giovedì 11 gennaio 2018

Vento dell'est - M. M. Kaye


Titolo originale: Trade wind - 1963

Un romanzo ricco di emozioni, magia e passione sullo sfondo pittoresco e suggestivo di Zanzibar. A quest'incantevole meta è attratta irresistibilmente Hero Hollins da quando, ancora bambina, le fu pronosticato un futuro di gloria e avventura.
Sfuggita per miracolo a un naufragio, viene catapultata nella ribollente realtà dell'isola, ultimo centro del commercio degli schiavi.
E lei, infervorata abolizionista, s'innamora perdutamente di un affascinante negriero... (dalla copertina)

Avrei voluto leggere questo libro in dicembre, per farlo rientrare in una delle reading challenges del 2017, ma ne ho lette pochissime pagine. In realtà l'avevo letto secoli fa e mi era piaciuto anche allora, pur ammettendo che non ricordavo i dettagli della storia. Avevo invece ben vivi nella mente i due personaggi principali, Hero Athena Hollins, che arriva a Zanzibar convinta di poter stravolgere le usanze locali e di fermare la tratta degli schiavi neri, e il capitano Emory (Rory) Frost, farabutto dal cuore tenero.
L'ambientazione è la Zanzibar di metà '800, governata dal mite e pavido sultano Majid su cui però gravano le trame del fratello Bargash che ha sempre voluto governare il territorio. E Hero si trova coinvolta, un po' ingenuamente, un po' stupidamente, negli intrighi di corte e nella realtà dell'isola che è controllata dagli inglesi. Hero è una ragazza con idee chiare e un caratteraccio testardo; ha sempre voluto andare a Zanzibar perchè così le aveva predetto da bambina una fattucchiera. Ma fin da subito viene a contatto con un uomo che è esattamente ciò che lei vuole combattere, e che le lascerà fin da subito un segno nel suo cuore, mettendo a rischio il matrimonio che aveva sempre sognato col cugino Clayton Mayo. Hero ama gettarsi anima e corpo nelle cause che hanno attirato la sua attenzione, finchè si rende conto che viene più volte ingannata.
Rory Frost, capitano della Virago, ha la fama di negriero, contrabbandiere e quant'altro. Un uomo di origini inglesi che ha rinnegato il suo passato, vittima di una famiglia in cui ha solo sofferto, che vive con una concubina che ha comprato da bambina per qualche moneta e che le ha dato una figlia.
Rory e Hero continueranno a incontrarsi per tutto il romanzo, finchè lui per vendetta nei confronti di Mayo fa un gesto veramente pessimo, che però cambia tutta la mentalità di Hero nella seconda parte del romanzo. E nonostante tutto, Rory riesce ad essere un "cattivo non cattivo", un personaggio a cui ci si affeziona.
Mi rendo conto che non riesco a rendere la bellezza di questo libro. Le descrizioni ci fanno veramente calare nel paesaggio; i personaggi sono ben delineati, anche quelli secondari. Magari mi sono un po' persa in tutte le dinastie dei sultani, ma anche la parte storica è interessante, con le superstizioni e le scene terribili dell'epidemia di colera che ha devastato l'isola.
E' una storia travolgente di amore, gelosia, vendetta, congiure, malattie, coraggio. La parte romantica ha sicuramente un grosso peso nella trama, ma l'autrice tocca veramente tanti argomenti importanti.
Purtroppo questo libro è fuori commercio e non credo esista su ebook. Se vi capita di trovarne una copia in qualche mercatino dell'usato, prendetelo!
Mio voto: 9 / 10

domenica 31 dicembre 2017

Monthly Key Word Challenge 2018


Avevo perso di vista questa sfida dopo che era cambiato l'host, ma quest'anno voglio riprovarla.
Ospitata da "My reader's block".


