A. A. M. Weyenbarg

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The Quiet American by Graham Greene
The Quiet American by Graham Greene
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
This was my first Graham Greene novel, and it won't be my last. It's one of those cleverly constructed 'circular' novels that, after the initial scene, takes you right back to the beginning of the story which slowly unfolds to end with the same initial scene, but seen in a totally different light.
I picked up this novel because I imagined it to be full of the atmosphere of war-torn Vietnam in the 1950s, a historical portrait of the end of colonial Indo-China. And that is indeed one feature of the book, but it is more involving still: realistic characters, consistent only in their complexity, a moving story of a triangular relationship between two men and a woman, a stand-off between… Read more
Burmese Days (Penguin Modern Classics) by George Orwell
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Like most of Orwell's novels, 'Burmese Days' is principally about social alienation, here against the backdrop of a remote jungle outpost of the British empire in the 1920s. The book is steeped in the atmosphere of the country in which it is set, the oppressive climate, the colour of the jungle and the native population, the repulsively racist and materialistic circle of English businessmen and colonial administrators among whom Flory, the main character, socializes at the 'European Club'.
You get the impression that Flory is actually the same misanthropic ineffectual character that appears in all Orwell's novels (a portrait of Orwell himself presumably), although in 'Burmese Days' he… Read more
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine read, 18 Nov 2004
'White Teeth' spans generations and decades. It is about (in as far as it can be summed up in a couple of words) the multi-ethnic society, and as such could not be more relevant to today's Britain (and world?). Always light-hearted, often challenging, never dull, difficult to put down, and the best news is - it's over 500 pages! A book to really get your teeth into... The pages slip by unnoticed, so absorbing are the characters and their stories.
Certain recent reviews of this book are quite frankly shocking, and compelled me to write my own to say that I think Zadie Smith's writing is first class and inventive, the story line engrossing and the characters multi-dimensional and often… Read more

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