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Sabu
Sabu
by Robin Witt
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A charming, thought-provoking story set in richly-imagined surroundings, 6 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Sabu (Paperback)
Engaging and warm, the style makes an instant connection with the reader of this story, possibly set in India - it is never specified - about a boy searching for a religion or belief system that he can relate to that reflects his moral, spiritual and environmental concerns and his outlook on life. Evocative, imaginative and thought-provoking both children and adults will enjoy it - I think it would make a good present for those making their religious sacraments eg Confirmation although it is not specifically Christian, but about a spiritual journey and about 'faith, existence and co-existence', to quote one of its reviews.


The Miniaturist
The Miniaturist
Price: £2.84

4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, richly visual and illuminating, 30 April 2015
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This review is from: The Miniaturist (Kindle Edition)
An intriguing glimpse into the domestic and commercial life of the flourishing port of 17th century Amsterdam at the height of its global trading and commercial activities. The narrative is compelling and reveals the attendant wealth, greed, corruption and hypocrisy that grows and festers against a backdrop of strict Calvinism, and while the central theme of the book - the mysterious miniatures that keep arriving unbidden to populate the cabinet model of the actual house of the protagonists - is engaging, by the end I was left with a slight feeling of dissatisfaction and a sense of a hollowness at the heart of the book, and a lack of believable resolution.

I loved the detailed descriptions of domestic life, the preparation of food, the interiors, the markets and the day-to-day elements of home, chores, worship and customs are full of vivid, richly-textured imagery that bring to mind the beautiful but dark, chiaroscuro-filled Dutch still-lifes and interiors and the luminous canalscapes - in my opinion these carry the book, possibly further than the plot, ultimately.


Among Muslims: Meetings at the Frontiers of Pakistan
Among Muslims: Meetings at the Frontiers of Pakistan
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly readable and fascinating, 14 Sept. 2013
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Illuminating and engrossing account of life in the mountains of N Pakistan, entertainingly and vividly written it gives a balanced view of the people, their beliefs and culture and conjures the harsh, dramatic and often beautiful landscapes. The paradox of progress and change and its effect on vanishing cultures and ways of life is a continuous thread of the book.


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