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See Naples and Die by Penelope Green
See Naples and Die by Penelope Green
Feeble. Should be subtitled "A Bimbo's Blog". I picked this up after a tourist visit to Naples looking for a quick cut to the heart of modern urban developments. It is in fact fuel for the romantic fantasies of women's magazine readers. Clothes, boyfriends, clubbing, food, and the thrills of imaginary dangers are the repetitive obsessions of a book that, even allowing for the autobiographical genre, is self-absorbed and banal. The author uses "Naples" as geographical, cultural, institutional and demographic short-hand without any awareness of their difference, making complete nonsense of the opinions she reports and comments on. Superficial anecdotes succeed one another… Read more
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
No amount of praise can do justice to "The Goldfinch", it has so many facets, faces and depths. It is thrillingly enjoyable, richly satisfying and expansively stimulating, yet still twists, surprises and amazes. Its forward momentum is irresistable, but every moment invites meditation. "The Goldfinch" is sustained throughout at so many levels that it can engage the intellect and sensibility of many literary personalities and allow the interplay of numerous perspectives. Its invention is secure, its imaginative leaps are a delight, its eloquence is easy, its personae humane. A Pulitzer Prize acknowledges these rare qualities.
Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Graphite by Kindle
My Kindle has made it possible for me to enjoy reading for pleasure again. It goes everywhere with me and I have been able to sample and discover whole new areas of writing, fiction and non-fiction. The totally basic Kindle suits me perfectly, both in display and wonderful integration of web browsing and uploading - and I feel no need for a more complicated one.

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