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The European Bookshop

The European Bookshop, 5 Warwick Street, London, W1B 5LU

The view from the southern foot of London Bridge always seems to me to capture the essential character of this city. 1,191 more words

Books

I Read to Lose Myself: The Shadow of the Wind

I had no idea what to expect when I picked up The Shadow of the Wind (2001), number 56 on the BBC book list, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. 598 more words

Books

“Confession is not betrayal. What you say or do doesn't matter; only feelings matter. If they could make me stop loving you-that would be the real betrayal.” ― George Orwell

The Kiss of the Spider Woman – Manuel Puig
(El Beso de la Mujer Araña) 

‘– Something a little strange, that’s what you notice, that she’s not a woman like all the others.’ This is how Argentine author Manuel Puig introduces his most highly acclaimed novel… 882 more words

Light Reading

What You Need to Know about Don Quixote - Literature's Most Misunderstood Novel

No foreigner who has been in Spain more than a few days will fail to recognize them. Statues, portraits and images of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza stare out at you from tiled murals on the walls of schools, museums, shops and cultural centers. 1,511 more words

Spain

Nada

One of my reading goals for this year is to read one book written in Spanish by an Iberian-American author, for every book I read in English.  604 more words

Wet Noir: Arturo Perez Reverte's The Nautical Chart

This is another book I technically started reading last year, but I’ve only now gotten around to finishing. There will be fresher reviews to come, I promise! 639 more words

‘Egotism in One Hundred Years of Solitude,’ or, ‘Which One Is She Again?’

It can be embarrassing to confess to not having the basic skills required to read a long novel, especially when one claims to have read many “challenging” novels. 740 more words

James Joyce