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Manny Rayner's book reviews

I love reviewing books - have been doing it at Goodreads, but considering moving here.

Currently reading

The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution
Richard Dawkins
R in Action
Robert Kabacoff
Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies
Douglas R. Hofstadter
McGee on Food and Cooking: An Encyclopedia of Kitchen Science, History and Culture
Harold McGee
Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood
Simon Evnine
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (Information Science and Statistics)
Christopher M. Bishop
Relativity, Thermodynamics and Cosmology
Richard C. Tolman
The Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition
Julia Herschensohn, Martha Young-Scholten

haïku, mon nounours

haïku, mon nounours - Gilles Brulet, Chiaki Miyamoto, Masashi Tsuchiya I can never go into the children's bookshop off Route de Carouge without buying something, and today it was Gilles Brulet's charming and original little book of verse. Freely adapting the classical haiku form to French, Brulet has written a collection of short poems about a teddy bear, seen through the eyes of its very young owner and with accompanying translations in Japanese. Both the French and the Japanese are at about three year old level. Here's a sample page with literal translations:

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French:
quand je rentre de l'école
mon nounours
à la fenêtre


(when i come home from school
my teddy
at the window)
Japanese:
gakkou kara kaeru to
madobe de matteru
watashi no kumachan


(when from school return
waiting at window
my teddy)