Una L. Flett

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (8 of 8)
Location: Southern Spain


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The Urban Circus: Travels with Mexico's Malabarist&hellip by Catriona Rainsford
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It was this attitude, that money is nothing compared to the riches of a free life and the beauties of nature, that made Catriona Rainsford decide to throw in her lot with a small street circus in Mexico. She stayed with them for nearly two years,and saw much of the country from an oblique angle which took in the endemic violence and the extreme poverty of so many Mexicans,as well as their kindness. It is a gritty story of living rough, sometimes very rough, meeting up with Mexican youth in protest, through their wandering life-style, against wealth and corruption. It is also an exhilerating and amusing account of life in a group of street performers. The leader of this small group is a… Read more
The Unfree French: Life Under the Occupation by Richard Vinen
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The excellence of this book on occupied France lies in the author's skill in creating order out of the chaos of factors that confronted the French against each other. Degrees of collaboration, degrees of resistance, living in a city, living in an agricultural region,living in the Free Zone, living in the occupied zone, age, sex, (and sex), and of course Jewishness and attitudes towards it. In spite of being minutely documented and written in a rather impersonal tone, this remains a very readable account of a society split in so many ways against itself. The impersonal tone lets the facts, some of them horrific, speak for themselves.
I did expect to find more mention of the Resistance,… Read more

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