T. Cochrane

Helpful votes received on reviews: 60% (80 of 133)
Location: Sheffield, United Kingdom
Birthday: 6 Jun

philosophy, music, patterns


Top Reviewer Ranking: 527,900 - Total Helpful Votes: 80 of 133
When I Die: Lessons from the Death Zone by Philip Gould
46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
I became intrigued by this when I saw the interview on youtube, so I bought the book, and now I've read it.

The main part of the book is about his cancer treatment, and is very interesting. I would read a whole series of similar books on 'what it's like to die from x'. The main value Gould conveys here is that even though he was neurotic about pain and suffering to begin with, he discovered that one can endure it and still often enjoy life. The implication is that we should believe it of ourselves as well.

The part about the 'death zone' was the part I most wanted to read about however. The main intent of the book is ostensibly to 'change the narrative about dying'… Read more
And Another Thing ...: Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's&hellip by Eoin Colfer
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The phantom menace of the series.

apparently amazon doesn't like people to write short pithy reviews, so I must add some more pointless text here.
Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson: All and Everyth&hellip by G. Gurdjieff
21 of 64 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars worst book ever?, 10 Jun 2004
Excrutiating masturbatory theosophy of the most boring kind. Way too long, horribly verbose and full of irritating 'clever' 'neologisms' in 'quotes' (and he wants you to read it 3 times!). Ok, there are some entertaining anecdotes here and there but they are buried in a world of unreadable pap. Oh right, it's supposed to be deliberately hard to read. But if you look at anything for long enough you should derive some value from it. In my opinion you'd be better off reading James Joyce for the many-level style insights into the human condition he seems to be aiming at here.

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