- Madrid, Ma, Spain
- member since November 30, 2011
Hola Mat, veo que eres buen lector y que hace un tiempo que participas de Shelfari. También creo que hablas español, ¿no? Así que me gustaría invitarte al grupo "Acerca de Libros y Lectores (en Español)", en el cual participamos varios "shelfarians" de habla hispana (+150). Aquí te dejo el link: http://www.shelfari.com/groups/10413/about ¿Nos darías una mano para promover nuestro idioma a través de compartir un comentario y sumándote al grupo?
Saludos, un gusto conocerte,
PS, participar de un grupo activo es una buena forma de descubrir nuevas lecturas y hacer nuevos amigos lectores
Go to the blue tab "Books" on top of your Shelfari page, click on the third option of the dropdown (Recent edits) and then, on the right side of that page, you will see Paul, the most active of the editing Shelfari librarians. He is English like you, and a computer programmer with a vast curiosity in Humanities (consequently, with a very respectable cultural level). His book reviews are interesting or, at least, intelligent :)
I lived for many years in c/ Gral. Oraá, in barrio Salamanca.
I'm editing a lot for Shelfari (correcting data) and that does not leave much time to read. I'm taking a look at a couple of things at the moment - Emilio Castelar writing on British colonialism in Egypt (he applauded it, considering that someone had to tame those "wild savages") just to compare with Portuguese Eça de Queirós (Letters from England, translated in Spanish from the original Portuguese as "Cartas de Inglaterra"). Eça loved England but was horrified with British colonialism and felt sympathy for the Arabs. I really enjoyed Eça's book. It is funny, descriptive, written by an intelligent man.
I also started a short novel in Portuguese, written by a hyper-romantic rival of the new Realism-Naturalism. It is a grotesque story, a satire on Zola's style (I read Zola a couple months ago, to prepare for this new book). Despite that Portuguese "ultrarromantismo" (hyper-Romanciticism) is frequently ridiculous in its excess, this writer (Camilo Castelo Branco) was remarkably good and has an ease at introducing you with naturality in an unnaturally romantic story. He was very versatile so he also touched the realistic style with good results.
As you see, I'm quite focused in the 19th century :) By the way, since 19th c. works are in public domain, you can download lots of them for free. I downloaded one that might interest you: Historia de los heterodoxos españoles, by Menéndez y Pelayo. He focuses on converted Muslims and Jews and Spanish protestants, among others during a long history of 2000 years of Christianity.
Hi, thanks for following, you honoured me (it seems I am the first person you chose to follow). Apparently we don't have much in common but you really caught my interest. I'm from Madrid but living in Lisbon, graduate in Arabic linguistics and, despite not religious, interested in inter-religious dialogue, especially between Christianity and Islam.
Have a nice New Year's Eve!