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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 ...

Soho_Black 06.10.2013 · Read full review
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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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Female + Son = Good

Advantages: Insightful heartbreaking and moving account
Disadvantages: None

The Good Women of China is author Xinran Xue’s first book and it is an eye opening look at the role of women in a relatively recent China. The author herself now lives in London and has done for the last 7 years; having spent the eight years previous to t ...

helencbradshaw 21.11.2004 · Read full review
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Review of The Good Women of China - Xinran

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NOT JUST GOOD - EXTRAORDINARY!

Advantages: A very moving personal account
Disadvantages: None

This is a stunning book about one woman's crusade to allow Chinese women, repressed for centuries by a male-dominated society, to open up about their feelings. Xinran was born in Beijing in 1958 and moved to London in 1997. In China, she was a journalis ...

astrababe 20.06.2006 · Read full review
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Review of The Good Women of China - Xinran

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