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My favorite books

J’ai cette habitude. Sitant je finis un libre, je le donne a quelqun, sous condition qu’ils le donnent aussi.

Pourtant, il y a un nombre de bouquins que j’appercie et que je traîne par le monde avec moi.

Alons les examiner.

Memorias de Adriano by Margerite Yourcenar
Ce bouquin fit un homme de l’énfant. Ça parle de la vie, de vivre, que on soit empereur ou paysan, et de bien vivre. La seule fois que je me suis enervé quand un bouquin était fini.

Un extrait:

Animula, vagula, blandula
Hospes comesque corporis
Quae nunc abibis in loca
Pallidula, rigida, nudula,
Nec, ut soles, dabis iocos…

P. Aelius Hadrianus Imp.

Stranger in the Strange Land
By Robert A. Heinlein
Churchill devait avoir raison quand il comparé un libre que on écrivait a une bête qui échappe notre control. Ce bouquin, super interessant du point de vue philosophique, a donné lieu a la naissance du mouvement hippie. Et croyez moi, son auteur n’a pas apprecié.

In the way, a minor crisis broke out, which Michael didn’t really notice. He was too taken looking at the sky, which he was seeing for the first time since he left Mars. The sky was bright, joyful and full of colours. (In other words, your typical overcast Washington day).


The Importance of Living
by Lin Yutang.
A magnificent little book about enjoying life and it’s moments. It always brings my mood up, makes me do the most if every second.

The ideal world for mankind will not be a rational world, nor a perfect world in any sense, but a world in which imperfections are readily perceived and quarrels reasonably settled. For mankind, this is frankly the best we can hope for and the noblest dream that we can reasonably expect to come true. This seems to imply several things: a simplicity of thinking, a gaiety in philosophy and a subtle common sense, which will make this reasonable culture possible. Now it happens that subtle common sense, gaiety of philosophy and simplicity of thinking are characteristic of humor and must arise from it.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A recent discovery, a true masterpiece I just can’t put down. It’s… so enlightening, so rich in nuance. And it tells a story that hits close to home for me…

Muchos años después , frente al pelotón de fusilamiento , el coronel Aureliano Buendía había de recordar el aquella remota tarde en que su padre lo llevo a conocer el hielo . Macondo era entonces una aldea de 20 casas de barro […] y elmundo era tan reciente que muchas cosas carecían de nombre, y para mencionarlas habia que señalarlas con el dedo.

El I-Ching

Un viejo tomo de filosofía que consulto a menudo, porque da perspectiva.

La perseverancia es propicia.

Perseverance alone does not assure success.

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
It always makes me cry. The themes are too human, they appear to often in our sad history. I can’t stay unmoved.

February 2002
The rockets set the bony meadows afire, turned rock to lava, turned wood to charcoal, transmuted water to steam, made sand and silica into green glass which lay like shattered mirrors reflecting the invasion, all about. The rockets came like drums, beating in the night. The rockets came like locusts, swarming and settling in blooms of rosy smoke.

A handbook on combinatorial maths

Confucius – The Secular as Sacred by Herbert Fingarette

Un pétit bouquin magnifique qui servira a découvrir toute une dimension nouvelle du confucianisme. Très beau. Pour têtes de tendence filo-philosophique.

It is in beautiful and dignified, shared and open participation (i.e. Li, ceremony) with others who are ultimately like oneself (12:2) that man realizes himself.

Let’s end up on a cheesy note.

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2 comentarios to “My favorite books”

  1. Je dois avouer, non sans honte, que je n’ai lu aucun des livres de ta liste. Je réparerai ça quand je rentrerai en France (oui parce qu’ici, les livres coûtent une fortune, même le livre de poche basique coûte dans les 20 dollars, soit 10 euros…)

  2. Holy shit, that surprises me. Such an illuminated society as the kiwis, who have expensive books?

    En tout cas, ne pas connaître ces bouquins n’est pas grave, tu connais beaucoup d’autres que j’ai pas lu. Ce qui est important ce que t’as lu.


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