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Sam Allenby

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 69% (101 of 147)
Location: Toulouse, France
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,012,148 - Total Helpful Votes: 101 of 147
Alone in Berlin (Penguin Modern Classics) by Geoff Wilkes
4 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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This book has been hailed a minor classic, rather like Irene Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise. While it was interesting to hear how dreary Berlin was in the 1940s, after a while it became a rather intolerable read. Eventually I gave up the struggle, and the relief was as palpable as it must have been in 1945 when Victory in Europe was declared.
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer
4.0 out of 5 stars half good, 29 Jan 2010
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I loved the first half of this book, when Jeff the freelance writer is stumbling around Venice trying to get laid. Who's your favourite artist? they all chortled. "Bellini" of course, raising their drinks. Sexy, funny and surprising, it is hard to see what was the point of then sending the narrator - or perhaps it's somebody else, but if so, why bother? - to Varanasi where he goes mad.
The Queen of Whale Cay by Kate Summerscale
The Queen of Whale Cay by Kate Summerscale
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a whale of a time, 29 Jan 2010
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The premise of this is good: super-rich woman leads life of strange excess racing speedboats and seducing women. I'm not sure why I did not find it more diverting. Maybe it is because the subject was just so unpleasant. Half way through I lost interest in her, her boats and her lovers.

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