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Hitch 22: A Memoir by Christopher Hitchens
Hitch 22: A Memoir by Christopher Hitchens
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This gives a great insight not only to the life of Christopher (and it is is Christopher, as you'll discover) but the context within which he has lived - the hopes of the '68 generation, the over factionalisation of the left, the rise of the right, the dissolution of the Capitalist/Soviet axiom and its overshadowing by the Western v Middle Eastern paradigm which seems to have replaced it. As such it is an important documentation of some of the major debates of the last 40 years.

On a more circumspect level, it is no more deeply moving than when outlining the relationship between himself and his parents, both shocking but awe-inspiring at his ability to simply cope. I enjoyed it… Read more
Its Colours They Are Fine by Alan Spence
Its Colours They Are Fine by Alan Spence
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I read this in 1983, whiling away a few empty hours in the sadly demised Stirling Library in Glasgow.

It's a beautiful, touching collection of stories, apparently autobiographical, which conjure up a working-class Glasgow still very much industrially focussed. Kibble Palace and other stories bring the city to life, and the characters move you to laughter and tears in equal measure. Blue in particular is stunning.

When I moved to London a few years later, when I was homesick I read other book reminds you of home, and community, like it. Every Glaswegian should read it.
Extricate ~ The Fall
Extricate ~ The Fall
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
After the almost sabbatical form of the nonetheless brilliant Kurious Oranj, Mark E Smith wrote this album in the shadow of what was for the non mainstream music world in 1989 a very public divorce, and in the apogee of Madchester. Consequently, there is a greater balance of internal reflection and wrath than his usual outward cultural observations, although these are still present in various forms such as British People in Hot Weather and Telephone Thing.
The great surprises are to be found on Bill Is Dead, where a tenderness and emotional honesty is conveyed movingly before the full on assault of Black Monk Theme Part I, a screeching and hollering release, most obviously at his… Read more

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