Charles Vasey

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Location: London, England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 229 - Total Helpful Votes: 3294 of 3610
The Trouble with Europe: Why the EU isn't working &hellip by Roger Bootle
Roger Bootle of Capital Economics is a regular on the Jeff Randall Show and in the Torygraph: always explaining clearly the issues behind a piece of economics. Here he moves to whether the EU works and if not (and he concludes not eventually) what could be done about it. I found his exposition of the various scenarios very useful though for various non-economic reasons can see that the result will be non-optimal. This is not the "hatred of foreigners" text that often, for me anyway, blights the discussion. One can but believe there is a deal to be done here, but negotiations are not easy for politicians at the best of times.I thought it admirably fair (I am weak pro-EU by inclination - this… Read more
The Spartans: An Epic History by Paul Cartledge
The Spartans: An Epic History by Paul Cartledge
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a robust plain spoken, one might say laconic, account of the history of Sparta through the lives of prominent Spartans. For so undramatic a people the lives of their kings read like an ancient country & western song (illegitimacy, exile, self-mutilation, rogue oracles). There is a bit of academic sniffery: can any of us tell at this remove whether Spartan religious sensibilities were, shall be say, situation specific? Recommended.
Clochemerle by Gabriel Chevallier
Clochemerle by Gabriel Chevallier
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonjour Ivresse, 25 July 2014
The massively successful product of a novelist famed for a Great War shocker ("Peur") Clochemerle is a beautifully observed account of a Beaujolais village at the community-level with some interesting observations on the sex lives of married couples. The events that cause the scandal are lovingly placed in the setting. In its observation I am reminded of the Croft and Perry TV series (like Dad's Army) where a distinct type is skewered exactly but always with the humanity to recognise their strengths as well as weaknesses. The 1972 BBC series was more Talbot Rothwell than Gabriel Chevallier with its Seventies Smut antenna working overtime; the text is much more nuanced however the… Read more