Claude Chossat, "Repenti"

Pendant deux ans, Claude Chossat a servi la Brise, ou du moins l’un de ses fondateurs. D’abord petit truand, il a voyagé dans sa roue et grimpé l’échelle sociale du grand banditisme à la vitesse de l’éclair en servant de chauffeur et de confident à Francis Mariani, le plus violent et le plus fou de tous. Une ascension qui s’est arrêtée net le 23 avril 2008, lorsque «Francis» décide de tuer l’un de ses frères : Casanova, le roi Richar...

Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby: A Reader's Guide

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is certainly one of the most important, enjoyable American novels of the early 20th century. In his study of The Great Gatsby, Nicolas Tredell first provides historical, biographical and literary contexts to help the general reader gain an understanding of influences on The Great Gatsby. With this completed, Tredell examines Fitzgerald's structure, style and form, leading to interesting discussi...

It's Never Too Late to Look Hot

I loved this book. I loved all the books in the series, but this one wrapped up every crazy thing in Angies life. I highly recommend these books, Angie and her antics are not to be missed. It's not too late...get them and read and laugh until your stomach hurts! Heather in person is funny, punny, warm and witty. She shares an even deeper depth of those gifts in her writing. It’s been scientifically proven that laughter is the best me...

QualityLand: Roman (dunkle Edition)

Willkommen in QualityLand, in einer nicht allzu fernen Zukunft: Alles läuft rund - Arbeit, Freizeit und Beziehungen sind von Algorithmen optimiert. Trotzdem beschleicht den Maschinenverschrotter Peter Arbeitsloser immer mehr das Gefühl, dass mit seinem Leben etwas nicht stimmt. Wenn das System wirklich so perfekt ist, warum gibt es dann Drohnen, die an Flugangst leiden, oder Kampfroboter mit posttraumatischer Belastungsstörung? Warum...

Yes Prime Minister: a play

This was the first time I ordered a stage play to read on my Kindle. A hard copy is impossible to get on short notice and I was going to see the play at the Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles. I'm hearing impaired and I knew that between the fast dialogue and accents I would have a hard time making it out. The play was easy to read and, in fact, better than the itsy bitsy print most hard copies are printed in. The play itself was hysteric...

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

I loved The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy's first novel, and I fully expected to love this one, her second, that was written twenty years after the first. I was disappointed to realize that I didn't. It was not because the writing was not beautiful. Of course it was beautiful. Roy's prose is poetic and musical. It flows, one sentence leading with the inevitably of rushing water into the next. It was not because there were no sym...

This Is an Uprising

The new book This Is An Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century by Mark Engler and Paul Engler is a terrific survey of direct action strategies, bringing out many of the strengths and weaknesses of activist efforts to effect major change in the United States and around the world since well before the twenty-first century. It should be taught in every level of our schools. This book makes the case that disr...

The Sing-song Girls of Shanghai

In the preface it is said that this is a book to be read, re-read and read again. Just so. The stories, characters and nuance are rich and deep. Enjoyable the first time, I wonder how much more will be seen the second time through. Strangely, I look forward to reading it again. My first reading of "The Sing-song Girls of Shanghai" left me a little confused. I read it again and found that much of it is humorous. An introduction to Sha...

Menschenkind. Roman

Ein großes Epos über die Sklaverei – der bekannteste Roman der Nobelpreisträgerin 1885, zwanzig Jahre nach dem amerikanischen Bürgerkrieg: Sethe hat den Tod ihrer kleinen Tochter nie überwunden. Deren Geist treibt nun, achtzehn Jahre später, in ihrem Haus sein Unwesen. Als Paul D, ein alter Leidensgenosse von der „Sweet Home“-Plantage, Sethe besucht, ruft er dunkle Erinnerungen wach – aber er weckt auch Hoffnung auf einen Neuanfang …...

Nahe Jedenew. Roman

Angst und Geheimnis sind die beiden Elemente, die in das Buch hineinziehen, obwohl es spröde daher kommt, sich nur schwer öffnet. Angst: um das Leben der Hauptfiguren, einem Zwillingsschwesternpärchen, das sich in einem Baumhaus versteckt hält; Geheimnis: Was ist zuvor geschehen, wo sind wir, Zeit, Ort, Motive. Eine Bluttat ist geschehen, ein Massaker, ein Pogrom. Vennemann hebt nur langsam den Mantel, und nie ganz. Eine Restunsicher...