MY REVIEW OF ADAM BEDE BY GEORGE ELLIOT

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I read this book in India while I was spending my winter vacations there. I didn’t know that the author was a woman under the name of George Elliot.
Adam Bede is a carpenter who falls in love with Hetty, the most beautiful girl of the village, but he doesn’t know that she has a secret love affair with his best friend, a young nobleman.
Obviously, Adam Bede cannot get married with the girl he loves. On the other hand, the young squire doesn’t marry Hatty due to his higher social standing. The aftermath of the love affair between the squire and the beautiful girl is tragic. The squire realizes that he has made a mistake but it is not possible to fix it by now. There are mistakes that cannot be fixed!
It is a lovely book. Through it we can have a look into the old England and into the woman’s soul as well.

Ettore Grillo, author of these books:
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
-Travels of the Mind

http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo

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MY REVIEW OF THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS

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Every now and then, I purchase a book at random. By doing so, I broad my horizons and I am not confined to reading books that are within my sphere of interests.
A year ago, while I was walking on the high street of Southport, a city in the north of England, I entered a used bookstore. Using a special ladder provided by the owner, I picked two books from the upper shelf: one by Samuel Richardson and one by Henry Fielding; then before going out I closed my eyes and picked up at random a book among those lying on the table at the entrance. It was The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan.
“I’ll give it to you for free! It is the most boring book in the world!” said the bookseller.
I kept The Pilgrim’s Progress for several months on my bookshelf and then I read it. To my surprise, the book was not boring at all; it is one of the most interesting books I have read so far; it is an allegory of life and a window to look into the amazing world of the Puritans.
Ettore Grillo, author of these books:
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
-Travels of the Mind

http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo

MY REVIEW OF ENCHIRIDION

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Epictetus was born into slavery and was also disable. Later, he became a freedman and a stoic philosopher. It means that if you have a great spirit, nothing is impossible in life. You can achieve any goal.
This short book, Enchiridion, shows the great soul of Epictetus and contains pieces of advice that are still valid, even though the book was written almost two thousand years ago. A few Epictetus’s sentences have remained imprinted in my mind. He says, “Instead of herd of oxen, endeavor to assemble herds of friends in your house.” He also says, “If you wish your house to be well managed, imitate the Spartan Lycurgus. For he did not fence the city with walls, but fortified the inhabitants by virtue and preserved the city always free.” It means that instead of erecting protective walls around ourselves, we had better fortify our inner energy and spirit to be free persons with open hearts.
Ettore Grillo, author of these books:
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
-Travels of the Mind

http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo

LIFE ON THE SHORE OF LAKE NYASA (TANZANIA)

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We reached Matema, a village on the shore of Lake Nyasa, late in the afternoon and lodged in the house of the organization near the lake. At dawn, I went swimming in the clean water of the lake, which had a sandy beach. I felt like I was at the seaside.
A few women were doing their laundry in the lake. Some of them bathed in their dresses. I couldn’t see any woman wearing a swimsuit. Men used the lake to wash themselves, but rarely to swim. They soaped themselves from head to foot and then dove into the water to remove the soapsuds from their body. I wanted to do the same. I soaped my body and then plunged into the lake. How simple and natural this method was!

This is an excerpt from Travels of the Mind by Ettore Grillo
Ettore Grillo author of these books:
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
-Travels of the Mind
http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo

THE SOURCE OF ENERGY

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This exercise reminded me of the festival of the patron saint in my hometown. Barefoot brethren carry a very heavy litter with the statue of Our Lady on their shoulders in procession. It is very heavy, so sometimes it seems to be about to fall down. But the brethren endure the hardship and keep bearing the statue until the end of the procession, risking being crushed by the weight of the litter.

I also recalled the feast of Tarantolate. It takes place in Apulia, an Italian region. Some women who, people say, have been stung by a particular species of spider, jump and dance for several days without ever stopping!
From where do both the brethren in my hometown and those women in Apulia get the energy they need to sustain themselves? Is there a kind of energy from above? If we knew the source of the energy, could we get it whenever we need it?

This is an excerpt from Travels of the Mind by Ettore Grillo
Ettore Grillo author of these books:
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
-Travels of the Mind
http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo

THE WARM HEART OF AFRICANS

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Everybody was kind to me. During my stay in Tanzania, I met the warm heart of the locals. There everybody smiled. No one showed a threatening face. It seemed I was surrounded by angels. I had the feeling of being on another planet. The members of the organization vied with one another to have me as a guest. How was it possible? It is true that the heart is the same in all human beings, whatever country and nation they belong to, but people’s hearts in Africa are a bit warmer than those in other continents.

This is an excerpt from Travels of the Mind by Ettore Grillo
Ettore Grillo author of these books:
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
-Travels of the Mind
http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo

WHERE IS THE EGO?

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It is possible that the mind or soul, whatever you like to call it, doesn’t exist at all. In this case, we are composed of two elements: the body and the ego, which I define as self-perception, self-consciousness, or the thought of ‘I am.’ I wonder, where is the ego that decides, acts, has self-awareness, and aims even at surviving physical death? Is it inside the brain? Inside the heart? Near the heart? We don’t know. It is invisible. How can we know? If you know something about this, tell me! Anyway, my opinion is that we act unconsciously and are not fully aware of what we do. Therefore, we can’t label ourselves guilty or not guilty, good or bad. Good and evil don’t exist indeed. We act out of ignorance and unconsciousness.”

This is an excerpt from Travels of the Mind by Ettore Grillo
Ettore Grillo author of these books:
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
-Travels of the Mind
http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo