Archive for February, 2012

The Barber of Seville in Full Score: the Compilation of a World-class Comic Opera by Gioachino Rossini

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

To commemorate the Birth Anniversary of Gioachino Antonio Rossini, nothing can be the best way than to watching and listening to the Rossini’s popular Operas. But, there are least the chances of their availability. So, in that case, opera-lovers might read his one of the best works, The Barber of Seville in Full Score, and subsequently, can pay tribute to this legendary Italian composer of 19th century on his birthday.

The Barber of Seville is an opera in which nobody dies. This comic work of Rossini is proved to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music. As well as it is considered as the most popular and frequently performed and recorded Opera Buffa of all time. It consists of all the features of an Opera Buffa, such as funny plot, great tunes (including nine of the most immediately recognizable notes in Western music: “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro!”), irresistible characters, and a well-composed overture.

This masterpiece of Gioachino Rossini unveils the story of a Barber named Figaro whom everyone comes to seek advice to. From the fast-paced overture to the “Figaro” aria , this opera serves a non-stop joy.

Even after two hundred years of its composition, it has the essence of that greatness on the modern opera stages. Adored for its fanatically and meticulously sketched characters, melodic elegance, and rhythmic elation, it features superb libretto along with the original, delightful orchestration.

If you seek for a great score of a great opera, you can go for The Barber of Seville in Full Score, a complete orchestral score of Rossini’s most-performed comic opera ever.

You can pick a copy of this book from our online bookstore, and commemorate the birthday of Gioachino Antonio Rossini by reciting its orchestral score.

Avail Yourself of the Secrets of “The Secret”

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

As the name suggests, The Secret discloses about some secret and that is the secret of living a healthier, wealthier and of course, happier life. Written by prolific author Rhonda Byrne, this book is based on the theme of an earlier film of the same name.

The Secret has been a best-selling self-help book, revealing that our universe is governed by a natural law called the law of attraction, which is assumed to work by attracting into a person’s life the experiences, situations, events, and people that attain high number of frequencies in person’s thoughts and feelings. As per the book, a person ought to be a positive thinker as well as should feel positive in order to garner life-changing results such as amplified wealth, health, and happiness, all at once.

The author Rhonda Byrne got the idea of writing this book after reading Wallace Wattles‘ book The Science of Getting Rich. The Secret elicits many quotes of modern-day teachers whose words Rhonda Synthesized to bring along ancient wisdom and the ways for people to attract what they want to be happened and come into their lives.

Besides describing in the book the historical applications of the Law of Attraction, the author further describes about the power of thoughts which she assumes like a transmission tower that sends out a frequency to the universe and that the same frequency returns back in some sort of physical or experiential form.

In following chapters, the author explains about how to use the law of attraction to get better results. Further, there are appropriate examples to help understand the law in elaborated manner and use it to manifest one’s desire and dreams.

Overall, this book can work as a potent stimulus to make one thinks and feels positively. It will enable you to reap more wealth with better health to attain an endless happiness.

If you are looking for existent and eternal happiness, you must read The Secret.

A Clockwork Orange: the Best among All the Books by Anthony Burgess

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

“Take a glimpse of A Clockwork Orange on the 95th Birth Anniversary of legendary Anthony Burgess”

Only the best achievements are supposed to be recollected on a person’s birthday. So, here we are going to have recollection of the best of all the books compiled by Anthony Burgess on his Birth Anniversary. Known as a prolific author, the veteran Anthony Burgess had also been successful as a playwright, composer, linguist, translator and critic. He is being acknowledged to have authored a number of bestsellers. But, of all the books that he was acclaimed for the most popular being the “A Clockwork Orange”.

Some of his other bestsellers are The Wanting Seed, Earthly Powers, Shakespeare, One Hand Clapping: A Novel, A Dead Man in Deptford, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Doctor Is Sick, etc.

