Jonathan M. Terry

Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (10 of 12)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,583,956 - Total Helpful Votes: 10 of 12
The Siege by Ismaïl Kadaré
The Siege by Ismaïl Kadaré
Having made my way through half of this book already, I am still undecided as to whether to read the rest. I really cannot believe that this book won the International Man Booker prize, its language and evocation of characters in their time and place is simplistic to the point of being trite. The novel is extremely superficial and I loathe the way it falls back on worn out stereotypes of the period. It is also frankly boring - which is quite an achievement given it is about a siege.

I came to this book immediately after reading David Mitchell's 'The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet', and the difference was like stepping from a Bentley into a clapped out old Lada… Read more
Saudi Arabia in the Balance: Political Economy,Soc&hellip by Paul Aarts
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I wholeheartedly agree with the previous reviewer, from the position of a post-graduate student studying the middle east,there is a serious amount of obfuscation involved with studying the middle east, excerbated especially in relatively 'closed' societies such as Saudi Arabia. I applaud all the contributors efforts that whilst getting to grips with their individual topics present a unified work that is insightful for anyone from a scholar or to a generally interested member of the public. My only criticism is that in establishing each authors arguments there does tend to be an inevitable repitition, and certain normative concepts that are contested in Political Theory (e.g 'legitimacy')… Read more
Vision ~ Island Groove
Vision ~ Island Groove
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS, 26 April 2005
This is absolutely an ESSENTIAL album to have and is well worth the 4-6 weeks wait - However i bought it from the band when i was actually in Elba of the coast of Italy (where they live). I personally believe this is one of the best chilled/ groove and ambient house mixes i've heard, and so un-noticed clearly. Its a masterpiece of piano, sax guitar, and that pervasive shuffling and fluid groove that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the island, the zest of life and the sun. From the energy of 'Blue Harbour' and 'The Party at Our House' to the deeply relaxing 'Buggin' Out' and the triumph of the intimate and meditative calm of 'Sunlight' this album is truly stunning from start to finish… Read more