture.

Joyce Akesson, author of The Invitation, Love's Thrilling Dimensions and Majnun Leyla: Poems about Passion.


Unstoppable [DVD]
Unstoppable [DVD]
Dvd ~ Denzel Washington
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £5.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining!!, 23 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Unstoppable [DVD] (DVD)
A great movie to see about a runaway train and all the events surrounding it. The background, the development and the character-building are great. "Unstoppable" makes one hold one's breath from the beginning until the end. I can highly recommended it.
A great movie to see about a runaway train and all the events surrounding it. The background, the development and the character-building are great. "Unstoppable" makes one hold one's breath from the beginning until the end. I can highly recommended it.

Joyce Akesson, author of Majnun Leyla: Poems about Passion, The Invitation and Love's Thrilling Dimensions.


The Decameron (Penguin Classics)
The Decameron (Penguin Classics)
by Giovanni Boccaccio
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.59

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A realistic masterpiece!, 29 July 2012
The "Decameron" is a collection of 100 short stories written by the Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio between 1350 and 1353.
It's about a a group of seven young women and three young men who flee Florence during the plague and end up living together in a villa in Fiesole for two weeks. To pass the time, each person tells a story to the others in the group. In this manner 100 stories are told which revolve around different amorous episodes, the lust and greed of the clergy and the adventures of a few merchants. The author elevates different moral values like the power of intelligence, quick wit, ethics and good manners and takes up different social behaviors like the tricks that women play on men or that people play one each other.
The book is realistic, historical, philosophical, satirical and human.

Joyce Akesson, author of The Invitation, Love's Thrilling Dimensions and Majnun Leyla: Poems about Passion.


Man on a Ledge [DVD]
Man on a Ledge [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sam Worthington
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £2.96

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well-done and entertaining!, 29 July 2012
This review is from: Man on a Ledge [DVD] (DVD)
I enjoyed very much seeing this thriller. It's about a man, Sam Worthington, who wants to clear his name after having been convicted of a crime that he did not commit. He stands on the ledge of a building in order to fulfill a very well-studied plan. I liked very much that the ledge of the building was the ledge of a luxury hotel.
The intensity was very good and there was place for romance as well.

Joyce Akesson, author of The Invitation, Love's Thrilling Dimensions and Majnun Leyla: Poems about Passion.


Seeing
Seeing
by Jose Saramago
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very realistic!!, 29 July 2012
This review is from: Seeing (Paperback)
This novel's plot seems surreal at first, but becomes more an more realistic the more one turns the pages. The characters' absurd crime, which is that of casting blank ballots on election day, is intensified and seen as horrific deeds by the persons in power. The political satire is at first funny but the tone darkens and the tension rises gradually.
I myself preferred the book "Blindness" for the descriptions and the characters' interrelations and mostly for the journey from darkness into light.
This book however is an important study, but has a more pessimistic approach.

Joyce Akesson, author of The Invitation, Love's Thrilling Dimensions and Majnun Leyla: Poems about Passion.


Black Snake Moan [DVD]
Black Snake Moan [DVD]
Dvd ~ Samuel L. Jackson
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £3.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining and well-done!, 29 July 2012
This review is from: Black Snake Moan [DVD] (DVD)
I saw this film some days ago and I liked very much the plot, the atmosphere, the dialogues and the positive outcome. It's about a young woman (Rae) who is on a path of self-destruction and who becomes gradually healed by a wise and mature man named Lazarus.

An overall good movie. I can highly recommend it.

Joyce Akesson, author of The Invitation, Love's Thrilling Dimensions and Majnun Leyla: Poems about Passion.


Incendies [DVD] (2010)
Incendies [DVD] (2010)
Dvd ~ Lubna Azabal
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A strong and haunting movie, 29 July 2012
This review is from: Incendies [DVD] (2010) (DVD)
This powerful story takes up a few destinies that are affected by the horrors of the war and the oppressions that exist in a few conservative societies. The approach however is not a pessimistic one as there is strength and love that are derived from the difficult lessons and a light that is seen at the end of the tunnel.
A strong and haunting movie.

Joyce Akesson, author of The Invitation, Love's Thrilling Dimensions and Majnun Leyla: Poems about Passion.


Arabian Love Poems (Three Continents Press)
Arabian Love Poems (Three Continents Press)
by Nizar Kabbani
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and elegant, 29 July 2012
Nizar Kabbani's poetry is simple and elegant. He explores the themes of love, romanticism, seduction, idealism and feminism in his work. Known as having been a Syrian diplomat and poet, he remains one of the most revered contemporary poets in the Arab world.

Joyce Akesson, author of Arabic Love Poetry from the Desert: Majnun Leyla, Arabic Text, Commentary and Translations


Shades of Grey
Shades of Grey
by Jasper Fforde
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and original!!, 29 July 2012
This review is from: Shades of Grey (Hardcover)
Interesting and original book in which the perception of color determines the characters' rank in the Colortocracy. The main character, Eddie, a Red, falls in love with a woman, a Grey, named Jane, and is lead into a complex world that has him questioning everything he thought he knew. Worth reading.

Joyce Akesson, author of The Invitation, Love's Thrilling Dimensions and Majnun Leyla: Poems about Passion.


Snow Country (Penguin Modern Classics)
Snow Country (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Yasunari Kawabata
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating world about relations, 19 July 2012
This is an incredibly beautiful novel written by the Laureate in literature Yasunari Kawabata. It depicts the relation between Shimamura, a wealthy man and the geisha, Komako.
In the beginning of the story, Shimamura leaves his real life in Tokyo in order to meet his mistress in the hot spring town of Yuzawa.
The relationship is however not a satisfying one. Shimamura is bored by Komako's highly emotional outbursts and longs for what is impossible and unreal. He is therefore attracted by the shy and reserved Yoko whom he saw in the train. It was mostly her delicate, beautiful and almost surrealistic reflection in the window against the mountain landscape which moved him.
This is how Kawabata describes this appearance:
"Particularly when a light out in the mountains shone in the center of the girl's face, Shimamura felt his chest rise at the inexpressible beauty of it."

The novel is rich in images and metaphors and opens a fascinating poetical world about relations which will linger for a long time in the reader's mind.

Joyce Akesson, author of The Invitation, Love's Thrilling Dimensions and Majnun Leyla: Poems about Passion.


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