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Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum

Advantages: Astonishing insights and written like a novel
Disadvantages: Some readers will find it a very harsh and disturbing book

Let’s cut to the chase - it’s Amazing ‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers: LIfe, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum’ by American writer Katherine Boo is a remarkable book that reads like the best of fiction despite being entirely founded in fact. I read it th ...

koshkha 23.11.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Beyond the Beautiful Forevers - Katherine Boo

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Not As Pleasurable As Hoped

Advantages: Frequently fascinating
Disadvantages: Not quite what I'd expected from the title

...Having recently read Charles Fernyhough's "Pieces of Light: the New Science of Memory", I expected something similar, judging only from the title of Theodore Dalrymple's ''The Pleasure of Thinking: a Journey Through the Sideways Leaps of Ideas''. Instead ...

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Review of The Pleasure of Thinking A Journey Through the Sideways Leaps of Ideas - Theodore Dalrymple

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Are you all sitting comfortably...?

Advantages: Some interesting ideas
Disadvantages: Probably not aimed at the general reader

Like most avid readers, I don't remember the time before there were books. We were brought up with books. There are family tales of my father as a child eating his breakfast with one hand, while trying to tie his shoelaces with the other and still contriv ...

hiker 27.10.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Enchanted Hunters - Maria Tatar

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Phil & Grace

Advantages: Fascinating content
Disadvantages: Poorly devised - old content

Author: Philip Yancey 1997 - - - For a credible author like Philip Yancey to embrace the word ‘Grace’ in all forms of wordplay and meanings, I tinkered with the concept he maybe on something, rather than on to something. Not that I’m bold enough to sa ...

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Review of What's So Amazing About Grace? - Philip Yancey

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Amazing Grace, in a nutshell (OK, in a book then).

Advantages: You get to understand more about grace...
Disadvantages: ... but it can be quite disturbing at times.

Grace, according to the Concise Oxford Ninth Edition Dictionary means '...the unmerited favour of God; a divine saving and strengthening influence...'. And amazing from the same source means, '...overwhelm with wonder; surprise greatly...'. Therefore in t ...

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