Monthly Archives: January 2017

Review: Fyodor Dostoevsky “The Gambler”

Dostoevsky’s novella had several themes I thought worthy of a blog post: degenerate gambling, national identity, class and love. He is a lyrical writer, the prose sinuous and elegant.   Degenerate gambling:   The Dickensian name of the town where … Continue reading

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

I was 17 when Tony Blair first got elected in that magnificent landslide in 1997. I was transfixed by the jubilant and ecstatic celebration of democracy; that sea of red flags. Blair was young, articulate and in touch with an … Continue reading

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The burden on beasts

  The burden on beasts:   As 2017 begins, it is obvious that the world that George Orwell so accurately described in his 1945 classic “Animal Farm” still exists. Living in a free and democratic Western country, it is easy to … Continue reading

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

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

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Review: Neal Stephenson “Seveneves”

I have always been an admirer of Bill Gates. Not just for nearly single-handedly putting a personal computer in every home. His efforts to rid the world of numerous diseases and eradicate poverty are inspirational. Some years back, I began … Continue reading

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