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The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
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Firstly it is impossible to discuss without reference to the movie. However beyond the movie is a driving narrative, concise descrition and true pathos and empathy, particularly in moments around the death of a character's wife from cancer.
The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
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Life in the Third Reich by Richard Bessel
Life in the Third Reich
by Richard Bessel
read in October, 2014
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I picked this up, expecting an everyperson, man-in-street, rank and file perspective of Nazi Germany. What I got were a collection of broadly scoped essays containing little new info, some generalisations, no references and from very elevated panoram...more
The Gladiators by Arthur Koestler
The Gladiators
by Arthur Koestler
read in September, 2014
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A polemic imagining of the Spartacus wars, written fron within the rebels' camp. It drips with sweat on parched skin, cut and slashed with swords and bringing the Iron Age to the twentieth century amud revolutions and world wars.
Tough Guys Don't Dance by Norman Mailer
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gritty americana, a murder mystery and a soulless search for identity. Mailer's got it all in this book. He uses direct, unambiguous language like punches in a bar room brawl. Boom.
The Vatican Cellars by André Gide
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Alternates between idiosyncratic society portrait and biting satire of the last days days of a colonial europe. Gide questions our motivations and freedom, but also his allowance as a writer to pursue and extend those with his characters. There is an...more
The Deposition of Father McGreevy by Brian O'Doherty
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his has the greatest description of a peaceful death I have ever read. so poignant and universal.
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré
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Enthralling and fast paced. A book about 60's espionage should date through technology but this does so in attitude, "a shiver passed over him as he realised the president was a woman". Classic, exhilarating but misogynistic and macho.
Danubia by Simon Winder
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I'm finished at last! A hugely entertaining and riveting account of the Habsburg dynasty. There are so few English titles in print on this topic that choice is severely limited. No matter, this is sublime in its conversational and straight forward ap...more
I Think Therefore I Play by Andrea Pirlo
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