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Avenue of Mysteries
Avenue of Mysteries
by John Irving
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars John Irving fair to middling, 27 May 2016
This review is from: Avenue of Mysteries (Hardcover)
The story is about a famous author on the way to the Philippines. In his dreams and during the travel he remembers his youth in Mexico. His sister can read other people minds and they stroll along on the landfill. They live there with his mother and the church people. A lot of things happen to them. He gets injured from a car and the sister is killed by a lion. On his travel he met a mother and her daughter. Both have sexual experiences with him and it is very strange. The sexual and spiritual part reminds me of the books by Paulo Coelho. I think it is a long winded story. The story is not so well matched as it is in „A Prayer for Owen Meany“ and „Last Night in Twisted River.“ It lacks of a good story, like it was „In One Person“.


Plays: One - Saved, Early Morning, The Pope's Wedding
Plays: One - Saved, Early Morning, The Pope's Wedding
by Edward Bond
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Modern English drama, 24 April 2016
Saved is one of the early plays of the modern English drama. It is about Len who cares about Pan and their family. She has a baby of Fred. He never cares about her and Len tries to help her. But she doesn't want to. Len tries to make the family a better place to leave. He hangs around town with the boys and they talk very usual stuff. Pam cares about Fred but he does not want to. The play about the child in the park is the important thing in the play. The violence is immanent in all the plays. It reminds me of the play by Albee. It has a different story, but it has a connection.
Early Morning is like a Shakespearian play for me. It is about murder and intrigue to power. The living is bad and it seems to be the opposite to the second part in heaven. There it is all quite and comfortable with human feelings. Victoria has the last word in the play with the alternative conclusion of the play.
The Pope's Wedding is a drama about scope, Allan and Pat. It is a minor play. Not well matched. Scorpio is fixed on Allen and he cares for him after Pat told him so. I can not see any notion of the plays. Saved is better than this.


Samuel Beckett Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable (Everyman's Library Classics)
Samuel Beckett Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable (Everyman's Library Classics)
by Samuel Beckett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Process of decline, 4 Mar. 2016
The trilogy deals with the degeneration of human existence. Molloy's report begins in the room of his mother, where he now resides. Molloy wrote his story in order to gain clarity about his situation, how he got there. He was, one leg paralyzed at the beginning, when he left to visit his mother. At the end he can pull forward only on his crutches. Moran begins with his report to look for Molloy. But he does not write for himself, he wrote his report for his boss Youdi. During this search Morans leg is stiff.
In the second novel Malone is tied to his bed and wrote around to pass the time. He dies at the end of the novel writing. In Malones stories about Sapo and Macmann you can find Beckett earlier fictional characters. Malone remembers the many people he has killed. He also remembers Molloy and Moran, who killed a charcoal burner and an annoying guy. Finally the nurse Leumel kills two more people, just before Malone dies.
The Unnamable completed the trilogy. This time he is neither Mahood nor Worm. He seems not to want to reveal his identity. Mahood is only a torso with a head in the trough. Worm represents the further impoverishment of the human being. He is like Mahood motionless. The development of physical limitations caused a different kind of communication. The writing and speaking try to remedy this deficiency. The further one progresses with the reading, the more everything dissolves. In the Unnamable there's no action. The narrating it is only a stream of words.
The novel concept is redefined by Beckett, it is an interior monologue, imagination and imagination. For the reader, it is interesting to interpret the references to the individual novels. The cross-references can not accurately recognize each other in what respect the individuals.


Governing Social Risks in Post Crisis Europe
Governing Social Risks in Post Crisis Europe
by Colin Crouch
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £85.00

4.0 out of 5 stars An analysis of the social society today, 19 Feb. 2016
The book concentrates on the triangle of industrial relations, social policy and class change. The Keynesian demand management is replaced by the neoliberal supply side management in the eighties. The risk has been changed old risk (unemployment, ill health, old age, trade union rights and employment protection) to new social risk (less hierarchical work structure, flexibility and social mobility).
The governing of the risk is made by the transformation from uncertainty to a treatable risk pattern. A separation from consumption and income. Where consumption is separated into workers and types of income. It includes international trade supply change management and variability in income consumption over time. Instruments over the Keynesian management include those risks (collective bargaining, private insurance and demand management).
The risk is shared through the market governance, state governance or community. You have an intense analysis of the different countries and aspects. Drawing all together and see what class challenge will establish after the crises in Europe. There are three models. The neoliberal, the market economy and the community driven one. The strength of the book is the analytical tool and graphic modelling.


The Knowledge Corrupters: Hidden Consequences of the Financial Takeover of Public Life
The Knowledge Corrupters: Hidden Consequences of the Financial Takeover of Public Life
by Colin Crouch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.07

1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much criticism and no change, 11 Dec. 2015
Colin Crouch shows in his third part of the post democracy a lot of economic changes. The market economy is his basic criticism. The Hayek view is to look at the economy as a liberal. He feels that this view changes all. The neoliberalism criticism is everything he is concerned about. He is blinded by it and gives nothing new to the matter. The market is producing no knowledge as he postulates it. The market can collect data and gives it a single price. The price is the result of the market transaction. He gives many examples for the market environment and what goes wrong with the market in the political way. Like the NHS and the school system in the UK. Many other parts of the society are involved in the process and the reign of the market is overwhelming. He wants to show that the market economy makes no better humans. I miss a better theory about democracy. The political and social dimensions are lost in his view.He concentrates on the market development alone. The new changes in the society are ignored, like the zero marginal cost society and the integration of the political process in the peoples view of democracy.


