Cooking the Whole Foods Way: Your Complete, Everyday Guide to Healthy, Delicious Eating with 500 Recipes, Menus, Meal Planning, Techniques, Buying fI have an old picture of this guy I used to know I guess I could refer to him as my ex but our relationship was too messy to even be called a proper romantic relationship which means he can t be an ex exactly He s just Phil Theriendship between Phil and I weathered a lot through the years the push pull of attraction intermittent guilt about said attraction bad timing missed opportunities the respective issues we were trying to Pure Grit fix by ourselves andor ourselves which often meant long periods apart Apple-Picking Day! for all kinds of reasons But we could stayriends through all of it because of the absolute trust we had that we would never judge each other and always have a shoulder to cry on if we just asked Like I said it was messy but under the mess there was something solid that I cherished And I m not sure when the bottom
FELL OUT BUT ONE DAY I WAS GOING TO out but one day I was going to him a message about something silly when I noticed he had removed me rom his socials I never ound out why Maybe seeing me happy with someone else was too hard Ajax is All About Attack for him maybe his partner had given him an ultimatum about being in touch with someone read a girl he d been so close toor so long But whatever the reason it hurt in a really weird wayReading Zweig s The Invisible Collection made me think of Phil Those characters hurt that way too because their America the Philosophical feelings are strong but unresolved and they are confused and powerless to make it right Very often with short stories I getrustrated with the lack of solid resolution the lack of closure But the way Zweig writes make the uncertainty a strength sometimes it s better not to know exactly how things endZweig also had a gift The Northmans Bride (Sons of the North for taking a reader through a very wide range of emotion in relativelyew pages The title story elt like being put through a wrench and made me wonder if I shouldn t get some sort of notarized document about what should be done with my precious library should I ever be incapacitated The Miracles of Life exhausted me and left me biting my lips and blinking away tears on my metro seat which I didn t expect because the subject matter is not usually one that gets my eels going The Northman's Bride faith and motherhood are you kidding me Zweig A Story Told in Twilight bottles the dizzying intensity ofirst kisses almost too perfectly and depending on your mood it ll make you smile or cringe And the amous novella Amok is a strange and almost rightening story of secrets battles of will regrets and shame that left me deeply puzzled what if these people had simply said what they meant not played these bizarre high stake social gamesThe theme of the collection is supposed to be desire and obsession but those words can definitely mean than the usual significance we ascribe them The characters in these pages want things that are much complex than love and sex and the nature of their obsessions
can be greedy but are really about attachment be greedy but are really about attachment a spiritual level It is not the power itself that the exiled Madame de Prie misses so much as what she was in the eyes of others which is a much dangerous thing than simple authority it s her entire identity and sense of self Bob s stupid mistake completely altered his life and made me wonder how often such a simple blunder has derailed a destiny The Commercial Counsellor is so attached to the idea of his daughter as his child that he utterly Cherry Bomb forgets that she is not just a daughter but also a woman There is desire and obsession in these pages absolutely but there is also a lot to chew on about how we perceive each other and ourselves and how we want to be perceivedI gave the book 4 stars because a couple of weaker stories bring the collection down a very small notch but Zweig s writing isast becoming some of my Leading the Way favorite despite the strange things it brings upI stuck Phil s picture in Zweig s book when I was done reading it That s where it belongs with that kind of story Maybe one day I lligure out why my good riend decided he couldn t be around any and I ll move the picture to a different book The Invisible Collection An episode rom the time of German inflation Twilight The Miracles of Life A Story Told in Twilight Wondrak unfinished Downfall of the Heart Leporella Did He
Do It Amok The Star Above the Forest Date of First Publication in German The waning days of the Weimar RepublicThose It Amok The Star Above the Forest Date of First Publication in German The waning days of the Weimar RepublicThose the apogee of the inflation rocket are wallowing in oodles of cash than enough to build valuable art collections while those unfortunate souls but one degree below are struggling to put a simple meal on the table before the next impendin The Invisible CollectionBuchmendelIt s a 45The thing is i do believe that Zweig was a genius You don t uite realize how great the book is you are way too immersed in the stories and even though you get glimpses of how grand the lines you are currently reading are you have to The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace finish the book toully understand the experience Whenever i When Red Cried Wolf finish one of his stories i can only think of them as little miracles That s what his stories are little miracles Zweig s works have been translated into many languages including EnglishFor me the greatest pleasure in Stefan Zweig s 1881 1942 work is his remarkable empathy and insight into human beings demonstrated. This is the story of about the strangest thing that I've ever encountered old art dealer that I am'It is perhaps theinest art collection of its kind acuired through a lifetime of sacrifice but when a dealer comes. .
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sides of coins passed between generations inheritance and legacy Some characters are aof coins passed between generations inheritance and legacy Some characters are a exaggerated but they stop short of being caricatures The pain is exuisite sometimes ugly but invariably balanced by beauty There are many deaths mostly self inflicted whether directly or indirectly How and when to be honest about one s knowledge eelings and experiences are other recurring themesModern readers may be discomfited by the portrayal of some of the women but it s mostly necessary or the nature of the stories and their setting MostlyThe Invisible Collection A
Knowledgeable Light Came Intolight came into eyes a brightness borrowed rom what he thought he saw Love is blind so what is beauty Is it just in the eye of the proverbial
Beholder Created By Belief As Much Ascreated by belief as much as objectively measurableGoethe said Collectors are happy men I m not sure that s true but if so perhaps collecting is an end in itself and it doesn t matter what you collect When is it kinder and honourable to let someone continue to believe a lie The Emperor s New Clothes came to mindTwilightKnow yourself But Madam de Prie was one of those women who are shaped entirely by other people s attitudes As the mistress of a dismissed Prime Minister she is herself dismissed rom the French court She is used to wielding great influence over men and thus events relishing the deceit and intelligence reuired In the twilight of her power she is lost and listless at her lavish country estate the prison of her inner solitude Other people are her mirrors so when she is deprived of high society she is easily spooked by her own reflection like Dorian Gray seeing his portrait in the atticLike Gatsby she dabbles in new extravagant pleasures and shadows of old ones but Song of the Forest finds them wanting Unlike him She had no or else left as leverage How can she make and leave her mark The smileell rom her lips like a withered leaf The invisible wall of the silence Even the lights seemed to eel it they hissed uietly and wept hot drops of wax The horror in the room cringed in the corner The evening slowly entered the room and she did not A Constellation of Vital Phenomena feel it Evening seepsrom the walls like dark water The lames lickered uivering as they Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights felt their way into the dark like someone overheated stepping into a cool bath they retreated cameorward again and at last a trembling circular cloud of light arose The Miracles of Life The current was drying up the skill of his Still Life with Chickens fingers in intercepting the words spoken by the eye seemed helpless in theace of his bright dream This is almost a novella It explores artist s block blasphemy redemption and eponymous miracles though mostly of the uotidian rather than supernatural kind the kind that reuire Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea faith The atmosphere is a mix ofairytale Kafka and religious allegoryAn artist is commissioned to paint Madonna and child in gratitude Paradox Bound for the miracle of healing the second of a promised pair in a side chapel of the cathedral In the difficult process of selecting and persuading a model then putting paint to canvas shades of The Emperor s New Clothes again he encounters many possible minor miracles as well as great struggles about the ethics of basing the Madonna on a mortal woman let alone a Jewish one He befriends his young andearful sitter and strives to achieve the miracle of conversion He considers the everyday miracles of conception and the ability of children to call orth the devoted kindness of women and they then give it back to the children It s almost miraculous when He elt creative power in him like hot young blood making him closer to the secret of divine power and the unlimited abundance of life There are dramatic sights towards the end that some see as miracles view spoilerAs Esther defended the picture of her and the baby she had grown to love the rioting mob think STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare for a moment that the Madonna herself has come to protect her portrait When the painterinds her she is sprawled to resemble the adjacent older picture This strange miracle making the lonely Jewish girl honour the Madonna in her death hide spoiler If you re into stuff like this you can read the ull reviewUnforced Intimacy Buchmendel by Stefan ZweigOriginal Review rom the German and English editions 2002 06 03Someone might say that there is a danger of a kind of blinkered euphoria surrounding a writer like Zweig the mobilising of an army of too easily won over devotees Sunday supplement blurb believers who can recognise a compelling novel or novella but misjudge the modernist credentials of writing which an experienced critic is seeking so that someone can line that writer up alongside the true innovators of twentieth century literature in German terms Musil Mann Kafka et al But then what really matters in the end whether a Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays few axe grinding critics are convinced or whether a won over reader is inwardly rewarded Collectors have a peculiarorm of addiction an obsession that turns them into esoteric connoisseurs This novella tells the tragic tale of Mendel the old book dealer But Although a short tale Zweig is able to describe both Mendel s tragic Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All fall and the beginning of Europe s post WWI decline. Extraordinary emotion stories of all that is human crushed by the movements of history of letters thatill a young heart or drive a person towards death of obsession and desire They will stay with the reader or ev. In his ictions by profoundly drawn characters who
