John McGuiggan

Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (21 of 23)
Location: ireland


Top Reviewer Ranking: 558,739 - Total Helpful Votes: 21 of 23
The Last Slave Market by Alastair Hazell
The Last Slave Market by Alastair Hazell
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book out of curiosity about the role of the British consular service in the emerging colonial development of Africa.
I had just finished reading Mario Vargas Llosa's fictionalised account of another British consular official, namely Sir Roger Casement who was consul to Congo Free State port of Boma in the African Congo in 1903. Sir Roger was feted, is still feted, particularly in Ireland, as a hero, a man, amongst the first to recognise the horrors of colonial exploitation, a friend of the indigenous African, a fearless anti-slaver and a beaming and unique example, particularly in the Consular service, particularly amongst the British, of a concerned and considerate… Read more
The Dream of the Celt by Mario Vargas Llosa
The Dream of the Celt by Mario Vargas Llosa
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Flawed Translation, 18 Aug 2012
When, a noble laureate, Mario Vargas Llosa, described on the dust jacket as being one of the world's greatest writers, , takes up his pen on a subject you admire and profess to know something off, then your expectations are naturally extremely high. You anticipate new and penetrating insights into the character of Casement, you expect prose that will set the story on fire and blaze across the page. Unfortunately Llosa,, on this occasion, gives us very little of either. There is not much that is new, let alone insightful, and the writing, although it occasionally sparks, is generally rather damp, not helped by a fairly poor translation.

It was only in the final chapter,… Read more
Granta 110: Sex (Granta: The Magazine of New Writi&hellip by John Freeman
3.0 out of 5 stars Pulsating, 25 Sep 2011
Pulsating, with an irresistible pull. Somewhat lacking in effective illustrations, perfect mono type font and lots of appropriate exclamation marks