Today I finished the book The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais. I so lovingly titled this blog post as "The Hundred-Foot Read" since I finished this book while walking on my treadmill.
The Hundred-Foot Journey is the story of a man from birth to success named Hassan Haji. Hassan is born in Mumbai from humble beginnings where his family is well known for their excellent and memorable food. As his family hovers in the disparity between poor and wealthy they are forced out all at once by raucous protesters. The Haji family moves to England and soon becomes lost in dreary repetition. Eventually the father sees fit to move his family around Europe, experiencing the delight of food all over again. This brings them to the sleepy little alpine town, Lumiere.
It is in Lumiere that Hassan finds his true calling after he is forced to cook for his father's restaurant. A 2 star chef (3 stars being the top ranked) takes Hassan under her wing after she discovers that he has a natural gift only found once in a generation. Under her instruction and guidance Hassan becomes uniquely skilled in French cuisine and soon makes his way to Paris. As the years roll by Hassan discovers his passion growing in leaps and bounds, eventually opening his own restaurant. With dedication Hassan eventually achieves the goal of a lifetime.
This book is truly a delicious read. Most of the time while I was reading I found myself hungry and desperate to try all the wonderful food. It's sweet and endearing while maintaining a wonderful simplicity. It's a book anyone could read and enjoy.
I recently finished reading Confessions of a Shopaholic which was lent to me among other Sophie Kinsella novels including, Gatecrasher, The Undomestic Goddess and Can You Keep a Secret.
I left Confessions of a Shopaholic to the very last since I had already seen the movie with Isla Fisher. I had no idea that the film had completely and utterly misrepresented the book. I mean, completely! I had enjoyed the movie but now that I have read the book, I will look at it differently.
So these are my confessions, describing the great injustice done to the novel. Let's just say that in some ways I'm glad I watched the movie first because otherwise I would have hated it. It is literally shocking how much the film differs from the book. What a tragedy. What I can't understand is why they decided to shift around the story so drastically?
Last night I finished a book entitled, "Cinnabar" by Robert B. Oxnam (1989). It was on my long list of books to read. My mother gave it to me on my birthday a year ago, so it was about time I picked it up.
The book centers around a mysterious lacquer puzzle box made out of cinnabar. On top of the box is a Chinese character "Dream". It's rumoured to hold the key to a a priceless collection of Chinese art. The box begins in Boxer China with a father gifting it to his son, wishing for him to be filial. The box is passed down again and again until it ends up in the hands of an American professor and marathon runner named Roger.
Roger spends the rest of his time chasing the "dream". This takes him through a whirlwind of danger and a long adventure trying to find the collection. Through the turmoil and grief he ends up finding more.
On his journey to discovering the true meaning of the box, Roger meets Christina, a Chinese calligrapher. Through an unpredictable series of events Roger ends up moving to Taipei to live with Christina's father. In order to protect himself and the family, he's forced to transform into a different person by literally adopting a new identity.
"Cinnabar" is a great book, filled with fascinating details about Chinese history, philosophy and politics. In large part this is a political book that examines the many revolutions and political turmoil. There's a large focus on Tiananmen Square and the brave protestors that suffered an unjust death. The author chooses to write into the future, predicting an optimistic outcome for China. Unfortunately for the author his optimistic prediction does not occur in reality.
I enjoyed the book but in my opinion I would have preferred to read a book about China from a Chinese author. The author's opinions are valid but to me the story felt less genuine. His biases were made clear and I was tempted to believe that the main character, Roger, is probably very similar to Robert B. Oxnam. This has been said before but I think it remains true, a book reveals a lot about its author. All in all, it was a good read.
Merry Frankenstein Day! In other words, Happy Birthday Mary Shelley! She was born August 30, 1797 so that would make her 215 years old!
Mary Shelley gave birth to a timeless story about a lonely doctor who managed to bring remnants of a person back to life! Frankenstein's monster has become a recognizable icon, inspiring countless works of art. This includes an almost infinite list of films featuring the monster, such as Frankenstein (1931), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Young Frankenstein (1974) and other less known films like The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein (1972) or Blackenstein (1972).
The first adaptation of Frankenstein was for the theater in 1823. She attended one of the performances! In 1831 she actually altered her story due to the story's influence. While the myth gathered a lot of attention during her time, it gained even more popularity after her demise. To this day we celebrate Frankenstein as a permanent fixture in horror fiction.
All 2009 2012 2013 2014 2015 Actor Adolescent Advent Adventure Aging Alberta Amusement Park Anger Anime Anniversary Anxiety Art Astronaut Athletes Audio Australia Author Autumn Badminton Bake Bbc Bear Beer Biological Birthday Blind Body Book Brain Busy Calm Canada Career Cartoon Castle Cat Cbc Cell Change Chart China Christmas City Clean Clothing Coffee Comment Competition Concert Conflict Contest Corporation Cosplay Culture Dance Dark Dead Death Deceit Depression Director Disaster Disney Documentary Dog Dream Drink Driving Ds Earth Earthquake Egg Election Emotion Emptiness England English Espresso Essays Exam Excited Exercise Exhibition Eye Failure Family Famous Fashion Fast Fate Father Favourite Feminine Feminist Festival Fiction Films First Fog Food France Free French Friend Fun Funny Future Gallery Game Gender Glasses Government Grammar Haiku Halloween Happiness Hate Head Health Heart Hell Hidden Hike History Holiday Homage Home Honesty Horror Hot Housewife Human Hunt India Indonesia Injury In-law Italy ITTTi Japan Jewellery Job Kanto Key KFC Knowledge Labels Lake Language Laughter Law Learn Legalize Life Liger Liquor List Loss Love Lyrics Magazine Map Marijuana Marriage Masculine Mature Meet Men Metal Metallica Metric Mie Miss Mobile Monday Money Mortality Mother Motivation Motorcycle Mountains Murder Music Nagoya Nature Nerds New Nightmare Novel Obsession Ocean Okanagan Olympics Optometrist Pagan Pandaria Panic Parents Partner Passion Past Peace People Phone Photo Pirate PKC Plane Poetry Politics Prescription President Protest Psychology PTSD Québec Queen Racism Radio Rain Reading Recipe Reincarnation Rejection Relationships Relax Release Religion Remember Rent Resolution Resort Restaurant Review Rhyme Riot Road Robot Rural Saskatchewan Scary School Science Search Service Sex Shadow Vault Short Story Simpsons Sister Skydiving Small Snow Soul South Korea Spaces Spirit Sports Spring Starcraft 2 Star Wars Station Statistics Statues Stay Stereotypes Store Story Storytime Strategy Stress Submission Success Summer Sun Sunday Survey Teach Technology Tesl Theatre Theory Throne Top10 Tour Train Training Trauma Travel Trip Trivia Troll Tunnels Tv Unknown Usa Vacation Valentine Vampire Vending Machine Video Video Games Vision Voice Waiting War Warcraft Weather Wedding Week Wine Winter Women World Wow Writer Writing Yoga Youtube