Sunday, October 13, 2019

Experience By Tessa Hadley Review

The short story "Experience" By Tessa Hadley was published in the magazine "The New Yorker". According to the plot, the young woman, Laura, stayed in the house of another young woman, Hana, who left her house for a while for traveling.
Laura started her story with these lines:
"When my marriage fell apart one summer, I had to get out of the little flat in Kentish Town, where I had been first happy and then sad."
During the difficult period of her life, Laura tried to replace her personality to another person's and eventually she "found herself". The plot of the story initially looked as a typical love story but it turned in another direction. Readers would find a happy ending here but not the same as it might be expected.
Here is the text of the story:

Sunday, October 6, 2019

From La Relación Report by Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca -- Review

The chronicle "La Relación Report" (The Account) by Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca describes an expedition to Spanish North America which he joined in 1527. The expedition started with 600 men on five ships and Cabeza de Vaca along with his three mates survived.
He described in his memories the sincerity of Native Americans in intentions to help sailors. The author wrote:
"The Indians, understanding our full plight, sat down and lamented for half an hour so loudly they could have been heard a long way off. It was amazing to see these wild, untaught savages howling like brutes in compassion for us."
"La Relación" gives readers a chance to look for the historical epoch directly.  Reading Cabeza de Vaca recollection we can compare the modern knowledge about the time of the conquest of America with his eyewitness report. 
Here is the kink to the text:

Saturday, September 28, 2019

An Ideal Craftsman by Walter de la Mare --- Review

The short story "An Ideal Craftsman" was written by British writer and poet Walter de la Mare. In the story, the boy awoke in the middle of the night. He had a nightmare and being under the impression of it, he witnessed a real murder.

The author paid much attention to describing many details: things which the boy owned and saw, smells, thoughts. He was presented by the writer as innocent in the beginning of the story. Did he look the same in the ending? Perhaps Walter de la Mare deliberately left this question for readers as open …

Here is the link to the story:

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Mackintosh by William Somerset Maugham -- Review

The plot of the short story "Mackintosh" by William Somerset Maugham, occurred on the island which belongs to the state Samoa in the Pacific ocean. The British administration of the island was presented by Walker. He was a man who had a large life experience. He would judge the people of the island according to his intuition rather than evidence.

The main character of the story, Mackintosh served as helper of Mr.Walker. He was a bookish man. The first scene in the story described a presence of Mr.Walker who enjoyed his life and Mackintosh who just survived in a tropical climate.

The author leads readers through the narration showing good attitude to the controversial features of the two main characters. The plot is very intriguing, the tension for readers was kept up to the end of the story.

This is a link to the text of the story:[item4]!/4/2/1:0)

Friday, September 13, 2019

Qatar and Bangladesh, September of 2019 (Photo-report)

Doha, the capital city of Qatar has became a very popular transitional point for people who travel between Europe, Asia and Africa. On the way to Bangladesh, we visited this country.

The most recognizable view of modern Doha is skyscrapers. They look good however due to the sometimes very hot temperatures, walking by foot along the streets can be a bitter-sweet experience as temperature goes as high as 40 degrees Celsius.

Qatar is located on the short of Persian Gulf. Upon our arrival in the evening, a few people were swimming at Katara (cultural village). We tested the water temperature and found that it was extremely hot.

On the way to the airport we visited the metro. Currently, Qatar has only one line, other lines are in the process of being built. The design of the stations is made in the modern style. All the stations adhere to the same design template. Below is a photo of the entrance to the metro.

It is important to highlight that the streets of Doha almost do not have people. In that way, it is similar to a concrete jungle, it's good only to see, not to live there.

Bangladesh amazed us by its beautiful landscapes, greenery of jungles, and the appearance of people there.

The local vehicles are very different in comparison to those we saw in Europe.

Working on the field covered by water for growing rice is a hard job, even if it is surrounded by wonderful nature and scenery.

From the picture below, it evident that children and adults are viewed equal regarding work.

On the road to Paharpur Buddhist Bihar which is located on the north- west of Bangladesh, we enjoyed observing the life around our car.

The image below shows the ricksha who guided us the direction of our movement.

The jungles altered to fields, the mixture of exotic plants and houses created unforgettable views.

Finally, we arrived at the Somapura Mahavihara, a medieval buddhist monastery.

Most of the visitors of this tourist attraction were dressed in a national clothes, as shown in the picture of a boy and a girl below.

People were friendly and welcoming and took a selfie of and with us.

Local people like to wear bright colored clothes. It was seen in the cars, which were also beautifully decorated.

The next day we rode to the capital city of the country - Dhaka. There are wonderful landscapes and lots of trash on the way to Dhaka.

It was observed that the local people enjoyed sitting on the roof of the cars

It is quite convenient to reach a seat on the roof using a special ladder for it, isn't it?

Tourists usually stay in the capital city, Dhaka. A tourist does not need to spend a lot of time there. Traffic congestion, trash, many beggars, absence of tourist attractions - all these factors make the city not suitable for tourism.

Though Dhaka is a bit interesting, it is not as exotic and enjoyable as being in the province of Bangladesh. Not many people know that Bangladesh is such a fabulous country! 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

I Want to Know Why by Sherwood Anderson Review

The short story "I Want to Know Why" by Sherwood Anderson is written from the perspective of a young country boy. The boy had a passion for horses. He dreamed about racing and he knew all about people who were involved in it.

The boy was presented in the story as innocent and a lad who idealized the subject of his passion. The relationship between one of his idols - a man and a "bad woman" overturned his attitude to life. He wants to know why (look to the title of the story).

The story presents the thoughts of a young boy, the author deliberately simplified the text according to the main character. The question used in the title and life's changes people have - is the area for discussion.

Here is the link to the text of the story:

Sunday, September 1, 2019

The Man Upstairs and Other Stories by P. G. Wodehouse- Review

The Man Upstairs and Other Stories by P. G. Wodehouse is a humorous story about the relationship of two people who secretly helped each other. 

The narration started from the scene where a young woman, musician, was going to demand that the young man, a painter who lives upstairs her flat, stop knocking on his floor.

What exactly happened? Readers will only be able to find out after reading the whole story. The author kept the reader intrigued up to the end of the story. 

Here is the link to the text of the story: