The Luminaries – reviews

That was a long ride… Too long. I started reading the original version in February, but got “reading block” for a long time.

The Luminaries got a lot of buzz for the author when she won The Man Booker Prize in 2013. It took some time for the book to arrive to Poland – our translation was published in October 2014, almost a year later. It’s published as Wszystko, co lśni, probably a better choice than forgotten “luminarze” word, which is rather used for famous people in the science (or art) field.

The book was labelled as a Victorian novel, which for me don’t bear any meaning nor any (not)fond thoughts, probably like for the vast majority of people in the world. I did read some Victorian novels during my school years (we had to) but otherwise… I don’t bother myself if it’s a good “Victorian novel” or no. I started the book reading with open mind, not expecting anything. I was even cautious of the “it’s so great”.

So, what I think about it?

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Worldly Literature in 2015: summary so far

Here will be a summary of books (sorted by author’s countries) that I read so far in 2015 and some that I have in my current pile. Feel free to comment, if you have some suggestions for books for me.

I have made two challenges: one is more Poland oriented (but nobody said you can’t read books/comics from other countries), one is about reading literature from across the world (Around the World: A to Z 2015).

I only read 19 books so far this year, so far (not counting comics) from 9 countries. Six more countries on my list. I owned only 2 books (e-books), the rest was borrowed from libraries. Continue reading to see the list and my short opinion on each book.

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Around the World: A to Z January 2015

Welcome to the brand new challenge Around the World: A to Z 2015. It is a challenge that will take you around the world, learning about the writers from various countries. Please take a moment reading the general rules, and come along.

If you’re a Polish reader, please join us at Różne Czytanie blog: od A do Z.

January 2015

The rules are simple, choose at least 1 country, and 1 book by a writer from that country. These countries are:

  • Angola;
  • Aotearoa (New Zealand);
  • Azərbaycan (Azerbaijan);
  • България (Bulgaria);
  • भारत – Bharat (India);
  • Bolivia (Bolivia);
  • Canada;
  • Chile;
  • Црна Гора (Montenegro).

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas for you. May it bring joy to you. 🙂

Below are the Christmas songs/carols for you to enjoy from around the world.


Dzisiaj w Betlejem (Today in Bethlehem, traditional carol)

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District 9’s review

District 9 is a hit science-fiction cinema film from few years ago. I refreshed my memory of it lately, watching it in TV. My opinion on it, hasn’t changed after all those years. What’s my opinion? Continue reading.

District 9 posterDistrict 9

Director: Neill Blomkamp

Country: SAR (Neill Blomkamp), New Zealand, Canada, USA

Year: 2009

Time: 112 minutes

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