James Bolder

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (21 of 21)
Location: Gt Britain


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Orfeo: Longlisted for Man Booker Prize 2014 by Richard Powers
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book has deeply moved me. The writing is gripping, imaginative, and extraordinary. Ive never read a better description of how musicians and composers use the sounds of their environment and their brain processes to create new music.
But much more, how the urge to make original and experimental art affects not just the composer, but wider society; and how such radical ways of creating new ideas can seem a great threat. Richard Powers turns his musical life - journal into a terrifying thriller, as the security services begin to believe that his efforts as a bio- chemist threaten human safety. This strange and compelling story is a complicated and gripping read; and you do need… Read more
Reading Judas: The Controversial Message of the An&hellip by Elaine Pagels
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Elaine Pagels has devoted her research and her profound scholarship to unearthing and interpreting the evidence for the "lost " gospels which were rejected by the earliest Christian authorities. "The Gospel of Judas" seems the most unlikely and the most heretical of all of these. Existing in a fragmentary text, already copied from a lost and disputed original, the outcast Apostle is revealed as an outraged critic and denier of the mainstream New Testament tradition.

The text of this gospel is hard to understand, let alone interpret; Judas is accusing the other Apostles of leading Christian men and women to death and destruction, and to blasphemy of Christ's teaching. Elaine… Read more
The Great Debaters [2007] (Region 1) (NTSC) [DVD] &hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Denzel Washington
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
We saw this film on a flight from the US, and were very moved by it. Denzel Washington is at his most visionary; unyielding in his vision of bringing equal rights to people of the Southern States of America in the 1930's. The film shows him inspiring a generation of black students to find their voices, to stand up and be heard in a series of intellectual debates with other universities - eventually, with "anglo-saxon" universitites; culminating in the most challenging of all. This is a true story; the uncompromising choices the students have to make to hold onto their own sense of worth and justice is riveting. Wonderfully acted, and directed by Denzel Washington himself, in a fine role. In… Read more

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