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Review: Keigo Higashino “Malice”.

After recently savouring Higashino’s “Salvation of a Saint”, I checked “Malice” out of the library on my last trip. I got what I bargained for, “Malice” is similar to his other book. Japanese author Hidaka is mysteriously killed and all … Continue reading

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Defending the indefensible. A Review of Leon Trotsky’s “Terrorism and Communism”

Introduction:     This short polemic from Trotsky was a reply to Karl Kautsky’s stinging critique of the Russian Revolution. Kautsky believed that the Bolsheviks had disregarded some of the basic tenets of Marxism by violently seizing power. Kautsky was … Continue reading

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Review: Anna Applebaum “Gulag: A History”

Introduction:   Applebaum has helped to lift the lid on arguably the most brutal regime in history. The level of systematic and institutional violence was incomprehensible. I am not sure the human brain is meant to think in these terms. I … Continue reading

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Review: “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel 

Introduction:   On a sweltering Saturday afternoon in mid-July, I dropped back the latest batch of books I had taken out from my local Pembroke Library and checked out “Station Eleven”, amongst a few other books. I gorged on it … Continue reading

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The Russian revolution 100 years on. Review: E.H. Carr “The Russian Revolution from Lenin to Stalin 1917-1929”

    Introduction:   Carr devoted thirty years of his life writing the fourteen volume, two million words, and the definitive history of Twentieth Century Russia. This is his magnum opus distilled into two hundred pages and it is extraordinary. … Continue reading

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Review: Ernest Hemingway: “Across the River and into the Trees”

Introduction:   Hemingway is one of the very finest to do it, maybe the damn finest, as the man himself would say. He gave a voice to the inner thoughts of his characters like none before or since. I felt … Continue reading

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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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