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    Books on the Making of the Modern Middle East – Rogan, McMeekin, Hardy, Wheatcroft

    We are now witnessing a harvest of new history books on the making of the modern Middle East. Four are chosen for a critical review below. They are works by experts, well-researched, and highly readable and infinitely more obje...
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    Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel

    Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel – 2009 Posted by guillermo maynez on 11/6/2012, 13:39:29 When I was a kid (13-14) I had to spend a couple of weeks at the house of some elderly and spinster aunts in the town of Irapuato, i...
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Under Western Eyes- Joseph Conrad

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    The Turn of the Screw – Henry James

    The Turn of the Screw – Henry James – 1898 Posted by Joffre on 16/6/2013, 16:24:41 After reading The Beckoning Fair One, which I found okay, I read a book called How to Read Literature by Terry Eagleton. I found tha...
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

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    Books on the Making of the Modern Middle East – Rogan, McMeekin, Hardy, Wheatcroft

    We are now witnessing a harvest of new history books on the making of the modern Middle East. Four are chosen for a critical review below. They are works by experts, well-researched, and highly readable and infinitely more obje...
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    Book Review
     
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    Ferdydurke – Witold Gombrowicz

    A novel about the debilitating influence of convention could hardly be a conventional novel. It is idiosyncratic to the point of an obsession. It novel illustrates that behind the scrambled surface a profound artistic and philo...
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz – Mordecai Richler

    There's no doubt Duddy was destined to make it in life, since he got the will and the drive to work hard, and he's smart as hell. But he misses every chance to be happy and by the end the result is a disaster.
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    WolfHall

    Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel

    Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel – 2009 Posted by guillermo maynez on 11/6/2012, 13:39:29 When I was a kid (13-14) I had to spend a couple of weeks at the house of some elderly and spinster aunts in the town of Irapuato, i...
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    The Witches of Eastwick-John Updike

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    Utopia

    Utopia-Sir Thomas More

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    Under Western Eyes- Joseph Conrad

    Under Western Eyes – Joseph Conrad – 1911 Posted by Guillermo Maynez on 16/3/2013, 11:12:57 All of the works by Conrad that I’ve read are emotionally charged, not in a melodramatic way, but in a tense way. Ten...
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    The Turn of the Screw – Henry James

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    The Tunnel – Ernesto Sábato

    The Tunnel – Ernesto Sábato – 1948 Posted by Steven on 3/12/2012, 19:56:40 I just finished it today too. It bugs me that it kept reminding me of something else I had read, but I couldn’t remember what. Of cour...
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

    Achebe never depicts tribal, pre-European African life as bucolic or peaceful. I think it is a brutally honest portrait of Igbo machismo, violence, and cruelty. Which, of course, does not also forgive Europeans for their own br...
     
     
     
     
     
     

 
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