Thursday, September 17, 2009

Weird Books

Found this on my friend's facebook wall...Cute haha

http://www.abebooks.com/books/weird/index.shtml?cm_mmc=nl-_-nl-_-g00-weirdbX-_-link2

Titles include 'Is Your Dog Gay', 'Doga: Yoga for Dogs', and 'The Sex Life of the Foot and Shoe' haha

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Dali & I: The Surreal Story by Stan Lauryssens

I LOVED IT! :) Finally...a good, satisfying read... A very straight-forward story, but great for those of you who love art and have heard of the name Salvador Dali. Think a weird, crazy clown who can paint. That's Dali.

His artworks have been sold for millions (USD, mind you)! Now, the word 'his' here is vague, because according to this book, half of Dali's famous paintings, aren't even Dali's! Shocking? It seems that he had 3 other painters who painted on his behalf :) So if you had previously purchased a signed, dated, and numbered Dali piece,...and paid a hefty sum for it,...you may have been taken for a ride :P ladida

This paragraph from the book jacket pretty much sums it all: Dali & I offers a behind-the-scenes view of the commerce and conspiracy that go hand in hand in the international art world, written by a man who has been to the top only to discover that it's not so different from the bottom...

My verdict? A MUST READ!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Once On a Moonless Night by Dai Sijie

Nice cover, not so nice story. Here's the synopsis:
This story revolves around a sacred text written on a scroll of silk, that was torn in two, by an emperor. A Chinese student living in France attended a meeting where she was asked to translate a professor's plea for re-establishing the truth about the movie, 'The Last Emperor'. After the meeting, she followed the prof who told her about this mysterious scroll. This intrigued the translator, who was determined to find out more. She then fell in love with a greengrocer, who happened to be the son of the translator of the language used in the scroll.

What I didn't like about the whole book is the way the story is brought forward. Too many narrators were in the picture. It got kinda annoying. And I got lost in all the inverted commas. Some are not even where it should be.

Siggh...it's been awhile since I enjoyed a good book!

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