This is an Endeavour Press re-release of a 1930s book. It is about Katherine Howard and her fall. It's pretty good for aDisclaimer: ARC via Netgalley
This is an Endeavour Press re-release of a 1930s book. It is about Katherine Howard and her fall. It's pretty good for a 1930s book. Lindsay actually does a pretty fair job on the interested parties. You actually feel sorry for most of the actors, though some of Culpepper's past is glossed over (and Culpepper is pretty much un-redeemable). Enjoyable if with a slight dated feeling....more
I hadn't heard of Eleanor Perenyi before this book was selected by NYRB for its Feb. selection for the book of the month.
At a very young age, PerenyiI hadn't heard of Eleanor Perenyi before this book was selected by NYRB for its Feb. selection for the book of the month.
At a very young age, Perenyi made a Hungarian Baron and goes to live on his rather improvised estate. It is an unlikely marriage, but works until world wide events happen, in particular the outbreak of World War II.
The selling point of the book is Perenyi's tone which is gossipy and chatty. It also captures a place and time that are long gone....more
Every time there is a terrorist attack committed by someone who claims to be follower of Islam someone who claims to be Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.
Every time there is a terrorist attack committed by someone who claims to be follower of Islam someone who claims to be a follower of Christianity wonders why Muslims condemn the terrorist.
Toorpaki’s book (written with the help of Katherine Holstein) should be required reading for such idiots.
Toorpaki is a squash player from Pakistan, from the area of Pakistan where the Taliban has a presence, so needless to say her abilities draw death threats from that group. But that isn’t the most compelling part of this book.
Toorpaki’s parts are a huge part of the book, and the reason why this book should be handed to idiots. Toorpaki’s father, Shams, is a man from a family of rank but he is not a traditional son. While he is a devout Muslim, he is not conservative in matters of religion. He believes in education for all his children, and more importantly, acknowledges his wife as his equal (if not ruler). In an arranged marriage, Shams, as Toorpaki notes, gives his wife the gift of finishing her education and even supporting her in manners that even Western men would balk at, even as he teaches. Toorpaki’s mother isn’t less remarkable, rising to a prominent educational position and facing death by a belief in educating girls. Additionally, both parents raise their children (two girls, three boys) to be contributing members of society, educating not just their girls, but their boys as well. Teaching among the many lessons that all people should be accorded respect and that we should never stop learning (or even teaching).
Toorpaki’s parents are what we should all be as human beings.
It is true that the book is partial hero worship to her parents, and it is hard not to see why. By her own admission, Toorpaki was not a traditional daughter. She was far more physical than her sister and a traditional school environment did not work for her. She wasn’t a problem child, at least not in the Western sense of the term. Her parents allow/encourage/accept her tomboyish personality by giving her boy clothes and a bicycle. She even takes up weight lifting prior to her discovery of squash.
And it is that “boyish” aspect of the story that transcends simply Pakistan and deals with gender issues the world over.
Look at Serena Williams, who has been called too manly and not a real woman simply because she is a physical powerhouse. Or the Olympic swimmers who were judged on their appearance as opposed to their medals. Toorpaki’s chronicle about reactions to her post weight lifting appearance as well as her squash ability deal with issues like these. Today in the liberated West, we want our women athletes to be feminine to look like Swimsuit Issue model beauty instead of the physical powerhouse beauties they are. Even Toorpaki’s harassment by her fellow male students is something that we still see in the West – anyone else see that story about a male fan making his way onto the hotel floor where the US Women’s Soccer Team was staying?
Of course, there is much about the Taliban and its impact upon Toorpaki when she becomes a target. This is even more powerful because Toorpaki drew unwanted attention when as a young girl, she assumed, for lack of a better word, a boy’s identity and name – Genghis Khan. The persecution by the Taliban is sadly just a contamination and speaks more for the need of support of people like Toorpaki’s parents then anything as well as highlighting the determination and bravery of the whole Toorpaki family. Furthermore, the struggle to get Toorpaki to safety also shows the strength of a community and community ties.
