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“Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand.”

– Ezra Pound

Ernest Hemingway’s birthday

In a day like today, but in 1899, Ernest Hemingway was born, a genius who made ​​us walk around Paris or go to war more than once.

Hemingway didn’t just write great novels, but influenced most contemporary writers.

He drove ambulances during the First World War after joining as a volunteer. That marked him forever.

Like most of the authors who went through a war, his work was incredibly influenced by this.

«A Farewell to Arms» and «For Whom the Bell Tolls» are two amazing books that shows the war.

Every characters, in one way or another, is related to the war.

«A Moveable Feast» is my favourite. In this novel Hemingway recounts his experience when he lived in Paris. I don’t get tired of recommending it.

In Paris lived part of the «lost generation», those who survived the First World War. Incredible writers like Fitzgerald, Pound or Stein.

An enviable Paris, a revolutionary period not only from the social, but also from cultural. Hemingway tells that amazingly in «A Moveable Feast».

He won a Pulitzer, the Nobel, the heart of the critics, the people and the intellectuals.

He was depressed, which led him to commit suicide by a gunshot at age 61. He who didn’t read it is losing some of the best literature.

PS: As I always say, sorry for my english. It is not my first language.

“People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.”

– Logan Pearsall Smith

“There is a line of poetry, a sentence in a fable, a word in an essay, by which my existence is justified; find that line, and immortality is assured.”

– Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

“While we are looking for the antidote or the medicine to cure us, that is, the ‘new’, which can only be found by plunging deep into the Unknown, we have to go on exploring sex, books, and travel, although we know that they lead us to the abyss, which, as it happens, is the only place where the antidote can be found.”

– Roberto Bolaño

“We are the children of a technological age. We have found streamlined ways of doing much of our routine work. Printing is no longer the only way of reproducing books. Reading them, however, has not changed.”

– Lawrence Clark Powell

“How do you explain to a nonreader that books aren’t just things but treasured friends? Companions?”

– Laura Jensen Walker, Daring Chloe

“Soon enough his head would be swimming with tales of derring-do and high adventure, tales of beautiful maidens kissed, of evildoers shot with pistols or fought with swords, of bags of gold, of diamonds as big as the tip of your thumb, of lost cities and of vast mountains, of steam-trains and clipper ships, of pampas, oceans, deserts, tundra.”

– Neil Gaiman

“You can’t judge a book by it’s cover but you can sure sell a bunch of books if you have a good one.”

– Jayce O’Neal

“Unless their use by readers bring them to life, books are indeed dead things.”

– Lawrence Clark Powell