March 2020 Books

Finally we are again talking about books !!

This month I have three to share with you, so, let’s start.

First book is “The Beautiful and Damned” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It’s a novel set in the beginning of the 20th century and in the period of the first world war. It tells the story of Adam Patch, an handsome, rich and spoiled young man living in New York (I’m not saying anything else for potential spoilers). I was really debating between rating this book two stars and three stars on Goodreads. In the end I gave it three stars because I think it’s very representative of the historical period which it is set in. Fitzgerald style is quite recognizable, and I think the message is to represent the dissolute and ephimeral life, filled with party and “nice things”, but empty, even when the protagonists seems to have won over everything. Anyway, still, it didn’t fascinate me, I found it very slow and boring at times, and that’s why I was thinking about giving it two stars.

Second book is “The Distracted Mind” by Adam Gazzaley and Larry D. Rosen. Oh My God, this book was mind blowing, it deserves five stars for sure. In my opinion it’s a must read. Adam Gazzaley is Professor in the Department of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at the University of California where he is also the director of a Lab and others initiatives. Larry D. Rosen is Professor of Psychology at California State University, he is also a blogger for Psychology Today and the author of many books. Basically, in this book, two very experienced experts talk about modern technology, the effect it has on our brains and how we can act to minimize the intrinsic negative impact. It talks about cognition and the essence of control, our behaviour in a high tech world and how we can take control of that. I found so interesting what was said about attention, and the role of interruptions, both of which are involved in whatever task we are try to carry out during a normale day. I tought it was brilliant and so so useful. Whatever you do for your job, wheter you are raising children or not, wheter you are old or young, I think everyone can find something helpful in this book. As you would have guessed, five stars.

And last there is “The Botany of Desire” by Michael Pollan. In this books are told and commented the stories of four plants which have been closely linked to human history: apple, tulip, cannabis and potato. I’ll be honest this book in my opinion can’t be compared to “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” which I previously read (and adored a lot more) from this author. But yet this is still a great book. It’s very interesting from an historical and philosophical point of view. Pollan’s style always catches the attention and makes you think. You could enjoy this book also only purely on how it is written. 3 stars on Goodreads.

That’s all for today, thank you for reading !

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