M. A. Smith

Helpful votes received on reviews: 70% (28 of 40)
Location: Ilford, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,189,915 - Total Helpful Votes: 28 of 40
God's Own Country by Ross Raisin
God's Own Country by Ross Raisin
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative Moors, 23 Mar 2009
So, it appears from the reviews here, that this book is very much like Marmite - you either love it or hate it. Unlike Marmite, I loved this book.

I better state now, potential spoilers alert - I don't do this intentionally, and I may not do so at all, but you have been warned - it depends how much you know about the book already!

Much has been written about 'the unreliable narrator' and in this book that is most definitely what you get. Written as Sam Marsdyke is looking back on events, it is not until the end of the book you realise how unreliable he is. You also start to think how could I have felt sympathy for this person? Should I have felt sympathy for this… Read more
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hhhhmmmm..., 9 Mar 2009
I read this for the reason it won the Booker Prize (as I do every year if I have not already read the Winner!). I found the novel quite enjoyable, and it is definitely high on readability, however, like many other reviewers I was reminded of other writers and books at every turn. The structure of a one way conversation (in The White Tiger in the form of letters) works much better in The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid that was nomintated for the Booker several years ago. Having said that, I enjoyed The White Tiger - I loved the humour that is there through out and also the characterizations. I know other reviewers have stated they found the characters one dimensional but surely… Read more
Barack Obama: Dreams from My Father (A Story of Ra&hellip by President Barack Obama
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Smartening Up", 23 Feb 2009
Written in 1996, I received this for my birthday this year and couldn't wait to read this autobiography of the then President elect. Written way before his run for Presidential candidancy, the book is a candid exploration of Mr Obama's formation of ideas and his understanding of 'self'. Although fascinating, what I found remarkable about this book is the intelligence with which it is written. It feels as if we have a President of the U.S. right now who is 'an intellectual' - something that appears a hither-to hinderance in modern American politics. Maybe the level of debate and discussion that can take place in America can now be raised intellectually and stop the rapid dumbing down that… Read more