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The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly
The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly
by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thought there would be more..., 4 Jan. 2009
Though I'm amazed at the dedication and effort it must have taken to write this book I'm almost ashamed to admit how little impact this book had on me. I felt the story to simple and lessons to contrite. His courage comes through wonderfully but I think there are better tales of adversity.


Through the Narrow Gate: A Nun's Story: A Memoir of Convent Life
Through the Narrow Gate: A Nun's Story: A Memoir of Convent Life
by Karen Armstrong
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The narrow gate away from perdition, 4 Jan. 2009
The first part of Armstrong's autobiography is nowhere as strong as the second part (the Spiral Staircase) but even so it proves a valuable read. The details of life in a nunnery are fascinating as is Miss Armstrong's journey out of it. What let's this book down in my opinion is a tendency to blame to much on living within the nunnery, nevertheless there can be no doubt that taking the habit is a hard task and one that is bound to have impact on life. This book is less reflective and more narrative than the second part of her autobiography and if I had to choose to recommend only one I'd recommend The Spiral Staircase. Nevertheless this book is still an interesting read.


The Spiral Staircase
The Spiral Staircase
by Karen Armstrong
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully readable biography, 4 Jan. 2009
This review is from: The Spiral Staircase (Paperback)
This is a wonderful biography from an author I much admire. Her story wonderfully woven with the verses of Elliot's Ash Wednesday we see the post-monastic life of Karen Armstrong. We her see journey through the world and grow as a person and see how her ideas change. This book allows one to gain a context to her other works and see the perspectives that she holds. As with all Armstrong's books this is wonderfully written and a pleasure to read if nothing else.


The Complete MAUS
The Complete MAUS
by Art Spiegelman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.89

5.0 out of 5 stars A novel approach, 4 Jan. 2009
This review is from: The Complete MAUS (Paperback)
Somewhat of a cliché to say but this book truly was what made me thing of a comic a something other than a mode of communicating with pre-pubescent children. Though the illustrations may not be spectacular the story certainly is and perhaps less simple illustrations would have taken away from this. The book tells the story of the narrator's father in World War 2, as a Jew in the concentration camps and his life afterwards. Interestingly also we get the story of the authors guilt about the lack of meaning in his life after looking at that of his father. A wonderful story, most originally told.


Reformation for Armchair Theologians
Reformation for Armchair Theologians
by Glenn S. Sunshine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The best overview of the reformation, 13 Nov. 2008
This book provides the best introduction to the Reformation. Written by theologians with a sense of humour allows doctrinal discussion to become not only accessible but interesting. The book takes the major topics of the reformation in each chapter and provides enough information for one to get a basic handle on the issues. Nearly all major ideas and thinkers are mentioned here. The cartoons in this book are beautifully drawn also. The only few criticisms are that it perhaps does require a little knowledge of medieval Europe.


The Singapore Grip
The Singapore Grip
by J.G. Farrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes for wonderful reading, 13 Nov. 2008
This review is from: The Singapore Grip (Paperback)
Another wonderful book by Farrell. This time we are Singapore upon whose shores the Second World War is about to reach. We see the usual collection of eccentric colonials and witness their social dealings. Whilst the rest of the Empire battled the Germans and Japanese, in Singapore fortunes are to be made and daughters to be married off. Farrell has created a wonderful host of characters who often discuss the weightiest of matters in the most perilous situations. Thus not only are we treated to reading about them putting out incendiary bombs but we have them discussing the betterment of man whilst they do it. As with Farrell's other novels the book is wonderfully funny, this one is however tinged with sadness. The injustice of Empire is more apparent and the motives of the people whose stories we witness are much crasser than in his other books. This, as with all of Farrell's books is a must read.


How Doctors Think
How Doctors Think
by Jerome Groopman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.14

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Read the books by Gawande instead, 13 Nov. 2008
This review is from: How Doctors Think (Paperback)
This book, despite one or two good chapters ultimately disappoints. Groopman's ego comes across and one can almost feel his sense of superiority coming of the pages. Too much of the book is devoted to telling us about the more inane experiences in his life and he seems to have no problem in repeating the same point repeatedly. The book doesn't flow well, there seems to be little to link one chapter to the next. Whilst a generation ago this may have been one of the few books of its kind out there that is no longer the case today. The far superior books by Atul Gawande are those that people should peruse, not this over sentimentalised, rather dull book. I will make an exception for the chapter on primary care, which alone is the only part of the book worth reading. Make no mistake this book is on an important topic, doctors most of all need to examine how they think. Unfortunately is written by someone poorly literate and with few new things to say.
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QI: The Book of Animal Ignorance
QI: The Book of Animal Ignorance
by John Lloyd
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed full of information, 13 Nov. 2008
A wonderful collection of animal miscellany. It is only let down by an absence of references and the fact that one wishes that they covered more animals.


Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician
Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician
by Anthony Everitt
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good place to start, 13 Nov. 2008
This biography is excellently written and entertaining. It assumes no prior knowledge of the Roman Republic and explains the politics of the time wonderfully. Through it we see Cicero, our fatally flawed genius. A great philosopher and orator, who though extolled the republic was ultimately the one who betrayed it. In an age where military might counted for most, it was unusual that a man of only letters gained such prominence. Much of Cicero's writings survive today and it is a shame Everritt didn't use more of them in telling his story. Instead we often find clumsy paraphrasing which detracts somewhat from this otherwise excellent work.


The Mute's Soliloquy: A Memoir
The Mute's Soliloquy: A Memoir
by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting..., 13 Oct. 2008
An excellent autobiography by Ananta Toer Indonesia's best known novelist. The book is told in a serious of letters and fragments and details his life in prison as well as focusing on his life before imprisonment. We witness the difficulties he faced and the background to which his greatest novels were conceived. At the tail end of the book we are left with a list of names of those that died on the penal colony. This is perhaps the only book in English that details the atrocities that were suffered in Indonesia first hand.


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