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Shelter from the Storm by Michael Mewshaw
Shelter from the Storm by Michael Mewshaw
I'm generally not a great fan of thrillers, but "Shelter" is very well plotted and beautifully writen. The setting is wonderfully wild - somewhere east of the Middle East, in one of the formerly Russian 'stans, now run by warlords and mafia. Two Americans find themselves caught up in dangerous events they can't fully understand. The expatriate angle as well as Mewshaw's interest in spiritual quests reminded me of Graham Greene. There's a marvellous, magical twist at the end. (I won't say any more and spoil it.)
Do I Owe You Something?: A Memoir of the Literary &hellip by Michael Mewshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars A literary pleasure, 10 Sep 2003
I started Do I Owe You Something on a plane trip and I couldn't put it down for the rest of the weekend. During his own writing career, Mewshaw has met and befriended some of the 20th century's greatest writers - Graham Greene, Gore Vidal, Paul Bowles and many many more. He depicts these friendships with humour, sympathy, even pain (Mewshaw's no sycophant; he doesn't shy away from letting us in on his sometimes bloody literary disputes). The writing is terrific, as penetrating as that any of any of the memoir's subjects. Mewshaw gives fascinating insight into what it means to have a literary relationship, and Do I? should appeal to anyone with an interest in litererary subjects.
Men and Collections by Brian Jenner
Men and Collections by Brian Jenner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I noticed this book because of its interesting hand-sized shape and design - I just wanted to pick it up. So it was a pleasure to find that the contents match the cover in quality. Some amazing personalities are profiled here (want to know what sort of person would collect ovens, or sand? Find out here!). Jenner gives us intriguing insight into the collecting subculture. My one (slight) criticism is that I would have liked there to be more commentary on the question of what makes people collect typical things like stamps or art. Jenner's focus is definitely on the weird and wacky. I think this will make a good Christmas present for some of the male members of my family.

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