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Helpful votes received on reviews: 81% (203 of 250)
Location: Madrid, Spain
 

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Utopia and the Valley of Tears: A journey through &hellip by Dan Hancox
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
For more than thirty years a small town called Marinaleda in the province of Seville in Spain has been a shining example of true socialism. Led by its local mayor, the charismatic Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo, Marinaleda has seen the expropriation of agricultural land for co-operative use, the development of a unique form of truly socialist housing provision completely immune from the Spanish property crisis, the introduction of a working and effective participatory democracy and, perhaps most impressively, the achievement for decades of full employment (this in a region characterised by jobless rates of 40 per cent or more). In this highly welcome e-book Dan Hancox tells the town's… Read more
Deceit: We Believe What We Want To Believe by Sandy King
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read., 28 Jun 2012
As the title suggests this novel is all about how powerful deceit can be in personal relationships and how we often delude ourselves from what seems so obvious to others. Yes, men can be deeply manipulative and women as fallible as anyone. Set against the middle-class lives of a number of characters in contemporary London, the story also moves to France and Madrid giving a pleasant cosmopolitan feel to the book. The story rattles along nicely and the dialogue is lively. I found myself relating positively to the well crafted characters, especially Charley and Prue, a mother-daughter relationship which I thought was particularly well drawn, but also her friend Lizzie. An enjoyable read.
Capital by John Lanchester
Capital by John Lanchester
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Given all the hype that surrounded the publication of `Capital' - "state of the nation" book (whatever that means), etc. - and which I followed closely, I couldn't help but think it offered much more than it delivered. The novel seemed overly contrived and in the end rather inconsequential. The underlying theme of the story - the dark and threatening "We Want What You Have" campaign - became uninteresting and peripheral to the lives of the varied characters, and by the end the story just fizzled out. I'm a big fan of John Lanchester and have read most of his fiction and non-fiction, and follow his excellent journalistic economics articles in the London Review of Books. However, while… Read more