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Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
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Five stars for the first 350 pages, minus two for the last 80.

I loved the slightly haphazard style at the beginning of the book, where de Bernieres wove his various threads into a vibrant and compelling mosaic of Cephallonian life and drip-fed us Car...more
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There is no sin so great as ignorance. Remember this.Rudyard Kipling
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Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Kim
by Rudyard Kipling
read in April, 2014
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I enjoyed this book, despite my aversion to flagrant jingoism. The improbable friendship between the young, impish Kim and the ancient, very holy lama of Tibet symbolises the spirit of inclusivity and celebration of diversity that reside at the heart...more
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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck
read in March, 2014
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It's pure coincidence that I read The Grapes of Wrath almost immediately after finishing Marx's Capital, so I had not been expecting to find an empathetic illustration of many of the injustices touched on by Marx (displacement of labourers from the l...more
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This you may say of man - when theories change and crash, when schools, philosophies, when narrow dark alleys of thought, national, religious, economic, grow and disintegrate, man reaches, stumbles forward, painfully, mistakenly sometimes. Having stepped forward, he may slip back, but only half a step, never the full step back.John Steinbeck
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Letters on England (英国书信集) by ,Voltaire
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I think I have a man-crush on Voltaire. The last thing you expect when reading classical literature, especially philosophy, is the brand of flowing, refreshing language that I think represents Voltaire's greatest talent (and he had many). I'm sure mo...more
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Capital, Volume 1 by Karl Marx
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In my review of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, I expressed the desire to rebalance my perspective by reading an opposing viewpoint, and what text could fill this role better than Marx's Capital, the ultimate expostulation against the rapacious and u...more
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I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes...you're Doing Something. Neil Gaiman
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Boris Pasternak
“It´s a good thing when a man is different from your image of him. Is shows he isn´t a type. If he were, it would be the end of him as a man. But if you can´t place him in a category, it means that at least a part of him is what a human being ought to be. He has risen above himself, he has a grain of immortality.”
Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago

Voltaire
“But for what purpose was the earth formed?" asked Candide. "To drive us mad," replied Martin.”
Voltaire, Candide

Alexandre Dumas
“You are very amiable, no doubt, but you would be charming if you would only depart.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers

Friedrich Nietzsche
“The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Niccolò Machiavelli
“it is much safer to be feared than loved because ...love is preserved by the link of obligation which, owing to the baseness of men, is broken at every opportunity for their advantage; but fear preserves you by a dread of punishment which never fails.”
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

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