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Book Title: Visions from San Francisco Bay|
The author of the book: Czesław Miłosz
Edition: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Date of issue: July 1st 1983
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 375 KB
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Reader ratings: 7.7
ISBN 13: 9780374517632
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My plan with this review was to include several amazing quotes so that the author could speak for himself. As they are all a good paragraph long and I have to return this book tomorrow and I'm too lazy to go to class today, so obviously too lazy to write a longer review, that's not going to happen. So much for grand plans. This is a book about the differences between America and Europe, about how everyone feels trapped in their own skin and helpless and stupid sometimes and how it's so hard to make a lasting impression, to write something worthy of lasting out the generations. He has a theme that, in today's society where the poorest person can make something of himself, it's the people that don't grow bored, that can order their time to their will, that are the true social superiors. Sadly, I'm not one of them. He also talks about the ridiculousness of people that are interested in high culture looking down upon those that aren't. He put it much more eloquently, but these are the people we need to do the dirty work we don't want to do and he can respect them for their work ethic, doing what the surely don't like doing either, brainless work more than all these sissy mama's boys and girls that strive for a revolution but have no idea what that is in their comfortable first world life (he was in Poland during World War 2). Well, that made me think about my snobbish attitude towards people that read Tom Clancy novels or like Lindsay Lohan. I'm forever after a woman of the people! Yeah, right. I can try, though.
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Read information about the authorCzesław Miłosz memorialised his Lithuanian childhood in a 1955 novel, The Issa Valley , and in the 1959 memoir Native Realm . After graduating from Sigismund Augustus Gymnasium in Vilnius, he studied law at Stefan Batory University and in 1931 he travelled to Paris, where he was influenced by his distant cousin Oscar Milosz, a French poet of Lithuanian descent and a Swedenborgian. His first volume of poetry was published in 1934.
After receiving his law degree that year, he again spent a year in Paris on a fellowship. Upon returning, he worked as a commentator at Radio Wilno, but was dismissed, an action described as stemming from either his leftist views or for views overly sympathetic to Lithuania. Miłosz wrote all his poetry, fiction and essays in Polish and translated the Old Testament Psalms into Polish.
Awarded the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature for being an author "who with uncompromising clear-sightedness voices man's exposed condition in a world of severe conflicts."
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