A Clockwork Orange is counted in the list of the complex and controversial novels. First published in 1962, this book is dystopian satire, exploring the nature of the excellent and evil, and the value of choice. The story moves around the protagonist, a 15 year old lad Alex who is trapped in the web of crime, cruelty, and haste. After being betrayed by his co-conspirator, he is sent to prison where he volunteers for rehabilitation program. Then his life is reduced only to suffer the consequences of his crashed and burned lifestyle.

Though this book has earned high criticism because of the violence that the story holds, I consider it to be a fabulous novel. Initially, readers would find it difficult to understand because of the slang dialect. But, those who have firm grip on informal English and would be able to grasp a few pages into the book must enjoy reading it.

All in all, A Clockwork Orange is truly a master piece that is as applicable today as it was in the year of its first publication. People still find it relatable for different reasons. We should be thankful to Anthony Burgess for presenting us such a wonderful epic.

To get a copy of A Clockwork Orange, you can browse through the online bookstore,

Remembering Snow White on the Birth Anniversary of Wilhelm Grimm

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Author:  Sherry Helms

You must have read or heard the story of Snow White during your school days. Haven’t you? In spite of that I guess it would not be annoying to read this fairy tale now, in order to commemorate the birth anniversary of Wilhelm Grimm, the youngest of the Brothers Grimm, who collected the best version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Though Snow White is a fable acknowledged from many European countries, it is most popular for its German version elicited by the Brothers Grimm in 1812. This widely accepted version boasts elements viz. the magic mirror, the poisoned apple, the glass coffin, and the seven dwarves.

Prior to Brothers Grimm’s popular German version, in which the culprit Snow White’s envious mother orders servants to take Snow White to woods to kill, some other story teller told the tale as the former takes the latter herself into the woods to gather flowers and abandons her. It is believed that Brothers Grimm had made this change to tone down the story for children. Till date, this tale is available in so many revised versions presented by other folklorists with slight changes in storyline.

Further, in many other non-German versions, the dwarves are described as robbers, where as the words of magic mirror are transformed into dialogue getting recited by the Sun or Moon.

Whatever changes in the dialogues and storyline have made, so far, in this world famous folklore, but the soul of the story is laid in the characterization of the protagonist, Snow White, and that remains the same as a snowy skinned princess. The tale is still fantastical enough to take one to a wonderland.

If you want to read the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a number of different versions are available on our online bookstore,

The Chronicles of Narnia 60th Anniversary Edition

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms
“Commemorating the 60th Publishing Anniversary of C. S. Lewis’s first installment of The Chronicles of Narnia series”

You first read it when you were very young, and now you barely remember it. Besides, you read it in installments.  For new generations, all the seven Chronicles of this magical and thrilling epic are compiled together in a single volume with the title ” The Chronicles of Narnia 60th Anniversary Edition “. This volume is presented as a tribute to the 60th publishing anniversary of the very first book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

The Chronicles of Narnia 60th Anniversary Edition is a modern conception of The Chronicles of Narnia series written by the one-time Oxford don, C. S. Lewis. It brings all the seven installments of the series under a single roof, but in non-chronological orders.

If you are an adult and have already read this series, the anniversary edition, which is compiled in disrupted order, will be a good read for you. Reading the series in chronological order again will become monotonous for you after reading a few chapters. Also, this new order will help you understand the ambiguity of the story.

But if you are new to this series, read the new volume in the correct order such as ‘The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe’, ‘Prince Caspian’, ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’, ‘The Silver Chair’, ‘The Horse and His Boy’, ‘The Magician’s Nephew’, and ‘The Last Battle’.

The fact that makes this special edition praiseworthy is the inclusion of the map and a time line of Narnian history, making this a better Lewis/Narnian collectible. At the end of the book, there is a section “Beyond the Wardrobe: The Official Guide to Narnia,” which supplies a kind of Narnia dictionary with 30 pages of character descriptions and commentary on the themes.

While offering a new approach to the C. S. Lewis’s fantasy series of the time The Chronicles of Narnia, the 60th Anniversary Edition of the series can earn a good worth to your bookshelf.

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