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True and shocking

Advantages: Interesting, shocking and true
Disadvantages: That the story had to be told at all

Twelve Years A Slave – Solomon Northup "I can speak of Slavery only so far as it came under my own observation—only so far as I have known and experienced it in my own person. My object is, to give a candid and truthful statement of facts: to repeat the ...

catsholiday 13.05.2014 · Read full review
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'Well now he's a pillar of society'

Advantages: Warts and all portrait of its subject as a person
Disadvantages: The paperback could have been updated; concentrates very little on the music

Once a scourge of the establishment and an affront to respectability, now a Knight of the Realm. A man who has made an astonishingly lucrative living out of a profession which was once thought to last only three or four years at most. A much-admired yet ...

JOHNV 11.01.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Mick Jagger - Philip Norman

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When Lolita met Gatsby

Advantages: Books....and people
Disadvantages: That it should have needed to be written

Born and brought up in Persia (as it then was) Azar Nafisi, lived, studied and worked in Europe and America for seventeen years. In 1979 she returned to the now Islamic Republic of Iran - to the first of the shocks, which hit immediately upon arrival at ...

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A reflection of a life through literature

Advantages: Fascinating window into another's life; pleasant prose style
Disadvantages: Helps to have read the books; feels like publishers' sociopolitical agenda

...On the same day that I finished Reading Lolita in Tehran, I had noticed a small leaflet pasted to the clear plastic of the bus-stop outside my home, a short walk from London's Central Mosque. It called for Muslims to join a protest outside 10 Downing Stre ...

Adziu 31.08.2007 · Read full review
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Read Lolita First!

Advantages: brilliant interweaving of literary criticism and women's experiences
Disadvantages: if you don't like lit crit, be warned that it dominates

This was a fascinating, thought-provoking book. The author tells the story of the women in her book group, meeting in secret and always afraid of reprisals from the oppressive regime. She uses some of the books which they read to discuss the situation i ...

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