Your task is to read at least one book each month whose title includes one or more of the key words for that month. 
GUIDELINES 
* The title you choose can be a variation on one of the key words. For example- your title could include the word 'icicle' or 'icing' even though the key word is 'ice.'
*Key words can be tweaked. For example- You could read a book with "Bowler" or "Bonnet" for the key word 'Hat' and that would be just fine. If the key word is 'Family' then your title could include the word 'Sister' or 'Father.'If the key word is 'Food' then your title could include the word 'Cake.'



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Libri letti:

JAN:
FEB:
MAR:
APR:
MAY:
JUN:
JUL:
AUG:
SEP:
OCT:
NOV:
DEC:

Kitty lit reading challenge 2018


Eh, questa sfida l'ho scoperta per caso e non potevo farmela scappare! Leggere almeno 3 libri con gatti. Ospitata da "Becky's book reviews".

Duration: January - December 2018 
Goal: To read books with CATS 
# of books: minimum of 3 

What books count towards the reading challenge? 
Fiction 
Nonfiction 
Board books 
Picture Books 
Early Readers 
Early Chapter Books 
Chapter Books 
Graphic Novels 
Middle Grade Books 
Young Adult Books 
Adult Books 
Poetry 
Short Stories 
Plays

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Libri letti:


What’s In A Name 2018



Ci riprovo... sfida ospitata da "The worm hole".

The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories. (Examples of books you could choose are in brackets – translations and other languages most definitely count!): 
- The word ‘the’ used twice (The Secret By The Lake; The End Of The Day, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time) 
- A fruit or vegetable (The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society; The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake) 
- A shape (The Ninth Circle, The Square Root Of Summer, Circle Of Friends) 
- A title that begins with Z – can be after ‘The’ or ‘A’ (Zen In The Art Of Writing; The Zookeeper’s Wife, Zelda) 
- A nationality (Anna And The French Kiss; How To Be A Kosovan Bride; Norwegian Wood) 
- A season (White Truffles In Winter; The Spring Of Kasper Meier; The Summer Queen; Before I Fall; The Autumn Throne) 

As usual I’ve tried to include some easy categories and some not so. Remember the titles I’ve given here are only examples, you can by all means use them if you want to but it’s not necessary. There are plenty of other books that will fit the categories and you may have some in mind already or even some on your shelves you can read.

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Libri letti:

- The word ‘the’ used twice -->
- A fruit or vegetable -->
- A shape -->
- A title that begins with Z -->
- A nationality -->
- A season -->

Birth Year Reading Challenge 2018



Sfida nuova, ospitata dal blog "Hotchpot cafe". Si tratta di leggere libri pubblicati nel proprio anno di nascita. Non ho idea di cosa sia stato scritto nel 1973.. ma sono curiosa... Non ci sono quantità minime di libri da leggere...

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Popsugar reading challenge 2018



Anche quest'anno mi segno i punti della Popsugar challenge. Come le due precedenti edizioni, non credo la completerò, ma ci sono suggerimenti interessanti.


- a book made into a movie you've already seen
- true crime
- the next book in a series you started
- a book involving a heist
- nordic noir
- a novel based on a real person
- a book set in a country that fascinates you
- a book with a time of day in the title
- a book about a villain or antiehero
- a book about death or grief
- a book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym
- a book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
- a book that is also a stage play or musical
- a book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
- a book about feminism
- a book about mental health
- a book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift
- a book by two authors
- a book about or involving a sport
- a book by a local author
- a book with your favourite color in the title
- a book with alliteration in the title
- a book about time travel
- a book with a weather element in the title --> vento dell'est (M. M. Kaye)
- a book set at sea
- a book with an animal in the title
- a book set on a different planet
- a book with song lyrics in the title
- a book about or set on Halloween
- a book with characters who are twins
- a book mentioned in another book
- a book from a celebrity book club
- a childhood classic you've never read
- a book that's published in 2018
- a past Goodreads Choice Awards winner
- a book set in the decade you were born
- a book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to
- a book with an ugly cover
- a book that involves a bookstore or library
- your favourite prompt from the 2015, 2016 or 2017 Popsugar reading challenges

