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The Tiger Vanquished: LTTE's Story
The Tiger Vanquished: LTTE's Story
by M R Narayan Swamy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was expecting, 3 Sept. 2013
Book arrived quickly and in good condition

Main issue is that it consists largely of an anthology of disjointed and snapshot news articles which were written by the author contemporaneously with actual events when the Tigers were still in existence. Would have expected/preferred more of a global description and analysis of what happened to the Tigers and the reasons why.


WEISS Replacement Battery 2000 mAh like MA-1/MA-2/MA-3 for Tivoli PAL/IPAL
WEISS Replacement Battery 2000 mAh like MA-1/MA-2/MA-3 for Tivoli PAL/IPAL

5.0 out of 5 stars Pre-charged, 16 Sept. 2012
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It turned up pretty quickly and was even pre-charged, so I could start listening to the radio again immediately.

Well pleased.


Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea
Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea
by Barbara Demick
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fascinating, 28 April 2010
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I cannot recommend this book enough. Not only is Barbara Demick's prose an engaging style, but the subject-matter is compelling. To coin a cliche, it paints a highly evocative picture of everyone in North Korea enduring a lifestyle like that of the proles in 1984, while subject to a level of control over their lives more akin to that of the members of the Outer Party. In this, North Korea is worse than 1984, for the slogan 'Proles and Animals are free' doesn't apply in North Korea - NO-ONE is free.

If there is any criticism, it is merely that although it was written in 2009, it relates to the events of the 1990s. Screaming away in my mind was a voice asking 'what's it been like since?'

Mark Iles


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