The importance of Oscar Wilde

Although it might seem a bit strange, my first memories of Oscar Wilde’s work come from the time when I was a little girl and had the chance to watch The Happy Prince at a theater. Back then I got amazed by all the fantasy that the story contained, and I found this really enjoyable.
Later on more plays and stories by Wilde came to my life, such as Lady Windermere’s Fan, and Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime. Up to that point I wasn’t really aware of the importance of Oscar Wilde in the literary world, but his way of presenting ideas in such a singular manner was something I really liked, so, some time later, I got a collection of his works.
The very first one I read then was The Canterville Ghost, but the one that really made me a huge fan of Wilde’s work was The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Ever since, I’ve enjoyed a lot reading these stories again every now and then, and not so much time ago I came across The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde.
In this book I found a very humane Wilde, someone who used to enjoy the simple things in life, who liked traveling and sharing his experiences with his family and friends. I also found a really desperate man who lost all hope when the times were really difficult, and at the end, someone who begged his friends for help during his last years.
While reading his letters it was difficult not to feel completely moved, but at the same time, I got even more amazed by the way he managed to present his stories in a really amusing and enjoyable way.

Traveling through time

The wonders of time traveling
Maybe because all my life I’ve enjoyed watching tv series related to time travelers, this topic is always one of my favorites when a book of this sort comes to my hands.
So, I spent a very good time reading The Time Traveler’s Journal, a funny story written by Ed Masessa, and wonderfuly illustrated by Dan Jawkoski.
The story talks about Lieserl Einstein, who appears in this book as the lost child of Albert Einstein.
Lisa, as she calls herself in the story, wishes to go back and forward in time and to do so, she uses a rock that has come from the outer space.
While traveling through time Lisa starts working on a journal in the form of an interactive scrapbook, which allows the reader to learn by opening envelopes and reading little notes about different events that marked the history of this planet such as the sinking of the Titanic. She also talks about social revolutions like women fighting for their rights, and shows special landmarks in the world of art such as the moment in which the Monalisa was painted by Da Vinci.
She gives as well some advice to those who wish to become time travelers, and makes some reflexions about the importance of time in our lives and how often we take it for granted.
In the end, what might look like as a children’s book, gives a lot to do and to think about to the readers of all ages and times.

Extraordinary my dear Watson, truly extraordinary!

Extraordinary my dear Watson.
It was just a few minutes passed the lunch time. The sky was getting dark and the freshness in the air clearly announced that a heavy rain was about the start. Anyways, I was a woman on a mission.
I had been in London just for a few hours, but I couldn’t skipped my one chance to visit the one and only Sherlock Holmes Museum right at 221B Baker Street.
I didn’t take my coat. I didn’t wear my hat. Even more, I didn’t even carry an umbrella.
Then I started walking. From Paddington station to the Regents Park area. It seamed quite easy. I had a map, after all.
Some twenty minutes later… I was lost!
Well, not lost lost. I was simply confused.
I had passed by Baker Street so many times without actually finding the place.
Everything was there, just like the map showed it, the same streets around but no museum at all!
Did I get dissapointed? Yes.
Dissapointed yes, but never discouraged!
The rain came, as expected, and as it should happen, I got all wet.
Crossing Regents Park right in the middle of the storm was a unique adventure. With a beautiful view, though.
Did I quit?
Never!
The following day I went back on my steps.
I was totally determined to find the famous place that houses the memorabilia created from the famous series of short stories written by Conan Doyle!
The enterprise wasn’t easy again. And again, I got my good share of walking that day. No rain, though.
Did I find the place…?
Elementary my dear readers. I did find the place!
Right in front of me there it was! 221B Baker street with its very own fence and a green sign. I was totally amazed!
Once inside, things were like described by Conan Doyle in his Study in Scarlet.
“WE met next day as he had arranged, and inspected the rooms at No. 221B, Baker Street, of which he had spoken at our meeting. They consisted of a couple of comfortable bed-rooms and a single large airy sitting-room, cheerfully furnished, and illuminated by two broad windows”.
And then, while visiting the house… I ran into the very own Dr. Watson!
My amousement couldn’t be better!
Wearing a suit and a hat. Dr. Watson greeted the visitors and talked to everyone.
Resting in a living room. Sherlock’s loyal partner, proudly showed everyone all the letters that the detective receives from all over the world. Specially from children. Asking him to solve their problems and concerns. The museum collects them in a binder.
Saddly, after exploring all the rooms, it was time to go. Not without saying good bye to Dr. Watson first! Smiling, he waved good bye.
I smiled back and couldn’t help myself. He wans’t listening any more because I was faraway then, but anyways, I exclaimed: Extraordinary, my dear Watson, truly extraordinary!

For the women’s heart

For the women's heart
A while ago I came across a TV show called Lipstick jungle, based on a book by Candace Bushnell . The program was about three succesful women who lived in New York.
As it happens very often nowadays, the show was cut short and I got all curious to know how the story developed at the end and what would happen with these three characters. So, I got the book.
Whithin its 368 pages, Bushnell’s novel manages to describe not only the fancy life of Wendy, Nico and Victory, but also the author presents in a very lively way the constant worries and concerns of her characters, while struggling to keep a balance between their succesful careers and their personal lives.
In the end, within talks about fashion shows, fancy dresses, work conflicts and exotic travels, Bushnell shows a very deep side of what they are like (in many cases) today women’s lifes who are ready to go the extra mile in order to get to the top, and have poweful possitions at work, and at the same time how hard it’s for them to keep a social and a family life. It also shows how they are constantly questioning themselves, because they want to feel sure that every step that they’re taking is the right one.

A short three-month comment

Three months postaweek anniversary!
Hey there!, this is just a short comment to celebrate with you my three months posting once a week.
My blog is fairly new, as I started it in August last year, but getting the commitment to take care of it every week has been realy fascinating.
I’ve learned a lot about blogging and I’ve been enjoying meeting new people and learning about what other people write.
Thinking about the topics I post every week keeps my mind happy and this talking about books has taken me back to some old books I read some time ago which I liked a lot and now I want to share with you all.
From time to time I even suffer form one or two “book attacks”. This is because there are so many books I want to talk about it at the same time and tons of ideas come to my mind and it’s hard sometimes for me to decide which comment will go first, and which one will go later. But, in the end, the whole experience is awesome! So, I’m totally ready for the next three months!
To all of you out there, happy blogging!

Recipes from the prairie, another rare cookbook

By Nora Vasconcelos

Recipes from The little houseYes! I’m still on the cooking path. I just couldn’t help myself and got The Little House Cookbook, by Barbara M. Walter.
I love this kind of unique collection of recipes that are focused on old dishes from a particular period of time.
It’s like discovering an unknown piece of the history of a certain place through the ingredients and the customs of the people that cooked those recipes.
In this case, the author was inspired by reading the nine-book collection of the Little House series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, in which Laura describes in a very detailed way how her parents took care of getting the ingridients by hunting wild animals and growing their own vegetables, and how she and her sisters helped out in the preparation of the meals.
Walter liked those stories so much that she started to try some of the recipes that are described in the books. She also found ways to prepare some other dishes that were only mentioned and fixed the steps and the measurements.
After some time she collected about 100 recipes and put them in a book that takes the readers to the end of the 19th century when the Ingalls family lived in a little house on a prairie.
Now, when I go through the pages of this cookbook I almost can smell the homemade bread that has just been taken out of the rustic oven, and I totally feel like having a piece of the berry pie. I’m definitely preparing some of those incredible dishes.