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The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera Tuesday, 6 June 2017

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Fascinating for nostalgic classicists!

Prudencia Prim wants to escape the boring, superficial business world and unexpectedly finds herself in a small village that seems to have got stuck in a previous century. We are introduced to her boss, ‘the Man in the Wing Chair’, his protegé nephews and nieces, who enjoy the Latin Masters, and several other personages, who all have chosen to follow the same culturally refined but old-fashioned lifestyle. (more…)

Highway to Hell by Matt Roper Sunday, 14 May 2017

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This book is appropriately subtitled “The Road Where Childhoods are Stolen”. Movingly written, we are brought to love and agonise with little lilac-dressed Leilah, desperate-to-start-a-new-life Mariana and all the other broken girls we meet along that tragic highway BR116. (more…)

Review of Mission With by Paul Keeble Friday, 14 April 2017

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Paul Keeble shares, on the one hand, his family’s experiences of living for over 30 years as part of an underprivileged community in inner-city Manchester and, on the other hand, his personal (theological, social, political) reflections on his motivation and influence in that situation. (more…)

Impressions of The Shack Wednesday, 12 April 2017

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Saw The Shack yesterday. Excellent film, very true to the book, highly recommended. It has a very refreshing message:

  1. God really loves us and longs for us to share our lives with Him day by day.
  2. Horrible things are not His doing; there is an evil power at work; but God can bring blessing out of the most tragic events.
  3. We are wrong to judge others; with God’s help we need to forgive those who wrong us.
  4. There is a very real life after death, where pain is forgotten, wrongs are forgiven and relationships are healed.

Tanausú: König der Guanchen von Harald Braem Wednesday, 22 February 2017

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Wir tauchen in eine bislang unbekannte Welt des Mittelalters hinein, die Kultur der Guanchen der Kanarischen Inseln, die grösstenteils von der Aussenwelt abgeschnitten existieren, weder Metall noch Papier kennen, jedoch einen eigenen Glauben, eine fortgeschrittene Ethik und eine raffinierte Heilkunde besitzen. Zwei Fäden leiten uns durch die Geschehnisse: Eine herzliche Liebesgeschichte zwischen Bencomo und Ica, und der spannende Zusammenprall zweier Zivilisationen, als die Spanier sich verpflichtet fühlen, die Insel La Palma zu erobern und die Einheimischen zum christlichen Glauben zu bekehren. (more…)

A convoluted family saga – Chosen? by Mel Menzies Monday, 28 November 2016

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We are plunged into a multifaceted family intrigue that seems to have rather too many coincidences at first. As the plot thickens, we are drawn in on the excitement and left guessing time and again. The main characters are well-developed and the storyline thought-provoking. (more…)

Moving marriage maelstrom – Review of Time To Shine by Mel Menzies Wednesday, 16 November 2016

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51ihelqdudl-_sy291_bo1204203200_ql40_fmwebp_4 starsA deep childhood wound plagues Carl’s conscience but the discipline and drive instilled in him by his severe and – as it turns out – hypocritical father nevertheless enables him to succeed in his business venture. Sadly, this is at the cost of failing to show true love for his wife and family and succumbing to a disgraceful affair. (more…)

Tomfoolery again! – a review of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Sunday, 2 October 2016

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screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-08-34-41I took advantage of my bedridden state to remedy one of my childhood lapses – and quite enjoyed it.

Exciting, silly, rather harmless and quite preposterous adventures. The insight into white hypocrisy – preaching love and conducting a bloody feud at the same time – and racial injustice, whereby Blacks are treated little better than animals, is rather salutary.

We love Huck and Jim, and join them wholeheartedly in their various escapades. On the other hand, the criminal deception shown by the gate-crashing pranksters rather disgusts us.

When Tom suddenly turns up, his ridiculously romantic ideas about how a real escape should be orchestrated cause the plot to drag for a while, until the final showdown.

Uncanny – a review of The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler Thursday, 29 September 2016

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screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-08-38-50Vogler seems to know all about my novel, Aquila! Or is he saying that all stories are basically the same, whether it’s The Wizard Of Oz, Star Wars or Titanic? Then how can anyone write anything new? [But that would be like arguing that since most sentences consist of a subject, a verb and an object, with a few adjectives, adverbs and subordinate clauses thrown in here and there, no one can ever write or say anything original!]

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Intimate insights into a devout community – review of the Gilead trilogy by Marilynne Robinson Monday, 29 August 2016

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Gilead – Deep but a bit tedious screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-08-34-41

This is a very unusual book in that it doesn’t follow any recognised structure. This makes sense when one realises it’s an old preacher man jotting down his reminiscences about significant events and minor incidents, while trying to impart wisdom to his young son in a letter he intends him to read after he has died. (more…)