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Alistair rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Congo by David Van Reybrouck
Congo
by David Van Reybrouck
read in June, 2015
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An incredible and historic history of Congo written by someone who combines a fine historical sense with a feet on the ground empathy for the people . He relates the history partly factually and partly through conversations and discussions with indiv ...more
Alistair rated a book 2 of 5 stars
When the Doves Disappeared by Sofi Oksanen
When the Doves Disappeared
by Sofi Oksanen (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2015
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I just did not get on with this at all . I found it very slow going and after 60 odd pages gave up . I did not have a clue who the characters were and how they were related and although what I read featured some gory war episodes and was set in Eston ...more
Alistair rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Leaving Before the Rains Come by Alexandra Fuller
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Like many readers who loved her memoir " Don't let's go to the dog's tonight " I am bitterly disappointed in this memoir . In fact I feel somewhat betrayed . This is one self indulgent long yawn fest about the disintegration of her marriage to an Ame ...more
Alistair rated a book 4 of 5 stars
A Strange Business by James Hamilton
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This is an excellent account of the art business . The author brings some fascinating topics to light . There are great chapters on the collectors of the age from the Dukes of this that and the other to some fellow who made a fortune from hansom cabs ...more
Alistair rated a book 3 of 5 stars
High Minds by Simon Heffer
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i am reading this and finding it very slow going . I must lack Victorian fortitude and steadfastness . Good though in small doses .
I am obviously a shirker . I just did not have stamina to finish the book . There was far to much about obscure cleric
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Alistair rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
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This reveals that the stock market is rigged . In many ways this has all been written about before and Michael Lewis can make obscure financial trickery very exciting . The problem for me was that whilst I understood the traders were exploiting super ...more
Alistair rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Pied Piper by Nevil Shute
Pied Piper
by Nevil Shute
read in December, 2014
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If you like good old fashioned story telling about ordinary but heroic decent people set in the good old days then Neville Shute is your man .Of course Shute was writing about a period he lived through so he was not writing nostalgic novels but for a ...more
Alistair rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
read in January, 2015
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After I had read 150 pages I spoke to somebody else who had read this and they were rather lukewarm about it . Having completed the book I can see what they meant .
I like it a lot and this may have been helped by the fact that the author is a dog pe
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