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The Time Machine (Galley Beggar Singles)
The Time Machine (Galley Beggar Singles)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 17 Aug 2013
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A proust like look at a list mother through the goodness made a son tries to recreate the smells and tastes of his youth one can almost smell the dishes made a great way to spend an hour reading


The Time Machine (Galley Beggar Singles)
The Time Machine (Galley Beggar Singles)

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 17 Aug 2013
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A product like look at a list mother through the goodness made a son tries to recreate the smells and tastes of his youth one can almost smell the dishes made a great way to spend an hour reading


The End of Your Life Book Club
The End of Your Life Book Club
Price: £4.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, 16 Jun 2013
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A sons view of his and his mother's journey during here last couple of years due to Cancer heartfelt touching and shows the power of books too connect people.


Psychogeography (Pocket Essential series)
Psychogeography (Pocket Essential series)
Price: £2.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice intro, 24 April 2013
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Great introduction and history to the
subject and a starting point further reading about this subject for any one new to the subject


The Mussel Feast (Peirene's Turning Point Series)
The Mussel Feast (Peirene's Turning Point Series)
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Where dad, 8 April 2013
Touching monoxide of a family told by the daughter a uner the thumb mother and a father that likes things just so but there sat waiting for him and the mussels are getting cold !


Please Look After Mother
Please Look After Mother
by Kyung-Sook Shin
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful insight to Korea, 19 July 2011
Kyung-Sook ,family we re farmers ,she worked in an electronic plant study at night whilst finally reaching the Seoul institute of arts ,her first novel came out in 1985 ,she is part of the 386 generation of Korean writers .Please look after mother is her sixth novel and the first to be translated to english a runaway best seller in her homeland .

So I wondered what would make million korean's buy this novel when I got it the blurb is appealing but not grabbing .But then I started the book and I slowly got drawn into the family .The family is a husband and wife ,the mother of the title she has disappeared en route to visit her family in Seoul ,the other characters in the family are thew soon and daughter .The story is told by each of these ,ending with the mother's story .As the pages drifted by we learnt more and more how the mother had sacrificed so her kids could get at start in life ,but as the kids grew and moved away they maybe felt embarrassed by their simple plain mum who wore simple clothes and worked on the land .The husband tells of his wife the jobs she did round the farm her dealing with fish and making things .so we see them starting the search and as these memories drift through eaches stories you see the mother grow and the love they have for her grow as they remember here ,I ll leave the mother story as you have to read this book .

A women takes on of his flyers and pauses for a moment to look at the picture of Mother .Under the clock tower where Mother used to wait for him .

After he found his place in the city,Mother would arrive at Seoul station looking like a war refugee .She would walk onto the platform with bundles balanced on her head and slung over her shoulders and in her hands,the things she couldn't otherwise carry strapped to her waist .It was amazing that she could still walk .

The son's story ,as he remembers his mum arriving when he moved away from home .

The quote gets to the core of this book and why it is such a success in Korea ,but also such a great book for anyone wanting to know about Korea .As I said she is a member of the 386 generation ,this is the generation that got the country moving the ones that drew Korea from a broken country to the trading powerhouse it is today .so this story of the family is a story most Koreans have experienced as they moved from the land got good education and moved to the cities to make invent and design the numerous products we get from Korea .we see the older generations giving up so much to make this happen but also they like the family life they have and are happy ,the kids that want to get away for the country and into the modern world and large cities of Korea ,but still work hard and keep family contacts even thou the older generation to them now seem very out of step with the world .so if you want a heart-warming story of family and what parents mean this is the book to read .I must admit I now can see why a million Koreans brought it .


Kamchatka
Kamchatka
by Marcelo Figueras
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.94

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars five star argentina fiction, 19 July 2011
This review is from: Kamchatka (Paperback)
Marcelo Figueras is an Argentina writer and film maker born in the early sixties he has written four novels and wrote for various spanish magazines ,This is his first book to be translated into english

The last thing papa said to me ,the last word from his lips ,was "Kamchatka " .

He kissed me ,his stubble scratching my cheek ,then climbed into the Citroen .The car moved of along the undulating ribbon of road ,a green bubble bobbing into view with every hill,getting smaller and smaller until I couldn't see it any More .

The open ,what did his father mean !

Right the book ,it is set in seventies just after a coup and the period called the dirty war ,the book is narrated by a ten-year old boy ,for most of the book called Harry a name chosen by the young boy as his hero is the legendary escape artist Harry Houdini ,as he parts Left wingers are forced to flee their home in Buenos Aires to head to a safe house in the back and beyond of Argentine .the book is divide into parts each relating to a school day ,This book is from Harry's point of view and a bit like Wil Wheaton says in stand by me the days when you're the age before you discover girls are the best and this is Harry ,yes there is Danger but Harry is more interest in Tv and drinking Nesquik .he talks about the Midget it took me a couple mentions to realised this was his younger brother a close relationship beautifully portrayed .Harry compares people he meets to the characters he sees on tv mainly from his favourite show Invaders ,which I vaguely remember seeing as a Kid myself .also the saint which I loved myself as a kid .Childhood is a large chunk of this book ,I would imagine a lot of the likes and worries of Harry are from Marcelo's own childhood although he is a few years older than Harry when the book is set .Marcelo also is a wonderful visual writer ,bring the places the family visit along the way to Life so much .This is a refreshing change to other Latin American books based round coups which on whole have been dark and more political ,here we get a reflection on how these events effect a family ,we `ve all heard about people going on the run ,now here is a book that shows it through a child's eyes. The book has been made into a successful Film in Argentina which was Argentina choice for the foreign Oscar in 2002 .The book was translated by Frank terrible-man Wynne with real lightness the story flows and sometimes you forget this wasn't written in English .This is on this years Independent foreign fiction prize long list and hopefully shortlist .so what did his fathers last words mean ? well you'll have to read the book to find out !!


