The Invisible Mentor http://theinvisiblementor.com Your ideal mentor is virtually in the palm of your hands Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:13:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, Book Review http://theinvisiblementor.com/jamaica-inn-daphne-du-maurier-book-review/ http://theinvisiblementor.com/jamaica-inn-daphne-du-maurier-book-review/#respond Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:13:28 +0000 http://theinvisiblementor.com/?p=16921 Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, Book Review Published in 1936, Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier is a romance novel steeped in suspense and murder, with a theme that deals with identity. In How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines, Thomas C. Foster describes […]

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Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, Book Review

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, Book Review

Published in 1936, Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier is a romance novel steeped in suspense and murder, with a theme that deals with identity. In How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines, Thomas C. Foster describes the importance of story starters, the weather, the names of characters and so on, and the role they play in the story. In Jamaica Inn, the setting, which is Gothic, is integral to the story, keeps the readers in suspense. If you have been reading The Invisible Mentor blog for a while, you have been introduced to the author, Daphne du Maurier, in my review of her book, Rebecca.

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“It was a cold and grey day in late November. The weather had changed overnight, when a backing wind brought a granite sky and a mizzling rain with it, and although it was now only a little after two o’clock in the afternoon the pallor of a winter evening seemed to have closed upon the hills, cloaking them in the mist. It would be dark by four. The air was clammy cold, and for all the tightly closed windows it penetrated the interior of the coach.”

The way the novel, Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier begins, the reader has a sense of foreboding. Mary Yellan’s mother is dying and her heart is about to give out. Mary’s mother makes her promise that when she dies, she wants her daughter to go to Bodmin to live with her free-spirited, sister, Aunt Patience and her husband. But Mary Yellan does not want to leave her hometown, Helford because she thinks she is quite capable of taking care of herself and can make a success of farming. Set in 1835 in Cornwall, that is not the role of women in society, however, Mary Yellan feels that society with its archaic laws and expectations concerning the role of women is cheating her out of the life that she deems best for herself at the age of 23. She also believes that conventional marriage will constrain her.

Knowing her daughter very well, Mary Yellan’s mother makes her promise that she will go to her aunt. After her mother dies, Mary makes the journey to her Aunt Patience and uncle Joss Merlyn. While on the journey Mary learns that people do not think very highly of her Uncle Joss, and in fact, he is despised by his neighbors. When Mary arrives, she is shocked to see her Aunt Patience, who is a shell of her former self. Instead of a fun-loving woman, she is a timid, dispirited woman, broken by the abuse of her husband.

Uncle Joss warns Mary not to look outside at nights when she hears sounds, but she does anyway and discovers a smuggling ring. Her uncle is a smuggler and possibly a murderer. She also discovers, that there is another person, who is secretly working with Joss that the others in the smuggling ring do not know about. While Joss is away, one day, Mr Bassat, a magistrate raids Jamaica Inn, but finds no evidence of smuggling or other wrongdoing because the evidence had been removed the night before. He asks Mary a lot of questions, but to protect her aunt, who behaves like a child, she tells Mr Bassat lies. When Joss returns home, he is furious to learn what Mr Bassat has done, but Mary can also see the fear in his eyes. Joss leaves on foot, and Mary decides to follow him through the moors.

She loses her way, and Francis Davey, the Vicar of Altarnum, who happens to be an albino rescues her. Many people are uncomfortable around albinos, and people may even hate and discriminate against them because of the way they look. Du Maurier uses the way the vicar looks as a focus for what we do not like, in Jamaica Inn. The vicar takes her to the vicarage, feeds her, and allows her to rest before he gives her a ride home. Because Francis Davey is a man of God, Mary’s lips are loose, and she tells him all that has been going on at the inn since she has been living there. When she arrives home, she is nervous, and not quite sure how she will get inside without her uncle knowing that she has been away. The vicar says he will take a look, and discovers that Joss Merlyn has been drinking heavily. Mary is able to enter without her uncle being aware of her.

Mary Yellan feels very isolated, and the isolation is also a part of the location of Jamaica Inn, which is isolated in the bleak moorlands of Cornwall, so the setting is critical to the story line because the Inn is the center of the operation of the smuggling ring. It is difficult for Mary to make friends with any of the closest neighbors, who shun the Merlyns, and she is guilty by association. She is attracted to Jem Merlyn, Joss’ brother and a horse thief. Because of what she has seen of her Uncle Joss, she doesn’t trust Jem because she thinks that he has to be like his brother. The author is using Joss and Jem to express different aspects of the same personality. Joss is an alcoholic, and during his binges, he has very loose lips and talks about all the bad things he has done. During one of those times, he tells Mary of some of the horrific crimes he has committed, and the innocent people he has killed. Mary learns about wreckers, criminals who force ships to become shipwrecked so that they can steal the goods, kill and rob the passengers.

After she hears the tales from Joss, the light leaves her eyes and she starts to become a shell of her former self. Mary now understands exactly what has happened to her Aunt Patience. Mary travels with Jem to Launceston on Christmas Eve so that he can sell the horses that he steals. She doesn’t agree with what Jem is doing, but it is a way for her to get away, even if it’s only for a short time. Before they return home in the evening, Jem leaves to get the horses and doesn’t return to get Mary, so she has to walk the many miles to get home. Once again, the vicar rescues her.

Francis Davey leaves Mary in the coach at a certain spot, and when she arrives at Jamaica Inn, the coach is held up by the smugglers and the coachman is shot and killed. Joss discovers that it’s Mary in the coach, and he physically abuses her. That night she gets front seat to see the smugglers wrecking a ship, killing innocent people and taking their possessions. The gang of wreckers, which includes her Uncle Joss, cause the ship to founder on the rocks on the coast of Cornwall by setting false lights during the storm. In this instance, the crime is not very well planned and before they can take away all the goods, dawn is breaking. There is mayhem and the criminals start to kill each other. There are times when Mary tries to assist the innocent, and she is once again physically abused. Mary often acts impulsively, her actions are not very well thought out, so she is ineffective.

In the end, her Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss are murdered while she is out trying to get help for herself and her aunt. Nearly all the smugglers are killed. Even after the death of Joss Merlyn, when the people are more accepting of Mary Yellan, she still feels isolated and like she doesn’t belong. She doesn’t love the people because they are not her people. She patches up things with Jem and heads off with him. Jamaica Inn is a love story, but it is filled with a lot of suspense and intrigue. If readers are paying attention, they will be able to figure out who is the real mastermind behind the smuggling ring, and the person who kills Joss and Aunt Patience.

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier will give you another opportunity to test your problem solving skills. Although the story is romance and murder mystery, the author uses a Gothic setting to unfold the story. Liked this post? Share it on social media and leave a comment as well as subscribe to my RSS feed and get loads more! If you’re new to the blog, visit the Start Here page for my pillar posts.

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Jack Layton

Jack Layton Personal Library – Image Credit: Canadian Encyclopedia

Jack Layton was a Canadian social democratic politician who led the New Democrat Party – 2003-2011 – from 13 Members of Parliament to 103. Born on July 18, 1950, Layton died on August 22, 2011 after suffering from cancer. As can be expected, there were many political books in his personal library, which was not as diverse as many of the other successful people whom we have featured. Jack Layton was highly educated, “graduated in political science from McGill University with a BA (1970) and from York University with an MA (1971) and a PhD (1984). His PhD thesis dealt with globalization.” Canadian Encyclopedia 

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I used a random number generator to select 77 books from the 1,166 books that were in his personal library. Because there were so many political books in his library, I opted to replace some of the randomly selected titles because I would not read some of those books, and I  am assuming that my readers would not want to read some of them as well. In the event that I made an incorrect decision, not to worry, the link to Library Thing below, will take you directly to Jack Layton’s personal library, and you can browse the selection of books. This installment in the series of the personal libraries of successful people was made possible by Library Thing. How many of the books on the list below have you read?

