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“The Classic book of American short stories” published by Oxford and with an introduction by Douglas Grant, 1990.

The fourteen short stories in Oxford’s 1990 collection highlight the diversity of life in the burgeoning United States. It is not a pretty picture. The stories contained within are loosely chronological from mid nineteenth to twentieth century: Nathaniel Hawthorne “My … Continue reading

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Review: “This boy: A memoir of a childhood” by Alan Johnson

Introduction:   My mother gave me a copy of Alan Johnson’s “This boy: A memoir of a childhood” earlier this year, and I hungrily devoured it in a day recently! It is a wonderfully written history of a childhood growing … Continue reading

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Review: Noam Chomsky “Who rules the world?”

I like to think of Noam Chomsky, the Brain, as the benevolent, human manifestation of the Eye of Sauron, the ethical conscience of the United States. “Who rules the world?” is a collection of the Brain’s essays. From the outset, … Continue reading

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Review: “The magician” by Raymond E. Feist.

Feist’s 1982 novel “The Magician” is a page-turner, a barnstorming adventure from first page to last. Be warned: do not expect any deeper subtext or subtle revelations here. “The Magician” has only one string to its bow. Although, what a splendid bow it is. The … Continue reading

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Review: “More than this” by Patrick Ness

Ness has written a bleak, coming-of-age science fiction thriller where the protagonists’ emotions swirl around in a dizzying eddy of uneasy teenage sensations. Strange feelings jolt around while an awkward journey of self-discovery unfolds. “More than this” is set in … Continue reading

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Review: “Revolutionary Iran. A history of the Islamist Republic” by Michael Axworthy.

Axworthy has written a scholarly history of Twentieth Century Iran. He does justice to a country with one of the most complex histories in the world by unearthing painstaking detail on how various internal regimes have functioned down the years. There is … Continue reading

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Review: “Judging Dev” by Diarmaid Ferriter

From the early 1990’s, De Valera’s reputation began to take such a relentless battering, it seemed that a complete downgrading of his status in Irish history had taken place. Did it begin with Tim Pat Coogan’s 1993 biography? Possibly.  His … Continue reading

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