My acquaintance with Sam Harris just started I think last month when he was introduced to me by a dear friend. I first watched one of his videos on Youtube and then tried reading one of his works, Letter to a Christian Nation. I think it was a good start because it led me to this other work of his, The End of Faith.
The book, the way I understand it, is basically telling us that beliefs with proof must triumph over beliefs based on our religious faith. Sam Harris made some very important points here and it does rather hit hard on the core of religion but definitely worth your time reading.
Quotable Quotes :
“Reason is nothing less than the guardian of love.”
“Nothing is more sacred than the facts.”
“As a man believes, so he will act.”
“Religious faith is the one species of human ignorance that will not admit of even the possibility of correction.”
Rating : 4/5 stars
Because I am a huge fan of The Shadow of the Wind… Book #25.
This is a story set in 1920’s Barcelona about David Martin, a gifted writer but has a very unfortunate past and is struggling to make a name for himself. He eventually met a mysterious French publisher who holds the key to his great expectations.
Just like The Shadow of the Wind, the plot includes mysterious characters, broken hearts and of course, books. The Cemetery of Forgotten Books also made its appearance again. It has a slower pace though compared to TSOTW.
With regards to characters, I enjoyed Isabella a lot. I love the banterings between her and David. What happened to her in the epilogue saddened me a lot. I am a little bothered though what happened to Christina in the end.
I actually still do not fully understand the book and the ending was nothing I expected which left me rather perplexed which means I will be thinking about this for the next few days.
I won’t discourage you from reading it but just lower your expectations.
Quotable Quotes :
“Don’t be afraid of being scared. To be afraid is a sign of common sense. Only complete idiots are not afraid of anything.”
“Every book has a soul, the soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and dream about it.”
“I don’t suppose you have many friends. Neither do I. I don’t trust people who say they have a lot of friends. It’s a sure sign that they don’t really know anyone.”
“Do you know the best thing about broken hearts? They can only really break once the rest is just scratches.”
“Human beings believe just as they breathe – in order to survive.”
Rating : 3.5/5 stars