B. T. Denvir

"Tim Denvir"
(REAL NAME)
 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 75% (6 of 8)
Location: Killin, Scotland
 

Reviews

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
5.0 out of 5 stars A prize-winner of a book., 26 April 2014
This is a very long book. The hardback edition weighs in at 1.71 kg, is 771 pages and some 340,000 words. Not easy to carry about; I think that new hardbacks should come with an electronic version thrown in for free, so that you can read them easily when commuting or on holiday, but can return to the beautiful tactile hard copy at home in the evening. Physical dimensions aside, one feels that Donna Tartt has put everything she has into this book. It is epic, full of analytical writing, life-examining, a morality tale, a love story, penetrating the underworld of society, a road-movie of a novel, a philosophical exploration, a study of adversity and friendship, wealth and poverty, descent and… Read more
Seeing Voices by Oliver Sacks
Seeing Voices by Oliver Sacks
Oliver Sacks wrote this book in 1989. In his preface he writes that three years before he "knew nothing of the situation of the deaf". So this book is in many ways a chronicle of Sacks' own journey of discovery. Its main thesis is that the signing used by deaf people is indeed a fully fledged language with its own grammar and catalogue of nuances and styles. So, for example, if two or more deaf-signing people meet who have no spoken or written language in common, say American and Japanese (his example), within a day or two they are communicating fluently. The second half of the book, a chapter titled "The Revolution of the Deaf", is devoted to tracking a "revolution"… Read more
The Sister by Lynne Alexander
The Sister by Lynne Alexander
This novel is a fictionalised biography of the life of Alice James, sister of Henry and William James. It is told in the first person of Alice herself. Alice is an invalid and lives a short life. The book is well crafted, extremely well observed and based on a lot of research into biographical sources and letters. With two famous brothers, Alice is adumbrated and somewhat patronised. She benefits from the devotion of a companion, with whom she has a fluctuating relationship, as she does with the family servants. This is a most enjoyable and rewarding read.