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The Dying Light
The Dying Light
by Henry Porter
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful and wonderful, 13 Sept. 2009
This review is from: The Dying Light (Hardcover)
This wonderful novel is very insightful. It could be dedicated to all those who believe that both US / UK government surveillance security systems "make us safer."


The Dark Side Of Love
The Dark Side Of Love
by Rafik Schami
Edition: Paperback

2 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sex, Sex, Sex, 20 Aug. 2009
This review is from: The Dark Side Of Love (Paperback)
with man, woman, beast. The theme of this book, a clan feud, is an excellent one but overshadowed by sex. The book unfortunately is thus not up to the high standard of other great eastern writers such as Pamuk, Barghouti, Maalouf or Hamid. The title of this unfortunate novel would perhaps better be 'The Story of a Prick.'
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The Journals Volume 1: Vol 1
The Journals Volume 1: Vol 1
by John Fowles
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fowles: Brilliant and Disenchanted, 15 July 2009
One must surmise that Mr. Preece is not interested in a serious search for self knowledge which Mr. Fowles sought from 1949 - 1990. In Vol 1, 1 became bogged down during his affair with Elizabeth, whom he then married. However, beginning with chapter 7, 'Married Life in London' (p. 391), the tone changes and the literary and personal criticisms are succinct and superb, as are his observations on world events and travel. Fowles was disenchanted with our material world long before some of us were aware it was destroying us. Fowles is keen observer and lover of nature, and this beautifully informs his journals. Lyme Regis was never so alive in his famous book and film, The French Lieutenant's Woman (described in Vol. 2). Fowles was an admirer of another Dorset writer, Thomas Hardy, whom his work resembles in its brevity and clarity. If you liked The Life of Graham Green (3 vols) by Norman Sherry, you will also like Charles Drazin's editing of John Fowles Journals (2 vols). (Vol. 2 is 5 *****) I feel that every word Fowles ever wrote should be published.


The Sacrifice [DVD]
The Sacrifice [DVD]
Dvd ~ Erland Josephson

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the Scenes, 7 July 2009
This review is from: The Sacrifice [DVD] (DVD)
Just as great as Tarkovsky's film, The Sacrifice, is Disc 2 - about Tarkovsky himself. His searching, depth, perception and perfectionism are essential keys to understanding life and death. Thanks to his son and to cameraman Arne Carlsson for this magnificent and historic film on disc.


The Long Exile: A Tale of Inuit Betrayal and Survival in the High Arctic (Vintage)
The Long Exile: A Tale of Inuit Betrayal and Survival in the High Arctic (Vintage)
by Melanie McGrath
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars so excellent, 13 Jun. 2009
This book is SO excellent that I also bought a copy of the 'hit' film, "Nanook of the North" by the Irish-American explorer, Robert Flaherty. The book is his story, and that of his 1/2 Inuit son, Josephie, who froze to death as a result of being experimentally resettled, for political reasons, by the Canadian government in an uninhabitable part of the Arctic. The book also foretells the struggle arising for 'strategic interests' by the US, Canada, Russia, Norway and the Inuits (who are bound to lose this one!). Very readable, educative, honourable. One can smell the ice in all its silent beauty and grindings, in the great tradition of writers like Barry Lopez. Thank you, Ms. McGrath!


The Wretched of the Earth (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Wretched of the Earth (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Frantz Fanon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Must read' in 2009, 25 Feb. 2009
(review also published on Amazon.com). This extraordinary book, first published in 1961, must be read now in 2009. Fanon's African "settlers" could refer to Israeli occupiers, or to US military occupiers in Iraq and Afghanistan; the 'natives' would now be the Palestinian, Iraqi and Afghan people.

The phrases 'colonial' could refer to today's corporate fascists. "In spite of the huge sums swallowed up by military budgets,international capitalism is in desperate straits." Economically, "the mass of people strugggle against the same poverty, flounder about making the same gestures and with their shrunken bellies outline what has been called the geography of hunger.... What counts today, the question which is looming on the horizon, is the need for a redistribution of wealth. Humanity must reply to this question, or be shaken to pieces by it." Read it?!


Gomorrah: Italy's Other Mafia
Gomorrah: Italy's Other Mafia
by Roberto Saviano
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sad., 4 Feb. 2009
Saviano's book in italian might be a riveting read. However, he either needs a good English editor, or a better translator. Sadly disappointed, thus.


Hold Everything Dear: Despatches on Survival and Resistance
Hold Everything Dear: Despatches on Survival and Resistance
by John Berger
Edition: Hardcover

39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you John Berger, 28 Jan. 2009
Thank you John Berger for ALL your books. Especial thanks for 'Hold Everything Dear'- Dispatches on Survival and Resistance. This book opens with a 12.05 essay: "Everywhere one goes in Palestine - even in rural areas - one finds oneself amongst rubble, picking a way through round and over it." After recently watching Gaza's destruction by war criminals 18/24 on al jazeera, this is sadly even more true today. Some essays end with "The stance of undefeated despair works like this." The 'undefeated despair' is a theme of Berger's book, illustrated with many beautiful poems. Berger stretches my soul, leads me to other authors. Berger writes from a mountain of courage, wisdom and great compassion. He much deserves the Nobel Literature Prize.
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Earth And Ashes
Earth And Ashes
by Atiq Rahimi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Amen, 30 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Earth And Ashes (Paperback)
I read this book after finishing Chris Hedges' superb hymn to Thanatos, "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning." This short book, also written with depth, clarity and beauty, is the "Amen" to Mr. Hedges book. Both books highly recommended for those who praise war & support the so-called "War on Terror." And for those who have experienced war? Dreams are revived and some dragons are hopefully laid to rest. Deep thanks to both writers.


The Stone Woman: A Novel (Islam Quintet 3)
The Stone Woman: A Novel (Islam Quintet 3)
by Tariq Ali
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars masterful writing, 16 Nov. 2008
The Stone Woman is a superb book: voluptuous, exotic - with relevant political savvy thrown in. Here is an example of Tariq's wisdom: "He was excited by the events of the day. He spoke of the young officer who had made what was really difficult sound possible, namely to make progressive ideas a reality. So often in the past, lofty ideas had been transformed into their opposites, when those who had proclaimed them actually came to power. This had happened in France after the revolution, but it had happened here (Turkey) as well. Whenever the reformers had been made Viziers, their ideas disappeared and they were compelled to govern the Empire in the only way they knew, which was the old way." T. Ali reminds me of another evocative writer from whom one learns much - Amin Maalouf.


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