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A short story set in 1950s Dublin

Advantages: Unusual, thought-provoking
Disadvantages: Expensive for a short story, a bit confusing

Something Special is a short story by the acclaimed novelist, Iris Murdoch (1919-1999). The story was published in an anthology in Japan in the 1950s and was rediscovered after the author’s death. It is the only short story that Iris Murdoch ever ...

moistbabe 30.01.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Something Special - Iris Murdoch

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Another beauty from McDonagh!

Advantages: plot, characters, suspense
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...Having devoured Martin McDonagh's Leenane trilogy, I have become quite a fan of his plays. I had planned on reading all of his work as and when I could, but hadn't put The Pillowman at the top of my to-read list; I wanted to read all of his Irish-based pl ...

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Review of The Pillowman - Martin McDonagh

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Big Headed Boxer + Big Headed Writer = The Fight

Advantages: A thrilling account of a historic fight.
Disadvantages: Mailer's egotistical style may be irritating to some.

...It was a match made in Heaven - one of the biggest egos in American letters covering the "Rumble in the Jungle", the legendary boxing match where one of the biggest egos in the fight game, Muhammad Ali, regained his heavyweight crown. Ali had his title s ...

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Review of The Fight - Norman Mailer

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ANY MINUTE? . . . It Took Forever To Get Started!

Advantages: Tries to encourage a reassessment of attitudes to priorities; includes discussion questions.
Disadvantages: It took too long in setting the scene for someting significant to happen; a bit forced in places.

In October 2009 I wrote a review of Joyce Meyer's debut NOVEL, "The Penny" about the importance of the little things in life, and how attention to what seems insignificant can prove very significant indeed. At the time, I was made aware that Joyce Meyer h ...

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Review of Any Minute - Joyce Meyer

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autobiog as never before

Advantages: exposing
Disadvantages: complex

...Montaigne was a truly magnificent man. He was brought up speaking Latin as his first language and thus immersed himself in all sorts of classical learning and literature. The book is a collection of shortish essays in which he puts himself on trial. He an ...

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Review of Essays - Michel de Montaigne

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