The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan: a modern fairy tale on the importance of adventures and humour in our lives

B.C.R. Fegan, The Grumpface. Illustrated by D. Frongia Published 2017 by TaleBlade Press, 34p The Grumpface is a story that dares to change the classic definition of a fairy tale by bringing the characters and their adventures in modern times. As a parent I decided to expose my daughter to all kinds of stories, including… Continue reading The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan: a modern fairy tale on the importance of adventures and humour in our lives

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway: a wonderful fable on human courage, persistence and hope

Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea. In limba romana: Batranul si marea Published in 1999 by Vintage, 112 p (first published in 1952). I haven’t read The Old Man and the Sea until now; I kept putting it on my reading lists but I have always ended by choosing something else instead. I thought it… Continue reading The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway: a wonderful fable on human courage, persistence and hope

Bob Dylan’s Forever Young illustrated by Paul Rogers

Bob Dylan, Paul Rogers, Forever Young Published 2008 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 40p Forever Young is one of Bob Dylan’s most beloved songs. Since it first appeared in 1974 on the album Planet Waves, the song became an anthem, a valuable piece of advice for the new generations to stay forever young. The song… Continue reading Bob Dylan’s Forever Young illustrated by Paul Rogers

Timothy Basil Ering’s The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling: an ode to music and faith

Timothy Basil Ering, The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling Published 2007 by Walker Books, 48p   The power of music is not questionable. All the fundamental things in humans’s life have been expressed through music. When words or silence are of no help, music creates connections and elevates souls. Timothy Basil Ering’s The Unexpected… Continue reading Timothy Basil Ering’s The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling: an ode to music and faith

Matthew’s Enigma by Matei Calinescu: a father’s honest and affectionate portrait of his son that had autism and unexpectedly died at age 25

Matei Calinescu, Matthew’s Enigma. A Father’s Portrait of His Autistic Son Published 2009 by Indiana University Press. Translated by Angela Jianu, 212 p In limba romana: Portretul lui M, Editura Humanitas, 2016, 256p   Matei Calinescu (1934 – 2009, Romanian professor of comparative literature, writer and literary critic) left communist Romania and moved to United… Continue reading Matthew’s Enigma by Matei Calinescu: a father’s honest and affectionate portrait of his son that had autism and unexpectedly died at age 25

The Liszts: a humorous, gothic-flavored picture book which celebrates spontaneity and reminds us that the unfamiliar is part of our lives

Kyo Maclear, Júlia Sardà, The Liszts Published 2016 by Andersen Press, 40p (First published 2016 in Canada by Tundra Books)   The Liszts is not for those who expect a little biography on Franz Liszt but for those who obsessively make lists. Preoccupied to record and file all the things we consider important we sometimes… Continue reading The Liszts: a humorous, gothic-flavored picture book which celebrates spontaneity and reminds us that the unfamiliar is part of our lives

After the Banquet by Yukio Mishima: a portrait of a marriage through domestic and political aspirations in a post-war Japan

Yukio Mishima, After the Banquet/ Dupa banchet Published 2001 by Vintage (originally published in Japanese in 1960), 288p. In limba romana: Dupa banchet, Editura Humanitas, 2004   When first published in 1960, The New Yorker called After the Banquet the most profound thing Mishima had done until then and acknowledged the author as an international… Continue reading After the Banquet by Yukio Mishima: a portrait of a marriage through domestic and political aspirations in a post-war Japan