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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Penguin Modern Classics)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Games Players, 22 Jun 2014
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leCarre treats his reader to the uncertainty and deceptions of Cold War spying.. Nothing is straightforward about this thriller and even the anticipated coming in from the cold is finally unsatisfactory


What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets
What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets
by Michael Sandel
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear-eyed But Not Jaded, 22 Jun 2014
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This is a clear, cogent argument - presented with lots of concrete examples and minimum jargon.
Sandel has a lightness of touch that is amusing and persuasive

This is a provocative book - give it to any of your friends who think


The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
by Alan Sillitoe
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Collection, 6 Mar 2014
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of Alan Sillitoe's stories from the 50s. The title story is told in the trenchant, insubordinate tones of the young Borstal offender who lives and runs for himself, not any "pop-eyed, pot-bellied bastards" in Authority. The author creates a very powerful kind of Angry Young Man, a working class criminal, a refusnik, who is oddly sympathetic and even admirable - even after fifty years.


Doctor Glas
Doctor Glas
by Hjalmar Soderberg
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars What a Surprise - Alienation and Self-esteem "Issues" for a 19th century MAN, 6 Mar 2014
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Anyone believing women had the monopoly on misery and disenchantment in the literature of the Nineteenth Century should think again and read "Dr Glas" . The eponymous male protagonist is every bit as unfulfilled and alienated as Emma Bovary, Edna Pontellier and Hedda Gabbler. And just as fascinatingly evoked by a perceptive author writing long before Freud and all his works...

This is a short novel; brief but illuminating.


Madame Bovary: Provincial Manners (Oxford World's Classics)
Madame Bovary: Provincial Manners (Oxford World's Classics)
by Gustave Flaubert
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Who You Might Expect, 23 Feb 2014
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This is not the racy novel, nor Emma Bovary the benighted woman of reputation. It's SO much better and more complex than that. Gustave Flaubert shows a world of flawed individuals with small, narrow lives -women and men alike. He works hard to neither excuse nor exonerate anyone. A reader has to find a judgement and conclusion for her/himself - all very unsettling and enlightening because of that.


The Last Runaway
The Last Runaway
by Tracy Chevalier
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nourish a Reluctant Reader, 23 Feb 2014
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with a straightforward narrative and good read. The best Tracey Chevalier novel since "Tobias" this
has a strong protagonist and sense of historical time and place, enlarged by quilting imagery. not only slaves are "running away" in this novel.


Becoming Jane Eyre
Becoming Jane Eyre
by Sheila Kohler
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Read the Original, every time..., 15 Dec 2013
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Because I'm a literary snoot I'm nearly always disappointed when contemporary authors piggy-back on the enduring fascination of a great original work - seems like cheating. It's often both lazy biography and completely impervious to style.
The Barbiesque aspiration of this title should have warned me of the limited satisfaction offered , in both literary and historical terms.


The Man In The Wooden Hat
The Man In The Wooden Hat
by Jane Gardam
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The Heart of a WONDERFUL Trio, 17 Nov 2013
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Jane Gardam's trilogy is a rollicking read, an allegory of the twentieth century and an astute but compassionate look at the way We Live Now. Old Filth is a mesmerisingly complex and sympathetic character; now we can relish equally the full stories of others that were only satellites in the first novel. Bettie Feathers and Loss shine out in this elaboration of old Filth's truth - the plotting of the whole is a triumph.
You wonder, laugh aloud and cry with pity. And then you think again. And again.


The Memoirs Of Edward Rochester: Imagine Jane Eyre was written by Edward Rochester: 1
The Memoirs Of Edward Rochester: Imagine Jane Eyre was written by Edward Rochester: 1
by Ken Jones
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Why Edward R was a Lucky Man, 17 Nov 2013
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This Edward would certainly pen lifeless entries.
He is lucky to somehow enchant such a lively and demanding mind as Jane's. Maybe it's his body...


Is Heathcliff a Murderer?: Great Puzzles in Nineteenth-Century Fiction (Oxford World's Classics)
Is Heathcliff a Murderer?: Great Puzzles in Nineteenth-Century Fiction (Oxford World's Classics)
by John Sutherland
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Riddles to tease, 17 Nov 2013
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A refreshingly different angle on the Greats. No "glossing over" any faultlines.
"It is literary criticism - but not as you know it, Jim!
VERY literal and good fun.


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