Madame Pamplemousse books

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Madame Pamplemousse is a series of three lovely children books by the English author Rupert Kingfisher, although the action takes place in Paris.

This is a delightful find! A light, colourful and witty writing for a story full of mystery yet inventive and funny, just scary enough to set up the mystery. To be honest, It’s been a while since I haven’t found a children’s book such entertaining and endearing enough after the Harry Potter series.

Without comparing -no common measure, nor by the book size or the universe involved, yet on the literary map the three books of Rupert Kingfisher’s Madame Pamplemousse are worthy and deserve the interest of those who love this genre (children’s literature).

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Madame Pamplemousse est une série de trois petits livres super mignons pour enfants dont l’histoire se passe à Paris, pourtant d’un auteur anglais Rupert Kingfisher.

Très belle découverte, une écriture fluide, légère et colorée avec une histoire mystérieuse tout en étant drôle et inventive. Avec une petite touche un peu effrayante pour maintenir le mystère. Ça fait longtemps que je n’ai pas trouvé un livre pour enfant aussi distrayant et attachant après la série de Harry Potter.

Sans vouloir comparer -aucune commune mesure, ni de par la longueur du texte ni l’univers, mais sur le plan littéraire les trois livres de la série Madame Pamplemousse de Rupert Kingfisher est à la hauteur et méritent l’intérêt pour ceux qui aiment ce genre (littérature pour enfants).

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The Now – Guardians of Being

I am subscribed to Eckhart Tolle‘s newsletter and the other day, thanks to it I learnt about a collaboration between Eckhart Tolle himself and Patrick McDonnell (the creator of the acclaimed comic strip MUTTS) on a new book called Guardians of Being. What I have seen so far from it is cute, lovely, witty and thoughtful. Catching and reflecting the spirit of everything I’ve read from Tolle.

With humour, this cartoon explores how living in the present moment can be challenging even for the best of us. –The Now, Guardians of Being

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Oh and I really really loved the following review from a reader on goodreads :

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Update 2016-01-19: The book was published in 2010

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

by William B. Irvine

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I stumbled upon this book a few days ago, while reading a post on Derek Sivers website : What if you didn’t need money or attention? Actually he refers to the book within one of the numerous comments below the post itself.

In my opinion, this book is one of the very few life changing books I can count on my hands, that I have read so far, for the following reasons:

  • Very practical: easily applicable to our daily life. Yet the author talks about philosophy of life and stoicism, but the situations exposed are totally realistic like how to deal with insults, old age, death of a close friend/relative;
  • Very well documented: all sources are listed, for anyone who would like to dig further;
  • The author shares his own experiences and insight, thus offers opportunity to reflect on our own life in order to have a more meaningful life

Although I personally chose to skip the first section about the history of stoicism, for now I was looking for the most prosaic day-to-day concerns that the book considers. I will certainly go back into this section later on.

From the Goodreads description: “Readers learn how to minimize worry, how to let go of the past and focus our efforts on the things we can control, and how to deal with insults, grief, old age, and the distracting temptations of fame and fortune.”

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