Monthly Archives: January 2017

Review: Fyodor Dostoevsky “The Gambler”

Dostoevsky’s novella had several themes I thought worthy of thinking about. Namely: gambling, national identity, class and love. He is a lyrical writer, the prose at all times sinuous and elegant.   Gambling:   The Dickensian name of the town … Continue reading

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Review: “Broken Vows. Tony Blair. The tragedy of power”.

I was seventeen when Blair was first elected in that magnificent landslide in 1997, and can recall being utterly transfixed by the jubilant and ecstatic celebration of democracy, by the sea of red flags and the tip-ex smiles on stage. … Continue reading

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The burden on beasts, a review of “Animal Farm” by George Orwell at the beginning of 2017.

As 2017 begins, it is clear to me that the world that George Orwell so accurately described in his 1945 classic, “Animal Farm”, still exists in parts of the world today. Living in a free and democratic Western country, it … Continue reading

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Review: “Burning Country: Syrians in revolution and war” by Robin Yassin-Kassab & Leila Al-Shami

Introduction:     The Syrian civil war is a dark stain on our global conscience. 470,000 deaths at the start of 2017 and counting.  “Burning country: Syrians in Revolution and War” is an indispensable read for anyone who wants to learn … Continue reading

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Review: Neal Stephenson “Seveneves”

I have an enormous amount of admiration for Bill Gates. Legend has it that he was so dedicated to his craft when first created Microsoft, that the cleaners would frequently find him asleep under a desk in their office. He … Continue reading

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