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Dɪɢɪᴛᴀʟɪs Pᴜʀᴘᴜʀᴇᴀ

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Bio: an eclectic physician Avatar: Burt Lancaster as the Prince of Salina, a.k.a. The Leopard. Loves: philosophy, poetry, novels, neorealism, postmodernism, existentialism.

“Mi casa tendrá dos piernas y mis sueños no tendrán fronteras„ — Ernesto Guevara

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Dɪɢɪᴛᴀʟɪs Pᴜʀᴘᴜʀᴇᴀ's books

Ernest Hemingway: For Whom the Bell Tolls (2014, Scribner) 4 stars

High in the pine forests of the Spanish Sierra, a guerrilla band prepares to blow …

A masterpiece

5 stars

As a Hemingway die-hard fun, I must say this is for me one his most successful works, alongside Fiesta and a Farewell to Arms. The author perfectly conveys the trauma, the spiritual mangling, the contradictions, the inebitable loss which a civil war, but also describes the lives of those who volunteered to sacrifice their life for the sake of an idea. The driving rhythm of his concise prose makes this book an engaging reading

Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar (2005) 4 stars

The Bell Jar is the only novel written by the American writer and poet Sylvia …

One of the most inspirational books I've come across this year. I'm love with Sylvia Plath (began reading Ariel and other poems in the meantime). I can relate with this woman, her words helped me face and overcome a very difficult moment. A true pity we haven't the chance to see a more mature work of her. Yet, somebody would say 'Younger minds are not vessels to be filled but fires to be kindled' . In her short life, she undoubtedly managed to leave her mark.

Jane Bennett: The enchantment of modern life (2001, Princeton University Press) 5 stars

It is a commonplace that the modern world cannot be experienced as enchanted--that the very …

This book considers the concept of "enchantment", the feeling of being connected to existence in an affirmative way, as an often overlooked feature of contemporary experience that can energize ethical and political life. It challenges the disenchantment of modernity thesis commonly accepted since Weber by locating new sources of enchantment in contemporary life without recourse to divine agencies.

V. S. Ramachandran (neurology): The Tell-Tale Brain (2011, W W Norton & Co Inc) 4 stars

Ramachandran discusses seven main concepts which define the human aspect of self and how each …

I had been recommended this book by a neurologist resident and was looking forward to buying it given the very good reviews; a month later, by chance, one of my best friend presented me with a copy as a birthday present. Definitely going to read it in the next months