Alan Pavelin

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,257 - Total Helpful Votes: 867 of 1074
In Search of Solace by Emily Mackie
In Search of Solace by Emily Mackie
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This is the kind of book which, if you become really involved in it, you will want to read again, to take account of all the twists and turns which continually surprise the reader. Without going into the plot details, which become quite complicated, the basic points I would make are:
1. The central character is one Jacob Little, a sad young man who adopts a total of 17 different guises over a dozen or so years, and is searching for the eponymous Solace, a girl he used to know.
2. The novel is written almost as if it were a film screenplay, and is divided into three broad sections, The Beginning, The Middle, and The End. The director (Emily Mackie?) constantly takes us to… Read more
Is the EU Doomed? by Jan Zielonka
Is the EU Doomed? by Jan Zielonka
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This is a strongly Eurosceptic essay by an Oxford professor. Unlike many Eurosceptics, however, he presents a rational rather than an ideological case for why he thinks the EU in its present form will not survive. But he does not advocate its abolition, rather he describes the different path he thinks it should take, based not on national states but on what he describes as a "polyphony" of city states and other blocs as existed in medieval times.
It is an interesting thesis, but I feel it is most impractical as it would require, presumably, every country to agree to it. I cannot see this happening. There is a useful bibliography and some fairly extensive notes. No index,… Read more
The Good Priest: A Father Vincent Ross Mystery (Fa&hellip by Gillian Galbraith
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This book is very reminiscent of two films: the 1952 film I Confess, starring Montgomery Clift, and the very recent film Calvary. The former has a murderer confessing his crime to a priest, the latter has a prospective murderer telling a priest in the confessional of his intention. The Good Priest has a similar, though not identical, start, a variation on a theme, as it were. Set in the present day (dates in 2013 are mentioned, as well as recent events and well-known people in the news), it shares with Calvary the theme of clerical child abuse, though as in both the aforementioned films the protagonist is a thoroughly good priest.
The author is clearly thoroughly familiar with the… Read more