A clever and funny novel about a young man, a time machine, and a world without Adolf Hitler. Fry's rhetoric is catching, sublime and full of gem-like...moreA clever and funny novel about a young man, a time machine, and a world without Adolf Hitler. Fry's rhetoric is catching, sublime and full of gem-like wit. He is one of the few authors that can make me laugh out loud in a half stifled fit of mirth, and this novel is no exception to the trend stared in his first work: 'The Liar'. The basic idea is of an alternative present day world without the existance of hitler. It's a kind of comic version of 'The man in the High Castle', but brought about through the cunning use of a little known drug that makes people infertile. It has his usual rambling and poignant style that grips like a vice and let's you go only at the unexpected conclusion. I would recommend this work to anyone who likes Fry's usual humour. Expect sexual references.
A fine summary of a great man. It is short but I believe it is long enough for the reader to get the right message of Dostoevsky. There is a depth of...moreA fine summary of a great man. It is short but I believe it is long enough for the reader to get the right message of Dostoevsky. There is a depth of Historical backdrop outlining the progression of the Biography and at the bottom of every page there is a reference word or sentence for quick and easy access to specific points. There is so much i did not know about this shrewd gentlemen, this wise and loving Everyman, soft and gentle in his nature, though harsh and coarse in his depiction of Russian, and indeed world life. His Xenophobic and provincial life style leaves much to be desired but created one of the true Geniuses of the 19th century literature scene. Richard Freeborn, being a translator of various works such as Turgnevs Fathers and Sons and Dostoevsky's An accidental family is the perfect man to talk of the man and the period he lived through, i recommend this for the curious man or woman wanting to find out more about the great man though not already knowing that much; it may not give a great deal to one who is familiar with his life, works and times. WARNING: If you plan to read the main Dostoevsky novels this book does give Spoilers on some key events so beware. (less)
It has none of the cadence of poetry. None of its metre, no measured beats in weighted lines. It has no rhyme, and by any measure could not adequately...moreIt has none of the cadence of poetry. None of its metre, no measured beats in weighted lines. It has no rhyme, and by any measure could not adequately be described as a poem. It is prose, but as far from prosaic as it is possible to be. Each word in each line is the breath in the steady flux that is THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA. Every line takes us onwards, out to sea, into desolation and discovery. Out from the shore and not looking back we read every touch of the poen as we read every stroke of the brush on a Turner sea-scape. From a distance. And then, so close we can almost smell the salt splashed against the bow of the rickety old boat. We are there, among the slices of simplicity; a moment, before, mere notes in a journal, now, perfectly art. No test is made and no patience wains in the mere 100 pages. In fact a new form of novella is born, a new way of seeing the world. Through the eyes of one, but then, another and then the beating of the heart begins. Every scratch from the tautened line cuts into the hand that holds the book, every twist and turn of the great fish levels all other thoughts to background noise. Perseverance, challenge, for what? Finishing the book, it could have gone on for 4000 pages, but it did not need to, the message is there for those who would dwell in such things. Mans greed, the futility of pursuit for material gains, the beauty of nature and mans relationship to it. We are travellers, the old man and i, the fish and the sea, together weaving a course into the unklnown, waiting for one to tire. Will is strong in this book, and again in the reader. Never have i read poetry so fine in art that could not be farther from poetry.(less)
A short book but one that brings a difficult and unknown subject into a manageable and understandable light. The book encompases the basic conception...moreA short book but one that brings a difficult and unknown subject into a manageable and understandable light. The book encompases the basic conception of the everyday buddhist religion and explains the background that started the faith. I think buddhism is a very approachable religion because it doesnt prescribe to end pre set dogmatised texts or places of worship. It explains how we are all one and how we are all trying to get through the seven stages of being to become the enlightened. I had some understanding before hand but i now realise the scope and depth of this fascinating subject and this book has inspired some small change in belief. Though the book is not intended as a persuasive text the beliefs shown are quite attractive and may make you open your eyes to more than what you currently believe; challenging your preconceptions and understanding of the world. (less)