andrew glencross

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Citizens: A Chronicle of The French Revolution by Simon Schama
87 of 96 people found the following review helpful
Citizens is a truly wonderful example of narrative historical writing - a "tremendous performance", to borrow a favourite expression of Simon Schama. The author prefers a more old-fashioned interpretation of the French revolution, which presents the revolution as a drama and focuses on the characters that determine the unravelling of the plot. This choice provides the book with the memorable stories, such as the royal family's comically feckless flight from Paris in 1791, that make it such a delightful read. It is a liberating experience to find a general historical survey that does away with the conventional, stultifying analytical distinctions between economic, social and political… Read more
Permanent: Joy Division 1995 ~ Joy Division
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars abandoned too soon, 28 Jan 2000
If you can't appreciate this album then sell your hearing to the deaf. Real music is passion music. There is more feeling in any one of the tracks on Permanent than can be found in the entirety of "these days" charts. Listening to this album leaves one with a disprited view of humanity. Joy Division's music haunts the imagination for a very good reason: the capacity for humans to inflict emotional suffering on each other appears almost limitless. The result of this fact, internalised and immortalised by Ian Curtis, is Love will tear us apart, Isolation, or Atmosphere. Yet understanding human pain is the most necessary lesson of all; a universal lesson which requires… Read more