A. B. Pearl

"A Pearl"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (243 of 264)
Location: London


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,645,202 - Total Helpful Votes: 243 of 264
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas: A Fable by John Boyne
26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
The injustices of this world are always most effectively and poignantly portrayed when done so through the eyes of a young, innocent child. Harper Lee showed us this with 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. And more appropriately in the context of this book, the words of Anne Frank also have enormous resonance for us today. John Boyne clearly understands this, as is evident from this fine book. Those critisizing the book on the grounds of being historically innacurate are, I think, missing the point here. And the point is this: this is a novel - a work of fiction. Works of fiction - particularly those that deal with the largest industrialized form of genocide the world has ever known - are written to… Read more
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Atonement by Ian McEwan
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A class act., 22 April 2004
This is an exceptional piece of writing. The characters are beautifully drawn and the observations particularly those of children are so sharp that you get drawn into this yarn from the very first page. McEwan has an enviable gift, too for setting time and place. The reader gets a real sense for the era and this particular social backdrop - that of the English upper class.
This aside, the cleverness of the novel lies in its structure which so effectively demonstrates that its protagonist, Briony does indeed possess the imagintive, naive and clearly unreliable mind of a young writer -even, in fact, in old age.
The sharp contrast between the past grandeur, the war years and the… Read more
The Railway Man by Eric Lomax
The Railway Man by Eric Lomax
163 of 169 people found the following review helpful
This account of the author's experiences as a Japanese prisoner of war is, as you'd expect, a fairly harrowing one. But what lifts this remarkable tale is the book's humanity and compassion, and the tenderness of its narrative.
Whether Eric Lomax is re-living his childhood fascination with steam locomotives and trams, or describing the horrendous, inhuman acts of torture, the prose are consistently imbued with an almost poetic and innocent sense of wonder.
The details, observations and character sketches are authentically andvividly drawn. But it is the final passages of this book which document the author's determination to come face to face with one of his torturers, that make… Read more