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Free Fall
Free Fall
by William Golding
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Free will and determinism, 26 Nov 2012
This review is from: Free Fall (Paperback)
This book is often brilliant. As for free will and determinism there must be millions of men who would like to believe that systematic sexual degradation of women is something they have no control over.


Patriots and Liberators: Revolution in the Netherlands, 1780-1813
Patriots and Liberators: Revolution in the Netherlands, 1780-1813
by Simon Schama
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Persevere!, 28 April 2012
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This fascinating book is well worth the effort of reading though it may take you some time: I'm not an academic but loved it. It isn't difficult, just dense with detail. Many of the early Dutch revolts were dress-rehearsals for the French revolution later. We don't find the sustained drama of the French Revolution because of the different circumstances, traditions and temper of the Dutch people. But we need to understand about all types of revolution, especially the ones without a guillotine. The main reservation I have is that Schama quite often reveals a sneering attitude to local people as opposed to "great men". For example he talks of those who "were accustomed to regard themselves as leaders of the Patriot elites in small towns or villages, hayseed replicas of the great van der Capellen or the lamented Paulus." His respect for ordinary endeavour seems lacking: not good when the final question is always about how future revolutions might work.


Friendly Fire: A Duet
Friendly Fire: A Duet
by Abraham B Yehoshua
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but slightly marred, 26 July 2009
This novel was interesting, humorous and sensitive. Israeli/Jewish identity is explored while the characters are linked together by the problems of two wailing lift shafts. Or is it the lifts themselves? Slightly marred by a potty scene at the end where Yehoshua is misled by his masculine view of female sexuality but apart from that, excellent.


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