Jolene Tan

Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (18 of 20)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,691,410 - Total Helpful Votes: 18 of 20
Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Listen to the other reviewers: this book is not worth your money.

In the first instance, PD James spends a baffling amount of time recapitulating the plot of Pride and Prejudice, as if anyone who might buy this doesn't already know it inside-out. This is incredibly tedious, especially when carried out on the thinnest of pretexts - such as having Elizabeth and Darcy go over the entire ground of their emotional journeys in a completely otiose conversation at the end of the book. Moreover, the author goes on to expand the characters in frankly implausible ways. I can accept that Charlotte Lucas might have been unimaginative, but malicious? This sort of liberty strains the… Read more
The Natashas: The New Global Sex Trade by Victor Malarek
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This text throws a spotlight onto sex trafficking, a very important topic which certainly requires our attention. However, throughout the text, Malarek adopts the rather breathless tone of an American crime thriller novel, which gives the air of being a little too enamoured with the potential sensationalism of the field. He also has a disturbing tendency to cast the people involved in anti-trafficking work as "knights in white armour", for instance in his gratuitous focus on the intimidating physique of some male law enforcement officials. These stereotypes over-simplify the messy reality of the issues relating to human trafficking. For a better approach, try "Selling Olga" by Louisa… Read more
Standard Operating Procedure: A War Story by Errol Morris
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
It's easy to think we know all there is to know about Abu Ghraib. We've seen the pictures, which reek of brutal frat party cruelty, and seem to straightforwardly expose a group of racist, ignorant, hypermilitarised soldiers. Surely the rest is just needless detail?

By reconstructing the sequence of events depicted in the photographs, Morris and Gourevitch reveal that the reality is simultaneously more, and less, horrifying than this. The episodes presented to us in the jumble of pictures are differentiated, for one; some are as we would expect, but others emerge as distinctly practical responses to the everyday horror of the job these soldiers were given.

Rather than… Read more

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