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2032 - An Experimental Post-Apocalyptic Novel by A.S.  Anand
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Year of Stories, 12 May 2011
This unusual collection reminds me most of all - oddly enough - of Boccaccio's Decameron. While that great 14th-century work was designed strictly to fit over the 10 days following a plague outbreak, Anand's '2032' depicts the 365 days of his titular year through fifty-two (by my count) tales.

Instead of the plague, '2032' shows a global disaster unfolding. The effect is gradual but convincing: we hear accounts of life ranging from diplomats to maids, from artists to secret police. With some great cameos (did I spot Bob Dylan in there??), the range is very impressive.

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Alice ~ Tom Waits
Alice ~ Tom Waits
48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
An astonishingly moving sequence of songs, a collection I would agree to be perhaps the crown of Mr Waits' achievements. The emotional progression through the album is immaculately well judged, and follows a path from isolated lonely yearning, through dark avenues of insanity and morbidity (recurrent motifs in the album are notions of water, death and loneliness; consider the image of the face being a beach and the eyes being fish - the image is introduced in 'Everything you can think' and makes a startling reoccurrence in 'We're all mad here'). The final uneasy union of the protagonist with his object of desire is the subject of the masterful closer 'Barcarolle.
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