William Jiang’s extraordinary chronicle of his life in another of his books – ‘A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope’ – is at once arresting, horrifying, challenging and inspiring. Obviously Will Jiang is a brilliant young handsome man born prematurely to an Anglo-Saxon mother and an absentee Russian Jewish father and later adopted by his Chinese stepfather Yu Jiang: the inordinately touching memories of and tributes from his brothers Leaf, Chung and Justice as well as comments introduced in his preface form an impressive list of people attest to the fact that this is a unique young man. Then we met Will in his role of a librarian with his THE ENGLISH VIRTUAL LIBRARY – William Jiang, BA, MLS, the author of sixteen popular Kindle books in English, Spanish, and French which have gone to #1 in the USA and have sold in Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, France, Germany, India, Australia, Italy, and Japan. He is a former Columbia University/NYSPI Medical Library Chief, designer, and he is a speaker of English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. And as his bio now states, ‘Most movies and media news paint one-dimensional, thinly drawn caricatures of mentally ill people, instilling fear. Refreshingly, words that could describe Mr. Jiang’s life and work include: brilliant, passionate, artistic, profound, knowledgeable, inspirational, and even “wise teacher”.
Will’s Valentine energy he wishes to spread throughout the year. And once again his skill in languages is demonstrated as he offers quotations about Love in Latin, Spanish and English in a manner that makes each quote memorable and a tool for improving vocabulary and gaining some skills in speaking Spanish! THAT is love!
To gain the full benefit of this collection of quotations this is a book that belongs in your home or study or office or backpack. A few examples follow:
“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” Nietzsche
Incitamentum amoris musica.
Music entices to love.
Haec scripsi non otii abuntantia, sed amoris erga te.
I have written this, not from having an abundance of leisure, but of love for you (Cicero).
“Love is a temporary insanity, curable by marriage.” Ambrose Bierce
En un beso, sabrás todo lo que he callado.
In a kiss, you’ll know everything I kept silent.
Qué buen insomnio si me desvelo sobre tu cuerpo.
What good is insomnia if I can not sleep over your body. Mario Benedetti
“Don’t forget to love yourself.” Soren Kierkegaard
And there are many more – 150 to be exact. This is a special book – for you, to offer as a gift to one you love, to share with friends. Grady Harp, February 17