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Do No Harm by Henry Marsh
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This is a wonderful book. Although I love reading fiction, and have aspirations to write it, occasionally you come across something that transcends the need for imagined stories. These are the memoirs of a neurosurgeon, whose career and life is defin ...more
First Love, Last Rites by Ian McEwan
First Love, Last Rites
by Ian McEwan
read in April, 2015
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I’d surprised myself by really enjoying ‘Saturday’, having been left a bit cold by ‘Enduring Love’ and ‘Atonement’, so I was quite looking forward to these short stories. But they seemed to be the work of a nasty, mean-spirited little man. There was ...more
Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
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I thought GGM just wrote magic realism, but unless I've misunderstood the genre, this felt like something different. Anyway, it doesn't matter - it’s just s a fantastic book. I read it in one sitting, sat on a train travelling from New York to Montre ...more
How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer
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I picked this up in a museum bookshop in New York, and it’s very readable. OK, it’s written for an American audience and the author is American, so by definition he doesn't really understand football culture, but it’s the sort of football literature ...more
The Infatuations by Javier Marías
The Infatuations
by Javier Marías
read in April, 2015
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This was a ‘difficult’ novel that at times was still, in places, very enjoyable. Long paragraphs that went on for pages, describing ideas or musings rather than actual events, sometimes made the reading experience quite intense. But I wasn't always i ...more
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The Infatuations by Javier Marías
"I was moving this week, so I'm farther away from this than I wanted to be when I wrote this, but I can assure you that the strongest of my impressions have lasted enough to give you the gist of why I was so disappointed in this.

My major issue is,..." Read more of this review »
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First Love, Last Rites by Ian McEwan
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Ulysses by James Joyce
Ulysses
by James Joyce
read in February, 2015
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I started this, and may well start it again. For now though, let's just say that I gave it a go.
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“The poor have been rebels, but they have never become anarchists: they have got more interest than anyone in there being some decent government. The poor man has a stake in the country, the rich man hasn't; he can go away to New Guinea in a yacht. The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.”
G.K. Chesterton

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