Serge Berthier

August 2011
Helpful votes received on reviews: 60% (56 of 93)
Location: Hong Kong


Top Reviewer Ranking: 68,649 - Total Helpful Votes: 56 of 93
Katherine Mansfield: A Secret Life by Claire Tomalin
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I give it only three stars because Claire Tomalin is too much of a feminist when writing about Katherine Mansfield, a promiscuous lazy slut that achieved little during her life. Yes, she is a writer that deserves to be read but she is also a liar, a toxicoman and not good company.
Claire Tomalin goes to great length to explain that K.M was a pioneer (of what? would we write the same if KM was a man?) and she deserves our compassion for all the misery she encountered during her short life.
But having countless affairs with both sexes does not make KM admirable. I can understand KM's mother who was so appealed by her daughter's conduct that she cut her off her will. K.M was a… Read more
God's Chinese Son: Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hon&hellip by Jonathan Spence
There is no need to present Jonathan Spence. He is an outstanding writer and scholar. Here he is turning up what i consider the definitive story of the Taiping Emperor, Hong Xiuquan Hakka from Southern China who, having failed the central examination to become a scholar, became half-mad, or totally mad. His madness was rooted in the belief that he was the second son of God, the brother of Jesus, and its responsibility was to destroy the demons. The demons were the Chinese Emperor and everything that was not "Chinese".
Jonathan Spence tackles with precision the religious side of the claim as well as the ravage of war. Hong Xiuquan was cunning and ruthless. Most of the books I… Read more
They Were Counted (Transylvanian Trilogy) by Banffy
5.0 out of 5 stars A must, 3 July 2014
Miklos Banffy is the Lampedusa of Transylvania. If you want to understand what is going on East Europe today and what happened 100 years ago at Sarajevo, read the three books. Fascinating.