The best books I read in 2017 and what I learned from them.
My idea here is not to make a review or show quotes from the books or something like that, if you want to know better about the booksand read a real rellease you have Goodreads website which I recommend, all the books are linked with Amazon Store in case you want to buy some of them.
My main idea here is to put out something more personal I will try to write more with my guts and less with my fingers, so let’s fill some lines from the marks which all of those books they left on me.
by Yuval Noah Harari
Wow this book is incredible, I am still feeling the hit.
Probably you heard many times about that book along this year and perhaps you also heard about another book titled Homo Deus: A brief history of tomorrow from the same writer Yuval Noah Harari, don’t forget this name.
Being fast, The book Sapiens takes an approach from 70 thousand years of the humankind history being said as a time lime, where the sapiens survive they own revolution.
So, I highly recommend those two books, in my opinion, Harari has some intuitions extremely smart, others very polemic, and some ideas which i kind of disagree, but it needs to be read and understood.
When I finished the first book the first word that comes in my mind was “fear”, fear about a future, fear about the world and how we had walking in this journey since the “beginning” as talented described for Harari, it’s quite scare no shadow of doubt.
His books impose on us challenges, but challenges that us, people, democracies and societies will need to deal in a nearest future. Harari expose real problems of society, this is no science fiction, it is all about things that already happens.
As I can’t wait for start reading the book Homo Deus this line finish here, but keep reading down.
by Milan Kundera
This book is not a novel is a meditation on the idea of Slowness and what it brings to us when too much speed takes away on our lives. The void and the lack of ourselves.
The book brings extremely important reflections, so surely this book will be a book of inquiries, that book that you always re-read for some reason.
One of the great concepts treated in this book is the idea of leisure and inoccupation, in which Milan Kundera differentiates in a masterful way.
As in our society the idea of free time is very badly seen, the reflection placed here that leisure is exactly the necessary time that we all need to be with ourselves, so important and so different from unemployment or leisure much closer to an investment in itself, and this is far from tedious to the point of unoccupied.
Another great achievement that Milan’s brings to us the concept that we are like a “dancer”, a reflection on this society of the spectacle in which we all live and that dominates us completely and makes us do not do what we want to sustain a vision that we want to sell to others.
Very often many things appear front of my eyes through my daily research about cinema, and this time with this book wasn’t different.
I’ve been lost the last months on Asian movies, I was seeking a railway of the Cinema of the Slowness, and being delighted with extreme long shots as in the hipper-real cinema from Lav Diaz a Philippine director who is able to bring me satisfaction and boredom at the same time.
I have to confess that, that book teaches me a lot of cinema, after read that book I was able to understand that I don’t follow any theoretical framework, dogmatic methodology, on my movies and I am trying more and more be very organic, just follow.
Is God Happy? Selected essays
by Leszek Kołakowski
I’ve been trying to learn Polish in the last few months, and one of my strategies to get in on that hard job was through the Polish culture, the polish cinema is a friend since a long time, names as Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Kieślowsk, Agnieszka Holland, Roman Polanski, Andrzej Żuławski and many others just for cite a few, they were my first touch with Polish culture, so a next step was discovering the rich Polish Literature. Walking buy a Polish book store some time ago I was in search for Polish writers that had released book in English, for my luck the simpatico girl presented Kołakowski, Czesław Miłosz and Stanisław Lem, they had only one book from each of them there and I catch fast Kołakowski and Czesław Miłosz, but I promised the book seller to comeback and buy the another one I have left.
Since them I am discovering many important aspects of the Poland history and culture through the literature, cinema, music, traveling on the cities, meting people and the easiest way and I have to admit because it’s a very pleasant one, reading polish writers, I already have my favoured, and for sure Kołakowski is on the top 5.
Do you remember all those bullshits you’ve probably learned on the school?
Yeah, reading Kołakowski you describe how big those bullshit they were, how destructive for people, culture, and an era it can be.
Leszek Kolakowski is of course best known as an explicator and critic of Marxism, there’s no better way to learn and to understand what Marxism is than that for a person who suffer by the power of these words applied by a dictatorial regime on communism in a utopic dream in search of the socialism. So, this book is about trues, experiences, ideologies, is a big reflection about history, and the most important, Kołakowsk deal with some of the eternal problems of philosophy and the most vital questions of our age.
I will make another arcticle with informations about polish cinema, keep in touch.
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