Wonder
Wonder
by Hugo Claus
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars winstonsdad view, 25 July 2010
This review is from: Wonder (Paperback)
Wonder was published late last year by archipelago books .It is one of the few Claus in print at the moment ,Claus was one of Belgians major writers having won a lot of prize and also courted controversy with his subject matter and even his own death due to euthanasia .This edition is wonderfully translated by Micheal Henry Heim who also translated my century by Gunter Grass .

The book is about Victor de Rijckel a teacher in a small town in post war Belgium ,the chapters tend to jump from time to time and are inter speed with what are date notebook entry's that are written by de Rijckel whilst in a sanatorium in transpires ,in describing events de Rijckel talks about school local people and ends up going to a masquerade ball where he sees and follows a woman to a small village and a meeting of post war fascists including the sinister Crabbe a former member of the ss this eventually leads victor to lying and despair as he question his on morals and people round him at this point he cracks .

14 November ,about 8 o'clock

....and I ve stopped writing .Korneel keeps goading me.Two lines a day and we ll make it he says.Frozen feet .losing weight .draw out vapor.This table was once used for cleaning herring ;you can smell it in the wood.Draw out vapors.Write a fair hand,all curlicues and cues .I don't want this pen squirting shame on the paper ;I don't want any regrets;the past clouds sail past.didn't I say they were spots?Like butterfly spot? I did I sit

the book its self is square nicely printed ,with a Goya print on the cover


Fado (Polish Literature (Dalkey Archive)) (Polish Literature Series)
Fado (Polish Literature (Dalkey Archive)) (Polish Literature Series)
by Andrzej Stasiuk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.45

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars winstonsdad view, 25 July 2010
This is the third in my around the world challenge ,from Poland and is the first i ve read by a polish writer .Stasiuk is considered Poland'S foremost writer winning numerous awards in his homeland with his novel nine.The collection of essays describes as a slavic road trip .The road trip is invoked by the short stories being set all over former eastern europe the stories range from the present-day to the past ,dreams Stasiuk beauty is in the eye for detail he has that straight away lead you to small town cafe ,to slavic writers , the most touching is a story about his own grandparents and ecological issues ,a lament for simple times when things werent so available so families made do and used everything . Staisuk manages to catch the spirit of post communist times in these essays the searching for new indentys that people have had to do with the changing times ,having spent time in the early nineties working alongside Albanians ,Bosnians and Serbia i felt Stasiuk has really nailed the people of this region .A must read for any one interested in the changing face and map of europe .

In those days ,in the village there were no trash containers.there was also no trash .People brought all kinds of things,but not much was left after they were cosumed.Sugar was sold in paper bags that afterwards could be burned in the stove or reused .Bottles that had contained vinegar,oil and vodka could be sold back at the store for decent money

Stasiuk in the essay tranquilly talking about his grandparents village

The cover is a retro style cover that looks like it might have come from the seventies ,fado is published by the non-profit publisher dalkey archive late last year .


Brecht at Night (Baltic Literature)
Brecht at Night (Baltic Literature)
by Mati Unt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars winstonsdad view, 25 July 2010
MATI UNT
This Book is part of dalkey archives Baltic literature series .the book is set in the early 1940s and follows a journey the German playwriter Bertolt Brecht took in 1940 fleeing germany en route to the U.S.A he had to stop in finland for a while whilst awaiting visa clearance to travel to U.S.A .the book unfolds like a docu drama with two main strands Brechtfs journey and time in Finland and also a history of Finland and Untfs own Estonia during the war years .We find that Brecht a socialist ,is what maybe termed nowadays a champagne socialist ,that when even fleeing his own country on the run so to speak still really wants the creature comforts ,as well as a mistress a fling with an older women a well-known Finnish playwriter .In the other strand of this novel we discover the soviets land grab during the second world war grepping Finland ,with a short and bloody warwith Finland that the soviets wrongly considered a soft target, and the Baltic states including Estonia .what happens once this has taken places the book banning by russians and new rules ,a new governor for Estonia named M.Unt no relative to the writer Unt points out ,we also get little glimpse of what happens in germany the oddness of the german leaders and what lead to Brecht leaving his homeland .This book is a wealth of info and pin points a small event i n a great writers life ,it isnft the easiest book to read but is rewarding in the end .It brings to a wider audience Untfs undoubted talent and unique style of writing ,and the translation is wonderful by Eric Dickens


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