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graham smith

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Excellent

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Reviewed: 21-02-2019

first class. art, generation gap, mortality, aging, history, race, feminism. all done superbly. big tick

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Reviewed: 21-05-2016

A wonderful, reflective book about being young, getting older, written with a Joycean eye for detail: interior, exterior. Finnegan colours his sentences with the ink of adrenaline; you get to drop in on his waves. Watch the YouTube clips of the breaks as you listen. He reads very well.

superb reading

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Reviewed: 06-05-2016

Anthony Heald is superb. Melville's book is loose, rambling, and wonderfully long; but Heald brings out the richness of the prose, the maniacal intensity of Melville's mission to wring all he can from language. if plot and narrative cohesion is your thing, maybe not. Read Moby Dick for the prose, the richness of language; then it works. Melville is a mad poet, and he's brought to life by Heald.

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superb non fiction

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Reviewed: 03-03-2016

The best books make you think; and present complex, ambiguous, detailed information. If you are willing to be made aware of a more complex world, marked by nuance and subtle positions, this will interest you. If you want dogmatic, partisan affirmation of a bigoted position, read Glenn Beck.

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dull

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-03-2016

not much happening here in terms of interesting writing. just a narrative, with a small level of interest in fallible, self denying narrator. I quit.

Nothing interesting here ...

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Reviewed: 23-02-2016

struggled to finish and gave up. reads like a first novel, or a college creative writing class effort.

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brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-02-2016

fabulous narrative fiction. Well researched with superb characters. full of stupid white men, smart and violent Indians and hard done by women. Brutal, realistic, often funny.