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Diana Dors: Hurricane in Mink
Diana Dors: Hurricane in Mink
by David Bret
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars judgmental, boring tosh, 25 Mar. 2012
There are many things wrong with this book, but the most offensive is the constant misogynistic references to Dors, particularly when she was young. There is no sense of trying to understand why a young girl might dress to look older but not actually want to engage in sexual activity with the men she attracted. So Bret instead labels her as a `p***ktease', says she deserved her reputation as a promiscuous, underage girl - even though she did not engage in sex. This hypocritical stance means that he believes other's versions of events over hers and questions her intentions at every step. It made for a deeply unpleasant read and I was put off after only a few chapters. Sure, Dors was flawed, like most people are, but there are ways of depicting the complexities of a person that do not resort to name calling and surface judgments but instead offer an intelligent, insightful, presentation of the subject. Good biographers do this. Bret's writing is a million miles away from such an approach.

Even if Bret wasn't so judgmental about his subject, this book reads like a poorly written wikipedia entry by someone intent on spouting as much trivia as possible about those he is writing about. This makes it boring at the same time as being offensive. On top of this, a small but valid point from the perspective of a reader: it is always off-putting when an author feels inclined to punctuate with exclamation points, especially as frequently as Bret does - it reeks of lazy writing and another example of a judgemental attitude.

I would have given this book no stars if Amazon allowed. That this book survived an editor's eye and got published is astounding.


Peyton Amberg
Peyton Amberg
by Tama Janowitz
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars what has happened Tama?!, 14 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Peyton Amberg (Paperback)
I was very shallow - when I first saw this book I was appalled by its cover. So although I considered Tama my favourite author, I didn't buy it. When I saw the US hardback cover I fell in love - how stylish, elegant, nostalgic! So I bought that...
I have to agree with the Berlin review and not the other one - I have loved loved loved Tama's books, but this is god awful depressing and doesn't have the lift, heart, wit of her past works. The decline starts with 'A Certain Age' for me - I ended that book thinking 'what the hell was that?' and this is so much worse. It is just nasty.
So the moral here - I should have gone with my first instincts and judged the UK version of the book by its heinous goth cover


The Male Cross-dresser Support Group
The Male Cross-dresser Support Group
by Tama Janowitz
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful agony - fabulous heart, 14 Dec. 2004
Forget the last two novels (what has happened to your wit, Tama?) this is Tama Janowitz's best work & just might be the best comic novel EVER. Part of Tama's talent is to make you squirm just as you laugh and say out loud 'why are you DOING that?!' What may save this from causing total agony, apart from the fabulous description and wit, is the child. This relationship as well as the wild journey this novel takes them on, is its heart - and maybe it is heart that is lacking in 'A Certain Age' and 'Peyton Amberg'. They were just depressing. If you enjoy this, you should also read 'By The Shores of Gitchee-Gimee' another novel of shining comic wit, fab relationships and great dialogue (the kind you read again and again, it is so thrilling). I would also recommend her collection of non-fiction 'Area Code 212' and marvel at how like her characters she actually is! I can only hope and pray that SOMETHING brings Tama (who I once considered to be my favourite author) back to the wonder of 'Male Cross-Dressers'. Perhaps she peaked. I hope not.


To Each His Own (Black and White Series)
To Each His Own (Black and White Series)
by Leonardo Sciascia
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.95

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than just a murder mystery..., 17 Aug. 2001
Leonardo Sciascia was once a primary school teacher, trained as a lawyer, lover of literature, a political candidate, anti-mafia proponant and a true Scicilian. All these aspects of the writer of 'To Each His Own' shine through in this thought provoking take on the detective novel. He explores the complexities of the Scicilian mentality, embedded with a long history of mafia corruption to a point where complacency is common place and even mild curiosity proves dangerous. A double murder spurs a university lecturer to do a little amateur sleuthing for his own intellectual curiosity, yet his discoveries stir up all kinds of evil and temptation in a small, corrupt Scicilian town. Sciascia's character detail, original use of suspense and other elements of the detective genre - which he takes and discards at will - make for a haunting, fascinating, insightful read. The reality of mafia intrigue is powerfully evoked, the climax a devastating finale.


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