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Prague Tales
3.46
really liked it
Full of great short stories, with humorous and perceptive character studies. The English translation is excellent, making late-nineteenth century Prag ...more
not set
Jun 04, 2010
 
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
4.19
it was amazing
I raced through the first four volumes of Maya Angelou's autobiography (along with this one, "Gather Together in my Name", "Singin' and Swingin' and G ...more
May 30, 2010
Jun 04, 2010
 
Berlin
4.17
really liked it
I spent most of a month reading this 600-page monster, and went to Berlin at the end of it! It was fantastic, when I was there I felt like the city wa ...more
Feb 23, 2011
Mar 06, 2011
 
A Question of Madness
3.83
really liked it
Twin brothers, one a professional scientist and the other an historian, write this account of an attempt by unknown but evidently high-ranking authori ...more
Jul 11, 2010
Jul 11, 2010
 
End Zone
3.63
it was ok
"End Zone" is the story of an American college football-player with a nuclear war obsession and a way with words which makes him appear totally detach ...more
Aug 28, 2010
Aug 26, 2010
 
Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West
3.76
liked it
Bhutto is at her visionary best outlining concrete plans for Pakistan, the country for which she gave her life shortly after finishing this book -- pl ...more
Jul 05, 2010
Jun 18, 2010
 
Man's Search for Meaning
4.33
liked it
I found his writing on his own experiences in the camps, and his analysis of human behaviour and morality there, helpful and thought-provoking, and of ...more
not set
Dec 28, 2016
 
1066 and All That: A Memorable History of England
4.01
really liked it
The perfect toilet reading - great for dipping into for a giggle - but I find the voice childish, singsong and samey far more often than actually humo ...more
not set
Jul 20, 2010
 
American Gods (American Gods, #1)
4.11
really liked it
I read the first two thirds of this book in a Youth Hostel in Moscow (the Napoleon in Kitai-Gorod - it was a damn good hostel and I heartily recommend ...more
not set
Jun 06, 2010
 
Wide Sargasso Sea
3.56
it was amazing
Beautifully, vividly told. I find it interesting that Antoinette's narrative style becomes more lucid as she descends into madness - it suggests that ...more
not set
Dec 13, 2010
 
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
3.34
liked it
A brave subject to take on. But I wouldn't especially recommend it -- for such a good author, taking on such a big theme, it needed to deliver a lot m ...more
not set
Jan 28, 2017
 
Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them
3.78
really liked it
An excellent argument for open borders. My only serious complaint is that Legrain still writes as though "us" and "them" exist and are clearly demarca ...more
May 07, 2011
May 07, 2011
 
Ausländer
3.81
it was amazing
Although aimed at teenagers, very accessible to all ages, and provides a fascinating perspective on WW2 that we English speakers don't often see. It b ...more
Jan 14, 2011
Jan 14, 2011
 
A Fine Balance
4.34
Riveting. Doesn't shy away from the daily violence and injustice of life - and doesn't offer the satisfaction of a tidy narrative that sees wrongs rig ...more
not set
Dec 29, 2016
 
The Little Prince
4.28
it was amazing
Beautiful book. I read it when I was miles and time-zones away from all my friends and family, internetless in the south of Russia. It made me cry som ...more
not set
Jun 04, 2010
 
Down and Out in Paris and London
4.10
liked it
Good, eye-opening, thoughtful. Puts you off your food, though! The man's answers to the questions he raises are sorely inadequate, but they're a good ...more
not set
Dec 13, 2010
 
Beslan: The Tragedy of School No. 1
3.93
it was amazing
A heart-breaking account of the Beslan school siege in 2004, with a much wider view of the history of Russia's most troubled region and sensitively-to ...more
not set
Oct 16, 2010
 
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
3.91
liked it
Intelligent and thought-provoking, but if you step outside the model of a society run on the principles of market capitalism, I wonder how much water ...more
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 26, 2011
 
Whistling For The Elephants
3.59
really liked it
Sandi Toksvig has a charming, witty style - and as well as being a good yarn, I learnt a lot of women's history I really should already have known!
not set
Jun 04, 2010
 
A Good Childhood: Searching for Values in a Competitive Age
3.59
it was amazing
A compelling argument for the "law of love", and human responsibility towards others, in the context of improving the experiences of all children.
May 07, 2011
May 07, 2011
 
The Fat Man in History
3.88
really liked it
Very interesting short story style, if the characters are a little difficult to get into. Worth dipping in
not set
Jun 04, 2010
 
Novel with Cocaine
3.87
liked it
Gorgeously written, vivid, carefully observed, and breathtakingly amoral.
not set
Feb 04, 2017
 
Unreliable Memoirs
3.90
liked it
Vivid, chatty and amusing, but I didn't find it nearly as laugh-out-loud funny as other reviews would have you believe.
May 29, 2010
May 28, 2010
 
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
4.12
really liked it
I enjoyed the lively, chatty letter-writing that kept this book moving at a good pace, and the diversity of topics that it covered as a result! Errors ...more
not set
Jun 05, 2010
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.04
liked it
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Dec 28, 2016
 
The Accidental
3.28
really liked it
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May 28, 2010
 
Through Siberia by Accident
3.71
really liked it
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Jun 04, 2010
 
Gemma Bovery
3.76
really liked it
None
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Jun 04, 2010
 
Testament of Youth
4.18
it was amazing
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Dec 28, 2016
 
Aladdin and Ali Baba (Classic Fables and Legends)
3.88
really liked it
None
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Dec 13, 2010
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