ADVANCED:
- a bestseller from the year you graduated high school
- a cyberpunk book
- a book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
- a book tied to your ancestry
- a book with fruit or vegetable in the title
- an allegory
- a book by an author with the same first or last name as you
- a microhistory
- a book about a problem facing society today
- a book recommended by someone else taking the popsugar reading challenge

Back to the Classics 2018



Sfida ospitata da "Books and chocolate".
The challenge will be exactly the same as last year, 12 classic books, but with slightly different categories. You do not have to read all 12 books to participate in this challenge! 
Complete six categories, and you get one entry in the drawing 
Complete nine categories, and you get two entries in the drawing 
Complete all twelve categories, and you get three entries in the drawing 

And here are the categories for the 2018 Back to the Classics Challenge: 

1.  A 19th century classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899. 

2.  A 20th century classic - any book published between 1900 and 1968. Just like last year, all books MUST have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify. The only exception is books written at least 50 years ago, but published later, such as posthumous publications. 

3.  A classic by a woman author.  

4.  A classic in translation.  Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language. Feel free to read the book in your language or the original language. (You can also read books in translation for any of the other categories). Modern translations are acceptable as long as the original work fits the guidelines for publications as explained in the challenge rules. 

5. A children's classic. Indulge your inner child and read that classic that you somehow missed years ago. Short stories are fine, but it must be a complete volume. Young adult and picture books don't count! 

6.  A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction. This can be a true crime story, mystery, detective novel, spy novel, etc., as long as a crime is an integral part of the story and it was published at least 50 years ago. Examples include The 39 Steps, Strangers on a Train, In Cold Blood, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, etc.  The Haycraft-Queen Cornerstones list is an excellent source for suggestions.  

7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction. The journey itself must be the major plot point -- not just the destination. Good examples include The Hobbit, Around the World in 80 Days, Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, Kon-Tiki, Travels with Charley, etc.  

8. A classic with a single-word title. No articles please! Proper names are fine -- Emma, Germinal, Middlemarch, Kidnapped, etc. 

9. A classic with a color in the title. The Woman in White; Anne of Green Gables; The Red and the Black, and so on. (Silver, gold, etc. are acceptable. Basically, if it's a color in a Crayola box of crayons, it's fine!) 

10. A classic by an author that's new to you. Choose an author you've never read before. 

11. A classic that scares you. Is there a classic you've been putting off forever? A really long book which intimidates you because of its sheer length? Now's the time to read it, and hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised! 

12. Re-read a favorite classic. Like me, you probably have a lot of favorites -- choose one and read it again, then tell us why you love it so much.  

 All books must be read in 2018. 
All books must have been written at least 50 years ago; therefore, books must have been written by 1968 to qualify for this challenge. The ONLY exceptions are books published posthumously. 
Recent translations of classics are acceptable. 
E-books and audiobooks are eligible! You may also count books that you read for other challenges. 
Books may NOT cross over within this challenge. You must read a different book for EACH category, or it doesn't count.  
Multiple books by the same author are also acceptable.  
Children's classics are acceptable, but please, no more than 3 total for the challenge; and please, no picture books. 
Single short stories and short poems do not count, but you may use full-length narrative poems like The Odyssey and short story collections like The Canterbury Tales, as long as it is the entire book.

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Libri letti:

1.  A 19th century classic -->

2.  A 20th century classic -->

3.  A classic by a woman author -->

4.  A classic in translation -->

5. A children's classic -->

6.  A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction -->

7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction --> 

8. A classic with a single-word title -->

9. A classic with a color in the title -->

10. A classic by an author that's new to you -->

11. A classic that scares you -->

12. Re-read a favorite classic --> Vento dell'est (M. M. Kaye)