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One Song: A New Illuminated Rumi with CD (Audio)
One Song: A New Illuminated Rumi with CD (Audio)

Hutif, May 12, 2010

"All religions, all this singing, one song." Michael Green has combined his own translations of Rumi's poetry with clipart-style illustrations. A few of these are out of place, but most of the illustrations reinforce the message of the poem and add a deeper level of meaning to Green's translations. Green has included a few translations by the better-known poet, Coleman Barks. I like Green's better. Barks's poems feel clunky; the fact that these are translations are obvious in the wording. Green's poems are most likely less true to Rumi's original meaning, but flow better than Barks's and feel more poetic. Despite how much I enjoy the poetry, I do have two complaints: the way some of the poems are integrated into pictures make them difficult to read and I don't feel that the music included adds anything to the experience. Overall, this is a pretty good illuminated book of some of Rumi's poetry.
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The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles #1)

Hutif, May 12, 2010

I have never been a fan of fantasy novels. They have a tendency to fall into either a children's fairytale or a Lord of the Rings ripoff, in my experience. I had given up on the genre completely in favor Science Fiction, but Patrick Rothfuss has managed to redeem an entire genre in my eyes with a single novel: The Name of the Wind. Rothfuss frequently avoids the cliches associated with fantasy writing with his story of the young Kvothe and his search to find the name of the wind. The main story here is actually told by a character in the story, creating a frame for the events to unfold in. Rothfuss uses beautifully descriptive language and tells an engaging story I was almost completely unable to put down. As far as I'm concerned, 5 out of 5 is not a high enough rating to do this novel justice.
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The Collected Works by Kahlil Gibran
The Collected Works

Hutif, March 25, 2010

Absolutely astounding. Gibran has an unparalleled way with words. I first read his most famous work "The Prophet" and I immediately fell in love with his style. This collection is nearly 900 pages of his works including prose like The Prophet and (my favorite) The Madman. While certainly not for everyone, this book is a must for anyone who appreciates Gibran.
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