Being a very curious person and a teacher always in the pursue of innovative means to convey the message and to help my students develop their skills and evolve into better human beings has been the drive for my willingness to learn more and explore new ways of doing things.
Since a very early age, around my 12 years of age, when computers started to be a thing in Portugal, I had the luck of being given one by my grandfather. It opened the door for more exploration and new discoveries.
One area that I must confess I'm very fond of is social networking. Another one is communication. Well, social networking is a form of communication. I also like photography very much! And many other things... But, let's not allow this list to grow bigger...
So, my main use of the Internet revolves around communicating with others, whether it is through social networks or any tool that allows the communication with others and also sharing/viewing photography related sites.
When time is a problem there's always a way for you to go on “reading” your favourite books! I've found that listening to them while you are doing your house chores or while you wait for someone or for the bus is a great way to enjoy the pleasure of “reading” a good book. It can even make a dull activity become enjoyable!
At the moment I'm enjoying listening to “The Gulag Archipelago”, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. What a great book! What an enormous human experience!
A while ago a friend wrote a brief review of this book and it immediately caught my attention! Now it's my turn to tell you what I thought about it.
My attention was caught by the fact that it is set up in Macao, an “ancient [ex-]Portuguese colony” and it's about the true love story between an East India Company officer, Thomas van Mierop, and his mistress, Martha.
Let me tell you that this is not going to be a deep review of the book. That, my dear reader, will have to be done by yourself!
But I can tell you that the book met all my expectations:
It is a vivid portrait of 18th century Macao;
It pictures the Portuguese presence in Macao with absolute clarity;
It draws a perfect image of the British presence in Macao;
It depicts clearly the Chinese community in Macao;
It shows us the intricate relations that were established between these societies and how that made Macao society and all its complexity;
It presents us with a beautiful love story that overcomes all the complex relations between all these communities and lives beyond the end of the book.
So, if you like History and a bit of romance, as well as understanding the way societies and human relations have evolved through times, this is a great read!
It is also a great read if you enjoy a well written book!
In the end, there's only one thing I'm yet to understand: How on Earth hasn't a film been made based on this beautiful story?!