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Keep Breathing Out by Maurice White
Keep Breathing Out by Maurice White
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The ghost of Leopold Bloom stalks this strange and rather beautiful novel by Maurice White who for many years worked as a psychiatrist in hospitals and prisons. It's the late sixties and R.D.Laing is in the air as David Benn, a young Jewish shrink from Dublin takes up a post as a locum in St Elba's mental hospital in Dargle.

The novel's epigraph quotes Brendan Behan: `Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis.' And it's clear from the start that young David, being both Irish and Jewish, carries a burden of angst sufficient to make Woody Allen appear as a paradigm of super-relaxed self esteem . Working in the hospitals admin… Read more
Shakespeare beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Cont&hellip by Paul Edmondson
20 of 34 people found the following review helpful
In conjunction with James Shapiro's `Contested Will,' the ruthlessly lucid 'Shakespeare Beyond Doubt' has shifted the parameters of the authorship debate in significantly productive ways. Without these two books, we could go on niggling about signatures, fantastical feathers, the number of River Avons in Britain, graceful swans versus cannibalistic swans, John Shakespeare's trade versus Oxford's glove fetishism, inverted snobs versus right- way -up snobs, the sweet muses of Stratford upon Avon versus those of Stratford near Hackney, round and round in circles for all eternity. Or at least until the first piece of solid, undeniable evidence for alternative authorship is finally… Read more

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