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Mala "www.silent-rant.blogspot.com" (London, UK)

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Of Mice and Men (Penguin Red Classics)
Of Mice and Men (Penguin Red Classics)
by John Steinbeck
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.84

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scoring no.6 on America's most contraversial books ever written, 2 Aug. 2007
A good read. I particularly liked the chapter in which Steinbeck uses a form of magic realism to portray a rather surreal description Lennie's emotions. A classic indeed.


Selected Tales (Oxford World's Classics)
Selected Tales (Oxford World's Classics)
by Edgar Allan Poe
Edition: Paperback

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet Surrealism, 1 Aug. 2007
If you are drawn to surrealist work you will definitely enjoy this book. The stories have been written as a collection of gothic tales, but I found myself laughing at the tragedy of it all most of the time! Well written, warped literature.


The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays: Lady Windermere's Fan; Salome; A Woman of No Importance; An Ideal Husband; The Importance of Being Earnest (Oxford World's Classics)
The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays: Lady Windermere's Fan; Salome; A Woman of No Importance; An Ideal Husband; The Importance of Being Earnest (Oxford World's Classics)
by Oscar Wilde
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read, 1 Aug. 2007
This review is for "A Woman of No Importance".

This book should be put on the national curriculum. Wildes ability to give an analytical and yet charming and witty view of society is exceptional. His style of writing is easy to follow and the undertones of his ironic message are comprehensible. Everyone should try to read this classic at some point... I want to see the play now!


The Stories of Eva Luna
The Stories of Eva Luna
by Isabel Allende
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting..., 1 Aug. 2007
This review is for "If you touched my heart" from the many tales in this book, all of which are mesmerising, but I can never in my life forget this one - it is about a young Hortensia who is imprisoned and treated brutally by her inhumane lover Amadeo Peralta, but in the end he too suffers the same fate. Focuses on the complex human psyche. It's just brilliant!


Lunar Park
Lunar Park
by Bret Easton Ellis
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the warped mind of Ellis..., 1 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Lunar Park (Paperback)
Another great booked by Ellis, I was hooked yet again. It makes references to characters from American Psycho, so you should probably read that book first. Also, as with most of his books, it leaves you feeling like you could've done with just a tad more detail at the end... But overall amazing descriptions and captivating language - a definite read for this year.


Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock 'n' Roll
Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock 'n' Roll
by Sarfraz Manzoor
Edition: Paperback

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and Entertaining, 26 July 2007
Sarfraz Manzoor's autobiographical account of life as British Muslim Pakistani growing up in Luton in the 70s/80s. This book is both an enlightening and accurate portrayal of life as a second generation Brit, and touches upon topics you may have thought about in the privacy of your own mind, but never dared speak about out loud. It is thoroughly entertaining, you will literally laugh out loud. Though I should add a small caveat in that it does lack a sequantial storyline, but other than that - an excellent read :D
Buy your copy now!


The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
by Mohsin Hamid
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read if you are feeling a little alienated by society, 16 July 2007
A well-written book although it lacked any real story line... also, it is written rather unrealistically from the perspective of a 22 year old student-cum-consultant post 9/11, who is at one point shown to be nursing a whisky while getting over his ex... now I am no expert when it comes to drinking, but hey - that sounds odd even to me! The back-drop and detail of emotions however couldn't be more accurate. A good read if you feel a little alienated by society.


American Psycho
American Psycho
by Bret Easton Ellis
Edition: Paperback

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing Brilliance, 29 May 2007
This review is from: American Psycho (Paperback)
Once you're on this roller-coaster of a ride it is difficult to get off, no matter how distasteful it may seem... your thirst for the truth overtakes you and eventually you find yourself at the last page wondering - did it even happen?

Beautifully written albeit horrific in nature...


The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
by J. D. Salinger
Edition: Paperback

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!, 10 May 2007
This review is from: The Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)
I didn't know what all the fuss was about until I asked the guy at the book store - I could have died that second by the look he gave me :s!! Really funny and actually made me laugh out loud a few times... Juvenile, warped humour that is hidden inside every one of us!


The Middle East: 2000 Years of History from the Rise of Christianity to the Present Day
The Middle East: 2000 Years of History from the Rise of Christianity to the Present Day
by Bernard Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and balanced, 10 May 2007
This book makes an excellent read for those who want a brief insight into the history of the Middle East. Lewis portrays a balanced view of both failures and successes in this region.


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