77 Books from Jack Layton’s Personal Library (Randomly selected) 

  1. And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversary Edition, Randy Shilts
  2. Blaming the Victim, William Ryan
  3. Unacceptable Risk: The Nuclear Power Controversy, McKinley C. Olson
  4. Cicero: De re Publica (On the Republic) , De Legibus (On the Laws) (Loeb Classical Library No. 213), De Legibus Cicero
  5. Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter, James S. Hirsch
  6. Class Struggle In Africa, Kwame Nkrumah
  7. Rising Prices: Why Inflation Hasn’t Been Licked, H. Lukin Robinson
  8. History of the Idea of Progress, Robert Nisbet
  9. Karl Marx, Frederick Engels: Marx and Engels Collected Works 1864-68 (Karl Marx, Frederick Engels: Collected Works), Karl Marx
  10. The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide: A Guide to the Study of the Seaweeds and the Lower Animal Life Found Between Tide-Marks, Augusta Arnold
  11. Hegel, Charles Taylor
  12. The Rights of Man (Rights of Man, Common Sense, and Other Political Writings (Oxford World’s Classics)), Thomas Paine
  13. A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy, Karl Marx
  14. Lehrbuch Der Neuhebraischen Sprache Und Litteratur (German Edition), H L and Siegfried Strack, C
  15. Race Against Time (CBC Massey Lectures Series), Stephen Lewis
  16. State Of Earth Atlas, Joni Seager
  17. Winnipeg 1919: the strikers’ own history of the Winnipeg general strike, Winnipeg Defence Committee
  18. Cold War Blues: The Operation Dismantle Story, T. James Stark
  19. Becoming An Ally: Breaking the Cycle of Oppression
  20. Global Warming: Greenpeace Report, Jeremy Leggett
  21. Tragic Deception: Marx Contra Engels (Twentieth century series; 8), Norman Levine
  22. Applying UML and Patterns: An Introduction to Object-Oriented Analysis and Design and Iterative Development (3rd Edition), Craig Larman
  23. Beyond Labeling: The Role of Maternal Input in the Acquisition of Richly Structured Categories (Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development), Susan Gelman
  24. Fidel: A Critical Portrait, Tad Szulc
  25. Keeping Our Cool: Canada in a Warming World, Andrew Weaver
  26. Utopia (Penguin Classics), Thomas More
  27. Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health (Open Forum), Ivan Illich
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    The Nature of Economies (Modern Library), Jane Jacobs

  29. Uncle Sam and Us: Globalization, Neoconservatism, and the Canadian State, Stephen Clarkson
  30. The Economics of Innocent Fraud: Truth For Our Time, John Kenneth Galbraith
  31. The Myth of the Good Corporate Citizen: Canada and Democracy in the Age of Globalization, Murray Dobbin
  32. Here’s Looking at Us: Celebrating 50 Years of CBC TV, Stephen Cole
  33. Nisga’A: People of the Nass
  34. An Open Letter to the Party [A Revolutionary Socialist Manifesto], Jacek Kuron, and Modzelewski, Karol, and Harman, Chris
  35. Breaking faith: The Mulroney legacy of deceit, destruction, and disunity, Brooke Jeffrey
  36. Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend, Robert James Waller
  37. Toward a Marxist Theory of Nationalism, Horace B. Davis
  38. Building Cities That Work, Edmund P. Fowler
  39. The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
  40. Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
  41. Passion for Action in Child and Family Services: Voices from the Prairies (University of Regina Publications(UR)), Don Fuchs
  42. Canadians at work, Vincenzo Pietropaolo
  43. A Lasting Peace: Collected Addresses of Daisaku Ikeda, Daisaku Ikeda
  44. Daughter of Fortune: A Novel, Isabel Allende
  45. Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-up of 9/11, Barrie Zwicker
  46. Contracting Masculinity: Gender, Class, and Race in a White-Collar Union, 1944-1994 (Canadian Social History Series), Gillian Creese
  47. Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence, Sonali Kolhatkar
  48. Global Warming: Are We Entering the Greenhouse Century?, Stephen H. Schneider
  49. Globalization and Its Discontents (Norton Paperback), Joseph E. Stiglitz
  50. The No-Nonsense Guide to Class, Caste & Hierarchies (No Nonsense Guides (Verso)), Jeremy Seabrook
  51. The Sound of Trumpets (Rapstone Chronicles), John Mortime
  52. Whose Trade Organization?: The Comprehensive Guide to the WTO, Lori Wallach
  53. Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Builder, Ken Greenberg
  54. Paper Doll: Lessons Learned from a Life Lived in the Headlines, Luan Mitchell
  55. Ragged Chain: A Sumach Mystery, Vivian Meyer
  56. In My Own Name, Maureen McTeer
  57. The Turning Point: Science, Society, and the Rising Culture, Fritjof Capra
  58. Finding Carrie George, Frank LaRue
  59. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, Seth Godin
  60. The Natural Step for Business: Wealth, Ecology & the Evolutionary Corporation (Conscientious Commerce), Brian Nattrass
  61. The Cult of Efficiency (CBC Massey Lecutres Series), Janice Stein
  62. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell
  63. Walden, Henry David Thoreau
  64. Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, Mao Tse-Tung
  65. 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary, Wilfred & Lewis Funk, Norman
  66. The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
  67. The Poems of John Keats, John Keats
  68. Biopolitics, Thomas Landon Thorso
  69. Gorgias, Plato
  70. Necessity of Social Control, I. Meszaros
  71. Social Contract: Essays by Locke, Hume, and Rousseau, Hume Locke, Rousseau
  72. Search for a Method, Jean-Paul Sartre
  73. Between Past and Future (Penguin Classics), Hannah Arendt
  74. The Myth of Sisyphus: And Other Essays, Albert Camus
  75. An outline of basic political theory, Charles Preston
  76. Kant: Great books of the western world; 42. The critique of pure reason; The critique of practical reason and other ethical treatises; The critique of judgement. (Great Books of the Western World, 42), Robert M. Hutchins, Kant
  77. Ethics, G.E. Moore

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Kevin Spacey: 3 Elements of Storytelling http://theinvisiblementor.com/3-elements-of-storytelling-kevin-spacey/ http://theinvisiblementor.com/3-elements-of-storytelling-kevin-spacey/#respond Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:23:14 +0000 http://theinvisiblementor.com/?p=16893 Kevin Spacey: 3 Elements of Storytelling Don’t you just love it when you find useful content? While scanning my ContentGems Daily Summary, I noticed “Kevin Spacey Closing Keynote Highlights,” so I decided to click on the link because I thought that the actor, Kevin Spacey should know about storytelling. In the five-and-a-half minute video, the […]

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Elements of Storytelling

Kevin Spacey: 3 Elements of Storytelling

Don’t you just love it when you find useful content? While scanning my ContentGems Daily Summary, I noticed “Kevin Spacey Closing Keynote Highlights,” so I decided to click on the link because I thought that the actor, Kevin Spacey should know about storytelling. In the five-and-a-half minute video, the famed actor talks about the 3 elements of storytelling, as well as a few other tips. I think that the ability to tell engaging stories will enable us to write better articles and blog posts that captivate our readers. Effective storytelling is a skill that I am developing, but I am not close to mastering the skill yet.

When Content Marketing Institute founder, Joe Pulizzi asked Spacey for some final storytelling nuggets for conference attendees to take back to work,  the actor replied:

  • Give it to them, which means to give your readers what they want, what they are craving.
  • Get your mind to work at expressing yourself, clearly articulating what you want your readers to know.
  • Ask yourself, “What story you would like to tell?”
  • Begin simply.
  • Build the blocks you need to tell your story.
  • Decide on the most compelling way to tell your story.
  • Your story is only as good as the material that you are working with.

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3 Elements of Storytelling

  1. The story is everything, and a good story has CONFLICT because it keeps your readers engaged. The story becomes richer when you go against the settled order of things, the status quo.
  2. AUTHENTICITY is key in storytelling. Stay true to your brand and your unique voice because your audience will respond with enthusiasm and passion.
  3. Your AUDIENCE is the third element of storytelling. It is no longer about who you know, it is about what you can do. The device you use and the length of your story are irrelevant.

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Marilyn Monroe Personal Library http://theinvisiblementor.com/marilyn-monroe-personal-library/ http://theinvisiblementor.com/marilyn-monroe-personal-library/#respond Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:12:19 +0000 http://theinvisiblementor.com/?p=16869 Marilyn Monroe Personal Library When you think of Marilyn Monroe, the photo of her wearing a sexy, white dress blowing in the air often comes to mind. And she isn’t the dumb blond that many may think she is. In fact, Marilyn Monroe was well read and had over 400 books in her personal library […]

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Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe Personal Library – Image Credit: Open Culture

When you think of Marilyn Monroe, the photo of her wearing a sexy, white dress blowing in the air often comes to mind. And she isn’t the dumb blond that many may think she is. In fact, Marilyn Monroe was well read and had over 400 books in her personal library from various genres – American literature, French literature, Russian literature, poetry, plays, art, music, science, biographies, gardening and pets, humor, politics, religion, psychology, reference, travel and much more. It is true that she may not have read all the books on her bookshelf – think of the many unread books in your personal library – but I suspect that she read many of them. Like the other successful people, who we have profiled in the series, Marilyn Monroe read broadly and read books that often made her think.

