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Beloved - a strange world

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Reviewed: 13-08-2019

I’ve never read Morrison. I’d been meaning to for years and her death hastened the reading. It is such a strange world she shows us. An internal world of foreign logic. Then her language - so simple and profound and yes, at times poetic. Morrison has a wonderful reading voice, warm and comforting and calm even as she describes horrors. You can get lost in it. I did.

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Insightful and beautifully written

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Reviewed: 12-10-2018

I was fascinated by the slices of life the book presented me with. Sensitive and moving with 3-dimensional characters.

Quality page turner

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Reviewed: 13-01-2018

The underpinning psychology of this murder mystery is very interesting and seems very credible. It’s a page turner of quality. The narrator does a very good job.

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A powerful argument for a great achievement unacknowledged

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Reviewed: 17-12-2017

If you were schooled before the 21st century you likely learned nothing more of indigenous Australian life prior to European settlement than “hunter gatherers.” In this book, often using the diaries of first contact Europeans, Pascoe sketches a compelling description of an aboriginal way of life that included agriculture, aquaculture and land management. Large permanent structures were built and remnants can still be seen. Pascoe explores the creation of a society that was peaceful and sustaining over a period of 60,000 years. It is a powerful and paradigm shifting work.

Great for Cleese fans

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Reviewed: 10-12-2017

A friend liked this because you can just let it wash over you. It does not require close listening (though there is enjoyment in that too.) The great pleasure is that it is John Cleese reading his own words in a rather conversational way. Described as an autobiography, the book actually is Part 1, perhaps without intention of a Part 2. Cleese describes his childhood, his relationship with his parents, and his schooling. His arrival at Cambridge opens the door to his professional career which seems carefully traced until Python starts production. Whatever followed Python is occasionally mentioned but not given the detailed treatment of the pre-Python period. Those who want blow by blow of Python or Fawlty will be disappointed. Those who know the work of his 1960s contemporaries and predecessors will be very pleased.

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Writer's trickiness disappoints

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Reviewed: 17-10-2017

This is a well written book of well-drawn characters. If part of the appeal of reading crime fiction is the chance to anticipate before the reveal who is the villain, the writer's use of a few "tricks" disappointed this reader.

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Life affirming delight

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Reviewed: 16-08-2017

I loved this book! It deals with the deep and inarticulate love of Ove, the central character. Written with simplicity and insight, where a few well chosen words invited me to go deeply into myself in a life affirming way.

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Powerful story

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Reviewed: 23-05-2017

This tale built around the life of a Burma Railway POW enters the minds of many of its characters beyond the central one. It is episodic and achronological. Above all in it's simple and vivid use of language, it is brilliantly written and well read.

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Vikings more than horned helmets

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Reviewed: 27-12-2016

In fact they did not wear them. Being totally ignorant of Viking history, I learned a lot.

It was fascinating to learn of the huge impact upon Europe and beyond that the Vikings had.

I loved the nick names they had for so many of their leaders. And the place of Icelandic saga writing and why it occurred there.

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Easy read

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Reviewed: 27-12-2016

This story has an interesting premise and rockets along. A bit Runyonesque with its hard-boiled dialogue. A good brief diversion.