Category Archives: Books

Hongci, Xu: “No Wall Too High: One Man’s Extraordinary Escape From Mao’s Infamous Labour Camps”.

Xu Hongci met Chairman Mao in June of 1953 when he happily celebrated the presence of his great leader. By the time Mao had passed away in 1976, with the blood of millions of people on his hands, Hongci was exiled … Continue reading

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Kurlansky, Mark: “Cod: A Biography Of The Fish That Changed The World”.

Truthfully, I cannot say that I ever envisaged myself reading about cod. In fact, anything even vaguely scientific is usually beyond my remit. This is no slight on science, you understand. Far from it. I am an acolyte of the … Continue reading

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Murakami, Haruki: “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle”.

The true meaning of Murakami’s “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” is tightly entrenched within copious layers of symbolism. Here, Murakami mixed sharp and well written dialogue with long, lyrical, loquacious passages which explored the psychology and feelings of the characters while … Continue reading

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Huxley, Alduos: “The Doors Of Perception / Heaven And Hell”.

“That humanity at large will ever be able to dispense with Artificial Paradises seems very unlikely. Most men and women lead lives that are at the worst so painful…the longing to transcend themselves…is and always has been one of the … Continue reading

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Woolf, Virginia: “To the Lighthouse”.

The Hebrides, 1910 and the “rooks (were) dropping cool cries from the high blue”. “To the Lighthouse” was a brobdingnagian success as Woolf’s use of words elevated her prose above the ordinary. Her 1927 masterpiece was replete with some wonderfully evocative descriptions and imagery. … Continue reading

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Greene, Graham: “The Man Within”.

1929 gave birth to a significant literary talent with the release of Graham Greene’s debut novel, “The Man Within”. Whilst it was no masterpiece, it remains a fascinating study of British society in the early twentieth century, an era when religion held considerable … Continue reading

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Power, Samantha: “A Problem From Hell: America And The Age Of Genocide”.

There is a chapter missing from the beginning of Power’s “A Problem From Hell: America And The Age of Genocide”. Namely, the colonial settler’s deliberate elimination of eighty to ninety percent of the indigenous population in North America. Granted, this book discussed … Continue reading

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