I read the background on Marilyn Monroe to write this introduction, and I struggled with what to include because although several of her films were successes, she led a troubled life, and was unable to sustain relationships. In the end, I decided that I did not want to comment because there is so much already written about her, which readers can easily access. What can I say that you have not already heard? What I do want to say is that if you chose 52 books from her personal library, from a variety of genres, you will start the process to shaping a successful mind. The quality of the books that you read is an important element in the success formula.

This post was made possible because of The 430 Books in Marilyn Monroe’s Library: How Many Have You Read?, a post on Open Culture.

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The 430 Books in Marilyn Monroe’s Library: How Many Have You Read?

Books in Marilyn Monroe’s Personal Library

  1. Let’s Make Love by Matthew Andrews
  2. How to Travel Incognito by Ludwig Bemelmans
  3. To the One I Love Best by Ludwig Bemelmans
  4. Thurber Country: A Collection of Pieces About Males and Females, Mainly of Our Species by James Thurber
  5. The Fall by Albert Camus
  6. Marilyn Monroe Her Own Story by George Carpozi
  7. Camille by Alexander Dumas
  8. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  9. 1896 Boston Cooking-School Cookbook by Fannie Merritt-Farmer
  10. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  11. From Russia with Love (James Bond) by Ian Fleming
  12. The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm
  13. The Prophet by Kahlil Gilbran
  14. Ulysses by James Joyce
  15. Stoned Like a Statue a Complete Survey of Drinking Cliches Primitive, Classical and Modern by Howard Kandel & Don Safran
  16. The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis
  17. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  18. Selected Poems (Penguin Classics) by DH Lawrence
  19. Sons and Lovers (Dover Thrift Editions) by DH Lawrence
  20. The Portable D. H. Lawrence (Viking Portable Library) DH Lawrence
  21. Etruscan Places: Travels Through Forgotten Italy (Tauris Parke Paperbacks) by DH Lawrence
  22. D. H. Lawrence: A Basic Study Of His Ideas by Mary Freeman
  23. The Assistant: A Novel by Bernard Malamud
  24. The Magic Barrel: Stories by Bernard Malamud
  25. Death in Venice: And Seven Other Stories by Thomas Mann
  26. Last Essays by Thomas Mann
  27. The Thomas Mann Reader
  28. Hawaii by James Michener
  29. Red Roses for Me (Sean O’Casey: Plays 1: Juno and the Paycock, Within the Gates; Red Roses; Cock-a-Doodle Dandy (Contemporary Classics (Faber & Faber)) (Vol 1)) by Sean O’Casey
  30. I Knock At the Door (Autobiography, Vol. 1: I Knock at the Door) by Sean O’Casey
  31. Selected plays of Sean O’Casey by Sean O’Casey
  32. The Green Crows by Sean O’Casey
  33. Golden Boy: Acting Edition by Clifford Odets
  34. Clash By Night by Clifford Odets
  35. The Country Girl by Clifford Odets
  36. Six Plays of Clifford Odets
  37. The Cat with Two Faces:The Most Amazing Spy Story of the Second World War (Mathiby Gordon Young
  38.  Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill
  39. Part Of A Long Story: Eugene O’Neill As A Young Man In Love by Agnes Boulton
  40. The Little Engine That Could (Little Letters Edition) by Piper Watty
  41. Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer & Marion Rombauer-Becker
  42. George Bernard Shaw: Selected Plays
  43. Ellen Terry & Bernard Shaw: A Correspondence
  44. Bernard Shaw & Mrs. Patrick Campbell: Their Correspondence
  45. The Short Reigh of Pippin IV Hilarious and Affectionate Spoof.by John Steinbeck
  46. Once There Was a War (Penguin Classics) by John Steinbeck
  47. Set This House on Fire by William Styron
  48. Lie Down in Darkness William Styron
  49. The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone by Tennessee Williams
  50. Camino Real (New Directions Paperbook) by Tennessee Williams
  51. A Streetcar Named Desire (New Directions Paperbook) by Tennessee Williams (with notes by MM)
  52. The Flower in Drama & Glamour: Theatre essays and criticism by Stark Young
  53. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  54. The Story of a Novel by Thomas Wolfe
  55. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
  56. A Stone, A Leaf, A Door, Thomas Wolfe
  57. Thomas Wolfe’s letters to his mother, Julia Elizabeth Wolfe,, ed. John Skally Terry
  58. A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  59. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  60. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
  61. Sister Carrie (Dover Thrift Editions) by Theodore Dreiser
  62. Tortilla Flat (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) by John Steinbeck
  63. The American Claimant, and Other Stories and Sketches by Mark Twain
  64. In Defense of Harriet Shelley: And Other Essays (Mark Twain?)
  65. Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  66. Roughing It (Signet Classics) by Mark Twain
  67. The Magic Christian by Terry Southern
  68. A Death in the Family (Penguin Classics) by James Agee
  69. The War Lover by John Hersey
  70. Don’t call me by my right name: And other stories by James Purdy
  71. Malcolm by James Purdy
  72. The Portable Irish Reader
  73. The Portable Edgar Allan Poe (Penguin Classics)
  74. The Portable Walt Whitman (Penguin Classics)
  75. Short Novels of Colette
  76. Short Story Masterpieces (New York, 1960)
  77. The Passionate Playgoer: A Personal Scrapbook by George Oppenheimer
  78. Fancies and Goodnights (New York Review Books) by John Collier
  79. Evergreen Review, Vol. 2, No. 6
  80. The Medals and Other Stories by Luigi Pirandello
  81. Renoir by Albert Skira
  82. Max by Giovannetti Pericle
  83. THE FAMILY OF MAN : The greatest photographic exhibition of all time- 503 pictures from 68 countries- created by Edward Steichen for The Museum of Modern Art by Carl Sandburg
  84. Horizon, a Magazine of the Arts (Horizon – A Magazine of the Arts : January 1959 : Volume I, Number 3)
  85. Jean Dubuffet (The drawings of Jean Dubuffet) by Daniel Cordier
  86. Summing Up by W. Somerset Maugham
  87. Close to Colette: An Intimate Portrait of a Woman of Genius (Illustrated) by Maurice Goudeket
  88. This Demi-Paradise by Margaret Halsey
  89. God Protect Me from My Friends by Gavin Maxwell
  90. Minister of death: the Adolf Eichmann story by Quentin Reynolds, Ephraim Katz and Zwy Aldouby
  91. Dance to the Piper by Agnes DeMille
  92. Goodness had nothing to do with it: The Autobiography of Mae West by Mae West
  93. Act One: An Autobiography by Moss Hart
  94. Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (Authorized, Study Edition) by Mary Baker Eddy
  95. Poems Including Christ and Christmas by Mary Baker Eddy
  96. Two plays: Peace and Lysistrata by Aristophanes
  97. On the Nature of Things by Lucretius
  98. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton
  99. Theory of Poetry and Fine Art (Aristotle’s Theory of Poetry and Fine Art: With a Critical Text and Translation of the Poetics (Classic Reprint)) by Aristotle
  100. The Metaphysics (Penguin Classics) by Aristotle
  101. Bound for Glory (Plume) by Woody Guthrie
  102. Paris Blues by Harold Flender
  103. The Shook-Up Generationby Harrison E. Salisbury
  104. Independent People by Halldor Laxness
  105. The Havamal, (The Havamal – Sayings of the High One) ed. D.E. Martin Clarke
  106. Yuan Mei, Eighteenth Century Chinese Poet. by Arthur Waley
  107. Madame Bovary (Bantam Classics) by Gustave Flaubert
  108. The Works of Rabelais
  109. The Guermantes Way by Marcel Proust
  110. Cities of the Plain (Remembrance of Things Past , Part Five) by Marcel Proust
  111. Within a Budding Grove by Marcel Proust
  112. The Sweet Cheat Gone: An autobiography [The Modern Library] by Marcel Proust
  113. The Captive & The Fugitive: In Search of Lost Time, Vol. V (Modern Library Classics) (v. 5) by Marcel Proust
  114. Nana (Penguin Classics) by Emile Zola
  115. Plays (Moliere Five Plays: “The School for Wives”, “Tartuffe”, “The Misanthrope”, “The Miser”, “The Hypochondriac” (World Classics)) by Moliere
  116. Life and Work of Sigmund Freud by Ernest Jones
  117. Letters of Sigmund Freud, ed. Ernest L. Freud
  118. Glory Reflected: Sigmund Freud-Man and Father By His Eldest Son by Martin Freud
  119. Moses and Monotheism by Sigmund Freud
  120. Conditioned Reflex Therapy by Andrew Salter
  121. The Wise Garden Encyclopedia, ed. E.L.D. Seymour
  122. Landscaping your Own Home by Alice Dustan
  123. The Forest and The Sea: A Look at the Economy of Nature and the Ecology of Man (Time Reading Program Special Edition) by Marston Bates
  124. Pet turtles by Julien Bronson
  125. A Book About Bees by Edwin Way Teale
  126. Marilyn Monroe

