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Helpful votes received on reviews: 76% (193 of 254)
Location: Australia
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,160 - Total Helpful Votes: 193 of 254
The Cleft by Doris Lessing
The Cleft by Doris Lessing
This is a mixture of a book. As ever with Doris Lessing, it is well written. But it is a mixture of narrative, fable and Ms Lessing's exploration of feminism or the female being. As such it does not work on any level, although I found the role of the narrator (masculine and anonymous Roman historian) engaging, the story of the clefts was curiously unsatisfying. Other than it states the obvious-unlike the basic tenant of Christianity, women would have had to come first to give birth and the more modern truism, it is likely women could exist quite comfortably without men. The fable appears to delineate the differences between specific male and female genders-no sign of anything in-between or… Read more
Faces of Philip: A Memoir of Philip Toynbee by Jessica Mitford
I briefly knew Philip Toynbee (through his alternative commune at Barnhouse in Gwent)and he often spoke of his great friendship with Jessica Mitford who at the time was living in America. I found this copy in Goulds, a second hand book emporium in the true sense, in Newtown, Sydney. I read two of Philip Toynbee's autobiographies and acknowledge his passion for writing and his keen eye for detail and recording events. But I found his cloying christianity sickly and a bit self righteous which seems out of the character with the larger than life drunk and raconteur I briefly knew. Ms Mitford does capture the entertainer, story teller and clown well. She also notes the serious side of Philip… Read more
Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream by Neil Young
Now, I have always liked Neil Young's music and lyrics-although the hippie is never far from the surface. But he can strangle a good song into something profoundly and beautifully tortured. After missing out a number of times on seeing him live, I was fortunate to see him recently when he torched through Sydney and I must say age has not mellowed his guitar and I think some of the audience were wishing a little more 'Harvest" and less moshing white noise but me, I thought he was just fine. So the book was not a lot different. No compromise. There is enough in here to like, to think about, to get a picture of what makes old Neil tick. Some of it not to my liking but most give the… Read more

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