Thursday, March 3, 2016

A comment and quizz suggestions

Two things in today's post.

1) I've recently read in Portuguese another book I borrowed titled Hereges (heretics) by author Leonardo Padura. 
It's an historical fiction work about an investigator in Cuba who needs to solve a mystery
of sorts. The book is divided into three main parts, part one where we are presented the main characters and the story of a Jew young boy who grows up during Second World War times knowing Cuba refused to accept a ship full of Jews, including his parents and sister, and that it returned to Europe where Holocaust was going to happen. That boy's family had a mysterious painting that was a key piece of the whole story... and we get the painting's story as well in part two, by following the painter and his life in the 17th century. Part three is nowadays and we get to finally see the way everything is connected and solved.
The book isn't bad but it's very long and often confusing. I understand the book's division but honestly it just added too many unimportant things to the story. I was sometimes bored, not truly focused, except for part three, where things finally were having some sort of meaning.
I think it was more interesting because it offered many images of how life in Cuba is and was and how it affected people from different places and religions by living there. But to be really honest, I don't feel interested enough to look for other books by the author.
The book is originally written in Spanish, there are translations to other European languages but I didn't see an English written one.
Grade: 5/10

2) I've found at Book Riot this list with quizzes, compiled from several other websites
I'll spend a few moments doing some of them, it's fun :)

What about this one, about our reader's personality?

My result was All-Rounder!

The All-Rounder

Your responses showed you fitting equally into all four reading personalities:

Involved Reader: You don't just love to read books, you love to read about books. For you, half the fun of reading is the thrill of the chase - discovering new books and authors, and discussing your finds with others. Exacting Reader: You love books but you rarely have as much time to read as you'd like - so you're very particular about the books you choose. Serial Reader: Once you discover a favorite writer you tend to stick with him/her through thick and thin. Eclectic Reader: You read for entertainment but also to expand your mind. You're open to new ideas and new writers, and are not wedded to a particular genre or limited range of authors.

Apparently I'm eclectic which is precisely how I see myself!
Happy reading!

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