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The British in Bengal 1756-1773: A Society in Transition Seen Through the Biography of a Rebel - William Bolts
The British in Bengal 1756-1773: A Society in Transition Seen Through the Biography of a Rebel - William Bolts
by W.G.J. Kuiters
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.49

2.0 out of 5 stars Revised edition needed, 22 July 2013
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The language was archaic and thus found it difficult to follow. Also a lot of relevant context is required to follow the book which reads like a collection of stories taken out from someone's diary.


Snowdrops: The Man Booker Prize Shortlisted Novel
Snowdrops: The Man Booker Prize Shortlisted Novel
Price: £4.19

5.0 out of 5 stars A great little insight into contemporary Russia, 22 July 2013
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I loved this little book. It had all the right ingredients to keep me flicking through the pages, Russian girls, middle aged protagonist, sex, a white collar crime, sprinkled by a great dose of the current zeitgeist in Moscow which is captivating to state the least. This book is great read for anyone interested in Moscow life, set in Russia's historical context of war and cold weather, filled with a healthy amount of Russian narrative. My best one, which I found very similar to Pakistani situation is, 'They (Russian) know the rules, they can keep ripping their own people off, so long as they can play nice to the foreigners.'


Not One of Us
Not One of Us
by Ali Dizaei
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Is it a spy novel or a factual story?, 22 July 2013
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The Police service has to look like community it serves and does understand the difference between its citizens. Its the community that defeats terrorists and criminals. The house of commons rather spend time discussing race relations than dealing with the aftermath of a terrorist attack.

Wow, the book was very captivating. Ali is right, it does resemble more of a spy novel than a factual story. I suspect most of the writing has been done by Tim Phiilips. Anyway the book is extremely captivating and a must read for all immigrants to the Great Britain. Reminds me of what Michael Moore said in stupid white men. 'The white man has done a phenomenal job in creating a wonderful and celan image for himself. If you are walking alone in a street and come across two gangs in your path, one white and the other black, you automatically gravitate towards the white gang for self protection.'


The Philosopher's Pupil (Vintage Classics)
The Philosopher's Pupil (Vintage Classics)
by Iris Murdoch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Ideal English sleepy village...., 22 July 2013
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An ordinary sleepy English town where nothing happens? Wrong, read the subtleties and intricacies of life in the idealist village especially after the coming of the Philosopher. Will someone follow the philosopher's guidance and who will it be? Read to find out more....


God Dies by the Nile (Third World Literature)
God Dies by the Nile (Third World Literature)
by Nawal El-Saadawi
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The Egypistian Nietziche, 22 July 2013
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Wow, greed and lust has no bounds. The message may read too fantastic for a Western reader but all too real for anyone hailing from Middle East. I think the book wonderfully depicts the political scene with this heart wrenching tale of helpless peasents living in a obscure village on the bank of the great Nile. Saadawi is indeed a courageous woman to have made the claim almost as big as Nietziche's that Allah is dead and is buried on the banks of the Nile. Only now can I begin to understand the impetus behind the Arab Spring. Writers like her can really help change the collective thinking of a nation. My hats off to your courage and conviction my lady.


Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Ummah (CERI Series in Comparative Politics and International Studies)
Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Ummah (CERI Series in Comparative Politics and International Studies)
by O Roy
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great hitherto unexplored angle, 22 July 2013
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Excellent academic study detailing the change in Muslim neo-fundamentalist attitudes as ordinary Muslims find themselves objectifying and defining Islam in the global culture. Olivier's grasp of the mood swings in the Islamic milieu are pretty exact. He seems to have studied and experienced some of the target groups at close hand. It's a must read for any Muslim living in the West looking for answers to justify the current Islamic trends.


God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
by Christopher Hitchens
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost nails it, 22 July 2013
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Best book by the sceptical or agnostic community. Chris has a great command of all religions and was very fair in evenly castigating all, whether monotheistic or Eastern unlike his contemporary Richard Dawkins. The book reads like a very long newspaper column but managed to keep me captivated throughout. I think he falters slightly twice in the book. Once while first admiring Martin Luther King only to later declare him as a 'in the closet secularist'. The other when he is trying to defend Fascism and Communism where he is forced to take an apologist approach very much in the tradition of his arch nemesis faithful scholars. This behaviour is the real danger for the agnostic community.


The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

5.0 out of 5 stars Great effort, 22 July 2013
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I found it a very enjoyable and pleasantly written book, one which managed to keep me very entertained by invoking regular laughter. The research seems to be well managed and modern, and the author seems to be a real lover of words. Someone I would very much like to meet someday. Great effort.


Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through a Country's Hidden Past
Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through a Country's Hidden Past
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to Spain, 22 July 2013
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It's a fascinating book which covers Spanish history upto 2005. The main focus of the book is on the Franco years and Spanish attitudes and behaviours of today. This is a great book for anyone looking to get up to speed on visiting or planning to live in Spain. I quite enjoyed the descriptions of the artists, writers, poets, and politicians because it helped me greatly understand the Spanish mindset.


Them: Adventures with Extremists: Picador Classic
Them: Adventures with Extremists: Picador Classic
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4.0 out of 5 stars A novel challenge, 22 July 2013
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Very interesting read. Jon sets himself the task of trying to understand the fundamentalist viewpoint by taking them seriously. He discovers a certainly logic behind various viewpoints, a modern world controlled by a clique of Jews and Jew-like people or capitalists. Not only does he believe them but he actually tries to follow their tips right into the heart of the secret Druist ritual in America. At various stages I even felt that the whole conspiracy theory was actually real. I see a lot of parallels between these conspiracy theories in West and Pakistan. Was Osama really killed or not? What difference does it make? For me that idiot was a waste of space. Blind trust will lead to these stories appearing real. How we can trust such fantastic assumptions when we cannot even trust our own eyes sometimes?


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