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Pre-history at its best
An outstanding walk through the life and times of the dinosaurs that captures everything you could want of their story. Filled with interest nuggets it is both entertainment and academic, which are not easily brought together.
I think above all his passion for the topic and interest in their story ring most solidly. Loved it, very much recommended.
Probably one of the strangest novels I have ever listened to, while also being beautiful, poetic, intense, dreamlike and above all heart-rending. At times it infuriated me and at times it told a tale of loss that is among the finest I have ever read.
It was well worth it’s Booker win. I feel it is best listened to over reading as the cast bring it to life and much of the novel is dialogue.
Funny, sad, powerful
Three interweaving stories that conclude in a thin enough way. I think the point that stood out the most for me was how funny the middle story was, excellently told, of a young Irish man and his mundane life and how sad the first story was in its long quiet move from a town in Syria to a Greek island (and what that journey means). Very much recommend.
Comprehensively argued thesis of two forms of politics and how they apply to Russia, Europe and America. Russian exportation of their politics to the US and how same worked to undermine American politics. Excellent. Much new for me on the Trump / Russia story.
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History at the ground-level
Excellent. Hugely detailed walk through the period, particularly excellent on religion, politics, social change and entertainment. Slower going on fashion, food and houses. Recommended. Must read the other two now.
What can you say, it is better than you might you read about it, in that he is often quite clear on where he is not certain of something and uses clear statements attributed to persons or noted hearsay.
The book is a searing portrait of pure chaos. That is fundamentally what this story is - with Kushner and Ivanka the clearest example of foundering, most of the intelligent people literally aghast at what is happening, Trump depicted as entirely insane and Bannon pretty much having a laugh at the disaster at the same time coming off intelligent and with clear goals (as awful as they are).
Loved it. Also the reading is stellar.
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Quite excellent edit of the novel that really captures the energy of the story. It’s all the letters of the various parties so action is very much off stage, quite like a Greek play. West is stellar.
Must say that this was very interesting idea for a novel, something I have never seen before. In effect the gradual aging of a village and its inhabitants over 13 years. It’s realized very well, beautifully written.
It loosely follows the disappearance of a girl in the first year, but I would say this story strand is minor. This may put off some people. I found it almost like a series of short stories mixed up together throughout 13 chapters. I was particularly enamored of his turn of phrase which is quite excellent.
Darkly explored tale
Would you try another book written by J. G. Ballard or narrated by Tom Hiddleston?
Would you be willing to try another book from J. G. Ballard? Why or why not?
I would. This story was dark and quite interesting if hard to adjust to the protagonist who was pretty much unlikeable.
The New York Novel
Great work, joins the pantheon of classic New York novels. Anna is a searing character, nuanced and interesting. Plot throws in some light twists but I read it more as literature of the period and the city than a conventional mystery. Recommended.