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The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up by Jacob M. Appel
The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up by Jacob M. Appel
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Started off quite good with a captivating (but unsurprising) exploration of the America psyche but soon went off in spurious directions with a completely lame ending. Sympathy for the principal turned to alienation.
Either written by an uber vegetarian looking for justification for their politics or a research assistant who spent too much time at the library!?
The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
The book got me on a variety of levels from the simple yet haunted man, the fical nature of long term relationships, age as a mental disabler, people's panache for borrowing and bastardising belief systems, the quality and value of the journey…. and all with a happy ending!
Mandela: The Authorised Biography by Anthony Sampson
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I probably got as much from this book in the last chapter than I did in the many pages before it. The book in the main part preoccupied itself with both a potted history of the (what appears as accidental) politics but also stoking the legend that is Mandela (can't remember reading one challenging quote about him). If you want to read about the man then you may have better luck with his actual autobiography. If you want to understand more of the context then go for it.

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