The Strange Non-Death of Neo-Liberalism
The Strange Non-Death of Neo-Liberalism
by Colin Crouch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a fiction, 26 Nov. 2015
The book begins with the definition of the word liberalism and its meaning. In the second chapter he starts to show the inefficiency of the neo-classical model. It goes to the normal political economy and the market failure. But I do not understand his conclusions to the neo-liberalism world. Nowadays we have the workable competition model by Clark (Harvard school). He criticise a competition model which is not working today. He spends his time on an old competition model. All critics are to be known in the economic world. He concentrates on the triangle state, market and big companies. Our world is not that small as he thinks. Most of our economy is based on small and medium sized companies. The big companies are not as big as he made it. The right handling of our weak politician with the lobby is the problem. The companies’ social response is one of these weak politicians. If the world is smart like in the neo-liberalism model, then there were many bankruptcies in the banking world and the world would never be look like it is today.
He misunderstands the word consumer welfare and interprets it in the wrong way. The collaboration between the state and companies is not a solution in the neo-liberalism way. It is a way to cope with the problems the state have and it is practised in the wrong way. The weak politicians make the wrong contracts with the big companies. His solution is a world based on parties, the government, church and enlightened citizen. All protest of the so called angry citizen is no way for the future. We must be learn to handle the problems in the politician way. A strong government and international institutions can tie the financial markets in the right direction.


Post-democracy (Themes for the 21st Century Series)
Post-democracy (Themes for the 21st Century Series)
by Colin Crouch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What happend with democracy?, 3 Nov. 2015
The post democracy is the opposite to the open society by Karl Popper. He understands a weak state, big companies and the industry lobby as the post democracy world. He understands under democracy a welfare state of the working class. The democracy is older as the concept and I think the real democracy is more open to different forms as he thinks. It is not the left wing thinking alone. Most of the left wing parties behave like he the right wing parties what he criticizes. Most people do not go to the elections and organize in local initiatives. They have a good democratic understanding and it is not included in his view. Why be so narrow minded? You must see that the society is. It is divided and falls in little fractions. Collect them together and gives vote a change. The danger is that the people do not go to the polls.
The concept of post democracy is about the new American election battle. It is based on TV duels and big promoting the poll. I thing in Europe, we will behave differently. Some of these concepts are in the European polls as well, but not so concentrated. He starts with the view of the people turns to the influences of the big corporations, the new role of the parties and what follows of that triangle. The neo liberalism is the enemy in his view and guilty of everything. If the people like it. Why not? You can not chose your people. In the democracy you must deal with the people and the institution you have. You can change it.


Submission
Submission
by Michel Houellebecq
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.91

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A university professor with traces of decadence, 23 Sept. 2015
This review is from: Submission (Hardcover)
Submission is the story about a university professor at the Sorbonne. He is an expert in Huysmans and he gives a nice view in the classic French tradition. It is a normal story where he is invited to dinner parties and lives a single live. Fast food is the normal standard for him. He is sleeping around with the students and an ex girlfriend visits him again. She is a Jewish one and is going back to Israel in the following context. The political situation is before the next election and the Muslim brotherhood has a mayor stuck with it. The election brings the opportunity to give the Muslim party a leading role. Everybody is talking about it, but it takes place more in the off. The situation of the storyteller did not change much. After the election, he takes a journey to take a break and see what happens, the ex girlfriend is in Isreal and he shows no signs of discomfort. He thinks about the future situation of a Muslim party in leadership but it bothers him not much.
I think he is a fellow traveler and reacts like any other in the situation. But I don't know why he uses the idea of a religious takeover for the purpose. He can take any other political institution or party for the same purpose. Like it is in the book The Wave by Rhue. It is the situation not from the leader, more by the follower and how to react in a situation not to take action against the political situation. That makes the book in my opinion the reason why.


Cannery Row (Penguin Modern Classics)
Cannery Row (Penguin Modern Classics)
by John Steinbeck
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars a witty story, 16 Aug. 2015
Cannery Row is about a bunch of people, not different from the normal one. There is the gentle Lee Chung, he has a store in Monterey. The people without a work, prostitutes and a biologist are the main actors in the story. The days go by and everyone is looking for a bargain and things for killing the time. The characters are the main part in the novel and John Steinbeck describes them in a natural way. Mac catches frogs for Doc and he is to organize a party with his friends for him.


Inequality
Inequality
by Anthony B. Atkinson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It gives quality to the matter, 1 July 2015
This review is from: Inequality (Hardcover)
The book describes the development of inequality over the last hundert years. It tries to explain the rise and decline in the distribution on inequality. The decline in inequality in the distribution from world war two to the eighties of the last century gives us a little hope that the scissor in unequality narrows. After that period unequality rises again. Atkinson gives the theme quality to it. I think it is better than the book by Mr. Piketty. The book turns more to the labor market and technological change to explain the mechanism how the rich gets richer. He tries to give proposals to social policy and welfare economics.
Inequality can be described as a matter of opportunity, income or consumer spending. The inequality of income is developed in most concepts. The strength of this book is the structure of analyzing the data, given advices to economic policy and political advice. The factors of unequality are discussed, the major institutions and the influences to the concept.


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