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The Tesseract
The Tesseract
by Alex Garland
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Almost, keep trying, 11 Feb. 2000
This review is from: The Tesseract (Paperback)
In this,Alex Garland's second novel he has concentrated more on the metaphysical aspects of life which he hinted at in 'The Beach.' Unfortunately, it doesn't quite deliver. Although it stimulates thought on possible connections between what appear to be unrelated events, it fails to deliver the 'knock out punch,' or perhaps intellectually nourish is the right phrase. In its metaphysical aspects the novel reminds me of the conceptual artist 'Aligherio e Boetti.' I attended a retrospective of his work at the Whitechapel recently. He had many interesting ideas but always failed to fully develop them. The same can be said of 'The Tessaract.' That said it is still a good book and with more experience to match up his ambition, great things can be expected from Alex Garland in the future.

Lord Jim: A Tale (Penguin Popular Classics)
Lord Jim: A Tale (Penguin Popular Classics)
by Joseph Conrad
Edition: Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The sky streamed like an open vein, 20 Jan. 2000
Nobody writes in English like Conrad. A Pole who spoke Russian before he learnt English. If works of Art by painters such as Munch and Van Gogh can be described as expressive, then Conrad is an expressive writer, who coincidentally, was writing at the same time as the above artists were painting. Take the above phrase. Not only does it convey a vivid image of a sunset, but it gives a sense of foreboding. Lord Jim contains many such phrases as Conrad's tale of human beings behaving in a human fashion and suffering for it unfolds. Lord Jim is one of his best novels and my personal favourite. As you read the text is almost tangible and the tale will weigh on your soul forever.

Heart Of Darkness With The Congo Diary
Heart Of Darkness With The Congo Diary
by Joseph Conrad Robert Hampson
Edition: Paperback

111 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The darkness in men's hearts, 19 Jan. 2000
With this novella Joseph Conrad brutally rips away the barriers that men build to hide themselves and exposes the evil that lurks in all men's hearts, waiting for an opportunity to get out.kurtz sails away into the dark continent full of ambition to build a bright shining society where men will be Gods. The result is unspeakable evil. What actually happens the reader never knows. They are just invited to look at the battered result of Kurtz's ambition. Marlowe returns and visits the now dead Kurt's fiancee, but is unable to tell her the truth about her beloved and makes up some romantic tale to spare her feelings. Nowadays Conrad is vulnerable to accusations of racism as he uses Africa to represent the dark continent. As always the politically correct have completely missed the pooint. The evil was in Kurtz, as it is in all men, not in Africa. And Conrad was exposing the wickednesss of colonolism which he was vehemently against, which anyone could find out if they read his works closely. In fact he was not a racist but years ahead of his time.
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Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £10.99

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book for those who do., 18 Jan. 2000
Ayn Rand's book makes me feel that i can rip trees up by their roots. Or at least if i really want to i can. This is a book for people who don't wait for life and opportunity to come knocking at the door, and moan that life's not fair when it doesn't, but go out and seize opportunities for themselves. I do not agree entirely with Ayn Rand's crypto-Darwinism as i believe everybody should share some degree of social responsibility. But that doesn't mean that the books central philosophy of objectivism cannot be used in projects to help the least well off. Certainly by providing improved, cheaper and more accessible adult education. The Open University is the best example, i can think of. This gives people meaningful state assistance, although it is still prohibitively expensive for some. And effectual state legislation is needed in the field of discrimination. Whether it is racism, sexism of as i am beginning to experience ageism.
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