Bruce Loveitt

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (1,494 of 1,684)
Location: Ogdensburg, NY USA
In My Own Words:
My wife and I live in upstate New York on the St. Lawrence river. You can look across the river and see Canada. I retired in July 2002 after working for the federal government for 26 years (now I can no longer avoid writing reviews by using the excuse 'I'm too busy'!) and my wife is a special education teacher. The winter nights get to 20 degrees below zero so you don't feel like going out much. I… Read more
 

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The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox
The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly executed, 12 Aug 2006
By nature I am immediately suspicious of anything that has received this much hype. However, Michael Cox has written a truly excellent book. His evocation of Victorian era England is spot-on, and I enjoyed being immersed in that world. I don''t read many novels and find few that can really hold my attention. Despite the length of this book (almost 600 pages), my interest never flagged. And, yes, I actually did find that as the book raced towards its conclusion I didn''t want to put it down. One might quibble over how well some of the characters are developed, but in the end the descriptive quality of the writing, the plot, the humor, the romantic elements, etc. won me over and allow me to… Read more
Pompeii by Paul Wilkinson
Pompeii by Paul Wilkinson
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
This is a very good book which details the destruction by volcanic eruption of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 AD. The author starts off with a brief history of the two cities, including pre-Roman times. He then describes what life was like in both places just prior to the eruption. Then, in harrowing detail, he takes us hour-by-hour through the day of the eruption. (We learn that Vesuvius emitted billions of tons of material, and that the material rose up 20 miles into the atmosphere. We also learn that people in Herculaneum had a more "merciful" death than the people in Pompeii - the material which fell onto Herculaneum was significantly hotter, so the inhabitants were immediately… Read more
Audubon's Elephant: The story of John James Audubo&hellip by Duff Hart-Davis
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This book is a wonderful combination of biography, travelogue, and "art book." The reproductions (and they are numerous) from "The Birds of America" are spectacular. Audubon has become a bit unfashionable of late because of all the birds he shot in order to collect the specimens he wanted. I don't want to get involved in that controversy, except to say that one must consider context. Audubon lived in the late 1700's and early 1800's...not in the 20th or 21st century. It should also be remembered that Audubon was well-aware of the danger to the animal kingdom from encroaching humankind...he saw, and was very disturbed by, what was happening to the passenger pigeon and the buffalo, for… Read more