    Marilyn Monroe Personal Library – Image Credit: Open Culture

    Codfish, Cats and Civilization by Gary Webster

  127.  How To Do It: Or The Lively Art Of Entertaining by Elsa Maxwell
  128. Wake Up, Stupid by Mark Harris
  129. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year by Phyllis McGinley
  130. THE HERO MAKER a Far-out Book by Akbar Del Piombo and Norman Rubington
  131. How To Talk at Gin by Ernie Kovacs
  132. Vip Tosses a Party 1ST Edition, by Virgil Partch
  133. Who Blowed Up the Church House? And Other Ozark Folk Tales ed. Randolph Vance
  134. Snobs: The Classic Guidebook to Your Friends, Your Enemies, Your Colleagues, and Yourself by Russell Lynes
  135. Holy Scriptures According to the Masoretic Text
  136. The Law by Roger Vailland
  137. The Mermaids by Boros
  138. They Came To Cordura by Glendon Swarthout
  139. The Seventh Cross by Anna Seghers
  140. A European Education by Romain Gary
  141. Strike for a Kingdom (Honno’s Welsh Women’s Classics) by Menna Gallie
  142. The Slide Area (Midnight Classics) by Gavin Lambert
  143. The woman who was poor,: A contemporary novel of the French ‘eighties, by Leon Bloy
  144. Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest by W.H. Hudson
  145. The Contenders by John Wain
  146. The Best of All Worlds or What Voltaire Never Knew by Hans Jorgen Lembourn
  147. The Story Of Esther Costello by Nicholas Montsarrat
  148. Oh Careless Love by Maurice Zolotow (MM biographer)
  149. Add a Dash of Pity by Peter Ustinov
  150. An American Tragedy (Signet Classics) by Theodore Dreiser
  151. The Mark of the Warrior by Paul Scott
  152. The Dancing Bear by Edzard Schaper
  153. A Miracle in the Rain by Ben Hecht
  154. The Guide: A Novel (Penguin Classics) by R.K. Narayan
  155. Blow up a storm by Garson Kanin
  156. Fowlers End by Gerald Kersh
  157. Hurricane season by Ralph Winnett
  158. The Devil’s Advocate (Loyola Classics) by Morris L. West
  159. ON SUCH A NIGHT by Anthony Quayle
  160. Say You Never Saw Me by Arthur Nesbitt
  161. All the Naked Heroes by Alan Kapelner
  162. Jeremy Todd by Hamilton Maule
  163. Miss America by Daniel Stern
  164. A fever in the blood by William Pearson
  165. Spartacus (North Castle Books) by Howard Fast
  166. Cup of Tea for Mr. Thorgill by Storm Jameson
  167. Six O’clock Casual by Henry W. Cune
  168. Mischief by Charlotte Armstrong
  169. The Ginkgo Tree by Sheelagh Burns
  170. The Mountain Road by Theodore H. White
  171. Three Circles of Light by Pietro Di Donato
  172. The Day the Money Stopped by Brendan Gill
  173. The Carpetbaggers by Harold Robbins (
  174. Justine (Alexandria) by Lawrence Durrell
  175. Balthazar (Alexandria Quartet) by Lawrence Durrell
  176. Brighton Rock (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Graham Greene
  177. The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale by Joseph Conrad
  178. Unnamable by Samuel Beckett
  179. Dylan Thomas: Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Dog by Dylan Thomas (
  180. Hear Us O Lord from Heaven Thy Dwelling Place (Milestones in Canadian Literature), by Malcolm Lowry
  181. The Sound and the Fury/As I Lay Dying (A Summer of Faulkner: As I Lay Dying/The Sound and the Fury/Light in August (Oprah’s Book Club)), by William Faulkner
  182. God’s Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell
  183. Three Great Plays: The Emperor Jones, Anna Christie and The Hairy Ape (Dover Thrift Editions) by Eugene
  184. The Philosophy Of Schopenhauer by Irwin Edman
  185. The Philosophy of Spinoza. Modern Library #60 by Joseph Ratner
  186. Dubliners (Penguin Classics Deluxe) by James Joyce
  187. Selected Poems (Dover Thrift Editions) by Emily Dickinson
  188. Complete Stories (Penguin Classics) by Dorothy Parker
  189. SELECTED WORKS Of ALEXANDER POPE. Modern Library #257. Edited, and with an introduction by Louis Kronenberger. by Alexander Pope
  190. The Red and the Black (Penguin Classics) by Stendhal
  191. The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington
  192. Of Human Bondage (Bantam Classics) by W. Somerset Maugham
  193. Three Famous French Romances: Sapho; Manon Lescaut; Carmen Antoine Francois Prevost, Proper Merimee Alphonse Daudet
  194. Napoleon by Emil Ludwig
  195. Madame Bovary (Bantam Classics) by Gustave Flaubert
  196. The Poems and Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde
  197. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass & The Hunting of the Snark, by Lewis Carroll
  198. A High Wind in Jamaica (New York Review Books Classics) by Richard Hughes
  199. Anthology of American Negro Literature, ed. Sylvestre C. Watkins
  200. Beethoven: His Spiritual Development by J.W.N. Sullivan
  201. Music For The Millions: The Encyclopedia Of Musical Masterpieces by David Ewen
  202. Franz Schubert, by Ralph Bates
  203. Men of Music by Wallace Brockway and Herbert Weinstock
  204. The Potting Shed (Penguin Plays & Screenplays) by Graham Greene
  205. Politics in the American drama by Caspar Nannes
  206. Sons of Men by Herschel Steinhardt
  207. Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin
  208. Untitled and Other Radio Dramas by Norman Corwin
  209. More by Corwin: 16 radio dramas, by Norman Corwin
  210. Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill
  211. Best American Plays (Third Series, 1945-1951)
  212. Sixteen Famous European Plays: All Complete and Unabridged, by Bennett Cerf and Van H. Cartmell
  213. The Complete Plays of Henry James
  214. Elizabethan Plays, Written By Shakespeare’s Friends, Colleagues, Rivals, and Successors… by Hazelton Spencer
  215. Critics’ Choice; New York Drama Critics’ Circle Prize Plays, 1935-55 by Jack Gaver
  216.  Modern American Dramas by Harlan Hatcher
  217. The Album of the Cambridge Garrick Club: Containing Original and Select Papers On the Drama, and the Proceedings of That Society, with Illustrations
  218. A Shropshire Lad: Poems by A. E. Houseman by A.E. Houseman
  219. The Poetry and Prose of Heinrich Heine by Frederic Ewen
  220. The Poetical Works of John Milton, by H.C. Beeching
  221. The Poetical Works of Robert Browning
  222. Wordsworth by Richard Wilbur
  223. Shelley: Poetical Works
  224. The Portable William Blake (Portable Library), by William Blake
  225. William Shakespeare Sonnets, ed. Mary Jane Gorton
  226. Robert Burns: Poems, ed. Henry Meikle and William Beattie
  227. The Penguin Book of English Verse, ed. John Hayward
  228. Aragon: Poet of the French Resistance, by Hannah Josephson and Malcolm Cowley
  229. Collected Sonnets by Edna St Vincent Millay
  230. Robert Frost’s Poems (New Enlarged Pocket Anthology of Robert Frost’s Poems) by Louis Untermeyer
  231. Poe: Complete Poems by Richard Wilbur
  232. The Lives and Times of Archy and Mehitabel by Don Marquis
  233. A Pocketbook of Modern Verse by Oscar Williams
  234. Poems by John Tagliabue
  235. Selected Poems by Rafael Alberti
  236. The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers by Robinson Jeffers
  237. The American Puritans: Their Prose and Poetry, by Perry Miller
  238. Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke by Rainer Maria Rilke
  239. Poet in New York: A Bilingual Edition (English and Spanish Edition) by Federico Garcia Lorca
  240. Vapor Trail, The – Poetic Tributes to Slain World War II Hearoes of Air Group 21 and the Carrier Raiding Star by Ivan Lawrence Becker
  241. Love Poems & Love Letters for All the Year
  242. One Hundred Modern Poems, ed. Selden Rodman
  243. The Sweeniad by Myra Buttle
  244. Poetry a Magazine of Verse.Volume 70 No. 6
  245. The Wall Between by Anne Braden
  246. The Roots of American Communism by Theodore Draper
  247. A View of the Nation an Anthology: 1955-1959, ed. Henry Christman
  248. A socialist’s faith by Norman Thomas
  249. Rededication to Freedom by Benjamin Ginzburg
  250. The Ignorant Armies by E.M. Halliday
  251. Commonwealth vs. Sacco and Vanzetti by Robert P. Weeks
  252. Journey to the Beginning by Edgar Snow
  253. Das Kapital by Karl Marx
  254. Lidice by Eleanor Wheeler
  255. A Study of History by Arnold Toynbee
  256. America The Invincible – A Study of America’s Role in World Affairs by Emmet John Hughes
  257. The Unfinished Country by Max Lerner
  258. Red Mirage by John O’Kearney
  259. Background and Foreground: An Anthology Articles from the New York Times Magazine, ed. Lester
  260. The Failure of Success: The Middle-class Crisis by Esther Milner
  261. A Piece of My Mind: Reflections at Sixty by Edmund Wilson
  262. The Truth About the Munich Crisis by Viscount Maugham
  263. Alienation Modern Man by Fritz Pappenheim
  264.  A Train of Powder by Rebecca West
  265. Report from Palermo by Danilo Dolci
  266. The Devil in Massachusetts: A Modern Enquiry into the Salem Witch Trials by Marion Starkey
  267. American Rights; the Constitution in Action by Walter Gellhorn
  268. Night by Francis Pollini
  269. The Right of the People by William Douglas
  270. The Jury is Still Out by Irwin Davidson and Richard Gehman
  271. First degree by William Kunstler
  272. Democracy in America (Penguin Classics) by Alexis De Tocqueville
  273. World Underworld by Andrew Varna
  274. Catechism for Young Children: Original Edition
  275. The Prophet (A Borzoi Book) by Kahlil Gibran
  276. The Magic Word – “L-I-D-G-T-T-F-T-A-T-I-M” by Robert Collier
  277. It Was Told of a Certain Potter by Walter C. Lanyon
  278. Man Against Himself by Karl A. Menninger
  279. The Tower and the Abyss: An Inquiry into the Transformation of the Individual by Erich Kahler
  280. Something to Live By, by Dorothea S. Kopplin
  281. Man’s Supreme Inheritance: Conscious Guidance and Control in Relation to Human Evolution by Alexander F. Matthias
  282. The Miracles of Your Mind by Joseph Murphy
  283. Wisdom of the Sands by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  284. Prison, a Paradise by Loran Hurnscot
  285. The Magic of Believing by Claude M. Bristol
  286. Peace of Mind by Joshua Loth Liebman
  287. The Use of the Self by Alexander F. Matthias
  288. TNT: The Power Within You by Claude M. Bristol
  289. The Call Girl by Harold Greenwald
  290. Troubled Women by Lucy Freeman
  291. Relax and Live by Joseph A. Kennedy
  292. Forever Young Forever Healthy by Indra Devi
  293. The Open Self by Charles Morris
  294. Hypnotism Today by Leslie Lecron and Jean Bordeaux
  295. Primitive Mythology: The Masks of God, by Joseph Campbell
  296. Some Characteristics of To-Day; A Lecture by Dr. Rudolph Steiner Given at Heidenheim on the 12th June, 1919 by Rudolph Steiner
  297. Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care: 9th Edition (pub. 1958)
  298. Flower Arranging for Fun. by Hazel Peckinpaugh Dunlop
  299. What is a Jew? by Morris Kertzer
  300. A Partisan Guide to the Jewish Problem by Milton Steinberg
  301. Tales of Rabbi Nachman by Martin Buber
  302. The Saviours of God: Spiritual Exercises by Nikos Kazantzakis
  303. The Dead Sea Scrolls by Millar Burrows
  304. The Secret Books of the Egyptian Gnostics: An Introduction to the Gnostic Coptic Manuscripts Discovered at Chenoboskion, by Jean Doresse
  305. Memories of a Catholic Girlhood by Mary McCarthy
  306. Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects by Bertrand Russell
  307.  Redemption and Other Plays by Leo Tolstoy
  308. The Portable Chekhov (Portable Library)by Anton Chekhov
  309. The House of the Dead (Dover Thrift Editions) by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  310. Crime and Punishment (Dover Thrift Editions) by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  311. The Plays of Anton Chekhov
  312. Smoke by Ivan Turgenev
  313. The Poems, Prose and Plays of Pushkin
  314. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  315. Our Knowledge of the External World (Routledge Classics) by Bertrand Russell
  316. Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare by Bertrand Russell
  317. Out of My Later Years by Albert Einstein
  318. Men and Atoms: The Discovery, the Uses and the Future of Atomic Enery by William Laurence
  319. Man Alive, You’re Half Dead! by Daniel Colin Munro
  320. Doctor Pygmalion: The Autobiogrphy of a Plastic Surgeon by Maxwell Maltz
  321. Everyman’s Search by Rebecca Beard
  322. Of Stars And Man by Harlow Shapley
  323. From Hiroshima To The Moon by Daniel Lang
  324. The Open Mind by J. Robert Oppenheimer
  325. Sexual Impotence In The Male: The Psychic Disorders Of The Sexual Function Of The Male by Leonard Paul Wershub
  326. Medea by Jeffers Robinson
  327. Antigone (Methuen Drama, Methuen Student Edition) by Jean Anouilh
  328. Bell, Book and Candle: A Comedy in Three Acts by John Van Druten
  329. The Women. by Clare Boothe
  330. Joan of Lorraine. by Maxwell Anderson
  331. The Sawbwa And His Secretary My Burmese Reminiscences by C.Y. Lee
  332. The Twain Shall Meet by Christopher Rand
  333. Kingdom of the Rocks; Memories of Oppède by Consuelo De Saint-Exupery
  334. The Heart Of India by Alexander Campbell
  335. Man-Eaters of Kumaon (Oxford India Paperbacks) by Jim Corbett
  336. Jungle Lore by Jim Corbett
  337. My India (1952) by Jim Corbett
  338. A Time In Rome by Elizabeth Bowen
  339. London by Jacques Boussard
  340. Russian Journey by William O. Douglas
  341. Golden Bough: The Roots of Religion and Folklore by James G. Frazer
  342. The Portable Dorothy Parker (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
  343. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  344. Lucy Gayheart (Vintage Classics) by Willa Cather
  345. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe: and Other Stories by Carson McCullers
  346. Short Novels of Colette
  347. The Little Disturbances of Man (Contemporary American Fiction) by Grace Paley
  348. The Autobiography of Lincoln Steffens (California Legacy Book)
  349. Carl Sandburg’s 12-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years/Walden/The Life of Samuel Johnson/Margaret Sanger: Birth Control Pioneer (Reader’s Digest Family Treasury of Great Biographies, Volume 12))
  350. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  351. The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats
  352.  The Thinking Body by Mabel Elsworth Todd
  353. An Actor Prepares by Konstantin Stanislavsky
  354. Duse: A Biography, by William Weaver
  355. De Humani Corporis Fabrica (Latin Edition) by Andreas Vesalius
  356. The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson) by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  357. Gertrude Lawrence as Mrs. A., by Richard Aldrich
  358. Goodnight, Sweet Prince by Gene Fowler
  359. Greek Mythology (Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes) by Edith Hamilton
  360. I Married Adventure: The Lives of Martin and Osa Johnson (Kodansha Globe)
  361. The Importance Of Living by Lin Yutang
  362. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  363. The Psychopathology of Everyday Life (The Standard Edition) (Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud) by Sigmund Freud
  364. Rains Came: A Novel of India by Louis Bromfield
  365. Rights of Man (Dover Thrift Editions) by Thomas Paine
  366. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  367. To the Actor by Michael Chekhov
  368. Captain Newman, M.D.
  369. Songs for Patricia by Norman Rosten
  370. A Lost Lady (Vintage Classics) by Willa Cather
  371. Lust for Lifeby Irving Stone
  372. The Deer Park by Norman Mailer
  373. The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt by Albert Camus

