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I barbari. Saggio sulla mutazione
I barbari. Saggio sulla mutazione
by Alessandro Baricco
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.82

1.0 out of 5 stars Non ci sono più le stagioni di una volta. ..., 15 Aug. 2016
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Non ci sono più le stagioni di una volta. Secondo Baricco, non c'ė neanche più il vino e nemmeno il calcio di una volta. Per non parlare della musica. Insomma, niente ė più come "una volta", anche se non ė chiaro a quale passato Baricco si riferisca. Si tratta degli anni in cui egli era giovinetto o del tempo in cui Beethoven furoreggiava? Poco importa, tutto il passato ė in qualche modo idillico e puro. Un tempo in cui il valore della vita si misurava anche con la fatica che occorreva per apprendere e approfondire le proprie passioni.

Oggi invece si naviga su internet e siamo superficiali in tutto. Giudizio negativo? Invece no. Dopo aver scritto pagine e pagine per criticare il vino, il calcio e la musica odierna, Baricco volta gabbana e ci dice che le società cambiano in continuazione perché i barbari invadono paesi più civilizzati da millenni e non tutto il male vien per nuocere. Si prende perfino la briga di andare sulla grande muraglia cinese, per spiegarci che i muri non difendono dalla barbarie: grazie Baricco... senza questa idea inedita, non ci sarei mai arrivata. Ma poi perché dovremmo essere difesi? La barbarie, oltre alla distruzione, porta linfa vitale.

Insomma, la classica conclusione opportunista, vigliacca e ipocrita di chi si rifiuta di schierarsi, perchė si sa che al giorno d'oggi non esiste peccato peggiore del "giudicare". Che i barbari abbiano trionfato ė fuori discussione, che Baricco preferisca stare dalla loro parte, anche. Ammettere che la societá occidentale ė in decadenza, che le regole morali sono considerate un peso, che tutto e il suo opposto sono considerati leciti e persino benvenuti ė il tipico attegiamento di chi vuole essere dalla parte del vincitore.

Questo libercolo ė patetico, incoerente e irritante nello stile. Comunque. Baricco. Vende sempre. Ma se io, scrivessi come lui. Mi prenderebbero per pazza. Beh, insomma, allora.... un paio di righe alla Baricco, spero, mi verranno perdonate. Comunque.


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4.0 out of 5 stars I am still treating a bad scar. I started a while ago with another ..., 15 Aug. 2016
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I am still treating a bad scar. I started a while ago with another product and now I am trying this. I had surgery in January and saw that the scar wasn't healing well in May. Since then I tried a couple of other products, but this one is supposed to be the best. I will update my review in a while


Os Afro Sambas  A Vontade
Os Afro Sambas A Vontade
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top favorite LPs of Brazilian music, 15 Aug. 2016
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One of my top favorite LPs of Brazilian music. I had a cassette that got ruined and I am very happy to have found the LP. Hasn't aged at all.


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4.0 out of 5 stars I've been using this product for 4 months and now ..., 15 Aug. 2016
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I've been using this product for 4 months and now it starts to show some results. My skin is slightly less dry and seems more elastic. No miracle results, but I'll continue taking it for a while. I take advantage of the buying-bulk discount, as buying one single box at the time would be crazy, considering how expensive this product is.


Norwegian Wood
Norwegian Wood
by Jay Rubin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic trekking in cold woods, 28 Jan. 2016
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This is the first Murakami I read and I did like it a lot. The rhythm is hypnotic and the author does take you into another world where you are happy to stay and get acquainted with his characters. Obviously this is not a plot-driven books, but a page turner nevertheless.

The plot is about a boy and two girls (two and a half, actually). Watanabe has the unfortunate habit of sort-of falling for his friends' girls, or girls who have a boyfriend. Or maybe he likes the fact that these girls are sot-of unavailable. They are also very complicated, which makes the whole dealing with them a lot more interesting.

Watanabe has one night stands, to care about his physical needs, but he does not care about easy girls. His mind is totally taken by Naoko and Midori (and partly by Hatsumi).

There are many detours in the story, such as the long chapter of Watanabe visit to the Naoko's retreat and his long conversation with Naoko's roommate Reiko (another complicated female). However, there detours do not feel forced and the greatly increase the hypnotic atmosphere.

After having spent years not reading novels, this one was a most pleasant surprise and I am truly thankful to the friend who recommended it.


Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection
Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection
by John T. Cacioppo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.66

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No man is an island, 28 Jan. 2016
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Finally a book that deals with man living in society! Far too many books focus only on the individual, as if we are all living in an ivory tower without any influence from our environment, friends and family. Turns out that social contact is a basic component of human nature - like it or not.

We all may have suspected at one time or another that some people have influence over us - again, like it or not. The stupidest thing you can do to yourself is denying the fact that you actually care about what others think of you (or just very few people, but you still care).

Unfortunately, Western society is much too focussed on the individual, while the idea of one against all (or one above all) is toxic. We are programmed to live in groups, just like any other advance monkey and we better accept the fact and deal with it in the best possible way, for our sake and the sake of humankind at large. And what would be wrong in a world where people actually aknowledge others and care about them?


The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever
The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever
by Teri Agins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.50

2.0 out of 5 stars inclusive of international travel and the need for more comfortable clothes. Besides, 19 Jun. 2015
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The book is composed by seven completely disconnected chapters. Reading other reviews, I gathered that it is actually a collection of “expanded” articles, published together under the incorrect title “The end of fashion”. The content of books actually suggests that “high couture” is finished, rather than fashion.

“High couture” means creation of exclusive, custom-fitted clothing. Until the 70s, it was common for rich women to get customized clothes, produced by famous dressmaker. Nowadays there may still be a bit of fitting going on, but most women – even rich ones – buy off the rack.

The first chapter of the book deals about the end of French influence on global fashion. For me, it was the only one containing some insight and information. The author correctly points out that the different lifestyle that emerged from the 60s implied a faster rhythm of life, inclusive of international travel and the need for more comfortable clothes. Besides, the youth-quake contributed to spread the idea of cheap and fun vs. old-fashioned and stuffy (i.e. French couture).

Unfortunately - for the French - it took them a while to catch up, and by then London, Rome and even New York had taken over, selling more relaxed forms of “fashion”.

The interesting first chapter is followed by: a very boring chapter about Ungaro ; an overlong one about Ralph Lauren/Tommy Hilfiger; some stuff about Armani; another super-snoozer chapter about Marshall Field; some interesting information about Donna Karan going public and the last chapter about Zoran – totally unknown to me, but considered a genius by the author.

Also mentioned by other reviews, the book is terribly dated, ending at the beginning of the new millennium. Perhaps a chapter about the past 10/15 years could be useful for a revised version. Obviously, there is no mention of the influence of internet, online sale, etc… which further contributed to change the idea of “fashion” into the one of “brand”.

To give the author credit, the principles of “total branding” are detailed in the Lauren/Hilfiger chapter but they have developed a lot since. Never as in the present so many women have no idea whatsoever of what suit them and end up buying tons of stuff based only on brand. Latest examples of “branding” being Michael Kors and Marc Jacob, who stamp their names on thousands of products. Earlier examples being Chanel, old French couture turned into snobbish “brand”; Dolce & Gabbana, overflowing the market with their “Southern-Italy” branding and many others.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I totally love this alarm clock, 19 Jun. 2015
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I totally love this alarm clock. After years of having to get up early in the morning I was totally fed up with the normal "bip bip". So I decided to try a gentler approach and so far it works. I chose the birds chirping sound and a sunrise of 30 minutes. I still must go to work but the waking up part is slightly less traumatic. Works well also as a reading lamp. Expensive, but worth the money.


Styling by Philip Kingsley Curl Activator 100ml
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3.0 out of 5 stars So and so, 19 Jun. 2015
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I was not waiting for miracles and I got none. A relatively good product but not anti-frizz and too expensive considering the results. Will definitely NOT repurchase


Life Class: The Selected Memoirs of Diana Athill
Life Class: The Selected Memoirs of Diana Athill
by Diana Athill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent anthology, 19 Jun. 2015
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Hardcover (edit)
review I totally loved this book. It is composed by 4 separate "memoirs" but there is very little repetition. I do have the utmost admiration for Ms. Athill and for her accomplishments. Her writing is excellent and it is a pleasure to read the story of a life so interesting and unusual.

Actually I started from the "end" because I read first "Somewhere towards the end" as a separate book and I was so fascinated by it that decided to read more from the author. I wrote a lengthier review just about that.

This "anthology" fills in the gaps, starting from Athill's idyllic childhood and moving to her doomed love story. What I found most interesting was "Stet", about her working experience. We definitely agree about the fact that earning your living by working in an office eight (or more) hours per day is an unnatural act, regardless of what the contemporary "ethic" of work wants us to believe.

However, Athill was luckier than me because she actually liked her job ;-)


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