Light a bonfire by Jack London

Password and Notes from Lighting a Bonfire by Jack London

I have taken advantage of Filomena's passage through the peninsula and the great drops in temperatures to reread Light a bonfire by Jack London.

As with the Ithaca poem it is a small story wrapped in an edition

The edition

This time the edition that I bought from Cordelia Kingdom that comes with illustrations by Raúl Arias and translation by Susana Carral. This edition also includes the two stories of Lighting a Bonfire that Jack London wrote. The 1907 which is the one that everyone knows and on which the illustrations in the book are based and the 1902 e which is included as an annex and which was the first version he wrote for a literary magazine. Youth's Companion.

You can buy it now at € 7


Ithaca of Cavafis

Ithaca, by constantino Cavafis, from the Nordic publishing house

The Three Wise Men have brought me the edition of a book that I really wanted to have. Ithaca of Cavafis, edition of Nordic Books, with translation by Vicente Fernández González and illustrations by Federico Delicado.

It was my first reading of the year. An edition to have as a little gem and to be able to read and reread it while enjoying its illustrations.

Take a look at the booktrailer to fall in love


Pandemic. COVID-19 shakes the world

Pandemic. COVID-19 shakes the world of Slavoj Zizek

I bought and read this essay when it was published in May, almost at the beginning of the pandemic. I really wanted to read Zizek but I think I have made the wrong book to get closer to him. At least I hope it was the book and not the author.

My intuition told me that It was not a good idea to read a book about COVID-19 and the pandemic at the beginning of it. He had all the earmarks of being a cash picker. But on the other hand I thought that being from a well-known philosopher I would want to get something of quality. I still think that it was possible to create a good trial even in the early days of the pandemic. Although not based on what had happened, yes by analyzing different scenarios, past catastrophes, etc.

The reality is that the book has been a great disappointment that I do not recommend anyone. Almost a joke.


A history of Spain by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

A history of Spain by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

I took this book from the library (you can buy it in Amazon). I started reading and noticed something strange. It had a weird style, very short chapters, very casual language, and tons of irony. They looked like articles instead of a book. I expected something similar to Minimal history of Spain by Juan Pablo Fusi, but I was wrong.

And indeed, simply reading the back cover (something I don't like to do) confirmed the suspicion. A history of Spain, is a compilation of the articles that Arturo Pérez-Reverte has published for more than 4 years in his column Marque de Mar of the supplement XL Semanal.

If you've never read his week column, I mean this:

The downside was that Sagunto, a former Greek colony, was also an ally of the Romans: some turkeys that at that time - the third century BC, take account of it - were starting to make cockerels in the Mediterranean. Of course. A remarkable bird was involved, with war and such.


Praise for the slowness of Carl Honoré

I did not like the book and I do not recommend it. I start strong. Too bad it was my first reading of the year. And this happens to me for not starting the year reading The usefulness of the useless, a 2 year tradition that I will not let lose.

As for Honoré's book, I think it has more than half the pages left over. I have been debating whether to write this review or not, but since there are always positive things, I leave them here written down in case in the future I want to review a topic that has caught my attention. May this blog become my memory.


The tyranny of communication by Ignacio Ramonet

Review of the tyranny of communication by Ignacio Ramonet

Long ago i read How we sell the bike a book that Ignacio Ramonet wrote together with Noam Chomsky and since then I was fascinated. Of Chomsky I have continued reading several of his works but of Ramonet I had not done so until now. And it goes straight to our section books.

The tyranny of communication is an essay on the functioning of the mass media in our society. Focusing on the role of television.


Penelope Fizgerald's bookstore

Novel Penelope Fitzgerald's Bookstore

The Bookstore is a great Penelope Fitzgerald novel. This great edition of Impedimenta (as always) has a translation by Ana Bustelo and Postface by Terence Dooley. I leave you a link to edit.

In the bookstore, Penelope Fitzgerald tells the story of Florence Green, a widow who wants to set up a bookstore in a small town, Hardborough, where she has lived for 8 years. It is set in 1959, as we have said in a small fishing village in England.


The value of democracy

Book: The Value of Democracy by Amartya Sen

In this essay Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate in economics in 1998 talks about the importance of democracy, the value of it and tells us about different false myths that arise related to westernization and about globalization.

The essay edited by the publishing house El viejo topo and with a translation by Javier Lomelí Ponce, makes us reflect on the consequences of democracy and what it means for a country to establish this system.

The book is divided into three parts:

  1. Democracy and its global roots.
  2. Democracy as a universal value.
  3. Judgments on globalization.


Restoring an ancient book

My father-in-law gave me a book from his childhood the other day to fix. It was the one they took to school. Spain is like that. The book was with the cover in bad condition and with loose inner sheets. I'm sorry but I can't find any before photos. I made them, but I don't know where they are :-(

Textbook of the Franco era Spain is like this

It is a book of the dictatorship. The children took it to school, and it belongs to the Editorial Escuela Española. Inside we find pure indoctrination. politics stuff. But I think the book has historical value and it seemed a crime to throw it away.


A blue world. The course of the oceans, the future of the Earth

Review and notes of a blue world, the course of the oceans

In this wonderful but terrifying and heartbreaking essay Sylvia A. Earle takes a look back at the ocean and how humans have destroyed it. It also relates the influence of the ocean in our life and shows us the importance of its preservation as a necessary condition for our own salvation. The book as I say makes you realize that we are lost. We have depleted the ocean and its resources. We have polluted and destroyed it to unsuspected levels and the consequences are not going to be pleasant.

We are in full hyping of the problem of the abuse of the plastic. At all hours, newspapers and the media tell us what plastics pollute, the serious environmental and ecological problem it entails, and show us possible solutions, technologies or inventions to collect plastics. And you are right, but this is just one of the many environmental problems that we are ignoring. We are killing the ocean and therefore our planet.

The ocean is the great forgotten of nature despite its importance.

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