It’s true, to be fair, that at times there is a desire to mutter “get on with it” or the structure seems a bit loose, but the story is compelling told. While not chatty, it is far more than readable. This is also because Toorpaki includes her family in the telling. ...more
Naomi Mitchison’s collection off fairy tale retellings or modern fairy tales is poignant reminder of a world between World Wars. The title story is abNaomi Mitchison’s collection off fairy tale retellings or modern fairy tales is poignant reminder of a world between World Wars. The title story is about the Wolf, and it isn’t really a wolf. There is a power and a controlled anger in this first tale.
The stories are also activist stories and poems, in many cases critical of capitalism. They succed in various degrees – the two strongest in this regard are the retelling of Hansel and Gretel and the poem “Furies Dance in New York”. There is also a heartbreaking, yet sadly still true, story about women and their place in the world, “The Snow Maiden”.
But the best is the play “Kate Crackernuts” because quite frankly this story can’t be retold enough times. ...more
I’m not sure when I first heard of the Andrea Doria. I think it was a series on the History Channel or National GeograpDisclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.
I’m not sure when I first heard of the Andrea Doria. I think it was a series on the History Channel or National Geographic. There was some series about famous shipwrecks that was pretty awesome. That’s where I first heard about this accident that occurred in the 1950s.
The Andrea Doria was the ship of Italy. It was a flagship, a queen, an empress of the seas. She was the Titanic without the term “unsinkable” and the proper number of lifeboats. It sank hours after it was struck by the ship Stockholm. The reason for the collusion was the subject of court and lawyers.
Moscow’s account of the accident, republished in this edition by Open Road Media, traces the events leading up to the collusion as well as the successful rescue that occurred afterwards. While the writing is edge of your seat, even though you know what is going to happen, Moscow is even handed and fair in his reporting. And it is reporting.
While the focus is primary on those responsible for the two ships as well as the passengers (in other words, the crew of each ship), Moscow does relate the experiences of passengers from every class of the Doria as well as the experiences of some of those on the Stockholm and even the ships that arrived to rescue Doria passengers. Moscow does so in a way that is not melodramatic, and is all the more powerful because of that. From the then mayor of Philadelphia, Dilworth and his wife, to the 13 year old boy looking for his parents, to the three women sleeping au natural and finding themselves thrown around without clothes on - while not milked for the drama, the stories do not lack for impact. This is particularly true about Camille Cianfarra, a foreign correspondent whose was traveling on the ship with his family.
The viewpoints, or considerations, of some the captains on the rescue ships – ships who left their routes to come to the aid of the stricken Doria. This is particularly true with the ship Ile de France. This edition includes updated information, including that about safety issues as well as the history of diving the wreck, including accounts from various divers. Moscow does debate the ethics of retrieving from the wreck (though he is careful to note that the many of the divers pass along “souvenirs” to souvenirs), for that would be outside the scope of his book. Yet, the section can give a rather disquieting feel to it. Also included are pictures, including the photo series by Harry A. Trask that won the Pulitzer Prize. ...more
While Griffiths writing is entertaining, at times towards the end it felt like he was padding the pages to reach the set length. Additionally, the jumWhile Griffiths writing is entertaining, at times towards the end it felt like he was padding the pages to reach the set length. Additionally, the jumping around does get annoying and at times one wishes for a bit more depth.
Still, Griffiths' love for his adopted city shines though and the book is fun read....more
Nope. Sorry. I get while the writer is well regarded. But there is something totally off putting in this book. Mostly because of the female charactersNope. Sorry. I get while the writer is well regarded. But there is something totally off putting in this book. Mostly because of the female characters. Sorry book, it's me, not you.
(NYRB Book of the Month Dec 2015. Free per offer of joining for this year)....more
I have to admit I was warily of this book when I found out it was to be the NYRB Book of the Month for January. Noir and I do not get along very well.I have to admit I was warily of this book when I found out it was to be the NYRB Book of the Month for January. Noir and I do not get along very well. It’s just a fact of life. However this book – I can see why people like it. Because Chaze writes a quick moving story that avoids being the in your face moral fable or women as cheap floozies. And what it says about how law enforcement values life is rather interesting. What really sells the book is Chaze’s writing. There is an economy to the prose. There is not a wasted word, not an over blown description, no conveying of irrelevant information. It is more of an unfolding than anything else.