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After Such Knowledge, What Forgiveness?: My Encounters With Kurdistan
After Such Knowledge, What Forgiveness?: My Encounters With Kurdistan
von Jonathan C. Randal
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Worth the read, 6. September 2007
The first 2/3 of this book are indeed quite dry, entering into all the details inside of American political machinations why this or that policy in Iraq turned out this or that way. Luckily I did not put the book aside, but instead skipped a few pages here and there, because the last third of the book really is a much more refreshing read.

And even though dry, I do believe the first part has information that only this unique author could provide.


Die Girls von Riad: Roman
Die Girls von Riad: Roman
von Rajaa Alsanea
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5 von 7 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
2.0 von 5 Sternen nervig, 19. Juni 2007
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Die Girls von Riad: Roman (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Ich denke einen Arabischen Text zu übersetzen wo moderne Dialekte dem Fussha beigemengt wurden muss schon eine Herausforderung sein, die deutsche Übersetzung lässt aber schon viel zu wünschen übrig. Irgendwie hatte ich die ersten 20 Seiten das Gefühl gar nix zu kapieren und dann ist mir mal aufgefallen, daß da in manchen Sätzen einfach mal das Prädikat fehlt etc.

Davon abgesehen fand ich den Stil des Buches, der wohl lässig sein soll, doch ziemlich nervig, vorallem das eingeschobene Englisch.

Und na ja, es tut mir leid daß in diesen Teilen der Welt die Frage des Feminismus für viele auf Push-up BHs und möglichst viel Make-Up reduziert ist, aber wie die Rezension unten anmerkt kann unsereins das schon ganz schön nervig finden. Ich denke einen wahrhaften Einblick in jene Gesellschaft stellt das Buch schon dar -deshalb 2 und nicht einen Stern.


Afrika, Leben mit der Erde
Afrika, Leben mit der Erde
von Jackie Nickerson
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2 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen Wow!, 19. Mai 2007
Jackie Nickerson hat genau die Fotos genommen die ich nehmen würde wenn ich Fotografin wäre. Pörträte von "echten Menschen", Arbeitern in ihren dicken Gummistiefeln und abgewetzten Hemden, und alltäglichen Gegenständen (Scheunentoren, Wassertänken) so abtgelichtet dass sie auf den ersten Blick abstrakten Gemälden gleichen.

Echt Afrika, und echte Kunst.


Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited (Penguin Modern Classics)
Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited (Penguin Modern Classics)
von Vladimir Nabokov
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,95

5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautifully written, and gives interesting historical insight., 28. Oktober 2006
A must read for all of Nabokov's fans. After reading this you'll be able to boast about knowing all the dodgy details you ever wanted to know, like the name of the dog of his first girlfriend (Fluff, mentionned in chapter five), or the number of fingers of his son (five on each hand, mentionned in chapter 18).

And if you're not a fan, you should still read it -it'll make you one.

Apart from the as always astonishing language it also gives interesting historical insight into the life of a Russian aristocratic family before and after the Russian Revolution.


Globalization and Its Discontents
Globalization and Its Discontents
von Joseph Stiglitz
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,95

4.0 von 5 Sternen I recommend it., 14. Oktober 2006
A good book to learn in detail about some of the things that economically went wrong the 90's.

It is a book that can largely be understood by the total economy lay(wo)man like I, although I had to do a good deal of looking up terms as I worked through the book.

It is a little funny that he starts off explaining very simple economic terms like "transparency" or "assymetries of information" in the preface, but then proceeds leaving the majority of economic terminology he uses unexplained (fiscal and monetary policies, aggregate supply and demand, etc. pp.).

I skipped some parts that went into too much detail than was desirable to know for someone like me, especially since everything is written from his "skewed", personal viewpoint, not lending any weight to what a contrary viewpoint might have voiced -I am not criticising him for this, but I feel that as an individual reading up on these issues I'd have the responsibilty to balance my own sources of information in such a way as to read about the different sides.

Stiglitz uses a language that other economists "can understand" -that is to say he doesn't for example present poverty reduction or social stability as ends in and of themselves -which for the majority of his audience they are- but formulates it in a way as to make clear that riots are bad for the investment climate and that too big inequality causes such riots. It is also written very diplomatically -never accusing the IMF or the U.S. treasury directly of manipulating other countries in favour of special interests, just stating that making decisions behind closed doors "can invite suspicion", for example.

He drives many of the points he makes home several times, which is good if you are trying to store new information long-term in the back of your mind. But it can be slightly tedious reading the book now, some years after it first has been published, because many of us picking it up will already be familiar with the basic concepts, since they have become shared knowledge and you'll have read about it in leaflets, other books, or heard about it in workshops or discussions, etc.


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