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Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings (Penguin Modern Classics)
Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Jorge Luis Borges
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars escapist genius, 27 May 2012
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This is probably the first serious work of literature I have ever read, and although I know next to nothing about literature, I wouldn't shy away from predicting it to be the best I will ever read. The sheer imagination present in this book, in both the 'creative, wacky' sense of the word and in the more literal sense of an ability to deal with abstract ideas, is astonishing.If you like anything slightly unconventional, enjoy thinking about philosophical problems, or even simply like short stories,you will like this collection, without doubt. Highlights include stories about an infinite library with every possible book in every possible language (including meanigless letter combinations), and the mad cults that develop as a result of the frustration people have in finding any coherent language at all, and the story of a man who can remeber literally everything he experiences (take 'literally' completely literally). You'll know already if that sounds appealing, but who am I to even attempt to describe the works in this book. It really does have to be read to be appreciated. It is worth buying just for the possibility you will enjoy it, because if you do, it's incredible, and even if you don't, you can still move on safe in the knowledge there's (almost certainly) nothing quite like Borges you will ever read which could possibly provoke your bad memories of it!


What is Good?: The Search for the Best Way to Live
What is Good?: The Search for the Best Way to Live
by Prof A.C. Grayling
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

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3.0 out of 5 stars Well researched but a grating writing style, 4 Feb. 2012
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Although AC Grayling clearly possesses an in depth knowledge of issues concerning how to live a 'good life' spanning most major areas of philosophical thought on the issue, his writing style is pretentious. The ideas which he explains are, by philosophical standards, not especially difficult. As a result it is easy to read the book with the impression he is using extra words when the idea could have been explained perefctly clearly in fewer. An interesting and informative read, but is badly let down by a pointlessly wordy style.


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