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The Personal Brand You

When you think of a personal brand, what comes to mind?

personal brand

The Personal Brand You

The University of Calgary held an event on branding for its alumni living in the Toronto and surrounding areas. Derek Hassay, RBC Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship Thinking gave us notice that he was going to talk about personal branding and how to connect your personal brand with the University of Calgary, and he actually did that. This got me thinking because I thought it was quite clever what Professor Hassay did, and that anyone can do something equally clever, if he or she understands more than the fundamentals of the field. Hassay knows a lot about marketing, and as a result is able to make unusual and effective connections.

Brand: A product, organization, place or person’s perceived image.

Logo/Trademark: Captures and communicates the brand. It identifies, it doesn’t explain. A logo’s meaning is derived from the entity it represents; not vice versa.

What Logos Have the Power to do

  • Simplify decision-making
  • Provide assurance
  • Afford status
  • Facilitate connections
  • Inform/Educate
  • Challenge
  • Protect
  • Inspire/Encourage
  • Remind
  • Celebrate

Brand Equity: The tangible and intangible elements of a brand both generate and influence value. This value is referred to as brand equity – goodwill.

Personal Brand: Your personal brand is an aggregated assessment of you – an attitude, emotion, or perception held by others based on their interactions with you.

Note: It takes as little as 1/10th second to make a first impression.

Personal Branding: Similar to impression and/or reputation management. Personal branding clarifies and communicates your unique qualities and is a means to distinguish you from your peers.

Your Brand is the Product of

What you…

  • Say
  • Do
  • Buy
  • Wear
  • Support

Where you…

  • Live
  • Work
  • Go to school

Who you…

  • Marry
  • Associate with
What others…

  • Hear you say
  • See you do
  • Say about you
  • Think about you
  • Believe you value/stand for

 

The personal brand is easy to create, hard to maintain, and difficult to change. You could be locked into who you were.

How to Build Brand U

  1. Know yourself: What makes you distinct, what are your current skills and values?
  2. Invest in yourself: Improve your skills through training and professional development.
  3. Be comfortable with who you are and want to be.
  4. Smile. A positive attitude and disposition helps people.
  5. Present yourself as you wish to be perceived. Dress the part. Inconsistency kills good brands.
  6. Communicate clearly and concisely. Listen more. Great communication requires practice.

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The Art of Entrepreneurship

Notes from The Art of Entrepreneurship Conference 2014

Yesterday, I attended The Art of Entrepreneurship Conference, where they had a good line-up of dynamic speakers, who gave the audience useful tips that they could implement immediately. I received two complimentary tickets from Ron Bester, a LinkedIn contact, who gave me a ticket to attend last year’s The Art of Small Business (Key Takeaways from the Art of Small Business Conference). Although they had very good speakers last year, my biggest criticism was that women were visibly absent from the list of speakers. TheArtOf  improved this year, and they secured Debbie Travis as a speaker, and Catherine Graham was one of the panelists.

Conferences like the ones organized by TheArtOf are important because we are exposed to new thinking and ideas. Here are my key takeaways from The Art of Entrepreneurship Conference!

Key Takeaways 

Eric Ryan, Co-Founder & Chief Brand Architect, Method

Book: The Method Method: Seven Obsessions That Helped Our Scrappy Start-up Turn an Industry Upside Down, Squeaky Green: The Method Guide to Detoxing Your Home

  • Learn to say, “Yes and” instead of “Yes, but” a concept taken from Improv. Years ago, I took an introductory improve class at Second City. I highly recommend it.
  • To build a successful business, culture is important.
  • Aesthetics is very important, so pay attention to design.
  • Innovation is the transfer of emotion!

Chris Guillebeau, Founder of World Domination Summit, Entrepreneur, Modern-Day Explorer

Books: The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future, The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World (Perigee Book.),and  The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life

  • Give your customers what they really want.
  • Entrepreneurs are motivated by independence and freedom.
  • Focus on helpfulness.
  • Some people are talkers and not doers, they are called charlatans, some people do not talk, but are doers, they are martyrs, and hustlers are those who know the correct balance between talker and doer. Be a hustler, because that is one way to success.
  • Create a referral system to increase sales.

Debbie Travis, Design Superstar & Entrepreneur behind the Largest Celebrity Brand in Canada

Book: Not Guilty: My Guide to Working Hard, Raising Kids and Laughing through the Chaos

  • Dream it, do it, live it!
  • Embrace your mistakes because they often lead to success.
  • Learn from the best people.
  • Have a sense of humor because it is a form of survival.
  • Get the support you need.

Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder of reddit, Entrepreneur, Investor, Activist

Books: Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed

  • Trust your gut when you don’t have all the data – start from where you are.
  • Create great content, chime in and be helpful.
  • Find opportunities in the down moments.
  • Entrepreneur is French for, “Has ideas, does them!”

Gary Vaynerchuk, Co-Founder & CEO of VaynerMedia, Founder of Wine Library, Entrepreneur

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Books: Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, The Thank You Economy, and Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World

  • Selling is about the depth of your relationships.
  • Stay in your lane – know what you are good at and hire people to perform the tasks that you are not so good at.
  • What’s on the home page of your smart phone? The home page of your smart phone says a lot about you!
  • Social media starts with the ear and not the mouth.
  • Pay attention to the behavior of your audience – watch people’s behavior and respect them.
  • Market in the current year, which means that you use the marketing strategies of the day.

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Pierre Trudeau: The Books that Shaped his Young Mind http://theinvisiblementor.com/pierre-trudeau-books-shaped-young-mind/ http://theinvisiblementor.com/pierre-trudeau-books-shaped-young-mind/#respond Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:13:14 +0000 http://theinvisiblementor.com/?p=16848 Read to Lead: The Shaping of Young Pierre Trudeau’s Mind How is the mind of a successful person shaped? One way is by reading actively – interacting with the words on the page. We have been exploring the concept of the shaping of the mind of highly successful people by looking at their personal libraries. […]

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Read to Lead: The Shaping of Young Pierre Trudeau’s Mind

Pierre Trudeau

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How is the mind of a successful person shaped? One way is by reading actively – interacting with the words on the page. We have been exploring the concept of the shaping of the mind of highly successful people by looking at their personal libraries. This is not a segment in the series, because I have not yet found sufficient information on Pierre Trudeau’s personal library. What I have found is a biography, Young Trudeau: 1919-1944: Son of Quebec, Father of Canada, which focuses on the younger years of Canada’s 15th Prime Minister. I was ecstatic when I discovered the book, but after I delved deeper into Chapter 7, Read to Lead, my enthusiasm was considerably dampened because I did not find as many books as I would have liked to write a post about the books in his personal library.

The authors, Max Nemni and Monique Nemni write, “He [Pierre Trudeau] engaged in a virtual dialogue with the authors who had caught his attention, jotting down his response to their views. Some of his comments were so personal that, reading them now, one feels embarrassed at intruding like a stranger on the intimacy of his soul.” These are very powerful words that give us insights into the shaping of a successful mind.

Some of the Books Pierre Trudeau Read in his Twenties

  1. Le désespéré, Leon Bloy
  2. La femme pauvre, Leon Bloy
  3. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare
  4. The Tempest, William Shakespeare (Trudeau wasn’t very impressed)
  5. Le pain dur, Paul Claudel
  6. Le voyage du centurion, Ernest Psichari
  7. The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare, GK Chesterton
  8. Point Counterpoint, Aldous Huxley
  9. Pensées, Blaise Pascal
  10. Les Deux Sources de la Morale et de la Religion, Henri Bergson
  11. Du cote de chez Swann (Swann’s Way), Marcel Proust
  12. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  13. L’Equipee voyage au pays du reel, Victor Segalen
  14. Les Voyages de Marco Polo (Collection Du Nenuphar – Les Meilleurs Auteurs Canadiens), Alain Grandbois
  15. Le souverain captif (la revolution a refaire 1/ le souverain captif), Andre Tardieu

Although there are only 15 books mentioned, it is interesting to know what a Prime Minister was reading while he attended university. Some of the books that Pierre Trudeau, we have seen them before in the personal libraries of other successful people. Liked this post? Share it on social media and leave a comment as well as subscribe to my RSS feed and get loads more! If you’re new to the blog, visit the Start Here page for my pillar posts.

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Coping with the Busyness of Life http://theinvisiblementor.com/coping-with-the-busyness-of-life/ http://theinvisiblementor.com/coping-with-the-busyness-of-life/#respond Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:52:31 +0000 http://theinvisiblementor.com/?p=16842 Coping with the Busyness of Life Is it me, or is life busier for everyone? How do you cope with the busyness of life? I have been feeling overwhelmed with all the stuff on my plate that I find that I cannot function, so I ignore my overloaded plate because I do not really want […]

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Coping with the Busyness of Life

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Is it me, or is life busier for everyone? How do you cope with the busyness of life? I have been feeling overwhelmed with all the stuff on my plate that I find that I cannot function, so I ignore my overloaded plate because I do not really want to deal with it. But issues do not resolve by themselves, whether we like it or not, we have to take action, finding the right solutions.

While thinking about my overly busy life, and my plate flowing over, something struck me – I don’t have to finish everything on my plate, it is up to me to choose what I eat and digest. I should know better, because I have been here before. Although we know things, we need reminders every now and again, else we are likely to forget them.

If we are leading a fulfilled life, there will always be something to do, and it is up to each us to decide how we will spend the 24 hours that we are given every day. So I look at my plate, then I get a smaller plate, on which I place the things that will consume my time and energy, and that one act gives me energy. Now I am creating a plan for how I will complete the important things that need my attention for the next three months, and have a weekly schedule of activities to perform.