rise bodily and the reader sbodily vividly before the reader s eyes in a transparent German with a pleasant and slightly old ashioned hue the novella s plots are usually secondary are usually just mechanisms or the discovery and representation of characterThese characters are often enough extremists their character traits exaggerated Mexican Hooker for effect whether Zweig needed this effect to invigorate his imagination or he purposefully used it to attract readers I don t know He was commercially very successful The young man in Verwirrung der Gef hle who afforded hisirst The League for the Suppression of Celery freedom when he went to Berlin to study at university wentrom a total submersion in drink and sex to an eually total dedication to a charismatic professor and his studies the professor who vacillated between a nearly impossible inspirational magnetism and a cold gray lifelessness the totally obsessed collector of art prints in Die unsichtbare Sammlung the totally monomaniacal ount of all antiuarian publication knowledge in Buchmendel the totally monomaniacal chessmaster in Schachnovelle5 You see the emerging pattern6Such extremists exist of course but ortunately they can be seen also as heightened versions of much common types of person the young man trying to ind himself the tired and disillusioned professor warming himself on the admiring radiations of his students the collector the specialist the powerfully gifted in one particular aspect alone Although I had to whisper to myself occasionally that the idealized extremes were just artistic gestures there were many moments when I exclaimed while reading these stories That is it exactly or God do I remember that or Bullseye Though exaggerated how truthful the inexperienced insecure hero worshipping student was how convincing and poignant the necessarily deeply closeted homosexual professor whose life had been so profoundly deformed by his malinformed and despising environment how precise the insight into the self made nature of our interests obsessions and illusions in the collector and antiuarian and chessmasterThere is yet to be ound in Zweig s works like the conseuences or ordinary people of the German hyperinflation in the 1920 s in Die unsichtbare Sammlung and those or alien citizens of enemy states during World War I in Buchmendel but The Day Fidel Died for a change I ll keep this review relatively short Just pick up particularly Schachnovelle or Verwirrung der Gef hl I am big Stefan Zweigan I happened to visit Austria and Switzerland earlier last year and happened to walk through some of the locations he is reported to have stayed Heiligenkreutz and Schonbrunn palace I envisioned myself in his shoes and play acted in my mind what may have been running through him in his era when he wrote his books I am sure I was on complete trip unrelated to this objective But the sheer beauty of the Baroue environment spurred some great prose and potentially some poetry which I could have penned The sheer joy of seeing the architecture and the people there energised me I am sure Zweig was passe to this living in his era with the set of troubles he aced leading to him taking his own life with his wifeThis above prologue is unrelated to the book but sets the tone or what I want to say about this book The title is apt Tales of Obsession and Desire It has now become my hypothesis a oolish one indeed that Stefan Zweig writes a bit like a Gentleman Stephen King At least 2 stories in this book resemble Stephen King s books 1 Did he do it Reminiscent of Cujo2 Leporella and Wondrak my twisted mind reminds me of CarrieDolores Claiborne women who were denied their love in their early lives and or had no exposure to the external worldZweig writes in a gentlemanly way of the obsessions of the characters coming rom the situations they Gulp!: The Seven-Day Crash Course to Master Fear and Break Through Any Challenge faced in their lives The torments are written really well tortuous really sometimes overdone but I guess this was the style then In many of the stories the ending turned out to be a little indifferentalmost like he just gave up after the overarching efforts taken to building the tension initiallyThe story of the rich society woman who makes a marital transgression and pushes a Doctor to initiate an abortion is very well toldthe ending wasar less exciting than its beginningalmost told like The Rime of an Ancient Mariner curiously on a drunk doctor on a ship at midnight to the narratorMitteleuropa is an addictionand I guess Zweig has to be part of the menuat least The Outlaw and the Upstart King for me These are Tales of Obsession and Desire Desire is something to cultivate relish and pursue It might be an unattainableantasy a viable goal or something to chase until we know which it is All can bring pleasure whether guilty or not Even desires that lead only to the dead end of rustration are usually worth the price or the indulgence along the way But when oft in twilight desire transmogrifies into obsession delusions can engulf and happiness slips away like shadows on a moonless night after the sun has set The shifting shadows enhance the Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War fairy taleeel of many of the stories I almost expected magic In a way I ound itThe obsessive desires here are varied they re. To see it he inds something uite unexpected and is drawn into a peculiar deception of the collector himselfStefan Zweig was a wildly popular writer of compelling short Stories for a Kindred Heart: Over 100 Treasures to Touch Your Soul fiction in this collection there are peaks of.