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Forum: Book Reviews 5th Jan 2006, 13:14
Replies: 34
Views: 4,103
Posted By Mike
Zadie Smith: On Beauty

“One may as well begin with……” is how this booker short listed novel starts but in a modern take on E.M Forsters classic “Howard’s End” its Emails and not letters we begin with. It’s...
Forum: Book Reviews 6th Nov 2005, 15:13
Replies: 5
Views: 1,524
Posted By Mike
Jon Krakauer: Into Thin Air

A non fiction book for a change, a superb account of a dreadful few days in 1996 on Mt Everest when series of events conspired to befall several groups of climbers leaving 9 dead and several...
Forum: Book Reviews 31st Oct 2005, 21:50
Replies: 0
Views: 1,391
Posted By Mike
Barry Unsworth: Losing Nelson

An outstanding novel, disturbing and engaging in equal measure fantastically well written and interesting too. Given that it's the 200th anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar and there are a wealth...
Forum: Book Reviews 27th Oct 2005, 21:04
Replies: 37
Views: 6,651
Posted By Mike
Re: Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Flutty - You wouldn't be dissapointed by the trench scenes in this book .. There is the depiction of the Somme battle with the uncut wire and breakthroughs easily dealt with by German counterattack....
Forum: Book Reviews 26th Oct 2005, 21:10
Replies: 37
Views: 6,651
Posted By Mike
Sebastian Faulks

Any modern novel that takes on the difficult task of painting a narrative picture of the horrors of war especially the First World War has to be appreciated. Whilst "All quiet on the western front "...
Forum: Book Reviews 14th Oct 2005, 22:11
Replies: 4
Views: 1,203
Posted By Mike
Re: Bhowani Junction by John Masters

Yes that was the crux of the story but the romance is leaden and is sadly remenicient of those 50's films .
Forum: Book Reviews 13th Oct 2005, 21:24
Replies: 0
Views: 983
Posted By Mike
John Masters: The Decievers

Another in the Savage series written in the 1952 by John Masters, an exciting adventure set in 19th century India in the early years of the Empire. The author uses his vast knowledge of India to set...
Forum: Book Reviews 13th Oct 2005, 20:22
Replies: 4
Views: 1,203
Posted By Mike
John Masters: Bhowani Junction

This the last in the "Savage" series of novels written in the 1950's, it's main character Rodney Savage is a direct descendant of the Savage characters in the previous books that span Indian history...
Forum: Book Reviews 7th Sep 2005, 21:19
Replies: 2
Views: 1,442
Posted By Mike
Cheers - I'm reading another John Masters book...

Cheers - I'm reading another John Masters book the last in the "Savage" series" Bowhani Junction".
Forum: Book Reviews 7th Sep 2005, 16:49
Replies: 2
Views: 1,442
Posted By Mike
John Masters: Nightrunners of Bengal

I'll bet not many have read this superb 1951 novel by the late John Masters - an author known nowadays for his superb autobiographical accounts of the war in Burma and his work with the Ghurkhas...
Forum: Book Reviews 5th Sep 2005, 20:08
Replies: 11
Views: 1,538
Posted By Mike
E.M. Forster

A Passage to India

This superb novel written in 1924 has a surprisingly modern feel to it and has been quoted as being the inspiration for Paul Scott's outstanding Raj Quartet. I was delighted to...
Forum: Book Reviews 31st Aug 2005, 21:44
Replies: 2
Views: 2,868
Posted By Mike
Paul Scott: Staying On

This outstanding novel is a superb read as a stand-alone Booker winner (1978) and it was as this I first read it but I have re read it as a sequel to Paul Scott's outstanding Raj Quartet (The Jewel...
Forum: Book Reviews 28th Aug 2005, 14:19
Replies: 0
Views: 1,372
Posted By Mike
Paul Scott: The Raj Quartet

Four impressive books make the Raj quartet, "The Jewel in the Crown" (480pgs) "The Day of the Scorpion" (495 pgs) "The Towers of Silence" (397pgs) "A Division of the Spoils" (720pgs). A lot to read...
Forum: Book Reviews 23rd Aug 2005, 21:36
Replies: 52
Views: 4,844
Posted By Mike
One to look out for - cheers!

One to look out for - cheers!
Forum: Book Reviews 23rd Aug 2005, 21:34
Replies: 52
Views: 4,844
Posted By Mike
I've been reccomended the film several times so...

I've been reccomended the film several times so I'll be looking out for it.

A great book indeed
Forum: Book Reviews 23rd Aug 2005, 20:26
Replies: 52
Views: 4,844
Posted By Mike
Its a must read - its sat on my shelf for at...

Its a must read - its sat on my shelf for at least a year I wish I'd read it ages ago . What a relief to read real top quality work - my amatuer reviews can't do it justice.
Forum: Book Reviews 23rd Aug 2005, 16:08
Replies: 52
Views: 4,844
Posted By Mike
John Steinbeck

I was stunned by the quality of this 1939 novel, I could not have guessed at strength both of the writing and the message it gave me. Set in the depression of 30's America it is a powerful and...
Forum: Book Reviews 15th Jul 2005, 21:30
Replies: 4
Views: 2,231
Posted By Mike
William Golding: Rites of Passage

I was expecting much from this the 1980 Booker winner from the author of The Lord of the Flies. So much so that I spent a lot of time acquiring the other two books to make the trilogy, it's often...
Forum: Book Reviews 11th Jul 2005, 16:23
Replies: 53
Views: 9,967
Posted By Mike
Margaret Atwood: Oryx and Crake

This is a stunning tale of a future genetically modified and gene spliced on its way to oblivion. Margaret Atwood's dystopian tale of the future "The Handmaids Tale " told of a society altered by...
Forum: Book Reviews 3rd Jul 2005, 19:55
Replies: 49
Views: 14,319
Posted By Mike
What a Carve up! By Jonathan Coe

This is a full on juicy farce - a satirical look at not just the eighties but big business, the media and the damage both of them do. Using as a framework old early sixties farcical movies featuring...
Forum: Book Reviews 22nd Jun 2005, 20:27
Replies: 0
Views: 1,083
Posted By Mike
Tim Lott: Rumour of a Hurricane

Strange to think of a decade which I remember well and fondly is now sufficiently in the past to be written about as a phenomena – the 80’s. There are lists of social, political and cultural...
Forum: Book Reviews 20th Jun 2005, 20:30
Replies: 25
Views: 6,044
Posted By Mike
Get in!! I liked this a lot too - say it as it...

Get in!! I liked this a lot too - say it as it is!!

Go for it!1
Forum: Book Reviews 17th Jun 2005, 21:21
Replies: 1
Views: 2,049
Posted By Mike
Charles Dickens: David Copperfield

My first outing with Dickens and I quite enjoyed it, I wanted to read David Copperfield after reading Orwell's essay on Dickens quite some time ago. Whether or not this is the best place to start...
Forum: Book Reviews 17th Jun 2005, 21:13
Replies: 104
Views: 9,606
Posted By Mike
I'll reserve all judgements on the Booker till...

I'll reserve all judgements on the Booker till the shortlist comes out. Then I'll get the lot for my birthday and read them all . After last years flurry about Cloud Atlas I was expecting a...
Forum: Book Reviews 1st Jun 2005, 14:35
Replies: 414
Views: 48,693
Posted By Mike
I was going to post this seperately but I suppose...

I was going to post this seperately but I suppose it would be best here - as I say without spoilers its practically impossible to adequately discuss Enduring Love. As for White City Blue it must...
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