When you are proactive, you feel more in control of your life. For me, some of the things I quickly jotted down are the following items so I could take back control of my life.

  • Read four of the right old books each week.
  • Write every day to complete book by November 30th.
  • Reconnect with some of the people who I have interviewed.
  • Have a membership site up by December 31.
  • Create a new business model for my business.

I know how to perform each activity because I have either done them before, or have all the inputs that I need to perform them effectively. I have had to adjust my schedule, and that’s okay. What I need right now is to learn how to better pace myself so I do not get overwhelmed. So whenever you feel overwhelmed by the busyness of your life, and your plate is overflowing, take a breather, then look at each piece of food on your place, decide if it nourishes your life – does it take you closer to achieving your big goal in life? By focusing on the things that really matter in life, you are more likely to lead a happy and fulfilled life. Coping with the busyness of life can feed or drain you, it is entirely up to you!

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CS Lewis Personal Library – The Shaping of a Mind

CS Lewis

CS Lewis Personal Library

Born on November 29, 1898 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Clive Staples Lewis (CS Lewis), was a writer, critic, Anglican scholar and theologian. As a boy, he read voraciously, wrote about an imaginary world,  called Boxen – “Animal-Land”, which was inhabited by talking beasts. At Oxford, CS Lewis studied the classics, philosophy and English. Between 1925 and 1954, he was the fellow of English language and literature at Magdalen College, Oxford. Close male friends – his brother Warren, JRR Tolkien, English scholar Hugo Dyson, novelist Charles Williams and philosopher Owen Barfield – influenced his thinking. Along with some other men, they met weekly for their group Inklings. JRR Tolkien questioned Lewis’ atheist thinking, and prompted the spiritual evolution of his friend

CS Lewis became well-known in Britain from his talks on the BBC from 1941 to 1944. He wrote many bestsellers, and is known for The Chronicle of Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set: The Magician’s Nephew; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; The H), a series of seven children’s books.

“The author described the Christian meanings of the series thus: the first book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, was about “the Crucifixion and Resurrection”; Prince Caspian dealt with the “restoration of the true religion after a corruption”; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, “the spiritual life”; The Silver Chair, “the continuing war against the powers of darkness”; The Horse and His Boy, “the calling and conversion of the heathen”; The Magician’s Nephew, “the Creation and how evil entered Narnia”; and The Last Battle, “the coming of Antichrist (the ape), the end of the world and the last judgment.”” St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, p 150 – 151

In 1956, CS Lewis married Joy Davidson, who died from bone cancer four years later. He took the death of his wife very hard and wrote about the experience in A Grief Observed. Lewis died on November 22, 1963, the same day that John F Kennedy was shot.

CS Lewis’ mind was shaped by the books he read, and the people with whom he had deep conversations. Looking at the books in his personal library, one again, as with other successful people, he was interested in books from many different genres. Thanks to the efforts of the organization Library Thing that made it possible for me to take a look into the personal library of CS Lewis.

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Some of the Books from CS Lewis Personal Library

  1. The Plays And Poems Of George Chapman: The Tragedies (1910), George Chapman
  2. Plays and Poems of George Chapman: The Comedies, George Chapman
  3. King Wren: The Youth of Henri IV [originally titled: Die Jugend des Koenigs Henri Quatrre], Heinrich Mann
  4. Complete works of Robert Browning (Complete Works of Robert Browning 6: With Variant Readings & Annotations (Complete Works Robert Browning)), Robert Browning
  5. Purgatorio, Dante Alighieri
  6. Chaucer: the knight’s tale (The Knight’s Tale: In its original form and with a modern translation), Geoffrey Chaucer
  7. The Myth of Oedipus, Colin Hardie
  8. Little Arthur’s History of England, Lady Maria Callcott
  9. The Essays of Elia (The Works of Charles Lamb), Charles Lamb
  10. Sir Thomas More: A Selection From His Works, As Well In Prose As In Verse, Forming A Sequel To “life And Times Of Sir Thomas More.”…, Saint Thomas
  11. Anthology of Assorted Works (The Complete Poetical Works of William Cowper (Classic Reprint)), William Cowper
  12. A Time To Dance, C. Day Lewis
  13. The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, Joseph Franklin
  14. History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews, The, A Longman Cultural Edition for History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews, The, A Longman Cultural Edition, Henry Fielding
  15. The History of Tom Jones: A Foundling, Henry Fielding
  16. Les Aventures De Télémaque, Fils D’ulysse, François de Salignac de La Mothe- Fénelon
  17. Poems (The Complete Poems and Plays: 1909-1950), T. S. Eliot
  18. Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life, George Eliot
  19. Egil’s Saga (Penguin Classics) (Egils Saga Skallagrimssonar)
  20. Poems (The Poems of William Dunbar), William Dunbar
  21. Tales Of The Caucasus – The Ball of Snow and Sultanetta, Alexandre Dumas
  22. Olympe de Clèves, Alexandre Dumas
  23. Arrows of Desire, Joseph Ditchburn
  24. The Revolutionary Epick
    The Revolutionary Epick, Earl of Beaconsfield Benjamin Disraeli
  25. David Copperfield (Penguin Classics), Charles Dickens
  26. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, Charles Dickens
  27. The Poetical Works of Mark Akenside, Mark Akenside
  28. Charles Lamb (Charles Lamb [by Alfred Ainger]; Adventures of Ulysses, Guy Faux, etc. [by Charles Lamb] (The Life and Works of Charles Lamb)), Alfred Ainger
  29. Selected Poems, Conrad Aiken
  30. The Foresters Wife, Margot Robert Adamson
  31. The Cuckoo and Other Bird Mysteries,, Bernard Acworth
  32. Early Mediaeval French Lyrics, Claude Colleer Abbott
  33. Interludes and Poems, Lascelles Abercrombie
  34. A skeleton outline of Greek history: Chronologically arranged, Evelyn Abbott
  35. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, Edwin Abbott
  36. Ghosts & two other plays, Henrik Ibsen
  37. Brand: A Dramatic Poem (1899), Henrik Ibsen
  38. The Genius and the Goddess: A Novel, Aldous Huxley
  39. Ape and Essence, Aldous Huxley
  40. The Age of Chaucer (The Age of Chaucer (The Pelican Guide to English Literature, Vol. 1)), Boris Ford
  41. Enquiries Concerning Human Understanding and Concerning the Principles of Morals, David Hume
  42. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Signet Classics), Victor Hugo
  43. A High Wind in Jamaica (A Keith Jennison book), Richard Arthur Warren Hughes
  44. Essays & Addresses On the Philosophy of Religion: -1921, Freiherr von Friedrich Hügel
  45. Motives and Mechanisms of the Mind: An Introduction to Psychopathology and Applied Psychology, Eric Graham Howe
  46. A Commentary On Herodotus, Volume 1, Books 1-4, Walter Wybergh How
  47. The citizen of the world: or, letters from a Chinese philosopher, residing in London, to his friends in the East., Oliver Goldsmith
  48. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Penguin Classics), Edward Gibbon
  49. The Life of Charlotte Bronte (Penguin Classics), Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  50. The Steele Glas (The Steele Glas etc: Certayne Notes of Instruction in English Verse; the Steele Glas; the Complaynt of Philomeme (Arber’s English Reprints)), George Gascoigne
  51. The Man of Feeling (Oxford World’s Classics), Henry Mackenzie
  52. The Egoist, George Meredith
  53. Typee, and, Billy Budd (Herman Melville’s Complete Novels, Short Stories and Poems: Moby Dick, Typee, Billy Budd, Sailor, The Piazza Tales, The Confidence-man and More), Herman Melville
  54. Redburn (Herman Melville : Redburn, White-Jacket, Moby-Dick (Library of America)), Herman Melville
  55. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  56. Mental seduction and menticide; the psychology of thought control and brain-washing, Joost Abraham Maurits Meerloo
  57. Geoffrey Trease, Margaret Meek
  58. Mediaeval Latin Lyrics, Helen Waddell
  59. Fantastic traveller, Maude Meagher
  60. Milton’s poems (Complete Poems and Major Prose), John Milton
  61. When We Were Very Young (Winnie-the-Pooh), A. A. Milne
  62. Queen’s Music, Margaret J. Miller
  63. Beast In View, Margaret Millar
  64. The Three Brides, Charlotte Mary Yonge
  65. The Young Step-Mother, Charlotte Mary Yonge
  66. Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition, Frances Amelia Yates
  67. Utilitarianism, Liberty & Representative Government, John Stuart Mill
  68. York Minster Screen Being a Specimen of the Yorkshire Dialect as Spoken in the North Riding, Raymond Burton
  69. A System of Logic, John Stuart Mill
  70. Selected modern English essays (Modern English Essays: 1st Ser (World’s Classics), Modern English Essays: 2nd Ser (World’s Classics)), Sir Humphrey Sumner Milford
  71. Portrait of a parson, Ursula Roberts
  72. Selections from ancient Irish poetry, Kuno Meyer
  73. Elected silence: The Autobiography of Thomas Merton, Thomas Merton
  74. The Friendly Town; a Little Book for the Urbane, E. V. Lucas
  75. Growing Up, Barbara Lucas
  76. Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages: A Collaborative History, Roger Sherman Loomis
  77. The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Cambridge Edition, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  78. The sea lady: a tissue of moonshine, H. G. Wells
  79. The Sleeper Awakes, H. G. Wells
  80. The World Set Free: A Story of Mankind, H. G. Wells
  81. Glimpses of Mennonite History & Doctrine, John Christian Wenger
  82. The Journal of John Wesley, John Wesley
  83. The Elements of English Grammar, Alfred Slater West
  84. The Vintage, Anthony West
  85. Harriet Hume: A London Fantasy, Rebecca West
  86. Under the Red Robe, Stanley John Weyman
  87. Six Plays by Contemporaries of Shakespeare, Charles Bickersteth Wheeler
  88. On the Study of Words, Richard Chenevix Trench
  89. Doctor Claudius, A True Story, F. Marion Crawford
  90. Khaled, A Tale of Arabia, F. Marion Crawford
  91. The Misfortunes of Elphin and Rhododaphne, Thomas Love Peacock
  92. The Rod, the Root, and the Flower, Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore
  93. The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry (Dover Fine Art, History of Art), Walter Pater
  94. Plato and Platonism, Walter Pater
  95. Pensées et Opuscles (Pensées and Other Writings (Oxford World’s Classics)), Blaise Pascal
  96. The Carpathian Castle, Jules Verne
  97. From the Earth to the Moon (Bantam Classics), Jules Verne
  98. Around The World In 80 Days, Jules Verne
  99. An Icelandic prose reader, with notes, grammar, and glossary, Guðbrandur Vigfússon
  100. Cruise of the Conrad: A Journal of a Voyage round the World, undertaken and carried out in the Ship JOSEPH CONRAD, 212 Tons, in the Years 1934, 1935 and 1936 by way of Good Hope, the East Indies, the South Seas and Cape Horn, Alan Villiers
  101. The rehearsal, George Villiers
  102. The Gentle Art of Lexicography (As Pursued and Experienced by an Addict) Eric Partridge
  103. Adventuring Among Words: The Language Library, Eric Partridge
  104. Vergili Maronis Opera (P. Vergili Maronis Opera V3, Containing The Last Six Books Of The Aeneid: The Works Of Virgil, With A Commentary (1871)), Virgil
  105. Völsunga Saga: the story of the Volsungs [and] Niblungs, with certain songs from the Elder Edda, H. Halliday Sparling
  106. The Best of Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Parker
  107. The Napoleon of Notting Hill, G. K. Chesterton
  108. Man Who Knew Too Much, G. K. Chesterton
  109. Essays of today, Francis Henry Pritchard
  110. The Story Of A Lifetime…, Lady Eliza Chambers Priestley
  111. History of the Conquest of Peru, William H. Prescott
  112. World of Wonder: an Introduction to Imaginative Literature / Foreword by Edith Mirrielees, Fletcher Pratt
  113. British diarists, Baron Arthur Ponsonby
  114. The Struggle For Sea Power (1903), Margaret Bertha Synge
  115. The Travels of Marco Polo: The Illustrated Edition (The Illustrated Editions), Marco Polo
  116. The Recollections of the Last Days of Shelley and Byron, Edward John Trelawny

Randomly Selected Books from C.S. Lewis’ library

  1. They Were Defeated (20th Century Classics), Dame Rose Macaulay
  2.  Royal Indiscretion, Richard Marsh
  3. Lady Hester, or, Ursula’s Narrative, Charlotte Mary Yonge
  4. Clever Woman of the Family, Charlotte Mary Yonge
  5. The English Carmelites, Lancelot Capel Sheppard
  6. A book of British ballads, R. Brimley Johnson
  7. Under the Red Robe, Stanley John Weyman

CS Lewis’ Favorite Authors

  1. Saint Athanasius
  2. Patriarch of Alexandria
  3. Saint Augustine
  4. Bishop of Hippo
  5. Jane Austen
  6. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
  7. Geoffrey Chaucer
  8. K. Chesterton
  9. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  10. Samuel Johnson
  11. Thomas à Kempis
  12. George MacDonald
  13. John Milton
  14. William Morris
  15. Blaise Pascal
  16. Sir Walter Scott
  17. Edmund Spenser
  18. Thomas Aquinas
  19. William Wordsworth

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Brave New World

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – Book Review

Chief Bottler, Director of hatcheries and Conditioning, Director of Predestination, Deputy Assistant Fertilizer-General, Professor of Feelies in the College of Emotional Engineering, Dean of the Westminster Community Singery, Supervisor of Bokanovskification, State Conditioning Centre – I invite you into the world of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. In this brave new world, babies are essentially manufactured on an assembly line, and while they sleep at nights, they are preprogrammed so that they will grow into people who always accept the status quo, never thinking for themselves, nor questioning things. If someone has a stressful day, to cope, they take a soma pill to dull their senses. Those in charge approve of  using Pavlov conditioning on 8-month old babies to prevent them from liking books and flowers. And children are brought up in state conditioning centres.

Is this a world that you would like to inhabit?

What makes a writer think of ideas such as the ones in Brave New World? To understand a work of literature, it helps to understand the context behind the art. What experience caused the author to write the book? In this instance, Aldous Huxley visited the United States in 1926, and he was disturbed by the rise of capitalism and Henry Ford’s introduction of the assembly line, which was now common in factories. Huxley believed that the conditions under which factory workers were working was dehumanizing. His visit to the US was after World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution, but before Stalinism and Nazism took hold.

Brave New World is satirical, set in London in the seventh century AF (After Ford), 632 years after the birth of American Industrialist Henry Ford (Profile of Henry Ford), who invented the Model T car. Brave New World reminded me of George Orwell’s 1984, I felt a sense of hopelessness after finishing the book, and it is a scary place to be as governments increasingly try to control people. Dystopia or Utopia does not work and we have to find a common ground.

“‘But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.’”

“‘In fact,’ said Mustapha Mond, ‘you’re claiming the right to be unhappy.’”

“‘All right then,’ said the Savage defiantly, ‘I’m claiming the right to be unhappy.’”

“‘Not to mention the right to grow old and ugly and impotent; the right to have syphilis and cancer; the right to have too little to eat; the right to be lousy; the right to live in constant apprehension of what may happen tomorrow; the right to catch typhoid; the right to be tortured by unspeakable pains of every kind.’”

This is one of the profound and engaging dialogues in Brave New World, and I cannot help but wonder what you would be prepared to give up for the right of freedom.

In the story, the World State’s Motto is Community, Identity and Stability and there are five classes of people, the intellectual classes, the Alphas and Betas, and the lesser classes – Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons. In manufacturing babies they practice ethnic cleansing because social class is predetermined. The elderly are not appreciated for their wisdom because they are considered not to be beautiful. People are in a state of perpetual happiness, where their senses are dulled because of drugs, they play sports, and there is no commitment where sex is concerned because in the community it is recreational. The community is one where monogamy does not exist, and it is frowned upon. And everyone looks svelte – no bad hair day for you!

Bernard Marx is considered an outsider because he is very different from others in the State, and he feels displaced. He takes a trip outside the State with Lenina Crowne and meets John, who was raised as a “savage”. John’s mother, Linda, who once lived in the World State, had John the normal way – though procreation – and not via Eugenics, which is the way of the State. When people do not conform to the State’s way, they are banished to an island, where normal people like us live. Bernard returns to the State with John and Linda. Helmholtz Watson is also a rebel, exercising his rebelliousness by writing forbidden poems.

John is seen as a novelty, because he is different, and he challenges the status quo which makes people uncomfortable. Bernard is weak, cowardly and doesn’t know how to challenge authority, even though he does not fit in or agree with the way things are – he is a product of his upbringing. Bernard changes by encountering John, but not enough for him to evolve as a person. Helmholtz and John create a minor rebellion by disrupting the distribution of soma. In the end John nor Helmholtz has not made much of a difference, and they leave the community separately. Helmholtz and Bernard go to the same island. After reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, I feel let down, and I feel a sense of hopelessness, and I wonder if the brave new world is where today’s society is heading. But I also think that it is good for us to read books such as Brave New World because they make us anxious, and force us to think about the environment in which we live, and perhaps some of us will stand up and oppose indignities and injustices.

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